BEAUTIFUL BEACHES, STUNNING SCENERY, REGGAE AND RUM
The third-largest island in the Greater Antilles is renowned as the birthplace of Bob Marley and has become the adopted home of the Rasta. Reggae, rice-and-peas, rum, sumptuous Blue Mountain coffee and cricket are the closest things to the island’s heart. Oral traditions are also strong, and putting the world to rights over a game of dominoes on a veranda is a favourite local pastime.
Negril and Montego Bay are Jamaica’s two main coastal resorts. A wide variety of tourists are attracted by their beautiful beaches, lively bars, refined restaurants and world-class golf. Negril, with its 11km beach and colourful beach bars, is the more laid back town. Mo’ Bay is favoured by those who like to party and shop.
Authentic Jamaica lies a short journey along the coast. A bit of exploring will turn up street markets selling ackee, yam, breadfruit and kulu kulu rum and the sleepy, traditional fishing villages of Treasure Beach, Port Antonio and Oracabessa.
No visit to Jamaica is complete without a trip to the capital: Kingston. Jamaica’s, history, beauty and musical roots combine here in a pulsing, city environment. Look out for grand Georgian plazas and mansions, soca rhythms and the Bob Marley museum.
Accommodation on the island is also varied with almost 150 hotels and guest houses or you can opt for upmarket villas with a private pool and staff at hand to cater for your every need.
Whichever option sparks your imagination, Inspirational Travel will be delighted to tailor-make your ideal Jamaican holiday.
Flight Time: Approx 9 hours
Time Difference: GMT -54 hours
Language: The official language is English, but the national language is Jamaican Patois (Creole)
Currency: Jamaican Dollar
Area: Approx 4,200 square miles
Total Coastline: Approx 635 miles
Population: Approx 2.8 million
Jamaica enjoys consistently warm tropical weather, which ensures its popularity as a year-round destination. The temperature on the coast ranges from a low of 22°C (72°F) through to 31°C (88°F). Winter mornings and evenings can be chilly. The peak season is from mid December to mid April when crowds swell and prices rise. The wettest months are May and October, but showers may occur at any time. The hurricane season runs between June to November.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best time to visit Jamaica is between December to July, although you can travel anytime. In the wetter months of July to November you will find the prices very attractive but you are likely to experience heavy showers, although these are often just short and sharp. Hurricanes are also frequent from late August to November but they do very in in intensity.
Health & Vaccinations
We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.
Passport & Visa
British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition we also recommend that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport. British passport holders do not require a visa to enter Jamaica.