A vacation in Jamaica promises endless sunny days and stands for snow-white sandy beaches with turquoise water, for joie de vivre, reggae, and dance. The third largest island in the Greater Antilles - Jamaica is around 146 miles long - is also known for its mountainous hinterland, thundering waterfalls, endless coffee plantations, and an enchanting underwater world. So get ready for a superlative beach vacation in the Caribbean!
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It takes just under 2 hrs by plane to get to Montego Bay from southern Florida, where the country's most important international airport is located, along with Kingston.
Last but not least, Jamaica is also the destination of numerous cruises, so numerous shipping companies head for the Caribbean island paradise. In addition to Montego Bay, Ochos Rios is a possible port of destination.
In Jamaica you pay with the Jamaica dollar – however, US dollars are also accepted almost everywhere.
If you don't stay in Jamaica for more than 90 days, you don't need a visa - a passport that is valid for at least six months after the end of your trip is sufficient for entry. However, you must be able to show a return or onward ticket.
In Jamaica there are mild temperatures all year round - it rarely gets cooler than 75 degrees, not even in the Jamaican winter. However, you have to expect rain and severe storms from June to November during the hurricane season. The best travel time for a vacation in Jamaica is winter from December to the end of March.
If you arrive in Jamaica by plane, you will usually land in Montego Bay. There are also flights to Kingston - however, the capital is not necessarily recommended as a vacation destination due to a comparatively high crime rate. If you want to combine a beach vacation with nature, you are in good hands in the following places:
Negril - dream beaches on the west coast
Port Antonio - quiet beaches in the east of the island
Ochos Rios - Dunn's River Falls and tranquil city life
Our pirate tip: In Port Antonio, you should definitely visit Frenchman's Cove. The sandy beach has already been the backdrop for numerous Hollywood films, but is still comparatively quiet and offers you many cozy corners.
The north coast of Jamaica is known for its colorful underwater world. You're in the right place for snorkeling and diving when you arrive in Montego Bay: Runaway Bay, not far from Montego Bay, is a hotspot for a diving vacation and offers beautiful coral reefs.
"Jamaica - no problem!" You will hear this again and again during your vacation in Jamaica. The laid-back, easy-going mentality characterizes life on the island. Relaxation is announced - but not only that. Reggae music and dance are part of everyday life and you will hear the well-known rhythms on every street corner.
Jamaica is more than sun, sand, and reggae. If you are traveling on the island, you should definitely see these highlights:
The iconic reggae singer, Bob Marley called 56 Hope Road, Kingston Jamaica home, and you can now visit the late performer's residence and record studio with a grand tour.
The Blue Mountains are not only one of the most famous growing areas for excellent coffee, but also a must for hikers and nature lovers. With a height of 7,401 feet, Blue Mountain Peak offers fantastic views over the island and far out into the Caribbean Sea. The Jamaican mountains are best accessed from Kingston.