Planning your next trip to Jamaica
Let yourself be tempted by a dream vacation in Jamaica! This little jewel of the Caribbean awaits you for a stay punctuated by the unique local culture, heavenly beaches and the discovery of the tropical forest.
Whether you love adventure, culture or just relaxing, Jamaica will provide you with an unforgettable trip.With our travel guide, you will know all the keys to organize an unforgettable stay in Jamaica.What’s up? When are you leaving?
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How to get to Jamaica
The easiest and quickest way to get to Jamaica is by plane.Although there is no direct flight to Jamaica, you can reach the island in less than 13h00.From France, there are flights available from Paris but also from many provincial cities to discover this pearl of the Caribbean.
Land at Montego Bay – Jamaica’s largest international airport:
Montego Bay, located in the very north of the island, has one of the most beautiful beaches in Jamaica.It is also from this airport that you will find the cheapest flights from France as it is the largest airport in the country.
Landing in Kingston – The Capital of Jamaica :
The capital is located in the south-east of Jamaica.It is the cultural heart of the country.Not far away, you can also discover the “Blue Mountains”, an ideal destination for hikers and coffee lovers.
The best time for a stay in Jamaica
You can travel in Jamaica all year round, the air temperature is around 28°C and the water temperature around 26°C! The hottest season is between December and March, but it is also the most popular!
If you can, travel during the first half of December to take advantage of better prices on airfare and accommodation.There are also far fewer tourists during this period.A nice pre-Christmas present!
Visas, vaccines and money for Jamaica
If you are a French national, you can travel to Jamaica without a visa if your stay does not exceed 30 days.If you are staying for more than a month or if you are travelling for any reason other than tourism, you will need to apply for a visa at the Jamaican Embassy in Belgium.In case you stop over in the United States, make sure you meet the entry requirements on the France Diplomatie website.
No vaccinations are required for travel to Jamaica, however, visitors are asked to be vigilant if you are bitten by mosquitoes.Some diseases such as dengue fever can be transmitted through mosquito bites.
The local currency is the Jamaican dollar (1 EUR=146 JMD, as of June 2019).You will be able to exchange your euros on the spot at the local exchange offices but you can also use your Visa or MasterCard to pay for your purchases.However, check your bank’s bank charges before you leave and don’t hesitate to tell your bank that you are going on a trip to Jamaica to avoid having your card blocked at the first purchase.
What to see and do in Jamaica
The island of Jamaica has no shortage of activities for all ages.Whether it’s a family holiday, a romantic getaway or a sports holiday, Jamaica has something for everyone.Here are some of the attractions of this beautiful Caribbean country.
People and Culture
The joie de vivre of the Jamaican people is contagious! During your stay, you will discover smiling, passionate and always welcoming people who will make you discover the local culture.Jamaica is made up of a multitude of people who have created a unique cultural mix.
During your trip, visit the famous “The Devon House” to learn more about Jamaica’s first black millionaire or the National Heroes Circle in Kingston.If you are interested in being immersed in the people, participate in the “Meet the People” initiative organized by the Jamaica Tourist Office.You will be able to spend a moment with an inhabitant to discover his way of life, his culture.
Jamaican cuisine is as varied as its population.Thanks to its quality local products such as tropical fruits and Indian, Chinese and English influences, the local cuisine is colourful.
Absolutely unavoidable, jerk is a traditional barbecue cooking method that allows you to prepare chicken, fish, lobster, pork on hot wood embers with spices.You won’t be able to miss an on-site tasting.You will find this dish prepared by street vendors, accompanied by cassava bread or a sweet dough called festival.
Jamaica is no exception.This beautiful Caribbean island offers superb beaches that you can enjoy at will during your next stay.Try for example: Doctor’s Cave in Bahía Montego, Treasure Beach in Costa Sur, Seven Mile Beach in Negril or Mammee Bay in Ocho Ríos.Succumb to the beauty of the white sandy beaches and the turquoise waters of the Jamaican Sea…Don’t miss you equipment if you plan to do some snorkeling.
Adventure sports activities
Whether at sea or on land, there is no shortage of sports and adventure activities in Jamaica.If you are passionate about hiking, head to the Blue Mountains to discover the rainforest and its wildlife, as well as the coffee plantations.For a refreshing moment, go rafting on the Martha Brae River or dive into the Luminous Lagoon at night to observe the microorganisms that sparkle at night.Climb the Dunn’s River Falls or enjoy the zip lines at Chukka or the bobsled circuit near Ocho Rios.
Reggae and music
Can we talk about Jamaica without mentioning reggae and music? Bob Marley’s nation offers much more than reggae: folk, ska, mento…The island’s musical culture has been shaped by the history of the country.Attend a concert to soak up the incredible atmosphere of a Jamaican night out.To learn more about Bob Marley, don’t miss his incredible museum in Kingston, which is none other than his home and recording studio.
Where to stay in Jamaica?
As Jamaica is a well-developed island, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the right accommodation for you.The island is very vast, however, you will have to choose the part or parts of the island where you wish to stay in order to easily discover the different facets and landscapes of the island.
The capital of Jamaica is an ideal destination if you want to immerse yourself in the local culture.It is also the best option to enjoy the Jamaican nightlife.You will find all kinds of accommodation: boutique hotels, resorts, inns, apart-hotels….
Ocho Ríos is one of the most touristy areas in Jamaica.Located in the north of the island, this resort offers great hotels and resorts benefiting from an ideal location at the foot of heavenly beaches.It is a romantic destination but also ideal for adventure lovers as the rainforest and the waterfalls of the Dunn River are in the immediate vicinity.
Another important tourist centre of the island, Montego Bay offers superb beaches with turquoise waters.You will find all types of accommodation, from hotels to resorts and small charming guesthouses.There is something for every budget and every taste!
If you are looking for a more confidential destination, Port Antonio will be for you a stopover of choice.It’s a very quiet little town with beautiful beaches.An ideal place for travellers wishing to venture off the beaten track.