Jamaica is the third largest island of the Greater Antilles of the West Indies, situated south of Cuba. The island has a number of excellent natural harbors, including those at Kingston, Saint Ann's Bay, Montego Bay, and Port Maria. The home of reggae music welcomes thousands of spring breakers each year!
Tropical climatic conditions prevail in the coastal lowlands of Jamaica. The mean annual temperature in this region is 27° C (80° F), but northeastern trade winds frequently moderate the extremes of heat and humidity. Mean annual temperatures in the plateau and mountain areas average 22° C (72° F) at elevations of 900 m (about 3,000 ft), and are considerably less at higher levels. Lightweight clothing is recommended during the day, and a light jacket or sweater for the evening.
Entry Requirements for U.S. Citizens
Entrance into Jamaica requires a valid passport.
*Important notice! Like most Caribbean countries, you will need to pay a departure tax at the airport of US$15.00. Only cash is accepted, so be sure to set some cash aside!
English is the official language, although many Jamaicans speak a local dialect of English that incorporates African, Spanish, and French elements.
The U.S. Dollar is widely accepted around the island. You may also change your currency into Jamaican dollars at banks or exchange bureaus in airports and hotels.
Most hotels have 110 volt electrical systems like the United States.
Dining and Drinking
The water is safe to drink, as it is purified and filtered.
Other Points of Interest
Jamaica is in the Eastern Standard Time zone, but does not recognize daylight savings time.