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5 Things to Know Before Going to Jamaica

Updated: Sep 5, 2023

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We are so happy to hear that you can't wait to visit Jamaica!

Before you board the next flight for your vacation, there are a few crucial things you need to be aware of in order to have the best trip ever.

These five tidbits of information will make you a more prepared traveler and inform you of what to anticipate when you arrive.

We want to have fewer unexpected surprises! Let's begin...

1. Jamaica is a SAFE place in the touristy areas

  • Most people frequently worry about their safety when visiting a new country. Tourists may travel safely in Jamaica, nevertheless. Most of the local crime there is Jamaican on Jamaican not with foreigners.

  • Throughout your stay there, kindly stay vigilant and in populated places both during the day and at night.

  • Jamaica's most well-known tourist destinations include Falmouth, a cruise port, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Negril.

  • Jamaica is regarded as a safe destination to go to by the U.S. Department of State.

2. Getting around the island is pricey

  • You can take a taxi or the local bus to go around locally if you intend to spend the majority of your time at your resort.

  • However, renting a car is strongly advised if you intend to explore the island on your own because it is more affordable than the other options.

3. In Jamaica, tap water is safe to consume.

  • You won't need to buy water bottles to stay hydrated on your trip or worry about becoming sick. Just add tap water to your reusable water bottle to fill it up!

4. Jamaicans speak in English.

  • There won't be a language barrier because English is the official language there. Even if the primary spoken language is a creole based on English called patois (or Patwa), you will still be able to understand what they are saying.

5. You will receive timeshare offers.

  • In Jamaica, timeshare sales are very common. Anywhere you go, someone might ask you to attend a presentation that offers free or discounted activities. You should be aware that you are NOT obliged to take part. You can decline politely and get on with your day.

These 5 important tidbits can help you prepare for your next trip to Jamaica and reduce your anxiety about visiting a new country.

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