Jamaica Mon

While vacationing on the island of Jamaica you find yourself surrounded by water, and majestic mountain peaks and valleys.

Colorful reefs and lush tropical forrest envelop the island.

Negril is the capital of casual with long stretches of beach, including Negril 7-mile beach, and Bloody Bay beach.

Montego Bay is home to the Sangster International Airport, and some fine resorts and beautiful beaches.

Ocho Rios is at the foothills of the stunning mountains, and home to most of the excursions offered in Jamaica. Almost anything you have every wanted to do in the Caribbean is available to you from Ocho Rios. Enjoy sightseeing by hiking, bicycling, tubing, rafting, or 4x4. Swim with dolphins or sting rays. Feel the thrill of zip lining, bobsledding, and climbing water falls.

To conceal their whereabouts during slavery times, the Jamaican's developed "jerking", a method of spicing and cooking pork underground so that the smoke would not be seen. Today, jerk pork, jerk chicken, and jerk fish can be found throughout Jamaica as a local dish.

Jamaica's Blue Mountain Coffee is considered one of the finest in the world.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR JAMAICA It is necessary for U.S. Citizens to hold a valid passport, with at least 6 months validity left at time of travel, to re-enter the United States. A lost or stolen passport is easier to replace when a copy can be obtained. Please leave a copy at home with a friend or family member that can fax it to Jamaica in the case of an emergency.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN JAMAICA, if you have purchased VIP Airport services, you will be met off the jet bridge and escorted through Customs, Immigration and baggage claim.

Others, after obtaining your disembarkation card, passing through Customs and going through immigration, you'll be able to collect your baggage, and proceed to your appropriate arrival lounge or transfer vehicle.

Please note: There is a dress code for evening dining. No sneakers, shorts or jeans in the a la carte dining rooms at supper time. As well, Men are required to wear long pants and close-toed shoes. (khaki’s and a golf shirt are pretty standard attire I see for Men.)

If you purchased air on your own, please check with your air carrier to assure that your Jamaican departure tax is included with your fare.

Although the Jamaican Dollar is the local currency; almost all vendors in Jamaica accept USD and/or credit card. There may be some beach vendors you may want to barter with. Be sure to bring lots of $1's and $5's - at least 30 of each! That should get you through the week, bartering on the beach and gratuity for service providers and tour operators when you leave the resort. There is no need to exchange currency as long as you have small US bills, so they don't have to make change - if vendors have to make change, it will most likely be in Jamaican dollars.

Electrical: Usually 110volts AC. American-style flat two-pin plugs (with or without a grounding pin) are mostly used.

Jamaica has one of the purest water systems in the world. Unless otherwise posted, it is safe to drink the water.

Outside of the resorts, the Jamaican people can appear aggressive. A simple "no thank you" will suffice, if you are not interested in their wares.

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