Travel Tips and Information
Everyone has a tendency to over pack when going on an Island trip. There are needs and don’t needs when traveling to the Islands. Cloths should be cool, comfortable and easy care items. T-shirt type fabrics along with wrinkle resistant clothes work best in the Islands. You don’t want to spend your trip ironing! Also keep in mind there are dress requirements in the Islands. Most all-inclusives and major resorts do have dress requirements in the evenings. During the day it is swimsuits, shorts and sandals. In the evening you will have dining options that mostly effect dressing requirements for men. Some, certainly not all restaurants require men to have collared shirts and close toe shoes. To follow are suggestions for your stay in Jamaica.
- At least two swim suits. One to wear and one to dry. Along with coordinating cover-ups. Cover-up can be such as t-shirt and shorts, sundress, big shirt, sarong/pareo. Smart Packing – Red Parrot loves sarongs! These are lightweight, easy to pack and can be used as a bathing suit cover up or easy evening wrap. Colors can make any black dress exciting. Shopping Guide:
- Coordinating bottoms and tops. This can be shorts, long pants, koolots, Capri’s, skorts, etc. with matching tops. Most of your time you will be in a swimsuit or shorts. For the days you are not, you will need clothes for optional excursions, in town shopping and sight seeing. An extra t-shirt to wear snorkeling or diving.
- One or two dresses or pant outfits. You may choose a night or two of elegant dining and you will want more resort casual wear. This can be a sundress, knit dress, skirt, slacks & top. You should take a coordinating wrap as the restaurants are usually air-conditioned and if you are sleeveless, you could get chilly. Smart Packing – one black, easy to wear dress with two different cover ups. Two outfits using one dress.
- Other dining outfits, something for the less formal restaurants and beach dining. This could be Capri’s, long pants, walking length shorts, skirts or sun dresses.
- Sandals or ‘flip flops” for beach and around the pool, canvas or boat shoes for boating, hiking, excursions or shopping, watershoes for beach and waterfall climbing, one pair of coordinating shoes for nice dinner outfit. Smart Packing – Sandals for the pool could also coordinate with casual dinning outfits. Resist bringing five pairs!
- Enough undergarments. Remember it’s hot and humid in the Islands…you may want to take extras.
- Other clothing items: socks for canvas shoes, belts, hat, sunglasses, and jeans for zip line tours or other adventures.
- Return home travel clothes.
- What else to consider: if you will need personal hygiene products, make up and hair items.
- What not to bring: purses and handbags for every outfit, shoes for every outfit, lots of jewelry-one or two coordinating costume pieces are fine, sequences dresses or formal long dresses.
- Laundry service is available at Sandals or Beaches for a fee.
- At least two swim suits. One to wear and one to dry. Along with t-shirt or shirt cover-ups.
- Coordinating bottoms and tops. This can be shorts, long trousers, with matching shirts. Most of your time you will be in a swimsuit or shorts. For the days you are not, you will need clothes for optional excursions, in town shopping and sight seeing. An extra t-shirts to wear snorkeling or diving.
- One or two pairs of long trousers & at least two shirts with a collar or collarless golf type shirt. This is for your nice dinners. Want to make it even more special, bring a blazer. Smart packing – a nice pair of khaki’s, white golf shirt and navy blue blazer will get you into most any Island restaurant. Shopping Guide: travelsmith.com, orvis.com
- Other dining outfits, something for the less formal restaurants and beach dining. This can be long trousers, golf shorts and coordinating shirts with or without collars.
- Sandals or ‘flip flops” for beach and around the pool, canvas or boat shoes for boating, hiking, excursions or shopping, watershoes for beach and waterfall climbing, one pair of coordinating shoes for nice dinner outfit. One pair of close-toe shoes. Many restaurants do not allow open toe shoes for men. Smart Packing – Nice, new boat shoes are suitable for your fine dinning evenings. Shopping Guide: travelsmith.com, orvis.com
- Enough undergarments. Remember it’s hot and humid in the Islands…you may want to take extras.
- Other clothing items: socks, belts, hat, sunglasses, and jeans for zip line tours or other adventures.
- Return home travel clothes.
- What else to consider: shaving kit and personal hygiene items.
- What not to bring: shirts with offensive or political statements
What Else to Bring
There are a number of other items to make your travel worry free and more enjoyable.
- Leave a copy of all your travel documents with a family member. Include copies of airline tickets, travel vouchers and travel insurance policy numbers. Also leave your hotel contact information. Note: Red Parrot Travel also has a copy. Take a photo of your passport. Keep it in your phone and send a copy to Red Parrot Travel.
- Duplicate the above and place in your checked luggage. This way if something happens with your carry-on luggage that your tickets, vouchers and passport are in, you will have a copy.
- Take with you important phone numbers: who to contact back home in case of an emergency, your Red Parrot Travel phone number 407-677-5522 (407-927-5606 – after hours), physician numbers, travel insurance number, credit card numbers and lost or stolen contact numbers.
- Any prescriptions in the original prescriptions bottle. Just take the amount you will need on your trip.
- Sunscreen! At lease with an SPF of 30. Red Parrot uses SPF 45. Bring at least two bottles and use them. Don’t forget your lips.
- Extra contact lenses, re-wetting and clean solution. Extra pair of glasses if you need them. Don’t forget your sunglasses.
- Your own toiletries if you like. You will receive an amenity kit at Sandals and Beaches including soap, shampoo, conditioner, aloe gel and body lotion. Don’t forget to bring your tooth brush, tooth paste and floss.
- 3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume) ; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure.
- Over the counter medications: antacids Tums, Pepcid, Alka-Seltzer, allergy medication, pain relief, diarrhea medication, Benedril and a small tube of Neosporin. Red Parrot always brings Benedril and Neosporin in case of allergic reaction to insect bites or contact with plants.
- Additional drug store type items: antibacterial wipes and/or antibacterial jell, small bottle of alcohol or alcohol wipes, a few band aids.
- Bring your camera and extra film or memory stick. An underwater camera for snorkeling or diving trips.
- A collapsible zipper carry bag. For shopping trips or carrying items to the pool or out on a boat. This should be able to fold up and store easily when not in use. Shopping guide: travelsmith.com, magellian.com, orvis.com, sierratradingpost.com
- A zip lock bag or two. For any last minute wet items that have to be packed or souvenirs.
- Bug spray – for hiking and at night.
- Many rooms have docking stations. So bring your special music with you.
- One of Red Parrot’s favorite travel items is a candle. Check the shopping button above for ideas.
- Insulated cup with lid. These are great for keeping your frozen island drinks cold even in the hottest of weather.
- Koozies also for keeping beverages cold.
Other Travel Tips
When Mr. and Mrs. Red Parrot travels, we each are in charge of certain aspects. Mrs. Red Parrot is in charge of all travel documents and passports. This way we don’t go through the “I thought you had it” at any point in the trip.
Mr. Red Parrot is in charge of the luggage. Knowing how many pieces we have including carry-on luggage. Getting it all in the car, getting it all out of the car, getting it checked-in with the airlines, collecting it from the luggage carousel at the arrival airport, making sure it is put on the transportation to our destination.
Neither of us carries all the cash or credit cards. This way if one loses or it’s stolen the other still something to fall back on.
US Dollars are widely accepted on any Caribbean Islands. Do not worry about exchanging money. Also most Caribbean banks have ATM machines, so you do not need to carry large amounts of cash with you. Hotels and major shops usually accept credit cards and debit cards. Small shops and local, merchants usually only accept cash Jamaican or US.
If you do want to exchange money (but don’t need to), most airports in the Caribbean have currency exchange services available. US currency is usually accepted even by street vendors. When making purchases using either US $ or local currency you may receive change in either currency or a combination of both.
Most ATM machines offer the choice of receiving money in US currency or the local currency. Or you can get a mix of both. The resorts usually do not have ATM’s on property.
We limit ourselves to one small piece of carry-on luggage. Travelers may now carry through security checkpoints travel-size toiletries (3 ounces or less) that fit comfortably in ONE, QUART-SIZE, clear plastic, zip-top bag. At the checkpoint travelers will be asked to remove the zip-top bag of liquids and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items.
After clearing security, travelers can now bring beverages and other food items in the secure boarding area on-board the aircraft.
For the most up-to-date travel information and restrictions please visit:
One of us always keeps a hand on the carry-on as we are waiting on flights. This piece of luggage has our travel documents and passports, so we don’t want to lose it.
Also don’t forget to carry your phone, laptop, iPad or whatever your electronic device of choice is…and the power plug. Put it in your purse or carry-on luggage. If there is a delay and you need to stay connected, you’ll have your power plug with you and not in your checked luggage.
Lastly, smile a lot. Travel can be stressful. Just remember you’re going to Jamaica ‘mon!!
In the last twenty five years Ocho Rios has grown from a small fishing village to a world class tourist destination.
Translated in Spanish the name Ocho Rios, means "eight rivers". However there are not eight rivers in town. The confusion began in 1657, the English fought off a Spanish expeditionary force on a raid from nearby Cuba. The battle took place near Dunn's River Falls. The Spanish called the site las chorreros, meaning river rapids. The English misunderstood the Spanish reference. Therefore, the English interpretation became Ocho Rios, which sounded close enough.
Historically, Ocho Rios had never acquired any prominent role to either the English or the Spanish. It was, however, utilized by pirates who along with Port Royal, regarded it as a perfect base of operations.
In the 1940's, Ocho Rios took on an industrial character when Reynolds Jamaica Mines, built a deep water-pier west of town. An overhead conveyor belt carried the ore 6.3 miles from the Reynolds open-cast mines at Lynford, in the hills south of the town.
The bay of Ocho Rios is a beautiful place marred only by the bauxite loading facility, which now stands idle since the company pulled out of Jamaica in the 1980s.
Ocho Rios extends four miles between Dunn's River Falls, two miles to the west of the town center and the White River, two miles to the east. Almost all the development outside the centre is to the east. A good place to get your bearings is Shaw Park Gardens, which offers a bird's eye view over Ocho Rios.
In the last twenty five years, "Ochie" has grown from a small fishing village to a world class tourist destination.
Shopping rivals any in the Caribbean. The natural beauty of places like Eden Falls, Fern Gully and Shaw Park Botanical Gardens attract hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. World famous Dunn's River Falls is but one of the many attractions found in and around Ocho Rios, But without a doubt the best known. Some say it is impossible to get a bad picture of the 600 foot falls. Hundreds of people climb the falls each day with the help of experienced guides. Others choose to splash around in the ice cold crystal clear pools of the falls or swim in the ocean at the base of the falls.
It sometimes takes a little courage to travel to a strange country, especially when you have never been away from your familiar surroundings. But don't be afraid to go out, be open to other cultures, other people, other food, and different climates - there is so much to discover. Be open, self-assured and do not hesitate to be yourself.
Say No, thank you, if you are not comfortable, and go your merry way. In Jamaica, like any country, there are many people who are nice, warm and friendly. Unfortunately also people that make you feel uncomfortable, like hustlers, pushers and pimps. Just ignore the last group and you'll be all right.
Jamaica General Information
Agriculture - Commercial crops - sugarcane, bananas, coffee, citrus, potatoes, vegetables, livestock and livestock products including poultry, goats, milk; meat, and dairy products.
Airports - Two International Airports:
- Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston
- Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay
Four Domestic Airports:
- Tinson Pen, Kingston
- Negril Aerodrome, Negril
- Boscobel, Ocho Rios
- Ken Jones, Port Antonio
Airport departure tax - On leaving Jamaica, every person 12 years of age and over must a departure tax. This is usually included in your airline ticket costs.
Arts and Crafts - Creations in straw, clay, fabric, shell, wood and semi-precious stone are on display at open-air markets and small galleries. Crafts are influenced by African, Indian, European and Arawak cultures. Depicting life and landscape, Jamaican paintings feature bright colors and bold lines.
Automobile Rental - Car rental agencies are numerous including internationally known operators. In addition, there are several reputable local rental firms. To rent a car, you must be at least 24 years of age with a valid driver's license and a major credit card.
The speed limit is 50 Km. (30 MPH) in urban areas and built up villages and 80 Km. (50 MPH) on highways unless otherwise sign posted. Driving is on the left! When driving in Jamaica, "the right side is the wrong side therefore; the Left side is the right side". Also, drivers must learn to watch out for the many goats, bicyclists and pedestrians who also use the roads.
Just FYI, Red Parrot Travel has never rented a car in Jamaica.
Banking - Banks are generally open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Fridays. A few are open on Saturdays. Foreign Exchange Bureaus also operate at all International Airports and some Resort Hotels.
Commercial banks and ATM’s are accessible in all resort areas but not on resort properties. Official currency exchange rates vary daily, so it’s advisable to shop around for the best rate before converting your cash. Most Jamaican ATMs accept international bank cards with Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus and Plus logos. Banks also give credit card advances, change traveller’s cheques among other financial services.
Cellular Service - Cellular service is available throughout Jamaica but it can be very spotty in areas. Be sure to check with your cellular provider about their service in Jamaica and fees. Also be careful of roaming fees while on your trip. Make sure you are connected to the resort's WiFi service before hitting the internet!
Churches - Times of services vary at individual churches, so it is best to inquire at your hotel reception. Protestant majority (Anglican, Baptist, Church of God and Methodist) with Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Bahai communities. Rastafarianism, a religion based on belief in the divinity of the late Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie (Ras Tafari), is also widely practiced.
Climate - Jamaica enjoys a tropical climate, characterized by high temperatures and humid conditions year-round. Average temperature ranges from 19 degrees Celsius (66 degrees Fahrenheit) to 32 degrees Celsius (99 degrees Fahrenheit).
Though known for our warmth and sunshine, the island sees two rainy seasons from May to June and September to November. Also, hurricanes may pass over the island primarily during the months June to September.
Will it rain during your holiday? If it does, don't worry. Most times, the short tropical showers provide a welcome break from the afternoon heat – just look at it as liquid sunshine, not rain!
Communications - Jamaica is well connected to the rest of the world. Direct international telephone service operates in all areas 24 hours a day, and telephone operators will gladly facilitate collect, third-party or credit card calls. International faxes, cables and telegrams can be sent from most hotels and post offices. E-mail and Internet access is available too, usually at hotels and parish libraries, but also at local Internet cafes. There are three daily national newspapers and five weekend newspapers, all available island-wide. Some hotels and gift shops receive the international editions of The New York Times, TIME, The Economist and the London Times.
Credit Cards - Major international credit cards are widely accepted at all large shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, etc.
Verify with your credit card or debit card company the use of your card while in the Caribbean, before you depart!
Crime - Robberies, assaults and other crimes against tourists do occasionally occur, and it's wise to apply the precautions you'd take in any foreign city.
Hustling can be a major annoyance in Jamaica. Especially in Montego Bay, young hopefuls aggressively (or humorously) accost foreigners in the street with offers of transport, ganja, aloe massages, hair-braiding and crafts. While an inevitable a few street touts see tourists as easy prey for exploitation, most are just trying to make a living in an economically deprived country. Best advice is to keep things in perspective and employ a dash of humor.
Though tourism officials are loath to acknowledge it, many people do come to Jamaica in search of what aficionados agree is some of the finest marijuana in the world. If you're fairly young, expect to be offered ganja in the tourist areas; if you're not interested, calmly and firmly refuse.
Currency - Jamaican currency is decimal with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents equals’ one dollar). U.S. Dollars, traveler's cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted. The official rate of exchange fluctuates daily, depending on the foreign exchange markets. The purchase of goods and services in Jamaica (J$) may be made in any currency. Jamaican Dollars may be converted to foreign currency at any bank or licensed exchange bureau.
You do not need to exchange your US Dollars for Jamaican. US currency is widely accepted.
Driving - The most important thing to remember when driving in Jamaica is that here, we drive on the LEFT, although some flexibility is required to avoid collisions with pedestrians, cows, goats, chickens and other domestic animals. We have over 17,000 kilometres of road networks connecting all major towns and cities; the speed limit is 50 kmph (30 mph) in built-up areas, and 80 kmph (50 mph) on highways. All drivers are required to carry a valid licence. Jamaica recognizes valid International Driver’s Licences, but visitors from North America may use their country's licence for up to three months per visit. Car rental is available in most major towns and cities, and usually, clients must be no less than 25 years old to rent.
Drugs - New law passed as of 24Feb15 makes possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana a petty offense that could result in a ticket but not in a criminal record. Tourists who are prescribed medical marijuana abroad will soon be able to apply for permits authorizing them to legally buy small amounts of Jamaican weed, or “ganja” as it is known locally.
Any "hard" drugs carry stiff penalties in Jamaica. Illicit drugs warning! The Jamaican government has an active anti-drug and cannabis eradication program. Stiff penalties exist for possession of and or trafficking in drugs.
If you are interested in purchasing ganja to use while at your resort, advise Red Parrot.
Electricity - The electrical supply in Jamaica is 110 volts/50 cycles standard, and electrical appliances use plugs that are two-pronged and flat (such as those used in the United States and Canada). If your appliances do not use 110 volts or flat two-pronged plugs, bring the requisite adapters and converters with you. Although adapters and converters are available in Jamaica, they may not be easy to come by. Most laptop computers have built-in converters and can be used with an adapter. If the idea of lugging all this equipment around seems daunting, leave it behind. Most hotels have hair dryers, alarm clocks, radios and clothes irons available, and in any case you probably won't need many appliances. You are, after all, on holiday…
142 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6, Jamaica, West Indies
Telephone: (876) 702-6000
(876) 702-6055 (after hours emergency)
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 am- 4:00 pm
Emergency Telephone Numbers - The emergency police number in Jamaica is 119.
Food - A spicy, colorful mix of cuisine includes ackee and saltfish, rice and peas, jerk chicken, fish and pork, curried goat, pepperpot soup, roasted yams, banana fritters, salads, fruits and exotic desserts.
Geography - Jamaica is 4,411 square miles or 11,424 square kilometers. The island is 146 miles long with widths varying between 22 and 58 miles. It is a very mountainous country. Almost half the island is above 1,000 feet. The highest point (Blue Mountain Peak) is 7,402 feet. Because of the effects of the mountains, rainfall is evenly distributed. The annual average rainfall is 78 inches. Some hilly areas get nearly 300 inches a year while parts of the western plains get as little as 30 inches. It is summer all year round. Jamaica has many rivers flowing to the coast from the central mountain ranges. The flow on the north side tend to be shorter and swifter than on the south side.
Government - Constitutional monarchy. Gained independence from the UK in 1962. Head of State: HM Queen Elizabeth II. In March 2006, Portia Simpson Miller of the People's National Party (PNP) became Jamaica's first female prime minister. In the country's general election in September 2007, the opposition Jamaica Labour Party narrowly defeated the center-left People's National Party, which had been in power for 18 years, 50.1% to 49.8%. Bruce Golding took office as prime minister days after the election. Andrew Holness has been the Jamacian Prime Minister since 2016. Holness previously served as Prime Minister from October 2011 to January 5, 2012.
Health - A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travelers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas. Mains water is normally chlorinated, and, whilst relatively safe, may cause mild abdominal upsets. Bottled water is available. Milk is pasteurized and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat. Hepatitis A occurs.
Holidays - Officially, Jamaicans celebrate ten public holidays per year:
New Year's Day (January 1),
Labour Day (May 23),
Emancipation Day (August 1),
Independence Day (August 6),
Christmas Day (December 25) and
Boxing Day (December 26).
In addition to Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter Monday and Heroes Day (third Monday in October). On public holidays all government agencies, schools and most private businesses are closed, and much of the country "locks down" for the day. On holidays, Jamaicans throng to beaches and parks for picnics, fun days and outings, the celebrations continuing way into the night. Check the calendar of events for exact holiday dates this year, and if you’re here for one of these or for a public holiday, be sure to bring your dancing shoes!
- Kingston - University Hospital
- Montego Bay - Cornwall Regional Hospital
- Ocho Rios - St. Ann's Bay Hospital
Most hotels have trained nurses in attendance and a doctor on call. Payment for medical services is required upfront. If you purchased travel insurance, normally these fees are reimbursed to you upon submission of a claim.
Industry Tourism - bauxite mining, textiles, food processing, and light manufactures.
Internet and WiFi Access - Internet access is becoming more and more available in the Caribbean. WiFi is free at Sandals with an app you can download once you are at the resort.
Language - Although, a patois (a derivative of African, French and Spanish languages) is spoken by the majority of the people. English is the official language of the people of Jamaica. English is spoken and understood by all Jamaicans.
Mail - It's amazing how long it takes for mail to get across the island. Don't expect a letter from Kingston to the north coast (or vice versa) to arrive in less than a week. International mail is also slow, around ten days to two weeks for airmail to reach North America.
Music - The country's music consists of folk ballads, work songs, revivalist hymns and of course, reggae.
Shopping - Department stores, malls, gift shops, local and international fashion boutiques, specialty stores and craft markets abound in Jamaica. Good buys include quality wood, straw and pottery, furniture, ornaments and kitchen ware, local paintings, fine arts and crafts, local designer fashions. Duty-free shops are found in various locations in Kingston and Montego Bay in addition to all resort areas, international airports and resort hotels. Most galleries, museums and tourist attractions have retail outlets which stock an excellent range of interesting items. Shopping in Jamaica can be a great experience, and be both exciting and frustrating at the same time. The best shopping experience is the one where you are as happy with your purchases at the end of your stay as you were at the time you actually made the purchase.
- Be patient. Resist the temptation to buy that wood carving, t-shirt, basket, etc. the first hour or two when shopping. There is much duplication in Jamaica. There is also a huge range in price and quality of goods.
- Always ask for a better price from the local vendors.
- Use U.S currency for cash purchases, if possible.
- Only show the amount of money you want to pay. Avoid looking through a wad of tens and twenties to find a five dollar bill.
- Enlist the help of a local (someone you are paying and can trust, such as hotel bartender or taxi driver you know) to barter for you.
- Keep in mind how you are going to get whatever you buy home. (ship, carry on plane, checked in your luggage, etc.)
- Most important - any items you purchased make sure you put them in the bottom of you luggage and not on top when you open the bag if you are putting it in your checked luggage. Items have a tendency to "disappear" once checked-in with the airlines during luggage inspections when your bags are not in your sight.
Social Conventions - Handshaking is the customary form of greeting.
Sports and Games - Golf, tennis, polo, bicycle racing, cricket, soccer, water-sports, horse racing, rafting and mountain climbing.
Taxis - Taxis are often not metered. It is important, initially, to ask the price for your journey. Take only Taxi's with red PP license plates. If you wish to take a taxi somewhere off the resort property, consult with the front desk or Club Sandals staff for information.
If you do decide to leave the resort on your own, please advise a resort staff member from the front desk or Club Sandals Lounge that you are departing and where you are going.
Telecommunications - Most hotel rooms have a phone, and phone booths litter the island; the latter accept phone cards only, available from hotels, post offices and gift-shops. The cheapest and easiest way to make international and local calls is to buy a calling card; they can be used from public, private and hotel phones for both international and local calls. Buy in Jamaica.
Many resorts offer free phone calls back to the US.
All Jamaican telephone numbers (except some free phone ones) have seven digits. To dial locally (within the same parish), simply key in the number. To get a number in another parish, prefix the number with "1"; you also use the "1" prefix when dialing mobile (cellular) numbers.
To phone abroad from Jamaica, dial 00 + IDD country code + area code minus first 0 + number. For domestic and international directory assistance phone 114.
The country code for Jamaica is 876.
Time - Jamaica is on Eastern Standard Time and does not practice day-light saving time.
Tipping - Most Jamaican hotels and restaurants add a service charge of 10 per cent; otherwise 10 to 15 per cent is expected. Exception is at all-inclusive resorts.
Tourist Information - Once in Jamaica, you can get information from the Jamaican Tourist Board -JTB desks at the Kingston and Montego Bay airports, and JTB offices in the main towns. This is in addition to the guest service desks at resorts and hotels.
Water - Drinking water in Jamaica is purified and filtered by the most modern techniques and perfectly safe to drink.
WiFi - WiFi is free at Sandals with an app you can download once you are at the resort. WiFi off the resort property can be very limited. WiFi is available at the airport.
SANDALS FOUNDATION PARTNERS
WITH PACK FOR A PURPOSE
~ Sandals Foundation Joins Forces with Non-Profit Organization to Further Help Local Communities ~
Sandals Resorts International is proud to announce a brand new partnership between the Sandals Foundation and Pack for a Purpose. This new partnership will further assist guests traveling to Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts who wish to bring along much-needed supplies for the resort company’s adopted schools across five Caribbean islands.
Pack for a Purpose® is a non-profit organization that provides supply lists to travelers by destination based on local-community projects, paving charitable involvement for vacationers around the globe via their website at www.packforapupose.org. The organization encourages travelers to pack up to five pounds of needed materials in their suitcases, such as school supplies, medical supplies, sports equipment, etc., to meet the needs of people in nearby underdeveloped regions. As a result of this partnership, all Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts will be listed as participating destinations on the organization’s website. In the two years since Pack for a Purpose launched, travelers have delivered more than 5,500 pounds worth of needed supplies throughout five continents.
“Pack for a Purpose is extremely pleased to have the entire collection of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts featured on our website,” said Rebecca Rothney, Founder and Chairperson. “This partnership will allow us to reach thousands of Sandals and Beaches guests who wish to make a meaningful contribution to the communities they visit and will impact the lives of the Sandals Foundation’s adopted school children in a big way!”
Rothney also explains that because Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts are regarded as the perfect locales for destination weddings and honeymoons, couples looking to spread the joy of their nuptials by “giving back” can do so by bringing school supplies with them on their honeymoon. By having their guests “decorate” their wedding gifts with school supplies instead of ribbon or bows, they can collect the supplies and deliver them when they arrive at the resort. “What more wonderful way to celebrate a union, than by sharing all it represents with children in need,” Rothney said.
The Sandals Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was created to continue and to expand upon the philanthropic work that Sandals Resorts International has undertaken. It is the culmination of three decades of dedication to playing a meaningful role in the lives of the communities where we operate across the Caribbean. The Sandals Foundation funds projects in three core areas: education, community and the environment. One hundred percent of the monies contributed by the general public to the Sandals Foundation go directly to programs benefiting the Caribbean community. To learn more about the Sandals Foundation, visit online at
One way Red Parrot Travel supports the Sandals Foundations is we go to a dollar store and purchase items to take with us. Things such as pen, pencils, pencil sharpeners, crayons, coloring books, reading books, notepads, small toys, hair items, solar calculators, socks, you get the idea. I get a book bag and put everything in it. When I check-in I give it to the staff and let them know it's for the Sandals Foundation. A little can go a long way in Jamaica!!
Red Parrot Travel playing in the Sandals Travel Agent Golf Tournament to benefit the Sandals Foundation.
Last Minute Check List
- Sandals travel documents
- Cash for trip along with small bills for tipping
- Credit card(s)
- Prescription medication
- Prescription eye wear
- Bug spray and sunscreen
- Photo copy of your passports packed in your checked luggage or stored on your phone. If you would like to send a copy of your passports to Red Parrot Travel I will keep it on file in case of an emergency.
- Do not put anything of value in your checked luggage.
- Verify with your cellular provider of service and fees to use your phone in Jamaica.
- Verify with your credit card or debit card company use of your credit card while in the Caribbean.
If you have any legal issues that would prevent you from traveling outside of the US, it is YOUR responsibility to verify your ability to travel. Red Parrot Travel, LLC will not be responsible for any denied boarding and/or entry due to legal matters.
Baby "Happy" loves to travel and loves to be in pictures! Happy is the offspring of Red Parrot Travel's mascots Sunny and Paradise. We didn't name them but we think they are cute names. We had a contest with our clients and clients named our parrot family.
We give a Happy (finger puppet) to every client to take selfies with while on their trips. We ask that you post pictures to our Red Parrot Travel Facebook page to show what fun you are having. Once a quarter we select the most creative photo and that person gets a special gift from Red Parrot Travel. So get posting great pictures from Jamaica with Happy! Here is the link to our Facebook page.
Thank you so much for using Red Parrot Travel. You are supporting Small Business by using our travel service. I am very proud to say this is the 39th year of my travel career. We take great pride in offering personalized service and we sincerely appreciate the opportunity to plan your trip to Jamaica. Have a wonderful time and we hope to see some posts on the Red Parrot Travel Facebook page!
Please keep us in mind for your next travel adventure anywhere, around the world. Wishing you a wonderful trip to Jamaica!
Tammy and Rick