Jamaica, Caribbean: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Joel Fulleda

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Jamaica, land of Bob Marley and undisputed destination for fans of reggae culture, hides unimaginable natural treasures and is a place rich in cultures and traditions. Its beaches are for the most part unspoiled, the sea hosts a beautiful coral reef, the vegetation all around is luxuriant and the mountainous areas are crossed by rivers and waterfalls, creating natural oases in the middle of the forest.

All this is accompanied by a extremely pleasant climate and the kindness and hospitality of the local people. In short, a paradise! If we have made you think of your next destination, then read our information on where is it, when to go and what to see in Jamaica!


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 11 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do in Jamaica: excursions and tours
  6. How much does a Jamaica vacation cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments
  8. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 2.990.561
  • Capital: Kingston
  • Languages: English and Jamaican Creole
  • Local currency: Jamaican dollar (€ 1,00 = 152,42JMD)
  • Weather: tropical climate, average temperatures 24/33 ° C
  • vaccinations: the yellow fever vaccine is mandatory for those who have even only traveled for more than 12 hours in a country at risk of transmission (mostly African nations and some territories in South America). For those arriving from Italy or North America no vaccine is required.
  • Entry requirements: a passport with a residual validity of at least six months is required
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Jamaica is a large Caribbean island bathed on all sides by the Caribbean Sea. It is a state in itself, with its own government, its own laws and its own currency.

    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: to get to Jamaica there are no direct flights from either Milan or Rome. You must always make at least one stopover and in the worst case even three, taking into account a trip that can last from 17 hours to over 30. The main arrival airports in Jamaica are Kingston and Montego Bay and the stopovers usually take place in Miami or New York flying with American Airlines, Air France, British Airways and Caribbean Airlines.
      Flights to Kingston from € 557,00 - Flights to Montego Bay from € 569,00
    • From the main European capitals: many European cities are well connected with Kingston and Montego Bay but unfortunately there are no direct flights even in this case. The cities from which to depart and reach Jamaica in less than 20 hours are London with American Airlines, Madrid with Iberia and Amsterdam with Delta, making only one stopover in Miami, Atlanta or New York.

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: tropical climate with constantly high temperatures between 22 and 33 ° C, sea temperature that always touches 30 ° C and rains present throughout the year but more scarce between December and March
    • Best time: from December to March when the rains are less frequent and not abundant
    • Period to avoid: from June to November is the rainiest season, but above all the risk of hurricanes is very high
    • Advice: Before booking your holiday, however, take a look at the local weather of the areas you intend to visit given the size of the island. As for clothing you will need only light clothes but equip yourself with a lot of insect repellent,

    11 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Kingston: we naturally start from the capital, from a cultural point of view it is the most representative place on the island. Do not miss the National Gallery, the Marley Museum but also its many typical clubs and bars, where you can dance until late at night to the notes of traditional reggae music.
    2. James Bond Beach: it is among the most known and appreciated beaches of Jamaica, located in a cove in the north-east of the island where the water is always flat and bathes the golden sand surrounded by thick vegetation
    3. Ocho Rios Bay Beach: it is a small bay always in the north of Jamaica formed by a long expanse of golden sand with palm trees and several resorts behind it, an area certainly more urban than the previous one and with a greater offer of services
    4. Bloody bay: it is a long white beach enclosed in a cove in the town of Negril, one of the most popular areas of Jamaica, where tranquility and relaxation are the masters together with the beautiful crystal clear sea
    5. Lime Cay: it is a tiny island located a few kilometers from the coast of Kingston, an uninhabited and wild place, where you will find only the beautiful Jamaican nature and lots of peace
    6. Hellshire Beach: it is a long white beach a few kilometers from Kingston. It can be considered the beach of the local people where there are no resorts but huts and shacks of the homonymous village and above all many family restaurants in which to eat excellent fish
    7. Reggae Beach: also known as Bamboo Beach, it is a beach located on the north coast of Jamaica characterized by white sand, clear sea, coral reef and lush vegetation among which obviously reggae-themed clubs emerge
    8. Booby Cay: it is a small island a few meters from the Jamaican west coast to which it is sometimes connected by a thin strip of sand, the best place for snorkeling and diving while observing the colorful coral reef
    9. Somerset Falls: they are picturesque waterfalls not far from the north coast very pleasant to visit on a typical boat crossing canals immersed in the forest
    10. Cool Blue Hole: it is a natural pool of very clear water created and fed by a waterfall. An excursion that is as fascinating as it is fun during which you can relax in the middle of the forest and dive using the many lianas
    11. Blue Mountains National Park: is a large mountainous area in the east of Jamaica. Inside, in addition of course to mountains and forests, rivers cross it and various points with waterfalls. This is certainly the perfect place for trekking lovers!

    What to do in Jamaica: excursions and tours

    How much does a Jamaica vacation cost? Prices, offers and advice

    A trip to Jamaica can be considered very cheap, starting with the complete flight + hotel packages they offer one week accommodation in resort or villa with all-inclusive formula from € 800,00 and we refer to the most popular tourist locations. However, if you prefer a guest house with only breakfast included, then a package can cost as little as € 600,00 and the latter is the option we recommend most if you want to experience the true Jamaican atmosphere.

    In any case, if you don't like packages and you are a "do it yourself" traveler, in Jamaica you can find it various accommodations starting from € 10,00 per night (obviously variable price based on the areas and your demands), car rental from € 20,00 per day and public transport for a few cents

    Costs in Jamaica are really low and you can think, for example, of eating in different places every day and moving everywhere, in fact we are talking about just € 5,00 for a meal in an average restaurant. Finally excursions, which as in most tourist places, they are the most expensive service you will find, but by renting a car you can get anywhere independently!

    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 9,00 per room -
    • starting from € 551,00 -
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

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