Third largest island in the Greater Antilles, Jamaica represents one of the most popular islands for travel in the Caribbean. Fifth largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica was referred to as Xaymaca or the Land of Wood and Water or Land of Springs. Claimed by Spain after the arrival of Columbus in 1494, Jamaica is now a part of the British Commonwealth and gained its independence in 1962. Known for its natural beauty as well as its unique food, its music and its events, it is also popular for its beaches and its temperate climate. If planning a trip to Jamaica, consider the following tips before you travel.
Entry and Exit Requirements – U.S. citizens may travel without a Visa however, you must have a valid passport and a return ticket to the U.S. Citizens from Canada must have a a valid passport as well as government issued photo id and birth certificate.
The weather in Jamaica is generally warm and sunny throughout the year however, during its two rainy season from May to June and September to November, you should expect to see some rain. Often quite humid, you are more likely to see serious weather including hurricanes in the months of June to September.
The currency of Jamaica is the Jamaican dollar and it is the only accepted currency. You may exchange your money before you leave in the U.S. or use any of a number of commercial banks in Jamaica as well. Most businesses will accept major credit cards.
While there are no major problems with health in Jamaica, there have a many incidents in the past of Dengue Fever. Understand what to expect and research before you leave.
Driving in Jamaica is not difficult but it is different. Understand that most Jamaicans drive on the left hand side of the road and that the speed limit is posted in kilometers. International drivers licenses are permitted and travelers from the U.S. may also used their local license for up to 3 months.
You can learn more about travel in Jamaica by visiting Travel.State.Gov and visiting the Jamaica Country Specific information.
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