Read this blog to the rhythm of your favorite Reggae song.
True to Bob Marley’s lyric, “You’re in Jamaica: C’mon and smile!” Jamaica is the land of great places to see, food to eat, and culture to experience.
Everyone wants a trip to Jamaica, and I am sure that includes you. We had a lot of lovely and perfect, summer, sunset vacations in Jamaica, and all our clients are well and truly satisfied with their experience.
A well-planned vacation is an enjoyable vacation. To make the most of your trip, here are five essential things you must know before you hop on the plane to Jamaica. These five tips will give you a heads-up on what to expect when you step foot on the island.
- Jamaica is SAFE
Safety will always be a significant factor when it comes to planning trips. The US Department of State considers Jamaica to be a safe place to visit. A lot of tourists visit Jamaica every year, mostly flocking to Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios, and Falmouth. Falmouth is a popular luxury cruise port.
Even though Jamaica is safe, we must always practice constant vigilance. It is better to stick and stay in well-populated areas throughout your stay.
- You can freely speak English.
English is the official language of Jamaica, and people here can understand and communicate with you. No Language Barrier! However, their primary spoken tongue is a creole called Patois/Patwa (depending on the location). It is English based, and it may sound different, but the basics are there, and you certainly do not have to resort to sign or body language.
- Transportation can get very expensive
You don’t have to worry about transportation if you plan to stay in your hotel or resort for most of your vacation. The local buses and taxis serve as the primary transportation in Jamaica, but getting around the place can get pricey. If you want to explore other areas that require a long ride, you can rent a car instead. It will be more affordable, private, and secure.
- You can drink the water straight from the tap.
You do not need to purchase bottled drinking water or worry about getting sick from drinking tap water. You can refill your water bottle, and you’re good to go.
- Timeshares are a thing
Timeshares are offers of free or reduced fees to stay on a property. You do not have to accept them, and you are free to decline or say no when asked if you would like to come to a free no-obligation presentation. Timeshares are popular in Jamaica, and people will approach you anywhere anytime to get you to listen to their spiel. Don’t use up your precious vacation time with these offers.
These five knowledge bombs will help prepare you for your upcoming trip. It will give you enough nuggets to know what to expect and more than a little mystery to keep you excited!
Let us help you plan your next fantastic getaway! Schedule a call and let’s chat.