Holidays in Jamaica
This island needs no introduction, the home of reggae music and jerk chicken, Jamaica's popularity has made it a must-visit destination in the Caribbean. The blue mountains provide for some amazing scenery (and coffee), whilst the beaches on the north coast of the island are perfect for beach-life water sports.
With the diversity of accommodation, Jamaica is perfect for families and couple alike. The Caribbean favourite offers something for everyone. Destinations like Ricks Café, Martha Brea and Dunn's River Falls are must see attractions!
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When to go to Jamaica
The high season runs from mid December to mid April when hotel prices will rise and you will need to book up to a year in advance to get the best deals.
We recommend that you try travelling to Jamaica at other times if you are not bound by school holidays, where you will find some great hotel and airfare deals. Check out our latest deals to Jamaica with Virgin Atlantic and British Airways.
Weather in Jamaica
On the coast temperatures are typically a minimum of 22°C and a maximum of around 30°C year round.
There is a rainy season in May and October and November. The wettest part of the island is the North Eastern corner around Port Antonio..
You will encounter wetter weather in the blue mountains with cool mornings and evenings. The hurricane season runs from June to November but you can get good weather spells at either side of this period.
Approx 10 Hours
GMT - 6 hours (Atlantic Standard Time)
Mid Dec – Mid April
Jamaica in essence
Tipping – Restaurant and hotel staff expect 10-15% of the bill and a small amount if the service is already included.
Voltage – This varies from 110 to 220 volts depending on the hotel so best to check directly.
Time Difference – GMT – 5 hours (- 6 hours during British summertime).
Country dialing code +876.
Departure tax – This is normally payable in Jamaican or US dollars but check at your hotel on the specific amount payable.
Need to know
Emergencies - Dial 119 for police emergencies and 110 for Fire and Ambulance.
Security in Jamaica – Many visitors travel to the island each year and do not have any incidents however we recommend that you do not walk about in downtown Kingston at night and exercise extreme caution at all times. Take advice from the locals as to any city areas you should avoid at all times. Use your hotel safe or security boxes to store your valuables. Avoid driving at night outside towns, especially in the mountains.
Other Risks - When taking a boat trip check that the boat operator has sails or oars in the event of an engine breakdown, a radio and lifejackets and equipment in the event of a fire. Accidents do happen and boats can break down. When sourcing a water sport provider that is not affiliated to your hotel, make sure they are properly licenced to provide those services, avoid approaches on the beach from vendors offering water sport. A good way to deal with unwanted beach hawkers or hawkers generally is a polite “no thank you”! and stick to your guns.
How it works with Caribbee
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We know your time is precious, so we’ll do all the hard work to find the arrangements that best suits you. Together We’ll go through our options in our office, on the phone or by email if you wish.
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Together we will tweak your holiday until you are 100% happy with it. When you’re ready to book, we will ask for a deposit and then get everything booked and confirmed.
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Leave the worrying to us, we’ll make a pre-departure checklist to make sure everything is ready for your holiday, then relax and enjoy your holiday!