General Description: A warm welcome is always guaranteed here, on the third largest island in the Caribbean. The islands centre is ridged with the majestic ‘Blue Mountains’ which are covered in rainforests. Add in 150 rivers, countless waterfalls and flowering plants and you will realise a veritable garden of Eden awaits you.
Montego Bay on the north coast is the tourist hub and where most holiday makers arrive in Jamaica and is home to a hectic nightlife on the ‘hip strip’ in the heart of the city.
Negril on the islands western tip used to be a popular hippie commune back in the 60’s and has somehow managed to maintain that ‘Irie’ laid back feeling to this day. 7 mile beach is the areas focal point and is dotted with hotels for every budget, an assortment of bars, clubs and restaurants and a multitude of water sports.
Ocho Rios on the north coast more or less falls in between the above with its popular markets and duty free shopping. Some of the best excursions on the island are also within close proximity. Offering a wide diversity of restaurants for all tastes it also offers many bars & clubs to visiting guests.
Where it is located: Situated in the western Caribbean, it is just 140KM’s south of Cuba.
The Capital: Kingston
International Airport: The two main airports that are used by Irish guests are Sangster International Airport (MBJ), in Montego Bay and Norman Manley International Airport (KIN), in Kingston.
Getting There: Connections are available with British Airways into Kingston and Virgin into Montego Bay, both via London Gatwick. Many options are also available via the United States.
Entry Regulations: Passport valid for at least 6 months after travel date.
Departure tax: It is usually included in the purchased airline ticket.
Cost of living: Generally, the cost of living is lower in Jamaica than in America and is also lower than many of the other islands in the Caribbean.
Local Currency: Jamaican dollar
Official Language: Jamaican English
Did you know: Jamaica’s most famous export is probably the banana but this wasn’t a native crop, it was introduced from the Canary Islands in the sixteenth century. Ian Fleming – creator of James Bond – wrote 17 of the James Bond novels in his villa Golden Eye near Ocho Rios. The inspiration for New York rap music stems from Jamaican disc jockeys, who used to talk, or toast, over records in clubs.
Cost of living: Generally cheaper than Ireland especially local food and drink.
Local Currency: Jamaican Dollar. US dollars are widely accepted.
Official Language: English
Don’t Miss: Dunn’s River Falls where you can climb from the beach to the top of the waterfalls. The party at Rick’s Café in Negril – voted one of the Top 10 bars in the world. The Canopy Tour – an adrenaline filled excursion through the tree tops of the Blue Mountains. The amazing golf on offer on the islands north coast.