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  • Altitude 17.43 degrees/18.43 degrees north.
    • Longitude 76.11 degrees/78.21 degrees west.
    • Annual average temperature is 82 degrees F.

 

AIRLINES:

Air Canada.
Air Jamaica.
ALM.
American Airlines.
American Trans Air.
Avianca.
British Airways.
BWIA.
Cayman Airways.
Condor.
Continental.
COPA.
Cubana.
LTU.
Northwest.
Trans World Airlines.
US Air.

If you are excited about visiting the beautiful Caribbean country of Jamaica then you have probably searched online for holidays 2012 and tour packages from various resorts and travel agencies which are located within the immediate vicinity. If you want a real holiday experience with a magnificent view of the beach and equipped with standard amenities and facilities then comes highly recommended for people who want to experience the real Jamaica while on a budget.

AIRPORTS:

(KGN)-Norman Manley International Airport, 13 miles from Kingston.
(MBJ)-Donald Sangster International Airport, 2 miles from downtown Montego Bay.
Sangster to: Ocho Rios 1 hours Negril 1 hours Manley to Port Antonio is 2 hours

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Citizens of the US and Canada do not require a visa to go to Jamaica as tourists, and are permitted to visit the island for a period not exceeding six months.

Citizens 16 years and older of these countries may use the following documents for entry: valid passport (or passport which has expired for a period not exceeding one year), or an original Birth Certificate (with raised seal) along with a photo ID (documents must bear the same name).

Residents may use an alien registration card, however, some residents may require a visa. Press personnel on assignment will require a work permit. Additionally, all visitors are required to travel with a round-trip or onward airline ticket for entry into Jamaica.

UK: Commonwealth citizens need passport (no visa required). All other countries, please contact the JTB office near you for requirements.

Japan: passport required. (Visa required for stay of over 30 days). Commonwealth citizens need a passport, no visa is required (except for citizens of Pakistan and Sri Lanka).

Indian citizens will not require a visa for a maximum stay of ten (10) days in the island, but will require visa in excess of ten days.

GATEWAYS/FLYING TIMES:

  • To Baltimore-3 hours
  • Boston-3 hours 40 mins.
  • Chicago-3 hours 45 mins.
  • Dallas-3 hours 20 mins.
  • Los Angeles-5 hours 30 mins.
  • Miami-1 hour 25 mins.
  • New Orleans-3 hours
  • New York-3 hours 20 mins.
  • Toronto-4 hours

MONEY/BUSINESS GUIDE:

BANKS:

Bank of Jamaica. Bank of Nova Scotia JA Ltd. CIBC, JA Ltd. Citibank. Citizens Bank (Jamaica) Ltd. Eagle Merchant bank. National Commercial bank. Workers bank.

BANKING HOURS:

Monday to Thursday 9 AM-2 PM.
Friday: CIBC JA. Ltd. & Eagle Commercial Bank 9 AM-12 PM & 2:30-5:00 PM.
All other commercial Banks 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Exchange Bureaus are open in Montego Bay and Kingston airports for all international flight arrivals and departures.

BUSINESS HOURS:

Monday to Friday 0900-1700.
Shopping Monday to Friday 0900-1700. Saturday 1000-1800.

AMERICAN TAX DEDUCTION

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:

(1999)
New Year's Day.
February 28: Ash Wednesday.
April 10: Good Friday.
April 13: Easter Monday.
May 23 (will be celebrated May 25): Labour Day.
August 1: Emancipation Day.
August 6: Independence Day.
October 19: National Heroes Day.
December 25: Christmas Day.
December 26: Boxing Day.

CURRENCY:

The official rate of exchange fluctuates daily, depending on foreign exchange markets. As of 10/10/2009: US1.00=JA87.60. There are several licensed authorized foreign exchange dealers located island wide. These are called cambios.

TAXES & SERVICE CHARGES:

Departure tax is JA2,000 or US equivalent (this rate is subject to change without prior notice due to the fluctuation of the Jamaican dollar) or its equivalent in foreign currency is payable at the airport upon departure.
General Consumption Tax: a 15% government tax has been introduced to replace the accommodations and other indirect taxes.
Tax Free Status: Due to a tax treaty passed in 1981 with the US, all expenses incurred for holding meetings or conventions in Jamaica are tax deductible.

COUNTRY PROFILE

GEOGRAPHY:

Latitude 17.43 degrees/18.43 degrees north. Longitude 76.11 degrees/78.21 degrees west. The highest point above sea level is the Blue Mountain Peak at 7,402 ft. Mountainous, with some 120 rivers throughout the island. Jamaica is also known for its flora and fauna with over 200 species of orchids, 550 varieties of ferns and 250 species of birds of which 24 are endemic. The country is the third largest in the Caribbean, 146 miles long and varying between 22 miles and 51 miles in width. Beaches are found along all the island's coasts.

CLIMATE:

Temperatures high/low-Summer 80 degrees F/70-80 degrees F. Winter 80 degrees F/70 degrees F.
Annual average temperature is 82 degrees F.
In the hills it's cooler with an average temperature around 70 degrees F.
In Kingston, humidity ranges from 63% in February to 75% in October.
In Montego Bay, humidity ranges from 71 to 77
Average rainfall is 77" annually.
Approx sunrise/sunset 0600/1900.

HISTORY:

Settled by the Taino Indians, Jamaica comes from the word Xaymaca meaning Land of Wood and Water. Ruled by the Spanish and subsequently the British, Jamaica gained her independence on August 6, 1962. The country's motto, "Out of Many, One People" refers to the many heritages of people that make up the island.

LANGUAGE:

The official language spoken is English. Patois, a mix of English and African, is also spoken.

POPULATION:

2.5 million.

WHAT TO SEE & DO

RENTALS

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DINING:

Restaurants available - Local Fast food. Gourmet. International Tipping: 10-15% (Some hotels have a built in service charge). Dress code is casual or casually elegant. Some hotel restaurants do require jacket and ties, particularly in the winter season.

NIGHTLIFE:

Entertainment available includes-Discos. Fashion shows and beauty contests. Stage shows and folkloric song and dance shows. Nightclubs. Dinner/Dances. Theaters. Live music. Cinemas.

SHOPPING:

Locally produced items-Blue Mountain Coffee. Tia Maria. Rum. Pimento (all spice). Straw items. Wood carvings. Craft items. Resort wear. Jewelry. Handmade linens, tablecloths. Duty free items are available at approximately 20-50% off stateside prices.

ATTRACTIONS/SIGHTSEEING:

Falmouth: Martha Brae Rafting. Kingston: Bob Marley Museum. Castleton Botanical Gardens. Caymanas Par Craighton House & Estate. Devon House. Fort Charles & Maritime Museum. Hope Botanical Gardens. Institute of Jamaica. Jamaica Conference Center. Jamaica Defense Force Museum (The Military Museum by appointments only). Kings House. Lime Cay. Museum of Historical Archaeology. National Art Gallery. Port Royal Marine Laboratory of the University of the West Indies. Rockfort Mineral Bath.

Mandeville/South Coast: Appleton Estate Tours. Apple Valley Farm Tour. Holland Bamboo Avenue. Lovers Leap. Marshalls Pen. Mayfield Ranch. Milk River Bath. Salt Pond. South Coast Safari. St. Elizabeth Safaris. Treasure Beach. YS Falls.

Montego Bay: Accompong Maroon Tour. Appleton Express. Barnett Estate Great House, Plantation Tour. Belvedere Estate Tour. Great House Plantation. Cockpit Country Tour. Cornwall Beach. Croydon in the Mountains. Doctors Cave Beach. Evening on the Great River. Greenwood Great House. Hampden Great House Tour. Hilton High Day Tour. Montego Bay Marine Par Mountain Valley Rafting at Lethe. Rocklands Bird Sanctuary. Rose Hall Great House. Tryall Water Wheel Walter Fletcher Beach.

Negril: Country Western Riding Stables. Negril Lighthouse. Rhodes Hall Plantation. Anancy Fun Par

Ocho Rios: Calypso Rafting. Chukka Cove. Columbus Par Coyaba River Garden & Museum Noel Cowards Firefly. Danielle's Garden Harmony Hal Dunns River Falls & Par Evening on the White River. Fern Gully. Firefly. Harmony Hal Irie Beach. Jamaica Farewell (a trade show, venued at Little Pub Hotel/Restaurant, where one may go to see cabaret performances). Jamaica Night on the White River. Prospect Plantation Tour. Puerto Seco Beach. Seville Great House. Shaw Park Gardens. Sleepy Hollow Par Sonrise Beach Retreat. Sun Valley Plantation Tour. Wilderness Resort Limited.

Port Antonio: The Blue Lagoon Boston Beach. Castleton Gardens. Caves of Nonsuch. Crystal Spring Resort. Day on Navy Island. Rio Grande Rafting. Somerset Falls. Portmore: Fort Clarence Beach.

Runaway Bay: Chukka Cove Farm Ltd.

SPORTS:

Aerobics, Croquet, Deep Sea Fishing, Golf, Horseback Riding, Para-Sailing, Polo. Racquetball, Sailing. Scuba Diving. Squash. Snorkeling. Softball,  Tennis. Watersports.
Spectator Sports: Cricket, Horse Racing, Netball, Rugby, Soccer, Track & Field.

TRANSPORTATION:

Driving is on the left hand side of the road. Rentals available include-Cars, mopeds and bicycles. Temporary license/permit requirements-A US driver's license is valid for up to three months per visit. A UK driver's license is valid for up to 12 months per visit. Japanese driver's license is valid for up to one month from time of entry. Local Services-Taxi, tour buses, intra island flights. Sightseeing and visitor transfer bus service available in all resort areas.

ELECTRICITY:

110 Volts/50 AC is standard. 220 volts is available in some hotels. Some hotels supply adaptors.

MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS:

Visitors can be married just 24 hours after arriving in Jamaica providing prior application has been made for marriage license.
1) Proof of citizenship, certified Birth Certificate, which includes father's name.
2) Parents' written consent if under 21.
3) Proof of divorce (if applicable) - original Certificate of Divorce.
4) Certified Death Certificate for widow or widower. Blood test: none. Persons need to have a heterosexual relationship for marriage as a prerequisite.

MEDICAL FACILITIES:

There are facilities in all major resort areas as well as drug stores that provide pharmaceuticals. There are private doctors and dentists throughout the island.

PET REGULATIONS:

Pets are not allowed into the country.

RELIGION:

There are many religious sects in Jamaica, including Anglicans, Catholics, Episcopalians, Jewish, Pentecostals and Presbyterians Churches and Houses of Worship are found island wide.