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If Jamaica were a religion, "no problem" would be its ritual chant, jerk chicken would be manna and views of lush, green mountains would replace stained glass. Baptisms would take place in a cool stream below a waterfall, and Red Stripe beer would serve as holy water. That pretty much sums up the spiritual side of island life.

From each glorious morning sunrise to the iridescence of the sunset, Jamaica presents a magnificent kaleidoscope of color and beauty that has made the island the most precious jewel in the Caribbean. It is a land of warm and welcoming people, inspiring scenery and so many unique and engaging ways to experience it; you'll want to go back again and again.

Ethnic diversity has endowed the island of Jamaica with a multifaceted cultural mosaic that has enriched her cultural expression. It is what makes a visit to Jamaica unlike a visit to any other place on earth.

 

From music and dance to theatre, film and the fine arts; whether you're looking to retrace roots or just take in something new and different, you'll find more to learn about and lots more to love in Jamaica, long considered the cultural capital of the Caribbean. Of course, Jamaica's pop music, reggae, has become known and loved around the world, made famous by the legendary Bob Marley, and much of Jamaica's culture and heritage revolves around its extraordinary accomplishments in the world music arena.

If you're the type of traveler who just won't take it lying down, Jamaica offers just about every kind of recreational activity you can dream of.

Jamaican made arts and crafts items are featured regularly at fairs, festivals and special seasonal exhibits throughout the island, and of course, are available at shops island wide should you wish to take home a memento with artistic value.

Jamaica's history is told by the food Jamaicans eat. The cassava the Arawaks grew is used today as "bammie," a toasted flat cake eaten with fried fish. The Maroons, always on the run, devised a way of spicing and slow cooking pork that they called "jerking", today's visitor tastes jerk chicken and fish as well. To feed the slaves cheaply and well, the ackee fruit was brought from Africa, as were breadfruit and a variety of yams and root vegetables.

Jamaica's history stretches back beyond even when Columbus first sighted land on his second voyage to the New World in 1494. From the gentle Taino Indians to the Spanish Mariners and from the English conquerors and migrants from Palestine, India and China who followed, to August 6, 1962 when the Union Jack was lowered and the Black, Green and Gold flag was raised for the first time and Jamaica became an independent nation, Jamaica's heritage is rich and exciting. And several fine museums dot Jamaica's landscape where the visitor can journey back through the centuries to the very beginnings of the island's history and culture.

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Airport Description

Montego Bay International, Norman Manley International.

Best Time to Visit

December 15 - April 14, winter is the best and most popular time to visit.

Resort Areas

Montego Bay, Negril, Falmouth, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio, Kingston, Spanish Town, and Mandeville.

Travel with minors

Minors traveling with only one parent or adults other than their parents must have a notarized letter from the absent parent(s) authorizing them to be taken out of the country. If the parent is deceased, a copy of the death certificate will be required for check in at the airport.

Bank Information

Banking hours: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Monday to Thursday; 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, and then 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm Friday.

ATM Available

No

Currency

Jamaican Dollar.

Departure Taxes

$28.00 U.S. (These departure taxes are usually included in package prices)

Drinking Water

All drinking water in Jamaica is purified and filtered by modern methods. Bottled water is available.

Duty Free Shopping

Duty free is available in the airport, U.S. citizens can return with goods up to the value of $150, including 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars,2 litre of spirits,2 litres of wine.

Climate/Topography

Jamaica, about 235 km (146 mi) long and 82 km (51 mi) at its widest point, is bisected by highlands, bending east and west, that cover 80% of the island. The highest elevations are in the Blue Mountains to the east. The coastal plains are widest and most arid to the south. Most of the soil of the island, particularly in the central section, contains a high percentage of limestone, making cultivation difficult. Rainwater does not remain near the surface but percolates through the limestone soil to unusable depths. The island has few large rivers; only the Black River is navigable. The mean annual temperature is about 27 C (80 F) on the coast. Annual rainfall averages 1,955 mm (77 in), but it reaches 5,080 mm (200 in) in some mountainous regions. Jamaica has a great diversity of vegetation, although many areas have been cleared for agriculture. The climate is tropical all year, temperate in mountain areas, it may tend to get a little cooler in the evenings. The rainy months are May and October, but showers may occur at any time.

Electricity

110 volts AC, 50Hz, single phase.

Gambling

There is no casino gambling in Jamaica, although a number of resorts have game rooms with slot machines. The only legal betting is on horse racing at Caymanas Park Race Track in Kingston.

Innoculations/Vaccination

No vaccinations are required to enter the country unless, in the last 6 weeks, you have visited: Asia, Africa, Central & South America, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Trinidad or Tobago

Language

Official language is English.

Location Description

Jamaica, a nation in the West Indies, occupies the third largest island in the Caribbean Sea. Located south of Cuba and west of Hispaniola, Jamaica is slightly larger than the island of Hawaii. Kingston is its capital.

Proof of Citizenship

Valid U.S. passport, or state issued birth certificate with raised seal and photo ID backup.

Golf Courses

Montego Bay
The Half Moon Golf Course
is a Par-72 championship course designed in 1961 by renowned course architect, Robert Trent Jones. Sculpted from the foothills of the western Jamaican coastline, the course has an international reputation for being challenging and beautiful. A member of Jack Nicklaus's "Great Golf Resorts of the World," Half Moon has hosted a number of prestigious tournaments. With four tee markers on every hole, scratch golfers and beginners will find an enjoyable challenge as they tackle Robert Trent Jones's design and the ever-present trade winds. The Half Moon Club also offers a full service Golf Shop and the David Leadbetter Golf Academy.
The Ocean Course at Wyndham Rose Hall is renowned for its imaginative layout and historic site, with a bedeviling Par 4 8th hole only 322 yds from the rear tees, but ominously close to the Caribbean along its left-hand side. This challenging, recently renovated 18-hole Par 72 course stretches to 6,590 yards, with breathtaking views of Jamaica's Blue Mountains and the Caribbean Sea.
The White Witch Golf Course winds through the mountains of Jamaica's historic 4,000 acre Rose Hall Plantation, along 200 acres of lush greenery and rolling countryside, with panoramic views of the ocean, mountains and island. Located at The Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall, this 6,800-yard 18 hole Robert von Hagge design is set along 1,500 feet of beachfront, with multiple tee locations and dramatic elevation changes.
Tryall Golf Course is a 6,221-yard, Par 72 course widely considered among the finest in the Caribbean. Tryall attracts the game's leading players and prestigious international events, like the Johnnie Walker World Championships, Mazda Champions, Jamaica Classic and Shell's Wonderful World of Golf. Designed by Ralph Plummer, the course's sculpted fairways and manicured greens meander through forest-green hills, between stands of coconut palms and fruit trees, round lily-padded ponds, down to a one-and-a-half mile long shoreline.
Ironshore is an 18-hole, Par 72 course noted for a challenging layout with a number of intriguing blind holes and a total of 6,633 yards. This is a links-type course, with well-bunkered greens requiring accuracy and steely-nerved approaches.

Negril
Negril Hills
is an 18-hole, par-72 course measuring 6,333 yards, with gently undulating fairways, elevated tees and greens, picturesque water hazards and lush vegetation. Located in the lush green hills high above the white beaches of Negril, this sporty course offers the challenging topography and natural beauty that characterizes the great golf courses of the world. A tennis court, restaurant, pro-shop and club house are all on the property.

Runaway Bay
The Superclubs Breezes Runaway Bay Course
is a Par 72, 18-hole championship course offering an exhilarating experience for beginners and accomplished golfers alike. Designed by Commander John Harris, the course was opened in 1960 and features sand bunkers, long rolling fairways, and large flat greens protected by grassy mounds. The host of many championship events, the course measures 5,389 yards and is slope rated 117 from the forward trees. From the back it measures 6,870 yards and is slope rated 124. The course is well trapped, protecting it from certain errand shots and wind gusts of up to 35 mph. Guests of the resort receive unlimited greens fees and complimentary entrance to the on-site golf school.

Ocho Rios
Sandals Golf & Country Club
is an 18 hole, Par 71 course with a total of 6,311 yards, located two miles from Ocho Rios,amidst verdant hills 700 feet above sea level. This is one of Jamaica's most scenic courses, noted for majestic trees, rolling fairways, constant breezes, a plantation clubhouse and a 10th hole offering a spectacular view of the Caribbean.

Dress Description

Lightweight tropical clothing is best suited throughout the year. On the beaches shorts and swimwear are acceptable. A light sweater is suggested for evening, especially in the winter months. Some hotels require casual evening wear for women and a jacket for men when dining. Laundering and dry cleaning facilities are available.

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Rental Car Information

To rent a vehicle, the driver must be 25 years of age. A valid drivers license, valid for 12 months, may be used for up to a 3 month period. The driver must post a bond to meet insurance regulations with cash, major credit card, or travelers checks. Rentals are available from many different companies.

Time Zone

Eastern Standard Time/No Daylight Savings

Tipping & Taxes

Hotels have a service charge of 10-15%, the same amount is generally accepted at restaurants.

Tourist Board Phone #

(800) 233-4582

Wedding Requirement

Original or certified copies of birth certificates. If either party is divorced, original or certified copies of divorce papers. If either party is widowed, original or certified copies of spouse's death certificate. Couple must be in Jamaica for 48 hrs.

Weather Conditions

Jamaica's average annual temperature is 80F / 27C. The average yearly temperature range is between 78F and 85F. Extreme temperatures range from a low of 65F to a high of 95F.

 

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