As flights to Jamaica descend, travellers see where the mountains and the sea come together. Influenced by Britain, Spain, Asia and Africa, it’s impossible to travel to Jamaica without sampling the jerk cuisine or taking in some reggae, the island’s official sound.
Whether along the Pacific or the Caribbean coast, travellers take pleasure in long, lazy days on the beach with a cold cerveza, spectacular ocean views, deliciously fresh products, and many activities, including deep-sea diving and visiting Mexico’s archaeological and historical sites.
Montego Bay’s luminescent lagoon attracts tourists from far and wide. Tourists have fun shopping at the local markets or in upscale duty free shops. For avid golfers, the 18-hole course located on Rose Hall Plantation is a must.
In Negril, furthest to the west, the sun beats down along the white sand beaches for more than 7 miles. It’s a beautiful spot to watch the sunset. And because it’s still relatively underdeveloped, it offers a very attractive kind of casualness not found on other parts of the island.
Montego Bay’s Georgian style buildings spoil architectural enthusiasts. South of Ocho Rios, ecotourists can admire the gardens of Shaw Park and River Covaba. And in Negril, Rick's Café invites daredevils to cliff dive. All three cities have restaurants for all tastes, as well as flamboyant nightlives.
The famous Blue Mountains in Jamaica attract lovers of beautiful landscapes. The steep slopes offer breathtaking views, to the delight of hikers. And at the foot of these mountains is Port Antonio, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful harbours in the world.
The Jamaican dollar (JMD) is the official currency of Jamaica. The U.S. dollar is however accepted in most tourist shops. We suggest bringing Jamaican dollars as well as U.S. dollars. Credit cards are accepted everywhere.
English is the official language, but the most widely spoken language is Jamaican Creole (Patwa), a mixture of Jamaican slang, Creole, Spanish and African.
For more information about passport and visa requirements, visit the Government of Canada travel website.
Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website or ask your health professional for more information about vaccinations.
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