Making the Most of Your Jamaican Vacation: Tips and Tricks

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Jamaica is renowned for its Reggae culture and is home to the legendary Bob Marley. From coffees, crafted rums and beaches to waterfalls, Jamaica offers it all! A great mix of adventure and tranquillity, to say the least, Jamaica is incredibly charming, and you will leave asking for more.

However, there are some tips to make the most of your Caribbean vacation. 

Look for Montego Bay Jamaica resorts 

Staying in all-inclusive resorts can be great for your Jamaican trip. The country has lots to offer, with resorts, hotels and infinity pools. The best way to explore Jamaica is to park at these properties. Doing so shall give you a feel of the global taste, such as the best attractions and eateries.

Take Precautions

However, being completely carefree and letting loose is not a good idea either. It can backfire! Tourists should bring a black plastic bag for storing essentials. Doing so shall save them from becoming prey to theft. Thieves and locals would not suspect that the plastic bag contains a camera, money or any valuable items. When taking precautions and safety measures, avoid hitchhiking and travelling at night. 

Carry a mosquito net

Jamaican mosquitoes are not carriers of malaria. But the region is riddled with occasional outbreaks of dengue fever. Some guesthouses and hotels do not provide mosquito nets. To play it safe, one should bring their own. 

Beyond the beaches

Although Jamaican beaches are mesmerising and rejuvenating, there is a lot more. Jamaica is also known for its turquoise-blue Caribbean waters, white sand beaches, lush green mountains, caverns, waterfalls and remote settlements. 

As for the last one, you can contact the elders in advance to seek permission to visit the Rastafari Indigenous Village, which sits outside Montego Bay. Tourists can also go for guided tours and indulge in activities such as calm rafting and waterfall combo trips.

Getting around in towns and cities

The primary towns get served by comfortable, air-conditioned buses, minibuses and route taxis. One can get around using public transportation. As for route taxis, these are common in Jamaica. Each taxi follows a specific itinerary and charges a set cost. These get deemed less expensive than private taxis. They are alternatively known as chartered taxis. 

However, exploring remote destinations calls for ample time and patience. Another alternative is to get your set of wheels. One can also consider hiring vehicles.

Eat Local

Local eateries are comparatively less expensive yet delicious. Also, they serve a more traditional cuisine than popular names. Most local restaurants also offer highly distinctive Jamaican cuisine and beverages. Jamaican cuisine is effervescent of wide-ranging spices and flavours. One should indulge in delicacies such as Curry Goat, Oxtail and Escovitch Fish, typical Jamaican meals. Your tastebuds will be left feeling tantalised. 

Pack sunblock and insect repellents

Travellers should also carry a hat, some sunblock and repellent for midges. The reason is that the sun is always blazing, and the Caribbean gets riddled with scorching heat. Better yet, carry a pair of sunglasses too. 

Book excursions from the resort

Relying on an unknown taxi driver to take you to the best spots is not always ideal. The driver will most probably take you to his perception of great attractions. And this will deprive you of your desired activities. Even worse, you can get overcharged for the experience. Another aspect is that some taxi drivers can even pick up and drop off friends and family along the excursion.

As an alternative, you can book excursions from the resort. The staff can assist in making the requisite arrangements for pickup and drop. Aside from booking from the resort, one can also arrange a car rental. 

Stick to mineral water

A pertinent question that gets asked most often is, “Is the water really safe to drink in Jamaica?” Mostly, tap water is safe to drink. However, it might not be so in remote areas unless it is boiled, filtered or treated. Therefore, tourists stick with mineral or bottled water sold at most supermarkets, shops and bars on the island. Note that tap water is considered ideal and safe for brushing teeth. 

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