Official language: English; Local Dialect: Patois
The currency: Jamaican Dollar
Things to see and do in Jamaica
Kingston is the capital of Jamaica and there are four main tourist destination areas: Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Negril and Portland. There are several attractions and must see places within these cities that capture a wonderful Jamaican experience.
Climb Dunn’s River Falls
Visit Dolphin Cove
Chukka Caribbean Adventures, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay
Visit Mystic Mountain - Rain Forest Bobsled
Green Grotto Caves and Attractions
Cranbrook Flower Forest and Riverhead Adventure Trail
Kool Runnings Adventure Park
Dive from the Cliff at Rick’s Café
Go Rafting on the Rio Grande
Visit Frenchman’s Cove Beach,
Hike the Blue Mountain Trail, Kingston
Jamaica Zoo, Kingston
Cornwall Beach, Montego Bay
Best Time to Visit Jamaica
Tourists visit Jamaica between November and June
Did you know?
- If you are staying at an all-inclusive hotel you don’t generally need to tip the staff, though some satisfied customers do so ‘unofficially’. Otherwise, it is ok to tip when you go out and receive service, though it may not be explicitly asked for.
- Locals know that the freshest fruits and vegetables can be found in the markets and by sellers on the roadside.
- Also, the best local jerk chicken is done by using the ‘drum grill’ to cook it. These vendors usually have small by the way stops, by the roadside. Usually the scent of the Jerk floats to greet you.
- The best craft can be found in the craft market. There is where you will get genuine locally made Jamaican arts and craft.
- Rebel Salute –January (St. Elizabeth)
- Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival – January (Trelawny).
- Carnival – a colourful and vibrant display of carnival costumes and February (Kingston)
- SKAZZ – ska and jazz festival (Ocho Rios)
- Ocho Rios Jazz Festival – June (Ocho Rios)
- Portland Jerk Festival – June (Portland)
- Little Ochi Seafood Carnival – July (Ocho Rios)
- Reggae Sumfest – July (Montego Bay)
- Independence Day Celebrations– August
- Mobay Jerk Festival – August (Montego Bay)
- Ackee and Saltfish – national dish
- ‘Rundown’ - Saltfish seasoned with vegetables and flavoured with coconut milk
- Jerk Chicken Rice and Peas
- Escoveitch Fish and Festival/Bammy
- Devon House Ice-Cream
- Puddings and local pastries