Jamaica Travel Tips - Arriving on the Rock
- There are two international airports - Norman Manley International in Kingston, Sangster International in Montego Bay.
- Getting to and from the airport is easy. Buses, coaches taxis and rental cars are available at both airports. Most hotels will arrange to have you transported, if you request it.
- Facilities at the airports include shops, restaurants, bureax de change, ATMs, car rental companies, cell phone sales.
- Departure Tax is J$1800 (equivalent to approximately US$20).
- Remember to drive on the left.
- Seat belts must be worn by the driver and front seat passengers.
- Don't be afraid to use your horn, especially when overtaking. We expect it.
- Speed limit is 50km/hr in built up areas and school zones. 80 km/hr in other areas.
- Look out for potholes. There are many, and they are often of the large variety.
- Look out for stray animals (cows, donkeys, goats), especially on country roads.
- Before driving at night, ask advice on the safety of the route before you set out. Know your route beforehand, and have company with you if possible.
- Lock your car doors if you are leaving your car unattended.
- Do not have marijuana in your vehicle. Police perform regular traffic checks, and marijuana is an illegal substance. A good thing to remember at all times.
- Outside of Kingston, the bus service is mostly unscheduled. Route taxis, which you simply flag down on the road, take the place of buses in many country areas. These will be shared with other passengers, with a set fare per passenger for a specific distance. Find out the fare to your destination before getting in.
If you're not going to be staying in an all-inclusive hotel, you'll want to get out and around. If you decide to rent a car, please remember that driving in Jamaica may prove very different to your experience elsewhere.