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Jamaica is an easy choice for travelers to make when it comes to choosing a vacation destination. The hospitality, music, arts, and culinary scene are uniquely Jamaican. Additionally, the landscape creates a vibrant setting for championship golf courses, eco-exploration, and beach loungers alike. Whatever you are interested in exploring, you'll find it on the sunny shores of Jamaica.

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Overview

Visitors to Jamaica have several options when it comes to selecting a vacation area on the island.

Montego Bay, also known as Mobay, is Jamaica's third-largest city and offers entertainment and activities for travelers of all kinds. The island's melting pot of influences gathers in Mobay, creating a vibrant collection of eateries, artisan shops, clubs, and accommodations.

Ocho Rios also referred to as Ochi, is a tourist-friendly area in what the locals call 'the garden parish'. Here you will find an incredible variety of natural beauty, world-class resorts, and local flavors. The Mystic Mountain Rainforest and Dunn's River Falls are just two of the top experiences found in this area of the island.

Negril is the center of relaxation on the island. Known for its beautiful sunsets, picturesque sea cliffs, and white-sandy beaches, in Negril, time slows down. If a romantic escape is what you are seeking, look no further than Negril.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: For Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport or other government-issued photo identification (such as a driver’s license). For all other islands, U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport and a ticket for return or onward travel. There may be additional requirements for international travel, such as inoculations or visas, and some countries require that passports be valid for six months or longer beyond your stay in the country. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens might be different, and visitors are encouraged to verify the documentation/visa requirements with the nearest consulate or embassy. Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require a marriage certificate or license in order for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring this information with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.com/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Airport Departure Tax: Jamaica's departure tax is included in the price of your airline ticket.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to the U.S., the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit http://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens for information regarding U.S. Customs and more.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers’ tips, public announcements, travel advisories, and more, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Climate:
Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 81° to 82°
October through April: 80° to 82°

Tropical Storm Season from June to November

Water Safety: Bottled water is recommended.

Tipping: A 15% tip is customary for service. At All-Inclusive hotels, gratuities are generally included in the vacation price.

Local Currency: Jamaican Dollar

Currency Information: In all resort areas, U.S. dollars are accepted and can easily be exchanged. Major credit cards and travelers checks also are accepted at most major tourist areas.

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time. Jamaica does not observe daylight saving time.

Local Language: English

Transportation: Public transportation, car rentals and taxis are available. Remember to keep left when driving, but look right and left when crossing the street as a pedestrian.

Planner

Sargassum/Seaweed Advisory

Sargassum is a free-floating seaweed that is especially prolific in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. While beneficial to ocean life, these large free-floating seaweed mats often wash up on beaches. The amount of seaweed on the beaches fluctuates based on the time of year and ocean currents. While resorts do their best to maintain the beaches for their guests, you may experience some inconvenience during your stay.

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Top Experiences

  • Beaches : White-sand beaches and clear blue waters make a perfect backdrop for any vacation day.

  • Dunn's River Falls : Multiple waterfalls cascade down limestone ledges and flow out to sea.

  • Golf : Golfers will delight in the variety of courses, primarily in the Montego Bay area.

  • Local Flavors : Across the island, visitors will discover a unique blend of seasonings and spices that create the famous 'jerk' flavor known worldwide.

  • Music : The birthplace of reggae came right from Jamaica's shores and is celebrated throughout the island.

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Activities

Make the most of your vacation by including an activity when you book your package. Please note, activities and tour credits are only available with a vacation package.

CHUKKA Tour Credit

Bookings of up to three passengers will receive a USD 100 tour credit per booking. Bookings of four passengers or more will receive a USD 200 tour credit per booking. The tour credit is redeemable by calling CHUKKA Tour 48 hours prior to your arrival into Jamaica (1-877-424-8552) or while in Jamaica (876) 864-7470 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, call Montego Bay (876) 979-8500 or Ocho Rios (876) 972-2506. Additional phone numbers to reach CHUKKA Tours for assistance are (876) 619-1382, (876) 619-1441, (876) 656-8026 and (876) 656-7481. When making the reservation and upon tour check-in, guests must present their travel itinerary showing their confirmation number. Space is limited so advance reservations are recommended. Please reconfirm your tour reservation at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure time. The amount of the credit will be deducted from the total tour cost and any remaining balance must be paid at that time. The credit may not be combined with other discounts. Any unused portion of the credit is nontransferable, nonrefundable and not redeemable for cash. A 100% cancellation fee will apply for no-shows, or if the reservation is changed or canceled within 48 hours of arrival into Jamaica.

Additional Information

Tour Details
The following CHUKKA tours range in price from $35 - $100 per person:
  • CHUKKA Hourseback ride and swim (Sandy Bay, Ocho Rios, Runaway Bay)
  • CHUKKA Zipline Canopy (Montpelier Outpost, Ys Falls)
  • CHUKKA River Tubing - Jungle Adventure (Montpelier)
  • CHUKKA River Tubing (Lethe, White River Valley)
  • Raggae Style Mayfield Falls (Negril)
  • CHUKKA Zipline - White River Valley
  • Estate Pass & Adventure Falls (Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril)
  • Good Hope Estate Pass plus Tubing (Good Hope & Falmouth)
  • Good Hope Estate Pass plus Zipline (Good Hope & Falmouth)

The following CHUKKA tours range in price from $101 - $200 per person:
  • CHUKKA ATV Safari - Sandy Bay (Montego Bay & Negril, Ocho Rios & Runaway Bay)
  • CHUKKA Dune Buggy - Couples (Montego Bay & Negril)
  • CHUKKA Best of the West - Zipline, Tubing, Horseback (Montego Bay & Negril)
  • CHUKKA Zipline Canopy & River Tubing with lunch (Monteplier)
  • CHUKKA Bamboo rafting - per raft (Lethe)
  • CHUKKA Zipline & bamboo rafting combo (Lethe)
  • A Day in the Country (Lethe)
  • CHUKKA 4 Play Montego Bay - Zipline, Dunn's River, ATV, Horseback riding (Ocho Rios from Montego Bay)
  • CHUKKA 4 Play Ocho Rios - Zipline, Dunn's River, ATV, Horseback riding (CHUKKA Cove)
  • CHUKKA Tubing and Blue Hole (Montego Bay)
  • Falls Flyer & Dunn's River (Montego Bay)
  • CHUKKA Catamaran - with lunch (Montego Bay)
  • CHUKKA Blue Hole Jeep Safari with Lunch (Ocho Rios & Runaway Bay)
  • CHUKKA River Tubing and Blue Hole (Ocho Rios & Runaway Bay)
  • CHUKKA Zipline Canopy and River Tubing Combo (Ocho Rios & Runaway Bay)
  • CHUKKA Zip, Tube and Blue Hole (Ocho Rios & Runaway Bay)
  • CHUKKA Catamaran (Ocho Rios or Ruanway Bay)
  • Aqua Thrill Seekers Pass (From all zones)

Please note that more tours are available through CHUKKA Tours. Not all tours operate daily and restrictions (age, weight, etc.) may apply. Please call CHUKKA Tours for complete details.
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Transfers

Region: Jamaica
Transfer Company: Jamaica Tours LTD
Telephone: 876-953-2476

Address:
PO Box 227
Montego Bay
Jamaica
Emergency Telephone: 876-371-4374
Instructions: Upon arrival at the airport, please claim your luggage and proceed through Immigration and Customs. A representative, holding a Jamaica Tours LTD sign, will greet you. Jamaica Tours LTD will confirm the pick-up location and time for your departure transfer.

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