Jamaica as a tourist destination needs no introduction. This beautiful Caribbean country has much to offer the visitors in terms of sun, sand, sea, natural attractions and plenty of opportunities to indulge in activities both on land and water. However, if you are traveling to the country for the first time, here are some tips that you can keep in mind for a more enjoyable stay in Jamaica.
Visas and passports
As a first step, ensure all your documents are order, including passports and visas. If you belong to a European country, USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Israel, you do not require a visa to enter into Jamaica.
You don’t require a travel permit; however you would need to fill in an immigration card both on arrival and departure.
You would also be required to show your return or ongoing ticket. Besides, your passport validity should be six months or more. So be sure to check the expiry date of your passport well in advance.
It is also advisable to opt for travel insurance to protect yourself against accidents and mishaps. Also travel insurance can cover all delays and cancelation in travel arrangements.
What to avoid in Jamaica
Sandflies: Avoid sandflies especially during the late afternoons when they are very active. In case you are bitten, apply over-proof rum to stop the itching.
Tap water: Even though Jamaica may proclaim that the tap water is safe, it is always better to drink bottled water. Also, be sure to rub clean the mouth of the bottle because even though bottles are recycled in Jamaica, the cap areas are left as is. A better option is, refill your bottles from your Jamaica accommodation rentals before venturing out.
Sun burns: Do wear a cap and apply sun tan lotion generously before going for outdoor trips like rafting. The activities can be fun but you should never underestimate the sun.
Getting caught in the rain: Avoid getting caught in the rain without a jacket. Bring along a light, foldaway umbrella which is easy to carry. You can always gift it to a local when you are leaving.
Lonely areas: Avoid traveling single and if you must, try to keep to the tourist friendly areas. Avoid lonely areas especially once it gets dark.
Travel smart in Jamaica
Do remember to take your camera along so as not to miss the photo opportunities and they are tremendous. If you wish to photograph the locals, remember to take permission because they are sensitive to being photographed without being asked.
While in Jamaica, you’ll be approached by vendors selling knick knacks, eatables and souvenirs. Don’t mistake their persistence with harassment; just refuse politely and firmly.
Also do not disclose your Jamaica accommodation rentals address to strangers on the beaches and elsewhere. This is not just for your own safety but to avoid potential salesmen who may land at your door trying to sell their wares.
As a final note, make your trip to Jamaica all the more special by staying in Jamaica villas and apartments that provide all the services and comforts of the hotels as also the privacy and space that only a home can provide. If you decide to stay in a Jamaica apartment, you can consider booking Ocho Rios Apartments that provide the best services and comforts at the most affordable rates.