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Jamaica at a Glance

Although most people recognize Jamaica as the birthplace of the legendary reggae artist, Bob Marley, Jamaica is more than just the “Capital of All Right.” Set among the Greater Antilles, this Caribbean island is a haven for honeymooners and anyone who appreciates a jaw-dropping tropical landscape and expressive culture.

If you're looking for a warm place to escape the winter, you'll be happy to know that Jamaica boasts some of the world's top-rated beaches, including Doctor Cave's Beach and Ocho Rios Bay Beach.

In Jamaica you could be lounging on sugar-white sands, dancing to reggae's infectious beat or getting a taste of island cuisine. Elsewhere walk under majestic waterfalls, hike in the jungle and watch for native birds and animals. 


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Popular Places
  • Kingston Kingston
  • Montego Bay Montego Bay
  • Negril Negril
  • Ocho Rios Ocho Rios
  • Port Antonio Port Antonio
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Sir Donald Sangster International Airport
  • Major Airport Norman Manley International Airport
  • Major Airport Ian Fleming International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

U.S. citizens can travel to Jamaica for leisure and business without Jamaican visas, provided they have passports or travel documents valid for at least six months. Travelers must also have sufficient funds or means to support themselves and accompanying dependents for the duration of their stay in Jamaica. If traveling by plane, U.S. citizens must have a return or round trip ticket to America. U.S citizens traveling by sea (cruise ship) must present a valid passport or a passport card. Passport cards are an acceptable travel document for entry into Jamaica for sea travelers only. For more information, visit the U.S State Department website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Like Other Caribbean Islands, Jamaica sometimes encounters hurricanes. Hurricane season lasts from June to December.

Safety Concerns Crime rates can vary by town. Violence and shootings has been reported regularly in certain areas of Kingston and Montego Bay. Taking general safety precautions is wise, e.g. using extra caution at night, avoiding dimly lit streets and areas not frequented by travelers, wearing inconspicuous or very little jewelry and carrying small amounts of cash. Possession or use of marijuana or other illicit drugs is illegal in Jamaica. Acting cautiously in all your activities is important, particularly in non-tourist parts of the island.

Health Concerns Medical care is limited in Jamaica. The majority of basic emergency medical services can be found in Kingston and Montego Bay. Jamaican tourists are urged to purchase medical evacuation insurance before traveling to the island, as it may cost more than $15,000 to return to the state in a medical emergency situation. 

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