Why travel to Jamaica
This small tropical island is most famous for being the birthplace of reggae king Bob Marley. In truth, all other Caribbean island pale in comparison when it comes to atmosphere and beauty. On holiday in Jamaica, you’ll discover postcard-perfect beaches and coffee plantations, beautiful gardens and exotic wildlife. And there’s also Kingston, the bustling capital and the popular resort towns of Montego Bay and Negril to discover and enjoy.
Jamaica holiday packages offer an opportunity to explore hidden waterfalls, engage with Rastafarian communities, hike in the Blue Mountains, discover caves and hunt for hidden gems. Jamaica has a vibe that every other Caribbean isle tries to copy, but it remains the jewel in the crown. A trip to Jamaica is a veritable treat.
Why visit Jamaica
- The weather is perfect year-round.
- Reggae. The island offers festivals, carnivals, street dances and more.
- The Blue Mountains offer camping, hiking and world-famous Blue Mountain coffee.
- Jamaica is one of the world’s most romantic honeymoon destinations.
- Its natural beauty – majestic waterfalls, lush landscapes and rivers.
- Jamaica is home to the Jamaican Mango Hummingbird, and the Yellow-billed Parrot found nowhere else on earth.
Spectacular Jamaica is one of the most popular holiday destinations because it offers so much to experience… the food, the beaches, the music and Jamaica’s unique culture. Enchanting, exciting, romantic and vibrant, this beautiful Caribbean island offers an authentic and extremely unique holiday experience. Come and enjoy a one-of-a-kind holiday package in Jamaica with Thompsons Holidays.
Things to do in Jamaica
Jamaica is truly one of a kind, a tropical island with so much history, character and culture attached that it is must for anyone wishing to enjoy the quintessential Caribbean island experience. It’s ideal for family holidays, friends who want to party to the music and those who enjoy an adventure.
Whatever type of holiday you’re after, you can enjoy it in vibrant, colourful, musical Jamaica. With so many scenic natural attractions and such a wide choice of activities, Jamaica holidays offer something for everyone. From exciting watersports like snorkelling, surfing and scuba diving to horseback riding, discovering hidden coves or sunbathing on glorious beaches.
Things to do in Jamaica
- Go diving in the turquoise Blue Lagoon, where the movie of the same name was filmed.
- Discover paradise in Treasure Bay in the south of Jamaica.
- Visit Columbus Park in St Ann, where Christopher Colombus landed on the island in 1494.
- Enjoy Kingston’s scenic harbour, historical sights and bustling markets.
- Party into the small hours in Montego Bay.
- Go bobsledding on Mystic Mountain.
- Enjoy a rafting experience along the Martha Brae River.
- Explore the Green Grotto and other limestone caves.
- Visit Jamaica’s old capital, the fishing village of Port Royal.
- Visit the Bob Marley Museum to learn about the musical legend.
Whether you’re looking for a laidback beach getaway, or plan to party every night; if you’re taking a trip to Jamaica to enjoy stunning cuisine washed down with copious amounts of rum, or want to go on an adventure with the family, you’re in for a treat. Let Thompsons Holidays show you Jamaica’s magic, on an unforgettable holiday package from South Africa.
Know before you go...
- The best time to visit Jamaica is from November to mid-December.
- Temperatures are good year-round. High season is in the summer months, from June to November.
- Flight duration from Johannesburg to Montego Bay in Jamaica with one stopover: 24 hours.
- There are no regular flights from South Africa to Jamaica.
- South African passport holders do not require a visa to enter Jamaica.
- If you are flying via the USA, you will require a visa to enter the USA.
- Passports must be valid for 6 months after departure from Jamaica.
- Jamaica is 7 hours behind South Africa.
- Daylight saving is not used in Jamaica.
- The official currency is the Jamaican Dollar (JMD).
- US Dollars are widely accepted in Jamaica.
- Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are prevalent.
- Tipping is customary in Jamaica.
- The official language is English, although Jamaican Creole or Patwa is more widely spoken.
- Christianity is practised by 66% of the population.
- When visiting sacred sites and temples, dress conservatively. (See ‘What to pack’).
- It is safe to drink tap water in Jamaica. Bottled water is readily available.
- Smoking is not permitted in public areas such as restaurants, bars and indoor workplaces as well as on public transport. Airports offer designated smoking rooms.
- Vaccinations are not currently required but check with your travel clinic before you go.
What must I pack?
- Lightweight clothing in summer, layers for the cooler months, when it is still warm.
- Comfortable walking shoes, slip slops.
- Sunscreen, lip balm, hat and sunglasses.
- Mini first aid kit and regular prescription medication.
- Hand sanitiser and insect repellent.
- Travel adaptor
- In Jamaica, transport includes buses, mini buses and taxis.
What can I do to be a responsible traveller?
- Wherever possible, buy local food and souvenirs and support local artisans.
- Instead of using plastic bags, take fabric shopping bags with you.
- Respect each other's cultures and customs and avoid imposing your beliefs.
- Be safety conscious: don’t display cash or valuables. Leave jewellery and expensive watches at home.
- Keep your belongings safe – use the hotel safe for passports and valuables and watch out for pickpockets and bag snatchers when out and about.
What do I do in an emergency?
- If passports or valuables are stolen, report the theft to the hotel/police immediately.
- Contact the Thompsons Holidays 24-hour care line to assist.
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