Regions and Resorts of Jamaica
The whole island can be considered one tourist region, but there is a conditional division into eastern, central and western parts.
According to Baglib, the capital of Jamaica – Kingstown – is located in the eastern part of the island. This is more of an economic than a tourist center of the country, very modern – it was actually rebuilt after the earthquake of 1907. There is a large port where you can look at large cruise ships, visit museums, restaurants, water entertainment centers. Port Antonio, in the east of the island, is popular for its great beaches, luxurious celebrity mansions and the fact that Treasure Island was filmed here. Wealthy locals live here, and today it is a quiet and, by local standards, an elite resort.
Tourists usually do not reach the central part of the island on a tour. There is a very interesting nature, mountains, lakes and waterfalls. The most popular resort area is Ocho Rios, a former fishing village, and today a beach resort. Spanish Town – in the past, one of the most criminal cities in the country, the authorities even had to persuade the population to hand over their weapons in exchange for free education and work. Today it is a contrasting town with interesting colonial architecture. Runaway Bay is a 20-minute drive from Ocho Rios. This resort, surrounded on all sides by green hills and mountains, is conducive to a serene rest, it is very quiet and calm here.
The western part of Jamaica is the most touristy. It is here that most tours from different countries depart, here the most popular beach resorts and hotels of international chains are located. The main tourist center is Montego Bay. Over the years, this resort has earned itself the reputation of a vacation spot for the rich and famous, but there are also inexpensive hotels and restaurants. The second most popular resort in the west of Jamaica is Negril. Its beaches are among the top ten in the world, great diving and snorkelling, and a vibrant nightlife. White House Baylocated on the southwest coast of Jamaica, an hour and a half drive from Montego Bay. This is the hottest tropical coast with sandy beaches, jungles and the only but luxurious Sandals Whitehouse 5 * hotel built in the style of a Caribbean village.
A complete list of cities in the country is on the page cities and resorts of Jamaica.
The climate of Jamaica
The climate is tropical and humid. The air temperature in winter and summer is almost the same, the hottest months are July and August. The “coolest” (relatively) period is from January to March, at night the temperature can drop to +20… +22 °C. Heat and humidity are easily tolerated here, as a breeze constantly blows from the sea, creating a pleasant coolness. May and October are considered the rainiest months, from June to November tropical hurricanes are possible, typical for the entire Caribbean region. The average water temperature is +24…+26 °C, the average monthly air temperature is +25…+28 °C. See also the weather forecast for the main resorts and cities of Jamaica.
- When is the season in Jamaica
- What’s the weather like in Jamaica in January
Visa and customs
Citizens of Russia do not need a visa to Jamaica if the period of stay on the island does not exceed 30 days, and the purpose of the visit is tourism. On November 27, 2018, a new agreement between the governments of the Russian Federation and Jamaica came into force: now this period is increased to 90 days within one year, counting from the date of the first entry. There are no special requirements for the validity of the passport, it must be valid for the entire duration of the trip.
For your own peace of mind, you should take out travel medical insurance for the entire duration of the trip in advance.
Import and export of foreign currency is not limited, local is prohibited. Duty-free allowed to import 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 230 g of tobacco, 1 liter of spirits and 1 liter of wine, 340 ml of toilet water. Persons over the age of 18 can import goods from duty-free shops in the amount of not more than 500 USD. To import weapons (cold, gas, traumatic, firearms), you must first obtain permission from the police and customs. Jewelry and valuables, artistic and cultural and historical values are subject to mandatory declaration.
It is forbidden to import narcotic, poisonous and explosive substances, fresh flowers and plants, honey, fruits, non-canned vegetables and meat, porn (on any media), counterfeit money of any state and pets.
It is forbidden to export exotic animals and birds, antiques, especially those found at the bottom of the sea, as well as fur and leather products not specified in the entry declaration without appropriate documents. Tobacco products and alcoholic beverages are exported freely and without quantity restrictions (here it is important for tourists to remember the restrictions of our, Russian customs).
Russian Embassy in Kingston: 22 Norbrook Drive, Kingston 8; tel.: 924-10-48; website.