Jamaica is filled with white sand beaches, clear waters ideal for snorkeling and some of the world's most beautiful waterfalls. To make sure you have the best time in Jamaica, it's important to plan ahead. Be sure that you visit at the best time of year; that you have all your documents ahead of time; and that you pack smartly so that you can spend your money on excursions and not stuff you forgot to bring.
When to Travel
Jamaica has year round warm weather. But May to November is rainy season, when rainfall comes in short but heavy rain showers; this time of year tends to be Jamaica's off-season. Resorts are busiest and prices the highest between December and April.
The most important document you need to bring to Jamaica is your passport. Give yourself plenty of time before your trip to obtain or renew your passport. Bring a secondary form of identification, just in case. If you'll be participating in such activities as scuba diving or zipline tours, it'd be wise to purchase travel insurance.
What to Pack
The No. 1 thing you should pack is sun protection. Gel sun block works better in the water while creams work better out of the water. Bring a beach cover-up as well as sunglasses and a hat. Cotton fabrics are a good idea. Bring suitable shoes for hiking. Teva sandals and shoes are great because you can wear them both in the water and on a trail. Pack appropriate attire for restaurants, particularly if you'll be staying at a resort where they have a dress code.
Theft is a particular problem in Jamaica. Make photocopies of your passport, just in case. Keep your luggage in view at all times. Don't wear expensive jewelry and carry large amounts of cash. Consider leaving behind your expensive pair of bird-watching binoculars. Most importantly, be smart: It's easy to get lax while away from home, but being a victim of crime can quickly ruin a vacation.
Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen
Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.