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5 Things to Know Before Going to Jamaica

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These five knowledge nuggets will help you be a well-prepared traveler that will prep you on what to expect when you get there.

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English is the official language there, so there won’t be a language barrier. However, the primary spoken language is an English based creole called Patois (or Patwa)”.

1. Jamaica is a SAFE place in the touristy areas


  • Most people often worry about their safety when traveling to a new country. However, Jamaica is a safe place for tourists. Most of the local crime there is Jamaican on Jamaican not with foreigners.

  • Please remain alert and stay in well-populated areas during the day and at night throughout your stay there.

  • The most popular tourist areas are Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril, and Falmouth which is a cruise port.

  • The U.S. Department of State considers Jamaica to be a safe place to visit.


2. Getting around the island is pricey


  • If you plan on staying on your resort most of the time, then you can get a taxi or the local bus to get around locally.

  • However, if you plan on going around the island on your own, then it is highly recommended for you to rent a car as it is more cost effective than the alternative options.

3. Tap water is safe to drink there


  • You won’t have to worry about getting sick or purchasing water bottles to stay hydrated during your stay. Just fill up your reusable water bottle with tap water!

4. In Jamaica, they speak English


  • English is the official language there, so there won’t be a language barrier. However, the primary spoken language is an English based creole called Patois (or Patwa) so it may be slightly different, but you will definitely know what they are saying.


5. You will get offered timeshares


  • Timeshare sales are a popular thing in Jamaica. You could be approached anywhere to listen to a presentation offering free or reduced activities. It is important for you to know that you are NOT required to participate. You can politely decline and move on with your day.

These 5 knowledge nuggets will ease your nerves about going to a new country and help you know what to expect on your upcoming trip to Jamaica!

Do you have any other questions about what you should know before going to Jamaica? Drop us a comment!

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