Jamaïque vakantie

Ervaar Jamaïque

Best Places to Visit

Kingston is the first experience of Jamaica for most visitors, and is an introduction to the island's history, culture and laid-back lifestyle. It's surprisingly large and home to historic sites like Emancipation Park, Coronation Market and Kingston Craft Market. Its museums, including the world-renowned Bob Marley Museum, are must-sees, as is the city's Port Royal - a haven for Caribbean pirates in the 17th century.

The small town of Bath hides a little-known Jamaican secret, a sulphur-rich natural healing spring. Discovered over 300 years ago by a runaway slave, the waters are credited with restorative and therapeutic powers. The soaring cliffs at Lovers' Leap are another example of Jamaica's natural beauty, plunging over 1700 feet into the ocean below.

Font Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in St. Elizabeth is a haven for birdlife, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles, crocodiles and many of the island's protected and indigenous species. Set in the forests backing several serene beaches, the reserve is a peaceful place, with visitors unable to enter unless accompanied by a local guide. The charming, historic town of Black River is a short drive away.

Bamboo rafting is a favourite pastime on the Rio Grande and Martha Brae rivers, while the FireFly estate at Port Maria is a favourite among travellers who want to see the home of the late Noel Coward. For adventure-lovers, quad biking in the jungles of the foothills or zip-lining through the treetops is easily arranged.

St. Elizabeth sits on the south-west of the island and is one of Jamaica's largest parishes. Black River is the capital, developed as a port around the mouth of the river itself. Visitors to this area can enjoy trips along the Black River, complete with crocodile-spotting and scenic views. St. Elizabeth is home to another site of natural beauty, YS Falls. Here, visitors will find a collection of seven natural waterfalls and spring pools that are available to swim in. Day trips to YS Falls and Black River can easily be organised in the hotels and tourist areas of St. Elizabeth, or in advance online.

St. Elizabeth is well-known for its beach bars, some of which, including the Floyd's Pelican Bar, are set on stilts in the shallow waters. Holidays to Jamaica aren't complete without a tour of the Appleton Estate on the south coast: the home of rum.

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Need to know

Language

Although English is the official language of this former British colony, Jamaicans also speak Jamaican Creole (known locally as Patois). The vocabulary and pronunciation of Patois is distinctly different from English, despite heavy use of English words. The Creole language was born in the 17th century, when slaves from West and Central Africa picked up on English dialects spoken by the slaveholders. Billboards and signs also occasionally use Jamaican Creole.

Currency

The official currency of Jamaica is the Jamaican dollar (JA), with 50, 100, 500, 1,000 and 5,000 banknotes in circulation. The US dollar (US) is widely accepted, although some outlets offer less than the official exchange rate. However. this is often still more than in exchange booths. Many outlets in rural areas only accept the Jamaican dollar and, in the main tourist areas and towns, most credit and debit cards are accepted. Many petrol stations are cash-only and ATMs are easily found across the island.

Visas

British nationals don't need a visa to enter Jamaica, but require a current passport which is valid for six months. Visitors can stay for 90 days, but must also give evidence of sufficient funds and a return ticket. US and Canadian citizens may enter visa-free with a passport for a stay of up to 90 days.

Climate

Jamaica has a tropical climate featuring humid, hot weather along its coastlines and more temperate weather around its mountainous interior. Parts of the southern coast are in the rain shadow of the mountains and are relatively dry as a result. The island lies in the Atlantic hurricane belt, with intense storms a frequent feature of the overall climate. The hottest months are June, July, August and September, with daytime temperatures as high as 29°C. The coldest month is February at around 25°C.

The hurricane season runs from July to October, while trade winds bring rainfall throughout the year from the east and the northeast.

Main Airports

There are three airports on Jamaica. Located on Montego Bay, Sangster International Airport is the main hub for arrivals. It has links to many US, Canadian, UK and European cities, including London and Manchester. Norman Manley International Airport is located outside Kingston, with 130 international routes to the US, Canada and the UK. Ian Fleming International Airport is situated in picturesque Ocho Rios.

Flight Options

UK travellers can travel to Sangster International Airport from London-Gatwick and Manchester, with regualr flights from the United States. Many European air hubs, including Brussels, are also served. Typical flight times between London and Kingston average 10 hours.

Travel Advice

Often, the cheapest way to travel from the UK is to fly with charter airlines. Although, one option is taking the Eurostar from London to Paris and picking up a French charter flight to Sangster International Airport. It may also be more economical to take a cheap flight to Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt or Milan and connect with a flight to Jamaica.

Other Transport Options

Jamaica is a popular cruise ship destination for Caribbean cruises. These cruises often depart from US ports, such as Miami, before making a stop at Jamaica's Montego Bay.

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Feiten

  1. Aan het einde van de 19e eeuw had Jamaica een probleem met ratten die de suikergewassen in de velden vernietigden. Om daar een einde aan te maken importeerden ze mangoesten, die vervolgens ook bijna alle slangen op het eiland uitroeiden.
  2. Ian Fleming, de schrijver van James Bond, koesterde een welbekende liefde voor Jamaica. Hij schreef een aantal van zijn thrillers op het eiland en bouwde zijn droomhuis bij Oracabessa Bay.
  3. De verhaallijn van de film Cool Runnings klinkt als een ongeloofwaardig scenario, maar is gebaseerd op ware gebeurtenissen. In 1988 vertegenwoordigde het Jamaicaanse bobsleeteam het eerste tropische land dat deelnam aan de Olympische Winterspelen.

Feiten

  1. Aan het einde van de 19e eeuw had Jamaica een probleem met ratten die de suikergewassen in de velden vernietigden. Om daar een einde aan te maken importeerden ze mangoesten, die vervolgens ook bijna alle slangen op het eiland uitroeiden.
  2. Ian Fleming, de schrijver van James Bond, koesterde een welbekende liefde voor Jamaica. Hij schreef een aantal van zijn thrillers op het eiland en bouwde zijn droomhuis bij Oracabessa Bay.
  3. De verhaallijn van de film Cool Runnings klinkt als een ongeloofwaardig scenario, maar is gebaseerd op ware gebeurtenissen. In 1988 vertegenwoordigde het Jamaicaanse bobsleeteam het eerste tropische land dat deelnam aan de Olympische Winterspelen.

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