Jamaica Travel Guide: What to Know About Visiting Jamaica in 2022

Are you thinking of visiting Jamaica in 2022? If not you should! In addition to its plethora of natural attractions including waterfalls, rivers, rainforest and beautiful beaches, the island is home to numerous cultural and historical attractions.

This travel guide has all the information you need to plan your Jamaica vacation including the best time to visit, current COVID-19 entry requirements and the best things to do.

When is the Best Time Visit to Jamaica?

There is no bad time to visit Jamaica. Jamaica has a tropical climate and is hot and humid year round.    

The best time to visit in terms of weather is from December through April when it is less likely to rain. However, there are more tourists at this time and prices are higher as it corresponds to winter and spring break season in the US.

Jamaica’s hurricane season officially runs from June 1 through November 30, but hurricanes are rare before August.  Even thought it is more likely to rain and there is a small risk of hurricanes in the fall, you are more likely to find flight and hotel deals at this time.

Jamaica COVID-19 Entry Requirements

Travel from the United States to Jamaica is allowed with some limitations. You can see Jamaica’s current COVID-19 travel requirements for US citizens in the infographic below.

Jamaica entry requirements COVID-19

Getting to Jamaica

Jamaica is home to three (3) international airports: Sangster International Airport (MBJ), Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) and Ian Fleming International Airport (OCJ).

Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay is the busiest airport and the most convenient for visiting the resort areas in northern Jamaica including Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios. 

Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) is a better option for those visiting Kingston, Port Antonio or the Blue Mountains. 

Ian Fleming International Airport (OCJ) in Ocho Rios primarily serves private aircraft.

What to Eat in Jamaica

If you are going to try only one dish in Jamaica, is should be jerk chicken.  The best place to try this spicy chicken dish is Scotchies, which is popular with locals and visitors alike. There are a few Scotchies restaurants located throughout the island including in both Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.

Best Places to Visit in Jamaica

Montego Bay

Montego Bay is the largest resort area in Jamaica and conveniently located close to the airport. You will find plenty of resorts, hotels, and villas here for every budget. In addition to beaches and historic sites such as Rose Hall Great House, Montego Bay is a convenient base to explore the rest of the island.

The most popular excursion from Montego Bay is to take a tour of the Martha Brae River on a bamboo raft.

Negril

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Negril is known for its beautiful beaches and the dramatic and soaring cliffs on Negril’s West End which were used as a backdrop for the James Bond film “Thunderball.”

The most popular beach in Negril is Seven Mile Beach, which is famous for its beautiful white sand and crystal clear water. 

Make sure to visit Rick’s Cafe, which is known for people jumping off the cliff into the water and its beautiful sunset views.

Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios (meaning Eight Rivers) on the north coast of Jamaica is another popular resort with a cruise ship harbor and a busy beach lined with hotels. The surrounding area is lush and full of waterfalls, rivers and rainforest.

At nearby Dunn’s River Falls and Park visitors can climb the beautiful 180ft high falls by joining a human chain.

Another popular day excursion is to the Blue Hole which has a swimming hole and waterfalls.

Adventure lovers should head to Mystic Mountain Adventure Park, where you can bobsled through the Ocho Rios mountains.

Kingston 

Kingston, the capital city, is worth visiting if you want to experience Jamaica’s rich culture. Must see attractions include the Bob Marley Museum, Devon House, Trenchtown Culture Yard, Emancipation Park and the National Gallery of Jamaica.

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains, the island’s highest mountain range, is a must for nature lovers.   This is where Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee comes from.

As you can see there are many amazing things to do in Jamaica, from relaxing at a beautiful beach, exploring waterfalls and rainforests, to adventures activities like cliff jumping and bobsledding to visiting historical and cultural attractions.

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