Of the many islands in the Caribbean, few offer visitors as much beauty, serenity, and fun activities as Jamaica. Surrounded by sparkling turquoise water and pristine white beaches, dotted with mountains and palm trees, and bursting with culture, Jamaica is a favorite destination of many vacationers. Here are some tips to help you plan your Jamaica vacation:
Go in the Off-Season
Jamaica sees its most tourism in the winter months, leaving mid April to mid-December as its off-season. During this time period, hotels, restaurants, cruises, and other companies slash their prices by as much as 50%, letting you do more with your budget. No matter when you go, you can expect the same tropical temperatures that those who travel during the busy season experience. To avoid hurricane season, mid-April to late May is the safest time in the off-season to travel.
Use Caution Crossing the Street
If you think crossing the street in New York City is hard, you probably haven’t been to Jamaica. There are no pedestrian crosswalks on the island, nor are there any set standards about giving pedestrians the right-of way. Rural roads in Montego Bay and Negril are especially hazardous, so be on the lookout for cars that may or may not stop for you.
Brush Up on Local Etiquette
Etiquette is a bit different in Jamaica than the United States. For example, don’t be surprised if you are talking to a local and they suddenly quote a Bible verse. Jamaicans are much more open about religion than in America, where citing the Bible in a casual conversation is considered rude. When meeting someone for the first time, the common Jamaican courtesies are similar to those of a job interview: smiling, using a firm handshake, making eye contact, and referring to them as “Mr.” or “Mrs.” unless otherwise directed.
No matter where you plan to go, the expert travel agents at Brentwood Travel of St. Louis have all the tips and expertise you need to make your vacation fun, safe, and memorable. Call us at (314) 439-5700 to get started today.
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