Land of wood and water…
Jamaica, whose name means “Land of wood and Water”, is composed of several ethnic groups, of which the main one is that of African descent, from which the ‘ Rasta ‘ movement originated. The warmth of the sun is tempered by the light sea breeze that the Jamaicans call “Doctor Breeze”. Rigogliosissima the vegetation: in Jamaica have been classified more than three thousand different types of plants and flowers. Generous also the sea, to admire with mask and fins to discover countless varieties of coral and shells, and meet the multicolored tropical fish that fill its coral reef. The holiday in Jamaica has the ‘ easy ‘ rhythm of reggae songs, the scents and flavors of international cuisine and that of Creole, appetizing and rich in spices, the joy of rum or even the cream of rum, the intoxicating aroma of coffee and cigars. It adorns amber bracelets, ornate wooden objects, distinctive straw hats, handicrafts in black coral, imaginative t-shirts and typical naïve paintings.
Documents: Valid passport for at least 6 months, Italian driver’s license.
Visa: Not required.
How’s the weather?
Jamaica is located in the tropical belt 18 degrees north from the equator near the Tropic of Cancer.
Temperatures are from 27 to 35 degrees all year round. They change the humidity rates much higher from April to October. On the contrary it is drier during the winter period from November to March.
What currency should I bring?
The national currency in Jamaica is the JMD (Jamaican dollar) called Jai.
All also accept American dollars even if the remains are given in dollars Jamaicani.In all hotels and authorized exchanges of the island you can convert both U.S. dollars and euros in Jamaican dollars.
Do they need vaccinations?
No in Jamaica do not need any type of vaccinations.
Are there dangerous insects?
There are no dangerous insects but only annoying as the sand Fly on the beaches and mosquitoes especially in the wetter months.
Can I drive with an Italian driver’s license?
You can drive in Jamaica with your Italian driver’s license. Be careful because you drive on the left side of the road as in Britain.
How is the National Health Service?
Hospitals are there but public health leaves much to be desired however there are several well-equipped private clinics and competent physicians. These clinics are expensive so we recommend medical insurance.
Does the Italian hair dryer work?
Not because of the voltage. The 5-star hotels are equipped with hairdryers, otherwise we recommend travel hairdryers.
What do you eat?
In the hotels usually international cuisine. Otherwise very popular Creole cuisine.
Is the fish good?
The sea that surrounds the island is the sea of the crystalline Caribbean is hot but not loved by the tastier fish that prefer cold seas.
Good is the Red snapper (dentine) Tuna and lobsters!
There is also a clam that lives in the shells which is typical local and is called Conch.
I find Internet connections?
Almost every hotel, Guest House is now several public places are equipped with free WI-Fi which either for a fee.
Is the water drinking?
It is almost always, if it is not indicated. The ancient name of the island is Xaimaca (Land of wood and water)
What documents are needed?
The return ticket and the passport with a residual validity of at least 6 months.
Is it dangerous?
Jamaica is a tropical paradise and at the same time a very difficult country due to its troubled history. Reggae music is the most obvious example.
It is useless to hide that the ghettos of the main cities are dangerous. However the tourist places are quiet. Even here always wins common sense, we are guests of a proud people with its culture that surely has many points in common but is still far from ours.
Experience has taught me that those who are looking for trouble find them as well as those who have no respect and think they can behave rudely is not welcome.
On their side in the tourist places years of experience have taught him not always conventional behavior to try to “extort” a few euros to the tourist. They hardly ask for alms but often take advantage of the discomfort that many feel towards the populations of color exploited and humiliated in history… Their aggressive disposition and the English being does not help the approach to an Italian tourist accustomed to the sweetest, but no less devious ways of the Spanish-speaking islands….