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This busy, colourful and charismatic island has been one of the most popular destinations to visit in the Caribbean. In fact, Jamaica is home to a number of excellent beach resorts, most near its capital city, Kingston, which is surrounded by a tropical landscape and watched over by the Blue Mountains.

The island is synonymous with Reggae music, Rastafarians, Caribbean art and music, and a holiday in Jamaica is one long party. Those with the energy to do more than recuperate after a night on the town can enjoy cycling and hiking.

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Why visit Kingston

  • Explore the vibrant street culture of Kingston, with places like the Reggae Hotel which is a perfect place to meet people looking to have a good time.
  • Kingston is a place that is known for offering unique experiences, like Billy Mystic’s surf camp which hosts a live open mic night. This legendary place is a secret find in the heart of this Jamaican island.
  • Spend the day surrounded by the natural beauty of Kingston by visiting the Blue Mountains which is filled with incredible hiking trails which present the most breathe taking views.
Currency:
Jamaican Dollar (JMD)
Time Zone:
UTC -5. Kingston is 7 hours behind South Africa.
Dialing Code:
00 + 1 + 876 + Local Number
Driving:
Drives on the left
Adaptor:
Type A / B (Frequency: 50Hz- Voltage: 110 V)
Airport:
Norman Manley International Airport – KIN

The best time to visit Jamaica would be during November and December months. During this time the island has beautiful weather. During January and March it is very crowded as this is Kingston’s peak season and prices for hotels can be really expensive.

The official language in Jamaica and Kingston is English.

  • Jamaica has the most churches per square mile of any country in the world.
  • The Jamaican flag is the only flag in the world that does not share any colours of the American flag.
  • Jamaica was the first country in the Western world to construct a railway, this even happened before the United States.

When you’re soaking up the sun on a sandy beach or recuperating from the celebratory nightlife, there is a lot to keep you busy in Jamaica. In Kingston itself, you can visit the Bob Marley Museum and find out all about Jamaica’s most famous resident. Learn about the island’s extraordinary art at the National Gallery, or admire the historic old buildings in charming Spanish Town.

If you feel like exploring further afield, you can enjoy a hike on one of the Blue Mountain’s scenic hiking trails, sample famous Blue Mountain Coffee at the Jablum Coffee Company, explore the old pirate hangout - Port Royal, or take in the tranquillity and scenic beauty of the Hope Botanical Gardens.

The many attractions that are worth the visit include:

  • Devon House
  • National Heroes Park
  • Lime Cay

Kingston is known for its great cuisine with popular Jamaican dishes like curry goat, fried dumplings, ackee and saltfish and jerk chicken. It is the kind of place you would want to take your tastes buds.

The best restaurants in Kingston:

  • Redbones Blues Café
  • Tracks and Records
  • South Avenue Grill
  • Moby Dick
  • White Bones Restaurant

The most followed religion in Kingston is Christianity with many locals affiliating themselves with Protestant, Roman Catholic and Jehovah’s Witness faiths. The culture in Jamaica is mixed with an ethnically diverse society, the locals are extremely welcoming to all religions. When visiting this city you will feel right at home, it is a unique culture with many interesting elements that can only be experienced in Kingston.

Like any large city, Kingston is home to petty crimes. Common-sense and precaution would ensure a pleasant experience in this city.

South African passport holders travelling to Kingston do require a Visa for Jamaica. Ensure your South African passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.

Address: 15 Hillcrest Avenue, Kingston

Telephone: +1 876 620 4840

Email: sahc_jamaica@dirco.gov.za.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Kingston
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 52.10
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 26.51
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 27.38
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 19.42
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 83.36

Source:numbeo.com

Norman Manley International Airport – KIN

Food and beverages:Burger King, Island Grill, Rahtid Café, Cockpit Bar, Island Deli, Island Frydays, Café Blue, Jablum Café, Snack Shack.

Currency Exchange:ATMs are located in the customs hall and in the arrivals area. Currency exchange services are located in the arrival and departure areas.

Lost luggage:The Lost & Found desk is located at the Security Post in the Departures Public Area. Phone: (876) 924 8452 ext. 2063.

Car hire:Avis, Budget, Hertz, Island Car Rentals.

Airport hotels:None at Kingston Airport. Nearby: Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Knutsford Court Hotel, Wyndham Kingston Jamaica.

Airport hub:Norman Manley International Airport (code KIN) is a hub for Caribbean Airlines, Fly Jamaica Airways and Skylan Airways.

The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart.co.za takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.


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