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Tourist Information
Holidays & Events

 Tourist Information:
In the US:
Jamaican Tourist Board

801 Second Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Tel: 212-856-9727
Tel: 800-233-4JTB

Jamaican Tourist Board
1315 Walnut Street
Suite 918
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tel: 215-545-1061

Jamaican Tourist Board
500 North Michigan Ave
Suite 1030
Chicago, IL 60611
Tel: 312-527-1296

Jamaican Tourist Board
1320 South Dixie Highway
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Tel: 305-665-0557

Jamaican Tourist Board
300 West Wienca Road
Suite 100A
Atlanta, GA 30342
Tel: 404-250-9971

Jamaican Tourist Board
8214 Westchester
Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75225
Tel: 214-361-8778

Jamaican Tourist Board
3440 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 1207
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel: 213-384-1123

In Canada:
Jamaican Tourist Board

1 Eglinton Avenue E, Suite 616
Toronto, Ontario M4P 3A1
Tel: 416-482-7850

In the UK:
Jamaican Tourist Board

1-2 Prince Consort Road
London SW7 4BZ
Tel: 0171-224-0505

In Jamaica:
Jamaican Tourist Board

2 St. Lucia Avenue
New Kingston, Box 360
Kingston 5, Jamaica
Tel: 876-929-9200

Jamaican Tourist Board
Cornwall Street
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Tel: 876-952-4425

Jamaican Tourist Board
20 Adriji Place
Negril, Jamaica
Tel: 876-957-4243

Jamaican Tourist Board
Ocean Village Shopping Center
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Tel: 876-974-2582

Jamaican Tourist Board
City Center Plaza
Port Antonio, Jamaica
Tel: 876-993-3051


The official currency of Jamaica is the Jamaican Dollar. The U.S. dollar is accepted almost everywhere, but be careful because both the U.S. and Jamaican dollars are represented by the "$" symbol. The United Nations offers exchange rate information.

110 volts, 50 cycles AC. Some hotels have 220 volts.

 Holidays & Events:
These events have a tendency to change venue and date rapidly. We strongly suggest calling or writing the Tourist Board to get exact information.
  • Montego Bay Yacht Club Easter Regatta, Easter Week
  • Jamaica Carnival, April
  • Negril Carnival, May
  • Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, June
  • Sun Splash Reggae Festival
  • Reggae Sunfest, August
  • Independence Day Street Parade, Mid August
  • Port Antonio Blue Marlin Tournament, October
  • Harmony Hall Christmas Craft Fair, November

The official language is English, but Jamaicans often speak a patois amongst themselves.

The area code for Jamaica is 876, followed by a seven digit local number. Telecommunications of Jamaica provides cable, telephone fax and telex service on the island.

Taxis can be hailed on the streets or called from your hotel. JUTA and JCAL are the only two taxi companies approved by the Jamaican Tourist Board.

Car Rentals: Keep in mind that you must drive on the left.

  • Island Car Rental is Jamaica's largest car rental agency
    Tel: 800-892-4581.
  • Dhana Car Rental is an independent agency located in Montego Bay at the Holiday Village Shopping Center.
    Tel: 809-953-9555
  • Avis - 800-331-1212
  • Dollar - 800-800-4000
  • National - 800-227-3876
  • Hertz - 800-654-3131
  • Budget - 876-952-3838


  • Air Jamaica is Jamaica's main carrier, as well as one of the largest Caribbean carriers. Tel: 800-523-5585
  • Air Negril is a small local carrier for short hops around Jamaica.
  • Trans-Jamaica Airlines schedules frequent domestic flights between all the major resort areas in Jamaica.
    • Kingston - 876-923-8680
    • Ocho Rios - 876-975-3254
    • Montego Bay - 876-952-5401
    • Negril - 876-957-4251
    • Port Antonio - 876-993-2405

See our car rental, airline, cruise line and tour operator listings for more information.

Temperatures vary from 80 to 90 degrees on the coasts, to as low as 40 degrees on the highest mountains. The average temperature in most areas is 75 degrees. The wettest months are normally May and October and in some areas, annual rainfall is over 80 inches. You can see a forecast for Kingston from USAToday, or a forecast for Kingston from Intellicast. Please visit our Caribbean Weather Page for the latest forecasts and weather news.

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