Travel to Jamaica
...travel to Jamaica by air or by sea.
Unless you are a very good swimmer, travel to Jamaica would take one of two forms. Either you would fly into one of the two international airports or you would arrive on a cruise ship.
Cruise ships generally only stop for one day, or at the very most, overnight, so you will most likely arrive by plane.
Travel to Jamaica is very straightforward: over two million tourists manage it every year, the majority arriving by air into Montego Bay, Sangster International Airport, (sometimes known as "MBJ" airport) the center of the package tour industry.
The other international airport is the Norman Manley International on the outskirts of Kingston, on the south-east coast. This is the bigger of the two as it serves the capital of Jamaica, Kingston.
There are four or five airports in jamaica but only two that serve the international flights. Travel to Jamaica, as a tourist, is therefore quite straightforward, as most will plan to arrive at Sangster International, Montego Bay, on the North-West coast.
Sangster International Airport is ideally located on the north-west coast, at the centre of the country’s main tourism region and close to a wide range of hotel and resort facilities.
The airport is within easy driving distance of the cruise ports at Montego Bay and Ocho Rios as well as the popular tourist town of Negril. Travel to jamaica for most tourists, starts with a landing at Mo.Bay airport!
You can see more about this airport, including floor plans, here at: MBJ Airport HERE!
The picture below is taken from the sky above the Montego Bay airport and shows the Sandy Bay in the center and the landing strip int the top center of the picture.
As you can see, it would be a short taxi drive south to the amenities of Mo.Bay. Negril Beach would be further west,(left!)and Och Rios further east (right!) along the coast.
The international airport at Kingston is out on a peninsular in the sea, south of the capital city. You drive around a semi-circular road, with the sea either side and approach Kingston from the east. (from the right!)
You can see how your travel to Jamaica via this airport, would bring you into the south-east side of the city, but it would be some distance from the beaches of the north and west coast.
The picture below, taken from the air, shows the airport at the bottom of the picture, the road to the city curving to the right and the city of Kingston up on the top left, with the sea in between.
More on the Kingston, Norman Manley International Airport can be found here at: Kingston Airport HERE!
With its proximity to the nation’s capital Kingston Airport is of significant importance for business travel to and from Jamaica, and for the movement of air cargo.
It sees about 1.7 million passengers a year (2006 figures) and provides for 11 different scheduled airlines: that's about 30 departures a day or 4000 passengers departing daily.
Flights to Jamaica
There are at least ten major airlines serving the island of Jamaica. Briefly, they are as follows:
Air Jamaica:- Services mostly from the Eastern United States.
There are of course many charter airlines that provide flights and package tours to Jamaica. If you are considering travel to Jamaica you need to check with the online Travel Agencies or your own local travel agent.
Travel times will vary but some approximate, general indicators (ie. times rounded out) would be:
Of course, your charter flight may be different.
Please check all these travel times with your own travel agent! ...and you may want to check this out:
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Jamaica Travel Information
Okay now some quick, helpful facts for you:
1..Currency is the Jamaican Dollar and rates vary daily so check around. It's quite easy to change money at the airport or resorts. When leaving you can change it at the airport or take it with you.
Jamaica has several major ports but the three operating cruise ship ports are:
Montego Bay, St. James
The Government seems very keen on increasing the cruise ship facilities of the island and are looking at opening up two new ones:- in the north-east at Falmouth and down from Negril on the west coast.
It's all about tourist money of course as presently tourists spend about $100 a head and Jamaica would like to see that increase to the $150's.
They are also looking at increased tourist numbers: from the present 2 1/2 million to a projected 5 million, mostly through the new and the improved cruise ship facilities. Travel to Jamaica will get even easier!
Cruise ships arrive every day of the week, mostly during the period, December to march, and most originate in Southern Florida.
Carnival Cruises: All Year
These cruise lines stop at Ocho Rios:
So, you have quite a choice for your travel to Jamaica, and we really haven't mentioned charters and package vacations!
Don't forget, check carefully with your own chosen travel agent to verify all these times and locations. When you travel to Jamaica you have many options, many price levels and a variety of choices.
We hope we are able to help with this planning. Ideas, suggestions and updates??...use or Q & A form to let us know.
P.S. Travelers to Jamaica from the U.S. will need a Passport starting January 2009....check it out with your travel agent.
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