Jamaica gets its fair share of visitors each year which has now passed the 3 million tourists annually. This figure consists of both cruise passengers and stop over visitors alike. There are 3 major tourist areas on the island, incidentally which all are located on the northern coast of the island; they are Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril. There are also 3 major cruise ship ports and the same is true, all are located on the northern coast of Jamaica in the towns of Falmouth, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. Getting around the island is relatively easy once you decide on what mode of transportation to use, whether shared or private. They both have advantages and disadvantages and so it would be best to explore both possibilities first and then make decisions. |
A lot of the airfare packages do come with airport/hotel transfer which is generally shared transportation on a big bus. For most times, the first timers to Jamaica will certainly go along with this set up. However, it is common to see seasoned visitors to the island are opting for private transportation. Cruise lines calling on Jamaican ports do have active marketing strategies and people in place selling tours and excursions before docking. These tours are not privately done and are more like buying a space on a bus, the ‘cookie cutter’ method.
The hotels on the island do have at least one tour desk in each lobby selling tours and excursions. This type of setup may give visitors a sense of security for two reasons. The first is that to the visitors the hotel is like a big brother that is trusted. The other reason is that since the tour well have almost 50 other people on board, it lends a bit of security in the sense that there will be more support if anything should go wrong.
If visitors are thinking about flexibility then for sure private transportation is the only way to go. With flexibility, one gets to see more and do more. Jamaica has a fascinating culture which dated back to pre-Columbus era. It has changed colonizers and has a kaleidoscope of cultures which are all reflected in the modern society.
Two thirds of the island is covered with limestone which is responsible for Jamaica being a major exporter of bauxite which is the raw material that makes aluminum. The limestone topography is also responsible for the hilly terrain, beautiful mountain ranges and majestic waterfalls. Jamaica has 120 rivers mainly originating in the hilly central terrain of the island. All of the island rivers and streams head to the Caribbean Sea and with such hilly terrains it is easy to see why there are so many majestic waterfalls.
With so many things to do and see, private transfers and tours would be a great option. Don’t be afraid to explore, soak up the culture and leave with a better appreciation of land of Reggae Music, Blue Mountain Coffee and Jerk Chicken.
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