U.S. Citizens entering Jamaica:
• Valid Passport only. Get one here:
Travelers to Jamaica who are under 18 need a signed parental release.
NON-US CITIZENS: You must obtain proper travel documentation from
the consulate of your nationality.
The official currency of Jamaica is the Jamaican Dollar, or the
“J”. You’ll find that most prices for things related
to Spring Break (parties, side trips, etc.) are quoted in US dollars,
so it’s best to only exchange money as you need it (plus you’ll
lose money if you have to convert all of your “J” back
to US dollars at the end of the week). Hotels exchange money, but
banks and Cambios will have the best rates. Travelers checks and
credit cards are widely accepted and are a good, safe way to bring
spending money. ATM’s are readily available. Credit cards
can be used for cash advances as well as restaurant and shop purchases.
You can walk to a lot of where you want to go to in Negril. Taxis
will take you everywhere else. They’re cheap and definitely
not hard to find (during Spring Break everyone is a taxi driver).
Like everything in Jamaica, the fare is negotiable, but a ride from
the cliffs to the beach for a group of 4 should be no more than
2 dollars per person. Larger groups can get better fares. Stick
to taxis with red license plates as these are the only official
cabs, with licensed, insured drivers.
Jamaicans rely on tips so don’t forget to reward the people
who are good to you (bartenders, waitresses, maids, bellboys).
It’s the “Capital of Casual”, there isn’t
one. Most parties are outdoors, right on the beach so shorts, sandals,
and a t-shirt do the job.