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ANNUAL WINTER GETAWAY – HEDONISM II JAMAICA 

JANUARY 16th -23rd, 2021

COUPLES & SINGLES

 

Join us in the adventure: wildness, eroticism, and sexiness! live out your fantasies!

Often, some of the most satisfying experiences in life are the ones that you decide to keep a secret…

Hedonism II is an adult playground, it feeds the mind, the body, the spirit and the soul.

EVERYTHING YOU’VE HEARD IS TRUE!

TOP NUDIST RESORTS IN NEGRIL, JAMAICA

With absolutely everything included in one price, from amazing food and fine dining to unlimited top shelf drinks and premium cocktails. Scuba diving, volleyball and tennis with a pro instructor. A fully-equipped gym with a personal trainer and staff that goes above and beyond to make your stay more enjoyable. You never have to think about money. Not even tips. Just what to do next. And when. And with whom.

Can you imagine lying down on a sunny beach in the middle of January while the sun’s rays caress your skin? I know you can! So if that’s we you have been dreaming of, pack your bags, book your escape and be ready to Jamaica to the max!

ROOMS

Experience the unique ambiance and atmosphere of our luxury rooms designed to heighten your senses and awaken your spirit. Hedonism II features 280 luxury rooms and suites designed in harmony with the natural landscape. Indulge your senses in spectacular rooms that embody lavish living with contemporary decor. All of our premium suites feature private terraces with views of the ocean or lush jungle, jacuzzi’s, flat screen TVs ,Euro-style Jacuzzi shower or rain shower, coffee maker, refrigerators, hair dryer, and a safety deposit box. Whatever you desire, our exclusive rooms surround you in luxury, style and a tropical paradise.

Garden View 

Set among our tropical lush gardens, your tranquil Garden Room offers spacious furnishings, a flat screen TV and refrigerator, in addition to the classic ceiling mirror and Euro-style Jacuzzi shower.

Mirrored ceilings
Flat Screen TV
Refrigerator
King Bed or 2 Twin Beds
Air Conditioned
Euro-style Jacuzzi Shower
Coffeemaker
Clock Radio with CD-player
Complimentary WIFI
Iron and Ironing Board (Available upon request)
Hair Dryer
Safe Deposit Box

$514 USD per couple/per night

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Ocean View 

With breathtaking views overlooking our ocean front, your ocean view room has a flat screen TV and refrigerator, in addition to the classic ceiling mirror and Euro-style Jacuzzi shower.

Mirrored ceilings
Flat Screen TV
Refrigerator
King Bed or 2 Twin Beds
Air Conditioned
Euro-style Jacuzzi Shower
Coffeemaker
Clock Radio with CD-player
Complimentary WIFI
Iron and Ironing Board (Available upon request)
Hair Dryer
Safe Deposit Box

$ 620 USD per couple/per night

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Garden View Nude

Set among our tropical lush gardens, your tranquil Garden Room is steps away from our magnificent beach, nude pool, swim-up bar and hot tub. Featuring a flat screen TV and refrigerator, in addition to the classic ceiling mirror and Euro-style Jacuzzi shower.

Mirrored ceilings
Flat Screen TV
Refrigerator
King Bed or 2 Twin Beds
Air Conditioned
Euro-style Jacuzzi Shower
Coffeemaker
Clock Radio with CD-player
Complimentary WIFI
Iron and Ironing Board (Available upon request)
Hair Dryer
Safe Deposit Box

$ 602 USD per couple/per night

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Ocean View Nude

With breathtaking views overlooking our ocean front, your ocean view room is steps away from our magnificent beach, nude pool, swim-up bar and hot tub. It features a flat screen TV and refrigerator, in addition to the classic ceiling mirror and Euro-style Jacuzzi shower.

Mirrored ceilings
Flat Screen TV
Refrigerator
King Bed or 2 Twin Beds
Air Conditioned
Euro-style Jacuzzi Shower
Coffeemaker
Clock Radio with CD-player
Complimentary WIFI
Iron and Ironing Board (Available upon request)
Hair Dryer
Safe Deposit Box

$ 662 USD per couple/per night

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Garden View Premium

Featuring a flat screen TV and refrigerator, in addition to the classic ceiling mirror and Euro-style shower.

Mirrored Ceiling
Flat Screen TV
Refrigerator
King Bed or 2 Twin Beds
Air Conditioned
Euro-style Jacuzzi Shower
Coffeemaker
Double Sink
Full length Mirror
Contemporary Furnishings
Mood Lighting
Deluxe Toiletries
Clock Radio with CD Player
Complimentary WIFI
Iron and Ironing Board (Available upon request)
Hair Dryer
Safe Deposit Box

$ 892 USD per couple/per night

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Ocean View Premium

With breathtaking views overlooking our ocean front, you are steps away from our magnificent beach, nude pool, swim-up bar and hot tub. Featuring a flat screen TV and refrigerator, in addition to the classic ceiling mirror and Euro-style  shower.

Mirrored Ceiling
Flat Screen TV
Refrigerator
King Bed or 2 Twin Beds
Air Conditioned
Euro-style Jacuzzi Shower
Coffeemaker
Double Sink
Full length Mirror
Contemporary Furnishings
Mood Lighting
Deluxe Toiletries
Clock Radio with CD Player
Complimentary WIFI
Iron and Ironing Board (Available upon request)
Hair Dryer
Safe Deposit Box

$ 902 USD per couple/per night

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Notes

  • TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Groups and Hotel Full Take Over CANCELLATION Policy:Cancellation Policy:Cancellations 90 days or more prior to arrival will incur in a $150.00 processing fee.Cancellations 89-60 days prior to arrival will incur in a 1night penaltyCancellations 59-46 days prior to arrival will incur in a 3 nights penalty.Cancellations 45 days and arrival day – NO REFUND NO shows – NO REFUND* Cancellations must be in writing by emailing your cancellation request to reservations@luxury-lifestyle-vacations.com
     

    Groups and Hotel Full Take Over Reservation Policies:

    Deposit is one night stay – cancellations must be made in writing to get refund

    Payment Options:

    1) 1 night deposit for room guarantee

    2) 90 days prior arrival balance of 35%

    3) 60 days prior arrival balance of 35%

    4) 45 days prior arrival final payment (balance)

    We strongly suggest protecting your investment and get a travel insurance policy for peace of mind! Please consider insurance that protects your vacation investment for any cancellation reason. LLV has a very strict cancellation policy and is NOT responsible for any loss should you decide to opt out of travel insurance.

    *Applies only to US and Canadian Citizens.

    *REQUIREMENTS* 
    Due to new Government Regulations requiring cruise liners to submit final manifests at least 60 minutes prior to sailing, guests are requested to complete Online Check-in no later than 7 days prior to the cruise. Guests that have not completed Online Check-in, will be required to complete this process at the pier TWO hours prior to the published sailing time. Please note: All guests must be checked-in and onboard the ship no later than 60 minutes prior to the published sailing time or they will not be permitted to sail 

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LOCATION

Hedonism II Resort –Jamaica, Negril ) Located approximately 72.5 km (45 miles) from the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay

Jamaica, Montego Bay

Locally known as Mobay, Montego Bay is the second largest city in Jamaica, offering travelers sun-soaked beaches, historic plantations, tropical gardens, and a lush countryside rippling with jungly peaks that provide a peaceful escape from the urban grit of the downtown area. The city boasts a number of popular tourist destinations, including Doctor’s Cave beach, Greenwood and Rose Hall great houses, and rafting along Martha Brae River. Other popular excursions include fishing, golfing, guided river rides on bamboo rafts, and zip lining through the jungle. Additionally, a busy lineup of festivals, concerts, and sporting events can be found throughout the year. Be sure to try some jerk food, which is what is widely popular among the locals.

JAMAICA NEGRIL

Located approximately 72.5 km (45 miles) from the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Negril stretches across parts of two parishes (Westmoreland and Hanover) on Jamaica’s westernmost tip. Downtown Negril, the West End and the southern portion of what is known as the “seven-mile beach” are all in Westmoreland. It is nearly impossible to put into words the natural beauty of Negril. Miles of powder white sand bound by lush tropical foliage. If you close your eyes and try to imagine paradise, you will likely see Negril. Cool and laid back best describes the atmosphere of this magical place.

ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST RENOWNED BEACHES

For many years, Negril’s beach has been rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world by many travel magazines. Indulge yourself in the silky white sands of the expansive Seven Mile Beach. The north end of the beach is home to Hedonism II. South of downtown Negril is West End Road, known as the cliff area, which is lined with easy access to beautiful warm clear aquamarine waters perfect for snorkeling and diving or take your adrenaline to the next levels with extreme drop off points along the seaside cliffs with jumping points reaching more than 40 feet (12 m) high.

PLACES OF INTEREST

Places of interest that you may want to visit

The exotic, beachfront Caribbean resort is located on the far western tip of Jamaica nestled in a secluded bay at the edge of Negril’s World Famous 7 Mile Beach silky white sand beach. With sunsets beyond description, breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea, a lush tropical playground providing a sensual and carefree atmosphere, Hedonism II encourages you to live your fantasies to the fullest.

This is Hedonism II, where you can eat and drink, love and laugh, party and play around the clock.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

This experience includes all meals – snacks, beach grills, buffets and gourmet sit down meals – are included.Red Stripe beer on tap and unlimited premium brand cocktails at no additional cost, 24-hours a day. House wines and champagne are also available. Also a wine bar where premium wines may be purchased by the bottle.

One of the greatest pleasures in life is indulging in our most hedonistic desires. From that extra slice of decadent chocolate cake or a lobster tail smothered in lemon butter, an extra shot of 12 year old rum in your punch to a sensual midnight tryst in the pool and then the Playroom …Go on and GO FOR IT.

Hedonism II is all about unadulterated self-indulgence that tantalizes all your senses. From your gourmet dining and drinking experience to your entertainment options. Open access to an adult playground nestled in the silky white sands of sunny Seven Mile Beach any day, any night-anytime. prepare yourself to experience pleasure in paradise with all-inclusive amenities including:

Gourmet Dining 20 hours a day
4 Restaurants, 2 Grills – No Reservations Needed
Premium Liquor & Access to All 5 Bars
Complimentary Wifi
6 Pools & Hot Tub’s
Daily Games and Beach Activities
Nightly Shows, Night Club, Theme Parties & Entertainment
Access to Romping Shop Playroom *
Fully Equipped Fitness Gym
Au Natural and Clothing Optional Beach
Live Singalong Piano Bar
Sauna, Steam Room
Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Pickle Ball
Scuba Diving**, Glass Bottom Boat Rides, Snorkeling, Sailing, Kayaking

RESTAURANT/BARS

Hedonism II chefs and bartenders create a delectable array of dining and premium beverage options – from Asian, to Italian to an American-style Chop House.

Premium brand cocktails flowing day and night from 5 bars. Breakfast and lunch buffets are long, lavish and filled with creative Caribbean surprises and traditional favorites. Hamburgers and other treats sizzle all day at both Beach Grills.

HARRYSAN

Harrysan

Sumptuous Japanese style cuisine, where dining is an entertaining experience. Innovative Japanese fare is prepared Teppanyaki style and served in a casually elegant atmosphere.

  • Open for dinner 6:30pm to 10:00pm

  • Casual

  • Reservations required

  • Closed Tuesdays and Fridays

flame

Flame

Join us beachside for a one of a kind, romantic, Jamaican chop house experience. Our newest restaurant, Flame adds an exciting flare with the hand selected ingredients. Flame feature juicy tender steak entrees and gourmet pizzas, among other specialty items. The menu is subject to some slight changes as various items are in and out of season, but rest assured each menu offering will be carefully chosen by Chef Anthony and his amazing Kitchen Staff.

– Open for dinner 7:00pm – 9:30pm
– Casual
– Closed Fridays

Restaurant Schedules Are Subject to Change

TERRACE

Main Dinning Terrace

Dine buffet style in the constantly changing Terrace Room – large, open-air main dining room serving creative Caribbean surprises and traditional favorites – buffet-style – for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Breakfast: 7:30am to 10:30am

  • Continental Breakfast: 10:30am to 11:00am

  • Lunch: 12:30pm to 3:00pm

  • Dinner: 7:30pm to 10:00pm

  • Midnight Snack: 12:00am to 2:00am

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Bar & Lounges

It’s impossible to be thirsty at Hedonism II. Unlimited, truly premium brand cocktails made with Grey Goose and similar name brands flow day and night from 5 bars at Hedonism II. Plus our house wines and champagne have been upgraded (and of course unlimited consumption is included!) We have added an optional wine list full of great wines for purchase for those who want to splurge.

Order your favorite cocktail, or be daring and ask our bartender to whip up one of his/her specialty concoctions.

Go a little crazy. Experiment. That’s what Hedonism is all about

pastafary

Pastafary

A culinary adventure, Pastafari is a unique Italian restaurant with a Jamaican accent to offer a truly unique dining experience. At each visit, we want it to feel as if yours is the only table in the room. The impeccable Italian fare stems from the Dishes’ high-quality ingredients, such as freshly grated Pecorino-Romano and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheeses and fresh seafood.

– Open for dinner 6.30pm-10.00pm
– Closed Fridays
– Semi-formal (tailored shorts allowed)

NUDE BEACH GRILL

Nude Beach Grill

Set on the edge of seven mile beach, Negril our nude beach is hidden in a secluded cove. Total beach length is over 1,000 feet long, with soft white sand. Loungers and towels are provided. Nude Beach Grill During the day the grill serves the standard grill options such as jerk chicken, grill cheese, nachos, grilled fish and more!
11:00 am – 7:00 pm &
12midnight – 5:00am – Daily

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THEME NIGHTS

Saturday
SEXY SPORTS PARTY 

Sunday
HEDONISTIC SCHOOL GIRL

Monday
JAMAICA NIGHT

Tuesday
BARE AS YOU DARE GLOW POOL PARTY

Wednesday
FETISH NIGHT LEATHER & LINGERIE

Thursday
TOGA & FOAM PARTY

Friday
ROCK STAR

JAMAICA– TIPS BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

Jamaica is the third largest of the Caribbean islands, and the largest English-speaking island in the Caribbean Sea. Situated 90 miles south of Cuba, 600 miles south of Florida, USA, and 100 miles south-west of Haiti, Jamaica is approximately 146 miles long, 51 miles wide, and has an area of 4,411 square miles. The capital, Kingston, is the largest city and is located in the south-eastern part of the island.

The island’s name, Jamaica, is derived from the Arawak word Xaymaca, which probably means “land of wood and water” or “land of springs”.

Although the official language is English, most Jamaicans speak an English-based dialect which is known as patois.

Jamaica’s multi-racial population of approximately 2.5 million, is predominantly of African, European, East Indian and Chinese heritage, and Jamaica’s motto – “Out of Many, One People” is based on these multi-racial roots.

Jamaica has a parliamentary democracy based on the Westminster model of Government.

The country gained independence from the United Kingdom of Great Britain on 1962 August 6. At Independence, Jamaica became a member of the Commonwealth, with Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State. The Queen is represented in Jamaica by the Governor-General, the Most Honorable Sir Patrick Allen, ON, GCMG, CD.

Where do I fly into?

SANGSTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Address: Montego Bay, St. James

Telephone:876-952-3134

Web: mbjairport.com

Jamaica Weather

The climate in Montego Bay is hot, oppressive, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 73°F to 89°F and is rarely below 71°F or above 91°F.

Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Montego Bay for hot-weather activities is from mid-December to mid-April.

Jamaica Visa and Passport Requirements

Health and Safety

Most crimes targeting visitors in tourist areas like Montego BayNegril, and Ocho Rios are property-oriented — pickpocketing and petty theft, for example. Armed robberies do occasionally involve tourists, and can turn violent if victims resist. Special tourist police have been employed in these areas in an attempt to control crime: you can spot them by their uniform of white hats, white shirts, and black pants.

Tourists in Jamaica have been robbed as they slept in their hotel rooms, so be sure to lock all doors and windows at night and keep valuables in a safe and secure location, such as the in-room safe.

Credit-card skimming is an ongoing problem in Jamaica. Some scammers will make a copy of your credit card information when you give your card to a restaurant server or shopkeeper. ATMs also may be rigged to steal your card information, or individuals may observe you at the ATM and try to steal your password. Avoid using credit cards or ATMs whenever possible; carry just enough cash for what you need that day. If you do need to use a credit card, keep an eye on the person handling your card. If you need to get cash, use the ATM at your hotel.

Sexual assaults by hotel employees in resort areas on Jamaica’s north coast have occurred with some frequency, as well. Male prostitutes offering their services to white women (“rent-a-dreads”) is a problem relatively unique to Jamaica, and the demand by some female tourists for such services can spill over in negative ways on other visiting women, who may be viewed as “easy” by some local men.

For emergency police response, dial 119. Police in Jamaica are generally short on manpower and training. You will see an increased police presence in areas of Montego Bay and Ocho Rios frequented by tourists, but if you are a victim of crime you may find the response of the local police to be lacking — or nonexistent. Locals generally have little trust in the police, and while visitors are unlikely to be mistreated by police, the Jamaican Constabulary Force is widely viewed as corrupt and ineffectual.

Tourists are advised to avoid traveling in notoriously high-threat areas of Kingston including, but not limited to, Mountain View, Trench Town, Tivoli Gardens, Cassava Piece, and Arnett Gardens. In Montego Bay, avoid the areas of Flankers, Canterbury, Norwood, Rose Heights, Clavers Street, and Hart Street. Several of the latter neighborhoods are adjacent to Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport.

Gay and Lesbian Travelers

Homophobia is unfortunately widespread in Jamaica, and gay and lesbian visitors may be subjected to harassment at a minimum and violence at worst. Gay sex is illegal and can result in prison terms. Until this aspect of Jamaican culture changes, gay and lesbian travelers should seriously consider the risks before planning a trip to Jamaica.

Harassment of Tourists

Harassment of tourists, while not necessarily a crime per se, is a problem acknowledged at even the highest levels of Jamaican government. This can range from harmless pitches on the street, beach, or shopping area to buy souvenirs, marijuana, or services like hair-braiding, to bogus offers of tourist-guide services, to racial slurs aimed at white visitors and sexual harassment of women.

Despite a concerted, decades-long effort to address the problem, one in three visitors to Jamaica still reports being on the receiving end of some time of harassment (that is down from the 60 percent who reported being harassed in the mid-1990s).

Most Jamaicans are friendly and helpful to visitors, however, and guests to the country can improve the atmosphere by not seeking out paid sex or drugs during their visit. To the extent possible, be respectful but firm when confronted by someone offering something you don’t want — it’s a combination that can go a long way toward avoiding further problems.

Other Hazards

Hurricanes and tropical storms can hit Jamaica, sometimes causing significant damage. Earthquakes are a rarer hazard, but also occur.

Nightclubs can be overcrowded and often are not in compliance with fire-safety standards.

Jet ski accidents in resort areas are uncomfortably common, so use caution whether operating a personal watercraft or enjoying recreational activities in waters where jet skis are present.

General Emergency: 119
Police: 119
Ambulance: 110
Fire: 110

Medical Services

Hospitals

Kingston and Montego Bay have the only comprehensive medical facilities in Jamaica. The recommended hospital for U.S. citizens in Kingston is the University of the West Indies (UWI). In Montego Bay, the Cornwall Regional Hospital or the Montego Bay Hope Medical Center are recommended.

For more details, see the Jamaica Crime and Safety Report published annually by the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

Toilets 

There are few public toilets, and those that do exist are mostly best avoided, except in major tourist areas.

Most restaurants have restrooms, but many require you to make a purchase before you can use them.

Jamaica Currency & Exchange

Jamaica Dollar (JMD; symbol J$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of J$1,000, 500, 100, and 50.  Coins are in denominations of J#20, 10, 5, and 1, and 25, 10, and 1 cents.

Jamaican law requires that local currency is used when paying for all goods and services, though that law is followed very loosely, and the US Dollar is accepted almost universally. To avoid confusion, determine which dollar unit is being quoted in the price prior to any transaction being made.

Jamaican currency is the Jamaican dollar. Don’t be confused and think it is tied to the current rate of the American dollar; One Canadian dollar equals around 100 Jamaican dollars. Bank ATM’s are found throughout Jamaica, but our recommendation is to take out enough cash to last a few days.

Although both the US and Jamaican currency is accepted in Jamaica, you will find it easier to deal with the local currency, and you won’t have to worry about figuring out correct exchange rates when receiving Jamaican change back from your US funds. Be sure to let your bank and visa company know your travel plans before you leave home to avoid a hold on funds.

Credit cards:

Plastic is invaluable when traveling in Jamaica. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, and Visa are all widely accepted as are other cards bearing the Cirrus or Plus logo. Most Jamaican ATMs accept international bank cards and many banks give credit card cash advances.

Traveler’s checks:

Although the concept of traveler’s cheques has become antiquated in recent years, thanks to Jamaica’s erratic ATMs, traveler’s cheques in US Dollars are widely accepted throughout Jamaica.

Banks and taxes

Mon-Thurs 830-1700, Fri 830-1600, with 24h ATM’s in Major Cities and resort areas.

ATM: Most Jamaican ATMs accept international bank cards and can be found at the airports, in larger towns and in major hotels and resorts. However, the island’s ATMs still have a reputation for unreliability and shouldn’t be relied on exclusively. Bank cards supported by Visa and Mastercard will work in most situations and the island’s Scotia Bank cashpoints are generally considered the most reliable. As a precaution, it’s recommended that you use ATMs during business hours and avoid visiting them after dark. If a bank is open but the ATM isn’t functioning, many banks will give cash advances on a credit card.

Taxes: The rate of tax is 33.3%. SALES TAX/VALUE ADDED TAX (VAT) General consumption tax (GCT) is generally imposed at the standard rate of 16.5% on the supply in Jamaica of goods or services by a ‘registered taxpayer’ and on the importation of goods or services by any person for consumption in Jamaica.

Clothing

Although one of the most culturally independent islands in the region, Jamaica still retains some of the influences from its days as a British colony. The following tips will help you fit in, and avoid accidentally offending more conservative islanders:

  • If you are traveling for business, a suit jacket and tie are expected, and the usual formalities and courtesies are observed;

  • Shorts and bathing suits are acceptable on beaches, but should be avoided in town without cover-ups such as a long t-shirt of sarong;

  • Generally speaking, travelers should consider long shorts or skirts and pants, and men may want to bring button-up shirts;

  • Club attire is generally more revealing than clothes worn any other time during the day or night, particularly for women (but it is best to err on the side of caution!).

As always, it’s best to be aware of the attire expected at a specific location. Many all-inclusive resorts have little to no dress code in place, but some resorts and hotels require women to wear dresses or slacks and men to wear suits and ties at their restaurants. Kingston is known for being a bit more upscale, and women particularly may want to avoid wearing jeans in this city, meanwhile, Negril has a more laid-back side.  To be safe, stick to packing clothing that is considered to be resort casual — that is, collared shirts, sundresses, a linen or khaki bottoms that are clean and pressed.  Bright prints and bold colors are welcome.

Electricity

In Jamaica, the standard voltage is 110 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Jamaica if the standard voltage in your country is in between 110 – 127 V (as is in the US, Canada, and most South American countries).

Tipping

Locals don’t tip in Jamaica, but it is common in touristy areas. If you do decide to tip in Jamaicatip bellhops $1-2 per bag. If you require the concierge’s services, tip him according to the value of your request. 

Cabs/Taxis:10-15% of set price

Airport Help: 1-2$USD per bag

Transfers: 1-5$ USD per person, based on length of trip

Hotels: N/A, Service charge included

Doorman:1-2$USD

Bellman:1-2$ USD per bag

Chambermaid:.1-2$ USD per day *directly to the maid

Room Service:10-15% of the final bill

Parking Valet: N/A

Concierge: Tip according to the value of your request

Water

Water is generally safe to drink from faucets throughout the island except in the most far-flung rural regions. It is safest, however, to stick with bottled water, which is widely available. It’s a good idea to avoid ice, particularly that sold at street stands as ‘bellywash,’ ‘snocones’ or ‘skyjuice’ – shaved-ice cones sweetened with fruit juice. Unless you’re certain that the local water is not contaminated, you shouldn’t drink it. In Jamaica’s backwaters, clean your teeth with purified water rather than tap water.

Time

Eastern Standard Time – EST (GMT-5)

Transport & Transit System

Licensed taxis – called ‘contract carriages’ – have red PPV license plates (those without such plates are unlicensed). They’re expensive, but affordable if you share the cost with other passengers.

Jamaica Union of Travelers Association operates island-wide and is geared almost exclusively to the tourist business. Kingston has a number of private radio taxi firms. The Transport Authority has established fixed rates according to distance (different rates apply for locals than for tourists, who pay more). Licensed cabs should have these posted inside. Taxis are also supposed to have meters, but many don’t use them.

The following are typical fares, based on up to four people per taxi:

Route

Fare

Kingston–Montego Bay

US$220

Kingston–Ocho Rios

US$110

Kingston–Port Antonio

US$120

Montego Bay–Ocho Rios or Negril

US$100

Norman Manley International Airport–Kingston (Uptown)

US$35

Donald Sangster International Airport–Montego Bay

US$20

Road Safety

The north coastal road linking popular tourist destinations such as Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Negril is much improved in recent years. However, most roads are poorly maintained and have poor signage. Smaller roads may not be paved, and often are narrow, winding, and crowded with pedestrians, bicycles, and livestock.

Driving is on the left, and Jamaica’s roundabouts (traffic circles) can be confusing for drivers used to driving on the right. Seat-belt use is required and recommended especially for taxi passengers, given the hazardous driving conditions.

If you rent a car, avoid parking on the street if possible: look for a spot inside a residential compound, in a parking lot with an attendant, or within your view. When shopping, park as close as possible to the store entrance and away from dumpsters, bushes, or large vehicles. Lock all doors, close the windows, and hide valuables in the trunk.

Use of public transportation is not recommended since public buses are often overcrowded and can become venues for the crime. Take a cab from your hotel or use transportation from vendors that are part of JUTA — the Jamaica Union of Travelers Association.

What to pack for a trip to Jamaica

  • 2-3 Bottoms: capris / loose island wear / or shorts.

  • 3 Tops: Print Tank / Print Top / Print Tank.

  • 3 Blouses: Coral Peasant Top / Crinkle Beach Shirt / Navy Tee.

  • 2-3 Vacation Dresses: Sleeveless Romper / Floral Print Maxi Dress.

  • 2 Bathing Suits: swimsuits/bikini.

  • 1-2 covers-ups or sarong

  • Nylon bra & panty, summery pajamas

  • Sportswear

  • Sandals, flip-flops, walking shoes, wedges

  • Toiletries

  • Sun protection

  • Some medicines are delivered only with a medical prescription. Bring your own medicine.

  • Bring electrical outlet adapter and Voltage Converters

Things to carry on with you

  • A copy of your passport and driver’s license.

  • Money If you are going to make a purchase or go out to dinner, take more and take a credit card as well.  Use the card only if you don’t have enough cash.

  • Your emergency telephone list of phone numbers from back home.

  • A business card showing the phone and address of your hotel.

  • Credit cards only if you plan to go to the bank.

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