Jamaica Car Rental
If you plan on doing a lot of independent exploring, renting a car is the best way to get the most out of your vacation to Jamaica. While some of the roads have a lot of potholes, driving around Jamaica is relatively easy and very rewarding.
Car rental prices in Jamaica range from $70 to $120 a day. Major national car rental companies in Jamaica include Island Car Rentals and Fiesta Car Rentals, both of which have offices in Kingston and Montego Bay. In addition, international car rental chains also have a presence in Jamaica such as Hertz, Avis and Budget. All of these companies have websites where you can reserve your rental vehicle in advance.
In order to rent a car in Jamaica you must be at least 21 years old and in possession of a valid driver’s license. However, you will find that many car rental companies in Jamaica will only rent vehicles to those who are at least 25. Like car rental companies throughout the US, most car rental companies in Jamaica will ask you to pay for your rental vehicle on credit card. Some car rental companies in Jamaica will also require you to pay a security deposit of at least $200.
Unfortunately, car rentals can be quite expensive in Jamaica. However, some great bargains can be found if you reserve your car in advance. In addition car rental comparison sites can help you locate the best deal. These sites allow you to quickly compare rates from a number of providers after entering some basic information about yourself and your desired vehicle.
Top Things to Do in Jamaica
Without a doubt the most famous museum on the island is the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston. The reggae legend’s home and recording studio on Hope Road has been transformed into a museum and shrine to Jamaica’s most famous son and is full of memorabilia. Highlights of the collection include platinum records, Rastafarian cloaks and the bullet holes in the room where Marley survived an assassination attempt.
If you are visiting Jamaica during March, be sure to stick around for Carnival, the island’s major event. Floats, dancers, and costumed musicians take to the streets throughout the event. Music is a major part of the event, expect to hear calypso, soca and reggae.
Jamaica’s Dolphin Cove in Ocho Rios is famous for dolphin-spotting. The cove is a large natural lagoon and lets visitors swim and play with bottlenose dolphins. In addition, the cove also has a large aquarium showcasing a range of interesting sea creatures including sharks and stingrays. In addition, visitors also have the opportunity to feed and pet some of the sharks.
Jamaica has plenty of natural attractions to visit some of the most-popular include the limestone caves in the north of Jamaica and the Blue Mountains. With a number of interesting geological formations, subterranean lakes and the famous Green Grotto, the limestone caves are great fun to explore. The Blue Mountains are Jamaica’s largest mountain range and have a number of tracks to explore. The Blue Mountains are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna including the world’s second-largest butterfly: the Homerus Swallowtail which has a wingspan of 5.9 inches.
Situated just west of downtown Kingston, Spanish Town, the former capital of Jamaica is a popular destination. The city was established by the Spanish back in the Seventeenth Century and has a number of notable historic attractions including the Old King’s House and the English Cathedral.