Take a current passport! EVERY passenger must present a valid passport or will be denied passage by your airline.
Take your driver’s license! To use a credit card in retail establishments in Jamaica, you will be asked for an ID.
Traveling Christmas, New Year’s, February, March or April? Book early!
Want to economize? Book Low Season rates (generally dates between mid-April to December 14). See Rates tab on each villa listing for specific Low Season date range.
Bring cash (US$ welcomed) for tips to villa staff, drivers and nannies, spa technicians, caddies and others who provide services to you. Service personnel cannot accept credit cards or cheques.
Budget a total tip to your villa staff of 10% of the villa rent in High Season (Dec 15-mid April) and 15% of the villa rent in Low Season (mid Apr-Dec 14). See Rates tab on each villa listing for specific date ranges (April dates depend on Easter holiday each year).
Don’t over-pack! Dress is casual and you will have a personal laundress on staff. Fly home with clean clothes!
Do pack mosquito repellent and sunscreen.
Talk to your staff! Ask for what you want because you will probably get it. Your villa staff wants to please you.
Dine in your villa! You have a fabulous chef and butler. Chefs can provide vegan and vegetarian diets and will respect food allergies.
Allow your chef to show off his/her best (that’s what I do!) … or select your own menus if you prefer. You can’t go wrong.
If you wish to dine out a time or two, ask for my list of Recommended Restaurants. (Jamaica was named Best Foodie Destination in the Caribbean.)
Meet Jamaicans! Jamaica was named the Friendliest Island in the Caribbean by Caribbean Travel+Life readers. Reach out to discover this for yourselves and your children.
Don’t listen to outdated inaccurate tales of danger. Safety of tourists in Jamaica is among the highest in the world: Today’s rate of offenses against tourists is 0.01%.
Do not put on your agenda any of the following: food shopping, cooking or bartending; making beds or cleaning bathrooms; washing dishes or doing laundry ... not even lighting the candles. Enjoy the luxury!
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