Driving In Jamaica Is Part of the Adventure

Driving in Jamaica is quite similar to driving in Britain. You drive on the left hand side of the road, so does everyone in Jamaica. Most of our cars have the steering wheel on the right side. For people from Britain, it will be easy to adjust. Another similarity between Jamaica and Britain that makes it easy to drive is the structure of the road which is narrow and easy to locate landmarks such as hills and mountains. If you get the chance to either rent a car or join a tour bus the simplicity and greenery of the island is a very beautiful and scenic one. Please watch out for the occasional potholes and taxi drivers who tend to go very fast as they drive.

Where to rent a car…

Whether you enter Jamaica from the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Norman Manley Airport in Kingston or from a shipping port, you can find transportation and ways of getting around Jamaica. You can rent a car or join group transportation through a tour company for your independent sightseeing. Hertz, Budget and Island Car Rental are great options for rental cars on the island. Do proper research prior to renting your car or simply stick to the recommendations on this site as car rentals can be expensive and tricky in Jamaica if you go with the wrong company. You can also charter private flights and tours through charter companies such as Jamaica Customized Vacation.

If you have never driven on the left and decide to rent a car please be careful as driving in Jamaica for the first time does take a bit of skill.

Make sure to exercise caution especially at night. If you have a breakdown, get in touch with your car-rental agency. In addition have cash available for gas. Some gas stations do not accept credit cards.

Your hotel of choice may have transportation services readily available for tours or excursion of your choice. It is always safer to go with someone who is familiar with the island on your tours.

Other means of transportation in Jamaica are the local buses, minivans and taxis that make their usual stops, but are usually full of passengers. This may not be the safest way to travel on your visit. There are also private taxis that are more reliable and are usually safer.

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