A Caribbean superlative in every conceivable respect


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Kingston's beaches

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Treasure beach

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Duration: at least 3 weeks

Best time to visit: May – October

Budget: 85 $ per day

There’s something about Jamaica that casts a spell over you. Perhaps it is the intense connection with the culture and the people or the breathtaking beaches and the lush jungle. For me, it was a combination of all these things and more. Jamaica is a country that doesn’t just jump out at you with its beauty – you have to work hard to discover the hidden gems and fall in love with the country.

My first round trip to Jamaica on my own was a great experience, even if it wasn’t always easy.

  • Culture 90% 90%
  • Beaches 85% 85%
  • Nature 110% 110%
  • Activities 100% 100%

For me, Jamaica was not the typical beauty at first sight, but a country that became more beautiful with every day I spent there. Backpacking in Jamaica was sometimes exhausting and almost always different than expected, but the atmosphere was infectious and I fell madly in love with the island nation. I’ve now spent around 6 months on the island and I’m looking forward to showing you the best parts!

What you can experience on your Jamaica round trip

Beaches in Jamaica

The beaches of Montego Bay and Negril have become a worldwide symbol of the Caribbean. There are even more beautiful and exciting beaches to discover in Jamaica.

While the beaches around Montego Bay and Negril are populated by all-inclusive hotels, there are stunning smaller beaches in Portland. Those who like it a little quieter will feel totally at home in Treasure Beach.

My favorite beaches: The beaches in Portland and around Kingston!

Here you can not only enjoy the sea, but also come into contact with Jamaicans.


The most beautiful beaches in Jamaica:

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Natural Pools at Reach Falls, jamaica

Jamaica’s Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains are much less visited than the beach regions. There is plenty to discover in the mountains.

For example, the world-famous “Blue Mountain Coffee” grows here. You can learn all about the production process here on coffee tours.

If you go on a tour through the mountains, you will see lush greenery as well as waterfalls and rivers. Jamaica is still very original here.

The Blue Mountains have also always been home to the Rasafarai. A visit to the Rasta School of Vision is highly recommended if you want to learn more about the culture.

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Jamaica’s breathtaking nature

Natural “blue holes”

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Jamaica is the Blue Hole. This natural swimming pool is located in the middle of the jungle and is said to be bottomless. The water is crystal clear and the view from the top is absolutely breathtaking.

The waterfalls of Jamaica

Jamaica is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. From Dunn’s River Falls to YS Falls, there are plenty of options for waterfall lovers. The most beautiful waterfalls are in Portland!

Explore Jamaica’s green side:


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Mount Klimanjaro

Experience the rich culture of Jamaica


Jamaica’s music scene goes far beyond Bob Marley. From reggae to dancehall, Jamaican music influences the world.

For music lovers, Jamaica really is a dream come true. Here you can visit music studios in Kingston, party with the stars or attend relaxed jam sessions.

Art and culture in Jamaica

Jamaica is home to a vibrant art scene. Kingston and Portland in particular have a lot to offer!

Jamaica’s Rastafari

Rastafari culture is based on the belief that Haile Selassie I, the former emperor of Ethiopia, is the reincarnation of Jesus Christ.

Rastafarians often wear their hair in curls and follow a strict diet known as Ital.

If you want to learn more about this fascinating culture, visit one of the many Rastafarian villages in Jamaica, such as the Rasta School of Vision.

Food culture in Jamaica

Jamaican food is one of the best cuisines I’ve ever tasted.

Jamaican food is a unique blend of African, European and Caribbean influences.

There is something for everyone (even for me as a vegetarian), from jerk chicken to rice and beans to ackee and saltfish.

And don’t even get me started on the rum! Jamaica really is a paradise for gourmets.

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Me at carnival in Jamaica

Cultural events and happenings in Jamaica

Jamaica offers a vibrant calendar of cultural events throughout the year, giving travelers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the island’s rich heritage. The annual Reggae Sumfest takes place in Montego Bay in July. Reggae is celebrated here with world-class performances and lively street parties.

The Jamaica Carnival (my favorite event) in April brings colorful parades, extravagant costumes and soca music to the streets of Kingston.

Emancipation Day on August 1 marks the end of slavery with cultural performances and historical re-enactments.

The NyamJam Food and Music Festival in October pampers the taste buds with Jamaican cuisine and showcases local talent.

The Maroon Festival in January is a tribute to the resilient spirit and unique traditions of the Maroon communities.

February is Reggae Month. In memory of Bob Marley, many music events are held throughout the island.

No matter when you visit Jamaica, you’re sure to find a cultural event that reflects the island’s infectious rhythm and vibrant culture.

Practical travel tips for Jamaica


What language is spoken in Jamaica?

In Jamaica, mainly English and Jamaican Patois are spoken. English is the official language and is used in government, education and business. Jamaican Patois, often referred to simply as Patois, is a Creole language based on English, but with strong influences from West Africa, Spanish and various African dialects. Patois is spoken by many Jamaicans in informal everyday life and in communication with each other.

What is the best time to travel to Jamaica?

The best time to travel to Jamaica is during the winter months. Theweather is coolest and driest from December to February. However, bear in mind that prices for hotels and flights are usually higher during this time and that there are also many other visitors. If you want to save money, you should travel in the low season (March-April or October-November). I love Jamaica in the low season because everything is more relaxed then. The weather in October and November was excellent, with a little more rain. It was just perfect in March! The hurricane season lasts from June to November.

The average temperature in Jamaica is 27 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit). However, it can get quite hot, especially in the summer months. The weather is hottest and most humid from June to August.

Is Jamaica safe?

I felt very safe during my solo backpacking tour. Jamaica can be exhausting from time to time, but it is manageable.

The larger cities such as Kingston, Montego and Negril are a little less safe than the country. However, you should have no problems if you are a somewhat experienced traveler.

What is the currency in Jamaica?

I use Digicel when I travel to Jamaica. The connection has proven to be the best, and it's easy to get a top-up. I also get an Airlo basic starter plan so I can easily Uber from the airport and set up with a local sim.

Public transportation in Jamaica

Route Taxis are the best way to get around Jamaica. Official route cabs have a red license plate. The route they are on is written on the doors. Route cabs are the cheapest and most flexible way to get around. Just make sure you get on and off on the route. Otherwise you will be charged as a charter cab.

Public bus: The bus stop is located in the city center. I couldn't find a schedule. They seem to travel more frequently than the Knutsford.
Knutsford: The luxury bus from Jamaica connects other important destinations. Note that the specified time refers to the calculated travel time and not the actual time to reach a destination. In addition to the journey time, there are also stops and bus changes that are not visible when you buy your ticket.

Airports: The arrival at MoBay Sangster International is very picturesque, as the airport is located directly on the beach. The airport is also only 10 minutes from the HipStrip, 15 minutes from downtown and 20 minutes from Mount Salem. Sangster International Airport is also small, which makes it particularly convenient to move around.

Kingston Airport is located about 20 minutes outside of Kingston.

Internet and sim cards in Jamaica

I use Digicel when I travel to Jamaica. The connection has proven to be the best, and it's easy to get a top-up. I also get an Airlo basic starter plan so I can easily Uber from the airport and set up with a local sim.

Can I drink the tap water in Jamaica?

I drank tap water in the larger cities and it was fine. However, the water quality can vary. And it is advisable to take your water filter or UV water bottle with you.

What should I look out for on my trip?

"Tourism Leakage": Jamaica is a tropical paradise loved by tourists all over the world, but it has a problem that is not visible - "Tourism Leakage". This phenomenon refers to the loss of revenue that occurs when international hotel chains export a large proportion of their income and very little money flows into the local economy.

If you are one of the millions of visitors who flock to Jamaica each year, there is an easy way to mitigate the effects of tourism leakage: Support Jamaican-owned hotels, stores and restaurants. This way you can put your money where your heart is - and give the people of Jamaica a chance to benefit from tourism.

So don't be afraid to look for local businesses on your next vacation. Your decision to leave the tourism dollars in Jamaica could make a big difference.

Access to the beach

Jamaica is known for its beautiful beaches, but only 1% of the beaches are freely accessible to Jamaicans. In recent years, many resorts and private properties have restricted access to certain stretches of beach, making it incredibly difficult for locals to maintain their lives and their right to the sea. Support public beaches and say no to all-inclusive tourism!


Make sure you take a foldable food container and cutlery with you! The amount of waste generated by food sold on the street is incredible.


Make sure to protect Jamaica's marine life and take reef-safe sunscreen with you!

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Packing for Jamaica

As you can see, there are many things to experience in Jamaica. To make sure you’re well prepared, you’ll find everything you need on my packing list for Jamaica – from eco-friendly toiletries and sustainable fashion to the coolest travel gadgets!

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