Jamaica is a beautiful place with beautiful people. While I visited Kingston, the capital city which is much less frequently visited by tourists than other parts of the island, I was made to feel welcome by everyone I met. I definitely enjoyed my time in Jamaica and would love to see more some day.
Devon House - the first mansion owned by a black person in Jamaica
Port Royal historic fort
Eat local Jerk style chicken and pork
The official currency is the Jamaican Dollar, but I had no problem paying in USD everywhere I went.
Taxis are the most common form of transportation for tourists. Having your hotel arrange one is the easiest thing to do. Taxis can also be arranged to take you on individual tours, as mine drove me by Port Royal on my way to the airport.
I flew Spirit Airlines from Port-au-Prince (PAP) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL), and JetBlue from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Kingston (KIN). I flew Caribbean Airlines from Kingston (KIN) to Port of Spain (POS).
Make sure you try the local cuisine! Be sure to try Jerk chicken and pork, as well as fried plantain, otaheti apples, ackee, and bread fruit.
PLUGS / ADAPTERS
Jamaica uses standard U.S. plugs - no adaptor needed!
None for U.S. citizens.
I felt very safe in my hotel. However, in Kingston specifically I would probably not venture out on my own as there are very few tourists so you immediately would stand out. However, if with a driver or someone to accompany you I don't think safety is a huge worry. In more touristy areas of the island this would likely be less of a concern.
SHOULD YOU VISIT?
Yes! Everyone I met in Jamaica was incredibly friendly, and it is such a unique and interesting place to see. From the culture to the beauty of the island and the food as well, it is a great place to visit - especially so close to the U.S. I can't wait to go back and see different parts of the island!