Driving Around Jamaica As A Tourist

by Marnie Walry

driving around jamaica as a tourist
QUESTION about: Driving Around Jamaica As A Tourist

Hello Wellesley

My husband, Me, and my brother and sister in law are coming to Jamaica on February 27. We are so excited!!!

We were wondering how much it would cost to rent a car for the day so we can drive all around Jamaica.

We have three excursions booked but we’d like to do some things on our own. We will be there for two weeks so besides using a taxi.

We’d like to go at our own pace and really discover Jamaica on our own. And is this safe to do so? Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

Marnie Walry

ANSWER: by Wellesley Gayle

Hi Marnie,
Thanks for asking my friend.

That's one of the best ways to enjoy Jamaica, by doing it at your own pace. That way you an stop where you want, as long as you want, and even turn around to take that photo shot :-)

The cost would vary, but for a family of four, using let's say a sedan, I'm thinking you should be able to get one for just about 80 USD for the day - give or take.

Two points to consider though:

  1. Remember the Jamaican road situation is different from the US.

    For example, we drive on the left, not the right side plus, most the roads are much more windy and not as developed as the US.
    Remember to also watch your speed limit, the police here are just a 'behind the bush' distance away ;-)

  2. You didn't say if you are Jamaicans or have Jamaican roots, but I'd suggest that you get a local friend to take the trek with you.

    He or she would know some of the best little gems. It wouldn't hurt either that you have someone who might be able to talk in local language for you when negotiating transactions. Truth be told, some people charges for the accent :-)

    Having a trusted local person also gives you that added level of confidence.

    If you need my personal recommendation, please don't hesitate to contact me

I hope this was helpful to you.

Wellesley M. Gayle
Founder & CEO, www.My-Island-Jamaica.com

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