Archive for December, 2006

Jamaica Hotels and Getting Around

Accomodation in Jamaica is quite affordable especially if you are holding USDs. 1 USD= 66 Jamaican Dollars (as of Nov 5, 2006). Jamaican Dollars varies a lot, please check before you go. For an average US $ 50 to US $70 You can get good hotels like Courtleigh or Hilton. Though you can get cheaper accomodation stick to good hotels.

There is some Indian in the food

Relax…you get Rotis and rice in Jamaica. Yes, they says that there are a lot of Indians in Jamaica but I did not get to see anyone. Island Grill, KFC, Burger King. If you are a vegetarian you’ll love the red pea soup and pumpkin rice. You’ll get the exact Rotis and Channa masala too.

Party Party Party – Jamaica is the place

Take a wild guess what time the party starts in Jamaica….midnight 12. Yes. I was really amazed. Try the QUAD. It has 4 floors and each floor plays a genre of music and definitely one floor has reggae. Man… Jamaicans know to party, they dance till 4.30 am in the morning..no kidding. Hey mind you big parties are on wednesday only. It is like the weekend for them.

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Jamaica Visa for Indian Nationals

Jamaica Visa Not Required for Indian Nationals

Had to rush to Jamaica for a customer training. I making this post as we ran around a little for the Jamaican Visa. The first problem I hit upon was the Visa problem. If you have visiting Jamaica for less than 30 days you don’t need a Jamaican Visa. You’ll get a Visa on arrival. But wait there is a catch. If you are transiting through London, you need a DATV (Direct Airside Transit Visa).

Workaround Visa 

If you don’t have time to get an DATV. You should get into an Alitalia flight through Milan or transit through Miami, US (oops, you need a US Visa) . As I had to rush I had to transit through US.  Expect a lot of delays from Air Jamaica 🙂

Jamaica is Safe and there is no problem

I read a lot of Jamaica, most of the stuff that came upon Google had news that it is not a very safe place and all that. As far I know it is safe and cool to be around. I stayed in Kingston, Jamaica and travelled to Ocho Rios by a taxi. I did not see or have any unpleasant incidents.

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