Jamaica is an island in the Caribbean known for its reggae music, all-inclusive resorts and gorgeous beaches. When you rent a car in Jamaica, you will soon discover an island that's open, accessible and full of that famous Jamaican charm. Car hire is the solution for visitors who cannot wait to explore beyond walls of their chosen destination. For instance, you can drive up to the Dunn's River Falls, one of Jamaica's most famous natural attractions, or visit the naval stronghold of Port Antonio for its idyllic natural wonders and local history.
Jamaica car rental: The most important rental sites
If you want to get a taste of the real Jamaica, you must visit Kingston. This is the heart of Jamaican culture. An International airport is located here, as well as to the north of the island, at Montego Bay. With Kingston in the south and Montego Bay in the north, these are two good places in Jamaica to rent a car. Cheap car rentals can be found at a few other locations, including:
- Montego Bay
- Ocho Rios
Jamaica - rent a car at one of many sights
When visiting Jamaica, car rental is a great way to access all those harder-to-reach locations without relying on crowded tours or erratic local transport. One such location is Treasure Beach, one of the island's hidden secrets. If you appreciate quiet and unspoilt beaches then this is a destination not to be missed. Made up of four Jamaican coves named after their associated settlements, Treasure Beach is approximately 2.5 hours away from both Montego Bay and Kingston, and lies in the south-west of the island.
In the north of the island, just west of Ocho Rios, you will find Dunn's River Falls. The falls consist of 180 metres of falls which you can climb and admire. You can also comfortably park right outside the entrance. You might have already seen Dunn's River Falls without realising it, as it was a location used in the James Bond film, 'Dr. No'.
If you rent a car in Jamaica, you could easily combine a trip to the falls with a visit to the Blue Hole. The Blue Hole is, as the name suggests, a hole with incredibly blue water where you can swim and relax. The charm of the Blue Hole is that it is not an official tourist attraction, making one of the island's better kept secrets. To reach the Blue Hole you will need to drive from Ocho Rios to Thatch Hill Road. This drive should take about 15-20 minutes. Once you have reached Thatch Hill Road look out for the JPS power station, adjacent to the station is a road. Take this road and in about a 100 metres you will reach the Blue Hole.
Kingston, the island's capital, is a great place in which to discover the rich cultural history of Jamaica. Kingston is full of charm, from reggae music to the colonial influences of the British and Spanish. Jamaica only became independent from Great Britain in 1962 and the architecture in Kingston reflects this.
Getting around Jamaica
In Jamaica, you will need to drive on the left-hand side of the road, and while it isn't mandatory for drivers from foreign countries to have an international driver's licence, it is advised. The speed limit in built-up areas is 50 km/h and 80 km/h outside. If it's your first time visiting Jamaica with a rental car, you might find driving around a little hectic to begin with. You will need to keep your wits about you, and drive defensively. Extra insurance through your car rental company is advised to be completely covered in the event of damage to the vehicle.