The choice is yours in getting around our tropical paradise, whether it's by Jamaica car rental, bus or taxi. To be honest, no matter how you choose to get around, you'll get to experience and quite possibly enjoy another side of Jamaican life.
Before you get behind the steering wheel, here's a practical and realistic guide (including tips, tricks, and need-to-know facts) for exploring the real Jamaica using a...
...Jamaica car rental.
When you tour Jamaica by rental car (or "rental" as we prefer to call it), you'll see so much more of Jamaica. You'll drive on modern two lane highways, narrow town streets, and bumpy and winding country roads... in other words you'll become a true Jamaican traveller.
But.. driver beware!
Keep in mind that in Jamaica you drive on the left-hand side of the road... and if you're one of those people who enjoy a constant adrenaline rush, driving around Jamaica should be right up your alley.
Spine tingling bends, the occasional pothole and the feeling that the road will never be wide enough to let two vehicles pass safely all add to the heart stopping excitement. Whether you are bouncing along on a newly-paved, once-paved or unpaved road, never let it be said that you experienced a moment of boredom.
After driving around for a while... feeling that you have the hang of it, you could find that you're learning a few choice Jamaican cuss words (hopefully not!). If you take some time to study how many of the taxi drivers and locals do it, you might even find yourself copying them (again, hopefully not!).
With a Jamaica car rental, you'll be able to go wherever you want whenever you want. However, you've been warned; driving around Jamaica is not for the faint of heart. All jokes aside. Avoid travelling at night and stay on the main roads. Drive slowly. You may encounter many obstacles you're not used to.
(Pale lighted road or car equals increased risk).
If you have a pale light you may not see an animal until you've almost hit it.
(A bike would tend to be in the middle of the road and not off to the side at night.)
Whether you want to drive in a convertible with the balmy wind in your hair, just want to get around in a compact or feel safer in a four-wheel drive, there are plenty options available for your Jamaica car rental.
Starting around $25 per day for a compact and up to $130 for a four-wheel drive, you are sure to find a Jamaica car rental agency that will meet all your requirements.
Although policies may vary between different car rental agencies, the following is something to keep in mind...
It's worth your while to pay attention to the type of company you choose when deciding on a Jamaica car rental. Local companies often offer you the best rates... but going with a known name normally ensures roadside assistance and a better vehicle. Also, larger companies usually allow you to pick up and drop off in different major towns for no extra fee.
Here are the distances between some major local towns...
|KINGSTON||MANDEVILLE||100 km (62 miles)|
|MONTEGO BAY||189 km (117 miles)|
|NEGRIL||226 km (140 miles)|
|OCHO RIOS||89 km (55 miles)|
|PORT ANTONIO||93 km (58 miles)|
|MANDEVILLE||MONTEGO BAY||100 km (62 miles)|
|NEGRIL||127 km (79 miles)|
|OCHO RIOS||103 km (64 miles)|
|PORT ANTONIO||183 km (114 miles)|
|MONTEGO BAY||NEGRIL||77 km (48 miles)|
|OCHO RIOS||101 km (63 miles)|
|PORT ANTONIO||204 km (127 miles)|
|NEGRIL||OCHO RIOS||178 km (111 miles)|
|PORT ANTONIO||281 km (175 miles)|
|OCHO RIOS||PORT ANTONIO||103 km (64 miles)|
Enjoy your trip and safe travel!