Once you are in Jamaica, often times there are a variety of Jamaica road maps to choose from within the different stores located in the airport. This allows you to look through your options and determine which looks sufficient enough for what you will be doing. If you are going to be traveling all over, a detailed map is probably worth the money.
Another great place to look for road maps is online. There is a plethora of websites that have free downloadable and printable maps that you can bring with you. (Click here for a free road map of Jamaica.) You can also find a wide selection of Jamaica road maps to purchase in book stores and map stores online.
The first thing you need to determine is how much you will be driving. From there, you can determine how detailed a map you really need. There is no sense in spending money on a map you will use once. But at the same time, there is no sense ruining your vacation because you get lost with an inadequate road map of Jamaica.
If you need a detailed and accurate road map... like the one we locals use, then you need to get the Shell Jamaica Road Map. The New Edition, Fully Updated 2007 version of this excellent map has just been released.
The folded, detailed map of Jamaica illustrates features such as Principal road... Secondary road... Other road... One-way street... Railway... Ferry... International airport... Aerodrome... Hotel... Place of interest... Museum... Tourist information... Golf course... Church... Mosque... Synagogue... Hospital... Post office... Police Station... Lighthouse... Important building and Petrol station.
A colourful and useful legend in the map makes the interpretation of the symbols easier for the user.
Here are some additional attributes of the Shell Jamaica Road Map:
With this map it is hard to get lost because of the great care and attention that the publishers paid to the map's detail to ensure its accuracy.
In addition, the Shell Jamaica Road Map includes detailed inset plans of:
Please Note: Although the map lacks a detailed inset of Negril, you'll get a general idea of the locations of about 54 hotels, villas and resorts to be found from north to south from North Negril Point to Negril (50 of the properties listed are along the beach).
Well, there you have it... the best map to go exploring the secret and not-so-secret spots of Jamaica. All you have to do now is rent a car (or SUV), drive safety and confidently... and have lots of fun!