Top    Secrets

  1. Never exchange your US dollars at airport. The exchange rate is one of the lowest on the island.

  2. Get free use of ATM in Jamaica.  ATM fees in Jamaica are 5 to 8 US dollars. However if you bank with Bank of America or a bank with cirrus or pulse Atm system you can avoid all atm fees and foreign exchange fees. You can get your money from Scotia Bank using your card, withdraw your money in US. If you want best exchange rate go To Gem Palace next to the craft market. You then go to a little office in the back of the store to get a special rate slip.  You can generally get about  5 or more Jamaican dollars per US dollar you exchange.

  3. Turn off your cell phone. International roaming plans are generally high and you are charged a fee even for unanswered calls, It is free to have your phone provider unlock your phone and buy a chip in Jamaica for about 15 US dollar with about 2 hours of talk   time to US  or Canada. We offer the free use of a local cell phone to all our guest.

  4. Taxis   The $10 or more taxi ride from Ocho Rios to Dunns River Falls is less than $1 US by route taxi. RED PlATES .

  5. Rios to Negril is less than $15 US/per person by  The $160  ride from Ocho from Ocho Rios to Negril.ripknutford  Express across the street from our villas.

  6.  This is a Devon House Ice Cream  must have item here in Jamaica. It is one of the top ten Ice Creams in the word.  For best deal always order a single  cone.  The cup is half the ice cream and the double cone is twice the price for the same amount of ice cream but you can have 2 flavors.

  7.  Share ride for attractionssave up to 50 %, Rather than paying per person to tour company,  charter a ride with other guest or people you meet and pay admission at the attraction. 

    1. Secret Waterfalls About a 15 minute walk from our villa what the girls and always called our "Secret Waterfalls" because we spent many hours there totaly alone.. It is not as large as Dunns River Falls but free of cost. unfortunately more people have found out about it and it is sometimes crowded.

  8. Best Deal in Jamaica on Food.  Secret Restaurants Eating out or buying grocery in Jamaica can be very expensive. We show where you can get exceptional food prepared by top "Sandals Chefs" lunch or dinner for less than $5 US as a carry out. We also show you how to buy great Indian  food that would normaly cost about $15 for less than $6.

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Money Things

 

Most places take US dollars but you can save by using Jamaican dollars. For some people it may be easier to just use US that way you know how much you are spending.

 

 

Transportation

Rental Car.

Rental car rates here are generally much higher than the US.

Also gasoline prices here are much higher so you may not save as much as you think by renting a car.

 

Driving

The biggest consideration is we do not drive on the right side of the road but as the English say the “proper side” or left side of the road.

This can be very confusing for someone from the US.

 

Most American think that Jamaican drive crazy because they drive fast and pass sometimes even when meeting an oncoming car.

The main thing to keep in mind is that Jamaican drive the same way we would walk down a hallway in the US. They move or slow down to allow the other person in.

 

Transportation

 

We recommend one of 3 ways From the airport.

1 Tropical Tours

The cost is $25 per person, This is a large tour bus that will carry a number of passengers to different hotels along the way. You may have to wait on other passengers before leaving the airport and it may stop at a rest stop along the way whether you want to or not.

Overall this is not a bad option for 1 or 2 passengers but for 3 or more the private pickup is the way to go.

 

2 Knutsford Express

3 Private Pick up

 

Rental Car

 

The lowest cost rental Car rates here are generally with Fox Rental Car

You can also try www.hotwire.com site on the web.

 

Local Taxi

 

 

Food Things

Devon house Ice Cream rated as one of the "top 10 Ice creams in the world no U.S. Ice cream made the grade.

 

 

Buy chicken Brest 

Buy green ripening banana and ripen for 1/2 the cost.

Buy sweet potatoes rather the Irish certain times of the year 1/2 the cost.

Bring down box of Pancake mix to make awesome banana pancakes (mix cost up to 3x the U.S. price in Jamaica.)

General food specials calaloo

 

 

 

Local taxi

 

Secret water falls

 

Most beautiful beach in Jamaica

Blue hole

Silver Sands

Blue lagoon 

Martha bare

 

Tours 

Partner with others. It is cheaper to get a group rate. If you are a small group or couple consider getting other people you meet to form larger group for discounts.

 

Must do

Must see

Dunns River Falls

Blue hole

Dolphins Cove (not a must see but very nice.

Mystic Mountains (10 percent off by booking on line

 

Must taste

Ackee and salt fish

Mackerel rundown 

Beef or chicken patty (must be eaten right way while they are still hot)

 

 

Devon house Ice Cream rated as one of the "top 10 Ice creams in the world no U.S. Ice cream made the grade.

All the favors are real fruit and are excellent. My favorite is Rum Raisin.

Tip: order single cone  you get the same amount as a double which cost twice as much but allows you to have 2 favors.

 

Scotches Jerk  Considered by many the best Jerk in Jamaica but beware it is best to go after 1 pm they sometimes sell day old chicken. Make sure to try before you leave.

 

 

Hermosa Cove call ahead and make sure Chef Conrade is working.

Miss T'

Currys 

Mom,'s

 

 

 

Buy chicken Brest  most stores sell it as chicken Parts and you pay the same per poun as for wing or leg and you get more meat.

Buy green ripening banana and ripen for 1/2 the cost.

Buy sweet potatoes rather the Irish certain times of the year 1/2 the cost.

Bring down box of Pancake mix to make awesome banana pancakes (mix cost up to 3x the U.S. price in Jamaica.)

 

Overall General food is best grocery store especially f you buy their specials .

Their calaloo is generally cheapest in Jamaica.

 

 

 

Secret water falls

 

Must do

 

 

Must see

Dunns River Falls

Blue hole

Dolphins Cove (not a must see but very nice.

Mystic Mountains (10 percent off by booking on line

 

Must taste

Ackee and salt fish

Mackerel rundown 

Beef or chicken patty (must be eaten right way while they are still hot)

 

 

How to find lowest airfare  to Jamaica

 

What is the best time to buy plane tickets to Jamaica?

  1. You might be ready to fly away now, but by choosing the right time of the year to fly to Jamaica can save you hundreds. Like every destination that is worth it, there are high peak and low peak periods for travel. The best time to fly to Jamaica is mid April to December. However the most optimal months are September and October. The hotels will also not be as crowded and the airline prices will be lower as well. September to October is hurricane season in Jamaica, this is why prices are lower. Before you book check with each airline on their policy with regards to weather, or simply purchase the travel insurance. Prices should be low enough to get the best ticket prices to Jamaica, insurance and still save.

  2. Let someone else look for you.

  3. Why labor hours and hours looking from website to website trying to find the best prices on tickets to Jamaica, when someone else can do all the work for you? Websites like Expedia.com, Travelocity.com and Kayak.com to name a few allow you to set up email notifications when the prices of airline tickets change on any airline. Signing up for these notifications only takes a few minutes. You will have to give them a good email address as well as your destination of choice. Taking only these few moments can save you hours. You can set it and forget it! The site you choose will email you immediately when airlines drop the fares on your destination of choice. Jamaica, here you come!Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. – Anonymous

  4. Knowledge is power. 

  5. Knowing when to book is also a major part in getting the best plane tickets to Jamaica. If you don’t have time for fare watcher websites, or the patience to wait till September the off season, the day of the week you book can determine when you can get best plane tickets to Jamaica. Low airfares are traditionally published by the airlines Sunday night to Monday night. When these fares are made available, the airlines allow you up to 24 hours to reserve these cheap flights. At midnight Tuesday this grace period to purchase these tickets ends. On Tuesday all the fares that have not been bought are flooded back to airlines. This is the time to get the best tickets to Jamaica. Strike while the airlines need you to book.

  6. Tuesday night at midnight, cheap tickets are added back into the airline’s system. These tickets however may not appear online in the airline system. This is your time to put your tablet or computer down and use the good old telephone method to book.By calling the toll free airline reservations phone line, you will gain real time access to these newly available seats. Besides getting the best tickets to Jamaica, there are other perks in calling in as well. Calling the airlines directly can help you avoid their extra charge in choosing your seat over the phone. This way may give you better seats without paying higher prices they impose online.

  7. Early bird does not always catch the worm. 

We have always been told buy early for the best prices. However, buying tickets too early may not give you the best tickets to Jamaica. Unless you have a set time you have to go to Jamaica, buying early can gain you nothing. Airlines base their prices on previous year’s sales not on current demand. You may not need to buy early to save. Some airlines also offer last minute sales when flights are not booked up. If you can fly away at the last minute, booking a week in advance or even a few days in advance can also get you the best plane tickets to Jamaica.If you are flexible and you can wait it out go for it! If you like to plan, then the 45-60 days in advance may get you the best prices.

  1. Off days are the best days for flights to Jamaica.

  2. Everyone wants the weekend getaways to paradise and Jamaica is no exception. If you can fly to Jamaica from the middle of the week, not on the Friday, do it. Friday to Mondays are the busiest travel days and the most expensive.Besides being cheaper than the weekend, mid week flights are usually less crowded and tend to be more on time over weekend flights. Hotels may also offer lower rates during the week as well, saving both ways.

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