Jamaica is unique in many ways. Visitors enjoy everything from the landscape, to the beautiful white sand beaches and delicious food.
The island is a historically rich country, and there’s so much you can do without breaking the bank. In fact, Jamaica is one of the few places that travelers can explore on a budget without having to compromise on experiences.
If you are considering traveling Jamaica, the first thing you will want to consider is where you will be staying. Jamaica is famous for its all-inclusive resorts, and although they do include everything you will need, from food to activities, they aren’t always budget-friendly.
Popular Accommodation Options
Airbnb has been taking the world by storm, and for a good reason. They cost much less than hotels and resorts; you can select the type of accommodation that best suits your needs. All of the facilities are private, and you can authentically experience Jamaica. A decent accommodation on Airbnb from as little as $30 for two people per night.
Hotels are also a cheaper option to a inclusive resort and are typically located close to cities and airports. You also get the freedom to explore the surrounding areas according to your schedule. If you do choose to stay in a resort (if it’s more your style), look for the more reasonable ones, such as Royal Decameron Club Caribbean, which is one of the cheapest all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica, starting at $90 per person per night.
You Gotta Eat
The second thing every traveler needs to consider is food. If you are staying in a resort, this will be included in the cost. But there are so many amazing Jamaican dishes to try, so venturing into the local streets and eating with the locals is the perfect way to experience the culture while enjoying an authentic Jamaican meal.
From jerk chicken and curry goat to saltfish and ackee, there is a flavorsome experience around every corner, and eating at local places saves you money too. Side Note: Ensure you try some Jamaican Patties! They are delicious.
Shopping on a Budget
Across Jamaica, especially in the resort towns, the best deals come down to your ability to haggle. Vendors, markets and local malls all have fantastic and authentic items that you won’t find in the tourist equivalent.
If you would like to try your hand at shopping like a Jamaican, hire a guide to show you how it’s done. Shopping in these areas will open you up to products that you can’t get anywhere else, and at a fraction of the price if you can get the haggling part right.
Getting around Jamaica does not have to be expensive either. Route taxis are a great way to see the island at an affordable cost of about $3 per 50km. Buses and minibuses are the most inexpensive mode of transport in Jamaica and charge around $1.50 per 50km.
There is, of course, the Jamaican equivalent of these prices which you can find out from the transport operator. Just be aware that taxis in the tourist hotspots are a bit more expensive, but are still a cheap way to get around.
Free Attractions for Adventure
No trip to Jamaica would be complete without experiencing the amenities that this tropical paradise has to offer. Remember also to check out the free attractions like Emancipation Park, the local art gallery and the many beaches scattered throughout the resort towns. What better way to spend an incredibly cheap day than to catch a tan and cool off on one of Jamaica’s perfect beaches.
The island’s north coast is a treat for beach lovers, where you will be able to relax and enjoy a perfect day in the sun. Consider cheap attractions too like the famous Dunn’s River Falls or the family equivalent Konoko Falls. You’re guaranteed a good time there.
Grab Some Great Deals!
Using deal websites, like Gustazos and Groupon, are incredibly popular to get a few deals while on your adventure. With these sites, you can get up to 90% off food, activities, and accommodation, so they are worth checking out.
Traveling to idyllic destinations, such as Jamaica, doesn’t have to put a strain on your wallet. Spending time in an exotic paradise can be made even more exciting by taking a step out of your comfort zone and away from resorts. Leap into the rich culture of this Caribbean utopia and see the country in a way you have never seen before. In this case, a small budget can make for a big adventure.
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