Things To Know Before Traveling To Kingston
Tourists, especially white tourists, tend to stick out and garner lots of attention, not all of it positive. Hissing and cat calls at women (even accompanied ones) is common. Replying to overzealous touts with "No badda (bother) me" can help.
Homosexuality is not at all condoned and can elicit violent reactions.
Embassies and High Commissions
- Canada High Commission, 3 West Kings House Rd, , fax: . M-Th 07:30-16:30, F 07:30-13:00.
- China, 8 Seaview Ave, Kingston 10, , fax: , [email protected].
- Japan, NCB Towers, North Tower, 6F, 2 Oxford Rd, , fax: .
- United Kingdom, 28 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10, .
- United States, 142 Old Hope Rd, Liguanea area, , [email protected].
Budget: Less than US$100
- Plate of jerk: US$3.50
- Route taxi fare: US$1–2
- Double room: US$50–60
- Red Stripe beer: US$1.20
- Admission to major attractions: US$20
- Short taxi ride: US$10
- Meal at midrange restaurant: US$20
- Single-tank scuba dive: US$50
Top End: More than US$300
- Fine dining: from US$30
- Luxury accommodations: from US$200
- Private taxi hire per day: US$100
Gentle haggling is common in tourist markets for souvenirs; in all other instances you’re expected to pay the stated price.
Uptown, there are half a dozen banks along Knutsford Blvd and around Half Way Tree. Most banks have foreign-exchange counters as well as 24-hour ATMs. There are also ATMs along Hope Rd, particularly by the shopping malls. Always use an ATM inside a booth with a lockable door.
Though Jamaicans are very laid-back people by reputation, there are certain (unspoken) rules of etiquette.
- Greetings Good manners are a must: always greet people properly, treat elders with extra respect and acknowledge fellow passengers when getting into a route taxi.
- Superstition Many Jamaicans have a fear of duppies (spirits of the dead) and obeah (witchcraft) is more widely practised than one would think.
- Taboo subjects Though Jamaicans can be very direct in conversation, there are some subjects that are deeply frowned upon, that most will not discuss. These include homosexuality, oral sex, STDs, abortion and rape.
- Smoking Many Jamaicans have zero tolerance for smoking marijuana, and women smoking cigarettes is still frowned upon.
- Attire Jamaicans dress smartly when they can (to church, to a party or social event), and many government offices and banks have written dress codes on the door – beachwear should be very much confined to the beach.