Definitely try to get out, explore the towns and countryside; experience the local atmosphere. You should not have to fear for your safety...the same rules apply as back home...don’t wear expensive jewellery or carry lots of cash, don’t walk in isolated areas especially at night and just be street smart.  People that may live in the bigger cities may feel more comfortable than those from a smaller town. The "higglers" are aggressive but usually a firm "no thank you" will sent them on their way.

One way to travel around Jamaica is by the route taxis. Make sure you look for a vehicle that has the following:

  • a red license plate with two white letters, one of which is 'P', and four white digits (for example 'PA1234')
  • the words 'Route Taxi' painted on the doors along the route description
  • a yellow sign on the roof of the vehicle with the word 'taxi' on it
  • A band of alternating black and colored squares, much like a checker board, on each side of the vehicle just below the windows

Always make sure that you check the fee with locals before you get into the route taxi!! Route taxi fares, like bus fares, are fixed by government and are non negotiable.

Another way to get around is by bus or mini bus which operate in a similar way to the route taxis. All can be overcrowded and cramped at times so consider alternatives before taking long journeys.

Hiring your own driver (a private charter) is a more comfortable alternative and leaves you in full control, but is more expensive. The price for a private charter is negotiable and should be set before entering the vehicle. For driver recommendations in different parts of Jamaica, do a search on the local forum for the area where you are based or look for local Inside pages.

Jamaica Exquisite Transfer and Tours offer private airport transfers, from hotels and cruise ship pier to tours around the island of Jamaica. All their vehicles are modern and fully air-conditioned. Drivers are friendly,  reliable, professional and knoweledgable about the island. Tell : 954-353-1913 or (1876) 326-8364 Web:

Island Pride Tours is a ground transportation company that offers great professional service at an affordable price, their private and personalized transfers and tours are among the best in Jamaica. Telephone (678) 995-8262 for US /Canada or (876) 821-3447

Island Transfer and Tours is a small company but they offer great service at a reasonable price. For airport transfer, hotel pick-ups and shore excursion. There prices are reasonable and they use modern, air conditioned vehicles.

SunnyTours Jamaica offers transfers between Grand Palladium, Ocho Rios, Royalton, Kingston, Runnaway Bay Hotels, Bahia Principe Hotel, Braco Village Hotel, Iberostar Hotels, and Rose Star Hotels are provided by Sunny Tours Jamaica. Quotes can be emailed to

Turner Taxi and Tours offers private transportation from Montego Bay airport to Negril with refreshments and your choice of stopping at points of interest on the way to Negril.

Jamaica Customised Vacations and Tours is good for airport transfers, hotel pick-ups, or tours around Jamaica.

Paradise Palms Jamaica Tours & Airport Transfers provides private airport transfers from the Montego Bay Airport. It also provides private transportation for Excursion Tours to Attractions Island wide.

Travel between Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Kingston is economical and comfortable on the Knutsford Express. Bookings can be made on the website:

KAG Luxury Charter Services is a small company but are very affordable especially when you're staying in farther parts of the island such as St. Elizabeth, Portland, Mandeville, Clarendon and such parts.....for quotes you can send an email to

Jamaica Airport Transfer specializing in airport transfers from Montego Bay Airport MBJ. With a chauffeur driven car to and from the airport in Montego Bay (876) 362-3184 or (876) 596-0796

Native Tours Jamaica. Experience Jamaica the right way. Book your next tour on Native Tours. They offer a set of private tours starting from the airport, cruise port or hotel. Begin your experience now by calling them at (876) 827-4005 or by visiting

Visit active tourist areas in the Jamaica (the North Coast) with a trusted tour company Maxi Tours Association Jamaica from Negril to Montego bay and Ocho Rios. The best beaches and alost all the hotels can be found on the north of Jamaica. Also if you are coming by plane its about $20 per person for a shuttle to the hotels.

Karandas Tours offer Jamaica Airport Transfers, Chauffeur Services, Tours and Excursions at affordable prices. Drivers are natives who are trained. All vehicles are inspected and licensed by the Jamaica Tourist Board and fully air-conditioned for your comfort. Telephone: 1 (876) 974-2063