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Is Kingston a Safe or Dangerous City?Kingston, Jamaica’s capital, has two major sections: downtown and uptown that is also known as “New Kingston.” Like any other major city, Kingston is home to a higher crime rate than the rest of the island. It is best to avoid some districts in Kingston like Trench Town where the crime threat is high. However, if you are interested in visiting the Culture Yard in Trench Town, hire a local guide and visit during daylight hours. Some neighborhoods in Kingston have a high gang population and high rates of violent crime and should be avoided. Among them: Tivoli Gardens, Whitfield Town, Payne Land, West Kingston, Grant’s Pen, August Town, Denham Town, Hannah Town, Arnett Gardens, Olympic Gardens, Harbour View, Central Village, Spanish Town, Mountain View, Trench Town, Cassava Piece, Canterbury, Norwood and Rose Heights. You can enjoy this beautiful city and what it has to offer as long as you take care of your personal belongings at all times and be aware of your surroundings. If you find yourself in need of help, the emergency number is 119.
Most countries do not require a visa to enter Jamaica. All travellers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Jamaica. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Jamaica is the Jamaican dollar (JMD). The US dollar is widely accepted in most tourist places. ATMs (called ABMs in Jamaica) are widely available. Credit cards are accepted in main cities, but be careful of possible scamming and never leave your card out of sight.
Jamaica is tropical with hot and humid weather. The average temperature in Jamaica is between 80°F and 90°F (27°C-29°C).
The Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St. James, is one of the largest and busiest airports in the Caribbean. It is also the most popular airport for tourists visiting Jamaica. If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page