As one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations, Jamaica is a well-connected transport hub. The island has two primary international airports – Kingston Norman Manley International Airport (KIN/MKJP) and Montego Bay International Airport (MBJ). The former is the more convenient option if visiting Port Antonio, or the scenic Blue Mountains. Both airports are served regularly with direct flights from the UK, North America, and many parts of Europe. There are also additional airports for smaller aircraft, which are ideal for those choosing to travel in private, chartered luxury.
Aside from by air, many travellers arrive in Jamaica at the major cruise ports dotted around the island. If you are looking for a quiet island stay with secluded beaches, it is best to avoid these busy port terminal hubs.
The majority of travellers to Jamaica choose to stay within the three primary resort areas of Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios, all of which are easily connected from international airports with a shuttle service typically included with most all-inclusive resort stays.
However, if you wish to venture beyond the resorts and discover more of the island, there are several transport options available. Renting a car is undoubtedly the best option for exploring Jamaica at your leisure. Although rental can be expensive compared to the UK or the US, and certain areas of Jamaica’s road system are being developed, the island is easy to navigate, and distances aren’t great. Car rental companies can be found across the island, but most international outfits are located within Kingston, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.
Privately run minibuses are a cheaper option for short hops, as can shared route taxis. Finally, the more adventurous may prefer the exhilarating option of scooter or small motorbike hire which can primarily be arranged from outlets in Negril.