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Jamaica - Getting There
- Norman Manley International Airport (IATA: KIN) (ICAO: MKJP) in Kingston.
- Donald Sangster International Airport (IATA: MBJ), (ICAO: MKJS) in Montego Bay.
Both airports receive hundreds of international flights daily. There are smaller airports in Negril and Ocho Rios as well as another smaller one in Kingston, which can be accessed by smaller, private aircraft.
Jamaica has about 250 route miles of railroad, of which 77 are currently active to handle privately operated bauxite (aluminum ore) trains. Passenger and public freight service ceased in 1992, but increasing road congestion and poor highway conditions have caused the government to re-examine the commercial feasibility of rail operations.
Jamaican roads are not renowned for their upkeep. Roads in and around major cities are generally overcongested, and rural roads can be dangerous, especially in inclement weather. Alert and courteous driving is advised at all times. There are very few north-south routes as well, so travel from the north to the south can involve treks on mountain roads. These trips can induce nausea in the more weak of stomach, so it is advisable that if you suffer from motion sickness to bring dramamine or similar medication. Roads can be very narrow, and be especially alert when going around bends.
There are relatively few stoplights. These only are generally found in major city centers, such as Montego Bay, Kingston, Spanish Town and Ocho Rios.
Renting a car is easily done, and it is advised to go through a major international car rental company such as Hertz or Avis. Do your research before renting and driving.
It is not advised to travel by boat unless the service is operated by a hotel or tourism company. It is not a quick way to get around unless you want to tour the coastline. Many fishermen may offer this service to willing tourists but they may overcharge or even rob you of your possessions!
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