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Money and costs

Currency
Dollars (JMD)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated January 28, 2015 10:19
Budget up to
US$100
  • Everything is cheaper outside Kingston, Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios
  • plate of jerk: US$3.50
  • route taxi fare: US$1-2
  • Double rooms: US$50
Midrange
US$100–200
  • admission to major attractions: US$20
  • short taxi ride: US$20
  • Meal at mid-range restaurant: $20
  • Share villas to score luxury rooms for midrange rates
Top end over
US$300
  • Private taxis for transport
  • Fine dining: from US$30
  • Luxury accommodations: from US$200

  • The unit of currency is the Jamaican dollar, the ‘jay,’ which uses the same symbol as the US dollar ($). Jamaican currency is issued in bank notes of J$50, J$100, J$500, J$1000 and (rarely) J$5000. Prices for hotels and valuable items are usually quoted in US dollars, which are widely accepted.
  • Commercial banks have branches throughout the island. Those in major towns maintain a foreign-exchange booth.
  • Most towns have 24-hour ATMs linked to international networks such as Cirrus or Plus. In more remote areas, look for ATMs at gas stations.
  • Traveler’s checks are little used and attract fees for cashing.
  • Major credit cards are accepted throughout the island, although local groceries and the like will not be able to process them even in Kingston.

Tipping

A 10% tip is normal in hotels and restaurants. Some restaurants automatically add a 10% to 15% service charge to your bill. Check your bill carefully. Some all-inclusive resorts have a strictly enforced no-tipping policy. Outside Kingston, tourist taxi drivers often ask for tips but it is not necessary; JUTA (Jamaica Union of Travelers Association) route taxis do not expect tips.