Currency

Jamaican dollar (J$), US dollar (US$)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than US$100

  • Plate of jerk: US$3.50
  • Route taxi fare: US$1–2
  • Double room: US$50–60
  • Red Stripe beer: US$1.20

Midrange: US$100–200

  • Admission to major attractions: US$20
  • Short taxi ride: US$10
  • Meal at midrange restaurant: $20
  • Single-tank scuba dive: US$50

Top End: More than US$300

  • Fine dining: from US$30
  • Luxury accommodations: from US$200
  • Private taxi hire per day: US$100

Bargaining

Gentle haggling is common in tourist markets for souvenirs; in all other instances you’re expected to pay the stated price.

Money

At Donald Sangster International Airport there’s a 24-hour money-exchange bureau and a branch of National Commercial Bank in the arrivals hall, but it doesn’t change at good rates. You’ll need local currency to take the bus into town, but taxis accept US dollars.

Better rates can be found on the main strip. Downtown, several bureaus can be found on St James St and Fort St; look for ‘cambio’ signs. Banks on Sam Sharpe Sq and in the Baywest Shopping Center all have 24-hour ATMs. Flanking the Doctor’s Cave Beach Club are ATMs operated by National Commercial Bank and Scotiabank. The cruise-ship terminal is served by a branch of National Commercial Bank in the Montego Freeport Shopping Centre.

Cambio King Currency exchange, northern end of the street.

FX Trader Currency exchange.

First Global Bank