Jamaica is totally possible on a budget - you don't need to drop $600 in an all-inclusive to stay safe in Jamaica or have a good time. Here are my best tips for seeing Jamaica for cheap.
Read on: Full travel guide for Jamaica
Travel During Low Season
This is true for any destination and Jamaica is included as well. The lowest will be hurricane season, and because of the nature of hurricanes (tons of warning time), you can still book your travel during the season. The rainy season lasts till the end of December making this a great time to go.
Location Location Location
Flying into Montego Bay is usually the cheapest since it's the biggest airport. From there look into staying in the less touristy South Coast area for a cheaper vacation.
Use the local bus system
Don't be afraid to take Jamaican local buses—they're super cheap and honestly, they save you the headache of negotiating with tourist taxis.
Top Tip: Be prepared to offer a tip to the luggage handlers that load your luggage into the bus.
One of the best ways to save money on vacation is eating cheaply. Jamaica makes this really easy - and some of the best food is under cheap eats. Jamaican patties (which look like empanadas) are a cheap and delicious option for lunch. The chain Juici patties serve up authentic patties in every meat flavor, plus they even have veggie options!
You can also eat jerk meats from roadside vendors for cheap - also without fear of getting sick. These foods are often times the freshest since they are extremely popular.
Do Free Things
I know, what crazy advice! Save money on vacation by not spending money - but hear me out. Jamaica is one of the best locations to simply post up on one of its many gorgeous beaches. Head to seven-mile beach in Negril and you'll easily spend the whole day there.
Visit Jamaica via Cruise Ship
Cruises can often be bought at rock bottom discounts and many make stops in Jamaica. Consider this route to see a portion of Jamaica without adding the cost of a hotel room to the mix.
Final Thoughts on Jamaica
One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a guidebook along with you. Here are some books I recommend...
And of course, if you have any questions DO NOT hesitate to reach out to me via Instagram, Twitter, or just shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).