Budget Travel Tips for Jamaica

Traveling during the low season means less crowds

Traveling during the low season means less crowds

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.

Read on: What to pack for an epic trip to Jamaica

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. 

Enjoying some Jamaican patties from Juici Patties. They were a little more than a dollar each

Enjoying some Jamaican patties from Juici Patties. They were a little more than a dollar each

Cheap Eats

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. 

Visiting Jamaica from a cruise ship can make it much cheaper.

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...

Also, a super common question I get is: What camera do I use for my travels. The body is a Nikon D3300 and I use the kit lens and a Sigma wide-angle lens which I am genuinely obsessed with.

My full list of travel gear, that I take on every trip can be found here.

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 (tessajuliette@gmail.com). 

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Budget travel has never been easier and you can definitely travel on a budget to Jamaica! Read on to find out all my tips!

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