Getting Around in Jamaica

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Intra-island flights can be a quick way to travel between Montego Bay Kingston Negril Ocho Rios and Port Antonio. Helicopters can also be chartered for scenic rides or for personalized tours but this will dig a deep hole in your rum money. Jamaica's bus 'system ' while comprehensive is the epitome of chaos: timetables don't really exist and buses are often literally overflowing. Buses and minibuses do service virtually every village in the country though so if you're getting out and about you're sure to use them. The upside is that they're inexpensive and a great way to meet the locals. Whether you find traveling by bus fun frustrating freaky or infuriating depends on your frame of mind.

Numerous local and international operators rent cars and motorcycles. Road conditions vary from excellent to awful driver temperament varies from merely impatient to flagrantly suicidal. Expect to be honked at sworn at and swerved around...stay calm and stay cautious and if you do 'mash up ' don't be drawn into an argument with an emotional Jamaican driver. Very few Jamaicans have bicycles but you can rent bikes in towns of any size. If bringing your own bicycle from home carry as many spares as you can.

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