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If you've decided that Jamaica sounds like the perfect place to relax, feel free to start unwinding right now, because we've done all the legwork for you.

This section gives you the nuts-and-bolts information about your trip to Jamaica -- specifically, what you need to do before leaving home. We'll answer questions such as when to go, how to get the best airfare or package deal, what to take along, and what documents you'll need.

What to Pack

  • Comfortable clothing with the "casual but chic" look is the rule for Jamaica. Cotton slacks or shorts are just fine during the day. If you burn easily, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants.
  • Summer travelers don't need suits, but in winter men might want to wear a jacket with an open-neck shirt if they're dining in one of the more famous spots. Don't forget that evenings tend to be cooler, especially in the hills, so a light sweater or a jacket will come in handy. Some restaurants and bars are overly air-conditioned. If you plan to visit nightclubs, casually chic clothes are appropriate.
  • A wardrobe of lightweight cotton is preferable -- avoid the synthetics or nylon that become hot and sticky in a tropical Jamaican climate. Khaki pants are acceptable for men in most places. Of course, anything that doesn't need to be ironed or dry-cleaned is a good idea. Sometimes it's possible to have clothes pressed at a hotel, but don't count on it. Be prepared to wash your lightweights, such as underwear, in your bathroom and to hang them to dry overnight.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.