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Readers often complain of the high price of dining out at night in Jamaica. Of course, for a huge percentage of visitors, this is not a problem, as many vacationers stay at an all-inclusive resort.

Montego Bay has the best restaurants in Jamaica, but the upper-bracket ones in every tourist zone are very expensive. Add to that the cost of a taxi there and a taxi back, and your price of your dinner will rise dramatically.

If you’re not staying at an all-inclusive, and you want to dine around, here are some tips:

*  On island, look for daily specials posted, which are often cheaper than the regular fare on the a la carte menu.

*  The cost of imported liquor such as Scotch can cause your dining tab to rise rapidly. Many diners settle for a tropical rum punch instead. Also, you can order cocktails before happy hour ends (usually 7pm at most joints).

*  For a change of pace, go to a local dive such as the Pork Pit. The food is tasty and affordable.

*  Having a light lunch of sandwiches or a hamburger at one of the many beach bars and cafes during the day can save you money.

*  Note that many restaurants in Montego Bay add 10% to 15% to your tab to cover service. There is no need to leave something extra unless the service has been exceptionally good.

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.