From the airport
Most people who come into Montego Bay's airport will have prearranged transfers through the company they booked their package through. In 2008 we booked through Expedia on Air Jamaica, they had an optional transfer add on for about $15 per person round trip which is less expensive than taking a taxi for 2 people. We had a voucher from Expedia, went over to the Air Jamaica desk and in less than 10 minutes we were on our way to the resort.
In 2009, we booked through Orbitz and it was $22.75 per person round trip. We arrived late in the day due to some flight problems and the airport was empty, we had to wait for a long time for Jamaica Tours to get us on a shuttle bus to where we were going. I think it would have just been better to get a taxi. On the way back they were on time but they pick you up over 3 hours in advance and the airport is only 15-20 minutes away.
Cars and Taxis
As usual, excursions booked through the cruise lines have travel taken care of. For those who want to go out independently, cabs and cars for hire are plentiful just outside the cruise terminal.
Cars to various popular locations can be had for about $15 per person. On our trip, we found a driver who took us around the city for the afternoon at $20 per person. With nine of us, the cost was a little over $200 with the tip.
JUTA Tours is the main transportation company in Montego Bay. They provide day trips, airport transfers, and just regular taxi service in their mini-buses. The best driver was Byron, who took me on the "Montego Highlight" tour. From the extravagance of The Richmond Hill Inn, to the poverty of the 12-and-a-half housing project, to the beauty of the lowland coffee plantation, Byron showed me more of the real Montego Bay. The price of that tour is $30 per hour (NOT per person).
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There are many non-stop flights into Montego Bay. Hopefully you have one from your hometown or nearby. Many airlines fly here so book a flight and go on your own or purchase one of the many package deals available.
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Agressive Driving is the norm
The local drivers are very agressive and but road rage is not the correct term for their interactions. I think it's pretty much understood that everyone is in a free for all upon the roads so they put up with traffic much better then i do when stuck in rush hour. Also, be careful when flying along these twisty mountain roads because you might come upon a herd of cattle crossing or just standing in the roads.
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the ride from the airport to your hotel can be the most expensive taxi ride you will take in your entire life. some hotels are just a few hundred yards from the airport, but taxi drivers always charge the airport ride, which is several us dollars. if you do not want to pay, and if you are staying close enough, you can walk to the airport. weird, isn't it?
To get a taxi.... either ask...
To get a taxi.... either ask for the taxi rank... in Port Antonio you can grab a cab in the petrol station or at the bus station....
If you are out on the road in the 'sticks', just wave at passing taxi's, dont be put off if people are already in the car, there's always room for more on someones knee!
Taxis come in several flavors
Be sure to find a licensed taxi, they have red and white plates instead of the blue and white ones. Most of the major hotels will have taxi stands available. JUTA seems to be about the most common. You will constantly be asked by taxi drivers if you need a ride. It will be annoying, but just simply keep walking and tell them no.
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