Jamaica on a Budget

July 22, 2009 by  
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Jamaica Vacation on a Budget

Travelling to Jamaica for a cheap vacation is a very easy task with just a little time investment.   With a few hours of research on the Jamaican Travel Forum it is possible to cut your Jamaican vacation cost in half, maybe even more! If you are a budget minded traveler read on.

Jamaican Mountains from the water

Jamaican Mountains from the water

The first step in planning your cheap vacation in Jamaica is finding out what part of the island you want to stay in, and how you will get there from one of Jamaica’s two international airports. If you want to cut out the expense of a long journey from the airport to your hotel or cottage, you can stay in a resort town such as Montego Bay, which is next to the airport.

When it comes to picking out cheap lodging in Jamaica, most of the best deals are NOT FOUND ON THE INTERNET! Most of what you will find on the Internet are the big resorts pushing their vacation packages while the “little affordable places” are lost trying to show up when you search for vacation deals in Jamaica. By networking with other people that live or vacation in Jamaica, you can find deals like:


“Beachfront 2 bedroom cottage with full kitchen 15 minutes away from Ocho Rios for $50.00 a night”.

Another gem I found was a similar cottage right next door to the beach front one, that costs only $40 a night. I’ve talked to others that have stayed at a place in downtown Ocho Rios for around $35 a night (not near the beach). These are not the type of deals that you will find on-line, but rather the type of deals that you will find by networking with the members of a Jamaican Travel Forum.

Finding cheap food in Jamaica is sort of a no brainer. If you eat where the tourists eat, you will pay an arm and a leg. If you find out where the locals eat, you will pay 2-3 times less and the food quality will be much better.

Examples of great tasting cheap Jamaican food:
Roadside stands that are away from the tourist areas – generally you can eat a meal for $3.00-$6.00. If you want a beer to go with your meal they are around $1.50 compared to up to $6.00 at the tourist places.

Jamaican restaurants where the locals eat – an excellent example of this is found on this Jamaica trip report where the forum member ate at a tourist restaurant one day and at a local’s restaurant the next. The member found the local place to be about half of the price and she found the food quality much better.

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3 Comments on "Jamaica on a Budget"

  1. Guest on Sun, 13th Sep 2009 3:56 pm 

    Very true, some of the best travel experiences can be low budget.

  2. sojournrentals on Wed, 16th Jun 2010 11:28 pm 

    Hello…..This post makes the reader completely delight…Thanks for such pretty informative post…

  3. Carlos on Mon, 7th Jan 2013 7:57 pm 

    good post and very true!

    i am from spain and livng in jamaica since 2006. This post is absolutely true. Is so weird that people still use the regular package travels that suck you dry and don’t experience nothing but being in a bus all day long.

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