How much is the American dollar in Jamaica currency? Do you suggest that I have American money turned into J $'s prior to travelling? What is the general tipping criteria?
We used american dollars the whole time we were there. It's about 60 cents Jamiacan to $1.00 American. You get a better rate at the hotel then the airport. We even used a debit card at a restaurant in Ocho Rios. It calculated at jamaican dollars, but on our history, it came out as american. Your choice, mon.
She is correct,you won't have any problem spending american cash in Jamaica,probably 90% of the items in shops are priced in US dollars....even the darn soda machines took US dollars!
I checked the currency exchange an american doller converts into 62.00 jamaican dollars. that could probably be quite cumbersome to carry around.besides they prefer american $
Have found the local shops usually price out merchandise (coffee, spices, etc.) in Jamaican dollars.
Print out a "cheatsheet" at www.oanda.com/convert/cheatsheet & carry it with you!
Do NOT change your money over - the Jamaicans prefer USD. However, make sure you bring plenty of lower demoninations - 1, 5, 10, 20. It is very expensive to use ATMs .