Okay,you've just landed in MoBay. Just remember you are not in Kansas, Toronto or Chelsa anymore! Time as you know has come to a new standard it's called "Jamaica Time" (think slow). Depending on the day of the week and time of day that your flight arrives, immigration can be an "interesting experience". You can be met by lovely ladies singing songs or a trio playing songs and singing or NOT. Oops, I forgot something very important! As you step off the plane, you will be met by a blast of HOT/HUMID air or, sometimes, liquid sunshine". Okay, I know you are tired/anxious and want to "hurry along" NOT! Your flight can be the only one landing or a group of 5 airplanes landing within a very short span of time! First challenge, going through immigrations: Jamaica time is now a factor. The number of Immigration officers on duty depends on how many planes LAND; 1 plane = 0 to 3 officers, more then one plane = 0 to 3 officers! Remember "Jamaica time" think happy thoughts. Next challenge, luggage (lots of small dollars bills help). Agree on the price with the porter for ALL luggage. My wife and I do one carry-on only to Jamaica. The Hotel/resort pickup area is just around the corner from the baggage area (play follow the leader). If you have hotel/resort transfers, someone will meet you or guide you to a shuttle or bus for the next leg of your trip. How long do you wait you ask? Jamaica time = when the bus is full or nobody else is going your way, you are "GOOD TO GO"! I know you are going to say "I don't have a transfer", No problem, Mon! During the day (8:00 to 5:00),you can arrange for transfers at one of the tour desks (TropicalTours), price is cheaper than hiring a cab/taxi and it can be either oneway or roundtrip (price is based on # of people)! After hours, your choices are limited to taxis( agree on $$ before you get in). Don't forget to tip your driver! Next challenge; The last leg of your trip can range from 5 minutes (like mine) or up to 2 hours depending on resort location. Negril =1 1/2 hrs, Ocho Rios =1 1/2+ hrs, south coast area 1 1/2 hrs.
Okay, you have gone thru the gauntlet in getting to the resort! This next phase has the potential to be your biggest challenge OR NOT! The reason you ask? The Visitors before you have been exposed to Jamaica time, they move real slow and don't want to leave. This causes a chain reaction, rooms have to be emptied, cleaned and restocked. Unless you are part of a large group, you might have to wait awhile. Normal check out time is 10-12:00 in the morning, and CHECKIN TIME is 3:00 in the AFTERNOON!!!! YOU HAVE BEEN FORWARNED. Think "Jamaica time". SMILE and find the closest bar and order a "rum punch or Red Stripe", "No problems, Mon", your'e in Jamaica!
All in Fun, take it slow and easy