Come indulge in a
vacation or romantic
tropical getaway at
Bed & Breakfast Villa
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Our award winning B&B
is a great choice if you
prefer small Caribbean
Boutique Hotels over
|THE BLUE HOUSE
Boutique Bed & Breakfast, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Jamaica Vacation Info
The official language of Jamaica is English but our Jamaican Patois is widely spoken. If you loose track of the
Sea breezes in the day and mountain breezes in the night help moderate the temperature year round. Daytime
temperatures average 80's in the winter and 90's in the summer; Nighttime, 70's. Traditionally our rainy season is
May/June and September/October. If you've noticed that your weather at home is no longer very predictable, well,
same thing here. :-)
Tropical wear is highly recommended. Casual and comfortable is always appropriate. During a cool summer evening,
gentlemen will be very comfortable in light weight cotton pants or shorts and a long sleeve shirt during a cool winter
evening. Summer dresses are great for the ladies year round. Add a cotton sweater or wrap after sunset in winter
Footwear should include sandals, as well as, comfortable walking shoes or tennis shoes. Dunn's River is Ocho Rios' major
attraction, bring water shoes for climbing the falls if you have them, if not we offer them for sale. Also good for going to
the beach. Straw hats, baseball caps, sunglasses and sarongs are readily available in the craft markets and stores.
Depending on the length of stay, you may want to have shorts and t-shirts laundered for re-use. Our Housekeepers wil
wash, dry, and fold your laundry for $10.00 per load, payable in the office. Ironing is also available at an additional
cost. N.B. Irons and ironing boards are provided in your room.
ADDITIONAL ITEMS TO PACK
Medication, pain killers, sun block, burn cream, mosquito repellent, anti-itch cream, adult and/or children pool floats,
favorite hard to find favourite foods/snacks, additional cards or batteries for cameras, baby food, favourite DVD's and
toys to soothe tired children, arm bands, beach toys,.
US dollars are accepted island wide. Exchange rates vary if you choose to purchase Jamaican dollars. Most commercial
establishments, including grocery and liquor stores, accept major credit cards. A major credit card is always advisable
for unexpected emergencies. Taxis, staff and driver gratuities, however, must be paid in cash.
It is very easy to exchange US and Canadian dollars at local Cambios. It is much less hassle than going into a bank and
their exchange rate is usually better than at the banks. If you must go to the bank, hours are 9am - 2pm Mondays thru
Thursdays, 9am - 12 noon and 2:30 - 4 pm on Fridays. ATM Machines are easily accessible.
Tourism is Jamaica's leading industry, so reserve flights early. Book to arrive at Montego Bay airport. Fly Jamaica,
Air Jamaica, Air Canada, American, Jet Blue, Continental, Delta, British Airways, Northwest, Spirit, United, US Air
and Virgin Atlantic fly into Mobay. Several charters operate from the East Coast, the Midwest and Europe.
US and Canadian Citizens do not require a visa to come to Jamaica as tourists, and are permitted to visit the island for a
period not exceeding six months. Citizens, sixteen years and older of these countries may use the following documents
for entry: valid passport (or passport which has expired for a period not exceeding one year), or an original birth
certificate with raised seal plus a photo l.D. (N.B. both documents MUST bear the same name). On Jan. 1st, 2007 U.S.
residents will need a passport to leave and re-enter the United States due to changes in U.S. entry requirements. A
raised seal birth certificate will no longer be valid for entry or departure from the U.S.
U.K. Commonwealth Citizens need a passport, no visa required.
Japan Passport required. Visa required for stay of over 30 days.
All other countries, please contact the Jamaica Tourist Board office near you for requirements.
Press personnel on assignment will require a work permit, contact a Jamaica Tourist Board office near you.
All visitors are required to travel with a round trip or onward airline ticket for entry into Jamaica.
No Vaccinations required unless you have visited the following countries within the past six weeks: Gambia, Ghana,
Sudan, Nigeria, Zaire, Burkina Faso, Trinidad & Tobago, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador,
Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, South America. Please check with the Jamaican Consulate
Jamaica has a departure tax that is payable in cash or major credit card at the airport upon your departure.
Currently, the tax is JA$1000 or US$15.
The easiest, most economical mode for airport transfers is to let us arrange transfers for you with Tourwise from the
Montego Bay airport. The rate is US$30.00 per person each way for the shuttle service or US$120 for private service
for 1-4 persons. Unfortunately there is no shuttle bus service available from Kingston airport. Private transfer for 1-4
persons from Kingston costs US$150.
Local taxis in Ocho Rios are readily available.
Unless you are a frequent traveler to Jamaica it is generally best to leave the driving to a Jamaican. We usually
advise our guests NOT to rent a car as driving in Jamaica can be quite a hassle due to our uneven roads, driving on the
left, lack of road signs etc.
We suggest you consider a hiring driver with a van/car either as you require or on a full time basis if you prefer. We
have excellent drivers who will also act as your tour guide, run errands like popping to the market etc and ensure that
you focus simply on enjoying your vacation.
TIME ZONE Eastern Standard Time, Jamaica does not observe Daylight Savings Time.
The Jamaican wireless system operates on a TDMA network, so it is not compatible with CDMA, GSM or 3G networks.
Cable & Wireless and Digicel, the major Jamaican providers, have roaming agreements with: AT&T Wireless, Cingular
Wireless and Rogers Wireless. If you have roaming service with these providers, you may be able to "roam" while in
Jamaica. Check with your wireless service provider.
We recommend Digicel or C&W cellular phones which are available at local outlets in Jamaica. Expect to pay about
US$5 per day for rental and access charges. A deposit is required for International calls: this should be applied to your
credit card, not paid in cash. Any unused amount of your deposit will be refunded. All charges are computed in
Jamaican dollars, so the exchange rate at the time charges are incurred will affect the exact US dollar amount.
DigiCel Jamaica: http://www.digiceljamaica.com/home/
C&W Jamaica: http://home.cwjamaica.com/index.asp?p=1
OK to bring your laptop. We offer complimentary Wifi Internet access. Please be aware that Jamaica experiences
occasional power surges, brownouts, blackouts and phone spikes.
There is also a computer with high speed internet access in the games room available for registered guests.
Electric current is: 110 volts, 50 cycles (US is 60 cycles). Converters are not necessary for US-made appliances.
Childcare can be arranged hourly or daily at comparable US rates, fluctuating depending upon the age and number of
children involved. Night time rates are higher as you may have to pay for the entire night or pay the cost for a taxi for
the nanny to go home.
St Ann's Bay Hospital is closest to The Blue House. Mo Bay Hope is recommended for major emergencies as it is a
relatively new state-of-the-art medical diagnostic and treatment center with a link to a hospital in South Florida
should you need to be transported off the island.
The Blue House has a doctor on 24 hour call. A US$200 charge applies for a house call including medication and follow
up visit if necessary.
Before your visit, please check with your insurance company so you know what procedure to follow just in case you do
develop a medical emergency.
We usually serve meals during the following times: Breakfast 9:00 - 9:30, Dinner 7pm, normally. If you have young
children we'll be happy to give you an early 6pm dinner if you'd like.
Tap water in Jamaica is purified and filtered by the most modern methods so is safe to drink.
TAX-FREE STATUS Due to a tax treaty between the United States and the Jamaican Government made in
December, 1981, all expenses incurred for holding a meeting or convention in Jamaica are tax deductible.
has this to say about
The Blue House,
"SUPERB deluxe B&B
The highlight is
possibly the best
and Indian styles.
Breakfast and dinner
are served family-
style, while the genial
hosts are a mine of
information and offer
A pool and nearby
river bathing are
great for relaxation."
|Telephone: (876) 994-1367 or 974-1569
P.O. Box 6189, Ocho Rios P.O., Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica W.I.
|Ocho Rios Jamaica Luxury Caribbean Guest House/Holiday Lodging & Vacation Travel Guide
|THE BLUE HOUSE
Luxury Boutique Bed & Breakfast Villa, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Small affordable luxury boutique hotel for discerning travellers and foodie vacations.
Christian holiday lodgings in White River Estates, St Mary,
on the Caribbean Island of Jamaica, two miles east of Ocho Rios.