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Motto: "Out of Many, One People"
Language: English, Jamaican Patois
Currency: Jamaican Dollar (JMD)
Airports:Norman Manley Int'l Airport -Kingston (KIN), Donald Sangster Int'l Airport - Montego Bay (MBJ)
Known for: Reggae, Jerk, Blue Mountain Coffee, Rum, Dunn’s River Fall
Official Tourism Website: visitJamaica.com
Drives on the: Left Side
Calling Code: +1 876

Jamaica - Heartbeat of the World

Awake to the smell of freshly brewed Blue Mountain Coffee, feel the beat of reggae, inhale the smell of jerk and savor the sweet, mellow taste of the local rum. Yes, welcome to Jamaica!

Jamaica is a self-contained holiday universe of breathtaking vistas, a fantastic collection of experiences, engaging activities, unique culture and exciting events. So, whether you’re a music or party lover, a foodie, a golfer, a sports fan, a culture enthusiast or a visitor just looking to relax and soak up the sun at a cool mountain inn, Jamaica and it's warm and friendly people are waiting to welcome you.

There are six main resort areas in Jamaica – Kingston, Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio, and the South coast – each with its own vibe, attractions, and experiences, and all with incredible places to stay, fantastic places to eat and an array of activities to engage you.

The busy cosmopolitan capital of Kingston is the booming business hub and cultural district that presents a wide offering to the island’s tourism sector.

In Montego Bay you can soak up the sun and scenery from a white sandy beach while sipping on a cold tropical drink, head to the Hip Strip to strike your “do di world” pose in front of Usain Bolt’s statue, visit Sam Sharpe Square downtown “Mobay” and get a peak of the city’s culture. Enjoy a romantic ride down the Martha Brae River on a bamboo raft accompanied by the sound of chirping birds and picturesque views.

Looking to spend a relaxing day at the beach? Or maybe just hang out at a beach bar, meet some new friends, eat some delicious food and jam to some pumping reggae music? Negril is the place for you. With its 7-mile stretch of white sandy beach and renowned sunsets, choice of restaurants, nightlife, and stark stone cliffs overlooking the blue Caribbean Sea, Negril will just hit your spot.

Ocho Rios is known for its spectacular beaches, scenic views, world-class resorts, cruise ship harbor, a wide selection of shopping options including high-end brands and unique mementos. Hike up the unique and world-famous, Dunns River Falls, an activity attracting almost one million people each year.

Port Antonio is known for its misty mountain tops, lush green jungle trails, its arts and crafts and one of Jamaica’s most popular rivers, the Rio Grande. Taking an unforgettable river rafting tour is an absolute must. The beauty and tranquility of Port Antonio is also the perfect location for a romantic vacation or a destination wedding.

The South Coast of Jamaica, renowned for its pristine beauty and old-world charm, has secluded beaches, quaint fishing villages, warm and natural healing mineral baths, historical Great Houses, elaborate Georgian architecture and is home of the luxurious Sandals South Coast with its magnificent Over-the-Water Bungalows, overwater bar and exclusive Over-the-Water Chapel waiting to make your wedding ceremony the most glorious and amazing event ever.


Marriage Requirements for Jamaica

Getting married in Jamaica can be done as quickly as just 24 hours after you arrive, once you’ve taken care of all paperwork beforehand. Many wedding venues, resorts, and event planners will take care of these things for you to ensure your wedding is not only luxurious but legal too.

The required paperwork includes securing your marriage license. It’s a same-day process and will last for three months. All information on how to do this and how much it costs can be found on the Ministry of Justice website. Some of the things you’ll need include:

  • Proof of citizenship - certified copy of birth certificate, which includes father's name.
  • Parent's written consent if under 18 years of age.
  • Proof of divorce if applicable (original certificate of divorce).
  • Certified copy of death certificate for widow or widower.
  • Processing fee JM $4,000 (less than US $40)

If your documents aren’t in English, you’ll need to have them translated by an official translator and then certified by your local Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as by your nearest Jamaican Mission or Honorary Consulate.

Once you’ve sorted the paperwork, then you can let your fantasies take over. Stumped for ideas? The I Do Jamaica Magazine is filled with imagery and inspiration for you to explore.


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