The beauty of Jamaica's Blue Mountains is world renowned, but tourists in a hurry to get to the top will have to pace themselves. There is no airport located directly within the Blue Mountains region, however a direct flight within an hour to an hour and a half of driving is possible.
Located just 20 minutes from the Kingston City Center, the Norman Manley International Airport is 48 miles away from Blue Mountains. This could take anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half of travel time to cover, depending upon road conditions and traffic, but for a chance to see this most beautiful landscape, many agree it is worth the drive.
As of May 2013, 14 airlines fly into Norman Manley International Airport, many of which hail from the United States, and there are regular flights from Canada, Europe, and the rest of the Caribbean as well.
If you're traveling from the U.S. the following chart can aid the planning process. Not all flights you will see on line make a lot of sense so it can be handy to realize which airlines actually provide direct service to this location.
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Jet Blue|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Airlines|
If you're going to be flying from across "the Pond" this table is the one you need.
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||British Airways, Iberia|
Check the following table for airline service from other Caribbean airports. Even if there aren't any flights directly from your preferred airport, making a connection through another airport might be a good solution.
|Castries, Saint Lucia||SLU||Caribbean Airlines|
|Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands||CYB||Cayman Airways|
|Georgetown, Grand Cayman||GCM||Cayman Airways|
|Montego Bay, Jamaica||MBJ||AirLink, Caribbean Airlines|
|Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands||PLS||Intercaribbean Airways|
|Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten||SXM||Caribbean Airlines|
|Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago||POS||Caribbean Airlines|
There are two other airports on the island that are options for tourists visiting Blue Mountains. These are the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and the in Ocho Rios. Neither one is very close, so they should really serve as back up options rather than as the center of your travel plans.
After arriving in Kingston, you'll need to decide how exactly you'll get to Blue Mountains. If you'd like to drive yourself, rental car agencies are available within the airport as well as around town, and you can easily rent a vehicle for anywhere from $35 to $250(USD) a day as long as you have a driver's license from your home country and you are 23-years-of-age or older. The trip should take less than 90 minutes.
Although you can rent a car and drive yourself to your final destination, it is not recommended – especially for first time visitors on the island. The roads in Jamaica are not very well off, and to top it off, drivers are known for their erratic behavior. Instead of driving yourself, you can hire a charter taxi to take you and your companions to your accommodations. There are dozens of airport transfer services available just for this reason, and they offer transport for competitive pricing. You can learn more about this service by clicking here.
After arriving in Jamaica, you'll still have a bit of traveling to do, whether your flight lands in Kingston, Montego Bay, or Ocho Rios. This shouldn't deter you from making the trek, because as anyone who has visited Blue Mountains knows, every step of the way is worth the breathtaking views that await you when you arrive.
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