The Blue Mountains are the longest mountain range in Jamaica as well as one of the longest in the whole of the Caribbean. Tourists can't seem to get enough of the beautiful scenery and tranquility that the range is known for, and secluded inns and hotels spot the landscape. A trip to Blue Mountains begins in a plane and ends in a car.
The fact that Blue Mountains is located on an island in the middle of the Caribbean Sea means there are very limited ways in which tourists can get to this locale. While those with the skill set or the money to hire a yacht can sail to Jamaica, most will fly.
Once you've arrived in Jamaica, there are plenty of options for getting around, though the best choice for this area of the island is to rent a car or take a taxi. Make sure to check with your hotel before making any final plans. Blue Mountains is known for their outdoor adventures, and many hotels offer shuttles and tour guides, making hiring your own transportation an unnecessary expense.
There are seven airports on the island of Jamaica, three of which offer international flights. The airport nearest Blue Mountains is the Kingston, which is Jamaica's capital city. Many big name airlines like and service this airport, so tourists from the United States, Canada, and Europe will not only be able to find multiple airlines to fly them into , but it is even possible they will be able to find a direct flight. Learn more about using air travel to get to Jamaica by clicking here.in
Jamaica is not one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean for yachters, however, if sailing is your passion you can plan to make the journey in just a few days time. Because the Blue Mountains are located within the island's interior, you won't be able to sail directly to the range, however, there are several ports of call nearby including Port Antonio and Port Morant.
If you sail into Port Antonio, which is located on the northeast coast of the island, you'll anchor out to the, which is owned by the Jamaica Port of Authority. Here you'll find a boat yard and marina known for its calm waters and excellent facilities. In Port Morant, on the other hand, you will sail into a small marina managed by the Coast Guard. Not only is the marina a beauty, but you can dock here for free.
When you sail into Jamaica, you'll have to speak with a customs official before you'll officially be granted entry onto the island. Officials will need to come aboard your vessel for inspection and see all official paperwork including the passports of every person on board, your ship's registration, your departure permission, and a record of the ship's stores.
Several hundred thousand people arrive in Jamaica each year for a day or two as part of a cruise through the Caribbean. The island has four official cruise ports, and one of them is conveniently located in Port Antonio, a location close enough to the Blue Mountains that cruise passengers will deboard and head straight for the mountains more often than not.
The small size of the Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio means that mega cruise ships can't dock here, but if you're traveling aboard a cruise line that specializes in small to medium-sized vessels you'll likely make a stop here. Search for cruises aboard Princess and SeaDream if sailing aboard a cruise that docks close to Blue Mountains is your top priority.
The road conditions in Blue Mountains are dangerous, especially for those who've never driven in Jamaica before, but some tourists have no choice but to rent a car. Likely, you'll rent your vehicle at the airport or in Kingston, then make the journey to the Blue Mountains from there. Be sure to inquire about road conditions before you go so you don't run into any unexpected road closures – especially during the rainy season when mud slides and flash floods can be a danger. Learn more about how to rent a car for your trip to the Blue Mountains, as well as detailed information on how to get there and what the driving conditions are like when you read our guide to Blue Mountains Rental Cars.
Taxis are a great alternative to renting a car in the Blue Mountains. As soon as you arrive at the airport, you can have a charter taxi waiting to take you to your hotel and later you can hire them for island tours and simply use them to get from place to place. Long trips can be pricey, such as the cost of an airport transfer from Montego Bay or Kingston to Blue Mountains, but local transfer costs won't be nearly so shocking. For more details about taxis in Blue Mountains click here.
Most major towns in Jamaica have a bus system, which locals and tourists rely on as the cheapest form of transportation to get around. While there are no regular routes within the Blue Mountains, you can take the bus into the area. The local JUTC bus, which is a large, white vehicle, makes a stop in front of the Park View Supermarket in Papine, then transports guests into the area. If you need a ride back on a bus, simply head back to where you were dropped off and wait for the next bus. The trip will cost approximately J$150, and local buses only accept Jamaican Dollars. Be sure to have singles and change on hand, as most drivers are unable to make change for large bills.
Although there are ferry services available for transport around certain areas of Jamaica, they will not be necessary to get around Blue Mountains. Even so, if you happen to be in the area of Port Royal and want to explore a working fishing village, or if you've ventured out of the mountains for a day in nearby Port Antonio and want to visit Navy Island, ferries are available for both of these adventures.
The location of the Blue Mountains within the interior of the island leaves the options open for many means of transportation traveling both to the island of Jamaica and then within the area itself. For this region of the island, flying then renting a car is the most popular choice, but it will be up to you and your personal preferences to determine if you'll follow the crowd.
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