As the only major town in Jamaica that is land-locked, transportation options in Mandeville differ slightly than many other tourist destinations. Still, there are plenty of options to choose from for those planning a stay in this residential town, so give yourself plenty of time in advance of your trip to do some research and weigh your options.
Direct access to Mandeville is simply not possible due to its lack of an airport, plus it's inland location. Tourists must first pick a nearby city or town to arrive at and then make the transfer to this quiet town. The question remains whether to fly, sail a yacht, or visit as part of a Caribbean cruise.
Because you cannot fly or sail directly to Mandeville, you will need to determine rather quickly which method of transportation you will use to get to this town. Rental cars are a possibility, but taxis are recommended, while buses and ferries are simply not an option.
Flying to Mandeville means you have numerous options available to you. There are three international airports on the island of Jamaica, which are located in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Kingston. While you can fly into any airport on the island, the most convenient option is the in Kingston. This airport welcomes international flights from 14 commercial airlines on a regular basis.
While this airport is regularly used by business travelers heading into the business center of the island's capital city as well as cargo transfers, a large portion of people who land here are tourists staying in and around Kingston. Once you arrive, it will take you somewhere around 90 minutes to make the trip west to Mandeville.
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Sailing to and around Jamaica is increasing in popularity. While sailing options and excursions for tourist still have some developments to make, the marinas and ports in Jamaica are growing and their services expanding. With that said, the town of Mandeville is a landlocked, making it a rarely visited destination for sailors. Unless you are willing to travel inland amd away from your boat by no less than 10 miles, it is suggested that you fly or cruise to Jamaica instead.
Despite recommendations to avoid driving in Jamaica, some tourists will inevitable end up renting a car to get the at least from the airport to Mandeville. Rentals cost between $35 and $250(USD) a day, and require a deposit of up to $2500. You'll need a driver's license from your home country, and you must be over the age of 23 to rent a car on the island. Once you have the car in your possession all fuel expenses and necessary repairs are your responsibility, so if you break down on the side of the road, you'll be paying to have the car fixed. Let the rental agency know if you notice any body damage, and take a look under the hood. Learn more about renting a car in Mandeville by clicking here.
Taxi services are the preferred method of transportation in Mandeville. There are two types of cabs, route taxis and charter taxis, each with its own set of skills, but both prepared to get you from Point A to Point B without making it necessary for you to ever get behind the wheel. There is something to be said about hiring a knowledgeable, local driver who knows the place like the back of his hand – and they can be hired for island tours as well. For an idea of how much hiring a taxi in Mandeville will cost, and more, click here.
Mandeville may not be the best place to stay if you need to use the public bus. There is no bus that runs within city limits. There are some options that provide transportation to the town, and you might be able to use the bus as you visit other cities for some sightseeing, so it is still important to learn what you can about Jamaica's buses. Click buses to do so.
Because Mandeville is surrounded on all sides by land, taking a ferry from place to place isn't an option.
Transportation options in and around Mandeville are limited, which is why it is important to know all of your options and book your flights, cruises, rental cars, or taxis as soon as possible. The earlier you act, the better your chances are of securing exactly the type of transport you desire.
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