Fly directly to Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport, or via Kingston's Norman Manley Airport.

For many countries no visa is required for tourists, and a conference counts as tourism (I asked the Jamaican Tourist Board). Here's another site with similar information. If in doubt, contact your local Jamaican embassy.

A taxi from Sangster to the Hip Strip where you should be staying, probably in one of the hotels listed below, costs about US$10 (it's a bit expensive, but they've got the market cornered there). Take a JUTA taxi if you want a safe, government-approved, ride. Local taxis are cheaper, typically safe, but you may experience some hassle. Either way, agree on the price with the driver before you start the journey.


The Wexford Hotel (the conference hotel) is offering a special rate of US$75 per night for a double room, including all taxes. This offer is good until 31st October. The rooms will be a mixture of garden and ocean view, allocated on a first-come-best-roomed basis. Book directly with the hotel on +1 876 9522854 (Jamaica is an "area" in the US phone system), asking for the LPAR-12 rate. Email may work, but will be a slower process.

The Wexford offers a breakfast package for US$10/day (you can arrange that when you book or when you arrive). There are also several places in close walking distance where breakfast can be bought.

Other hotels nearby include:

You can book these through the usual online agents. Here's a long list of hotels in the general area, with links to the hotel WWW sites.

Anything Else?

If there's anything else you'd like to know, just email Geoff Sutcliffe. We'll find out and post the information here.

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