Jamaican business hours are normally 8.30am to 4.30/5pm Monday to Saturday, although some shops and offices
close at noon on Saturdays. Sunday trading is rare. Museums normally close for
one day a week, either Sunday or Monday, while most other places you'll want to
visit are generally open daily.
Most of Jamaica's special events are timed to coincide with the winter tourist season. The main exceptions are Montego Bay's
in August and
, when young Americans take over the big resorts for a fortnight of raucous, beer-fuelled cavorting. April is
time - though not on the same scale as Trinidad's, Jamaica's Carnival is a growing event.
Independence Day celebrations - concerts, dance and
theatre performances, and parades - are held in late July to early August;
contact the Jamaica Tourist Board for details. The JTB's annual calendar of
events is available from offices on the island and abroad, and is posted on the
JTB website, .
New Year's Day
February Ash Wednesday
March/April Good Friday, Easter Monday
May 23 Labour Day
August 1 Emancipation Day
First Monday in August Independence Day
Third Monday in October National Heroes Day
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 Boxing Day