Frequently Asked Questions
Seven Palms Villa is our guest home, we have always felt safe and welcomed in Jamaica. We are comfortable bring our children and friends to the island, walking to the beach, visiting local attractions and shopping. Like any place these days, we don’t recommend that you walk by yourself, wear expensive jewelry or show off your money in public. We want you to feel as comfortable as we do. Your safety and sense of security while in Jamaica is very important to us. To ensure that you are not only safe, but also that you feel safe, we have a full surveillance system, a completely fenced estate, and motion sense security lights around the perimeter of the yard. We also have a staff member who lives in the staff quarters located on the property as well as two dogs that roam the property at night.
• Five air-conditioned bedrooms
• Air-conditioned living room
• Freshwater pool
• Two acre fenced estate
• Hammocks and lounge chairs throughout
• High-speed Internet with wireless network
• Cable television in bedrooms and living room
• Large DVD collection
• Wide variety of books and family board games
• Free laundry service
• 5 minute walk to the beach
• Free access to private beach club
• Exclusive use of Jamaica Breeze private beach
• Access to kayaks, snorkeling and fishing equipment
• Golf Privileges at Runaway Bay Golf Course
• Tennis and Basketball court
• Daily housekeeping
• Food shopping and meal preparation upon request
During your stay at Seven Palms Villa, it is important to us that your vacation is as relaxing and care-free as possible. We provide everything needed to make your stay hassle-free and comfortable like a laundry service and bath and pool towels so that you may use the luggage space needed to pack those items for the memories you will take home from your trip. So pack a few days work of clothes and your camera and you should be all set.
We highly recommend hiring a car / van and driver for your stay. We are happy to help relieve the stress of finding your own ground transportation by arranging for a trusted van and driver for you to use on any days you need. We don’t take a commission on this cost and personally used this same company, before we began driving ourselves. This will give you the opportunity to explore this breath-taking Caribbean paradise without the
hassle of negotiating fees and schedules. Your driver can be available on any day or time of your trip, with fees ranging from $50 - $150 per day (depending upon length and distance of your trip).
As you step outside the airport, upon arrival in Jamaica, you will be greeted by your driver. Your party will be comfortably transported using a private air-conditioned van, directly to Seven Palms Villa. The drive will take about an hour along Queens Highway, which runs along the coast and offers beautiful views of the ocean on your left and mountains on your right. We feel that this is a wonderful first introduction to the island.
Take the worry out of meal time. $40 per person for adults(17+), $25 per person for youth age 7-16, 0-6 years of age are free
Seven Palms Villa comes fully equipped and staffed. Villa rental includes full use of the villa, grounds, pool and beach. We work hard to meet all your needs while you are staying with us. This villa provides linens, towels, beach towels, common toiletries including; toilet paper, soap, shampoo, conditioner as well as many kitchen gadgets such as coffee pot, Keurig coffee machine, blenders, mixers etc. But even better than all our supplies, are our great staff who work to make your vacation a truly relaxing and care free experience. All you need to do is ask and they will work to get you what you need.
Cell phones work in Jamaica, although you should be sure do look into the data plan cost. The villa also has WiFi and a Voip phone for guest to use.
Jamaica is well known for its wonderful beaches, but there are many other attractions on this Caribbean island to keep you occupied during your holiday. There is a wide range of water sports available on the coast, including scuba diving, snorkeling and sailing, while you can also go river tubing on one of the waterways inland. There are some beautiful areas of jungle in Jamaica that you can explore on a hiking tour or by going horseback riding. For those seeking an adrenalin rush, joining a zipline canopy tour is a great option. Alternatively, head to Dunn's River Falls to see one of the island's top natural attractions, where you can climb the waterfall itself, or, for a totally different experience, play a round of golf on one of Jamaica's excellent courses. Jamaica is also home to some interesting heritage sites, such as Devon House, Bellefield Great House and Port Royal. The island also many colorful markets where you can pick up distinctly Jamaican souvenirs to bring back home.
Jamaica is considered an island country.
Lobster is in season year round except from April 1 to June 30 each year when the season is closed.
You should not buy fresh lobster during this time. Established restaurants make the necessary arrangements with the government authorities in order to serve lobster during this time, so it's quite okay to enjoy lobster meals in these places.
Jamaica uses Eastern Standard Time. Jamaica does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Jamaica is five hours behind GMT, although this increases to a six-hour difference during British Summer Time.
Watersports are popular in Runaway Bay, so consider a snorkeling or diving excursion in the warm and clear waters. If you’re adventurous and in good walking shape, the Green Grotto Caves are a unique excursion where you will likely spot hundreds of sleepy bats. Or, take advantage of the many all-inclusive resorts in the area for lounging pool or beach side with a cold drink in your hand.
Jamaica has a tropical climate with warm temperatures ranging from 77 to 82 degrees F. The rainy season is from May to November, and hurricane season runs from June to November.
The Jamaican dollar is the official currency, though US dollars are widely accepted. Current exchange rates are about $125 Jamaican dollars to $1 US dollar. Major credit and debit cards are also accepted in many restaurants, shops and bars, although it's worth noting that only the local currency is usually accepted in rural areas.
The official language of Jamaica is English.
Passports are required for visitors entering Jamaica. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
As a commonwealth country, British citizens don't need to apply for a visa ahead of travelling to Jamaica and are granted one upon arrival to the island. Likewise, citizens from most EU countries don't need to apply for a visa in advance of travel to Jamaica and are automatically granted one at the port of entry. Your passport needs to be valid for a minimum of six months from the date of entry to the country.