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Jamaica Food and Beverage Costs

Calculating a Food and Beverage budget for your Jamaica Vacation

Updated over a week ago

A typical grocery budget is $65-$70 per adult per day and $30-$35 per day for preteens. This may vary up or down depending on consumption, market prices and menu selection.

The cook will pre-purchase your first few meals, pantry staples and a small starter bar (a few bottles of Red Stripe, moderately-priced wine and rum). Additional alcohol requests will increase your budget.

If you wish to go to the various markets with your cook, you are welcome. At week's end, the cook will present receipts and reconcile your account. [Note: A few villas have higher food and beverage budgets.] We cannot accept prepayment for groceries or staff gratuities at Tryall Club villas. Please be prepared to pay for your groceries with cash or credit cards and to tip your villa staff and driver with cash. They will welcome both US and Jamaican dollars.

On your first day at the villa, your cook will meet with you regarding menus for the week, then finish the week's shopping. At that time, you will need to provide cash your food and drink plus $80 for taxi fare.

Plan to pay for your groceries and gratuities in cash. Both USDollars and JADollars are welcomed. Alternatively, if one or more of you wish to go to the supermarket with your cook, you may use your credit card. (Stores will not accept your card from your cook if you are not present with her.) Roadside vendors of fresh fruits and produce will require cash.

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