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Discover an island of white-sand beaches, rum and reggae
Soft white sand beaches, glistening waters and the ultimate take-it-easy vibe, Jamaica makes a great choice for those seeking great company, delicious food and picture-perfect backdrops. From breathtaking sunrises and sunsets in Negril to world-famous waterfalls in Ocho Rios, you can do as much or as little as you want on this care-free island.
- The beaches and lagoons – particularly the island’s legendary Seven-Mile Beach on Negril, where warm waters and pristine sands await. Perfect for swimming and snorkelling as well as an array of diving trips further out
- Jamaica’s laid-back culture and captivating history – rum, reggae and spooky tales of pirates. Visiting Bob Marley’s tomb, birth place and family home in Nine Mile is a must
- Breathtaking sunsets on the beach resort of Negril, where hues of pink, orange, cobalt and periwinkle dance and collide before dipping beneath the horizon
- Astounding natural landscapes such as the cool peaks of the Blue Mountains; the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls and mile after mile of lush cane fields
- Explore the abundance of exotic wildlife such as tropical birds in the jungle; dolphins, turtles, whales in the ocean and manatees in the ocean.
Best time to visit Jamaica
Temperatures are consistent all year round, averaging about 30°C while the highest rainfall is from May to October. June to November is the hurricane season throughout the Caribbean.
Jamaica holiday highlights
With an influential culture with a long-held connection to its African roots that spans continents Jamaica is a small island that punches above its weight; with world renowned cuisine, music and sport stars it is hard to ignore this extraordinary Caribbean nation. When you add this captivating culture to the island’s natural wonders which include white-sand beaches, verdant mountain slopes and tumbling waterfalls you get an unforgettable holiday destination.
Jamaica’s second city, after the capital Kingston, is the island’s tourism capital Montego Bay which is affectionately called MoBay by its welcoming and hospitable residents. Once a port where ships bound for Britain were loaded with supplies of sugar, Montego Bay is now a bustling city fringed by bays boasting talcum white sands and the shimmering waters of the Montego Bay Marine Park. From the lively main strip of Gloucester Avenue, lined with bars, restaurants, food stands and shops to the magnificent plantation houses that take transport you back to the colonial times of old, there are myriad attractions and activities on offer in the city and its surroundings.
Located in the ‘garden parish’ of St Ann on Jamaica’s north coast is the resort town of Ochos Rios. The name was derived from a corruption of the Spanish ‘Las Chorreras’ which translates to ‘the waterfalls’, no doubt referring to the nearby Dunns River Falls. This beautiful landmark, and the jewel in Jamaica’s crown, is a popular spot, attracting visitors who come to climb up the terraced stone steps as the water descends and swim in the refreshing pools that sit in dappled shade. The town itself boasts a sweeping white-sand bay lapped by crystal clear waters which play host to an array of vibrant marine life. Further paradisiacal bays are located to the east of Ochos Rios and are backed by a few of our favourite resorts such as the all-encompassing Sandals Grand Riviera and the romantic Couples Tower Isle.
The delightful Negril Beach has often found itself on prestigious lists that declare it to be one of the world’s finest beaches. The resort town boasts a laid-back vibe, striking cliffs from which daring souls leap, azure blue seas and a steady pace of life that lends itself perfectly to a Caribbean beach escape. The sunsets that can be witnessed from Negril’s beach and cliffs are legendary and once darkness prevails the town and beach come alive with the nation’s reggae rhythms.
The Taino Museum of the First Jamaicans
Learn all about Jamaica’s pre-Colombian residents, who were discovered by Christopher Columbus when he landed on the island.
The Fort Charles Museum
Discover Port Royal’s chequered history, including its pirating past and the 1692 earthquake.
The People’s Museum of Craft & Technology
Peruse relics from Jamaica’s cultural heritage, including sugar mills and plantation tools.
Learn about Jamaica’s military history dating back to 700AD.
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