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Gold sun, green valleys & black coffee

You can tell Jamaica is unique from its national flag. Its bold coloured symbols represent the sun, the land and its resilient people. Venture on a Jamaica holiday and immerse yourself in the wonders of a real-life Fern Gully rainforest, indulge in refreshing dips in waterfall-fed pools, and be captivated by the infectious rhythms of spirited music. Lose yourself in the island's melodic beats at the Reggae Sunsplash Festival, Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, and Carnival.

Sun and sand are ‘musts’ on the Jamaican agenda. Unwind on the idyllic shores of the abundant Seven Mile Beach in Negril or the charming Doctor's Cave Beach. For adventure seekers, delve into thrilling water sports or embark on an underwater exploration of vibrant reefs and diverse marine life with a mask and snorkel. The azure wonders of Jamaica extend beyond the ocean, with enticing blue holes beckoning as popular swimming spots. A trek up the majestic Blue Mountains rewards you with breathtaking vistas of both the north and south coasts.

You may not pass for a local on the streets, since most Jamaicans are native-born, but you can still immerse yourself in the rich culture. Nip to the National Gallery of Jamaica and the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston. For a more laidback induction, savor delectable dishes like ackee and saltfish or curried goat, accompanied by the smooth flavours of local rums. Book your flights to Jamaica and savour the country's iconic exports of Blue Mountain coffee and Red Stripe beer on their home turf.

 

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Retreat along a sprawling private beach in Ocho Rios at the all-inclusive Moon Palace Jamaica. You can expect excellent service and gourmet dining, as well as decadent treatments within the island’s largest spa. The extensive kids’ club with a jungle gym, splash park and tiny catwalk for miniature fashionistas make this a great choice for families. The Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa will also delight with its full activity programme, kids’ club and water park. Parents will prefer the palm-lined beaches, 18-hole golf course and spa. However, the eight on-site restaurants are sure to please everyone’s tastes.

Jamaica Inn offers an old-world sanctuary that combines natural beauty with timeless elegance and unpretentious luxury. As well as unhurried pampering, you'll find a range of leisure activities. Feeling glam? Float around a rooftop pool at the adults-only Breathless Montego Bay Resort and Spa – and grab refreshments from the swim-up bar. Burn off any extra energy with sports and organised fitness classes. When temperatures cool off in the evening, cosy up around the firepits or show off your best dance moves at themed parties.

Plenty of Jamaica resorts cater for families, too. For instance, the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa will delight with its full activity programme, kids’ club and water park. Parents will prefer the palm-lined beaches, 18-hole golf course and spa. However, the eight on-site restaurants are sure to please everyone’s tastes.Plenty of Jamaica resorts cater for families, too. For instance, the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa will delight with its full activity programme, kids’ club and water park. Parents will prefer the palm-lined beaches, 18-hole golf course and spa. However, the eight on-site restaurants are sure to please everyone’s tastes.

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Some Jamaica hotels host a surplus of activities. However, some of the best holiday experiences are awaiting just outside of the resort. Grab suggestions from our Jamaica ‘things to do’ list to enjoy a dash of the local lifestyle.

What are the best things to do in Jamaica?

1. Shake up your swimming routine by visiting one of Jamaica's enchanting blue holes, located near Ocho Rios. Begin your day by embarking on an adventure to the Irie Blue Hole, ensuring you go before the rain arrives. After your trek, treat yourself to a revitalizing dip in the mesmerizing teal pool. While some visitors opt to jump in from a rocky ledge or swing on a rope, you can choose a gentler descent. It's advisable to have cash on hand for purchasing water shoes, enjoying food from vendors, or hiring a knowledgeable local guide.

2. Bob Marley’s wife converted the musician’s former home into a museum – and it's unsurprisingly the most frequented site in Kingston. Fans of the world-famous icon can cram in knowledge about his life and career during an hour-long Bob Marley Home tour, which will take you past his gold and platinum records and media clippings. You’ll also get to see his bedroom, left as he kept it, and his personal effects. Before you go, stop in the museum’s gift shop, record shop and One Love Café.

3. Discover the world of rum at Jamaica's Appleton Rum Estate, the nation's largest and oldest distillery. Explore sugar cane fields, aging barrels, and enjoy a tasting session. Savor cocktails at the lounge or grab a limited-edition rum from the gift shop.

4. Yes, you can bobsled in tropical climes, a la ‘Cool Runnings’. The Jamaican Mystic Mountain Adventure Park gives you a chance to careen down a thrilling 1000-metre track amidst the treetops. Race full-throttle or hit the handbrake to slow your speed.To reach this thrilling attraction, embark on a breathtaking 15-minute chairlift ride offering panoramic views of the lush forest and sparkling Caribbean Sea. After your adrenaline-filled ride, relax and unwind at the infinity pool, immerse yourself in the enchanting hummingbird garden, and explore the cultural centre.

5. Embark on an invigorating adventure and conquer Blue Mountain Peak, Jamaica's highest point that goes beyond its renowned coffee brand. Standing tall at 2256 meters, this prominent geological feature offers breathtaking views and an unforgettable experience. If witnessing the captivating sunrise is your goal, an early start is essential, as the seven-mile ascent typically takes around four hours. However, you can embark on the hike at any time of the day. The reward awaits as you feast your eyes on the stunning vistas of Buff Bay and Kingston on clear days, with a glimpse of Cuba's silhouette adding to the allure.

What are the best places to visit in Jamaica?

 

When in Jamaica, you’ve got to experience Kingston. It’s blessed with a captivating coastline, as well as inviting views of the Blue Mountains. Like most capital cities, Kingston offers opportunities to experience the best of the nation’s art and culture. Hang out Downtown to peek at the historic buildings and artwork within the National Gallery of Jamaica – or head Uptown for a breezier vibe.

It’s no secret that you’ll find the very best beaches in Negril, including the famous Seven Mile Beach. Venture to the very western tip of the island to chill out among brilliant white sands and turquoise waters. You can stay right on the beach or stop in at one of many beach bars for sundowners. Port Antonio, on the other side of the island, offers swimmers the unique Blue Lagoon, an oasis of piercing aquamarine waters, surrounded by greenery.

The formerly quiet port town of Montego Bay is not far from Negril. It is frequented by travellers for its harbour and beautiful beaches. Golf courses and nightlife have become part of the tourist scene, too. Try to time your visit with a yacht race – or the massive Sunsplash reggae festival in August – for extra fun.

Ocho Rios is another village that has bloomed in popularity throughout the years. The rainforest surrounding Fern Gully offers a nice shady respite – and tours often pair it with a trip to the impressive 600-foot Dunn’s River Falls. (James Bond fans will recognise this as a scene where ‘Dr. No’ was filmed.

 

Discover the vibrant city of Kingston, a must-experience destination in Jamaica. With its captivating coastline and stunning views of the Blue Mountains, Kingston offers the perfect blend of art, culture, and history. Explore Downtown to admire the historic buildings and immerse yourself in the rich artwork at the National Gallery of Jamaica. For a more relaxed atmosphere, head Uptown and soak in the breezy vibes.

 

When it comes to beaches, Negril is the ultimate paradise. Indulge in the beauty of the famous Seven Mile Beach, where brilliant white sands meet turquoise waters. Stay right on the beach or unwind at one of the many beach bars while enjoying breathtaking sunsets. On the other side of the island lies Port Antonio, home to the unique Blue Lagoon—a tranquil oasis of piercing aquamarine waters surrounded by lush greenery.

 

Not far from Negril, the once-sleepy port town of Montego Bay has transformed into a bustling tourist hub. Enjoy its charming harbor, beautiful beaches, and a vibrant nightlife scene. If you time your visit right, you may even catch a thrilling yacht race or join the massive Sunsplash reggae festival in August for added excitement.

 

Ocho Rios is another gem that has gained popularity over the years. Take a refreshing break in the shade of the rainforest at Fern Gully, often paired with a visit to the impressive 600-foot Dunn's River Falls—a location famous for its appearance in the James Bond film 'Dr. No'.

Which holiday type in Jamaica is right for me?

The best hotels in Jamaica are just waiting for you to arrive. However, you’ve got to decide whether you want an all-inclusive holiday to Jamaica or a cheap holiday to Jamaica. Either way, you can book a good value trip.

The all-inclusive Couples San Souci is geared towards romance. While you can spend time together lying on the sandy shores and dipping in the mineral grotto and spring pool, you can also bond during activities. Or you can opt for a similar experience in Ocho Rios at Couples Tower Isle. At the adults only Secrets St. James Montego Bay you'll enjoy a breathtakingly beautiful oceanfront setting and some of the best dining on the island.

Plenty of Jamaica resorts cater for families, too. For instance, the Grand Palladium Jamaica has one of the largest pools in the Caribbean and offers a jam-packed schedule of activities such as water polo and beach volleyball and live music every day. While grown-ups can also enjoy expert mixology classes, poker games and slot machines.

 

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