Introducing holidays to Jamaica
With some of the most chilled-out vibes on the planet, friendly locals wherever you go and an undeniable party atmosphere, why not let Jamaica charm you with a holiday in 2017? A trip to this Caribbean paradise will treat you to a number of glorious beachside views, tropical climates and a vibrant sense of adventure that has to be experienced to be believed; but delve deeper into the islands buzzing cities and charming towns to discover what joyous Jamaica has to offer. Rub shoulders with the locals over a glass of rum and some jerk chicken, and let Jamaica’s reggae rhythms lead you into the night. Wherever you decide to make a break for, we’re sure you’ll be please if you book with loveholidays. While many travel each year to bask on the glorious beaches and partake in some action packed water sports; Jamaica’s cities are bursting at the seams with things to do on your trip, so don’t overlook them! From fascinating cultural spots to restaurants and kiosks packed with local flavour, you’ll never be at a loss for things to do on this exotic paradise.
The remarkable capital of Kingston encapsulates all that this colourful island has to offer, each year tempting an increasing number of visitors each year. With miles and miles of gorgeous golden crescents, Kingston also plays host to a number of fascinating museums, top-notch restaurants and luxury hotels; many of them encompassed by stunning beachside resorts where you can enjoy incredible views each morning.
Drink in the magnificent coastal beauty and indulge in the way of the locals and head for Whitehouse on the south west of the island. Boasting gorgeous provincial villages and quaint cosy towns, with a number of fantastic beachside hotels and villas, you couldn’t ask for a better way to escape your hectic schedule back home. In Montego Bay on the northern coast you’ll soon discover why it’s come to be known as the unofficial party hub of Jamrock; with an endless number of rum houses, bars and clubs for you get down in, sipping cocktails as the sun begins to set in the distance.
Wine and Dine
Incredible beaches notwithstanding, the true essence of Jamaican culture is easy to discover if you look in the right places... the best way being to follow your nose! From the aromatic coffee produced within the footholds of the majestic Blue Mountains to the tasty seafood stews and gumbos served up in the classy Port Antonio fine-cuisine restaurants, food and drink plays a massive part in the average Jamaican life.
When the sun begins to set, there is no better way to soak up the chilled out vibes than to sip a glass of dark rum in a beach-side tavern and enjoy the reggae beats and all your worries float away. Jamaican cuisine is a hodgepodge reflecting the various cultures and countries that have influenced the island over the years; and the island has taken all the suitable cues it can. But even with all this fusion taking place, there are many local ingredients that stand out in dishes, so it’s best you sample a bit of everything. Locally sourced hot and spicy Scotch bonnet peppers and the islands best pimento wood on which meat is cooked is the key to any good "jerk”; with jerk pork or chicken is Jamaica's national dish. All the local jerk vendors will assure you theirs is the best so best to try a few and compare!
Jamaica has an abundance of things for kids of all ages to enjoy, but with hectic cities and some dangerous terrain around, you’ll want to keep an eye on your clan to keep them safe at all times. Road travel can be somewhat tricky along the islands roads, and casual walking can also be somewhat hazardous because of reckless traffic and a lack of safety measures. However, with proper precautions in place, you will no doubt have an incredibly memorable experience traipsing around the island with family in tow.
One of the standout attractions for all the family can be found in Montego Bay: the multi-million-dollar Aquasol Theme Park, with its wide range of water sports and aquatic activities including all manner of chutes and water slides. Once you've checked out the attractions lying in wait in this watery paradise, you can order a bite to eat at the outdoor restaurant and squeeze in some beach time on the sands of Walter Fletcher Beach, which is encompassed by the theme park (parents will be glad to hear). It all awaits you in the bustling heart of Montego Bay!
Action and Adventure
One of our favourite outdoor activities in Jamaica (and one that’s sure to give your holiday a kick) is the three-mile river tubing ride, suitable for ages six or older. Winding all the way down the White River and picking up tremendous speeds, it’s an exhilarating ride. The White River is one of the eight rivers discovered by the Spanish in Ocho Rios in 1494, so you’ll also get your dose of culture as you hurtle down it! As tubers drift down the river, you’ll spot bamboo groves, coconut plantations and all kinds of exotic flora and fauna along the banks of the river. When you’re all finished and disembark, you’ll be in the White River Valley where you can amble around the Garden of Eden with its 100-plus flower species. Another white knuckle option in Jamaica is rafting on the Martha Brae River; gliding down a three-mile stretch of the Martha Brae River, you can choose to learn about the Legend of Martha Brae or simply enjoy a refreshing paddle in the river.
Life's a Beach
It’s not hard to get swept away in the coastal beauty that holidays in Jamaica do so well; the island retreat offers endless miles of rolling sands and shimmering azure seas, as well as an abundance of water sports and aquatic fun. By far the king of such beach destinations is Ocho Rios; ever-popular with visitors to Jamaica all year round. This undeniably beautiful white sand paradise is a mecca for parasailers, snorkellers, swimmers and windsurfers.
If you’re a sun-worshipper that came here looking for nothing more than to sizzle while splayed out on the sand, you can rest assured that Jamaica offers a coastal experience that’s truly unlike anything else. The endless swathes of golden sand and serene, gently lapping waters of Doctor's Cave Beach on Montego Bay have won the hearts of Jamaican tourists and locals alike. Without a doubt one of Jamaica's most popular beach hangouts, Doctor's Cave Beach feels surprisingly peaceful and intimate due to its ban on radios, footballs and vendors. Definitely worth checking out if you want to get away from the buzz of your resort for a while.
While we know that daily life in Jamaica consists of sand, sun and fun, the island's uber-chilled atmosphere combined with jaw dropping scenery creates picture-perfect days. However, this high-spirited island nation offers some of the best nightlife, dancehall parties and live music you can find. Let the islands party vibe tempt you and check out the scene at Risky Business in Negril; famed for being as the city's party capital, and rowdy revellers crowd into the bar nightly for mixed drinks and live entertainment.
You can either join in their raucous beach contests or sit and watch the festivities while you make your way through the rum menu... If its a more laid-back vibe you’re looking for, head to Alfred’s Ocean Palace, also found in Negril. Laid on a beautiful stretch of beach and serving up fresh fruit cocktails and live music seven days a week, its sure to have something to suit your needs. As expected, reggae is heavily featured on the playlists here, but you may also hear some jazz and country from time to time. On Fridays, Sundays and Tuesdays, the bar throws big reggae shows with amazing local talent; definitely worth checking out for a few laughs!
While you could always spend the entirety of your romantic getaway in Jamaica planted at the resort, admiring the Caribbean Sea from your window, while being waited on hand and foot; take our advice and get out there and explore what’s on offer to bring home some lasting memories to share with family and friends! If you’re in Jamaica on honeymoon, you’ll have plenty of time to shower your partner in love and affection; so use your time here wisely to step out of your comfort zone and begin your new life together by indulging in the most exotic adventures Jamaica has on display. You are on holiday after all so relaxation will ultimately be your top priority. We’d definitely recommend slotting a couple’s massage into your schedule in Jamaica; it’s the perfect way to unwind and open up to the adventure that awaits you. If you’re an adventurous couple taken in by the natural beauty of Jamaica, why not beat the sun and embark on an early morning hike through the Bluefields Mountains. Bursting at the seams with tropical plants and wildlife, the two of you are guaranteed to discover more than a few new species on your travels.
Of the plethora of museums on offer throughout Jamaica’s cities and towns, one takes the crown when it comes to sheer intrigue and preserved magic. Located on the outskirts of Kingston, the impressive colonial style home of Bob Marley showcases the incredible early life the reggae superstar and is touted as one of the most must-see things to do on the island. For a more traditional peak into the country’s historical legacy, check out The National Portrait Gallery of Jamaica; teeming with fine collections of work from the country’s most renowned artists, this is a cultural treat not to be missed.