...so where in Jamaica are you planning on visiting?
Jamaican Vacations can be action-filled, relaxing, educational, and even inspirational. Jamaica, the third largest of the Caribbean Islands, offers something for every taste.
...and there is a list of the major centers at the bottom of this page, so NO EXCUSES!
Soak up the sun on the casual and relaxed, seven-mile beach at Negril. Explore Jamaica’s history at Rose Hall or the sunken former pirate city of Port Royal, near Kingston.
Sample the spicy Caribbean Creole cuisine, or soar above the beach on a para-sailing adventure.
Montego Bay is Jamaica’s premier vacation destination. Its sheltered Doctor’s Cave Beach is one of the island’s most popular, and features calm and sparkling turquoise waters. Called "MoBay" by the locals, the city began as a Spanish outpost in 1511 before becoming a major British sugar port during their 18th and 19th century colonial rule.
Today, the area is primarily a resort area and home to a dozen luxury beachfront resorts, such as the Tryall Club, the Ritz Carlton, and the Round Hill Resort and Villas.
Montego Bay is also known for its scenic golf courses and cliff-side celebrity mansions. History enthusiasts will enjoy visiting "Rose Hall", a 19th century sugar plantation manor house and home to the legendary "White Witch of Rose Hall".
Ocho Rios and the North Coast
Jamaica’s north coast is wild, lush, and beautiful. The island’s second most popular destination for Jamaican vacations, Ocho Rios is a favorite of scuba divers and snorkelers because of its colorful offshore coral formations.
Another tourist favorite here is Dunn’s Rivers Falls, a natural stone staircase and waterfall that cascades down 600 feet to the sea. Visitors can experience swimming with the dolphins at the area’s Dolphin Cove.
Some of the islands most luxurious resorts are located along the north coast, including the all-inclusive San Souci, and the historic Jamaica Inn, a gracious island oasis and a favorite of Winston Churchill.
Sightseers staying in the area will enjoy touring Harmony Hall, a 19th century great house, and "Firefly", where writer, Sir Noel Coward lived for over 23 years.
Negril is famous for its spectacular seven-mile stretch of beach, one of the longest and most renowned in the Caribbean.
It is also known for its casual and somewhat hedonistic lifestyle. This is not formal, British Colonial Jamaica. Dressing up in Negril is wearing shoes and a shirt.
Life in Negril centers around the beach and the dramatic rock formations just beyond it. Casual eateries, water sports, and simple beachfront accommodations abound here. At the far end of the beach, larger resorts, such as Sandals and Hedonism, offer visitors more big-resort amenities.
Negril first became popular for Jamaican vacations in the 1960s, yet the resort is still relatively uncrowded…and that’s part of the appeal.
All Jamaican vacations should start at Kingston. Located on the southeastern coast of Jamaica, Kingston is the island’s capital and the center of much of its history and culture.
The city dates from 1693, when the British moved their shipping port there after an earthquake destroyed nearby Port Royal.
Visitors can still tour the remains of the former port city, infamous as a pirate’s haven, as well as Devon House, one of the most gracious mansions in Jamaica and the former home of the island’s first black millionaire.
Kingston is Jamaica’s reggae capital and the home of the Bob Marley Museum, built at the singer’s former residence. Beach lovers won’t be disappointed. Kingston boasts a variety of scenic sandy expanses, including the secluded Lime Cay, a tiny island just beyond Kingston Harbor.
The Blue Mountains
Inland from Kingston, on the eastern side of the island, are the towering and mist-covered Blue Mountains. The upper elevations of the mountains are preserved in the 192-acre Blue Mountain – John Crow Mountain National Park.
This is an excellent place for hikers, birdwatchers, and those looking the escape the bustling coastal resort atmosphere. You can even spend the night in the mountains.
A handful of inns, such as the charming Strawberry Hill, provide elegant accommodations combined with sweeping panoramic views of the coastline far below.
The Blue Mountains’ lower elevations are covered with the small coffee farms that produce world-famous Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee.
No matter where you spend your Jamaican vacation, you’re sure to enjoy the delightful island friendliness, sparkling sea views, and lush natural beauty.
Consider making your vacation a Jamaican vacation this year.
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