Beaches of golden sand, dancehall music spilling from lively bars, spiced rum under a perpetually sunny sky… Yes, Jamaica has all of these things. But it’s got plenty more going for it, too.
This island has long been a Caribbean tourist favourite, and we can’t wait to introduce you to everything it has to offer with our package holidays to Jamaica. Explore both the expected and the more unusual, from swimming in Montego Bay to strolling to Clifton Mount, the island’s oldest coffee estate.
Beach Holidays in Jamaica
Jamaica is home to some of the most famous and celebrated beaches in the world. Whether you’re enjoying an all-inclusive package or exploring the island, pack your sunscreen and a page-turning book, then head down to the beautiful coast on your holiday to Jamaica.
- Found in the western town of Negril and renowned for its impossibly turquoise waters, Seven Mile beach is the place to be for water sports (scuba diving and snorkelling are both popular) and live music.
- Head to the second largest city in Jamaica, Montego Bay, to discover the idyllic Cornwall beach. You'll find showers, lockers and snorkel gear available for hire – perfect for families with small children who don't want to have to take it in turns to sit with the towels and beach bags. Under five minutes’ walk away you’ll find Doctor’s Cave Beach Club, a world-famous destination that's right next to the Hip Strip of diverse cafes, restaurants and bars.
Luxury holidays to Jamaica
Jamaica holidays offer the perfect opportunity to relax and indulge. Here are just some of the ways you can elevate your holiday into something extra special, from fine dining options to pampering spa treatments. Go on, spoil yourself.
- Head to Marguerite's in Montego Bay to enjoy fresh and traditional seafood with a view of the ocean. Think shrimp cooked with citrus tequila butter or reef snapper medallions with plantain and coconut milk. If there’s anywhere you can really taste the Caribbean, it’s here. Is this not more for the Food and Drink section? For adults only if we talk about a hotel maybe Secrets Wild Orchid could be a good shout.
- If you’ve brought the kids along, treat them to a visit to Sugar Mill Falls Water Park at the luxurious and family-friendly Hilton Rose Hall. They’ll love the 280-foot water slide – and you’ll love the swim-up bar, pool concierges, golf course and fine dining.
- If it’s luxurious accommodation you’re looking for, it doesn't get much more exclusive than Round Hill – it’s where JFK and Jackie Kennedy spent their honeymoon in Jamaica.
Events and festivals in Jamaica
In our opinion, there’s never a bad time for a holiday to this Caribbean destination. However, to get the most out of your all-inclusive Jamaica holiday, you might consider planning it around any one of these events and festivals.
- In 2016, Bacchanal celebrated its 28th year, and every April the biggest festival in Jamaica brings music, dance and pageantry to the streets of Kingston. Leave your finest threads in your hotel room and wear comfortable, practical clothes – you'll be spending hours on your feet dancing, and you may well end up covered in paint, water and powder.
- Visit Jamaica in early February and enjoy a festive atmosphere across the whole of the island in celebration of cultural icon Bob Marley’s birthday. Expect performances from international reggae artists and various events across the island, including parties, marathons and food festivals.
Culture in Jamaica
There’s plenty more to experience on your holiday to Jamaica than beautiful beaches and perfect weather. Get up close and personal with Jamaican culture by exploring any of these destinations.
- Clifton Mount is the oldest coffee estate in Jamaica, and home to the world-famous Blue Mountain Coffee. You’ll find the estate nestled on the slopes of Catherine’s Peak in the Blue Mountains. Why not pick up a bag and take a taste of Jamaica home with you?
- Head to Negril and enjoy some broiled Caribbean lobster at Rick’s Café. It was voted one of the top 10 bars in the world, but this spot offers even more than just world-class food – it’s known locally as the place to watch cliff divers perform daring jumps against the backdrop of fiery orange sunsets.
- Learn more about Bob Marley by visiting the Kingston-based museum dedicated to the singer. It was once the musician's home, and now features an 80-seat theatre and a photographic gallery. Alternatively, head to Nine Mile, the village in Saint Ann Parish where he’s buried.
Food and drink in Jamaica
It’s difficult to narrow down the eating and drinking highlights in Jamaica – there are just so many. We recommend starting with these.
- Appleton Rum Estate produces the island’s most famous export. At the estate, you can learn more about the rum-making process, take a tour and enjoy tastings.
- Scotchies in Montego Bay is a hidden gem that's home to (arguably) the best jerk chicken in all of Jamaica. It’s cooked in an open pit over wood, giving it a distinctive smoky flavour. Try it and decide for yourself.
- Waterfront spot Pier 1 in Montego Bay is the place to go for traditional Jamaican food, such as curried goat and stewed oxtail. Once you've eaten your fill, hit the venue's open-air nightclub and dance the night away to a mix of international and Jamaican music. It gets busiest on Fridays, and you can expect the club to start filling from about midnight.
Adventure in Jamaica
Need to work off all of that delicious food? Give one of these outdoorsy activities a whirl.
- Climb the steep steps of one the island’s best-known waterfalls at Dunn’s River Falls. Make sure to wear suitable shoes, as the climb can be very challenging – and wet.
- Take a 20-minute boat ride to the tiny Floyd’s Pelican Bar. This quirky bar is made out of driftwood and located on a sandbar out to sea off the coast of Parottee Bay. Enjoy a dip in the water, sip an ice-cold beer and play a game of dominoes with the locals.
- Feeling daring? Cruise alongside crocodiles and unique wildlife in Black River, one of the longest rivers in Jamaica and named after the darkness of its water. Don’t worry; you’ll be viewing the crocs from the safety of your pontoon.
Ready to explore Jamaica? Whether you’re visiting on honeymoon, taking the whole family or travelling solo, check out our diverse range of hotels in Jamaica.