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Things to see and do in Jamaica

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An expert's guide on things to do in Barbados

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The Insider: Barbados

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Destination Gurus – The Caribbean

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15 things to do in Barbados

A white-sanded paradise and the Caribbean home of stage and screen’s finest, Barbados makes a lasting impression upon visitors. Whether it’s the kind climate, hospitable culture or traditional food and drink, we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to just kick back with rum punch in hand and simply drink in the paradise views.

Which Caribbean island is for me?

The Caribbean is a holidaymaker's paradise. The islands that make up the region are classic examples of everything we love about getting away – white beaches, fun and friendly locals, delicious food, natural beauty and bright blue seas – so it comes as no surprise that lots of people dream of visiting. If you're one of these people, you might be wondering which of the islands is for you – read on to find out your Caribbean soul mate!

Caribbean for Families

In the Caribbean we've had some of the most famous families spending time over here. Posh and Becks, Gwyneth and Chris, and Jay Z and Beyonce, all with the kids in tow. But something's missing - you guys.

Why I fell in love with Jamaica

The Caribbean is a great fly and flop destination and Jamaica is no exception. Virgin Holidays' Caron Streeter explores Jamaica's brilliant food and music scene, its unique wildlife and its sun-soaked beaches.

Hidden gems of the Caribbean

The Caribbean is famous for white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and luxury accommodation. If you’re looking for something above and beyond pure relaxation on your holiday, we’ve compiled a list of the very best hidden gems of the Caribbean. You’re guaranteed the perfect mix of history, adventure, and of course, a luxury hotel-stay that the destination is renowned for.

More about Jamaica

Dunn's River Falls is an awesome family-friendly option with an amazing array of sparkling waterfalls, secluded spots for swimming and traditional craft markets. The Falls itself are a natural phenomenon terraced like giant natural stairs with several small lagoons interspersed throughout.

Montego Bay is the liveliest part of Jamaica and known for its amazing beaches, but also its wealth of tours and attractions, great shopping, lively bars and numerous adventures. Treasure and Doctor’s Cave beaches offer some plenty of white sand and warm waters to relax the days away. 

Montego Bay Beach

A quarter-mile boat-ride offshore in Parottee Bay stands an implausible shack on stilts that just happens to be one of the best bars in Jamaica. Space is limited (so phone ahead), there's no electricity or toilets, and the 'kitchen' makes just a few dishes. But there's nothing quite like it anywhere else.

Floyds Pelican Bar

To the north, you’ll find the former fishing village of Ocho Rios or “Eight Rivers”. A place that many believe was the first place that Christopher Columbus set foot on land in Jamaica. The village is filled with colonial charm from Spanish colonial buildings to maritime artifacts.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Evoking Marley’s ‘Misty Morning’, Jamaica’s Blue Mountains are high enough to catch the clouds on many a day. We take in the world famous Blue Mountain Coffee plantations, cultivated between 2,000 and 5,000 feet above sea level for a day you breathe in and keep with you.

Blue mountains in Jamaica

Slightly smaller, Negril has its signature stretch of sandy beach known as Seven Mile Beach, around which everything centres. A must is a visit to the famous Ricks’s Café for the heart-stopping cliff diving exhibitions, excellent live music and bustling social scene.

Ricks Cafe, Jamaica

This no-frills Jamaican institution has pretty much perfected jerk cuisine by compining a liberal application of spice rub and cooking over pimento-tree wood. the result is memorably moist barbqued chicken and pork, ordered by the pound and served in foil to salivating crowds.

Scotchie's Jerk Chicken

The best golf course in the Caribbean may just be haunted by the ghost of a murderous nineteenth-century plantation mistress. But hey, don't let that stop you. Starting at its highest elevation and meandering from one photogenic vista to the next, this 6,758-yard, par-71 course will challenge and 'bewitch' in equal measure. And you can blame old Annie Palmer for any lost balls...

White Witch Golf Course

The super-luxurious Half Mon resort has been pampering the like of Paul Newman, JFK, Clark Gable and the British royal family for over 60 years. AS well as magnificent rooms and suites, it offers a select number of villas, complete with dedicated staff and private swimming pools.

Half Moon Family Villa