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The third most populous English-speaking country in the Americas, Jamaica remains a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, with the British monarch its official head of state. Jamaica tourism thrives thanks to the island nation's reputation for natural beauty, outstanding cuisine, and lively music scene. The country's landscape is as diverse as its population, its tropical climate supporting varied ecosystems that include everything from savannahs to rugged mountain slopes. For most visitors, a holiday in Jamaica is a largely outdoor affair, with hiking, fishing, golfing, camping, snorkeling, horseback riding, and kite surfing among the most popular things to do. Use our Jamaica trip planner to arrange the details of your trip to Jamaica and other destinations.Read the Jamaica Holiday Planning Guide »
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©Dunn's River Falls and Park, Ocho Rios
©Seven Mile Beach, Negril
©Doctor's Cave Beach, Montego Bay
©YS Falls, Santa Cruz
©Rose Hall Great House, Rose Hall
©Blue Mountains, Kingston
©Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain, Ocho Rios
©Negril Cliffs, Negril
©Blue Mountain Peak, Blue Mountains National Park
©Bob Marley's Mausoleum, St. Ann's Bay
©Green Grotto Caves, Runaway Bay
©Bob Marley Museum, Kingston
©Frenchman's Cove, Port Antonio
©Blue Lagoon, Port Antonio
©Tryall Golf Course, Sandy Bay
©Ocho Rios Bay Beach, Ocho Rios
©Bloody Bay, Negril
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Dunn's River Falls and Park
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Seven Mile Beach
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Doctor's Cave Beach
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Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain
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Swim with Dolphins
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
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White Witch Golf Club
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Jamaica Holiday Planning GuideThe third most populous English-speaking country in the Americas, Jamaica remains a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, with the British monarch its official head of state. Jamaica tourism thrives thanks to the island nation's reputation for natural beauty, outstanding cuisine, and lively music scene. The country's landscape is as diverse as its population, its tropical climate supporting varied ecosystems that include everything from savannahs to rugged mountain slopes. For most visitors, a holiday in Jamaica is a largely outdoor affair, with hiking, fishing, golfing, camping, snorkeling, horseback riding, and kite surfing among the most popular things to do.
Places to Visit in Jamaica
Regions of JamaicaSaint Ann Parish: A great Jamaica vacation spot, the "Garden Parish of Jamaica" boasts lush vegetation and is the hometown of numerous reggae singers.
Westmoreland Parish: Westmoreland Parish covers the south of Jamaica, and draws many tourists to the buzzing city of Negril.
Saint Elizabeth Parish: Saint Elizabeth Parish offers lots of places to explore untouched nature, such as rivers, beaches, and lowlands.
Hanover Parish: Birthplace of national hero Alexander Bustamante, historic Hanover Parish also offers leisure activities along the coast.
Saint James Parish: With access to ample natural attractions, golfing, and outdoor activities, Saint James Parish offers plenty of classic Jamaica vacation ideas.
Cities in JamaicaOcho Rios : The spot where Christopher Columbus first landed in Jamaica, Ocho Rios offers it all--colonial buildings, a port for cruise ships, as well as swimming with dolphins and other marine attractions.
Montego Bay: With paradisal beaches and duty-free shopping, the city of Montego Bay serves as a perfect Jamaica holiday spot.
Negril: A popular tourist hub, Negril offers plenty for outdoor enthusiasts, such as nature and wildlife tours and water activities, as well as pristine beaches, waterfalls, and cliffs.
Falmouth: Family-friendly Falmouth boasts lots of kid-appropriate attractions, such as different beaches, a golf and tennis club, and swimming with dolphins.
Kingston: A Jamaica trip would not be complete without a visit to its capital, Kingston--a cultural and industrial center with many historical landmarks and museums.
Popular Jamaica Tourist AttractionsDunn's River Falls and Park: One of the most popular Jamaica tourist attractions, Dunn's River Falls and Park offers an opportunity to climb the cascade on your own, swim in the pools, and take stunning nature shots.
Seven Mile Beach: For a lazy day in the sun, Seven Mile Beach represents the perfect option, with its aquamarine waters, soft sand, and many water sport activities, such as snorkeling or parasailing.
Blue Hole: Serene and mesmerizing, the Blue Hole remains off the tourist radar--enjoy a dip in the waterfall's pools without all the crowds.
Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain: Take a chairlift ride through the air above the rainforest, and then visit the mountaintop restaurant and bobsled museum.
Rose Hall Great House: The Victorian architecture of this house became famous for the legend of Annie Palmer, the so-called White Witch, who killed her three husbands and supposedly haunts the site.
Negril Cliffs: A safe, popular cliff-diving spot, the rock face here rises above clear turquoise waters.
YS Falls: Swing from a rope into the pool below YS Falls, where on-duty lifeguards ensure everyone's safety.
Doctor's Cave Beach: Visitors flock here for the reputedly therapeutic waters, in a relaxing atmosphere complemented by shady trees and beach bars.
Martha Brae River: Drawing adventure seekers with its rafting opportunities, the river also features a picnic area, bar, and pool at its embarkation point.
Rick's Cafe: This club brings together the calm and the adventure: enjoy drinks with a perfect ocean view, take a dip in the pool, or jump off a cliff for a jolt of adrenaline.
Planning a Jamaica Vacation with Kids
Places to Visit in Jamaica with KidsJamaica may not be the first place that springs to mind for a family trip, but you'll find that lots of Jamaica vacation ideas suit kids perfectly. Montego Bay has many family resorts that offer activities for children, as well as places for water sport activities. Both Ocho Rios and Negril have many beaches where you can let kids play freely, thanks to shallow waters and lifeguards keeping watch. Ocho Rios offers an additional array of activities, such as horseback riding, swimming with dolphins, and many parks, while in Negril you can hike up to waterfalls.
Things to Do in Jamaica with KidsThe warm weather and sandy beaches provide all the ingredients for a perfect family vacation in Jamaica. Give your kids the island adventure of a lifetime with a family tubing trip down White River, which runs through lush jungle and villages. If you prefer the sea over the river, head out to Dolphin Cove, where you can swim with dolphins and even come face to face with friendly sharks and stingrays. Spend a day splashing around and building sandcastles on the wide sandy beach at Bloody Bay, considered one of the most beautiful places in Negril. People of all ages will enjoy wandering through the tropical paradise of Barney's Flower & Hummingbird Garden Jamaica, where you can learn about Jamaica's natural ecosystems and try to catch a glimpse of hummingbirds. Sweeten your family's trip to Jamaica with a stop at Chocolate Dreams Ltd., offering superb treats for everyone.
Tips for a Family Vacation in JamaicaSince Jamaica isn't a popular spot for family travels, many of its resorts have different policies about children, do some research before making your reservations. One of the best Jamaica vacation options for families is a multi-resort area, where you can take advantage of not only the resort's restaurants, beaches, and activities, but also everything their sister resorts have to offer as well. If you avoid the peak of the season, you could get a pretty good deal for the whole family, and the same goes if you plan a trip for a larger group of people.
Dining and Shopping on Holiday in Jamaica
Cuisine of JamaicaIf you're looking for a genuine taste of local cuisine, make a beeline for the local restaurants during your Jamaica trip. The island's cuisine draws from its diverse cultural heritage, and unifies them in a tasty pot of flavors. Fish with a sauce of vinegar, hot peppers, and onion ranks among the favorites, as does jerk pork or chicken, a national specialty that contains spicy Scotch bonnet peppers. In spite of the warm climate, Jamaicans enjoy pepperpot stew and creamy pumpkin soup, as well as brown chicken and conch stew. For a fast food option, try grilled jerk chicken with plantain chips, green banana fries, or cornmeal fritters.
Shopping in JamaicaYou can do a fair share of shopping on your Jamaica holiday, with unique, locally made crafts and souvenirs, as well as shopping centers with luxury items. Stroll among leafy palms and pick up handmade items at Ocho Rios' Island Village, an open-air shopping and entertainment center complete with a beachfront, cafes, and a theater. Look for distinctive Jamaican crafts, such as various wood carvings, small statues, beaded necklaces, and fridge magnets made from the Jamaican national tree (lignum vitae). For a classic mall experience, head to Shoppes at Rose Hall in Montego Bay, or peruse an enormous array of duty-free jewelry at Diamonds International. If you're looking for classic gifts to bring home, rum, cigars, and coffee are widely available in shopping malls or grocery stores near hotels, ranging in quality and price.
Know Before You Go on a Trip to Jamaica
Interesting Facts About JamaicaSince the import of the mongoose in the 19th century, snakes in Jamaica have been scarce--the mongoose ate almost the entire population.
African slaves brought Obeah, a system of beliefs similar to Haitian Voodoo, to the island. Though outlawed during colonialism, in certain areas some people continue to practice it.
Rum, known for its association with pirates--especially because of the film series "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Captain Jack Sparrow"--is in fact Jamaica's national beverage.
Jamaica got its independence first among the Caribbean nations, but remains a member of the British Commonwealth.
You can find over 200 species of orchids on Jamaica, with 73 of them unique to the island.