Jamaica holidays are so varied; one day you’ll explore the cascading Dunn’s River Falls and the Martha Brae River, and the next you’ll be snorkelling in a marine park.Immerse yourself in the Caribbean culture and explore the Blue Mountains, vibrant jungles and golden sandy beaches. This island is full of breath-taking landscapes, mouth-watering local dishes and the friendliest people. In the evening‚ wind down by taking in the stunning views of the tropical ocean or stay up late dancing until dawn to some traditional reggae music.
Enjoy a tropical climate with t-shirt weather throughout the year. Winter is generally drier than summer while remaining wonderfully warm.
Only 10 hours from the UK
When you travel on holiday to Jamaica, fly to Sangster International Airport, Norman Manley International Airport or Ian Fleming International Airport
Relax under the tropical sun on the sands of Seven Mile Beach and sip fresh fruit cocktails under the fronds of a huge palm tree. Take a hike up the Dunn’s River Falls but don’t forget your swimsuit because you’ll walk right through the middle of it!
Refuel during your holiday with delicious street foods like spicy jerk chicken, curried goat, and peppered shrimp. After your lunch has gone down, why not take a quick boat trip to Lime Cay and snorkel in warm water over rich coral reefs?
Holidays to Jamaica revolve around the island’s picture-perfect beaches and Negril’s Seven Mile Beach is the stuff dreams are made of. A day sunbathing here is a day well spent. At night, visit one of the beach bars for a delicious rum cocktail and live steel pan music is a must. Treasure Beach is one of the most relaxing places to go as it remains a small fishing village without the noise and bustle of other areas.
A really unmissable activity in Jamaica is snorkelling at Lime Cay, easily reached by boat from Port Royal near Kingston. This uninhabited cay has clear water and friendly tropical fish. With underwater caves nearby and an abundance of seabirds and underwater life, this is a day trip to make time for.
If you can tear yourself away from the island’s heavenly beaches, why not explore Jamaica’s inland sights? Dunn’s River Falls is a 600ft waterfall and one of the most impressive spots on the island. Climbing the falls means walking right up the centre and feeling the warm spring water surge around your ankles.
A guided hike in the Blue Mountains will be tailored to your ability and you’re guaranteed to see breathtaking views. For a taste of magic, visit the Luminous Lagoon in Falmouth. At night, an extraordinary bioluminescence creates a bright blue light, illuminating the river with an eerie neon glow. You’ll be swimming in a pool of starlight!
There’s something unique around every corner of your Jamaica holiday. This island was the inspiration for James Bond, and you can even visit where the author Ian Flemming wrote the novels for these international spy blockbusters. James Bond Beach is the best place for relaxing surrounded by palm trees, strolling along the golden sand beach and sipping on a cocktail from the restaurant. In true spirit, have your exotic drink shaken and not stirred. Somewhere else you’ll find great drinks, food and vibes is the world famous Rick’s Café. This restaurant is one of a kind, with a beautiful cliff top setting and is the best place to watch the sunset
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Adventurers: Visit Dunn’s River Falls, one of the country’s most incredible sights. Scale this vast, cascading waterfall that’s steeped in history for a breathtaking start to your holiday.
Culture lovers: The birthplace of Reggae music, take a Bob Marley tour or just stroll along the Hip Strip in Montego to head this island’s iconic sound. Plantations, Georgian architecture, and numerous historic sites give a great insight into the country’s intriguing past.
Sun-seekers: Seven Mile Beach is famed for white sand, clear water, and palm trees. Dig your toes in and lie back under the Caribbean sun.
Language: The language spoken is English.
Currency:The currency used on the island is the Jamaican Dollar ($) although US Dollars are accepted in popular tourist areas.
Local time:Jamaica is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.
Fly to:Sangster International Airport. Montego Bay is just 30 minutes away, while transfers to Negril take 1 hour and 15 minutes. To Runaway Bay it takes 1.5 hours and Ocho Rios is 2 hours away.
Flight time from UK:The flight time to Jamaica is 9 hours.
Tourist information: Further Jamaica tourist information can be found at www.visitjamaica.com.
Visa and health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jamaica for recommendations and advice if you need a visa and health for your holiday to Jamaica.
Weather and climate
Sitting in the tropics, there’s swimsuit weather all year round with even sea temperatures in the mid-high 20s. Air temperatures hover in the high 20s (°C) throughout the year, often rising to 30 in the summer season.
The island sits in the Caribbean hurricane belt and although hurricanes aren’t very common occurrences on the island, it can experience tropical storms between July and November.
Book your holiday to Jamaica for the spring or winter for slightly more comfortable temperatures and up to 10 hours of sunshine a day. Winter holidays here are usually drier than summer.
By taxi: Taxis are a great way of getting around during your holiday, especially as many drivers are happy to act as tour guides for a fee. Booked taxis from your hotel will probably be priced in US Dollars while taxis you flag down will be in Jamaican Dollars. Always check the currency and negotiate a price before starting your journey. Taxis have meters, but they tend to go unused. Remember that fares are always negotiable, so start off by offering half the amount the driver asks for and go from there.
A Reggae Extravaganza: If you love Bob Marley’s music, the annual week-long celebration for his birthday will be a great sight on your holiday. Some of the greatest Marley tribute acts can be seen during this momentous festival every February.
Carnival beats: Easter is carnival time in the Caribbean and Jamaica’s version is known as Bacchanal. With pounding soca and calypso music on every corner, the streets of Kingston become a flurry of sequins and feathers so remember your camera!