Just the name Jamaica conjures up images of vibrant colour, fun and sunshine, it’s a name that makes you smile and this Caribbean island doesn’t disappoint, bustling resorts, thriving ports and a lively atmosphere can be found all across the island.
For those that want something a little more low key Jamaica also has its fair share of quiet resorts with white sands, turquoise seas and exotic greenery making for an island paradise rarely equalled; lively fun or tranquil idyll, whatever your idea of an island getaway may be, Jamaica truly delivers.
Montego Bay is a bustling port city and the 24kms of beach resort all have easy access into the centre to sample the vibrant nightlife and great shops; if you want a quiet retreat with easy access to all that Montego Bay has to offer then the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Hotel is perfect, sat right on the beach the hotel has a stunning location and the friendly service makes it perfect for couples and families alike.
Negril is a gentle resort where the main attractions are relaxation, reggae and watersports making it perfect for those that want a more laid back holiday, Sunset at the Palms is the perfect place to stay with its nearby beach (free watersports) and on-site spa. The rooms at the hotel have a special appeal of their own with their tree top style – each one is built of wood and stands on stilts amongst the hotels vast tropical gardens.
Kingston the capital of Jamaica has some sights that are well worth seeing, Devon house with its Creole styling and extensive gardens is a great place to start and enjoys a location close to the Bob Marley Museum which is situated in the recording studio and home that he enjoyed in his later life. The city itself is no great beauty but it does have a certain appeal that whilst not aesthetic certainly draw you in.
Dunn’s River Falls just outside Ocho Rios is widely regarded as being amongst the most beautiful waterfalls in the world – this is however one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jamaica and can become quite busy during peak season, that said it is still well worth seeing.
One of the most popular activities for visitors to the island is the opportunity to interact with the dolphins, it is possible to swim and touch the dolphins on organised trips; these magnificent mammals offer a unique and beautiful experience as they welcome you and allow you a glimpse into their amazing underwater world.
Enjoy the reggae culture of the island by taking a tour into the world of the iconic Bob Marley, born and laid to rest in Jamaica his status on the island is without question legendary; take a tour around the mountains of St Ann’s Parish to see his childhood home in the village of Nine Mile and experience the atmosphere that shaped one of worlds most beloved musicians.
Quad in Kingston is ‘the’ place to enjoy a great night out, four floors, designed to appeal to differing crowds, all offer an upmarket night out at one of the islands best known nightclubs, only Christopher’s Jazz Club is open every night of the week offering a laid back but lively jazz experience.
Three nights a week the two floors above open and two very different nightclubs operate, appealing to the young dance crowd as well as the older party-goer; the basement gentleman’s club is in a whole class of its own, with its name ‘Taboo’ giving a hint at what lies behind the closed doors.