If you are a planning a trip to the Caribbean and don’t know which island to go to, you can consider Jamaica. The island is considered the fourth best affordable Caribbean destination. Besides, there are other ranks to its credits. It has been ranked fifth best islands for Caribbean family vacations and eighth best spring break destinations.
The island, which is synonymous with sun, sand, sea, Bob Marley and reggae has much to offer its visitors. Ask the people about their impressions about the island and they will all have something different to say so the best way to know about Jamaica is visit the island and discover it for yourself. Here are some tips to help you plan your trip.
Accommodation: You can choose to stay in hotels, all-inclusive resorts or Jamaica accommodation rentals which comprise villas, cottages, studios, condos and apartments. Though hotels are comfortable they offer no novelty factor. All-inclusive resorts spare you the trouble of planning your itinerary and making your own bookings but then you would be missing out on the fun for there is nothing more exciting than planning your own trip. Jamaica accommodation rentals, on the other hand, offer the best of both the worlds and also combine it with privacy and space that only a home can provide and that too at more affordable rates. These rentals also give you the opportunity to explore the island at your own leisure and pace.
What to do in Jamaica: There are three distinct tourist pockets in Jamaica. One is Ocho Rios which caters to the adventurous. The second is Port Antonio that offers top-notch surfing at Boston Bay beach, hiking the Blue Mountains, and river rafting along Rio Grande. The third is Negril which is popular for its beaches such as the Seven Miles Beach.
Best time to visit: The high season is from December to April. Needless to say the rates of Jamaican accommodation rentals, restaurants and stores are the highest during this time. If your dates are flexible you can still get a good deal. During late spring and fall, you can take advantage of special discounts and packages.