Jamaica, with its sun, sand and sea, is perfect for a tropical escape. But beyond the beaches there is a dramatic landscape waiting to be explored. Stroll through the island and you’ll find that here the traditional peacefully co-exists with the new. Here traditional huts share space with modern Jamaica villas, cottages and apartments. The plantation houses and great estate houses reflect colonial glory while beautiful holiday homes dotting the Caribbean flaunt the island’s reputation as one of the greatest tourist destinations in the world.
If this is your first trip to the island, here are some facts that can help you plan your trip.
There are six distinct tourist areas in Jamaica each with its own unique flavour. Ocho Rios is home to the climbable Dunn’s River Falls while Negril boasts world famous beaches and spectacular sunsets. Port Antonio is home to the misty Blue Mountains while Kingston is the cultural and music hub. Montego Bay or MoBay as it is affectionately called by the locals is home to some world class golf courses. The South Coast is perfect for those who want to be away from the crowds and go off the beaten path.
Climb up the Blue Mountains peak or explore the underwater world and do everything else in between—that is Jamaica for you. Go hiking, biking, horseback riding or if you wish take ATV and jeep safaris to explore the countryside and rainforest trails. If you are looking for something less adventurous, check out the museums, plantation houses, estate houses, parks, botanical gardens and reserves. Go kayaking, diving, snorkelling, scuba diving, or deep sea fishing. Most of the island’s rivers are navigable and so you can go bamboo rafting or white water rafting.
Where you stay can make all the difference to your trip. If you are travelling with family or friends, you might like to consider Jamaica accommodation rentals as alternatives to a hotel or an all-inclusive resort. These rentals combine the best of what a hotel and home has to offer and provide you all the privacy and space you could require to relax, rejuvenate, connect with your loved ones and also explore the island at your leisure and pace.