Jamaica is the largest English speaking island in the Caribbean. The island’s natural topography comprising mountains, valleys, plains, waterfalls, natural rivers and mineral springs open up immense opportunity for things to do and see. The year round warm, tropical weather adds to the joys of a holiday. So it is little wonder then that the island attracts more than one million visitors every year. To accommodate the needs of the visitors, the island offers, apart from hotels, a wide array of private Jamaica villas, cottages and apartments which are based on the concept of home away from home and are more affordable than hotels.
If this is your first visit to the island, here is a list of towns and cities, you might like to visit.
The ‘heartbeat of Jamaica’, Kingston is not only the capital of the island but also its arts and culture hub. Over the years, Kingston has witnessed various disasters such as earthquakes and fires, but each time it has risen from the ashes, stronger and glorious than ever. Kingston is yesterday and today – a fascinating blend of the new and the old. The main attractions in the city are located on Hope Road and so you can see, among others, Bob Marley’s museum and Hope Botanical Gardens and Zoo. You’ll also find a number of duty-free shops where you can find great bargains in jewellery, watches, perfumes and other luxury items.
Ocho Rios is the cruise capital of Jamaica. It is also home to the island’s most enduring attraction, Dunn’s River Falls. Aside from splashing in the cool waters and even climbing up the falls, you can explore the nearby beach and the rainforest trails. For shopping, you can go to Island Village in the Turtle Beach complex, where you’ll find lots of items related to Bob Marley and his music.
Referred to as MoBay by the locals, Montego Bay is the second largest city on the island and is an interesting mix of natural attractions and some of the best championship courses in the Caribbean. You can also find the most lively nightlife in Hip Strip on Gloucester Avenue with its restaurants, bars, clubs and shops.
Where to stay
You have the option to stay in hotels, all-inclusive resorts and private Jamaica villas and cottages. However, compare the rates and facilities on offer and you will find the rentals to be more economical and offering more facilities than the other two options. Also these rentals offer you more privacy and space and so these rentals are in a way your home away from home.