Jamaica Holidays 2015

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Jaunts to Jamaica

With its unique culture, diverse landscape and vibrant cities, Jamaica holidays are in a class of their own.

As one of the world’s most sought after exotic destinations, Jamaica’s wealth of white sandy beaches and clear blue waters are sure to fulfil your fantasies of paradise. Coupled with a fantastic choice of luxury hotels with a laid-back lifestyle and lively spirit, it won’t be too long before you fall in love with this Caribbean delight. One thing’s for sure, whether you’re soaking up sunshine at the beach, delving into its glimmering blue waters or taking advantage of the numerous things to do on the island; holidays to Jamaica will linger in your memory long after your tan has faded.

Adventure on the Island

Those who crave variety won’t be disappointed, especially those more akin to donning their walking boots than a pair of flip-flops. With some of the most dramatically beautiful landscapes of all the Caribbean islands, it’s no surprise that Jamaica is a haven for lovers of the outdoors. Countless beaches offer a wealth of golden sand and clear waters, ideal for snorkelling, diving or sunbathing. Head to Seven Mile Beach in Negril – situated alongside a scuba centre, it makes for the ideal place to explore beneath the water’s surface. If you want to keep your feet firmly on dry land, head to the majestic mountains on Jamaica holidays, providing opportunities for keen hikers, mountain bikers and general explorers.

An island getaway isn’t just an opportunity to take part in action-packed activities – holidays to Jamaica also offer the chance to catch a glimpse of some of the most stunning natural beauty spots in the world. Home to glorious valleys, the breath-taking Blue Mountains and the impressive Dunn’s River falls, this island is a photographer’s dream, landing you in your very own paradise. Indulge your sense of adventure in the surroundings of Ocho Rios, while elsewhere, you’ll find plenty of adrenaline-fuelled activities – from horse-riding in the sea to zip-lining through forests.

If your idea of an escape is to lay back with a good book as you dip your toes into the sand, there’s plenty of that to be found too. Runaway Bay exudes luxury, with even its name suggesting something exclusive. A tiny resort on the north coast, the beaches are some of the quietest on the island, while those that have packed their golf clubs can practice their swing on one of the island’s best golf courses.

Caribbean Escapes

Dig a little deeper on your holidays in Jamaica and you’ll uncover a fascinating past and culture heritage that sets it apart from other destinations. With its own unique rhythm, Kingston has been described as the beating heart of the country, brimming with attractions, including the famed Liberty Hall and Emancipation Square. Getting to know the city is important on your island getaway – from wandering its charming streets and sampling the local dishes to browsing the fascinating Bob Marley Museum.

If it’s a laid-back beach vibe you’re looking for, there is nowhere more suited to your tastes than Montego Bay. A hub of reggae-infused culture and rum in the sunshine, the lazy lagoons and blissed-out beaches of this region are suitably enticing, giving sun-seekers the opportunity to laze on sugar-white sands.

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Language
English, Creole/Patios
Currency
Jamaican Dollar (JMD)
Local time
GMT -5 hours

Jamaica prices and offers

Negril, Jamaica
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Flight + hotel from £929.50pp
Negril, Jamaica
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Flight + hotel from £940.00pp
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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Flight + hotel from £1059.00pp
Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Flight + hotel from £1094.00pp
Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Flight + hotel from £1283.00pp
Montego Bay, Jamaica
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from £341.67pp
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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from £342.66pp
Negril, Jamaica
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from £535.76pp
Montego Bay, Jamaica
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from £628.99pp
Montego Bay, Jamaica
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from £631.63pp

Things to do in Jamaica

Top attractions

Jamaica’s attractions always find a way back to the country’s magnificent beach life. Whether you’re dolphin-spotting in Montego Bay, dining in the waterfront restaurants of Ocho Rios, or scuba-diving off the coast of Negril, Jamaica will let you realise your Caribbean dream. But there are more than just beachy things to do in Jamaica, the island is a natural wonder offering lush nature reserves and stunning hilltop views to match anywhere in the Caribbean. The capital, Kingston, is a bustling hotspot of culture, alive with music, food and history. From swashbuckling pirates to pounding Reggae rhythms, Jamaica’s rich heritage makes it a must-visit destination for travellers of all kinds.

Wine and Dine

The unique cuisine is among the most relished of Jamaica’s attractions, and is one of the most distinctive in the world. The most famous dish is, of course, jerk chicken, which is marinated in a hot sauce and smoked over an outdoor fire. You can find it everywhere, but for the very best you must head to Kingston, the hub of the island’s food scene. Here you can sample such local delights as ackee and saltfish, curry goat, stew fish, breadfruit and sweet potatoes, along with countless other dishes. You’ll never go thirsty in Jamaica – try a glass of ice-cold fruit cocktail, a cup of world-famous Blue Mountain coffee, or a drop of the best rum in the Caribbean.

Action and Adventure

If you love the outdoors, then you’ll find plenty of things to do in Jamaica. Try snorkelling or scuba-diving in one of the island’s gorgeous blue bays, exploring coral reefs and coming face-to-face with exotic sea creatures. If you’re into hiking, there’s a wide range of trails which criss-cross the island, with the epic trail to the Blue Mountain Peak being the most revered in the country. You can take a raft down the Great River in the north-west of Jamaica, where Errol Flynn used to sail along on his bamboo craft. If this still doesn’t satisfy your urge for the adventurous outdoors, try a spot of caving in one of the island’s many limestone caverns.

Family Fun

Jamaica’s attractions provide a perfect escape for families and couples alike. The all-year-round sunshine continues to draw families in high and low season, and there are always plenty of activities to keep you occupied. The beach resorts of Negril and Port Antonio are well-developed and packed with great hotels, bars and restaurants – not to mention miles of golden sands. Visitors can snorkel with dolphins and dive for exotic fish, or simply while away the hours in a deckchair. Kids will love the tales of swashbuckling pirates that landed in Jamaica centuries ago, with names such as Bloody Bay and Treasure Beach sure to set their imaginations racing.

Culture Vulture

There’s plenty of cultural things to do in Jamaica. In Kingston, pay your respects to Jamaica’s most famous son by visiting the Bob Marley Museum, set in the singer’s old house and studio. Painted in the Rastafarian colours of green, red and gold, the museum is the city’s most visited and talked-about site. Another famous ex-resident of the island, Noel Coward, owned a colonial-era estate overlooking Maria Bay, and you can visit his opulent villa where he entertained a number of famous guests. Many visitors to Kingston spend a few hours in the National Gallery of Jamaica, which houses a huge collection of Jamaican art from across the ages.

Festivals and Parties

As the home of Reggae, there’s no better place to let your dreads down and party than in Jamaica. Reggae Sumfest, a Reggae music festival, is the biggest of its kind in the world – it takes place in Montego Bay each July, and there’s no better time to soak up the throbbing bass sounds and African-inspired drums of Reggae. Jamaica’s attractions include quieter events such as the Calabash International Literary festival, which draws writers, poets and performers from across Jamaica and beyond each May. The biggest national party is on August 6, when Jamaica celebrates its independence with fireworks, music and speeches.

Useful information

Language
English, Creole/Patios
Currency
Jamaican Dollar (JMD)
Local time
GMT -5 hours

Top hotels in Jamaica

Whether you are looking for a luxurious 5 star hotel in Jamaica, an apartment close to the beach or a just a hotel for a cheap escape, lowcostholidays.com can provide you with the very best Jamaica hotels at the best prices. Find a hotel in Jamaica to suit your needs and budget and getaway for less on a holiday to Jamaica. Simply select one of the hotels from the list below to plan your perfect break.

Great for Couples

If you’ve been searching for that perfect honeymoon destination or extra special trip with a loved one, Jamaica’s hard to beat. With its white sands, sparkling blue water and punchy rum cocktails, you may find yourself falling in love all over again!

With a number of resorts designed exclusively for couples, perfect for those wanting to explore an exotic paradise together or just soak up the sun on some of the finest beaches in the world.

Beach Paradise

When you first arrive on the island, it can be hard to choose a beach from the miles of picturesque coastline on offer, so where do you start?

Negril beach, one of Jamaica’s most lusted after stretch of coast, provides an excellent starting point for your holiday to Jamaica. However, half the fun is venturing out until you find that perfect beach for the two of you. You certainly won’t be short on choice!

Adventurous Couples

Feeling brave? A candlelit tour of Rose Hall, the former home of Jamaica’s White Witch Annie Palmer, is bound to get goose bumps out of even the hardiest of travellers.

The creepy tales of love, murder and mystery are expertly relayed by the tour guides and the visit ends with a trip to the dungeon, now a tavern, where you can try the potent “Witches Brew” cocktail. If you weren’t feeling brave before this potent potion, you will be after!

Where to Stay

If you want to make your holiday perfect, you won’t do much better than the exclusive and luxurious Couples Sans Souci Hotel in Ocho Rios. This adults only resort is perfect for couples and all of its 150 suites face the ocean with the majority including private terraces or balconies.

Great food, spa treatments, water skiing, golf and a host of other activities are available should you want them. This is one hotel guaranteed to make your holiday here a magical trip to remember.

Great for Families

If you want to treat your family to something a little different, a holiday to Jamaica will be hard to beat. Take advantage of the clear, coastal waters and try some snorkelling around a nearby coral reef, spotting local fish and sea creatures on your way. For an award-winning family hotel, book a stay at a Beaches Resort today.

Lessons and excursions are cheap and locatable either through your hotel or directly on the beach. To keep the younger travellers happy, consider the Sunset Beach Resort & Waterpark for an ideal Jamaica family holiday. With three pools, a private beach, waterslides and a kid’s club, this is the perfect base for your stay, whether you want to leave it or not!

Things to See

If you fancy a break from the beach, there’s a fantastic range of sights to see across the island. No holiday in Jamaica would be complete without paying a visit to Bob Marley’s former home and recording studio.

Now a museum to the King of Reggae, there’s some great exhibits and items owned by the man himself. Children get in half price and the stew served at nearby Bob’s Café was reportedly Marley’s favourite.

Things to Do

If you’re feeling adventurous, a raft ride down the Martha Brae River is well worth a go. The bamboo rafts wind slowly down the river while your guide keeps you informed about the animals and plants you see throughout the route.

This was apparently a favourite pastime of Hollywood legend Errol Flynn and is sure to be a cinematic experience of your own. For a tiny island, there’s more than enough to keep you busy.

Hotels

The Rose Hall Resort and Spa is a deluxe beachfront Hilton property, overlooking the pristine Rose Hall beach, 15 miles from the centre of Montego Bay. The perfect place to stay if seeking an all-inclusive family holiday where you can choose to do as little or as much as you want! With one of the largest water park’s in the Caribbean, a full service spa and the Robert Van Hagge designed Cinnamon Hill Ocean championship golf course, you will be spoilt for choice!

Why Jamaica?

Jamaica is one of the world’s most sought after exotic destinations and for good reason. The clear waters and swathes of white sandy beaches have lured travellers to its shores for generations. But why choose a holiday to Jamaica?

For a start, there’s the fantastic choice of where to stay, coupled with the most laid back, pleasure orientated atmosphere imaginable. For an all-inclusive couple's holiday like no other, book a stay at an award-winning Sandals resort.

Ocho Rios

It’s rumoured that Ocho Rios, Spanish for “Eight Rivers”, was where Christopher Columbus first landed upon his arrival in Jamaica in the late 1400s. If that’s the case, he couldn’t have picked a better place to stop.

A holiday to Ocho Rios is like stepping into a living postcard of paradise, where the sparkling seas stretch out until they blend seamlessly with the blue sky above. The town offers a variety of tourist attractions, including great food, drink, nightlife and accommodation to suit everyone from families to honeymooners.

Montego Bay

    It’s sometimes hard to find a single place on a Jamaican holiday that hasn’t been used in a film
  • Bond films especially. Ocho Rios boasts a starring role in the very first Bond film, with Montego Bay playing host to Roger Moore in his initial outing as 007 in 1973.
The second largest city in Jamaica offers its visitors duty free shopping, a choice of excellent beaches, bars and restaurants and picturesque views of the nearby mountains. Live out your own Bond fantasy with a holiday to Montego Bay.

Negril

Named in the late 1400s by the Spanish, possibly due to the black cliffs that lie to the south, Negril is home to what many regard as one of the top ten beaches in the world.

With a range of hotels and resorts lining the coast, along with numerous spots for diving, snorkelling and beach side drinking, Negril is a fantastic destination for those wanting to live it up in paradise.

Great Value for Money

At a modest price, this quaint, friendly hotel is a great choice if you’re looking to enjoy a Caribbean holiday without the huge price tag. A 3 star hotel with 5 star qualities, this hotel is located just opposite the world famous Doctor's Cave Beach, making it a great place to relax and enjoy yourself. This Montego Bay hotel has a huge selection of bars and restaurants on its doorstep, as well as the Aqua Sol Beach Park.

Family Resorts

If you’re looking for a family friendly hotel, the Sunset Beach Resort and Waterpark makes an ideal choice. Situated close to Montego Bay, you will find yourself within a short distance from numerous sandy beaches and plenty of fun activities and attractions including thrilling waterparks and a great choice of water sports.

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Honeymoon Resorts

Offering the ultimate all inclusive holiday for couples, the Couples Negril Hotel is close to Bloody Bay beach surrounded by 18 acres of secluded tropical gardens. Equipped with; fresh water swimming pools. Jacuzzis, sports facilities and a spa offering a range of beauty treatments guests are sure to feel relaxed and rejuvenated in no time, and with 1000 feet of white sandy beach outside you are sure to fall in love with this resort.

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Luxury Hotels

The Sunset at the Palms Hotel is situated on a ten acre tropical garden just feet away from a two mile stretch of golden sandy beach and minutes away from the action and music of Negril. The guest rooms located within the tropical garden are set on stilts amongst the tree-tops, offering an exciting and exotic experience for holidaymakers.

The hotel serves everything from lobster to beach snacks with a variety of freshly grown fruit and vegetables available. Drinks can be enjoyed from both the beach bar and the swim up bar, which is situated within the swimming pool. The luxury resort is perfect for families, couples and honeymooners.

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