Crystalline waters lapping palm-fronded beaches, lush banana groves and rugged mountains, exotic Creole spices and flavors, and warm, friendly locals who welcome you with a smile – Jamaica has long been jewel in the Caribbean crown and there are myriad reasons why to visit this special island that is bursting with culture, natural beauty, and adventure.
Miles of powder-white, footprint-free stretches of sand, fringed by swaying palms laden with coconuts and gently lapping gin-clear waters – Jamaica is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Whether you are looking for a tranquil cove to escape from the world or action-packed stretch of sand with an array of water sports, Jamaica’s beaches have it all.
Stroll along the famous Seven Miles Beach at sunset; visit the secluded and heart-breakingly romantic Frenchman’s Cove on the southeast coast, or gallop down Runaway Bay Beach on horseback with the wind in your hair.
With year-round tropical climes and endless sunny blue skies, Jamaica is heaven for water sports enthusiasts. Spectacular beaches, miles of sandy beaches and glassy, warm waters make for an ideal environment for an array of water activities, from scuba diving to sailing. Wind-free days call for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and fishing, while fresh ocean breezes offer excellent windsurfing and sailing. Riding in the sea on horseback is a must – a popular method used by the Jamaicans to train their polo ponies.
Jamaica has some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving sites in the world, with gin-clear waters warm enough to float around in nothing but a bikini, unspoiled coral reefs just off shore teeming with colorful fish and world-renowned dive sites with a number of ship and airplane wrecks to explore.
Jamaica has something for everyone when it comes to island living. Whether you are looking for laid-back luxury in a private beach villa or an all-inclusive seaside resort with unlimited activities, amenities and cocktails, the island has it all.
Bluefields Bay Resort offers lavish all-inclusive packages, with deluxe accommodation, lots of activities and professional childcare for both the young and elderly. Head to the GoldenEye Hotel and Resort where Ian Fleming wrote all 14 of his James Bond novels, and which has been featured as a location in many of the films over the years.
Standing sentry over the miles of shimmering white sandy beaches and cerulean seas are the magnificent Blue Mountains, whose name is derived from the misty haze that settles around its peak. Its steep forested slopes are home to Jamaica’s coffee growing region, as well as a network of fantastic hiking trails. Be sure to buy a few bags of Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee before you leave.
Breath-taking Natural Beauty
Aside from the Blue Mountains and world-class beaches, Jamaica has a plethora of spectacular natural landscapes to explore. Reach Falls is on the southeast coast around Port Antonio, where you can swim through underwater caves, while the 600-foot-high Dunn’s River Falls near Rio Ochos is Jamaica’s most iconic natural attraction, whose shimmering sheet of cascading water attracts attracts thousands of visitors each year. The stalactite and stalagmite laced limestone caverns of Green Grotto Caves were once the hideout of pirates and runaway slaves and the Rio Grande offers an exhilarating white-water rafting experience.
Home to Bob Marley and the laid-back sound of reggae, music is life in Jamaica. Lyrical patois sounds float on the air from the local language and gospels songs emanate from every church. With musical roots that stretch back to the age-old folk songs of West Africa, and make their appearance in dance clubs across the world, this tiny island is a musical powerhouse.