Jamaica, above all else, offers beautiful water features. From the beaches that surround the island to the waterfalls of Ocho Rios, a visit to Jamaica is like a trip to paradise.
* Pond of alligators: fishing area to see local life
* Falmouth – many resorts
* Kingston – the capital
* Laguna Azul – beautiful water surrounded by tropical forest
* Playa Negril – popular beach for tourists
* Dunn’s River Falls: beautiful waterfalls in Ocho Rios
When to visit
There really is no bad time to visit Jamaica. Every time you plan your trip to Jamaica, you will be greeted with a temperate climate between the 70s and 80s. The lush tropical forests should obviously receive some rain, but most of that rain falls in the mountains beyond the island, which is not frequented by tourists. If it rains on the part of the island where you plan your Jamaica excursion, you can be sure that it will only last an hour or so and then disappear. Hurricanes strike occasionally, but rarely. If you are concerned about hurricanes, do not plan your trip between August and October. America’s winter months tend to be the busiest months for tourism, as vacationers try to escape the cold and snow. If you don’t want to travel to Jamaica during the peak season, plan your vacation for the summer months.
When traveling to Jamaica, all-inclusive resorts are the best hotel options. These resorts are highly recommended as you will have a variety of food to choose from and even your excursions may be included. These resorts can be found in Negril, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, and other beach resort areas. Sandals and Couples are Jamaica’s largest resort facilities, offering beautifully decorated Jamaica hotel rooms. If you want to stay in Kingston, you are most likely staying in a Jamaican hotel. Hotels in Jamaica are especially suitable for upscale American travelers. Jamaicans really know how to please a tourist.
Jamaican restaurants offer delicious island dishes. Jamaica is famous for its jerk chicken whose smell will make you salivate and the taste will melt in your mouth. Be sure to order a rum drink at Jamaican restaurants. The rum available on this island is among the best in the world. Plus, save room for dessert and for at least one day during your trip to Jamaica, opt for bananas. These banana-like fruits are served deep fried and saturated with sugar. Don’t take your diet to a Jamaican restaurant!
If you choose to stay at a resort, you will have a selection of Jamaican restaurants on the property. But don’t be afraid to venture outside the resort to explore other restaurants. You are unlikely to find much of the fare “native, local” as residents tend to live in the inner parts of Jamaica. But you will find Jamaican restaurants that cater to the most discerning traveler.
Things to do
The essential activities in Jamaica revolve around water. You will find many things to do in the ocean. Of course, sunbathing on the beach is a popular activity. Negril’s 7 mile beach is world renowned and is a wonderful area to enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean. You can also enjoy sunset cruises, snorkeling, jet skiing, renting a kayak, and more. In Negril, you can rent a personal boat and row across the water to your own private island and claim your claim on a beautiful stretch of Jamaican beach.
If you feel the need to take a break from the sun, head to Dunn’s River Falls. Here you will walk a path that leads to many waterfalls. The path is shaded by a jungle setting full of beautiful native flora and fauna in a park-like setting.
While a trip to Jamaica is not known for being educational, you may want to visit a museum if you decide to venture to the country’s capital, Kingston. When many people think of Jamaica, they think of reggae music and Bob Marley. If you want to learn a little about this side of the island, visit the Bob Marley museum in Kingston.