…A destination of diversity for the discerning traveler
Jamaica is one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean. With a total land area of 10,991 sq. km (4,244 sq. miles) the island stretches about 235 km (146 miles) east in Morant Point to west in Negril, and expands to 82 km (51 miles) at its widest point. With its highest point being the Blue Mountain Peak at 2,256 metres (7,402 ft), Jamaica is a kaleidoscope of beauty, that makes our island the most precious jewel in the Caribbean. There’s an allure which keeps first time visitors coming back.
One of the Caribbean’s most iconic destinations, a legendary and unique island with a moderate climate and a landscape that ranges from tropical rainforest and soaring mountains to rolling meadowland and dramatic coastlines. Jamaica is a land of adventure, sophistication and elegance. Along with the Caribbean’s best sun, sand and sea, this destination has an intriguing history that has created one people out of many, and a culture that is unmistakably Jamaican.
The scenery is breathtaking… the cuisine is scrumptious… the music is pulsating and the people are unforgettable.
So thinking about planning a trip by yourself, with friends, family members or maybe a honeymoon getaway, you’ll be sure to find something to meet your need in the diversity of Jamaica’s resort areas.
Our six distinct resort regions has its own distinctive vibe. Take a look and let Jamaica capture your imagination and heart. Whether it’s…
Montego Bay… the complete resort
Located on Jamaica’s northwest coast, this highly popular resort area is where the beaches are edged by flowering trees and palm-dotted hills, making a lush backdrop to long stretches of rolling meadowland. With the Sangster International Airport located right outside of town, Montego Bay or MoBay as it is popularly called, is easy to get to and offers a bustling, colorful “hip strip” of shops and restaurants, and many different types of resorts and hotels.
MoBay is perfect for couples looking for the “complete resort” experience. Relax on the beach, go river rafting, enjoy one of five major championship golf courses, experience one of the luxurious spas or pay a visit to Doctor’s Cave Beach, which is fed by mineral springs and said to have medicinal benefits. You’ll know immediately why this area has been called el golfo de buen tiempo, meaning the gulf of good weather.
Negril… the capital of casual
At the western tip of the island, just a half-hour’s drive from Montego Bay, Negril is known for its natural beauty, with a seven-mile ribbon of white-sand beach and perfect conditions for swimming and snorkeling. Grotto-lined cliffs stretch to the old Negril Lighthouse, built in 1894. Go snorkeling in the morning and spend the day sunbathing and listening to live music along famous Seven Mile Beach. Experience the exhilaration of cliff jumping among the coves. The ambience is relaxed, the mood is laid-back, the fashion is casual. On select beaches here you can take it all off.
Ocho Rios… the centrepiece of Jamaica
Located on Jamaica’s northern coastline, Ocho Rios is a major port for cruise ships and offers many beautiful resorts and beaches. This region is home to one of the island’s much-photographed and best known natural attractions: Dunn’s River Falls, a dramatic a 600-foot cascading waterfall which can be climbed by foot and not far from where Columbus first landed more than 500 years ago. Amazed by the island’s beauty, the explorer declared: “the land seems to touch the sky.”
You are certain to make your own discoveries in this stimulating yet tranquil resort area. Other special attractions include great shopping, crafts markets, gorgeous gardens, swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Cove, a tour of Nine Miles, the birthplace of reggae legend Bob Marley and the site of his mausoleum. Adventurous travelers can also experience a rainforest canopy tour with Chukka Caribbean Adventures or enjoy the bobsled experience at Mystic Mountain.
Port Antonio… naturally
Considered one of the most naturally beautiful and authentic parts of Jamaica, Port Antonio rests on the northeast side of the island. Nestled between twin harbors where mist-shrouded mountains drop down to the sea, Port Antonio glows with the green hues of palms and ferns, laced with the brilliant reds and yellows of its tropical flora. Orchids, bananas and palm trees grow in profusion.
Put on the map by Errol Flynn, Port Antonio is rich with history and splendor. Take a hiking expedition to glistening waterfalls and hidden caves, go rafting down the Rio Grande River on a bamboo raft, or take a romantic dip in the natural springs at Reach Falls, where waterfall scene in “Cocktail,” the movie, was filmed. You can enjoy excellent accommodations here at some of the island’s most elegant villas and charming small hotels, tucked into hillsides and overlooking secluded azure coves.
Kingston… the heartbeat of Jamaica
At the foot of the Blue Mountains, overlooking the world’s seventh-largest natural harbour, Jamaica’s vibrant capital is the heartbeat of the country and the largest English-speaking city south of Miami.
The center of the country’s government and commerce, Kingston is also Jamaica’s cultural heart, with a wide variety of historical and cultural attractions. You’ll find a sophisticated, upbeat nightlife and an inviting range of dining venues offering a cosmopolitan contrast to the rest of the island’s slow and easy pace.
The capital city has much to offer visitors: a tour of a music recording studio and the Bob Marley Museum, a visit to historic Devon House, a vibrant theatrical and performing arts scene as well as the Carnival parade.
South Coast… off the beaten path
Couples looking for a laid back Jamaican experience can wander off the beaten path to the South Coast. With a rugged coastline, rambling hills, a river cutting through jungle wetlands, and a seaport defined by elegant Georgian architecture, the area known as South Coast is intriguingly diverse.
If privacy and solitude are your preference, you’ll discover perfection in isolated beaches where the only footprints are yours. The 19th-century sugar plantations here are a must-see if you’re a history buff. Take a boat tour down Jamaica’s longest navigable river and view an intriguing wildlife in the surrounding wetlands that includes snakes, lizards, frogs, iguana and crocodiles. Enjoy freshly cooked fish at “Little Ochie,” or visit the Appleton Rum Estate, one of the finest rum distilleries in the world.
An island of extraordinary beauty, with a rich cultural wealth and a tremendous range of accommodations, fun and countless natural attractions, which are both entertaining and informative.
For the adventurous traveler, there’s so much to see and do while in Jamaica to get your heart pumping. Through a variety of tour operators spread across the north and south coast, you can experience this diverse destination from land or water.
For sheer excitement, check out the huge roster of tours offered by local operators islandwide – all offering activities geared toward making your visit a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Wonderfully varied, they include: horseback riding on the beach; ATV tours; plantation visits; canopy tours; Jungle River tubing; a Black River safari; a reggae tour; swimming with dolphins; catamaran cruises; rafting; and much more. For additional details, check out www.visitjamaica.com
Try Jamaica once. We know you’ll be back. Because, Once You Go, You Know!
Jamaica is easily accessible with nonstop and connecting service from most major gateways across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
All visitors are required to travel with a return ticket or onward ticket for entry into Jamaica. Visitors coming from the U.S. must present a valid passport when leaving and or re-entering the United States and residents must present their Alien Resident Card (Green Card) together with the passport of their country of citizenship.
Canadian citizens need a valid passport, or a government-issued identification with photograph along with an official birth certificate. Canadian residents must present a Canadian Permanent Resident Card and the passport of their country of citizenship.