The third largest island in The Caribbean south of Cuba and west of Haiti. The Blue Mountains get plenty of rainfall all year, but the sheltered south coast, where the capital Kingston is and the popular tourist areas to the north are much drier. The main tourist regions include Montego Bay, Negril, Mandevill and in the south coast, Kingston, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio.
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The culture of Jamaica is made up of a mix of different influences giving the people here a very laid back lifestyle and a delicious local cuisine. Staple diets here include ackee and saltfish for breakfast and jerk chicken barbeques on the beach! The music is infectious and the scenery stunning.
Jamaica has a strong cultural history in music and film. In the 50s and 60s, Jamaica became a bit of a Hollywood star with celebrities such as Errol Flynn bringing Jamaica into the spotlight. Jamaica is also of course closely associated with Bob Marley and is the home of Island Records. The island was the inspiration for James Bond’s stunning scenery in Doctor No and Live and Let Die and the location ‘Goldeneye’, where Ian Fleming wrote his Bond novels is now a luxury hotel – ask me for a quote to stay there. Goldeneye is a spectacular hotel with luxury private villas, private beaches and secluded coves, the Fleming Villa has 3 bedrooms and the whole place feels more like a personal retreat than a holiday resort.
Ask me about the four stunning private villas I have access to on Jamaica. Each accommodates between 6 and 20 guests, so perfect for family get togethers, in luxury accommodation, surrounded by private tropical gardens and sea views, these villas are not common knowledge (and surprisingly not hugely expensive if you fill them!). Villa holidays are ideal for those wanting to be self contained and private but with all luxury amenities and staff on hand.
Jamaica Inn at Ocho Rios is a colonial classic place to stay in a quiet part of the island with excellent food and close to Island Village in downtown Ocho Rios for great shopping!
If you enjoy trekking, the 7,402 foot Blue Mountain Peak is a challenge and bird watching is increasingly popular with more than 200 native species, including at least 25 species that are endemic. Jamaica is also reputedly home to more than 3,000 species of flowering plants, some 720 of which are found nowhere else. Jamaica is rich with formal gardens, too, such as Hope Botanical Gardens, Shaw Park Gardens, Coyaba River Garden and the Cranbrook Flower Forest.
Ocho Rios is a prime port for cruise ships but also has several bays and beaches, most commonly visited Runaway Bay, and Discovery Bay. Just inland lies Dunn’s River Falls – a much photographed attraction (one of the private villas has access to this). Montego Bay is a mecca for watersports lovers including sailing, scuba diving, jet skiing, parasailing, sport fishing and glass-bottom boat excursions. For shoppers, Gloucester Avenue (dubbed the “Hip Strip”) is lined with duty-free shops, souvenir arcades, restaurants and bars. Negril became known in the 1960’s and 1970’s as an idyllic escape for the backpack crowd, and still enjoys a low-key atmosphere. Perched on limestone bluffs, Negril’s West End is home to numerous small resorts snuggled into the craggy cliffs.
Take a tour to one of the plantation houses such as Rose Hall and Greenwood Great House. Tour the rum distillery at Hampden Great House. Like many Caribbean islands with a sugar plantation heritage, Jamaica produces several fine rums, including Appleton, which offers a top-shelf label of aged rums. Another favorite treat is Tia Maria, a coffee-flavored rum liqueur.
Ask us for a quote for a tailor made holiday to Jamaica, whether you are travelling alone, with a group, a family or looking for a honeymoon, Jamaica has something for everyone!