Jamaica is one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean as it offers such diversity which will please all types of traveller. The island stretches about 235 km (146 miles) east from 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, which helps to make this a jewel of the Caribbean. You’ll find many repeat visitors here, as guests fall in love with all that is on offer and return again and again.
One of the Caribbean’s most iconic destinations, Jamaica island is a legendary and unique place, with a moderate climate and a landscape that ranges from tropical rainforest and soaring mountains to rolling meadows and dramatic coastlines. Jamaica is a land of adventure, sophistication and elegance. The Jamaica weather promises the Caribbean’s best sun, sand and sea, but this destination also has an intriguing history that has created one united population.
From the rugged peaks of the Blue Mountains to calm, pristine beaches, Jamaica teems with natural beauty, all served up with the unforgettable welcome of its residents. Jamaica's pleasures and easy access have attracted many resorts ranging from luxurious chic hideaways and fully staffed private villas to popular all-inclusive resorts and charming inns and guest houses.
The island's diverse natural resources provide seemingly endless ways to have fun. You can climb waterfalls, play golf at one of the 11 courses on the island, or tour via bicycle, moped, motorcycle or jeep. Horseback riding or horse racing at Caymanas Park in Kingston are also options for fun on Jamaica, or, you can venture in search of blue marlin, wahoo or tuna on a full or half-day deep sea fishing charter offered by most hotels.
Jeep and hiking tours of the Blue Mountains, which soar above 7,000 feet quite often include visits to rum factories and renowned coffee farms. To experience the exotic marine life, fans, sponges, and underwater walls you will find many licensed diving operators that offer rental equipment and instruction on the island whether you’re experienced or new to the underwater world.
Jamaica also has 120 rivers to enjoy, including the Rio Grande in Port Antonio, the birthplace of bamboo rafting; float gently down-river while singing folk songs and identifying the surrounding flora and fauna. Or if you prefer your feet on the ground, hike along the river with a guide who will reveal the ancient medicinal remedies found in the surrounding plants before taking you for a dip in a hidden waterfall.
After all that activity, the tastiest way to get in touch with the local culture is through the interesting, spicy cuisine. The national favourites include the fish called ackee and saltfish. Mouth-tingling spicy jerk pork and chicken, a Jamaican invention, can be savoured straight off the wood burning grill for a tasty causal lunch on the beach. But the island does not lack other choices and international food critics have lauded the restaurants which have brought local dishes to gastronomic heights.
The atmosphere in Jamaica is laid back and friendly, epitomised by the slow groove of its reggae music. The genre was created by the late Bob Marley, considered one of Jamaica's national heroes.
If you’re thinking of planning a trip, either by yourself, with friends, family or that special honeymoon, you’ll be sure to find something that’s perfect for you.