What to do in Jamaica
Beaches: With over 70 public beaches to choose from, there's a stretch of sand to suit everyone in Jamaica. Our favourites include: Seven Mile Beach, in Negril; the family-friendly facilities at Doctor's Cave Beach, in Montego Bay; the authentic vibe and perfect seclusion of Treasure Beach in the south; and the awesome waves at Boston Bay Beach in Port Antonio.
Adventure and watersports: Expect great surf, exhilarating jet ski rides at Montego Bay or learn to scuba dive in Negril's calm waters, teeming with coral life. Discover challenging trails, panoramic hikes, canopy zip line tours, dune buggy rides, horseback riding, river tubing, all-terrain-vehicle expeditions, river rafting and more waterfalls to walk through than you could possibly imagine.
History: Follow the trail of the Amerindians who originally inhabited the island, the Europeans that fought for it, the Africans that arrived here as slaves and the Asians and Middle Easterners that came in hope of a better life. Visit the historic city of Port Royal, discover treasures from the indigenous Taino inhabitants, visit Old Harbour and Spanish Town in Kingston, take a trip to the old Negril Lighthouse, the Greenwood Great House Museum and Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay.
Culture and Traditions: Visit the Jamaican National Monument at Falmouth in Trelawney and Bob Marley's museum in Kingston. Check out the Rastafarian Indigenous Village, discover the picturesque neighbourhood of Titchfield in Port Antonio, try the cuisine in local restaurants, listen to a Reggae band and shop in the colourful craft markets.
Nature: Striking natural landscapes abound in Jamaica, with plenty of opportunities for eco-tours available to nature lovers. Some of our favourite natural attractions include the waterfalls and natural springs at Dunn's River Falls; the chambers and light holes at Green Grotto Caves and the healing waters at Bath Mineral Springs in St Thomas.
Nightlife: From dancing venues and live reggae bands to excellent Jazz clubs, there's stacks to keep you entertained in those balmy Jamaican evenings. In Negril, we love Risky Business and The Jungle for wild parties, or for a more laid back atmosphere we think Alfred's Ocean Palace is great for reggae and Jazz. In Montego Bay, Rick's Cafe has an amazing house band and in Ocho Rios, the open air patio at BiBiBips offers some of the island's best live tunes.
Excursions and Attractions
If you want to get close to nature during your holiday in Jamaica, river rafting on the legendary Martha Brae River will provide the perfect opportunity. Relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of this three-mile river ride in an untouched paradise. Located...
This rejuvenating tour will enable you to soak up the natural beauty of Jamaica’s lush mountain valleys, which are blessed with tranquil rivers, lush tropical flora and abundant wildlife. Climb on board a traditional bamboo river raft and float...
Sail away in our comfortable catamaran to explore new and wonderful Jamaican shores. This is a fantastic day excursion that will take you for a pleasurable swim at some of the islands most beautiful beaches. A fabulous day out for snorkelling, swimming...
A trip to truly discover and enjoy the Jamaican rainforest in all its glory! Explore the interior of the forest as we pass through picturesque villages that dot the coastline and enjoy a sailing experience along Jamaica’s longest river. A day full...
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The number of hotel rooms in Jamaica is set to increase by more than 1,000 by the end of 2017, according to the Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett. The investment in the new rooms is said to exceed US$1 billion, and they include 150 rooms at the Azul Beach Resort in Negril, 600 rooms at the Hideaway at Royalton and Royalton Negril Resort, and 12 rooms at the Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay.
The Half Moon Resort in Jamaica will undergo its second stage of renovations in May, 2017. The US$75 million project will include the upgrade and expansion of rooms and suites, expanded beach areas, plus new restaurants and guest facilities. The refurbishments follow the first phase of work which took place in 2015, and upgraded the Sugar Mill Restaurant, the lobby area, and the Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed golf course.
TripAdvisor has ranked the Seven Mile Beach in Jamaica as one of the top 25 beaches in the Caribbean. The sandy stretch in Negril on the west coast of the island is the longest beach in Jamaica, and it boasts golden sand, high cliffs and the Negril Lighthouse at one end. The stretch is popular with families, and adventure lovers who can enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing and kayaking.