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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

bamboo rafting (martha brae)

Bamboo Rafting (martha Brae)

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...

bamboo rafting (martha brae/mountain valley)

Bamboo Rafting (martha Brae/mountain Valley)

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...

beach picnic at rhodes hall and half moon bay

Beach Picnic at Rhodes Hall and Half Moon Bay

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...

black river safari and y.s. falls

Black River Safari and Y.s. Falls

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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Jamaica celebrates record-breaking visitor arrivals in 2017

The tropical island of Jamaica celebrated record-breaking visitor arrivals in 2017, according to provisional data from the Jamaica Tourism Board (JTB). The Caribbean nation welcomed 4.3 million tourists last year, which represents a 21.1 percent increase in arrivals compared to 2016, and revenue flow was recorded at approximately US$3 billion in 2017.

Jamaica's Minister of Tourism named as Caribbean Tourism Minister of 2017

Edmund Bartlett, the Minister of Tourism for Jamaica, has been named as the Caribbean Tourism Minister of the Year in the Caribbean Travel Awards 2017. The awards were judged by the editorial team of the Caribbean Journal website, who said that Mr Bartlett is an exceptional ambassador for the Caribbean region’s tourism sector and Jamaica’s national brand.

Excellence Oyster Bay Jamaica on track for summer opening

New all-inclusive, adults-only resort Excellence Oyster Bay on the Caribbean island of Jamaica is set to start welcoming guests this summer 2018. A recent announcement from Excellence Resorts said construction is ahead of schedule, and the beach hotel in Montego Bay will open on 1 June this year.