By Admin | Last Updated August 27, 2019
Beautiful Jamaica is an island country in the Caribbean Sea between Cuba and Hispaniola, which comprises of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. With an area of 11,188 square kilometers, it is the 3rd largest Caribbean island. Jamaica is small in size, but it is one of the most picturesque countries in the world. There are hills, stunning reef-lined beaches, and lush rainforests. Visiting Kingston, the largest and capital city, will be a cultural experience. More than 1 million tourists visit Jamaica every year.
The island has crystal clear turquoise water that laps onto sandy soft beaches. You will find many resorts close to the beaches and elsewhere in the island country. Montego Bay and Negril are the two prominent coastal resort areas.
Rising up from the shoreline, the terrain changes to lush banana groves and then to sheer mountains. Here you will find rushing waterfalls. Beneath the waves, you will find some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the Caribbean. And up in the hills, there is hiking and caving. The highest point in Jamaica is Blue Mountain at 2,256 meters in the Blue Mountains National Park.
Jamaica has given the world Bob Marley, reggae, and also the Rastafari movement. The music roots of this small island go all the way back to its folk song base from West Africa. It is today mixed with the modern electronic beats. You will find the vibrant music scene of Jamaica now in the many nightclubs in Kingston and elsewhere on the island. Kingston also has grand plazas, elegant mansions, and golf, which is world-class. There are also sleepy fishing villages, which will give you a glimpse of the quieter side of Jamaica.
|Negril Beach||Also called the Seven Mile Beach, it is one of the most stunning beaches. It has an aqua sea, beautiful white sand, and coconut palms. Very tranquil. There are small boutique properties and big resorts. Water sports. Negril cliff rises to the south. Sunset views.|
|Montego Bay||Cruise port offering beautiful views. Top all-inclusive resorts, nightclubs, restaurants, shopping, and golf courses.|
|Blue Lagoon||Crystal clear water and lush greenery. Water from mineral springs flows into the sea. The color of water changes from sapphire to royal blue and turquoise depending on the time of the day. Bamboo rafting, boat rides, swimming.|
|Doctor’s Cave Beach||Montego Bay’s best beach. The cave was however destroyed in 1932 from a hurricane. Canoe rides in the Montego Bay Marine Park|
|Frenchman’s Cove||Idyllic and serene beach with white sand. River runs into the sea.|
|Dunn's River Falls||Terraced waterfalls of 180 meters. It tumbles over limestone ledges and rocks with refreshing pools. Catamaran cruises.|
|Blue Mountains||Tallest hills in the Caribbean offering panoramic views. UNESCO World Heritage site. Beautiful scenery, hiking, springs. It also produces some of the best coffee in the world.|
|Kingston||Jamaica’s largest and capital city. Center of commerce and arts. Reggae music. Bob Marley started his career here. See the Bob Marley Museum.|
|Bob Marley Museum||Former studio and home of Bob Marley. Statue and hand-painted murals, personal treasures, gold and platinum records, photo gallery and awards. Visit the room where Marley used to live, which has been kept untouched since his days.|
|Falmouth||18th century port town with many historic buildings. Sugar estates all around. See the Luminous Lagoon, Greenwood Great House, Good Hope Estate, and the Half Moon Beach.|
|Martha Brae River||Bamboo raft rides within tranquil surroundings. Swimming. Visit Miss Martha’s Herb Garden.|
|Port Antonio||A relaxed sleepy fishing village. Rafting on the Rio Grande, Daniel's River, Reach Falls, diving and snorkeling in the coral reefs, freshwater springs, and hiking in the forest.|
|Ocho Rios||See Dunns River Falls, Fern Gully, Cranbrook Gardens, Shaw Park, and the Dover Raceway. Visit the scenic Blue Hole, high in the mountains. Cliff jumping and swimming in the refreshing pools.|
|YS Falls||A series of 7 waterfalls, pools. Pick from canopy ride, tractor ride, zip lining, and horse riding. Visit the beautiful gardens.|
There are 2 international airports in Jamaica.
1. Norman Manley International Airport of Kingston
2. Donald Sangster International Airport of Montego Bay
There are smaller airports in Ocho Rios and Negril, and a second airport in the capital city of Kingston that is only open for smaller aircrafts.
Most tourists land and take off from Kingston’s Norman Manley. It is close to Port Antonio and the Blue Mountains. However, many choose Donald Sangster, especially those who want to go directly to Ocho Rios, Negril or Montego Bay. Ocho Rios has a new airport, named after Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond series.
By Sea – Many visit Jamaica on a cruise from the US. The most popular ports are Kingston, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio, and Montego Bay. Many liners stop here with tourists on day trips.
|Month||High/ Low ( ◦ C)||Rain ( Days )|
The best time to visit Jamaica is from November to the middle of December. You will have beautiful weather this time of the year. It will be very pleasant. Hotels and flight deals will also be cheaper than the summer. However, there is a slight risk of hurricanes. Most tourists visit the island between January and March. Rooms can be very costly then. Some hotels can go up to $700 for each night.
November to December – Late fall to early winter. The hurricane season is coming to an end so you will have sunny skies.
January to March – March is the spring break, so the beaches are packed. It will be breezy and sunny.
April to June – Temperature between the middle 70s and 80s. Chance of rain. Misty, so fewer people on the beaches and golf courses. The hurricane season starts on June 1st.
July to October – Hurricane season so this is the cheapest time of the year. August and September are the worst months. Many hotels will have only a few staff members, as they are mostly empty. However, the beaches are empty.