As Jamaica is such a popular holiday destination, there is a fantastic range of accommodation to choose from in a variety of exciting destinations. Jamaica’s most popular destinations are Montego Bay, Ochos Rios and, of course, Kingston, the country’s lively capital city. As a result, these three destinations boast the largest selection of accommodation. Negril is another great destination for travelers however accommodation here is limited to smaller, intimate hotels as opposed to large resorts and hotel complexes.
Accommodation in Jamaica ranges from small, inexpensive hotels through to some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Jamaica is famously regarded as the birthplace of the all-inclusive hotel and, as result, Jamaica has the most all-inclusive resorts out of the Caribbean islands. The major attraction of staying at an all-inclusive resort is that virtually all of your onsite food and drinks are included in the price of your accommodation. In addition, some hotels also include activities and spa treatments in there prices. All-inclusive resorts in Jamaica fall into two categories: family-friendly resorts with plenty of fun things to do and more intimate luxury resorts which are aimed at those on a honeymoon or couples’ holiday.
If you don’t want to stay in an all-inclusive resort, there are plenty of other hotels available including guesthouses and boutique hotels. Boutique hotels are a refreshing alternative to the large chain resorts which dominate the island and promise a luxurious stay. Guesthouses and bed and breakfasts are inexpensive accommodation options and perfect for those who want to immerse themselves into Jamaican culture and meet local people.
Top Things to Do in Jamaica
Without a doubt the most famous museum on the island is the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston. The reggae legend’s home and recording studio on Hope Road has been transformed into a museum and shrine to Jamaica’s most famous son and is full of memorabilia. Highlights of the collection include platinum records, Rastafarian cloaks and the bullet holes in the room where Marley survived an assassination attempt.
If you are visiting Jamaica during March, be sure to stick around for Carnival, the island’s major event. Floats, dancers, and costumed musicians take to the streets throughout the event. Music is a major part of the event, expect to hear calypso, soca and reggae.
Jamaica’s Dolphin Cove in Ocho Rios is famous for dolphin-spotting. The cove is a large natural lagoon and lets visitors swim and play with bottlenose dolphins. In addition, the cove also has a large aquarium showcasing a range of interesting sea creatures including sharks and stingrays. In addition, visitors also have the opportunity to feed and pet some of the sharks.
Jamaica has plenty of natural attractions to visit some of the most-popular include the limestone caves in the north of Jamaica and the Blue Mountains. With a number of interesting geological formations, subterranean lakes and the famous Green Grotto, the limestone caves are great fun to explore. The Blue Mountains are Jamaica’s largest mountain range and have a number of tracks to explore. The Blue Mountains are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna including the world’s second-largest butterfly: the Homerus Swallowtail which has a wingspan of 5.9 inches.
Situated just west of downtown Kingston, Spanish Town, the former capital of Jamaica is a popular destination. The city was established by the Spanish back in the Seventeenth Century and has a number of notable historic attractions including the Old King’s House and the English Cathedral.