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Holidays in Jamaica

Savour the dreamy pace of Jamaica‚ where Caribbean beaches give way to incredible scenery: the towering Blue Mountains‚ the cascading Dunn’s River Falls and the Martha Brae River. Shallow reefs and caverns provide excellent dive sites‚ and watersports abound, meaning your holiday to Jamaica can be as relaxing or adventurous as you make it. Come evening‚ the reggae–infused spirit of the island takes hold in tremendous style.

30 °C

Average temperatures usually fall between the late 20s and early 30s (°C) during summer and winter as warm with an average of 24°C.

10 hours

There are three main airports in Jamaica. We fly into Sangster International Airport which is in Montego Bay. Norman Manley International Airport is 20km south of Kingston. Ian Fleming International Airport.

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Jamaica for pristine white beaches with swaying palm trees, infectious reggae beats and a laid-back atmosphere you’ll never forget.

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Montego Bay, or ‘MoBay’ as it’s known locally, is on the north-western coast of Jamaica. Shops, bars and restaurants make up the ‘Hip Strip’ and grand plantation-era houses are dotted around the town. The glistening white sands of Doctor’s Cave Beach make it a popular place. Bustling Ocho Rios is in the north of the island. Once a fishing village, the resort is now known for its exciting nightlife and luxurious hotels. The laid-back resort of Negril is in the west. With its vibrant turquoise waters and powder-soft ivory sands, Seven Mile Beach is considered to be one of the best beaches in the world.

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Lie back and soak up the glorious Jamaican sunshine on the warm, white sands of Seven Mile Beach. In the evenings, the beach turns into one big party. Watch the sun set as you sip on a long, cool cocktail. Dunn’s River Falls is a breathtaking 600ft long waterfall and one of the island’s most popular attractions. Animal lovers will have a great time at Dolphin Cove, where you can swim and play with friendly dolphins. Stop by a roadside shack for some fiery, barbecued jerk chicken and juicy slabs of sweet sugar cane. Lime Cay’s crystal clear waters make it the perfect place to try snorkelling.

The popular Seven Mile Beach in Negril is a paradise of tropical palm trees and ivory sands. At night, visit one of the beach bars for a delicious rum cocktail and live steel pan music. Unspoilt Treasure Beach is one of the most relaxing places to go in Jamaica. Lie back on its powdery white sands and watch the dolphins play in the azure blue sea. One of the best activities in Jamaica is snorkelling at Lime Cay, easily reached by boat from Port Royal. The crystal-clear water makes it easy to see tropical fish and underwater caves.

If you can prise yourself away from one of the island’s heavenly beaches, why not explore Jamaica’s natural attractions? Dunn’s River Falls is a 600ft waterfall and one of the most beautiful spots on the island. Climb the falls with the help of a tour guide, and feel the surge of warm spring water on your feet as it cascades down the rocks and into the sea. One of the best places in Jamaica is the magical Luminous Lagoon in Falmouth which contains millions of microscopic organisms. At night they give out a bright blue light, illuminating the river with an eerie neon glow.

Jamaican cuisine is a delicious fusion of Spanish, Indian, British and West African flavours. Try spicy barbecued jerk chicken or pork, traditionally cooked in an oil barrel at the side of the road. Ackee is a mild flavoured fruit – served with salted cod, it forms Jamaica’s national dish. Popular side dishes include sweet and spicy rice and peas and crunchy fried dumplings. Rich Jamaican rum makes its way into most cocktails. For something a bit different, try the popular Guinness Punch. A sweet cocktail of Guinness, evaporated milk and spices, it’s not for the faint-hearted!.

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JAMAICA IS BEST FOR...

Adventurers: Dunnʼs River Falls. Climb Jamaicaʼs number–one attraction – a beautiful waterfall cascading into the sea.

Animal lovers: Dolphin Encounter, Swim and Ultimate Swim. Your chance to meet or swim with these amazing animals!

Sun-seekers: The shimmering white sands and turquoise waters of Seven Mile Beach.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Jamaica is English

Currency: The currency used in Jamaica is the Jamaican Dollar ($).

Local time: Jamaica is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: There are three main airports in Jamaica. We fly into Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Norman Manley International Airport is 20km south of Kingston. Ian Fleming International Airport is in the north-east of the island and is 75km from Kingston.

Flight time from UK: 10 hours

Tourist Information: Further Jamaica tourist information can be found at www.visitjamaica.com

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jamaica for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Jamaica.our holi


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Average temperatures usually fall between the late 20s and early 30s (°C).

Best time to visit Jamaica: Between December and April when it’s slightly cooler with little rainfall.

The weather in Jamaica is hot and dry – and it stays that way throughout the year. Being a tropical island, rain is likely, particularly between May and November. But with Jamaica weather being so warm, you’ll find the short bursts of warm rain a welcome relief!


GETTING AROUND

By taxi: Jamaica can be confusing to get around if you don’t know it well, so it’s a good idea to use taxis. Taxis have meters but drivers rarely use them, so discuss the fare at the beginning of the trip. Remember that fares are always negotiable, so start off by offering half the amount the driver asks for and go from there. Most drivers are also willing to act as tour guides for a set fee.


EVENTS

Singing the Blues: The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival attracts music fans from across the world every January. As well as traditional jazz and blues, the festival has big pop acts, with previous performers including Celine Dion, Diana Ross and Maroon 5.

The home of reggae: It’s no surprise that Bob Marley’s birthday is a huge affair in Jamaica. A week-long celebration takes place every February, with musical tributes and exhibitions celebrating the life of Jamaica’s favourite son.

Carnival beats: Easter is carnival time and Jamaica’s version is known as Bacchanal. You’ll hear pounding soca and calypso music on every corner as the streets of Kingston become a flurry of sequins and feathers.


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