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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. Norman Manley International Airport is 20km south of Kingston. Sangster International Airport is in the north, 176km from 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 here.

Visa & Health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Jamaica.

Weather & 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.

Holidays in Jamaica

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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.

Prices start from £719

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.

Montego Bay

Montego Bay in Jamaica

Montego Bay‚ one of the island's earliest settlements‚ is now a thriving port city with lively nightlife‚ shops and markets. The resort stretches along 24km of coastline‚ interspersed with sandy coves and backed by lush hillsides. Most Montego Bay hotels are close to the ‘Hip Strip’ which has many bars and restaurants.

Negril

Negril in Jamaica

Negril has a lovely‚ laid–back atmosphere and seven miles of white–sand beaches. The west end of the resort is perched on top of the cliffs‚ overlooking the sea. Watersports are abundant and there are numerous live music venues. The cliff dives at Rick’s Café are a must–see.

Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios in Jamaica

A great base for visiting Dunn's River Falls, Ocho Rios is a classic Jamaican resort. The 18-mile coastline, range of watersports and buzzing entertainment attracts beach-lovers and active souls alike. Book at hotel in Ocho Rios and swim with the dolphins at nearby Dolphin Cove.



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