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Holidays in Jamaica

Immerse yourself in a wonderful Caribbean paradise, where the vast Blue Mountains rub shoulders with vibrant jungles and golden sandy beaches. This is an island of beautiful landscapes, fabulous resorts, and warm, friendly people. Jamaica holidays are so varied that one day you’ll explore the cascading Dunn’s River Falls and the Martha Brae River, and the next you’ll be snorkelling in a marine park.

Shallow reefs and caverns provide excellent dive sites‚ while dolphins, brightly coloured fish and sea turtles glide on by. With water sports, hiking and boat trips, your All Inclusive holiday here can be as relaxing or adventurous as you like. Come evening‚ the reggae-infused spirit of the island takes hold in tremendous style, and you’ll be up and dancing until dawn!

25-29 °C

Enjoy a tropical climate with t-shirt weather throughout the year. Winter is generally drier than summer while remaining wonderfully warm. 

10 hours

There are three main airports: Sangster International Airport, which is in Montego Bay, and Norman Manley International Airport, which is 20km south of Kingston. Ian Fleming International Airport is on the north coast and is named after the author of the James Bond novels.

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

Hotel Offers

Royal Decameron Montego Beach

Montego Bay, Jamaica

7 nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Sea View Balcony Double Room
  • Price based on 2 Adults
  • Terms and Conditions. Travel Dates 01 May 18 - 30 Jun 18. Return flights from London Gatwick with Virgin Atlantic. Price based on 2 Adults. Book by 8th February 2018.

Grandiosa Hotel

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • When you stay at Grandiosa Hotel in Montego Bay, you'll be near the airport and minutes from Doctor's Cave Beach and Cornwall Beach. This family-fr...

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What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa All Inclusive

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • When you stay at Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa All Inclusive in Lucea, you'll be by the sea and within the vicinity of Tryall Golf Club. Thi...

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  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service

£1636

The Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa

7 Nights, All Inclusive
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  • Discover the adults only luxury hotel The Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. It is located just a short distance from the...

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  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service

£1952

Holidays in Jamaica
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More about Jamaica
Overview, Things To Do, Weather, Currency

Weather in Jamaica
Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

Recommended hotels
Grand Bahia Principe, Hilton Rose Hall, Secrets Wild Orchid, Iberostar Rose Hall, Royal Decameron

Resorts in Jamaica
Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios, Runaway Bay

Similar destinations
St Lucia, Barbados, Dominican Republic, CubaTobagoMexico

Known as the complete resort area is the gateway to the island through the MBJ Airport.  Montego Bay has a wide selection of hotels and resorts. It is the perfect area for those who like nightlife with its array of clubs and bars on the “hip strip”, golf with its PGA championship golf courses and many sights for those who like to explore.

Once a fishing village, Ocho Rios resort is now known for its exciting nightlife and luxurious hotels. Known as the centrepiece of Jamaica, Ocho Rios is an hour transfer from Montego Bay and has over 30 attractions in a 10 mile radius.  It is knows for a wide selection of accommodations, waterfalls (the famous Dunns’ River) and gardens, river rafting and a cruise ship port.

Known as the capital of casual Negril is a 45-60 minutes transfer from Montego Bay.  It is famous for its seven mile beach and for its casual, laid-back atmosphere.  This is where you go to chill and is a romantic area for the honeymooners.  There are a wide variety of small boutique hotels here and, being the most westerly point on the island, the sunsets. 

Relax under the tropical sun on the sands of Seven Mile Beach and sip fresh fruit cocktails under the fronds of a huge palm tree. Take a hike up the Dunn’s River Falls but don’t forget your swimsuit because you’ll walk right through the middle of it!

Refuel during your holiday with delicious street foods like spicy jerk chicken, curried goat, and peppered shrimp. After your lunch has gone down, why not take a quick boat trip to Lime Cay and snorkel in warm water over rich coral reefs? 

Holidays to Jamaica revolve around the island’s picture-perfect beaches and Negril’s Seven Mile Beach is the stuff dreams are made of. A day sunbathing here is a day well spent. At night, visit one of the beach bars for a delicious rum cocktail and live steel pan music is a must. Treasure Beach is one of the most relaxing places to go as it remains a small fishing village without the noise and bustle of other areas.

A really unmissable activity in Jamaica is snorkelling at Lime Cay, easily reached by boat from Port Royal near Kingston. This uninhabited cay has clear water and friendly tropical fish. With underwater caves nearby and an abundance of seabirds and underwater life, this is a day trip to make time for. 

If you can tear yourself away from the island’s heavenly beaches, why not explore Jamaica’s inland sights? Dunn’s River Falls is a 600ft waterfall and one of the most impressive spots on the island. Climbing the falls means walking right up the centre and feeling the warm spring water surge around your ankles.

A guided hike in the Blue Mountains will be tailored to your ability and you’re guaranteed to see breathtaking views. For a taste of magic, visit the Luminous Lagoon in Falmouth. At night, an extraordinary bioluminescence creates a bright blue light, illuminating the river with an eerie neon glow. You’ll be swimming in a pool of starlight!

The local cuisine is a delicious fusion of Spanish, Indian, British, and West African flavours, thanks to its varied history. A popular food is spicy barbecued jerk chicken or pork, traditionally cooked in an oil barrel at the side of the road. Street food like this is so easy to come by that you can try every type wherever you find yourself.

Ackee is a mild flavoured fruit, served with salted cod and forms Jamaica’s national dish. Beans and rice might sound uninspiring, but this staple of Caribbean cuisine has some serious flavour in Jamaica and no two dishes will be the same. Sides like fried dumplings and plantain will really get you into the local spirit.

Rum is one of the country’s greatest exports and there are numerous rum cocktails to try. For something a bit different, sample the popular Guinness Punch. A sweet cocktail of Guinness, evaporated milk, and spices, it’s not for the faint-hearted!

JAMAICA IS BEST FOR...

Adventurers: Visit Dunn’s River Falls, one of the country’s most incredible sights. Scale this vast, cascading waterfall that’s steeped in history for a breathtaking start to your holiday.

Culture lovers: The birthplace of Reggae music, take a Bob Marley tour or just stroll along the Hip Strip in Montego to head this island’s iconic sound. Plantations, Georgian architecture, and numerous historic sites give a great insight into the country’s intriguing past.

Sun-seekers: Seven Mile Beach is famed for white sand, clear water, and palm trees. Dig your toes in and lie back under the Caribbean sun. 


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken is English.

Currency: The currency used on the island is the Jamaican Dollar ($) although US Dollars are accepted in popular tourist areas.

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

Fly to: There are three main airport. We fly into Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Norman Manley International Airport is 20km south of Kingston. Ian Fleming International Airport is on the north coast 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 and 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.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: 25-29°C.

Sitting in the tropics, there’s swimsuit weather all year round with even sea temperatures in the mid-high 20s. Air temperatures hover in the high 20s (°C) throughout the year, often rising to 30 in the summer.

The island sits in the Caribbean hurricane belt and although hurricanes aren’t very common occurrences on the island, it can experience tropical storms between July and November.

Book your holiday to Jamaica for the spring or winter for slightly more comfortable temperatures and up to 10 hours of sunshine a day. Winter holidays here are usually drier than summer. 


GETTING AROUND

By taxi: Taxis are a great way of getting around during your holiday, especially as many drivers are happy to act as tour guides for a fee. Booked taxis from your hotel will probably be priced in US Dollars while taxis you flag down will be in Jamaican Dollars. Always check the currency and negotiate a price before starting your journey. Taxis have meters, but they tend to go unused. Remember that fares are always negotiable, so start off by offering half the amount the driver asks for and go from there.


EVENTS

Singing the Blues: Love music? The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival attracts music fans from across the world every January. With major pop artists like Diana Ross and Maroon 5 having performed in the past, this festival is expanding outwards from its traditional roots.

A Reggae Extravaganza: If you love Bob Marley’s music, the annual week-long celebration for his birthday will be a great sight on your holiday. Some of the greatest Marley tribute acts can be seen during this momentous festival every February. 

Carnival beats: Easter is carnival time in the Caribbean and Jamaica’s version is known as Bacchanal. With pounding soca and calypso music on every corner, the streets of Kingston become a flurry of sequins and feathers so remember your camera!


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