Jamaica

Jamaica has long established itself as the go-to island in the Caribbean. Whether you are looking for adventure or to simply relax on one of the many white sandy beaches, Jamaica offers something for everyone. The island is the third largest of the Greater Antilles and is over 4400 square miles in area. Beautiful rugged mountains dominate the inland whilst beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters surround the island. The main areas of interest are Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril. Direct flights operate from the UK to Montego Bay and Kingston. Montego Bay is located on the north west of the island with Negril on the western side of Jamaica. Ocho Rios can be found on the north side of the island, towards the east.

Montego Bay is the capital of St. James Parish and the second largest city in Jamaica by area. A popular tourist destination thanks in part to the restaurants, attractions, duty free shopping and beautiful beaches.

Negril is a small beach resort located across parts of 2 parishes – Westmoreland and Hanover. It is located just over an hour from Montego’s International Airport on the West Coast of Jamaica, which features the island’s finest beaches – Negril has often been referred to as “7-Mile Beach” although it is only slightly more than 4 miles in length.

Ocho Rios is a town in the parish of Saint Ann. Just outside the town, tourists can visit Columbus Park, where Columbus supposedly first came on land. Ocho Rios is the location we recommend to adrenalin? junkies as it hosts a range activities and attractions in a 10 mile radius including Dolphin Cove. Mystic Mountain and Dunn’s River Falls.

Jamaica certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to “things to do”. From hiking in the misty Blue Mountain tops, to horseback riding on the beach and warm river swims, Jamaica can offer you an action packed holiday. Popular activities include a visit to Dunn’s River Falls, jungle tubing, 4×4 off road adventures…or if golf is your activity of choice, Jamaica boasts 12 fine golf courses.

DINING, BARS AND NIGHTLIFE

When the sun goes down, Jamaica comes to life – with reggae beats, live music and dancing on the beach until dawn… One of the popular hotspots is Margaritaville, located in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril. A relaxing bar/grill by day and dance venue by night.

There is a range of dining venues to choose from – anything from fusion food to haute cuisine.

Anticipation at The Tryall Club

Anticipation at The Tryall Club

Anticipation at The Tryall Club, Jamaica

Anticipation at The Tryall Club is a six bedroom villa with 180 degree panoramic views of the sea and the championship golf course. Outside is a heated infinity pool, plunge poo...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Location: North coast near Montego Bay
From £1,480per night
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Bougainvillea at The Tryall Club

Bougainvillea at The Tryall Club

Bougainvillea at The Tryall Club, Jamaica

Bougainvillea at The Tryall Club is an impressive five-bedroom luxury villa covering more then 8000 square feet of indoor living space with unobstructed views of the sparkling wate...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: North coast near Montego Bay
From £1,184per night
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Bumpers Nest at The Tryall Club

Bumpers Nest at The Tryall Club

Bumpers Nest at The Tryall Club, Jamaica

Bumper's Nest at The Tryall Club encapsulates all that is synonymous with elegant Caribbean living with its lavish master cottage, handsome interiors and stunning views. Bumper...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Location: North coast near Montego Bay
From £1,727per night
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Cocosan Villa at Geejam Hotel

Cocosan Villa at Geejam Hotel

Cocosan Villa at Geejam Hotel, Jamaica

Part of the Geejam Hotels' Private Villa Collection , Cocosan Villa at Geejam Hotel offers an unmistakably unique take on contemporary Jamaican living. It features six generously p...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Location: Port Antonio, north east
From £4,104per night
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Following Seas at The Tryall Club

Following Seas at The Tryall Club

Following Seas at The Tryall Club, Jamaica

Following Seas at The Tryall Club is a luxury hideaway with panoramic views of the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea as well as mountain views of the western Jamaican lands...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Location: North coast near Montego Bay
From £2,221per night
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GoldenEye

GoldenEye

GoldenEye, Jamaica

Goldeneye spans 52 acres of lush tropical gardens on the north coast of Jamaica. The property has 13 One and Two Bedroom Villas and 6 Lagoon Cottages. There are 2 restaurants –on...

  • Bedrooms: 1-2
  • Maximum Guests: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1-2
  • Location: Near Ocho Rios
Half Moon Resort Rose Hall

Half Moon Resort Rose Hall

Half Moon Resort Rose Hall, Jamaica

Half Moon Rose Hall has been aptly named as it is located on a crescent shaped stretch of private beach in Montego Bay. This luxury resort offers a selection 31 lavish Royal Villas...

  • Bedrooms: 4-7
  • Maximum Guests: 14
  • Bathrooms: 4-7
  • Location: Montego Bay
From £1,110per night
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Hanover Grange at The Tryall Club

Hanover Grange at The Tryall Club

Hanover Grange at The Tryall Club, Jamaica

Hanover Grange at The Tryall Club is a stunning new addition to Jamaica's renowned villa estate and provides unrivalled luxury in the heart of the Caribbean close to Montego Bay. ...

  • Bedrooms: 9
  • Maximum Guests: 18
  • Bathrooms: 9
  • Location: North coast near Montego Bay
From £2,369per night
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Karma Bay at The Tryall Club

Karma Bay at The Tryall Club

Karma Bay at The Tryall Club, Jamaica

Karma Bay at The Tryall Club offers a taste of paradise with waves lapping the shores and the trade winds blowing through the palm trees. The beautiful beachfront home has six air-...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Location: North coast near Montego Bay
From £1,480per night
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Little Hill at The Tryall Club

Little Hill at The Tryall Club

Little Hill at The Tryall Club, Jamaica

Guests staying at Little Hill at The Tryall Club Jamaica can enjoy panoramic 360 degree views of the Caribbean Sea, the landscape and the championship golf course. The villa has be...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: North coast near Montego Bay
From £987per night
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GETTING THERE

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic both have a scheduled service from London Gatwick. Virgin Atlantic flies into Montego International Airport and British Airways fly into Kingston Airport. Kingston is located on the South Coast and is 2 hour drive from Ocho Rios. Flights depart mid-morning and arrive Jamaica mid-afternoon. Most return flights leave late afternoon and arrive in London the following morning.

Capital: Kingston
Flying time: 10 hours
Language: English
Country Size: 4441 square miles
Time Difference from UK: -4 hours Winter/ -5 hours Summer
Currency: UD Dollars and Jamaica Dollars are accepted generally accepted equally.
Voltage: 110 volts, 2 pin plugs
Driving: Left hand side of the road
Airport: Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay or Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston
Entry Requirements: British citizens do not require a visa. You will require a valid passport with 6 months validity
Drink the water: Water in Jamaica, as a rule, is safe to drink from the tap. You can also use tap water (known as pipe water in Jamaica) to clean your teeth, take a bath, cook food, wash clothing in, etc. just as you would at home. You can also place ice in your drinks.
Beaches: There are over 70 public beaches in Jamaica. Many beachfront hotels are able to control the access to what is effectively their private beach. Some may allow access for a fee to non-resident guests.
Health and Safety: Vaccinations are not required but it is always recommended you see your doctor before you travel.

Temperatures in Jamaica are fairly constant throughout the year, averaging 25-30°C in the lower regions and 15-22°C in the mountain areas, making it a popular year-round destination. Peak season runs from mid-December to end of April. Rainfall is heaviest from May to October, the heaviest being typical in those 2 months.