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.

The Caves Negril

The Caves Negril

The Caves Negril, Jamaica

The Caves Negril capture all the essence of a seductive beachfront retreat and is poised on the limestone cliffs of Negril’s scenic West End in Jamaica. There are 12 exclusive cl...

  • Bedrooms: 1-4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 1-4
  • Location: Negril
From £875per night
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The Fleming Villa

The Fleming Villa

The Fleming Villa, Jamaica

The Fleming Villa along with its satellite cottages, Pool House and Sweet Spot offers the utmost privacy with your own private beach, swimming pool, and tropical gardens. This...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: North coast near Ocho Rios
Villa Ballets Negres

Villa Ballets Negres

Villa Ballets Negres, Jamaica

Villa Ballets Negres is a modern and contemporary four bedroom home located above the idyllic fishing village of Whitehouse on the south west coast. Villa Ballets Negres' interi...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: South west
Villa Lolita at The Tryall Club

Villa Lolita at The Tryall Club

Villa Lolita at The Tryall Club, Jamaica

Villa Lolita at The Tryall Club in Montego Bay Jamaica,  is in a lovely setting and is an elegant and sophisticated sanctuary with contemporary furnishings. This beautiful home...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: North coast near Montego Bay
From £1,367per night
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Villa Phoenix at The Tryall Club

Villa Phoenix at The Tryall Club

Villa Phoenix at The Tryall Club, Jamaica

Villa Phoenix at The Tryall Club, Montego Bay Jamaica has been built in the traditional Caribbean style and is perfectly located on the beachfront with access to two private white...

  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Maximum Guests: 14
  • Bathrooms: 7
  • Location: North near Montego Bay
From £1,673per night
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Villa Turrasann

Villa Turrasann

Villa Turrasann, Jamaica

Villa Turrasann offers solitude, perfect for a family holiday, a romantic getaway or just as a home away from home in a beachfront setting. Villa Turrasann offers 4000 square fe...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: Runaway Bay
From £594per night
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Windrush at The Tryall Club

Windrush at The Tryall Club

Windrush at The Tryall Club, Jamaica

Windrush at The Tryall Club Jamaica is a magnificent villa set on a peaceful cusp of Barnes Hill and sits amidst 5 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and is positioned so that...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Location: North coast near Montego Bay
From £1,577per 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.