From Georgian plantation houses and laid-back rum shacks to thundering waterfalls and misty mountain peaks, there is more to Jamaica than white sandy beaches. Birthplace of sporting legend, Usain Bolt, and the great Bob Marley, the island’s cultural heritage rivals its natural beauty. Here are the best ways to discover this vibrant Caribbean favourite.
Jamaica has a temperate year round climate with an average coastal temperature of 26 ˚C; the driest months are January to April.
What To Do
For high-octane thrills try tubing down the White River or riding a rainforest zip wire. Natural encounters include riding on horseback along Ochos Rios Beach, swimming with dolphins and scaling Dunns River Falls. Cultural highlights are varied; learn to cook Jamaican style in a former plantation house, explore a Blue Mountain coffee plantation, visit the Bob Marley Museum and walk to Mount Zion Rock where the music legend used to meditate. Or what better way to experience the culture of a nation than through its people? The Meet the People programme is a free service where visitors can meet individuals who share a common profession, hobby, or interest.
Would these books have been born if i had not been living in the gorgeous vacuum of a Jamaican holiday? I doubt it." - Ian Fleming
Where To Stay
For family adventures Half Moon, A Rock Resort offers a children and teen programme, together with a spa, championship golf course and range of water and land sports. With a cluster of suites and cottages set on a crescent of white sands, Jamaica Inn oozes colonial charm. Explore its tranquil cove by kayak, enjoy a massage at the open air spa, or relax in a hammock. For a romantic adventure, head to Goldeneye, where Ian Fleming wrote his famous novels. A handful of villas and cottages open directly onto either the resort's four-acre lagoon or private beach; for ultimate seclusion choose the author's former villa with its own gardens, pool and beach.