As the home of Bob Marley, Usain Bolt and James Bond, Jamaica is one of the more famous and lively Caribbean islands. There is a really colourful culture to match the island’s vibrant tropical scenery and you’ll find plenty to see and do here. From cruising down the Rio Grande River on a bamboo raft to splashing around on the cascading waterfalls at Dunn’s River, outdoor adventure is the name of the game here. We’d also recommend enjoying a rum tasting (or two!) and finding a local reggae bar to while away an evening with some jerk chicken in. Of course, there are plenty of beautiful and largely unspoilt beaches to choose from too.
Rum-based drinks and the Caribbean have become somewhat synonymous over the years, but did you know that Jamaica was the first Caribbean island to commercially produce rum? We can arrange various rum tastings across the island, including at the famous Appleton Estate.
Experience This: Dunn’s River Falls
The cascading waterfalls that make up Dunn’s River Falls near Ocho Rios are simply stunning. The falls are constantly regenerating and changing in shape, but reach a height of around 55 meters at the top of the various levels, and empty right into the sea at their bottom. The waterfalls are interspersed by pretty lagoons and you can climb to the top with breaks for a refreshing dip or two along the way.
Experience This: Frenchman’s Cove Beach
The award for best beach in Jamaica has to go to the private sandy shores at Frenchman’s Cove. What makes this small sheltered bay so special is that the river actually flows right into the sea here, from a lush jungle backdrop that gives the beach a really wild and unspoilt feel. Sit and soak up the postcard-perfect views from one of the swings that hang from the wild mango trees at the back of the beach.
Experience This: The Mystic Mountain Bobsled
The heartwarming journey of Jamaica’s first bobsled team to reach the Winter Olympics featured in the cult film Cool Runnings. Have your own bobsled adventure at the Mystic Mountain adventure park in Ocho Rios, which has a 1,000m-long tree-lined track twisting through the rainforest and down the mountainside.
Experience This: Rio Grande Rafting
Go off-the-beaten-track in Jamaica and spend a day away from the beach in the lush north-east of the island. Board a traditional bamboo raft and wind your way down the Rio Grande River, floating through tropical jungle and spotting colourful birdlife en route to your lunch spot, Miss Belinda’s. Here, tuck into hearty Jamaican cuisine cooked fresh on a wooden stove and listen to the surrounding sounds of the jungle. Finally, head back to your beach base for dinner.
When To Go
Jamaica’s warm, tropical climate means it has two distinct seasons, the wet and the dry. For dry, sunny weather, the best time to visit is between December and April, although we’d argue that the months of November and April are just as lovely, and far less busy. If you’re not a fan of rain, we’d advise you against travelling in October and November, which are the wettest months.
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