Half Moon Bay, Montego Bay, Jamaica at sunset

Holidays to Jamaica

Reggae sounds and swaying palms

The island of Jamaica sits to the south of Cuba in the centre of the Caribbean – a place synonymous with Rastafarian culture and good vibrations. Here, you’ll find perfect white-sand beaches ringed by coral reefs, rainforest-cloaked mountains, and hidden waterfalls. History buffs are also catered for, thanks to villages full of Georgian houses, and a countryside peppered with colonial plantation houses.

Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril are among the most popular beach-facing resorts, and there are lesser-known, sleepier places like Lucea and Runaway Bay to choose from, too. Wherever you visit, the songs of Bob Marley are sure to form the soundtrack to your stay. The legendary singer brought reggae music to the masses and no trip to the island is complete a visit to the Bob Marley Museum in the capital, Kingston.

Like all the Caribbean islands, Jamaica is blessed with sugar-white beaches and glass-clear waters. The northwest coast, especially, is breath-taking, with Seven Mile Beach in Negril widely considered to be the most picture-perfect stretch on the island. Special mentions also go to Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay, and Turtle Beach in Ocho Rios.

Spectacular shores are just one side of the story in Jamaica. There’s so much to see on the island, including plantation mansions, beauty spots like Dunn’s River Falls, and Montego Bay’s world-famous Rose Hall – a grand mansion rumoured to be haunted by the spirit of a witch. As for the capital Kingston, it’s a rainbow-coloured city full of museums and galleries.

As soon as you sip on a Red Stripe or sample a honey-like Jamaican rum, you’ll get into the laid-back swing of life on the island. And you’re never far from the hot and spicy smoke of jerk chicken or pork barbecues on the beach. The national dish, ackee and saltfish, is delicious and a must-try while on holiday in Jamaica.

Non-stop flights from London to Jamaica take around 10 hours. The fastest flight to Jamaica is from London Gatwick to Kingston and takes around 9 hours and 45 minutes.

Jamaica’s dry season is between December and mid-April. During these months, visitors can expect lots of sunshine, very little rainfall, and temperatures in the mid to high thirties.

The UK is six hours ahead of Jamaica.

There are three international airports in Jamaica – Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica's capital city, Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, and the Ian Fleming International Airport in Ocho Rios.

The official currency in Jamaica is Jamaican Dollars, but US Dollars are widely accepted, too.

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