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Guide to vacations in Jamaica

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Welcome to Jamaica-a wonderfully diverse island paradise with deep rich history, vibrant culture and a plethora of attractions! With its sun-drenched beaches, crystal-clear waters and intense natural beauty Jamaica has become a favorite travel destination for those who plan their holiday in the stunning Caribbean. Jamaica has it all: scenic nature and lush vegetation, flowing rivers, spectacular waterfalls, coral reefs and a fabulous array of sports, tours and activities to capture almost everyone's interest and lifestyle. Add to these a wide selection of restaurants, for both fine and casual dining and luxury accommodation options. Jamaica really knows how to entertain its visitors no matter what kind of vacation you are going to have. Once in Jamaica, you will desire to return again and again.

When Christopher Columbus first set eyes on the island of Jamaica in the 15th century, he described the island as the fairest island eyes have beheld where the land seems to touch the sky. Part of the Central American continent, Jamaica is the largest island of the Commonwealth Caribbean and the third largest of the Greater Antilles, after Cuba and Hispaniola, with an overall area of 4,411 square miles. Jamaica enjoys tropical delightful climate with constant warm to hot temperatures year-round. May to November are considered the wettest months with the heaviest rains occurring between September and October. The winter season which lasts December to April experiences the nicest climate and is when the main tourist season begins.

What is striking about Jamaica is its mountainous nature. The mountains of the island fall into three groups: Blue Mountains, which are the highest mountains in Jamaica (2,250 meters), the second group is mainly composed of limestone stretching from Stony Hill to Cockpit country, and the third group or the western section with lush green mountains with Dolphin Head as its center. Jamaica is also home to a vast number of rivers, the largest of which is 73 km long Black River offering extremely popular sporting pastime. Other well-known rivers include Rio Grande, St. Thomas and Portland.

Montego Bay or Mo Bay, as it's popularly known, is one of the most fascinating tourist destinations in the world, located on Jamaica's northwest coast. Though Montego Bay is Jamaica's second city in size and importance, it is the 'tourism capital' of the island, boasting some of the most exclusive beaches in Jamaica, including the picture-postcard perfect Doctor's Cave Beach; 10-mile shoreline fronted by coral reefs and aquamarine blue lagoons; several historical perspectives, souvenir shops and a wide selection of accommodation options from small and intimate places to luxury villas and resorts, still gracing the hills with fabulous sea views.

Ocho Rios, meaning 'Eight Rivers,' is the first town in Jamaica to be developed specifically as a resort and the second major tourist town on the north coast, famous for its majestic beaches, wonderful restaurants offering a wide range of culinary delights, airstrip and modern cruise facilities, fine accommodation options and a vast array diving adventures in such hotspots as Dolphin Cove, Shaw Park Gardens and Dunn's River Falls. Ocho Rios attracts more than 700,000 tourists each year.

Jamaica Vacations

Vacation in Jamaica means friendly smiles of the locals, splendid beaches, romance and the Caribbean sunshine. Jamaica is graced with spectacular natural beauty featuring rolling green hills and valleys in the center of the island, lush jungles and rich flora with a veritable rainbow of flowering trees and plants, for which Jamaica has won several times the prestigious world travel award "Best Caribbean Destination". Outdoor adventures, romantic escapades and resort experiences flourish on Jamaica. Whether you are a new visitor or returning, Jamaica has a wide selection of distinct experiences to entice and dazzle. Explore the island and discover your ideal travel experience. One of the most beautiful Caribbean hotspots Jamaica is an ideal place for those in search of fun, sand and sun!

Honeymoons in Jamaica are something more than special, offering beauty, luxury and ultimate travel services. The well-known honeymoon destinations include Blue Mountains, the Cave Valley, and the Black river, as well as romantic beaches, featuring lots of entertaining and relaxing services. Whether you are in search of history, culture, or the beach, Jamaica honeymoons are stress free and unforgettable. Jamaica is home to three main beaches idyllic for honeymoon vacations, Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios, featuring amazing luxury resorts and beach house villas a vibrant nightlife and great shopping opportunities. Create your Jamaican honeymoon experience and enjoy the combination of island charm and new world decadence!

Things to do in Jamaica

Resort towns in Jamaica are numerous and very different, so this island can satisfy all vacation dreams. There are plenty of fun things to do in Jamaica from quiet and relaxing to active and adventurous! Sightseeing tours, excursions and other above and below the surface activities are waiting to be experienced.

Dolphin Cove at Treasure Reef is one of the top highlights of Jamaica located in the town of Ocho Rios. Here you will have the unique chance to get into the water and be in close contact with the ocean's most intelligent creatures, dolphins as you swim and frolic with them. Stroke their smooth skin, get kissed with them and create lifelong memories. Swimming with dolphins is really fun.

Scuba Diving is something not-to-be-missed. The PADI Discover Scuba Diving course is a great introduction to this popular water sport. The crystal-clear blue waters of Caribbean featuring beautiful coral reefs and fascinating marine life with schools of colorful tropical fish and other underwater habitats make scuba diving ideal. You can find the best scuba diving in the town of Negril, offering a wide choice of dive sites best suited for all levels, from coral formations to caves and wrecks.

Deep Sea Fishing is another popular water sport in Jamaica which may be arranged from several places. The closet to Silver Sands is the marina at Glistering Waters, located midway between the town of Falmouth and the Trelawny Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios. Jamaica hosts several annual blue marlin tournaments that attract anglers from all over the globe. What the fishers can catch are blue and white marlin, tuna and dolphin.

Other land and water activities you can engage in include swimming in the Blue Lagoon, playing golf, shopping in the wonderful Jamaican shops, hiking and trekking tours and at least relaxing on a beach.

Whether you are planning a family vacation, a wedding or honeymoon in the glorious Caribbean, head to the romantic Jamaica, the country of sea-green beaches, vibrant history and colorful culture, amazing waterfalls and enticing tropical beauty!

Jamaica Hotels and Resorts

Jamaica boasts a host of accommodation options from bare-bones bed and breakfast places and guest houses to upscale beach resorts and everything in between, offering extraordinary accommodation services and amenities best suited for all tastes and budgets.

Nearly all hotels offer wonderful opportunities for practicing exciting land and water sports, including hiking, mountain climbing, trekking, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, swimming, sailing, snorkeling and others. Whether you are in search of a getaway with the whole family or just a couple's retreat, you'll certainly find the right Jamaica option on the island ready to satisfy all holiday dreams and vacation desires. Jamaica is home to around 500+ hotels, mainly distributed in the towns of Montego Bay, Negril and Port Antonio, most popular of which are stunning all-inclusive resorts. Below are some of the best-known 5-star hotels of Jamaica.

Known as the 'jewel' of Jamaica the award-winning Couples Sans Souci sits on 14 hectares of tropically landscaped, lush gardens, four miles east of the stunning Ocho Rios. The hotel features 150 well-appointed luxury suites, most with private balconies or terraces overlooking the ocean, with modern room amenities and facilities. Recreation facilities include 4 freshwater swimming pools, of which 1 is natural mineral pool, 3 outdoor Jacuzzis, 2 golden beaches, fully equipped gymnasium and fitness center, as well as beauty salon.

There is a wide array of activities to engage in, including limitless 18-hole golf course, water-skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling and windsurfing. What you should expect from the luxurious Couples Sans Souci is the unparalleled spa treatments, magnificent cuisine and top-notching service. The hotel is ideal for those who want to spend their once-in-a-life-experience in a romantic 'getaway'.

Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall is a brand-new adults-only all-inclusive hotel, situated on the beautiful historic site of Rose Hall, only 20 minutes away from Sangster International Airport, in the town of Montego Bay, offering the premier component of Iberostar's Grand collection. The hotel features 293 oversized oceanview or oceanfront suites and 2 presidential suites, all tastefully designed with modern amenities, including air-conditioning, plasma TV, DVD player, iPod compatible docking station, fabulous bathrooms with whirlpools, mini-bar, 24-hour deluxe room service, as well as unique Concierge and Butler service. Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall also boasts fine dining options, including Japanese, Italian Steakhouse culinary delights. Indulge in the plethora of activities of this five-star luxury hotel and enjoy your stay to the fullest!

Another luxury getaway in Jamaica offers the phenomenal Round Hill Hotel & Villas, boasting 36 white-on-white rooms, 27 private villas, most with their own pools, and a luxury world-class spa. Recreational activities in Round Hill include yoga classes, tennis, aerobics, golf, rafting, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing as well as glass-bottom-boat tours. Add to these bird-watching, fishing and horse riding (rental). Jeep safaris and jungle river tubing are also available.

The five-diamond Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort Rose Hall, located at 5,000 picture-perfect acres in Jamaica's stunning Rose Hall Plantation, Montego Bay, just a few minutes from the vibrant city center, is an idyllic beachfront hideaway that has brought luxury to the island nation and gained a reputation of one of the Caribbean's best values.

The resort is home to 428 tastefully decorated rooms and suites with modern amenities, including air-conditioning, telephone, plasma cable TVs, daily maid service, dial-up internet service, in-room safes and non-smoking room.

You can find an 18-hole championship golf course and additional 36-hole championship golf within the Rose Hall Resort Area.

The resort boasts a full service Spa and fine dining options. Recreation facilities include outdoor pool, hot tub, Jacuzzi, and a well equipped gym. Engage in boating, sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities and make your stay unforgettable.

Located on the north coast of Jamaica and stretching across 400 lushly landscaped acres the luxury resort Half Moon Montego Bay is one of the world's best-known hotspots, featuring 2 miles of powdery white sands and a wide choice of leisure facilities, superb culinary delights and top-notch service for a high-class and quality holiday experience. Accommodations at Half Moon range from intimate to grand; you can choose from 398 rooms and suites from four to seven bedrooms, each with its own unique decor and personality and with utmost room-amenities and facilities.

The resort boasts private Dolphin Lagoon, over 53 pools including Olympic-size lap pool and swim-up pool bar, 6 restaurants and 8 bars, 13 lighted tennis courts, equestrian centre and petting zoo, fully equipped fitness center, meeting facilities, full-service health spa and much more for teens and younger children. Additional services include babysitting, florist, dentist and 24-hour on-site medical center. Half moon offers an array of water sports, including glass-bottom boat, deep-sea fishing and banana boat rides.

Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa is another luxury 5-star adults-only, all-inclusive resort, offering rejuvenation and full relaxation. Situated on the far-western tip of Jamaica on Negril Beach, the resort is approximately 45 miles from Sangster International Airport. The resort features 223 spacious rooms and suites in eight categories. This world-class beachfront property is noteworthy for its dazzling array of dining, entertainment and nightlife options, as well as for its all-inclusive spa, promising ultimate in relaxation. There are two state-of-the-art fitness centers, a gift shop, swim-up Crystal Lagoon, Millionaire Plantation, and seven-mile fantastic beach.