With a population of about three million people, lively Jamaica is one of the Caribbeanís most beautiful islands. Most tourists come to Jamaica for its stunning beaches, but the spectacular mountains should not be missed either. Jamaica has a rich British-influence that is mixed with a strong African culture and heritage. This travel guide should help plan your vacation and give you some vacation ideas.
Jamaica Flights Advice: Air Jamaica is the national airline flying to a range of worldwide destinations. Book flights online.
Beach Resorts and Hotels: beach resorts such as Sandals are the most common way to see the island.
Montego Bay: Montego Bay is known locally as Mo Bay and it is the most commonly visited resort area on the island. The rich famous are the royal have all visited this excellent area with wonderful beaches over the years.
Ocho Rios: Ocho Rios is the second major tourist town on the north coast of Jamaica. With excellent beaches and a wide range of accommodation options, thereís something here to suit all. Many cruises call at Ocho Rios. Ocho Rios has itís own airstrip so visitors can catch a flight here.
Negril: This town used to be a hippy town, as such it still retains a lot of this laid back lifestyle. Itís a popular place for scuba diving, and has some of the finest beaches on the island.
Kingston: Kingston is the cultural and administrative capital of Jamaica.
Mandeville: Mandeville is the main town of the parish of Manchester, and is a great base for visitng this mountainous region. Itís a charming town worth exploring, and tours to the nearby countryside can be organised.
St Elizabeth: picturesque fishing villages and deserted beaches along the southern coastline, this is a quieter part of Jamaica.
Port Antonio: the first resort on the island, here has traditionally been popular with writers and artists, and is a very picturesque area to visit.
Jamaica is most famous for itís sandy beaches which make a perfect location for oneís all inclusive vacation. Most resorts on the island are of four to five star standard. Very popular are the Sandals Resorts. On the other hand, itís also possible to find budget hotels suitable for backpackers. Jamaica is a popular destination for spring breakers Ė as such honeymooners and families might want to avoid visiting during this period of the year. Hedonism can be rife when the sprink break is on - check out the hedonism resorts! If you are on a family vacation itís best to come either in the winter or summer months, though the country has excellent weather year round. While the hurricane season is from August to November, itís unlikely to spoil your holiday.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Jamaica is probably January or February Ė the weather is excellent, and the crowds arenít present that might be in December. During the summer months, the climate can be hotter and a little muggier, and as it is peak tourist season, the beaches and hotels can be more crowded. On the whole the weather and climate are one of the major attractions for visitors Ė it is sunny all year round ,and when it rains it is not normally for an extended period of time.