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One of the Caribbean’s most popular villa destinations, Jamaica has something for everyone and every occasion. Many venture to Jamaica to tan and relax on the breathtaking beaches, while others come to enjoy the plethora of activities. Avid snorkelers and scuba divers can discover the beautiful coral reefs and exotic marine life. Coffee lovers will take pleasure in the delicious home-grown coffee from the famous Jamaican Blue Mountains, which are also ideal for hiking and horseback riding. Sightseers will want to climb the world-famous 600-foot-high Dunn's River Falls, and bird-lovers will enjoy the Rocklands Feeding Station, home to Jamaica’s 27 native species. Those who want to see beautiful sunsets should partake in the Jamaican tradition and head over to the famous Rick’s Cafe in Negril, where visitors will not only see magnificent sunset views, but also watch brave cliff-jumpers dive into the crystal-clear water.
A villa vacation in Jamaica is unique in that many of our villas come with a full staff (chef, butler, housekeeper and laundress) included. The friendly staff will treat you with their “No problem, mon” service, where everything you desire is at your beck and call.
Jamaica is a large island with lots to do and see. Here are a few recommendations to get you started:
See historic sites: the ruins of the 17th-century Fort Montego overlook the harbor. The Georgian Town Houses used to be the residences of wealthy merchants and planters, now occupied by restaurants (Town House and Georgian House). These restored plantation houses of Greenwood and Rose Hall are over 200 years old. Daily guided tours provide a glimpse of life on a sugar plantation. Port Royal, once the headquarters of the British navy in the Caribbean, and a pirate base prior to that, is now a fishing village. Attractions include military forts, armaments and artifacts. The 200-year old great house is the centerpiece of the 300-acre Marshall’s Pen cattle ranch. Guided tours showcase antiques, stamp and shell collections, and the wildlife sanctuary.
For beautiful scenery, visit the Negril Point Lighthouse, Dunn’s River Falls, the caves of Green Grotto Lake or the Rockfort natural mineral spa. At Fern Gully, discover the 500 species of rain forest ferns. Or, see Jamaica’s tallest point, Blue Mountain Peak.
Visit a museum: the outdoor Columbus Park Museum displays artifacts of old Jamaica including cannons, carved canoes and farm implements. The island’s National Gallery houses the world's largest collection of Jamaican art. And, Bob Marley's home and recording studio is now a museum.
With shallow reefs, walls and caverns, the diving opportunities in Jamaica are diverse. The water is warm (80° year-round) and visibility is very good. There are licensed dive operators in Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios, Falmouth, Runaway Bay and Kingston. The Jamaican government is beginning to establish marine parks to protect the fragile underwater ecosystems.
A half or full day deep sea fishing charter will bring you face-to-face with exciting game fishing. Catches include blue marlin, qahoo, tuna, bonito, kingfish and dolphin.
Jamaica provides the perfect atmosphere for horseback riding, offering first-class mounts for treks over miles of trails. Chukka Cove, between Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay, has a large equestrian center, where you may be able to get together a competitive game of polo!
You'll find numerous courses throughout Jamaica, and they are among the best in the Caribbean. A few top courses include the Tryall Club, Half Moon Golf Club and Sandals Golf and Country Club.
The northwest coast, including Montego Bay, offers several white sand beaches such as Doctor's Cave Beach, Walter Fletcher Beach and Cornwall Beach.
Frenchman's Bay, said to be one of the most beautiful small beaches in Jamaica, can be found east of Port Antonio. Relax in the shade of the foliage in the cove, enjoy the scenery, sunbathe on the beach, and grab a bite to eat at the food concession.
Boston Bay, just east of Port Antonio, has a lovely beach with fishing boats and beach stands where you can sample the jerk pork and chicken. Surfers will enjoy the large sets that roll ashore.
Blue Lagoon is a popular beach and swimming area, due to its 180-foot depth. If the name sounds familiar, it's because this is where the movie "Blue Lagoon" was filmed. The depth of the water makes for a beaufitul cobalt blue hue. This a great place to swim and enjoy the scenery. There is an admission fee charged.
Negril offers seven miles of golden sand - perfect for a wide variety of water sports. It's on the island's west coast, where you can catch spectacular sunsets.
Enjoy all kinds of nightlife in Jamaica, from clubs in Negril to laid-back waterfront bars and restaurants to dance parties on the beach. Visit the famous Rick's Cafe, a great place for sunsets and live reggae.
Jamaica has plenty of duty-free shops and straw markets - where bargaining is standard practice. Jamaica is famous for its Blue Mountain coffee and its sauces, like Pickapeppa Sauce.
Purchases of goods and services on island may be made with any currency which is negotiable in Jamaica. Before making any purchases, be sure that you understand what currency is being quoted.
- There are two major International airports in Jamaica with non-stop flights from many US cities; Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston and Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. The airport in Montego Bay tends to cater more to tourists heading to Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Negril.
- Make sure you have at least one meal that includes zesty Jamaican jerk chicken.
- Jamaica has one of the most varied climates in the Caribbean. The average temperatures at the coast range from 71° to 88°.
- USD widely accepted, but it’s wise to exchange a small amount into the Jamaican dollar for transactions with beach/roadside vendors. Be sure to ask which dollar unit is being quoted when making any purchase in Jamaica.
- Credit Cards are widely accepted at tourist-friendly establishments.
- A private car and driver is the best way to get around in Jamaica. We are more than happy to arrange this service for you to ensure hassle-free transportation on your vacation.