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Jamaica

It’s easy to wax lyrical about Jamaica, the famous island in the north Caribbean. From the glorious glow of its sunsets, to the unique and engaging ways of its people, its alluring white sandy beaches, lush green mountains and sparkling waterfalls – all of these stunning features can inspire the poet in anyone. The beauty of this island paradise has drawn visitors for centuries.

The main resorts on the island are Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios. In these lively towns, luxury beachfront hotels sit shoulder-to-shoulder with reggae bars, bric-a-brac huts and nightclubs. A sleepier scene, meanwhile, comes courtesy of untouched Lucea and peaceful Runaway Bay. Here, you’ll find virgin beaches and a snail-like pace.

Among the many great things to see and do in Jamaica, there are destinations such as Kingston’s Bob Marley Museum, Spanish Town, or the Montego Bay Marine Park and Rose Hall (said to be haunted). In Ocho Rios, visit Dolphin Cove and Dunn’s River Falls, or explore the Green Grotto Caves. Fans of the movie Blue Lagoon will find the actual site near Port Antonio, while rum enthusiasts will enjoy the Appleton Rum Estate on Jamaica’s South Coast. Jamaica’s Blue Mountains boast some exciting hiking trails for the adventurous, and there are caves and waterfalls to explore as well.

Due to its tropical climate Jamaica is a popular destination all year, but the best time to visit is between mid-December and mid-April, which is the peak tourist season. If want to avoid the crowds consider visiting in the rainy season which has its own charms.

When to visit

The best time to visit Jamaica is November to mid-December. That’s when the island’s already beautiful weather (ranging from mid-70s to the high 80s all year-round) is the most pleasant and the hotel and flight deals are the easiest to find. Rates can also be cheaper during the summer, but you’ll risk the wrath of hurricane season. January to March is the peak travel season to the island.