Jamaica

Travel Guide
Boscobel showing a sandy beach

While this large Caribbean island is famed for its laid-back music and vibe, adventure opportunities also abound in its lagoons and lush mountains.

Travel to the enchanting island of Jamaica, a Caribbean retreat with gorgeous landscapes ripe for adventures, such as hiking mountains or rafting on rivers. Listen to vendors haggling at outdoor food markets, head to remote coves and inlets and tackle the waves on a surfboard.

Explore Jamaica’s cultural hub, the capital city of Kingston, to find local art galleries and colonial houses. Examine the art at the National Gallery of Jamaica and inspect the beautiful antiques on show at Devon House. Bob Marley’s own wooden house in Kingston now serves as a shrine to the reggae superstar and houses the Bob Marley Museum.

Head to the north to see Montego Bay, which features lush green golf courses, sandy beaches and other natural treasures. In the daytime, board a wooden raft with an experienced guide for a tour of the Martha Brae River. In the evenings, take a boat tour over the Luminous Lagoon to see it light up with glowing microorganisms.

To the east of Montego Bay is Ocho Rios, a forming fishing village turned tourist hotspot with lots of interesting places to shop. Browse gemstones at luxury jewelers and buy local handcrafts from outdoor stalls. Climb up nearby Island Gully Falls to splash about in the sparkling blue pools.

Jamaica is known for its picturesque beaches and watersports. On the east side of the island lies Winnifred Beach, one of Jamaica’s most gorgeous beaches with crystal clear water and fish-filled coral reefs. Stay on the sand and relax under the shade of trees or take a boat trip to nearby Monkey Island.

Three international airports provide plenty of options for tourists visiting Jamaica. Fly into Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston if you’re planning to spend lots of time in the capital. Sangster International Airport is best for Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. Book a small plane into Ian Fleming International Airport if you’re staying on the north coast.

Visit the island paradise of Jamaica for tropical sunshine, adventurous outdoor activities and relaxing walks through beautiful natural scenery.

Popular cities in Jamaica

Kingston featuring heritage elements, boating and a sunset
Kingston
Known for Dining, Business and Ports
On the Caribbean coast, at the base of rolling mountains, is Jamaica’s distinctive capital, a place that has seen a turbulent history but where life is mostly lived with laid-back attitude.

Reasons to visit

  • Bob Marley Museum
  • Devon House
  • National Heroes Park
Montego Bay showing a coastal town, general coastal views and a sandy beach
Montego Bay
Known for Beach view, Entertainment and Excursions
This Caribbean city offers the essential vacation ingredients: white-sand beaches, a rich history and a relaxed pace.

Reasons to visit

  • Rose Hall Great House
  • Doctor's Cave Beach
  • AquaSol Theme Park
Ocho Rios featuring a beach, tropical scenes and swimming
Ocho Rios
Known for Romantic, Excursions and Sea
An idyllic vacation spot on Jamaica’s north coast, this town is a port for luxury cruises, a shopper’s delight and a backdrop for the capers of fictional spies.

Reasons to visit

  • Dunn's River Falls
  • Turtle Beach
  • Mystic Mountain
Negril which includes tropical scenes and rocky coastline
Negril
Known for Beach view, Sunsets and Seafood
This town has gorgeous beaches, a lighthouse, a boulevard, cliff jumps, wildlife in the wetlands and nightlife, great ingredients for a diverse vacation.

Reasons to visit

  • Seven Mile Beach
  • Negril Lighthouse
Port Antonio which includes tropical scenes and general coastal views
Port Antonio
Known for Beach view, River view and Cultural activities
Still glittering from its years as a glamorous getaway for the stars, this secluded Jamaican town offers the chance to escape the crowds and slow down.

Reasons to visit

  • Blue Lagoon
  • Winnifred Beach
Mandeville
Mandeville
Known for Friendly people, Golf and Gardens
Trip time! Discover the parks, university life, and history in Mandeville.

Popular places to visit in Jamaica

Jamaica

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