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" There's no place like Jamaica, man "

 

... told a dread-locked cab driver me with a big smile, en route to the hotel, whizzing by verdant hills and turquoise waters, a Bob Marley reggae tune pumping out of the radio... and I couldn't agree more!

Named  “land of wood and water” or in their dialect  "Xaymaca" by the Arawak Indians, early residents who arrived from South America around 650 AD,  Jamaica was visited by Christopher Columbus in 1494 on his second voyage to the New World. 

The Spanish lost the island in 1655 to the English. Soon, slavery increased as sugar became a booming industry. In 1834, slavery was abolished, but  the sugar industry remained and joined  by the banana industry, and at the turn of the century visitors began to arrive aboard those banana boats.

The tourism business grew to become Jamaica’s most important form of income.

 

Three distinctive areas house the majority of Jamaica's resorts & hotels. All offer turquoise waters, powdery beaches and the "Don't worry, be happy!" atmosphere.

MONTEGO BAY

OCHO RIOS / RUNAWAY BAY / BRACO

NEGRIL / LUCEA / WHITEHOUSE

FALMOUTH

 

Jamaica is the third largest Island in the Caribbean behind Cuba and Hispaniola. It is approx. 4244 square miles in size. It is approx. 50 miles wide by 150 miles long and reaches an elevation of more than 7200 feet at its highest point. Jamaica’s size and varied terrain allow for a diversity of growing conditions. 

"Out of many, one people"- The Jamaican Motto. From its beginnings as a major point in the American slave trade to its multiracial society of today, Jamaica has come a long way in a relatively short time. Jamaica’s present population consists mostly of descendants of African blacks, plus several small East Indian, Chinese, and European minorities. The official language of Jamaica is English, but "patois" is widely spoken. 

Jamaica is easy to get to as it is only a one and a half hour flight time from Miami.  Most visitors arrive at the Montego Bay International airport. Some of the any popular destinations are, Negril,  is the home to the finest sunsets in the world and the world's greatest beach, is located on the western tip of Jamaica, one and a half hours from Montego Bay. Runaway Bay is one hour east of the airport and is a great place to escape. Ocho Rios is one and a half hours east and is a popular destination for cruise ships. Port Antonio, with its rugged coastline and beautiful mountains is considered by many to be Jamaica's hidden treasure, is one and a half hours past Ocho Rios on the same road. The more adventurous head to the Blue Mountains in eastern Jamaica. The Blue Mountains is home of the finest coffee in the world. 

The climate is  tropical. The average temperature is around 80 degrees.

 

 

Jamaican Honeymoons

From one end of the island to the other, Jamaica has more choice for honeymooners than any other destination in the Caribbean. Each of six distinctive resort areas – Negril , Ocho Rios, Port Antonio, Montego Bay, the South Coast and Kingston, offers something to satisfy any couple’s idea of the perfect honeymoon.

Jamaica also offers more choice of where to spend this most precious of times together ...
Getting Married in Jamaica

Did you know that you can tie the knot in Jamaica just 24 hours after you arrive, with hardly any red tape at all, and without a blood test? A lot of the properties we promote, offer a Wedding Ceremony complimentary!


 

Ocho Rios & Runaway Bay / Braco

 

Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay are the heart of a north coast region scattered with fern-clad cliffs and breathtaking waterfalls, not far from where Columbus first landed more than 500 years ago. 


Amazed by the island’s beauty, the explorer declared: "It is the fairest island ever eyes beheld...mountainous, and the land seems to touch the sky." Jamaicans say that Ocho Rios is the place where heaven spills into the seas.

   
OCHO RIOS ACCOMMODATIONS RUNAWAY BAY ACCOMMODATIONS
   
   Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa       Superfun Beach Resort & Spa                              
   Sandals Grande Riviera Beach           Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort                
   Sandals Royal Plantation Golf  & Spa       Franklin D Resort                                           
   Beaches Ocho Rios Spa  & Golf Resort                                            Royal Decameron Club Caribbean                 
                                      Braco Village Hotel & Spa  by Melia                       
   Couples Tower Isle Ocho Rios                                      G Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica

RIU Ocho Rios

    Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa
   Couples Sans Souci              Club Ambiance    *
   Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort          
                   
   The Enchanted Garden          *        
   Shaw Park Beach Resort                           
   Silver Seas Resort                 *                       
    Jamaica Inn                                                
    Goldeneye                                                          
    Sandcastles                                                
    Mystic Ridge Resort             *                                     

Rooms on the Beach               

 

 

 

 

 
   
 

Montego Bay

 

On Jamaica’s northwest coast, Montego Bay is the essence of the complete resort where flowering trees, velvety meadows and palm-covered hills edge a turquoise sea and bleached white beaches.

Called "el golfo de buen tiempo" (the gulf of good weather) by Christopher Columbus, it was dubbed Bahia de Manteca (Lard Bay) by the Spanish, and later became a major shipping port for sugar and bananas.

 
ACCOMMODATIONS
Montego Bay
 

   Sandals Royal Caribbean                          

   Holiday Inn Sunspree Montego Bay                

   Sandals Montego Bay                                

   Sunset Beach Resort & Spa                              

    Sandals Carlyle Inn                                               

   Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Country Club   

   Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall                               

   Rose Hall Castles Beach Resort    - Sea Castles Beach Condos    *

   Half Moon Golf, Tennis & Beach Club     

   The Gloustershire Hotel     *                                   

   SuperClubs Breezes Montego Bay       (closed)     

   Doctor's Cave Beach Hotel                                

   Round Hill Hotel & Villas                        

   Jack Tar Village Montego Bay ((closed)ed

   The Tryall Club                                        

   Coyaba Beach Resort & Club                            

   Royal Decameron Montego Beach

   El Greco Beach Resort     *

  Russell Villas    *

   Wexford Hotel      *

  Grandiosa Hotel    *

   Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Resort

 

    Iberostar Rose Hall Suites

   Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall

    Iberostar Grand Rose Hall

  The Oasis at Sunset

    RIU Montego Bay

 Treasure Beach

    RIU Palace Jamaica
      Secrets St James
     Jake's                          *     Secrets Wild Orchid

  Treasure Beach Hotel    *

 

 

 
 

Negril

 

A stunning white sand beach hugs the Caribbean for almost seven miles in Negril, the capital of casual at Jamaica’s western edge.

Only an hour and a half’s drive from Montego Bay, laid-back is a way of life in this sunny resort town, which retains the sleepy tropical charm that first attracted seekers of sun and solitude three decades ago.

   
ACCOMMODATIONS
   
   Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa       Cocolapalm                                                      
   Beaches Negril                                        Beachcombers Club         *                               
   Azul Sensatori Jamaica,  by Karisma                                 Merril's II Beach Resort                                  
   Couples Negril                                                                                          
   Couples Swept Away Negril                    Grand Pineapple Beach Resort                                                
   SuperClubs Grand Lido Negril               Point Village                                                  
   SuperClub Hedonism II                          Legends                                                           
   RIU  Palace Tropical Bay                                    Mariner's Negril Beach Club                         
   Rock House Hotel       *                             Negril Tree House                                           
   White Sands Negril                                  Hotel Samsara                                               
    The Caves                                                T-Water Beach Hotel    (Closed))))                                   

RIU Negril

                                                        

Moondance Villas  (Closed)

Sunset at the Palms

Charela Inn / Le Vendome        *

Xtabi Resort    *

Country Country  Beach Cottages      *

Foote Prints On The Sand   *

Rondel Village    *

SeaSplash   *

Tensing Pen       *

Sandy Haven Resort Negril  12+

 

Rooms on the Beach
     
   
   
   
LUCEA WHITEHOUSE
   
    Grand Palladium  Jamaica Sandals Whitehouse European Village

Grand Palladium  Lady Hamilton

 
 
 

Falmouth 

 

Falmouth is the capital of the parish of Trelawny, which is on the north side of western Jamaica, midway in between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.

   
 ACCOMMODATIONS
     
   The N- Resort                                                  
   Royalton White Sands  Resort