Travel Guide to Jamaica

San Bar Villas

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In this luxurious villa located in Jamaica’s world-renowned Port Antonio, you’ll never want to leave. This luxurious 6 bedroom villa sleeps a total of 8 adults and 6 children.

Relax in exotic comfort & style. Sun tan on the beautiful deck, dine in our gorgeous dining room, or on the balcony. Swim in our plunging pool or snorkel in the gorgeous Caribbean Sea. These are just a few of the amenities this villa has to offer.

As befits this idyllic dream life, the separate staff quarters house a full contingent of exceptionally nice people: Your own chef, butler, and housekeeper. It’s all included.

This villa is located in a gorgeous part of Port Antonio called San San. San San is a set of row houses that consist of approximately 18 homes side by side.

Windjammer Villa

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Windjammer is a luxurious four bedroom villa with en suite bathrooms, dining and living rooms, an open verandah that provides a spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea, and a private swimming pool.

Windjammer Villa is located on the Silver Sands Properties in Duncans, Trelawny, Jamaica. Silver Sands is located on Jamaica’s famous North Coast, about 30 miles from the airport, midway between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.

One bedroom is detached from the main house for more privacy, but still adjoins the swimming pool. Located in a gated community, and just a two minute walk from the private beach enjoyed by Silver Sands guests, this gorgeous villa has all the amenities you desire for your dream vacation.

Weddings are also available, this would include decor, planning and catering.

Silver Oaks Jamaica

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The cottage is spacious with high ceilings, large windows, an open balcony and a beautiful view of Kingston and St. Andrew. Stay cozy by the fire place and snuggle comfortably in the queen sized bedroom.

Located over 900 metres (3,000 feet) above sea-level in the cool, tropical mist forests of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, Holywell is the perfect escape from the heat and stress of city life.

Just an hour’s drive from New Kingston, it is the largest recreation area within the National Park, and the closest to the capital.

All you need to pack: soft luggage for easy storage sweaters and wraps sneakers and socks.

San Cove Villa

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There’s no place like a villa on the sea. In this elegant villa at Jamaica’s world-renowned Port Antonio, you’ll never want to leave.

This luxurious 4 bedroom villa sleeps a total of 8 guests.

Relax in comfort & style. Sun tan on the beautiful deck, dine in our gorgeous dining room, or in the gazebo by the sea. Swim in the gorgeous Caribbean Sea and watch the beautiful sunset.

As befits this idyllic dream life, the separate staff quarters houses a full contingent of exceptionally nice people: you’ll have your own cook, butler, a housekeeper, it’s all included.

Couples Tower Isle

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Couples Tower Isle is a sun-splashed playground with its own private island, a collection of newly refreshed guest rooms and suites, as well as eight exclusive Oasis Spa Villas where guests enjoy unlimited spa treatments.

Vintage-inspired pastels capture the retro design sensibility of the rooms at Couples Tower Isle. Each of the well-appointed accommodations—complete with plush king-size beds.

Located on 19 acres of beautiful beachfront property, Couples Tower Isle engages you with the promise of elaborate active days or hours of uninterrupted privacy.

Spanish Court Hotel

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The Spanish Court is your preferred hotel in Kingston, Jamaica. Whether you’re traveling on business, taking a romantic getaway, or vacationing with the family, the Spanish Court offers a wide array of exceptional services and amenities, as well as a prime location in the heart of New Kingston, sure to please the most discerning individual. At the Spanish Court, we are dedicated to providing you with incomparable comfort, convenience, and luxury.

The Guest Rooms, including a selection of 125 Standard Deluxe, Junior and Penthouse Suites, offer the ideal sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation. Each of our Suites features the following amenities: Air Conditioner, In-room Safe, Black out blinds.

Half Moon Resort

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Elegantly set amdist 400 tropical acres in magical Montego Bay and just 10 minutes from Sangster International Airport is a place where groups always meet with success.

The Half Moon Resort; more than 26000 square feet of meeting and convention facilities, all in one of the most complete locations you can imagine. With individually-appointed rooms, suites and villas, most of which have views of the Caribbean Sea.

Whether you choose to lounge on the beach, play a round tennis or golf, visit a local art gallery, or go horse riding along the beach, your days at Half Moon are yours to spend in any way you wish.

Grand Palladium

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The hotel is located on the Jamaican north coast with a spectacular view of the Caribbean sea. Offering two hotels in one complex – The Grand Palladium Jamaica and the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton.

It boasts a total of 1056 rooms. Modern design and luxury facilities are in perfect harmony with the natrual surroundings and the Caribbean sea

FACILITIES – Beach, Children’s Activities, Gym/Fitness Centre, Meeting Facilities, Nanny Service, Spa, Airconditioning, Bar, Cable TV, Restaurant, Swimming Pool, Wireless/Internet, Tennis, Seating Capacity: 100 to 250

Jake's Hotel, Villas & Spa

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The relaxed beauty of the natural island landscape accented by vividly designed cottages is the defining visual aesthetic of Jakes.

The resort’s winding beachfront property features a mosaic tiled sea-water swimming pool, paved pathways between rooms and to and from the beach, and shady, low-slung palm, almond, coconut and guinep trees that are complimented by aloe vera plants, pine cactus, desert rose and bougainvillea.

The colorful, thatch-roofed buildings, comfortable lounging decks and fantastic oceanfront views make Jakes feel like a cloistered haven in the midst of an offbeat nirvana.

Royalton White Sands

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Awaken your senses at the Royalton White Sands Montego Bay, and indulge in a luxury vacation that is truly unique. Experience All-In Luxury™ on your family vacation, romantic holiday, or group getaway in Jamaica’s Montego Bay.

Royalton White Sands Montego Bay promises you a luxury vacation experience unlike any other. Nestled on the shores of Montego Bay, a scenic 35-minute drive from Sangster International Airport, Royalton White Sands is the destination of choice for families, couples and groups who desire luxury, comfort and style on their Caribbean vacation.

Jewel Dunn's River Resort & Spa

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The Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa, a new premium Jamaica all-inclusive, adults-only resort located mere moments from one of Jamaica’s top attractions – spectacular Dunn’s River Falls. Located in beautiful Ocho Rios, The Jewel is the perfect destination for a tropical getaway.

Multiple dining options at The Jewel Dunn’s River range from the most formal Platinum to the most casual Aquamarina Beach Bar & Grill. A selection of bars includes two where you can remain within the pool while you sip cocktails and a magical Emerald Tree Lounge that literally lights up each night.

Courtleigh Hotel & Suites

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This distinguished award winning property is located on the main strip in New Kingston – Knutsford Boulevard. The property is ideal for individual business and leisure travelers.

With views of the city, Kingston Harbor, and the surrounding mountains, Courtleigh is approximately 15 miles from Norman Manley International Airport. Located on the “hip strip” of Knutsford Boulevard.

The hotel is the perfect jump off point for visits to the old pirate city of Port Royal, the Bob Marley Museum, Lime Cay or sightseeing tours.

Jamaica Pegasus

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A revered landmark in capital city Kingston, the Pegasus as it is affectionately called, rises seventeen (17) stories high in the heart of the business and financial district, New Kingston.

Hotel amenities includes Blue Window Restaurant, Blend Bar & Lounge, The Pool Bar & Grill, a newly renovated, classy 24 Seven Cafe, 24 hour business center, Olympic-sized swimming pool, ‘guest-only’ fitness center, tennis courts and gift shop.

The hotel also offers 24 hour room service, valet laundry service, parking, concierge service, and 24-hour front desk service. All rooms feature free high-speed Internet access, voicemail, data ports, air-conditioning, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, and cable TV.

Franklyn D. Resort & Spa

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All Suite, Boutique, All-Inclusive Family Resort that features 78 spacious 1, 2 & 3 bedroom Suites. Each family is assigned a complimentary vacation nanny from 9:00am to 4:40pm daily.

Amenities Include a choice of 4 Restaurants and 2 Premium Bars. Free property wide Wifi and Computer Center, fully equipped gym, non-motorized watersports (kayaking and snorkeling), glass bottom boat rides, 2 pools and a 100 ft waterslide, day & night tennis, basketball court, Supervised Kids & Teens Centers.

Only Resort that offers a Free Vacation Nanny for each family with the All-inclusive Package Jamaican Owned and Operated for 23 years
All guests are treated as family with guest ratio of 1:1

Holiday Inn Resort

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The all-inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay combines the strength of the world’s most-trusted hotel brand with authentic Jamaican hospitality, sublime surroundings and world-class amenities to deliver Jamaica’s best resort vacation value for singles, couples and families.

The property is located approx. 8 miles from Montego Bay and 6 miles from Sangster International Airport.

All inclusive vacations feature guest room of your choice, 3 delicious meals daily, snacks, local brand cocktails, resort amenities, Free In-Room Wi-Fi & activities. Children 12 & under stay, play & eat free (when sharing room with parents or adult, conditions may apply).

Visit Jamaica!

Jamaica is a beautiful island bursting with culture and adventure. While the opportunity to getaway should be reason enough to book a flight, we have 10 great reasons why you should visit Jamaica!

From the warm weather to the locally sourced cuisine, there is so much to enjoy on the island. Local residents will welcome you with open arms, eager and open to share their homeland with visitors like you.

After reading this article, you will no longer be asking yourself why should I visit Jamaica? – you’ll be asking when!? Here are ten enticing reasons why traveling to the island should be at the top of your to-do list.

1. Beautiful Miles of Beaches

Home to some of the Caribbean’s most impressive beaches, Jamaica offers a vast expanse of spectacular white sands. With breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, mountains, and crystal blue waters, the beaches are the perfect place to relax on vacation.

Walk along the coast of famous Seven Miles Beach, or explore the rocky coastline of Cosmos Beach. No matter which area of the island you visit, the beaches will amaze you. Nearly every coastal city in Jamaica has a unique and inviting seashore to welcome you.

2. Tropical Climate & Weather

Instead of staying cooped up in the winter months, throw on a bathing suit and make your way to a tropical island in the Caribbean! With an average temperature of 81˚ in Jamaica, can you think of a better way to escape the dreaded cold?

Jamaica is home to the stunning Blue Mountains, can provide a relaxing cool down and lower temperature than the beachy lowlands.

3. Enjoy Local Cuisine

Jamaica is well known for its exotic and locally sourced meals. While on the island, it is essential that you try the local cuisine. Fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood and even eggs are all typically grown and sourced by the regional farmers in Jamaica.

Of the first things to try are the jerk-seasoned dishes, one of the most well known cuisines. Usually served on chicken or pork, jerk and curry seasoning pack a delicious punch! Some consider it the second-national dish of Jamaica.

The true national dish is ackee and saltfish; ackee is a locally grown fruit sautéed and served with onions, peppers, tomatoes and salt cod. Seafood is caught daily by the Jamaican fisherman, presenting you the freshest cuisine possible.

4. Nature Lover’s Welcome!

If you love to experience nature, you will be delighted with the new experiences and adventures to take in while visiting Jamaica. Known for their exotic wildlife, the area bird species and flora will astound you. Cameras can help you retain the memories, but seeing the wildlife for yourself is irreplaceable.

If you decide to participate in snorkeling or scuba diving, the sea life will expand your horizons even further! (Tip: Underwater cameras are a must – pick up a disposable one for under $15 before your flight.) Swim with dolphins, admire the aquatic plants, and be awash with enchanting sea creatures.

5. Water Sports for Everyone

Whether you consider the water your second home or are new to experimenting with the sea, there is a sea adventure for everyone! Snorkeling and scuba diving are so much fun, exposing visitors to the tropical life under the sea’s surface!

If you’re a surfer, Jamaica’s coasts won’t disappoint you! Beautiful, clear waters and great tides offer an enjoyable adventure to new and experienced surfers alike. This is a great opportunity to take a surfing lesson as well, immersing you in the tropical ambiance while learning.

6. All-Inclusive Resorts Abound

Unlimited coconuts and rum, need we say more?

The easiest and greatest way to experience Jamaica is with an all-inclusive resort. Vacation packages with all amenities and activities included give visitors the freedom to immerse themselves in the culture and island while on a refreshing travel.

7. Child Friendly Resorts & Activities

Traveling families know the importance of making sure children can and will enjoy the vacation just as much as the adults do! That being said, the adults need to have some fun themselves, too.

Jamaica has a vast array of child-friendly activities, from boat tours to beach fun to in-resort activities, don’t worry about finding a way to keep your children occupied and happy!

Many resorts even offer childcare for the days and nights when Mom and Dad need a little alone time. Don’t worry about dreary childcare in a room filled only with crayons and paper. Kids are on vacation too, and you want to make sure it stays that way!

8. Golfing Gold Mines

Golfers are always looking for the best course around when they go on vacation. Jamaica knows, understands and delivers upon that need! If golfing is near the top of your activity list, you won’t be disappointed with the luxurious courses on the island.

Remember those breathtaking coasts and Mountain scattered skylines? You can golf in the presence of Jamaica’s beautiful landscapes. Montego Bay is home to the Caribbean’s best golf course, Half Moon.

9. An Island Rich in Culture

Still asking yourself “why visit Jamaica?” Jamaica has a proud and astounding culture, embracing the land and the lifestyles they lead. One of the greatest aspects of Jamaica’s culture is the friendly and welcoming nature of the locals. You won’t feel like a stranger when you arrive at the island, for the locals will welcome you with warm hearts.

Visiting the island is a great time to take an adventurous history lesson. Schedule a local tour, guiding you through cultural hot spots and stories of Jamaica’s past. Learn about the traditional healing of Rastafarians and visit the Bob Marley House in Nine Mile.

10. Great Shopping Deals

Local Jamaican crafters offer such a unique assortment of artisan pieces, and you are sure to find a market anywhere across the island. From art to jewelry to specialty foods, there is so much to explore within the Jamaican markets.

You may stumble upon some great deals on perfumes, clothes, handbags and other local crafts, all available for purchase without duty. Check with your resort for tips and recommendations on the best shopping hot spots, because they surely won’t be far!

Start Planning Your Caribbean Getaway!

If that wasn’t enough reason to start booking your Jamaican vacation, we may have to question your definition of a good time! Beautiful natural life and climate, exotic and local cuisine, spectacular outdoor activities and stunning beaches lining the coast of the entire island!

Planning your getaway can be so easy and so much fun!

See you on the beach, mon.

Handy Travel Tips

SOME USEFUL DO’S AND DONT’S TO PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR ISLAND HOLIDAY

No matter where in the world you’re traveling, it’s important to stay safe. Here are some tips to make your Jamaican vacation safe, and fun….

  • Make sure you travel with a valid passport or visa (if required). Also, bring another valid form of photo I.D., and photocopies of both I.D.s. in case of loss or theft.
  • Read up on local laws and practices before you get here.
  • Give friends and family your contact information and itineraries in case of emergency.
  • Register with your country’s embassy or consulate before you travel. That way your country is aware of your whereabouts in case of emergency.
  • Keep luggage, handbags or backpacks in view at all times.
  • Keep possessions close to your body.
  • Don’t take around large amounts of cash.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewellery on road trips or excursions.

Need To Know

Banks / Currency: Licensed cambio centers and commercial banks are accessible in all resort areas. The official currency exchange rates vary daily, so it’s advisable to shop around for the best rate before converting your cash. Most of our ATMs accept international bank cards, with Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus and Plus logos. Banks also give credit card advances, change traveller’s checks and other financial services.

Climate: We enjoy a hot and humid tropical climate all year round, which is exactly what you want for a relaxing vacation. Temperatures range from 19 degrees Celsius (66 Fahrenheit) to 32 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit). Even though we’re known for our sunshine, we have two rainy seasons a year, from May to June, and September to November. Hurricanes may pass over the island during the months of June to November, so keep an eye on the news.

Clothing: Lightweight, breathable fabrics are the way to go here on the island. Shorts, swimwear and flip flops keep you chilled on our beaches. A thin sweater will keep you cozy in the evenings. And semi-casual wear for women, and a jacket for men, will get you into all of our fine dining restaurants. Whatever you do, don’t pack too much, as you’ll want to take some of our special clothing back home with you.

Communications: Jamaica is well connected to the rest of the world. Direct international telephone service operates in all areas, 24 hours a day, and telephone operators will gladly facilitate collect, third-party or credit card calls. E-mail and Internet access is available too, usually at hotels and parish libraries, but also at local Internet cafes. Three daily newspapers and five weekend newspapers will keep you in the know, while some hotels and gift shops receive the international editions.

Driving: Here on the island, we drive on the left side of the road. The speed limit is 50 kmph (30 mph) in built-up areas, and 80 kmph (50 mph) on highways, and all drivers are required to carry a valid license. Jamaica recognizes valid International Driver’s Licenses, but visitors from North America may use their country’s license for up to three months per visit. Car rental is available in most major towns, cities and airports, but you can be no younger than 25 years old to hire a car yourself.

Drugs: In Jamaica, the use, sale and possession of drugs such as ganja (marijuana), cocaine, crack, ecstasy, heroin and any other controlled substance is illegal. Violators are subject to severe punishments – specifically arrest, fine and imprisonment. Don’t ruin your vacation.

Electricity: The electrical supply in Jamaica is 110 volts/50 cycles standard, and electrical appliances use plugs that are two-pronged and flat (such as those used in the United States and Canada). Bring along any adaptors of convertors you might need if this doesn’t suit some of your appliances and chargers. Most hotels will provide you with hair dryers, alarm clocks, radio and a clothes iron, but make sure you find out first.

Language: Officially, we speak English but we like to mix it up with our own island version of patois. It takes a little getting used to, but you’re sure to have lots of fun trying out a few of our expressions. Look at our Patois page to learn some words and phrases before getting here.

Pets: We love animals here on the island, but we do ask you to make sure your pets are healthy if they are coming along with you on your trip. In keeping with international standards, the importation of all live animals into Jamaica requires an import permit from the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, prior to arrival in Jamaica. All animals must be rabies-free, and must never have been rabies vaccinated. Dogs and cats (with permits) are allowed into Jamaica only from Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Eire. For more information, contact the Veterinary Services Division: tel. 876-977-2489 or 876-977-2492. To secure a permit, fax a letter of request to 876-977-0885.

Time Zone: Jamaica falls within the Eastern Time Zone (UTC/GMT -5 Hours) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. At approximately 18 degrees north of the equator, the island falls within the tropics, and as such does not experience drastic seasonal changes in sunrise and sunset times. Year-round, the island averages between 11.5 and 12.5 hours of sunlight per day.

Water: Jamaica has hundreds of natural springs and rivers, both above and underground. Over the years, we have developed extensive water treatment and supply systems island-wide, so all drinking water in Jamaica is purified and filtered by modern methods. Our water is safe for you to drink, clean your teeth, bath and wash clothing in. If you choose not to drink the water, rest assured – there are many brands of Jamaican spring water that meet or exceed the highest international standards, available at most shops and restaurants.

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