Rich in history, cultural diversity, and nature at its very best, it’s no wonder that Jamaica is referred to as “The Heartbeat of the World.” The very mention of this island paradise conjures up images of romance, with its sprawling beaches, tranquil Caribbean waters, lush tropical landscapes, and spectacular sunsets, making it an ideal spot for weddings and honeymoons. Add to that its sunny climate and vibrant nightlife, and you’ve got a unique destination that truly has it all.
The “Home of Rhythm and Sway” has friendly island hospitality down to a science. Nothing is a problem here, where soft reggae sounds harmonize with waves lapping on the shoreline, the Blue Mountains tower over verdant plains, and 10 championship golf courses with breathtaking views invite visitors to get into the swing of things. From its famous meat patties and jerk chicken; to some of the most celebrated rums, liqueurs, and coffee in the world, the cuisine of Jamaica is nothing short of amazing.
Jamaica hotels pioneered the all-inclusive vacation concept in the 1970s, and while operations have been redesigned since the pandemic, the heart of the all-inclusive model hasn’t changed. The luxury is still there—but more innovative. The recreation is still there—but safer. The selection is still there—but with a focus on hygiene. And even though new sanitation requirements are rigorous, they’re also unobtrusive. Travelers continue to get that vacation feeling they’re accustomed to. Plus, with reduced occupancy, stays feel more private and services more white glove, actually enhancing the experience.
Home to a modern international airport, Montego Bay is perfect for short stays and extended trips. The Hip Strip brings a festive vibe, the Rose Hall Great House contributes legend and culture, and rafting down the Martha Brae adds the thrill of adventure. On the north coast, Ocho Rios draws visitors to Dunns River Falls, where they can climb the falls and swim in natural pools that drain into the Caribbean. The Cool Runnings Dunns River Day Cruise makes even getting to this iconic site fun. Thirty minutes from Runaway Bay is Nine Mile, the birthplace of Bob Marley, with a mausoleum dedicated to this musical icon. On the island’s western tip, Negril, the “Capital of Casual,” beckons visitors to the white sands of Seven Mile Beach. Discover the “Capital of Casual” on the Negril Beach and Sunset Tour, with ample time to swim, shop, visit Margaritaville, and end the day at Rick’s Cafe to witness locals diving from 35-foot cliffs as the gorgeous sunset illuminates the horizon. Exciting excursions are available from all the resort areas, and in most cases, guests are picked up right from their hotel lobby!
So whether you want to enjoy exhilarating adventures or simply relax to the max under the tropical sun, the proud and friendly Jamaican people are waiting with wide smiles to welcome you back to their island home.
Courtesy of The Compass and Funjet Vacations