Your Jamaica vacation
Jamaica is a wake-up call to the rest of the world, a constant reminder to pause, enjoy and indulge. Jamaicans' sense of irie is palpable in the swaying reggae beats, the spicy curried goat and the rushing waters of Dunn's River Falls. Along those rustic beaches – as native son Bob Marley sang – don't worry 'bout a thing.
While your excitement mounts for your upcoming Jamaica vacation, let Orbitz help you with the planning. We'll share our top 10 attractions, the best time to go and insider tips.
Best time to take a vacation to Jamaica
Jamaicans enjoy tropical temperatures year-round, but May, October and November are rainier months, and some portions of the country are stormier than others. Hurricane season runs from June to November, so keep abreast of forecasts in advance.
If budget is a factor, plan your visit from May to November, when hotel rooms are generally cheaper. Holidays such as Christmas, Easter, and spring break come with higher prices.
Insider tips for Jamaica travel
Turn up the heat on your couples' vacation. The swim-out suites at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay allow sweethearts to wade in the privacy of their own room-side pool.
Go ahead—bring the kids. At Franklyn D Resort & Spa in Montego Bay, every family gets a nanny.
Relive 17th-century Jamaica on a working plantation. Prospect Plantation offers open-air jitney tours through 1,000 acres blossoming with coconuts, bananas, cassava, coffee plants and sugar cane. You can even feed the ostriches and pet the camels.
Dunn's River Falls tip
If you're planning a pilgrimage to Dunn's River Falls, make sure you pack the proper gear: extra clothes and water shoes with good grips.
Before the end of your trip, pick up a bag of coffee at the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory. Its Blue Mountain beans are some of the most robust you've ever tasted.
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“Grande” Jamaican vacation on tap at beachfront Ocho Rios All Inclusive Located on the longest beach in Ocho Rios, the expansive family-friendly Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa is an aquatic playground. Kids gravitate to the pool complex with twisting slides and...
Recharge the batteries at family-friendly all inclusive on Negril beachRelax and unwind at this family-friendly, all-inclusive hotel on a breathtaking white-sand beach in Negril. The calm, refreshing salt water of Bloody Bay creates a playground for swimmers and water...
The Knutsford Court Hotel a breath of fresh air in New Kingston, Jamaica, offering a relaxed atmosphere in a tropical setting, catering to business and leisure travelers alike. The 147 rooms and suites come with flat screen cable TV's, alarm clock radios, work desk, iron...
Rose Hall Main Road, Montego Bay - Little River P.O.
Grand luxury in paradise at adults only Montego Bay all inclusive Opulent suites, impeccable service and fine dining only start to describe this unique adults only all inclusive. Guests are spoiled with "Grand Star Service," featuring a butler and first-class amenities...
Coppers P.O. Box 106 - Runaway Bay
Victorian-style Jamaican all inclusive on scenic Runaway Bay shorelineThe Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica, awarded Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor, is an expansive resort that caters to families, couples and singles who want to enjoy the tropics without...
Bring the family to oceanfront Ocho Rios resort near Dunn’s River Falls The Rooms Ocho Rios is a charming alternative to the more prevalent all-inclusive resorts. This 99-room resort caters to guests wishing to get out and explore Jamaica's natural beauty and...
An exclusive boutique resort built in modern urban style set on the famous 7-miles white sand beach location of Negril with 35 units of luxury guest rooms and suites. The Sandy Haven Resort experience goes far beyond bricks and walls. The prevailing atmosphere is that of...
The Spanish Court Hotel is an exciting new addition to Kingston's hotel accommodations. Through its 'Real style', 'Real Service' approach the hotel offers a landmark Spanish styled exterior with a contemporary zen like interior and sky terrace with stunning a glass mosaic...
Best of both worlds at Montego Bay all inclusive on beach, Hip Strip Enjoy the best of both worlds at the Royal Decameron Montego Bay all inclusive resort -- a breathtaking beachfront location only steps from the city's bustling tourism center. The beach and pool area...
Restful days, lively nights at tropical adult Runaway Bay all inclusive This festive Runaway Bay all inclusive sits amid lush gardens and the azure Caribbean Sea on Jamaica's north coast. The Club Ambiance all-inclusive resort caters to adults seeking restful days and...
Dunn's River Falls
Standing on the slippery rocks of Dunn's River Falls, you'll see waters spill into the Caribbean Sea -- the same spot where the English and Spanish battled in 1657. This major Jamaican attraction doubles as a prime photo op. Just walking through the thunderous, ice-cold blasts is a feat to be shared, especially with a travel companion.
Bob Marley Museum
Bob Marley is to Jamaica what Elvis is to America: In Kingston, his former home and studio is a shrine to reggae – complete with Rastafarian murals and a movie depicting his life. Walls detail his rise to fame, while a cafe and juice bar dish up tropical eats and drinks with flair. Bring back a piece of Bob's legacy, whether that's a trinket, t-shirt or CD at the gift shop.
This Jamaican beach town is the go-to oasis for topless beaches and adults-only resorts. Luxurious, all-inclusive properties on the north set the scene for romance, while smaller, boutique-style properties on the West End epitomize Jamaican irie. Savor the jagged cliffs and Seven Mile Beach, a former hippie haunt and one to capture on your digital camera.
Montego Bay, the second largest city in Jamaica, welcomes a steady stream of honeymooners and beach via the country's busiest airport. With low-lying mountains and picturesque beaches, the area is dotted with all-inclusive properties, authentic eateries and some of the best rum ever to cross your lips. Speaking of spirits, explore the Appleton Estate, an age-old rum distillery that gifts every visitor with a free bottle.
Even after multiple hurricanes destroyed the gathering spot entirely, locals maintained their sunny outlook and vowed to rebuild. The current structure is a testament to the Jamaican spirit, where the locals gather religiously for cocktails and sunsets. And the food -- like the famous broiled lobster -- is fresh and positively Jamaican. Watch fellow patrons dive off a 35-foot platform into the Caribbean. Like reggae, it's a longstanding tradition.
Long Bay Beach
When the sun rises and the breezes kick in, beachcombers flock here to seize the low-key lifestyle that Jamaicans are known for. The arc-shaped beach fronts aquamarine waters, where canoers and surfers ride foamy crests. Landlubbers explore the turf for artisan-made crafts, herbal medicines and that perfect poison: the local rum.
A popular spot for honeymooners and fans of all-inclusive vacations, Runaway Bay is ideal for travelers who plan not to stray far from their resort. Well-rounded properties such as Gran Bahia and Breezes sport impeccable pools and kid's clubs. Offsite, guests find familiar Jamaican themes like casual eateries serving curried goat and Jerk chicken, and open-air bars playing live reggae.
If you like your cities rough and tumble, make a pilgrimage to Kingston, Jamaica's capital and the epicenter of reggae. Urban, open-minded travelers are in for the country at its most colorful, from shantytowns to sizzling nightlife. But keep your wits about you when sampling cultural hangouts, including tourist destinations like the Bob Marley Museum.
As a large port of call and hotel destination, Ocho Rios is ever the busy host. The one-time fishing village in the parish of St. Ann now bustles with cruise goers and street vendors. Stick to the beachfront strip, where palm trees and water sports keep the focus on R&R. Fun fact: Ian Fleming, the man behind James Bond, took up residence near Ocho Rios in an estate he named Goldeneye.
One afternoon on Treasure Beach could very well tempt you to stay for good. Focused on the basics -- sand, surf and beachfront bars -- Treasure Beach is known countrywide as community of fishermen and farmers who enjoy very little rainfall and bragging rights to Bob Marley, who was born there. Stay at Jake's Place, a bohemian hotel offering beachfront shacks, and you'll see what it means to be Jamaican.