Best places to stay in Jamaica
Montego Bay is one of Jamaica’s finest tourist destinations. Second only to Kingston in terms of status, most of the big all-inclusive resorts are located close to the city and others well outside the urban core. Accommodation options here are top class and varied from all-inclusive resorts all the way to small villas and guest houses. In addition, you will find all-inclusive beachside properties and timeshares as well.
Whether lounging in a hammock underneath swaying palm trees, teeing off at a private championship golf course, or walking along pristine beaches, you’ll be treated to one of the best all-inclusive resort experiences in Jamaica.
If the beaches laden with tanned beauties don’t seduce you, the ever-growing crowds of American college kids enjoying Spring Break at Doctor’s Cave Beach, Cornwall Beach and Walter Fletcher Beach is testament to Montego Bay’s allure. Of course, there is always the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of native Jamaican dishes in the buffet restaurants; prepared by world class chefs in themed restaurants.
Negril is an amazing resort area on the West End of Jamaica. With easy access to the crystal clear Caribbean Sea, Negril boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Jamaica including the popular 7 Mile Stretch and Half Moon Beach. In addition, there are majestic cliffs, open bays, stunning lagoons and a wide variety of attractions that pull in thousands s of tourists ever year. Indeed, Negril is for an adventurous vacation experience with typical points of interest including Blue Hole Mineral Springs, YS Falls and Rhodes Hall Plantation. With a bustling nightlife, there are several nightclubs, bars and restaurants that come alive after dark.
From stately hotels, large chain accommodations and mega all-inclusive resorts to small but equally marvelous secluded and comfortable villas overlooking the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea, Negril provides top grade accommodations. Indeed, Negril is a unique vacation destination known around the world as home to some of the best tropical lodgings along fantastic beaches.
Ocho Rios is one of Jamaica’s prime tourist destinations. Here, Ian Fleming produced several of his James Bond books at his home in Golden Eye. Some of Jamaica’s most famous attractions are located here including Dunn’s River Falls, Dolphins Cove, Chukka Caribbean Adventure's and several beaches.
In addition, there’s the option to experience some of the best shopping and night life in Jamaica. Here, things are often semi modern and suited to tourists specifically; you can enjoy lounging on patios of beachfront locations in splendid wetlands and waterfalls. If you’re looking for holidays to relax and escape stress, most hotels will include a fresh water swimming pool, Jacuzzi, gym, sauna and Spa/wellness center.
Many hotels here may be found in quiet, secluded areas while others are in the vicinity of the busy town area. Activities to enjoy in Ocho Rios include windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling and diving. Still, these are just some of the possibilities you can choose from. The area also offers excursions such as horse rides and trips to the best shopping areas to buy typical Jamaican souvenirs.
The central commercial hub of the country, Kingston is the capital city. Kingston has been a home away from home for visitors since the time of sailing ships and horse-drawn coaches. While not the typical Jamaican touristic area, the capital does boast several world class hotels and smaller accommodation options. While several such options are located within the main New Kingston town area, others, especially the more luxurious retreats may be found on the direct outskirts of the town, further up in the hills.
The main reason for staying in Kingston is for a chance to explore the many offerings of Jamaica’s largest city. This includes several of the most awesome cuisine choices including top line restaurants and smaller eateries. Of course, the capital is the center of nightlife in the county and boats several popular night clubs and casinos.
Beyond that, excellent hospitality and service is a big part of the Kingston tradition. The options here are mostly about sophistication and comfort. You will always find a welcoming home away from home that suits your specific occasion, location, budget, and family here in the capital city.
Runaway Bay is a lesser known but wonderfully exquisite vacation destination in St. Ann parish. Here, you will discover smaller hotel options that offer the chance of a personal getaway surrounded by lush foliage and scenic views from premium hotel rooms.
Runaway Bay houses some of Jamaica’s seemingly closely guarded secrets that offer relaxation and rejuvenation. Most of these options are located under an hour from Ocho Rios as well as the Donald Sangster and Ian Flemming International Airports. As such, Jamaica’s most beautiful attractions are relatively easily accessible. A popular attraction here is the Green Grotto Caves, the largest and most accessible cave system on the island which is a series of interconnected passageways and chambers that spread far beneath the Dry Harbour Mountains. In addition to the caves, some of the best beaches in Jamaica can be found in Runaway Bay, protected by a large tropical coral reef.
Venturing out to the far eastern side, you will find Port Antonio in the parish of Portland. Port Antonio is a bustling town that presents an array of busy markets, shops and Georgian architecture. A quaint colonial town, Port Antonio is not about sophisticated luxury, but is especially loved for the beautiful natural surroundings on its outskirts as well as by extension, the lush Portland parish; for which it serves as a gateway. Indeed, if you are looking for a place to stay with a laid-back atmosphere, Port Antonio makes a perfect destination for travelers seeking to get away from it all.
There are several natural attractions along the outskirts of the town as well as further out throughout the parish. There’s Frenchman's Cove, a beautiful beach located to the immediate east of the town. The grounds at the cove spread about 42 acres with villas and timeshares throughout. With soft sand and crystal clear water, the amazing feature of this beach is that visitors can witness the area that the river meets the sea. Also east of the town is the Blue Lagoon, a natural lagoon that delves down to 180 feet and offers an exciting adventure for avid divers. With an amazing mystic blue color, swimming is especially enjoyed here as the cold water from the natural springs mixes with that of the warm ocean.
For the historically avid, there are several architectural wonders including Christ Church and Fort George. Christ Church was built in 1840 and houses several historical artifacts including an antique brass lectern. Fort George is a British fort built in 1729 and remaining today are a few cannons, the ammunition house and the defense walls.