Jamaica Holidays: An Overview

Jamaica is the third largest of the Caribbean islands, and one of the most attractive. Columbus described it as "the fairest isle mine eyes ever beheld". The island's interior is characterised by beautiful mountains and valleys covered in lush tropical vegetation, while the coast has many beautiful beaches.

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  • Jamaica's soul lies across the Atlantic in Africa, this attitude is manifested in reggae and Rastafarianism.
  • The size and dramatic topography of the island also naturally sets it apart, as does the sheer range of things to do.
  • Bob Marley fan or not, if you are in Jamaica for more than a few days a visit to Kingston is worth considering, as this is a hugely atmospheric city, and a total contrast to the picture perfect palm-fringed beaches.

Luxury Holidays in Jamaica: An Overview

Jamaica also has a rich history and a vibrant, melting-pot culture, which means that the island has more to offer than many of the smaller Caribbean islands.

We at Original Travel are on something of a mission to dispel any lingering and unfavourable preconceptions about Jamaica, and would heartily recommend a visit. After all, Columbus liked it, and he saw a fair few islands in his time.

Did you know

  • 250 bird species can be seen on the island
  • Reggae music was born in Jamaica in the 1950s and 60s
  • The Taino people called the island Xaymaca, meaning 'land of wood and water'
  • Jamaica's national drink is rum
  • Jamaica has eight native snake species, but relax none of them are venomous


Original Highlight

Red Snapper
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Ask a fisherman on Black River to take you out to the Pelican Bar – a shack on stilts half a mile offshore where legendary owner Floyd cooks delicious snapper.

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A note on price

At the top end of the price range, and including flights, luxury holidays in Jamaica will cost up to £8,000 per person. Learn more about our pricing

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 29°C / 84°F
  • Rainfall — 4cm / 1.8 inches
  • Water Temp. — 27°C / 80°F
Flight from London

9:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -5 hrs

Top picks for Jamaica

Strawberry Hill

Strawberry Hill


There’s more to Jamaica than sandy beaches, nice as they are. The island’s fertile internal slopes are a haven from the heat with spectacular views of the coastline and sparkling Caribbean Sea beyond, and also home to the Strawberry Hill, a seriously elegant plantation house hotel.

Where to stay

White Suite, Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn


Ideally located on the edge of Ocho Rios, Jamaica Inn is an elegant and low-key hotel that has been associated with famous names such as Ian Fleming and Katharine Hepburn.

Where to stay

Round Hill

Round Hill


Set on a peninsula near Montego Bay on Jamaica’s north-west coast, Round Hill is one of the top luxury family resorts in the Caribbean.

Where to stay




Anyone with even a passing interest in James Bond (ie: 90% of the male population and a good proportion of the female one, too) should stay at GoldenEye. Sweeping statement for sure, but this was where author Ian Fleming created and wrote 13 of the 007 novels that spawned an international phenomenon.

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The Trident

The Trident


The Trident hotel in Port Antonio is a refreshing blend of old and new, with its 1960s original location and its ultra sleek 21st century facelift.

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Geejam is an achingly hip hideout on the Port Antonio coast that’s a magnet for cool kids and celebrities thanks to a laidback tropical ambience, oh, and its own recording studio. As you do.

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