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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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Why we think you’ll love it

  • 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.
  • Learn more and find out when to go in our in-depth guide
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Original Highlight

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.

Fee, Original Traveller

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

Top picks for Jamaica

The Trident

The Trident

Jamaica

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.

Where to stay

The Trident
Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn

Jamaica

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

Jamaica Inn
Strawberry Hill

Strawberry Hill

Jamaica

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

Strawberry Hill
GoldenEye

GoldenEye

Jamaica

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.

Where to stay

GoldenEye
Round Hill

Round Hill

Jamaica

Round Hill is set on a peninsula on the northwest coast of the island near Montego Bay.

Where to stay

Round Hill
Geejam

Geejam

Jamaica

Geejam is an achingly hip hide out on the coast near Port Antonio, drawing in all the cool kids to its tropical ambience and private recording studios, No Doubt it even attracts some celebrities.

Where to stay

Geejam

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