Jamaica is the place you can start your day experiencing a glorious sunrise over the sea from rays that remain until it appears to get swallowed back by the sea as nightfall approaches. Jamaica is about colours, mainly red, green and black, the smells of spices cooking in food shacks and locals' homes and sounds of reggae besting out of every bar. It's the explosion on the senses that make the island one of the most popular for visitors to the Caribbean. Jamaica is not only beautiful; it has a vast array of activities on offer. Jamaican's are welcoming to visitors and happy to share over a glass or two of rum while they tell you about their island and culture.
Villas and apartments by the sea in Jamaica
Visit Jamaica, the island that has it all!
If you are looking for holiday accommodation in Central America and The Caribbean but you are not sure where to start, then look no further than the beautiful island of Jamaica. Jamaica has luscious green mountains, rainforests and beaches that are home to coral reefs. Many of its holiday villas to rent in Jamaica are in the Montego Bay area, with its British style colonial architecture. It is also highly popular for diving and snorkelling sites scattered across the location. Jamaica is where reggae music was born, and it's capital Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum. The singer sadly died in 1981, but he's not been forgotten in Jamaica. There is a holiday rental in Jamaica to suit every scene, number of guests and budget, just waiting to be secured today.
When to visit?
In late autumn and early winter, hurricane season tends to end. August and September are the cheapest months, but the chance of getting caught up in a hurricane is a real possibility, so probably best to avoid this time of year unless you fancy yourself as a bit of a storm chaser. The rainy season from late April through to October tends to get very hot and humid and sometimes from December to March a slight cool breeze comes in from the US, so that manages to cool things down a little bit at night. Don't expect it to make a massive difference; it's not a cool breeze as we know it in the UK.
How to get there?
There are two major airports in Jamaica. Sangster International (MBJ) is in the north-west of the island close to Montego Bay, positioning it ideally for luxury holiday rentals in Negril, in Montego Bay, and the capital Kingston is served by the Norman Manley International airport (KGN). Virgin Atlantic has flights into Montego Bay from London Gatwick, British Airways flies into Kingston from London Gatwick and Thomson offers flights to Montego Bay from London Gatwick. All located close to various holiday accommodation in Jamaica. If you are already holidaying in North America, or another nearby island, then you can easily hop on a short haul flight, or island hop across the Caribbean Sea. If you already have a holiday villa in Miami then you can fly to Jamaica in less than 2 hours, while a holiday home in The Bahamas will allow you to reach the island by boat in around an hour and 20 minutes by air.
Jamaican food and culture tips
Jamaica has roadside shacks serving excellent local fair and everything in between right through to fancy restaurants. Jerk chicken is the number one Jamaican dish that you won't have to go very far for. It consists of delicious pieces of chicken that have been marinated in hot spices and smoked. Number two on the list of most popular dishes is curry goat. The goat is usually tender enough to fall off the bone and is not as fiery as you'd imagine. Ackee, a type of fruit grows all over Jamaica. It tastes good and is often served with one pot saltfish with tomatoes, onions and spices. You're as likely to be served it at breakfast as at any other time of the day. Callaloo is a dish made from cooking leaf vegetables which closely resembles spinach and rice and peas is usually served with every meal, including breakfast. All, of course, washed down with copious amounts of rum and beer. Chances are you'll be able to smell food cooking from your holiday accommodation in Jamaica. We can think of worse ways to start the day.
The Jamaican beach scene
Jamaican's love the beach and so do we. Negril Beach is five miles of white sands and glistening clear sea. As the leading beach in Jamaica, it is entirely developed with bars, restaurants and home and away holiday rentals in Jamaica. The Doctor's Cave Beach is beautiful and quite secluded with sensational sunset views throughout most of the year. It's quite a romantic spot as the sun goes down into the sea. It also has some wonderful luxury holiday rentals in Jamaica. The Ocho Rios is the place to go to drink rum and enjoy reggae; it is, in fact, nicknamed Reggae Beach. It has one bar and one restaurant and looks like it will remain low key. Locals are happy to share it with you, just not an entire gigantic resort complex. Choose a beachfront villa along the Caribbean coastline, and wake up in a room with a view of the islands unspoilt golden sands and emerald waters.
Adventure in Jamaica
Jamaica is ideal for the adventurous soul. There are a lot of adrenaline type activities available both on water and on land. You can explore the rugged mountains or surf the waves along Jamnesia beach, explore cool pools in the midday sun, bathe under glorious waterfalls or hike either of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. It's best to do these in the morning before it gets too hot. If you're feeling the need for speed and something all-around more adventurous, then fly through the treetops on a zipline. For an adrenaline-filled vacation which the whole family can enjoy, choose a property which is nestled in the country's national parks, and wake up in perfect position to take on Jamaica's wild and organic landscape. Jamaica is also renowned for its rich golf scene, with a vast number of courses across the island, including Half Moon, Cinnamon Hill and Negril Hills Golf Course. If you are heading to the island for a sporting break, be sure to choose a house in the north-west, where you have a choice of the top courses, and you can relax in your bedroom which overlooks the green after a day playing in the sun.
Beachfront cities in Jamaica
Not many visitors head to Jamaica for city life, but they have some great bed and breakfasts in Jamaica. Kingston seems to have more of a pull towards business travellers, but that's no reason not to come and spend some time here. It has a great waterfront location, and the international airport is close to the city. Jamaica's second city, Falmouth, is known for its well-preserved Georgian architecture and holiday villas in Jamaica with private pools. Grab a guide and take a walking tour of the old town area, to get a feel for the historic Georgian style buildings. It is also popular for its bustling markets, the Bend-down market on the streets is particularly popular and where you can buy just about everything from food, rum, souvenirs and anything that you may have forgotten to pack. Montego Bay is the tourism capital of Jamaica, with more activities than anywhere else on the island, so it could be the perfect choice for holiday rentals in Jamaica. If it's nightlife that you're after, then MoBay is the city for you. It never really sleeps for very long. Jamaica really does have it all.