Jamaica is a beautiful island with friendly people, stunning beaches and a rich heritage. It's become even more popular since the prominence (and amazing speed) of the Jamaican sprint athletes at the London Olympics, and we think that in 2013 and 2014 there will be more and more great deals to Jamaica, whether you're after an all inclusive holiday or a late deal to Jamaica for some much-needed sunshine.
Cheap holidays to Jamaica offer plenty of time to relax and take a break from the stresses of everyday life. There are so many reasons why holidays in Jamaica attract such a diverse range of visitors, from the ever-present sunshine to the delicious food and the beautiful clear sea. Recent years have made package holidays and all-inclusive Jamaica holidays the only way to go if you want to visit this stunning island, but expect to see a resurgence of "back to basics" holidays here too, celebrating the local food, culture and the spirit of the locals - catch the Independence Float Parade and Gala for something to remember.
The official language in Jamaica is English, but you'll find Jamaican Creole, also known as Patois, spoken most often. You'll definitely be able to communicate well in the tourist areas though, just consider learning a few words if you're anticipating a bit of exploring off the beaten track during your Jamaica holiday.
You can expect a direct flights to Jamaica from the UK, which will take about 10 hours. Most of the flights land into Montego Bay, as the majority of the resorts are on this side of the island. There is also an international airport in Kingston so there is a chance that your flight may land here.
There is no public transport serving either of these airports, so check if your holiday to Jamaica comes with a transfer included. Most deals for flights Jamaica hotels come with a transfer already included. And if you're booking the parts of your holiday separately, check with the hotel for their own transfer services. You could book cheap Montego Bay car hire straight from the airport if you prefer to go under your own steam, or jump in a taxi on arrival - make sure you arrange the price before embarking!
In fact, there are two types of taxi in Jamaica. Tourist taxis are easily identifiable as taxis, you'll have them all to yourself, but you'll pay a premium for this service. If you want to save the pennies and you don't mind a couple of detours along the way for additional passengers, then look out for the local taxis, also known as route taxis. These are the locals' preferred way to travel and you can spot them by their red licence plates or spray-painted signs!
If you like snorkelling or scuba diving then a holiday to Jamaica will provide plenty of chances to indulge yourself. The coastal waters of Jamaica are teeming with life thanks to some wonderful coral reefs. You can also enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience of swimming with dolphins whilst on holiday in Jamaica.
If dry land is more important to you, then the beaches are the ideal spot to spend your days. You'll be able to enjoy the delicious food and relax into the easy-going Jamaican way of life! White sands fringed with palm trees and seemingly endless sunshine are an attractive combination for any sun worshipper - just thinking about it is enough to make us check for any late deals to Jamaica!
Away from the coast there are still plenty of attractions to fill up your Jamaica holiday, with some fantastic day trips into the lush green hills where you can visit the charming colonial mansions, the coffee and pineapple plantations and even Jamaican nature reserves. Bob Marley fans will also want to take a trip to Nine Mile, the tiny village where this iconic musician grew up. Here are our top 5 attractions in Jamaica.
Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay is thought by many to be the best beach on the island. It has pure white sands and crystal clear waters, as well as great facilities. But then so does Seven Mile Beach in Negril, which is protected by an offshore reef - making for amazingly calm and clear waters that just ask to be swum in. Ok, we can't decide this one - can you?
Dunn's River Fallsisn't like most large waterfalls - this isn't just a sheer drop, there's 300 metres of cascades over rocks, which has created some amazing beauty as well as some natural pools. To fully experience the falls, you need to climb them with the help of a guide. Don't worry about the hot weather as the water and the surrounding tropical vegetation make for a cooler trip than most here in Jamaica. If you don't think you can brave climbing through the water then you can follow the river bank path.
Luminous Lagoon is an intriguing name! This lagoon is inhabited by tiny organisms who glow when they are agitated - so taking a boat trip through them, or even swimming in the lagoon increases the activity as well as the impressiveness of the display. The best time to visit is for dusk when the local fish join in too, and you can watch the sun set as the underwater glow increases.
Port Royal was once the unofficial capital of Jamaica, also known as one of the richest yet wickedest places on earth. It was devastated in 1692 by an earthquake and tsunami. Today it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site as recent archaeological digs have unearthed its past - it's also been used as a set for Pirates of the Caribbean!
Dolphin Cove is where you'll want to head if swimming with the dolphins is the number one priority on your holiday in Jamaica. Set in a tropical rainforest, the lagoon is home to dolphins, sharks and stingray, all of whom you can interact with - but be warned, this doesn't come cheap! Save the pennies by enjoying it in a glass bottomed boat.
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