Caribbean good looks
All the Caribbean stereotypes are present and correct in Jamaica. Along the coast, you’ve got white sands fringed by palms, and ramshackle beach bars serving up jerk chicken to Bob Marley beats. Inland, meanwhile, hidden waterfalls, banana plantations and soaring mountains vie for your attention. Best of all, the scenery is served up alongside Jamaica’s famous take-it-easy vibe.
Plenty of history
The island has got its fair share of history, too, thanks to age-old mansions and 18th-century plantations. Rose Hall in Montego Bay is case in point. According to legend, this grand mansion is haunted by the ghost of a white witch. Then there’s Kingston, the island’s capital. The streets here are packed with colonial buildings, and museums that tell the story of its past.
The main resorts on the island are Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios. In these lively towns, luxury beachfront hotels sit shoulder-to-shoulder with reggae bars, bric-a-brac huts and nightclubs. A sleepier scene, meanwhile, comes courtesy of untouched Lucea and peaceful Runaway Bay. Here, you’ll find virgin beaches and a snail-like pace.