The lush tropical island of Jamaica has everything to offer the discerning traveller with its cascading waterfalls, huge misty mountains covered in vegetation and wild flowers down to miles of white sandy beaches scattered with swaying palm trees, sounds idyllic doesnt it?
Jamaica stretches from the lively capital Kingston, across the Blue Mountains made famous by their coffee to the upmarket district of St Thomas. To the West lay the major tourist resorts of Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril here you will find the steady beat of non stop music, the colourful rasta culture and amazing jerk meat with ackee and saltfish washed down with a good rum punch.
Montego Bay is the second largest city in Jamaica, most of the tourist hotels are built on one strip of coastline which is over a mile long. It has 3 beautiful main beaches Doctors Cave Beach with its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters fed by mineral springs, Walter Fletcher Beach and Cornwall Beach, a short way inland from this bay is the famous restored plantation house, Rose Hall which is definatly worth a visit to step back in time to experience how they lived in the sugar plantation days.
West of Montego Bay you will find Negril with its spectacular beach and great variety of watersports such as sailing, water skiing, deep sea fishing and para sailing. This popular holiday destination has building regulations in place so as to preserve much of the origonal culture of the area, along the streets here you will find shanty like shops and stalls where the locals sell a variety local crafts and delicious home made traditional foods. Nightlife here can get pretty with many clubs stretched along the beach side, Ricks Cafe been the most popular which is a favourite with locals and tourists alike to hang out to watch the sun go down, for the more adventuras cool off by taking the 30ft plunge from the cliffs into the sea below.
The North coast is home to Falmouth where the church of St Paul Church offers a Sunday service where visitors are welcomed to listen to the choir in full song. To the East of Montego Bay lies Ocho Rios home to many international hotels and restaurants, although it has retained some of its sleepy small town atmosphere.
There are many amazing sites to see while holidaying in Jamaica, the awe inspiring Dunns river falls waterfall has to be on your list, climb the precarious rocks to the top only to slide back down, truely exilerating. Take a trip through the jungle to the Appleton Rum estate, visit this famous rum distillary and get to taste the sweet white rum, you can even buy the odd bottle or two at knock down prices.
APPROX 10 HRS
You need 6 months on a 10 year British passport from the date of return. No visa is required, but everyone is required to pay a departure tax. Check with local embassy prior to departure for upto date information.