Jamaica has miles of beautiful soft sandy beaches, surrounded by aquamarine warm waters, a delightful place to relax on holiday. The waters are perfect for snorkelling or scuba diving and great for surfers as well. You can also raft down the Martha Brae River, the ideal opportunity to explore the countryside and a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
Originally inhabited by the Arawaks, Jamaica was colonised in 1494 by the British and is the third largest country in the Caribbean. Kingston, the capital of Jamaica is the largest city and was founded after the earthquake in 1962 as a place for survivors to live. It is a culturally rich country and there are often historical tours to enjoy which include a stop at reggae legend Bob Marley’s house.
Blue Mountain Peak situated on the east side of Jamaica is the highest point and brilliant for hiking trails. You can also visit Mystic Mountain Adventure Park and try your hand at bobsledding.
The Blue Lagoon is an incredible deep crystal-clear lagoon to go swimming and diving in located in Portland just northwest of Kingston. Said to be 200 metres deep and surrounded by greenery, it is a magical place to enjoy. The glistening waters off the beaches in Jamaica are perfect for a nighttime dip and to experience swimming in the phosphorescent waters.
We recommend trying the local cuisine, especially the jerk spices they use for chicken and the local salt fish, just watch out for the spice levels – many local dishes can pack a punch! If you are looking for an extended stay, why not combine your visit with a few days on another Caribbean paradise.