A naturally beautiful landscape
Explore natural beauty on cheap holidays to Jamaica and you’ll no doubt recognise some of the scenery you travel through. For decades Hollywood directors have been visiting the island and using it as a backdrop for some of their best films. Among others, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and the absurdly funny ‘Cool Runnings’ were both shot here.
You can experience the exuberant thrills of the waterfalls at the Reggae Style Mayfield Falls, just a four-minute drive away from Negril. Combine nature with adventure and the end result is the Mystic Mountain, a five-minute drive from Ocho Rios. Taking a chairlift that ascends some 700 feet over the rainforest, you’ll get a stunning view of this part of Jamaica. The destination will definitely set your pulse racing.
If your idea of holiday heaven is to open your wallet and spend, then you’ll have ample opportunity to do so on Jamaica. Forget about large scale shopping mall experiences, retail therapy in Jamaica is all about sourcing the unique and the special. There are crafts stalls and markets all over the island where you’ll be able to find unique wooden carvings, and take home a little bit of Jamaica’s special style to remind you of your holiday.
Island Village shopping complex in Ocho Rios offers you a beautiful environment as well as a wide range of shops. You’ll be able to browse to your heart’s content and admire the lagoon and flowering trees that make up this intriguing centre.
Jamaica knows how to host a party, and it would be almost criminal not to visit one of the island’s lively nightspots. Whether you take part in an open air beach party, or head to a nightclub in bustling Montego Bay, you’re definitely going to enjoy the sweet beats of reggae and other Caribbean sounds.
Jamaican nightlife also encompasses some really extraordinary venues. There’s an ice bar in Montego Bay called Chillin’, where even the shot glasses are made from ice. Or you can just spend time in Falmouth drinking cocktails by a luminous lagoon. Rum is usually the drink of choice, but Red Stripe beer comes a close second if you don’t enjoy spirits or cocktails.
Jamaica is renowned for its stunning long stretches of sand. With over 50 public beaches to choose from, as well as private beaches for those planning Jamaica All Inclusive holidays, it’s easy to find your special spot and lie back and soak up the rays.
Montego Bay’s Cornwall Beach is one of the longest stretches of sand on the island, where you can chill out on a lounger, snorkel to explore what’s beneath the waves or enjoy a game of beach volleyball. While Waves Beach, in the southeast of the island, is the place to head if you want entertainment and family fun days.
Let there be jerk
Jamaicans love spicy food, and you’ll encounter jerk seasoning on most meats and fish. Scotch bonnet peppers are a key ingredient of this seasoning, so you may find that these dishes are slightly on the fiery side. Rice and peas are also very popular here, as are yam, plantain and beef patties.
Seafood is a wise choice at Jamaican restaurants as it’s invariably fresh from the sea that day. If you’re prepared to be adventurous with menu items you’ve not encountered before, your holiday in Jamaica is the perfect time to experiment and have fun.