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Lucea

Lucea Holidays

Nestled between the popular resorts of Negril and Montego Bay sits the quiet and peaceful town of Lucea. Built on a natural harbour overlooked by forest-covered mountains, you've got seclusion and relaxation at your fingertips. Still relatively undiscovered, here you'll enjoy the best in holidays to Jamaica – perfect white beaches, palm trees, and its familiar laid-back reggae beat, without the bustle of a large resort. Discover the real Jamaica at your own pace with this beautiful spot in the Caribbean, and you'll find a holiday of a lifetime.

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Cast your cares aside

Of course, the beaches in Lucea Jamaica bring their own piece of luxury to your holiday. Thanks to its wind-sheltered bay, the main beach has calm, shallow waters great for the kids while you kick back, sunbathe and take the odd dip throughout the day.

Or head over to the spectacular Sunset cove, with its great selection of watersports on offer. Enjoy kayaking, snorkelling, even an exhilarating trip in a banana boat. At the end of your day, choose the locals' favourite beach with its friendly, thatched bars, and sip on your rum cocktail watching the sun go down.

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Get close to the wildlife

There is a world of outstanding nature and marine life surrounding this beautiful area. Take a snorkelling or diving trip just off the coast and you'll find an array of colourful marine life and extensive coral reefs. The Rocklands Bird Sanctuary is also an option you don't want to miss on your holiday to Lucea. Feed exotic Jamaican birds such as the hummingbird, straight from the palm of your hand, and enjoy the many thousands of migratory birds all calling this tranquil garden their home.

Discover a rich history

Lucea Jamaica has a rich cultural past, and many have worked hard to preserve the historic buildings that make this town very much worth exploring. There is the mighty Fort Charlotte, built by the British in 1761. Visited by many notable figures over the years, including Horatio Nelson and Captain Bligh, it is also still believed to have a tunnel leading to the Hanover Parish Church nearby.

This church is one of the oldest in Jamaica, recording its first baptism in 1725. The working clock tower was built nearly a hundred years later in 1817 and stands in the town centre, close to the distinctive Georgian courthouse. You'll be able to see all this amazing history brought to life in the town's old prison, now the Hanover Museum.

Select the perfect beach

Of course with the famous Montego Bay and Negril beaches just down the road from Lucea, you're able to enjoy all the great facilities and entertainment of these large resorts too. At Negril, an 11-kilometre beach and lively bar scene will provide entertainment for all the family, with many great excursions on offer such as a trip to Dolphin Cove. And Montego Bay comes alive after dark, with its live music, tropical atmosphere and friendly Jamaican welcome.

Witness a watery oasis

The ever-green forests around Lucea contain four spectacular waterfalls. These natural oases have water tumbling over rolling rocks, tangled jungle vines, clear-water rock pools and lush gardens featuring many species of fern and stunning displays of tropical wild flowers.

You can climb up and over smooth, cool rocks to stand behind a curtain of water, or simply meander along the paths and dive into some of the natural pools underneath these beautiful cascades.

Don't miss the delicious cuisine

Savour Jamaica's succulent food, full of fresh local ingredients, during your holidays to Lucea. Local favourites include steamed snapper, and coconut milk ice-cream – and don't miss the traditional Jamaican "jerk chicken" that's available everywhere.

Nearby Negril and Montego Bay will provide a wealth of dining options, from street-corner stalls to fine restaurants, but you'll also find suitable eating places on your doorstep in Lucea, with its trademark laid-back vibe enveloping you as you enjoy its unique mix of rum and reggae well into the evening.

Discover an iconic town

Believed to have been named after Christopher Columbus's son Luis, Lucea blossomed under a thriving sugar trade and the town continues to flourish today, as it cultivates its own local Yam, popular all over Jamaica.

Stroll through the town's busy shops and sights, such as the town hall made famous by the film Cool Runnings. And don't leave your Lucea holiday without picking up a souvenir at its bustling Saturday market, selling handicrafts alongside exotic local produce.

Lucea holidays are the perfect choice for getting away from it all and seeing the real Jamaica. With its stunning scenery, fascinating history and exciting activities, whatever you're after, be it outdoor adventure or pure relaxation, you've got it all in Lucea.