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A Guide to Jamaica’s Top Resorts

A Guide to Jamaica’s Top Resorts

As far as islands in the sun go, you can’t go far wrong with Jamaica. The vibrant heart of the Caribbean is awash with long lazy sunshine days spiced up, quite literally, with tasty food and some choice rum.

Couple that with some of the liveliest nightlife, invigorating music and majestic natural scenery imaginable, and it’s clear you’re onto a winner.

Jamaica is a generous place to holiday indeed, and if you’re planning a getaway to the island, we’ve got the lowdown on the island’s best resorts, as well as our top hotel picks.

Montego Bay

Montego Bay

While Montego Bay is among the most famous and popular of Jamaica’s resort communities, it hasn’t won that honour for nothing. These are sumptuous beaches, classic cocktails and full on Jamaican party nights you’re experiencing here.

Montego Bay might be the island’s second largest city overall, but its love of nature shines through. Activities like hiking, ATV rides through the tropical hills or bamboo river rides all paint an adventurous picture.

That’s before we get to the watersports potential of course, but you’re just as welcome to sunbathe or take in a spa session at the highly recommended Riu Montego Bay Hotel.

Negril

Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Beach. (Photo credit: Michael McCarthy)

The downtempo part of the island known as Negril is sought out in part due to its Seven Mile Beach. That aptly named stretch of shore offers an almost endless swathe of creamy-pale sand to lay down on.

From street stands offering jerk chicken to the finest seafood dining the island can offer, you’re never going hungry here, especially with the generous portions at Sensatori Resort Jamaica.

Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios

Another big name in Jamaican holidays, Ocho Rios is all about affordable luxuries and sunshine with style. It’s come a long way since its fishing village beginnings, although the flavours of the deep still fill plenty a platter.

Live music is always to be heard here too, best enjoyed with rum or cocktails. Those served at Clubhotel Riu Ocho Rios are especially flavourful.

Runaway Bay

Horse on the beach at Runaway Bay
Horse on the beach at Runaway Bay (Photo credit: Austin Kirk)

Like the name implies, Runaway Bay is the tropical paradise you turn to when it’s time to hide from the world for a spell. You’ll enjoy a secluded beach in Jamaica’s north here, together with natural beauty found in Dunns River Waterfalls and the secrets of the sea exposed in scuba diving trips to forgotten shipwrecks and submerged planes.

At Royal Decameron Club Caribbean, you can stroll the gardens or play some tennis while topping up your tan in this stunning retreat.

Jamaica has so much to offer, even our favourites only skim the surface of this stunning island. Feel free to share your own happy Jamaica memories in the comments below.