Exotic. Melodic. Raw. You can’t help but sway to Jamaica’s beat.
The land of wood and water, its mist-laden rolling hills are almost as iconic as the beaches. With some of the Caribbean’s most dramatic coastline, some of the world’s best coffee, and more to do than your average desert island, Jamaica is ripe for exploration before kicking back in a hammock to swing to the reggae that wafts on the balmy air.
Explore the private coffee estate owned by the Marley family, where you can create your own unique blend of honeymoon coffee made from prime Jamaican Blue Mountain beans; learn to cook like a Jamaican with a local chef who will teach you how to make the national dish, ackee and saltfish, and famous jerk chicken; enjoy world-class diving; take a breathtaking helicopter ride across the dramatic interior; visit the house of the legend Bob Marley; go river rafting on the Rio Grande before lunch on the riverbank as local musicians jam for you; book a recording session with The Jolly Boys at the renowned Geejam Studios; get fit sea-kayaking or kite surfing, snorkelling and diving; go rafting on the sparkling rivers at Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Port Antonio; watch the boats come and go, sipping cocktails at Montego Bay Marina; tick ‘swim with dolphins’ off your bucket list in Ocho Rios.
Where to Stay
Beautiful and remote boutique hotels; private luxury villas (including the former home of Ian Fleming, The Golden Eye Hotel); pop-up thatched beach shacks with all the amenities.
When to Go
October to March, when it is reliably sunny and warm with little rainfall.