Travel to the heart of Jamaica where Kingston Town’s reggae influence pulses and the electric blue of the Mediterranean laps against miles of white coastal beaches. Visit the iconic Bob Marley Museum in the metropolis’ centre, a destination that sets the vibe for a unique urban experience built around cultural significance. Deep within the veins of the city are secret clubs and hidden music venues, like Dub Club, Vinyl Thursdays & Jamnesia. During the day, the drifting palms and vibrant markets offer sustaining oases from the tropical heat.
Literally set atop a magical mountain, the Strawberry Hill Hotel is a Jamaican luxury resort with wide verandas featuring jungle views, a dramatic infinity pool and gourmet local cuisine.
The Courtleigh is an easy town centre option close to the city’s attractions.
For true Caribbean flavour and a fun tourist experience, drop by Usain Bolt’s restaurant lounge Tracks & Records, before heading to the Mahogany Tree Bar for evening cocktails – a delightful house and bar surrounded by the lush greenery of historic Devon House complex. CRU Bar and Kitchen is another vibrant Jamaican option, central to other nightclubs in the area with laid-back lounge seating and bar food.
Set on the West Coast of Jamaica, Negril’s sandy beaches and turquoise bays make for fine travelling. Seven Mile Beach is lined with bars, restaurants and resorts, and the lagoon contains coral reefs with the option of snorkelling or scuba-diving. At night, visit the world-famous Ricks Café for sunset beverages and cliff diving.
Stay & Play
The luxurious Caves Resort is a contemporary utopia built into the cliffside above the Caribbean. With an authentic restaurant serving locally sourced produce, spa and easy access to tours, this spot is exotic and dreamy.
Chic Boutique Hotel
The Rockhouse sits amidst tropical jungle atop the volcanic cliffs of Negril’s West End, directly overlooking the ocean with full resort facilities.
Bar by Boat
As if these locations were not enough, The Pelican Bar, which requires a mile travel by boat is built above the teal seas of Jamaica’s Treasure Beach, where visitors can enjoy cocktails surrounded on all sides by impossibly clear oceanic blues.
Back along the coastlines lies Jake’s Hotel, a sprawling expanse of brightly-coloured bungalows against the backdrop of an azure sea, a spot to join the locals playing dominos and take an ocean dip between drinks.
Hosting an atmospheric bonfire each night, 3 Dives serves jerk chicken with a homemade granny sauce and an unmissable grilled lobster doused in garlic butter – try it with callaloo, rice and peas on the side. For a true Jamaican experience try out Floyd’s Pelican Bar – a driftwood bar on coconut trunk stilts with charmingly kitsch décor like flags and license plates brought by visitors from around the world. A local fisherman will tow you the twenty minutes across the sea where it sits atop a sandbar in Parottee Bay. At the Bar, order a Red Stripe or the house cocktail – rum, ginger beer, lime juice and sugar – which you can drink waist-deep in the water as stingrays and pelicans float nearby.
Port Antonio & The Blue Lagoon
A tropical city on the northeast coast, this is the gateway to the jungle, mountains and waterfalls of this region, fed by the Caribbean Sea and a series of underground springs that make the area lush with tropical life.
The Kanopi House is an eco, tree-house resort nestled amidst 100-foot Banyan trees and wistfully overlooking the Blue Lagoon.
The Hotel Mockingbird Hill provides a classic vacation experience while being luxurious and private in nature. Visit their Garden of Wellness for relaxation, wellness and massage therapy, or venture to Frenchman’s Cove – Jamaica’s most beautiful white-sand beach.
Geejam Hotel features deluxe cabins and villas with a spa, pool and gym – and even a recording studio.
In the day, boat trip on the Blue Lagoon to Monkey Island, see the vacation homes of the rich and famous and discover the jade waters of Brooke Shields’ infamous film location for the movie that takes the name of this iconic strip of paradise.
For yoga and sustainably sourced brunch, visit Stush In The Bush, a rustic 15-acre hilltop farm.
A popular destination, Montego Bay sits on Jamaica’s north coast, and is a coastal port town with beach resorts, an amusement park, and plenty of snorkelling and diving in the Bay’s protected waters.
A recently renovated club resort, the exclusive Tryall Club has villas, tennis, golf, a full spa and pool area and excellent 24hr service.
By the Seaside
Round Hill Hotel and Villas sits between the hills and the sea, and offers elegant seaside accommodation with beachfront dining from an organic menu.
For a decadent Jamaican mansion, stay at Half Moon, whose suites offer rich details and timeless décor.
The exciting Margaritaville is a buzzing nightclub where you can party in an aqua park, eat Americana or jerk-style cuisine and sip ice-cold drinks. Or, venture to one of Jamaica’s best-kept secrets, the super chill Memorabilia Bar & Grill, a spot away from the usual tourist crowds just outside of Montego Bay. The drinks are cheap and tasty, and there’s a beautiful beach to sip them on – this is also a lovely way to meet some of the locals and enjoy the spirit of Jamaica. To end your trip, experience the waterfalls of Dunn’s River Falls and Park, and try the zipline.