Jamaica | Designer Travel



The largest of the English speaking islands and one full of contrasts

With the warmth of the Jamaican People, its rich culture and dramatic Mountain vistas, Jamaica will leave you wanting to return before you even depart. Not only does the Jewel of the Caribbean have some wonderful powder white beaches where you can bask in the glorious sunshine but it also has some fantastic places to visit to make your stay one that you’ll never forget.

In Jamaica, you’ll find lush forests, cascading waterfalls and crystal clear rivers in Ocho Rios, awesome sunsets and cliff diving in Negril and the “Hip Strip” of Montego Bay where you can take comfort in one of the swish bars and relax to the Reggae sounds that made the island famous.

Montego Bay is a haven for tourists and boasts white sands, inviting waters perfect for snorkelling, colonial plantation houses and a lively main strip brimming with food stands, restaurants and bars where you can boogie the night away if you so wish. Visit the impressive historic attraction of Rose Hall Great House which has been beautifully restored so you can gain a fascinating insight into 18th Century life.

Ocho Rios is another popular choice as it has an impressive white-sand bay plus it’s located close to the stunning Dunns River Falls which is a major tourist attraction. The guides are very helpful and will assist you so you can climb the falls and get yourself some impressive pictures that you’ll be showing off on social media before you even get home!

Beach lovers are drawn to Negril which is located on the western tip of the island. Seven Mile Beach is lapped by sparkling waters. It’s an ideal place to completely relax before heading to Rick’s Cafe on the clifftop to watch the sunset.

There are large five-star hotels, all-inclusive resorts and accommodation more suited to couples and honeymooners. Please ask us for our recommendations.

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Key Highlights
  • Visit the Bob Marley museum in Kingston
  • Enjoy a round of golf at one of the immaculately maintained courses
  • The Dunns River Falls are a must-see attraction
  • Take a tour to learn more about Rose Hall Great House
  • Treat yourself to an exhilarating mountain bike ride through the magnificent Blue Mountains
  • Jamaica has a well established bus network and plenty of taxis and minibuses
  • Hire a car for the best way to see more of the island and get to hidden beauty spots
  • You must try the jerk chicken, plantains and ackee and saltfish – absolute classic Jamaican fare
  • Beaches Ocho Rios is a wonderful all-inclusive resort for families and it even has its own waterpark
  • If you’re a James Bond fan, take a look at the exclusive GoldenEye resort

Travel Information

Time Difference: GMT -5 hours

Currency: Jamaican Dollar

Climate Information

Consistently warm tropical weather ensures Jamaica is a popular destination year-round. On the coast, temperatures range from 22°C to 31°C, with chilly mornings and evenings experienced during winter.

The wettest months are May and October, but showers may occur at any time.

Between June and November, Jamaica is prone to hurricanes.

Leisure & Activities

Dunns River Falls
Situated near Ocho Rios, Dunns River Falls is a spectacular 1000 feet high waterfall cascading down terraces of giant step like features all the way to the open Caribbean sea. Along the way there are several small lagoons interspersed among the vertical sections of the river. The falls receive several thousands of visitors each year and is a “must see” attraction.

The Bob Marley Museum
If you’re a fan of reggae music, this has got to be on your list of things to see in Jamaica. The museum is situated on the site of the musician’s former home and an informative organised tour can be booked. There is an 80 seat theatre, a gift shop selling memorabilia, a photographic gallery and a café.

Jamaica has many fine golf courses and there’s one to suit every level. One of the best is Rose Hall Great House Golf Course. This 18-hole course interlaces between mountains and the countryside and offers spectacular views of the sea. It’s quite a challenging course, so more experienced players will find it more enjoyable. Other courses include Negra Hills, Cinnamon Golf Course and The Half Moon Club.

Hotels in Jamaica