Savour the very best of Jamaica with our expert travel guide

Published

20 April, 2022

Edited

19 August, 2022

White sands, aquamarine shores, and lively coastal towns - the gorgeous island of Jamaica has all the ingredients for an unforgettable holiday. Spend a day by the crystal clear waters of Negril Beach or take a tour of the island’s many culinary delights in Montego Bay; there are so many ways to immerse yourself in the laidback island lifestyle of the Caribbean.

There’s more to this tropical paradise than just passing the hours beside its beautiful beaches - although we wouldn’t blame you if you did. Thrill-seekers will find plenty to keep them entertained, from surf classes in Bull Bay to cannonballing into the iconic Blue Hole waterfall and Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios. While history, culture and music lovers will relish exploring this Caribbean island’s endless old plantation houses, art galleries and live music venues. We mean it when we say Jamaica has something for everyone. If you’re curious to learn more, take a look at our exclusive travel guide to Jamaica.

Whether you’re seeking serenity or stimulation, Jamaica has it all

From majestic mountains to mineral springs. On the island of Jamaica, an incredible natural attraction is never too far away. Disconnect from the distractions of daily life with a day of hiking in the Blue Mountains. A winding mountain range offering the most spectacular views across the island’s eastern valleys, the lush vegetation here hides scenic pathways, waterfalls and natural pools - all waiting to be discovered.

Blue Hole Mineral Spring

Staying on the west side of the island? The Blue Hole Mineral Spring is a 35 feet deep pool, less than five kilometres from the town of Little Bay. Cocooned by Karst limestone and rich in minerals known for their therapeutic benefits, it’s like an all-natural spa treatment. Daredevils have the option to dive straight into its crystalline waters, although you will find an iron ladder if you’d prefer a safer descent.

Doctors Cave Beach

If you’d rather be relaxing by the beach, Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay is the perfect place to do it. Boasting over five miles of powdery sands and virtually translucent shores, it’s such an idyllic place to while the days away. With the water temperature rarely dropping below 22°C, there’s never a bad time to take a dip.

Treasure Beach

Set beside a quiet fishing village on the south coast of the island, Treasure Beach offers a secluded spot for a day of sunbathing and lounging. While it’s not the best place to take a dip or go for a day’s swim, it more than makes up for it with its uncrowded shores and tranquil vibe.

Discover the rich history of Jamaica

A stay on the island isn’t complete without discovering its rich history and traditional Jamaican culture. From St Ann to Discovery Bay, where do you begin? We’d recommend starting your tour with a visit to Rose Hall Great House, a former plantation house just outside of Montego Bay transformed into a unique museum. Knowledgeable Jamaica travel guides take you on a journey through time with tales of magic and mystery, dating all the way back to the late 18th century.

Nearby, Greenwood Great House towers above the coast. Built over 200 years ago, it has been carefully restored back to its former splendour. Visitors can now wander through its majestic rooms and halls, which host a unique collection of antiques from Jamaica and around the world.

Ask any knowledgable Jamaica vacation guide and they’ll tell you to head straight over to Kingston for a glimpse of what life was like for the king of reggae at the Bob Marley Museum. Set within his former home, you’ll find a theatre, record shop, and a photographic gallery inside - a must-see for music fans.

Immerse yourself in island life with our Jamaica travel guide

The island’s capital and cultural hub, there’s always something new to discover in Kingston. You can easily spend a week perusing its art galleries, museums, and attractions, and still only touch the surface of this cosmopolitan city. Discover Jamaica’s latest reggae talent in the Market Square Amphitheatre, stroll through the colourful weekly markets, or spend an afternoon in the lush Hope Botanical Gardens - there’s just so much to see.

If you’re looking for a lively atmosphere that never really slows, Montego Bay is where you’ll want to be. Abuzz with locals and visitors alike, Jamaica’s second city is home to some of the best bars, restaurants, and clubs on the island. Lined with pristine beaches and thriving coral reefs, it’s a true island paradise.

Seeking pristine, sandy beaches? Head over to the west of the island and you’ll discover Negril, a dreamy town renowned for its miles of soft, sugary sands and calm crystalline waters. It’s where you’ll also find the world-famous Seven Mile Beach, an iconic stretch of coast that draws sun-seekers and beach lovers from across the world.

Our Jamaica visitors guide to dining out in style

Dining out in Jamaica is an experience in itself. Whether you’re already well-versed in the vibrant cuisine of the island or perhaps venturing into it for the first time, you’re bound to be amazed by the sheer variety of flavours in every local dish. From tucking into a breakfast of ackee and saltfish to sampling an authentic bowl of curry goat, there’s something to please every kind of foodie.

The HouseBoat Grill

You’ll find a whole host of fabulous restaurants in the thriving capital of Montego Bay. The HouseBoat Grill is among the most popular eateries, serving up a tantalizing array of seafood dishes. Tuck into a beautifully prepared baked snapper fillet, or select a live Caribbean spiny lobster for the freshest thermidor in town.

Mille Fleurs Restaurant

Offering a fusion of European and Caribbean flavours, Mille Fleurs Restaurant in Port Antonio should definitely be on your list. Al fresco dining can be enjoyed out on the veranda, where guests can soak up the gorgeous views across the port. Afterwards, you can make your way over to Portland Parish for an evening walk on one of its gorgeous beaches.

The Terrace at Jamaica Inn

Stopping in the port town of Ocho Rios? The Terrace at Jamaica Inn lets you enjoy dinner and drinks with the stunning Caribbean Sea as your backdrop. Here, you can tuck into fragrant classics such as jerk chicken, curry goat and tender oxtail. The sunsets from the dining terrace are absolutely breathtaking, making it a very popular choice for evening meals.

The onefinestay experience

At onefinestay, we provide an exclusive range of concierge services to make your stay that extra bit special. Your stay with us should be all about relaxation and making the most of your surroundings, which is why you can choose from a range of options when you make your booking - from private chef services to in-house massages. We can even make sure that your refrigerator is already fully stocked with your favourite goodies. From renting a car to picking you up directly from Sangster International Airport - just let us know what you’ll need. Everything is arranged for you before your arrival, meaning you can unwind from the moment you step through the door.

Dreaming of jetting off to Jamaica?

Dazzled by the brilliant blues and emerald greens of Jamaica? We’ve got a whole host of beautiful Jamaican villas, tucked away in some of the most stunning locations on the island. Get in touch with one of our Travel Advisors to start planning your visit to Jamaica today.