With its stunning scenery and laid-back culture, Jamaica is made for relaxing beach loungers and nature enthusiasts alike. Rainforests, waterfalls and staggering mountains make up its UNESCO-protected eco-system.
Jamaica lives and breathes music. It’s everywhere, in the patois language, reggae beats and gospel voices that blend with the folk songs of west Africa. It’s the birthplace of Bob Marley and with its links to Ian Fleming, it has an intriguing heritage that calls out to be explored.
Jamaica might be known for taking it easy, but that doesn’t mean you have to. The adventures are there, should you wish to find them. It’s the perfect place to snorkel and dive. There are water sports all around the island, although we never tire of simply swimming. You can try your hand at zip lining, river tubing, hiking or cycling in the Blue Mountains, where the views of mountain waterfalls, thick jungle and famous coffee plantains make for an unforgettable backdrop.
We like to pack some spiced jerk and cold Red Stripe beer and head for Dunn’s River Falls. It’s one of the islands national treasures – a mix of plunge pools, waterfalls and thermal springs. As you scale the waterfall you brush past ferns, bamboos, ginger lilies and orchids.
The creole food is a tantalising fusion of old world and new. We recommend you follow the scent of jerk spice onto the streets to discover the true flavour of Jamaica. Dine out and it’s rich and relaxed: yam, rice and plantain form the basis of stews and fresh fish abounds. Throw in some tropical fruits, a shot of rum, and you can taste the whole Jamaican story.
When to go
We recommend the driest months, November to May.