The Caribbean is one of the world’s most popular cruise destinations for those looking to vacation on the high seas, and the island of Jamaica is one of this region’s major attractions. Sailing along the white-sand coastline with its lush green backdrop is a sight to behold but the beaches aren’t the only place worth exploring on this island.
From the seductive beauty of Montego Bay, to the dance-hall parties of Kingston and waterfalls hidden amidst tropical forests – Jamaica is everything you ask for from a Caribbean Island.
Jamaica is definitely a Caribbean icon and it’s the diversity of sightseeing attractions and scenic spots that makes this island so popular. On the western tip you’ll find Negril, famous for its unforgettable Seven Mile Beach, where you can snorkel or take in some live reggae music at the waterfront bars. Ocho Rios is where cruise-ships make port, and from here visitors have easy access to the popular 600-feet Dunn’s River Falls, and can also spend some time swimming with the dolphins at Dolphin Cove. With its twin harbours and misty mountains, Port Antonio is considered to be one of the most atmospheric and authentic Jamaican regions, and swimming in the Reach Falls and rafting down the Rio Grande River are just two of the activities available.
Hit the city
Kingston is the island’s fun-filled capital city. From here you’ll be able to take an excursion into the Blue Mountains, or take a boat trip from Port Royal to the uninhabited island of Lime Cay; visit during the week and you’ll have these beautiful beaches to yourself. The Bob Marley Museum and recording studio should be included on any visit, and the coliseum-like dance-hall nightclubs have to be experienced to be believed. If you’re visiting between late February and mid-April you’ll also be able experience the island’s biggest annual carnival, and can join in the festivities with over 100,000 other guests and locals.
The famous resort
Montego Bay or Mo’Bay is Jamaica’s second largest city, and it’s here you’ll find those luxury resorts with pristine sands, including the wedding favorite of Cornwall Beach. Mo’Bay is incredibly popular thanks to its bustling strip of stores, restaurants and bars as well as being home to five championship golf courses. Thrill-seekers can spend some time traversing the rainforests via a zip-line tour, or spend a few hours riding on horseback through the many scenic countryside and coastal routes. However, there’s nothing more relaxing than dining on some of the freshest seafood dishes on the open-air terrace of a beachfront restaurant, just as the sun begins to set over the Caribbean Sea.
Jamaica is without doubt one of those ‘must visit’ islands and it ranks in many traveler's ‘most desired’ vacation lists. Shore excursions will include guided tours, but make sure to spend some time exploring at your leisure – you never know what hidden gems await on this island.