4 Ways to Experience the Best of Jamaica
Summer is a great time to visit Jamaica; the season offers some of the
best deals of the year. From Montego Bay to Negril, Ocho Rios to
Treasure Beach, Jamaica
has no shortage of interesting playgrounds. The ways to experience the
friendliness of the island are limited only by your own imagination.
These four possibilities will get you thinking. Try the classic
all-inclusive holiday, opt for a romantic couple's getaway, go for an
authentic off the beaten path experience, or set your sites on an
altruistic vacation that makes a difference. Rest, Mon! There's no way
to get it wrong.
Indulge in the Classic All-Inclusive Resort Vacation Near Montego Bay
A dream vacation to Jamaica conjures visions of
all-inclusive resorts where the only decision you have to make is sun
or shade. Jamaican-inspired cuisine prepared by an award-winning chef,
a plethora of complimentary activities, and the happiest of happy hours
are all part of the fun. All-inclusive resorts are a luxurious way to
experience the island worry free. With all the details taken care of,
you can live in the moment and enjoy Jamaica to the fullest.
Rated among the best of the best all-inclusive resorts in
Jamaica, Round Hill Hotel and Villas is the place to be. The resort,
located west of Montego Bay, is rich with history
Honeymoon in Villa 10, where John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy also
honeymooned so long ago. Get your groove back in Villa 11, once the set
of steamy love scenes in the movie How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Draw
your musical inspiration from Villa 12, where Oscar Hammertstein
imagined The Sound of Music after meeting Maria von Trapp. Lounge on
the same private beach as Bing Crosby, Adele Astaire, and Paul Newman.
Your platinum all-inclusive vacation at Round Hill Hotel and
Villas includes transfers from the airport and starts off with a bottle
of wine, a gift, and a fruit basket upon arrival. All the delightful
food and drinks you can handle, nightly entertainment, access to paddle
boats, snorkeling equipment, the resort's glass bottom boat, and every
other imaginable amenity is yours to enjoy. Round Hill also provides a
traditional bamboo raft ride down the Great River to experience the
lush beauty of the Jamaican rainforest.
Get the Sparks Flying with a Romantic Getaway in Ocho Rios
When you're in the mood for love, Jamaica is your romance destination.
A tropical island with lush foliage and fragrant flowers, sparkling
waterfalls cascading into pristine pools, and gentle waves lapping at
white sand beaches, provides the ideal backdrop for a romantic getaway.
Whether you are looking for the perfect wedding location, a private
honeymoon hideaway, or simply a secluded place to slip away and
reconnect, Jamaica has boutique hotels that cater to the romantic in
Couples San Souci is located in Ocho Rios on Jamaica's emerald coast.
The secluded cliffside resort is adults only and offers ample
opportunities for your love connection, from private cabana couples'
massages to intimate candlelit dinners to the rhythms of a double
hammock in the early evening breeze, Couples San Souci has you covered.
Share the view of the Caribbean Sea as you lounge on your large
colonial-style balcony in cozy bathrobes with a glass of wine and your
favorite music playing on the room's state-of-the-art entertainment
sound system. The opportunities for romance are endless at Couples San
Besides the many resort amenities -- the restaurants, bars,
pools, Jacuzzis, natural mineral spring pool, and more, Couples San
Souci also offers several complimentary off-site excursions including
Dunn's River Falls, a shopping shuttle, scuba diving, a glass bottom
boat ride, a sunset catamaran cruise, and a trip to Margaritaville. At
Margaritaville, you can also book zip lining the rainforest
, trekking Mystic Mountain
, or swimming with dolphins
for a small fee. Whether through adventure or alone time, there are
countless ways to make that intimate connection with the one you love.
Experience Authentic Jamaica at St. Elizabeth's Treasure Beach
Experience the other Jamaica along its quieter southern coast.
Step back in time, before the arrival of mega-resorts, to a place where
natural island rhythms, pristine secluded beaches, locally owned
businesses, and genuinely friendly faces were the norm. Treasure Beach
still offers that charmingly authentic Jamaican experience with six
miles of sandy beaches, private coves, quaint fishing villages, and a
laidback irie vibe. Enjoy the languor of a sun-soaked afternoon spent
in a hammock under rustling palms with the sounds of the surf and the
call of tropical birds to soothe you. This is the real Jamaica.
Katamah is an enchanting Moroccan-themed beachside resort in
the heart of Frenchman's Bay, and the perfect place to spend your
Jamaican holiday. This tropical retreat has five guest accommodations;
three unique rooms in the main guesthouse and two free-standing,
stylish cabins closer to the water. Owners Monica and Andrew are warm
and welcoming hosts, devoted to your island paradise experience.
Delight in nearby beach restaurants and shops, rent bikes, take a yoga
or painting workshop, enjoy cocktails and conversation with other
guests, or simply sit under the stars and watch the moon dance on the
Local fishermen are available to provide transportation to The
Pelican Bar, which has to be experienced to be believed; they also
offer coastal boat tours, and can whisk you away to secluded beaches.
Before you leave, ask the owners about the fascinating eco tour up the Black River
, arrange for a day trip to gorgeous YS Falls, or enjoy a tour of the 250-year-old Appleton Rum Factory.
Explore Your Altruistic Side in the Rio Grande Valley
If you have the flexibility to be gone a minimum of one month, woofing
gives you the opportunity to stay in Jamaica for free. You'll still
have to get there and back on your own, but woofers, willing workers on
organic farms, are part of an international community of volunteers who
help out on organic and sustainable properties in exchange for basic
room and board. Typically, the schedule that you negotiate with the
property owner allows for free time to explore on your own.
One such opportunity in Jamaica is RioGran Health Farm,
registered with World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) at
Wwoof Caribbean. It is an Agritourism property being developed as the
centerpiece of a community tourism project. Woofers help plant, tend,
or harvest bananas, plantains, sweet potatoes, and ginger among others
foods. RioGran also needs help with managing the plant nursery,
assisting with bee-keeping operations, giving guided tours of the farm,
and doing general household chores. In exchange, volunteers stay and
eat for free in a dormitory on the property.
The owner is willing to give woofers a ride to Kingston every weekend
for those who want to go. It's a great way to have a free long-term
stay in the country. U.S. citizens can enter with a passport and stay
for up to 180 days without a visa, so there are no roadblocks to
volunteering up to six months.
Classic, romantic, authentic, or altruistic, which Jamaican experience is right for you?
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