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Jamaica Holidays

Imagine an oasis of lush green rainforest across mountainous terrain; deep valleys and expansive fertile plains; staggering cliffs dropping dramatically into the sea; and beautiful bays and coves with soft white sandy beaches. This is Jamaica, a land rich in natural beauty, history and rhythm.

As the third-largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica has a lot to offer for an unforgettable holiday.

Negril has the finest and longest beach on the island. It’s called Seven Miles Beach and, as the name suggests, the silky white sand and panoramic deep blue ocean views go on and on. From kayaking and jet skiing to glass-bottom boat rides, there’s plenty of activities to try here. You can even ride horses along the beach.

Holiday adventures in Jamaica

Port Antonio, a city on the east coast, is known as the gateway to the mountains, rainforest and waterfalls. Hiking through the lush jungle trails and taking a tour to the magnificent Reach Falls makes truly unforgettable holiday memories. You can even take a ride along the Rio Grande on a bamboo raft. Drifting down the river past bamboo and mango groves, while drinking refreshing coconut water and listening to the local rafters tell their tales is a truly unique Jamaican experience.

Jamaica’s only national park - the Blue Mountains National Park - has 100,000 acres of tropical rainforest. A great way to explore it is getting aboard the Mystic Mountain Rainforest Adventures’ Bobsled ride. This 1,000m long track whizzes through the rainforest at 40mph! For a more leisurely approach, and to enjoy the best views of the island, the chair lift ride through the trees offers a wonderful alternative.

No holiday to Jamaica is complete without climbing one of its national treasures, the 180 metre high Dunn’s River Falls. It’s described as a living and growing phenomenon, it continuously regenerates itself from the falls’ spring water deposits. The waterfalls slope gently and are terraced like giant natural stairs, with several lagoons along the way. It’s the ideal family day out filled with adventure.

Fancy visiting more than one Caribbean island? Or perhaps you would like to pair your laid-back holiday in Jamaica with the fast-paced fun of a city break. Whatever you’re looking for, call us today to chat with our Destination Specialists, who can help you create your dream holiday.

Destination Highlights
  • Make like Cool Runnings and bobsleigh through the verdant rainforest at Mystic Mountain Rainforest Adventures’ Bobsled ride
  • Climb the gentle slopes of Dunn’s River Falls, one of only a few travertine waterfalls in the world, and relax in some of the natural pools
  • Visit Rose Hall Great House, an 18th-century Georgian-style mansion with stunning views of the sea, a 6,600-acre plantation and even a resident ghost
  • Make your way down the Rio Grande on a bamboo raft, admiring the lush and mountainous landscape around you, and taking a dip now and then to cool down

Our favourite hotels

Here are some of our favourite all-inclusive hotels and luxury resorts in Jamaica. If you can’t see something you like, please call us to chat to our destination experts who will be more than happy to help.

Resort Aerial View

Zoëtry Montego Bay

Montego Bay

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Zoëtry Montego Bay
Unique Rocksteady

GeeJam

Port Antonio

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Guide Price

€2,459 pp

GeeJam
Unique

Strawberry Hill

Blue Mountains, Jamaica

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Guide Price

€1,869 pp

Strawberry Hill

Jamaica Inn

Ocho Rios

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Jamaica Inn

Time Zone

GMT -4 hours

Flight Time

Indirect flights from Ireland are available

Currency

JMD - Jamaican Dollar

Visa Information

Irish citizens do not require a visa to visit Jamaica

Language

English

Health Information

No vaccinations required

Jamaica

Jamaica is hot and sunny all year round, with average temperatures of 27 °C - 30 °C. The best weather - and the best time to go - is December to April. This is also the driest part of the year and the high season. The hurricane season runs from June to November, peaking in August through to October. 

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27ºC
31mm

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27ºC
23mm

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27ºC
30mm

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28ºC
21mm

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Jamaica
29ºC
104mm

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30ºC
60mm

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Jamaica
30ºC
54mm

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Jamaica
30ºC
66mm

Average weather in September

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Jamaica
29ºC
120mm

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Jamaica
29ºC
151mm

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Jamaica
28ºC
99mm

Average weather in December

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28ºC
46mm
  • Katie

    Destination Specialist

    Rather than go directly to see Reach Falls, hire a local guide to take you on a trek up it! You’ll start at the bottom of the river and walk, climb and swim all the way to the top of Reach Falls. It’s the locals’ way to enjoy these magnificent waterfalls.

  • Rozario

    Destination Specialist

    Be sure to enjoy a sundowner at Rick’s Cafe in Negril. It’s one of Jamaica’s famous hotspots, drawing the crowds for its cliff jumping and incredible sunsets. You can enjoy a pina colada while watching the local daredevils jump off the nearby cliff into the sea. The dives and acrobats are incredibly impressive to watch.

  • Martyn, Destination Executive

    Martyn

    Destination Manager

    : “If visiting Dunn’s River Falls, remember to take sea shoes with you to avoid slipping over, also bring a waterproof camera as professional photos can be expensive there". 

  • Bob Marley Week

    Every year, reggae fans gather during the first week in February to enjoy a variety of events to celebrate the life and music of Bob Marley. You can also visit Bob Marley’s Kingston home he lived in as an adult, which is now The Bob Marley Museum. There is also a small museum in Nine Mile Village near Ocho Rios, which is where Marley was born and buried. Both museums are open year-round. 

  • Jamaica’s Ocho Rios Jazz Festival

    This eight-day international jazz festival is hosted in the city of Ocho Rios in the north of Jamaica. Featuring the greatest names in Jamaican jazz, as well as delicious local fare and daily free concerts, it’s a great celebration of the island’s jazz scene. It usually takes place in June. 

  • Portland Jerk Festival

    This is the largest annual jerk festival in Jamaica. It’s held at the heritage site at Folly Ruins in Portland. The authentic Jamaican atmosphere is kicked off with live entertainment from locals. The real highlight of the event is tasting lobster, chicken, pork, fish cooked in the traditional Jamaican jerk way.

  • Jerk Chicken

    This is the most famous Jamaican dish. It uses Jamaican jerk spice, which is a hot blend of herbs, spices, including pimento (also known as allspice) and scotch bonnet peppers. The Jamaican jerk spice is dry rubbed onto the chicken before cooking. It can be eaten by itself or it’s served with bread or Caribbean dumplings.

  • Ackee and Saltfish

    This is Jamaica’s national dish, which is served at breakfast! The ackee fruit is cooked with salted fish and served with dumplings or breadfruit. 

  • Jamaican Red Peas Soup

    This hot and spicy soup is served all over the island. Its special ingredient is red kidney beans, which gives it its unique colour and flavour. 

Types of Jamaica holidays

Jamaica Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Jamaica take approximately 9 hours and 35 minutes. There are currently at least two direct flights a week from Gatwick Airport to Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and three flights a week to Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. Alternatively, there are indirect options from other UK airports. 

Doctors Beach in Montego Bay, Seven Mile Beach in Negril, and Calabash Beach in Treasure Beach are some of the best beaches in Jamaica. The beach at Bamboo Beach Club is also popular in Ocho Rios.

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