To come to Jamaica is to experience a calming retreat, punctuated by endless rainforests and coffee plantations. You can find hundreds of waterfalls hidden amongst vibrant greenery. And let’s not forget the long stretches of coastline framed by crystalline azure waters. This is a couples’ paradise, but for those traveling to Jamaica with kids, there are also plenty of activities the entire family will love.
Jamaican culture is the epitome of laid-back, where the locals are truly on island time. There is no rushing here – and with the warm breezes, it makes Jamaica perfect for that much-needed getaway. Not to mention the beauty of the Jamaican language.
Given all of this natural beauty, the island is small enough where you can stay anywhere and not be far away from all attractions.
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What to Do in Jamaica
When you first fly into Jamaica, it will seem as though the entire island is blanketed in green. It’s almost a shame that most everyone heads straight for the beaches because there’s so much to explore in the interior. Head inland up to the Blue Mountains, the largest mountain range in Jamaica. The area is home to lovely mountain villages and some fabulous hiking, and on a clear day, if you hike to the top of Blue Mountain peak, you can see most of the island.
Just a few miles outside of Ocho Rios is the biggest and most spectacular waterfall, Dunns River Falls. At 180 feet high and 600 feet long, these falls are terraced like a great big natural staircase with small lagoons spread out among them.
For real adventure seekers, rent a 4 x 4 and go off-roading. Kool Runnings Adventure Park offers great bobsledding, something Jamaican’s are famous for, having represented the island in the Olympics. For Jamaicans, music is the soul of their being, and you can take part in this with a visit to Bob Marley’s old home, which has been converted into a museum celebrating his life.
Where to Stay in Jamaica
The Jamaica Pegasus, Kingston. Jamaica resorts and hotels have a reputation for giving some of the best hospitality in the Caribbean, and the Pegasus is no exception. Their majestic, 17-story hotel is surrounded by vibrant gardens, offering stunning views of the mountains and the sparkling Caribbean Sea. Meticulously-designed guest rooms and suites offer modern amenities and abundant space to relax. Discerning guests will enjoy Royal Club level access, including the Royal Club Lounge and all its benefits. Swim in the Olympic-sized pool, indulge yourself in the White Orchid Salon and Spa, or get a game of tennis in at their courts. The Blue Window Restaurant offers a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning and hosts exciting themes dinners throughout the year.
Located in the heart of Kingston, the “R” blends boutique-style luxury accommodations seamlessly with the highest level of service and modern amenities designed to meet the needs of today’s traveler. Guest rooms have a chic, contemporary design, with your choice of Penthouse Deluxe Room with balcony, a Standard Deluxe room with kitchenette, or a spacious Two-bedroom Loft Suite with kitchen and balcony. A rooftop pool, a well-equipped gym, an onsite art gallery, and a complimentary buffet breakfast that gets you started each morning completes the package.
Melia Braco Village
An all-inclusive, intimate resort located 45 minutes from Montego Bay and overlooking beaches of white sand and turquoise waters, you’ll feel right at home in your villa or relaxing on the beach under the Caribbean sun. The perfect getaway for both couples and families, savour the local cuisine with their six restaurants and four bars. Visit the YHI spa for the ultimate way to invigorate body and soul with their thermal circuit and personalised beauty treatments. For the little ones, Melia Braco offers Kids’ Club to let their imaginations run wild.
Beaches Negril Resort and Spa
A non-stop fun family resort, they have all new rooms and suites, with a sweeping array of enhancements throughout. Beaches captures the essence of Jamaica – meaning they offer a laid-back elegance in a lush paradise. Located on the widest stretch of 7-Mile Beach, frolic along the water’s edge and explore all this famous beach has to offer. There’s even a waterpark for the kids. Spacious and tastefully decorated guest rooms ensure a restful respite at the end of the day. Whether it is relaxation or adventure you seek (or both), this resort offers it all.
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