Crystal Clear Beaches

Ready to be on island time? This winter, plan an escape to a destination where the average yearly temperature is 85 degrees. There are 635 miles of exquisite beaches. Each guest can create their own bespoke itinerary. It’s all waiting for you in beautiful Jamaica.

Just a short flight from most US cities, Jamaica offers two major airport locations in Kingston and Montego Bay, making travel to the captivating island a breeze.     

Whether you are seeking a getaway ensconced in romance, a relaxing week focused on wellness and rejuvenation or perhaps an opportunity to enjoy adventure and reconnect with family, the vacation of your dreams exists in Jamaica.

Jamaica’s crystal-clear blue waters are full of aquatic excitement. Fully staffed yachts can be rented for catered cruises, including reef snorkeling, private beach strolls and decadent gourmet menus.

Looking for adventure under crystal-clear waters? Jamaica has more than 450 square miles of coral reefs where you can explore an underwater paradise at one of the spectacular dive sites on the island.  On the edge of the Cayman Trench, Jamaica’s north coast boasts a very diverse coral reef structure where you can get up close to sea lobster, king crab, moray eels and fish in vibrant colors. With 80-degree water temperatures most of the year, snorkeling is also a popular pastime. Take a cruise out to the exotic Floyd’s Pelican Bar, a hut built on high stilts over the sea. 

Back on shore, enjoy a variety of adventures – from ATVs and guided hikes to world-renowned Jamaican Polo. See Jamaica’s glorious waterfalls, venture down the roaring rapids and swim the picturesque river pools and lagoons. For an exclusively Jamaican excursion, travel the Martha Brae River on a bamboo raft.

For more heart-stopping adventures, try taking a leap of faith with the romantic folklore of Lover’s Leap lookout, home to one of the most sweeping views in Jamaica at 1,700 feet above sea level. Take a tour of the Black River Safari, home to native crocodiles and hundreds of other fascinating species. Descend a 180-foot waterfall at Dunn’s River Falls, or experience Laughing Waters, a waterfall flowing right into the Caribbean Sea where scenes from "Dr. No" were filmed.   

Ranked in the top five experiences in Jamaica, the Blue Lagoon and Swim Experience, best seen from a private boat or raft, enthralls visitors as the 200-feet deep, cobalt lagoon changes colors as the sun shifts overhead. The cool water is an unexpected melding of fresh mineral water and saltwater, an experience not soon forgotten.

If your vacation plans include rest and rejuvenation, seaside spas and wellness resorts are perfect for regeneration. You and your plus one can discover luxurious private mountainside spas featuring locally gathered botanicals, seaside escapes incorporating home-grown Jamaican herbs and restorative and healing yoga experiences that will recharge your soul. 

For the golf enthusiast, the gorgeous Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course at Half Moon Bay or Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Montego Bay presents some of the most stunning courses to be played in the Caribbean.

In Jamaica, food is at the heart of the vibrant cultural experience. Jamaican cuisine is inspired by flavors from around the world. Try some famous, original recipes to ignite the senses. There are so many ways to explore the food culture – from cave diving, rum tastings to a Jamaican Jerk lunch on a private island!

Couples can enjoy intimate seaside wine tastings and curated dinners that set the tone for a perfect romantic escape.  Relax on a bamboo river raft excursion with ice-cold Jamaican beer, or experience how the famous Blue Mountain coffee is grown with a Blue Mountain Coffee Farm tour or a Jamaican chocolate workshop and tasting.

Art enthusiasts will find the nation dotted with private galleries and innovative artists. Partake in a private, curated tour of the National Gallery of Jamaica for a deep dive into art and culture.

Experience the island your way, to your personal taste and style. From all-inclusive resorts to private villas and cottages to eco-lodges rooted in innovative sustainability, a visit to Jamaica will feel far from the bustle of a hectic world. See why Travel Magazine ranked Jamaica accommodations as some of the most luxurious in the world.

For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica, visit the Visit JAMAICA website or call 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the Jamaica Tourist Board on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube or view the Visit JAM blog.

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Holiday vibes in Jamaica: Sun, sea and everything in between

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Holiday vibes in Jamaica: Sun, sea and everything in between