Looking for a holiday resort to relax and lounge around in the Caribbean? Try Jamaica, the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles. This gorgeous island country is brimming with looming palms, pristine white sands, luscious forests with exotic animals and rapid rivers. The country is famed for its outstanding natural beauty, melodious music, delicious cuisine and friendly residents.
Kick-start the trip by heading out to the Negril Beach. Also referred to as the Seven Mile Beach, it is one of Jamaica's most stunning stretches of soft white sand and turquoise waters. Water sports and snorkeling is popular here. One can see several schools of fish swimming in the translucent water. Drop by at the Montego Bay where one of the beaches - Doctor's Cave Beach is an exotic and striking strip of white sand meshing with sparkling waters.
When in Montego Bay, do visit the Rose Hall - a restored plantation home with gorgeous ocean views. Visitors can tour around the home and marvel the period furniture housed there. Explore Falmouth, one of Caribbeans best-preserved Georgian towns where one can view several 19th-century Georgian architecture, including a proper restoration of the courthouse. Explore the cosmopolitan capital of Jamaica - Kingston. One of the highlights is the famous Bob Marley Museum - which includes the superstar's bedroom with his star-shaped guitar by the bed.
Rafting the Martha Brae river is one of the country's most popular attraction. At Martha Brae Rafter's Village, visitors can drift on a scenic stretch of river on bamboo rafts poled by local guides. This peaceful trip is a fantastic way to admire the tropical beauty. Nature lovers can take a trip to the Blue Mountains and John Crow Mountains National Park - unique unspoilt preserve rewarding visitors with unparalleled mountain views, gushing waterfalls, luscious rainforests and exotic plants and animals. Spanning 200,000 acres, the natural habitat is home to over 800 species of endemic plants and more than 200 species of birds, as well as the globe's second largest butterfly.
A popular attraction for the adventure enthusiasts is the rainforest bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain. Tourists can marvel at the panoramic views of the town and sea on the Rainforest SkyExplorer, a chairlift ascending the mountain. Those who like the adrenaline rush can zoom down the mountain on Bobled Jamaica, a single person roller coaster ride through the forest, or glide through the treetops on Tranopy. Don't forget to visit the Dunn's River Falls, one of Jamaica's most renowned natural attractions. Gushing down 180 meters of gently terraced waterfalls, the water tumble over rocks and limestone ledges into the sea.
When it comes to shopping, be on the lookout for fine hand-loomed fabrics, embroidery, silk screening, woodcarvings, oil paintings, sandal-making and woven raffia. As for cuisine, it would be a shame to not dig into some of their specialties such as Rice and peas (This ubiquitous staple dish actually consists of kidney beans mixed with white rice, coconut milk, spring onions and coconut oil) and Pepperpot soup (A meaty broth with chunks of salt pork, salt beef, okra and callaloo (Indian kale)).
The stay options in Jamaica are abundant with the best best luxury hotels, swanky apartments and cheap accommodations are available for the tourist to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.The best time to visit the island nation is from October to mid-December when the weather is balmy and hotel/flight deals are reasonable.