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An A to Z of Travel: Jamaica

Maddy Faulkner by Maddy Faulkner

An A to Z of Travel: Jamaica

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Jamaica is a vibrant island bursting with culture and adventure. From the warm weather to delicious traditional Caribbean cuisine, it certainly has plenty to offer as a holiday spot.

It’s a great year-round destination, but each season has its own advantages depending on your personal preferences. Visit in July for a roasting-hot beach holiday, or visit in December for a much-needed Winter escape with slightly cooler weather.

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What to Do:

If you want to explore the real Jamaica away from the beaten path, a 4x4 off-road safari adventure is the perfect way to get around. Accessing places that regular tour buses cannot reach, the informative and fun guides will share stories and legends of the island’s colourful past, whilst unearthing some breathtaking locations.

The island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Take a walk along the coast of Seven Miles Beach - its crystal clear waters and powder sands lure and entice visitors from all over the world. Doctor’s Cave beach is as equally as inviting with multi coloured umbrellas to relax underneath, beach bars and cafes.

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There’s an underwater adventure for everyone in Jamaica, whether you are used to just dipping your toes in or if you’re a complete pro amongst the waves. Snorkeling, scuba diving and surfing are just some of the watersports offered along the islands coastline.

Tubing and rafting are also popular with adventurers looking to try something different. You can dive through jungle terrain and enjoy the natural beauty of the island.

If golfing is one of your passions, you certainly won’t be disappointed with the island’s offering. With 12 courses including championship courses boasting unbeatable ocean views, there’s something suitable for all players.

Where to Eat:

Jamaica is well known for its exotic and delicious dishes. While on the island, it is essential that you try the local cuisine. Fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood are all typically grown and sourced by the regional farmers in Jamaica.

Jerk-seasoned dishes, usually pork or chicken, are perhaps the most renowned. Be careful though, as some really do pack a punch! Ackee, a locally-grown fruit, and saltfish is also one of the island’s specialities.

Situated within a double houseboat in the middle of a lagoon, you’ll find The Houseboat Grill. It’s the perfect place to enjoy tropical starters and French-inspired main courses in a tranquil setting.

Jack Sprat in Treasure Beach offers a truly authentic vibe with reggae music and walls filled with album covers. You can enjoy the sea’s finest catches here, cooked with local spices to produce magnificent flavours.

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Where to Drink:

From beachfront shacks to fancy bars, the island has a vast selection of watering holes. Rick’s Cafe is a must-visit due to its dreamy location atop a 35ft cliff. For this reason, it’s popular with divers looking for an adrenaline-rush. There’s a great vibe here thanks to a mixture of locals and tourists, and a live reggae band.

Make sure you get there early to stake your claim on a prime viewing spot to watch the sunset (with a delicious cocktail in hand!).

Where to Stay:

The Caves in Negril is an all-inclusive, exclusive resort comprising of just 12 cabins above the cliffs. The setting is idyllic - you can wake up to the peaceful sounds of waves crashing against the rocks below. There is a casual and friendly atmosphere, yet the service is exemplary. Rooms start from £395 per night.

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Sandals Royal Caribbean offers spectacular over-water villas on a private island. The lagoon setting means the seas here are almost always calm - an ideal location for taking advantage of the watersports on offer such as sailing and kayaking. With several restaurants, a fully-equipped gym and a spa, you won’t be short of things to do. Rooms start from £349 per night.

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