Jamaica is a picturesque island nation in the Greater Antilles, lapped by the crystalline waters of the Caribbean. Famous for its beaches, for Bob Marley, and for its luxury resorts, Jamaica is a highly popular tourist hotspot – not to mention one of the most breath-taking islands in the Caribbean. Wherever you look on this paradise-like isle your gaze will be met by scenery so beautiful it will tug at your heart-strings. Not only that, the country’s rich, vibrant culture, friendly locals and delectable cuisine are guaranteed to get under your skin and make you feel as if you never want to leave.
During your holiday in Jamaica there are a plethora of activities and experiences for you to enjoy, from exploring the stunning Blue Mountains to visiting Treasure Beach and admiring the gleaming blue lagoon which Brooke Shields has to thank for making her a Hollywood star.
If you’re a fan – and let’s face it, who isn’t – head to the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, a colonial wooden house on Hope Road where the acclaimed artist lived and recorded his music until his death in 1981. Take the hour-long tour and learn all about Marley’s life and music; during the tour you will get to see various meaningful items from the singer’s life, including his favourite stage shirt, his Order of Merit and his bedroom, where the superstar’s favourite guitar is kept beside his bed.
For plenty of beach fun in the golden Jamaican sun, make your way south-west of Kingston to the Hellshire Beach Recreation Area. Here you can swim and sunbathe or enjoy one of the regular dancehall events which are a big hit here. Meanwhile coffee lovers are sure to enjoy a visit to the 200-year-old Craighton estate and coffee plantation, just north of Newcastle. Take a guided tour of the plantation and savour the spectacular mountain and valley views – not to mention a delicious tasting session.
What is the currency in Jamaica?
The official currency of Jamaica is the Jamaican dollar (JMD)
How long does it take to fly to Jamaica?
The flight time from London to Jamaica is approximately 9 hours and 55 minutes.
What is the time difference in Jamaica?
Jamaica is 5 hours behind London
When is the best time to visit Jamaica?
What language is spoken in Jamaica?
The official language of Jamaica is English but Jamaicans are famous for their patois, a mix of English and African Creole.
Do I need a visa to visit Jamaica?
British nationals don’t need a visa to visit Jamaica. For up to date tourist info on travelling to Jamaica, visit the FCO website here.