Destination Overview

For a romantic honeymoon bursting with culture, natural beauty, culinary delights, and electrifying adventure, look no further than Jamaica. The birthplace of reggae and the Rastafarian lifestyle is still defined by its laid-back approach, giving honeymooners a taste of the joys of a relaxed life. And planning an all inclusive honeymoon in Jamaica couldn’t be easier thanks to the abundance of world-class accommodations that line the island’s white-sand beaches.

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About Jamaica

The Most Romantic Spot in Jamaica

The Most Romantic Spot in Jamaica

Of all of Jamaica’s renowned natural treasures, an excursion to Martha Brae River is the most essential for newlyweds. The idyllic experience begins in Rafter’s Village, just a short drive from Montego Bay, where couples will visit Miss Martha’s Herb Garden to learn all about the island’s flora and their coveted healing powers.

Your three-mile journey down the Martha Brae will be on a private, thirty-foot-long raft steered by an experienced raft captain. You’ll glide along the peaceful river, nestled among canopies of lush ferns as you hold your loved one tight. Even in its most dense sections, the sunlight peeking through the trees reflects off the water for an awe-inspiring spectacle. On the 75-minute journey, you’ll learn about The Legend of Martha Brae, enjoy an ice-cold Red Stripe or rum punch, and maybe even try your hand at steering the raft. For celebrating lovebirds, the experience is a must!

More Romantic Things to Do in Jamaica

There’s no one way to savor a Jamaican honeymoon, but planning a visit to any of these romantic favorites will definitely heighten your once-in-a-lifetime trip!

  • The country’s most famous beach, Seven Mile Beach in Negril, is quite simply paradise on earth. Vast stretches of white sands blend seamlessly with the Caribbean’s turquoise waters on a coastline that is second to none. Spend the day lounging or enjoying some exciting watersports, and be sure to stay for the sensational evening sunset.
  • Dunn’s River Falls and Park is an unmissable natural oasis where crystal-clear waters cascade down nearly 1,000 feet of majestic rock formations. The treasured Ocho Rios favorite also features a zipline and the lovely Dunn’s River Beach.
  • You may never find a more tranquil place than Port Antonio’s The Blue Lagoon (also known as The Blue Hole). The unbelievably vibrant waters are a mixture of spring and salt that are perfect for a romantic swim.
  • The aptly-named Lovers’ Leap is perched atop a 1,700-foot cliff at the southern edge of the island. While enjoying some of the best views in the country, you’ll hear the fascinating tale of the spot’s name and enjoy a flavorful meal at Jake’s.

Expert Tip: Caribbean destinations are desired for their generous sun exposure, though the sun’s unusual strength often surprises visitors. Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and protective articles of clothing to cover your skin…and protect your honeymoon in the process!

All Inclusive Honeymoon Resorts in Jamaica

All Inclusive Honeymoon Resorts in Jamaica

Dozens of all inclusive resorts make Jamaica one of the world’s preeminent destinations for luxury honeymoons. What sets the country apart is the sheer variety of accommodation types, including over-the-water bungalows, oceanfront penthouses, butler villas, private pool sanctuaries, beachfront walkouts, swim-up suites, and hideaway cottages. Wherever you choose to stay, expect sweeping Caribbean views, prime beach access, and attentive service with a singular Jamaican touch.

Booking an all inclusive is the best way to enjoy your honeymoon without stressing about the little things. From concierge service that will help you book activities to on-site restaurants serving local and international cuisines, staying at an all inclusive resort allows you to focus on enjoying the beauty of Jamaica. Plus, with drinks, meals, and entertainment included in the package, you’ll save a bundle while indulging in a luxurious experience!

Here are some of the best honeymoon resorts in Jamaica:

  • The ultra-luxury all-inclusive Sandals honeymoon experience spans six adults-only resorts in Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios, and South Coast. The Over-the-Water Bungalows at Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals South Coast are out of this world, with tropical fish swimming below your feet as you gaze at an uninterrupted Caribbean sunset! Beachfront butler swim-up suites at Sandals Negril and Sandals Montego Bay will have you feeling like you could stay in paradise forever. Lavish delights await at the all-butler boutique Sandals Royal Plantation, and luxury meets fun and excitement at Sandals Ochi. Dozens of world-class restaurants span the properties, and an array of water sports are included in your honeymoon package. The Tropical Paradise Couples Massage provided by Sandals’ exclusive Red Lane Spa brings couples out on the beach for a sensational massage at the brink of the endless Caribbean. Finish off the day with a private dinner on the beach complete with candles, VIP white-glove service, and premium wines or cocktails. Sandals resorts also include private roundtrip airport transportation, as well as exchange privileges at certain resorts. Be sure to talk to your travel agent about all the perks of honeymooning at Sandals in Jamaica!
  • The Azul Beach Resort Negril by Karisma brings unrivaled luxury to Jamaica’s western coast. Terrific accommodations include royal swim-up suites, oceanfront suites, and the “Couples Ocean View Swim Up Suite” with beach butler service in the adults-only section of the resort. You’ll enjoy a state of romantic bliss when you indulge in a sensuous couples massage at the Vassa Spa, or opt for the Soul Mate’s Ritual complete with a natural silk body mask that concludes with champagne and chocolate fondue. The Karisma Gourmet Inclusive Experience features activities like Jamaican cooking classes for couples, massage lessons, margarita tastings, and Reggae tie-dye.
  • Royalton has four luxury resorts in Negril and Montego Bay, though the Hideaway at Royalton Negril is the pinnacle of honeymoon indulgence. The adults-only resort features luxury penthouse Jacuzzi suites, an exclusive pool with hors d’oeuvres each afternoon, and the state-of-the-art Royal Spa. The exclusive restaurant for Hideaway guests, Dorado Seafood & Grill, is the perfect spot for enjoying a sunrise breakfast or a romantic evening with a candlelit dinner.

Activities and Attractions in Jamaica

Activities and Attractions in Jamaica

The ideal experience awaits every honeymooning couple in Jamaica. From easygoing beach days to adrenaline rushes on the country’s highest peaks, unforgettable memories are all but guaranteed!

  • Jamaica is well-known for its towering waterfalls, and Mayfield Falls in Negril ranks among the Caribbean’s best. With 21 cascades and two unique waterfalls, you and your sweetheart will enjoy beautiful views and a swim in the natural pools. It’s the perfect spot for a honeymoon photo!
  • Beaches, beaches, and more beaches! In addition to Seven Mile Beach, sand lovers will want to stretch out on Treasure Beach in South Coast, Bloody Bay in Negril, Frenchman’s Cove in Port Antonio, Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay, and Pleasure Cove Beach in Ocho Rios, just to name a few!
  • Ocho Rios’ Mystic Mountain is the island’s premier destination for adventure seekers. A 700-foot SkyExplorer Chairlift takes lovebirds above the rainforest canopies for breathtaking views of the island and the Caribbean. The destination also includes rainforest bobsledding, ziplines, Anancy’s Web courses, and countless other thrills.
  • Nature lovers won’t be able to get enough of Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios with its acres of lush rainforest and animal encounters that include dolphins, sharks, and stingrays.
  • The historic Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay is situated on hundreds of acres of expertly-manicured grounds. The 18th-century mansion is an architectural marvel that is surrounded by 54 holes of championship golf.
  • In addition to its beloved Red Stripe, the country is known for its best-in-the-world rum. Hampden Estate in Montego Bay and Appleton Estate near South Coast are the best spots for seeing how the rum is made and sampling some for yourself!

Jamaica Restaurants & Local Cuisine

Jamaica Restaurants & Local Cuisine

Fresh fruits, succulent jerk meats, and sweet and savory desserts are the backbone of Jamaican cuisine. The country’s farm-to-table approach leads to some of the freshest dishes you’ll ever taste, with the island’s breweries and rum distilleries providing liquid gold. Each Jamaican meal ignites the senses with rich flavors and tantalizing aromas that are deserving of the country’s international acclaim.

You’ll find ample opportunities for enjoying fine candlelit dinners served just feet from gently lapping ocean waves, roadside huts for scrumptious snacks, and restaurants situated in some of the most exotic settings on earth.

Be sure to try these romantic dining favorites:

  • Zimbali’s Mountain Cooking Studio is a signature culinary experience in Grange Hill. An interactive cooking show is paired with delectable dishes that will send your taste buds on a vacation of their own!
  • You’ll find Bushbar atop the Blue Mountains in Port Antonio. This favorite spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner boasts some of the best views on the island and a romantic, open-air vibe.
  • Why dine near the water when you can dine on the water? The Houseboat Grill is a floating restaurant in Montego Bay that is one of the best spots for a romantic candlelit dinner with the glorious Caribbean sunset as a backdrop.

For a quick bite or casual dinner, try these other great spots:

  • Kool Vybes Bar & Jerk Centre on Negril’s West End is a casual favorite that is known for serving up some of the tastiest jerk chicken in Jamaica, if not the world.
  • After visiting Dunn’s River Falls, stop by Bamboo Blu in Ocho Rios for fresh dishes and handcrafted cocktails served right on the beach.
  • You can never go wrong with Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, and the Montego Bay, Negril, and Ocho Rios locations are always good for margaritas, fresh seafood, and live entertainment.

Jamaican Culture & Considerations

Jamaican Culture & Considerations

Language
Jamaicans speak in a dialect called Jamaican Patois, but English speakers from all over the world will fit right in. The English-based creole language draws its influences from Africa, Spain, France, and England to create fun phrases like “tanks” (thank you), “jus a word” (excuse me), and “a how much fi dis?” (what is the price?).

Safety
Many areas of Jamaica are considered safe honeymoon destinations for soaking up the Caribbean sun. The general guidelines for visiting any destination apply, including being aware of your surroundings, keeping valuables locked up at your hotel, arranging nighttime transportation, and sticking predominantly to the popular attractions. Jamaica is a fairly large island with plenty of diverse locations, so choosing among the popular resort areas of Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Negril, Port Antonio, and South Coast is best for first-timers.

Tipping
Tipping in Jamaica depends on the area, though it’s quite common near the resorts. A 10-15% tip at restaurants is a great baseline, and consider tips for tour guides, taxi drivers, and other service staff. If you’re staying at an all inclusive, a tip to show your appreciation to your bartender or private butler will go a long way to ensuring that you have a truly fantastic stay!

The heartbeat of Jamaica can be felt in every part of the country. From the depths of its lively coral reefs to the mists of the Blue Mountain summit, this island paradise is a treasure trove of cultural charm and unique experiences. Seemingly every couple that visits Jamaica leaves with a rekindled love of life—and each other!

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Traveling to Jamaica

Traveling to Jamaica

Weather in Jamaica
Whether you’re planning a winter or summer honeymoon, Jamaica is the perfect destination. Temperatures rarely drop below 72 or exceed 90, making it a year-round favorite for leisurely swims, sunset strolls, and relaxed lounging.

January and February are typically the island’s peak travel months, so there are plenty of deals to be found on Jamaica honeymoon packages in the summer months. The rainy season lasts from June until November, and while activities can be enjoyed at any time of year, it’s best to keep it in mind.

COVID-19 Considerations
Protocols are being reassessed daily, but at the moment, Jamaica requires a negative COVID-19 test within 3 days of departure. Many resorts will assist guests in meeting testing requirements for your return home, as well. Be sure to check with your travel agent or visit Jamaica’s official website for the latest guidelines to ensure smooth travel.

Flights to Jamaica
There are three international airports in Jamaica, though Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay and Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) in Kingston are the most common for international flights. Sangster Airport is by far the most popular for those honeymooning in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, or Negril, while Norman Manley Airport is used mostly for Kingston and Port Antonio. American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and United all service Sangster with non-stop flights from New York, Chicago, Houston, Boston, Miami, and Orlando.

Ground Transfers
There are plenty of options for traveling around Jamaica, including rental cars, private transfers, and taxis. Many of Jamaica’s honeymoon resorts include their own roundtrip airport transfers in their all inclusive packages for worry-free transportation. If you’re going to be exploring multiple towns, a rental car is an affordable option that can be secured right at either Sangster or Norman Manley airport. Taxis are typically just a few dollars throughout the country for local trips, and it’s best to speak with a couple of drivers first to get the lowest rate.


Destinations to Explore

Additional honeymoon destinations in Jamaica you may want to consider: