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Destination Overview

Jamaica Honeymoons

Jamaica has a way of nestling into your mind, heart, and soul. Every day of your romantic Jamaica honeymoon will be a day of discoveries to share and unabashed fun in the sun. Simultaneously sophisticated and simple, it is the largest English-speaking island in the Caribbean and offers more exciting honeymoon experiences to share than you can fit into one trip. Most couples leave the island having already planned their anniversary trip for the following year.

Go in any direction from lively, beach-lined Negril in the west; tranquil, laid back Port Antonio in the east; and bustling Montego Bay and chic Ocho Rios in the north, and you’ll find yourselves surrounded by the kind of opulent tropical beauty that travel brochures promise but seldom deliver. It is one of the few islands to be dotted with palm-shaded mountains. Just about anywhere, you can stop to enjoy the lush landscape and savor a cup of the deliciously rich Blue Mountain Coffee that is grown on the island’s tall peaks.

Many of the Caribbean’s most renowned resorts are situated at prime locations along the country’s sparkling white beaches. After all, Jamaica is where today’s immensely popular all-inclusive resorts were born, so it’s no surprise that some of the world’s finest all-inclusives can be found there. From cozy villas and ultra-luxury resorts, to distinctive boutique hotels and welcoming guesthouses, the sheer variety of accommodations throughout the country makes a Jamaica honeymoon perfect for every couple.

Those seeking a bit of adventure will find that water sports abound, including everything from deep-sea fishing to river rafting, and the island has a handful of internationally recognized championship golf courses as well. As there’s enough to keep you starstruck for weeks on end, make sure to leave time to relax and let the warm Jamaican sun bathe the two of you in honeymoon happiness.

About Jamaica

At a Glance

At a Glance

  • Jamaica is regularly described as the “heartbeat of the world,” and the best way to feel the rhythm is by embracing the country’s thriving nightlife scene. With a tremendous amount of options and variety, you’ll be able to visit a new spot each night of your Jamaica Honeymoon, like Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville in Ocho Rios, Negril, and Montego Bay; Coral Cliff in Montego Bay; Rick’s Cafe in Negril; Reggae Inferno in Ocho Rios; and Floyd’s Pelican Bar offshore in the Caribbean Sea.
  • There’s a reason why you’ll find Jamaican food all across the world, though you haven’t truly experienced the exquisite cuisine until you’ve had it at the source. Whether you choose to stroll down foodie heaven on Gloucester Avenue in Montego Bay, enjoy fine dining at one of the country’s most famous restaurants in Kingston, indulge in seafood favorites in Ocho Rios, or savor the flavor of jerk cuisine at its home right outside of Port Antonio, prepare to take your taste buds on the journey of a lifetime.
  • The fascinating Jamaican culture is expressed through a thriving art scene, and art lovers will find endless destinations for enjoying it. Some of the unmissable art galleries are the Ahhh Ras Natango Gallery in Montego Bay, Harmony Hall in Ocho Rios, and The National Gallery of Jamaica and Grosvenor Galleries in Kingston.
  • Jamaican Patois is the local dialect that is cherished for the energy and enthusiasm in which it is spoken. Some helpful phrases to help you assimilate are “a wah dis?” (what is this?), “a how much fi dis?” (what is the price?), and “likkle more” (see you later). When in doubt, drop the “r” at the end of a word!
  • The sunset in Jamaica is a sight to behold, though locals say that the most epic destination to observe it from is barefoot on the white sands of Negril. The city offers seven miles of pristine beaches to enjoy the stunning sight of the setting sun, as well as sunset cruises where you can simultaneously enjoy the sky and the ocean below thanks to glass-bottom boats.

Honeymoon Hints

Honeymoon Hints

  • To say that the Luminous Lagoon in Falmouth is worth the short trip from Ocho Rios is the understatement of a lifetime. Daily sunset boat tours will take you straight to the incredible spot where the water appears to be glowing thanks to the bioluminescence emitted from safe, microscopic organisms.
  • Home to an impressive waterfall and an endearing zoo, Konoko Falls right outside of Ocho Rios is a beloved spot that has all of the hallmarks for the perfect Jamaica honeymoon photo.
  • Open for weddings, tours, and golfing, Rose Hall in Montego Bay is an architectural wonder encompassing more than 6,000 acres of a former plantation. Be sure to ask your guide about the story of the White Witch of Rose Hall, which is a tale so fascinating that it’s hard to believe!
  • The Martha Brae River is situated right outside of Falmouth (between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios) and offers bamboo river rafting for a truly memorable experience. You’ll be guided down a 3-mile stretch of the stunning river while learning about the area from your knowledgeable raft captain. You’ll quickly realize why Queen Elizabeth II, Johnny Cash, and Usain Bolt have all enjoyed the trip!
  • Grown in the majestic Blue Mountains for nearly 300 years, Blue Mountain Coffee is one of the most prestigious coffees in the world. If you’re looking for an adventure, the Blue Mountain Coffee Farm can be visited via a 7,000-foot hike up the mountains from Ocho Rios. Needless to say, you won’t sip a better cup of coffee than at the peak of one of the most beautiful mountain ranges on earth.
  • For one of the most stunning views in a country known for its inherent beauty, look no further than Lovers’ Leap in Santa Cruz. The spot is located at the edge of the Santa Cruz Mountains and Cutlass Bay, and the 1,700-foot vertical drop offers a view that you’ll never forget.

Travel Tips

Travel Tips

  • GETTING THERE: Jamaica has three international airports that accommodate flights from around the world: The Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, and the Ian Fleming International Airport in Ocho Rios. Those traveling to Port Antonio or the Blue Mountains will likely want to choose Norman Manley International Airport, and those traveling to Montego Bay, Negril, or Ocho Rios will want to select Sangster International Airport. Norman Manley and Sangster both feature domestic flights as well, allowing you to travel to Kingston, Negril, Ocho Rios, and Port Antonio.
  • GETTING AROUND: The country has plenty of methods of public transportation including buses and taxis, though a private car rental is encouraged for those that would like to experience different parts of the beautiful country. There are a number of guided bus tours and biking experiences that you can reserve to ensure that you don’t miss any of the most iconic landmarks.
  • WHEN TO GO: The winter months are peak travel season in Jamaica due to the mild nature of the weather, though temperatures throughout the country remain remarkably steady throughout the year. Some of the best travel deals can be found during the summer months, but be sure to keep hurricane season (June through November with a peak in August and September) in mind when making plans. Regardless of the season you choose to travel for your Jamaica honeymoon, you’ll be able to enjoy the region’s picturesque beaches, magnificent waterfalls, and boundless outdoor activities.
  • WEATHER: As Jamaica is located within the tropics, the seasonal weather changes are rather mild. Daily temperatures average in the 80s throughout the year, with nighttime rarely bringing temperatures below the mid-60s. The country’s dry season begins in December and continues through May, and the summer and autumn months correlate with larger rainfalls and the Atlantic Ocean’s hurricane season.

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