Jamaica Travel Destinations

Where Should You Vacation in Jamaica?

Jamaica, Westmoreland, Negril, Long Bay, Sunny beach
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Jamaica is one of the largest islands in the Caribbean, and visitors have a wide range of destinations to choose from once they make the initial decision to vacation in the land of reggae and jerk. Whether you desire nightlife, great beaches, a secluded getaway, or the opportunity to immerse yourself in local culture, there's a Jamaican destination that's right for you.

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    Negril

    Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Jamaica
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    Named for its black cliffs, Negril was a sleepy fishing town for most of its 500-year history until the 1960s and 70s, when tourists began coming for the laid-back lifestyle, reggae music, freely available (if still illegal) local ganja, and the splendors of beautiful Seven Mile Beach.

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    Ocho Rios

    Colourful fishing boats on White River, Ocho Rios, St. Ann Parish, Jamaica, Caribbean
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    This former fishing village is home to two of Jamaica’ most famous tourist attractions, Dunn’s River Falls and Fern Gully, as well as myriad resorts and tourist lures like Dolphin Cove, canopy tours, and more.

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    View from Richmond Hill
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    Montego Bay reigns supreme as the tourism capital of Jamaica, with more resorts and activities than any other destination on the island. MoBay also has some good nightlife if you venture downtown, with the Margaritaville restaurant/bar on the "Hip Strip" a popular destination among tourists.

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    Port Antonio

    Boston Bay Beach in Port Antonio, Jamaica
    Jamaica Tourist Board

    This onetime banana port brought some of Jamaica’s first international tourists to the island -- via banana boat from the U.S. in the 1890s. Despite its long experience with tourism, however, Port Antonio remains relatively unspoiled, and a stroll through its historic downtown and the ruins of circa 1729 Fort George offer an authentic glimpse into Jamaica’s past and present.

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    Falmouth

    Street lined with colorful shopping colonnade.
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    The capital of Trelawny Parish on Jamaica’s north-central coast is renowned for its well-preserved Georgian architecture, home to several big resorts, and is the location of Jamaica’s newest cruise port.

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    Kingston

    Port Royal ruins, Jamaica
    Courtesy of Jamaica Tourist Board
    Kingston is the capital of Jamaica, founded in 1692 after the earthquake that devastated the infamous nearby pirate haven of Port Royal. It’s one of the biggest cities in the Caribbean, but despite its waterfront location and international airport, is much better known among business travelers than tourists.