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    A beginner’s guide to Jamaica

    Jamaica is one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean. Not only does it boast pristine beaches and crystal waters, but it also comes with a side serving of laid-back reggae beats.

    Even more, away from the beaches, visitors will find a sublime mix of hidden waterfalls, banana plantations and soaring mountains. It’s the perfect mix of beach and party, with activities for both families and couples. Here’s everything you need to know about this paradise island.

    Things to do

    Jamaica has two sides. One day you will be relaxing on a quiet beach, and the next you‘ll be soaking up the spirited atmosphere. Jamaica is not short of options, no matter your holiday style. Here’s just a selection of what you can get up to.

    Feel the reggae beat

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    Jamaica is the birthplace of reggae. In the capital of Kingston you’ll find the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the legendary singer.

    Eat delicious food

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    We’ve blogged before about the mouth-watering local dishes available in Jamaica. But we are mentioning it again, as you need to make sure you stop by a beach shack for some jerk chicken.

    Relax on a beach on Negril

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    If it’s a relaxing beach that you’re after, we recommend the secluded area of Negril along Jamaica’s west coast. It boasts over four-miles of unspoilt white-sand beach, with protected marine-life minutes from the shore offering perfect diving opportunities.

    Duns River Falls

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    This stunning waterfall is terraced by a natural staircase, and is a popular climbing spot. It takes about 1-1.5 hours to climb the natural staircase, though there is a man-made stairway nearby for people unable to climb the uneven surface.

    Get married

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    Jamaica is a beautiful island and the perfect backdrop for a romantic wedding. There are many resorts on the island that offer wedding packages, including seven Sandals Resorts. Whether it’s a hotel wedding or a ceremony by a cliffside, the wedding organisers in Jamaica will be able to arrange it for you.

    How to get there (and find your way around)

    There are three airports on Jamaica: Norman Manley International Airport, Sangster International Airport and Ian Fleming International Airport. Direct flights are available from the UK and will take roughly 10 hours. There are also smaller aerodromes in Kingston, Portland, Ocho Rios, the South Coast and Negril if you’re looking to see more than one part of the island. Luxury air-conditioned coaches also run regularly on popular routes.

    Where to stay

    Jamaica has an impressive range of accommodation options. Whether it’s a hotel, guesthouse or luxury villa you’re after, you’ll find it in Jamaica. Plus, some of the biggest hotel names in the world have locations in Jamaica, including Sandals, Hilton, Beaches, Couples and Moon Palace.

    Final tips

    ·         The currency on the island is the Jamaican Dollar (we can exchange this before you go!)

    ·         The weather is at its best between November and March

    ·         British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Jamaica (if they’re staying for under 90 days)

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