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Jamaica Destination

Jamaica was our first destination when we started Caribtours back in 1979, and it remains one of the most welcoming and hospitable places that you'll ever visit. From the music of Bob Marley and the Bond novels of Ian Fleming to the record-breaking exploits of Usain Bolt, the island has produced some of the most defining cultural and sporting icons of our time. It's also a place of great contrasts; you’ll pass millionaire mansions juxtaposed with tumbledown huts, sample jerk chicken on the street and sumptuous haute cuisine at your hotel. Start off with a breakfast of ackee and saltfish, spend your day sunbathing on stunning beaches and swimming in sapphire seas, then party into the night sipping spiced rum and dancing to sweltering soca. This is the real Caribbean, where a unique and effervescent culture sits beside magnificent natural beauty and a compellingly carefree yet feisty spirit.

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Hit the beautiful white sand beaches on the north and west coast, visit coffee plantations, explore thick rainforest, swim in the astonishing Dunn’s River Falls and explore the verdant peaks of the Blue Mountains. Golf courses are blessed with stunning ocean views, the Appleton Estate lets you sample Jamaican rums and sugar cane juice, and the Bamboo Beach Club, on the white sands of Ocho Rios, is the place to relax on an oceanfront lounger and enjoy laid back reggae and great food. Jamaica is well known for its delectable cuisine; tempt your taste buds with exquisite smoked marlin, fresh lobster and succulent shrimp, best enjoyed dining al fresco by the edge of the beautiful blue sea. 

You can also swim with dolphins, sharks and stingrays at Dolphin Cove, take an aerial rainforest canopy ride, kayak through the 300 acre hidden paradise of the White River Valley and dive into aquamarine seas at the beaches around Montego Bay. Many beaches are private to the resorts, but we recommend heading to Seven Mile Beach for sunbathing, Boston Bay for scintillating surf or Reggae Beach for snorkelling and local musicians. You’ll be rewarded with stunning turquoise shores, scorching hot jerk pork and ice cold Red Stripe, before returning to your hotel to cool off in a sparkling pool or rejuvenate in a serenely soothing spa.

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Dunn's River Falls

There are many spectacular waterfalls on the island and various trips to get you there, but the most visited are the Dunn’s River Falls, one of Jamaica’s national treasures. We love these falls as you can climb them right to the top, but we strongly recommend that you avoid visiting when the huge crowds descend from the cruise ships. If you pick your time carefully, it’s possible to enjoy the falls in peace.

Bobsledding in Mystic Mountain

If you’re a thrill seeker looking for adventure, you’ll love this exhilarating ride in Mystic Mountain. Inspired by the famous Jamaican Olympic bobsled team, this custom-designed, high tech sled will whizz you down a 1000-metre long track, driven entirely by gravity. Hold on to your hat!

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Sample the rum on the Appleton Estate

Located in the picturesque Nassau Valley in St Elizabeth, a tour of the Appleton Estate will take you on a journey through time to learn about the history of rum and to give you an inside look at how the finest rum in the world is made. You’ll also get to taste the quality rums which have been distilled here for over 250 years.

Have a look round FIrefly

About 20 miles east of Ocho Rios, high up in the mountains, sits Firefly, once the Jamaican home of Sir Noel Coward, the famous English playwright, composer, director, and singer. Now managed by the Jamaican Heritage Trust, visitors can take a tour around the house and grounds. The original video footage of Coward and the faded photos of him with the Queen Mother, Sean Connery, Errol Flynn and Joan Sutherland really tell the story of the island’s glamorous past.

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The Insider's Guide to Jamaica

For some useful background information on responsible tourism issues in Jamaica, as well as practical tips on what you can do to make a positive difference, check out the Travel Foundation's Insider's Guide to the island...

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Total flying time to Montego Bay or Kingston is approximately 10 hrs. Flights are non-stop.

British Airways Departures from Gatwick to Kingston 3 times a week.

Virgin Atlantic Departures from Gatwick to Montego Bay 4 times a week. 

Note: All our inclusive holiday prices are based on British Airways World Traveller or Virgin Atlantic Economy flights to Montego Bay or Kingston.

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English.

Time Difference

5 hours behind GMT and 6 hours behind BST.

Currency

Jamaican dollar. US dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted. You are advised to take small denomination US$ notes, which are recommended for tipping.

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A full British passport is required for Jamaica and it should be valid for 6 months after the return date of your holiday. Visas are not required for British citizens. No special health documentation is necessary for residents of the UK who have not recently visited parts of the world where cholera or yellow fever is a problem.

It is illegal to wear any camouflage clothing anywhere on the island. Any camouflage clothing found by customs will be confiscated and returned on departure.

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