Welcome to JamaicaPosted on: 24 April 2017 by Anthony Page
All you need to know about Jamaica to make a trip to the Caribbean an incredible holiday experience that will create memories to last a lifetime.
Jamaica: the liveliest, the most beguiling and beautiful, and probably the best-known island (to us in the UK) in the English-speaking Caribbean. 50connect sent Tony Page to immerse himself in a 10-day Jamaica experience that starts off in Kingston, the island's capital, before moving on to the beautiful Mockingbird Hill Hotel, an eco-boutique hotel in Port Antonio. From there he moved on to St Ann and the stately Moon Palace hotel, before rounding off the trip with a stay in the luxurious five-star Half Moon at Montego Bay.
What makes Jamaica such an attractive travel destination - whether you are a seasoned long-haul holidaymaker or are a first timer - is the gorgeous, rich culture of those who live there. A holiday spent in Jamaica is one where you will learn about the cuisine, traditions, art, language and music and find yourself falling into step with the rhythm of island. Whatever age, ability or reason for visiting, Jamaica offers something for everyone.
Where to stay
The Island has three main tourist destinations. Kingston is the capital of Jamaica and the commercial hub of the island. To immerse yourself into the culture its worth spending part of your trip catching up with the country’s history. With all its seventeen stories, the Pegasus Hotel is in the heart New Kingston. Within walking distance from the cities historical sites, cultural centres, shopping areas and restaurants, the Pegasus makes for an easy and comfortable stay on the Island.
A peaceful and beautiful haven, Port Antonio doesn’t only offer charm. If you’ve got an eye for arts and crafts, and all the jewels Jamaica has to offer, this is the destination for you. To make for a relaxing getaway, Hotel Mockingbird Hill, is Jamaica’s ‘green hotel’ just minutes from the Frenchman’s Cove Beach, and offers guests breathtaking views, laid back luxury and world class cuisine.
For those seeking white, sandy beaches with blue skies above and a cocktail in hand, then Montego Bay is your ideal destination. The Half Moon Resort is a vast complex consisting of the hotel and then varying sized villas, an equestrian centre, golf course, an amazing spa and two miles of white sandy beaches and restaurants. Set in 400 tropical acres, the resort is just 10 minutes from Sangster International Airport.
A flight from London to Jamaica will have you walking on the beaches in ten hours. There are three international airports in Jamaica: Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica's capital city and the Ian Fleming International Airport in Ocho Rios.
If you’re visiting the capital city, Port Antonio or heading to the Blue Mountains then it is recommended to fly to Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston where transport links are readily available. Sangster International is the most popular with tourists and the airport has a domestic terminal with local flights that depart regularly to Kingston, Negril, Port Antonio and Ocho Rios. Ian Fleming is the newest airport on the island and is a convenient entry point to Jamaica's north coast.
Best time to visit
Upon visiting the island, it would be a shame to not make the most of the beautiful beaches and views the country has to offer. Therefore, the best times to visit are during the months of December to March, during this high season there is little rainfall and plenty of warm, sunny days. April and May are also popular with tourists as the months are mostly dry and prices tend to fall. The temperature is also a little cooler for those that struggle with the heat.
What to wear, what to pack
- Dress comfortably
- Relaxed clothing for day time activities
- Wear tennis shoes or sneakers
- Bring along swimwear and towels
- Bring SPF sunscreen and mosquito repellant to wear at all times
For more information about trips in and around Jamaica, contact the Jamaica Tourist Board (020 7225 9090), or see www.visitjamaica.com.
Images; Jamaica Tourist Board.
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