Jamaica dances to an island rhythm all its own, combining beach time with jungle adventures from the developed shores of Montego Bay to the hilltops of the Blue Mountains.
Jamaica travel tips
Just thinking about Jamaica travel puts us in a relaxed mood. Nothing says 'vacation mode' like a Caribbean island full of warm and welcoming people, good music and beautiful scenery. Once you’ve decided on a Jamaica vacation, it’s time to talk about the best places to visit. Montego Bay (or MoBay as the locals call it) blends everyday Jamaican life with sandy beaches and sparkling blue waters. Negril is a laid-back slice of paradise, home to one of the island’s best white-sand beaches. People flock to Ocho Rios to visit Blue Hole and Dunns River Falls, majestic cascading waterfalls that spark a sense of wonder and awe.
So glad you asked! A handful of our Fora advisors are Jamaica travel experts and have all the intel on the best things to do in Jamaica. For thrill-seekers, head to Rick’s Cafe in Negril and go cliff jumping, followed by dinner and drinks as you watch the sun set. One of the most well-known waterfalls on the island is Dunns River Falls and Park, but if you’re looking for something less touristy and off-the-beaten-path, head to Mayfield Falls. Once you’re ready to relax, Jamaica’s beaches will welcome you with open arms. Seven Mile Beach has gorgeous white sand, and Doctor’s Cave beach is serene, calm and perfect for swimming. And of course, every first-time visitor has to make a pilgrimage to Nine Mile, Bob Marley’s birthplace. Once you’re ready to book your Jamaica travel, your Fora advisor can provide even more tailored insider tips that aren’t available in traditional Jamaica travel guides.
We would be thrilled to help you find the best Jamaica resorts for your Jamaica vacation! Let’s start with the best Jamaica all-inclusive resorts: Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay is one of Jamaica’s most upscale adults-only all-inclusive resorts. Then there’s Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, another adults-only all-inclusive retreat. Honeymooning in Jamaica? You have to check out the overwater bungalows at Sandals Royal Caribbean or The Caves Hotel, a dreamy adults-only cliffside hotel that overlooks the ocean. If you’re bringing the whole fam, Round Hill Hotel & Villas is one of our favorite picks because you can spread out in one of their private villas. Some of the most beloved hotels on the island that we (and our clients) keep coming back to are Goldeneye, Jamaica Inn, and Half Moon (one of the most iconic Caribbean resorts). Your Fora advisor can recommend the best Jamaica resorts to fit the vibe, style and amenities you’re looking for on your next Jamaica trip.
The best months to use your PTO for Jamaica travel are December through March. This is the island’s dry season so the weather will be at its absolute best for relaxing on the beach, dancing to music festivals, hiking to waterfalls and cliff jumping into pools of blue water. There will likely be lots of travelers during these peak months, so don’t forget to pack a little ‘the more the merrier!’ perspective on your Jamaica vacation.
Your Fora advisor can alert you to specific entry and exit requirements for Jamaica travel and you can also check out official government websites for more information. Be sure to check your passport and make sure it’s valid for at least six months from your date of departure. You do not need a visa for tourist travel up to 90 days.