10 Great Vacation Ideas in Jamaica
The island of Jamaica offers vacationers many different accommodation options and activities. Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica offers great snorkeling, scuba diving and other ocean-based activities. In addition to that, the island has beautiful waterfalls and mountains, great for hiking and relaxing with a view. You can stay at a large full-service resort like Montego Bay or an intimate hideaway.
There are many seasonal events and festivals, shopping, a variety of restaurants and beautiful sandy beaches. The island is a bird watching paradise. In Montego Bay, you can find full service resorts offering luxury spas, golf, facilities for children, shopping and diverse nightlife. Other fun places to visit are the Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Kingston, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio and off the beaten path South Coast.
1. Affordable Cottages from $95 per Night
2. Private Villas in Montego Bay
The Tryall Club is as luxurious as it gets. The resort is home to the famous Tryall's Golf Club which frequently hosts golf championships. Families can rent one of the private villas in a gated community which includes a housekeeper. The hotel has a fitness center, scenic jogging trails and a variety of water sports. The Wildlife & Nature Program include snorkeling and free diving, coastal discoveries and coastal kayaking.
3. Rooms and Villas with Caribbean Sea Views
Also located in Montego Bay, Round Hill Jamaica is another luxury option with its own beach, spa, tennis and other sports facilities. The swimming pool overlooks the clear blue waters of the Caribbean. Vacationers have a choice of oceanview rooms as well as private villas located on the hill. Nearly all villas have private pools. Round Hill offers casual and more sophisticated dining, or you can take the free shuttle to Montego Bay.
The hotel has a full service spa located in a restored 18th century plantation house on 10 acres. The spa has an indoor and outdoor fitness center, full service beauty salon, seven body treatment rooms and an outdoor treatment area in the garden. Try the Pineapple Body Buff which employs freshly harvested pineapple and local polenta to gently exfoliate and smooth the skin. The exfoliation is followed with the application of an aromatic blend of ultra rich pineapple butter. There is a fitness center located at the spa. The waterfront lawn offers a beautiful setting for afternoon yoga classes. A light spa menu is served daily from 11:00am to 5:00pm.
4. Romantic Vacation Idea near Negril
The Rockhouse near Negril and the Seven Mile Beach. Enjoy relaxed indoor-outdoor living in guest rooms with terraces or private villas over the cliff. Couples can watch romantic sunsets while they dine on innovative Jamaican cuisine at the Rockhouse restaurant.
5. Spa Hideaway in Jamaica's Blue Mountains
Strawberry Hill is a spa vacation getaway neastled in the Blue Mountains, offering pristine natural surroundings and scenic views. Vacationers get to sample unique spa treatments in a mountain setting. Strawberry Hill is an hour from Kingston, located at an elevation of 3,100 feet.
6. Romantic Jamaica for Honeymooners
Caves Resort is a romantic honeymoon hotel carved into the rock above the Caribbean Sea. Rooms, suites and the restaurant offer scenic ocean views. The hotel is known for its attentive service and uniquely decorated guest accommodations. There is an outdoor swimming poo, jacuzzi, hammocks and a one-of-a-kind furnished cave.
7. Bird-watching vacation in Jamaica
With its 250 species of birds, Jamaica is a great bird-watching vacation destination. Jamaica's national bird the streamer-tailed Hummingbird or Doctor Bird - and 26 other bird species cannot be found anywhere else other than on this Caribbean island. Many bird-watchers go to Jamaica to see the vervian hummingbird, the second-smallest bird in the world, as well as the Jamaican tody which nests underground. Visit Dolphin Cove and its surrounding four acres of lush tropical rain forest with tropical birds and reptiles. In addition to bird-watching, you can also swim with a family of bottle-nose dolphins at Dolphin Cove.
8. Visit Jamaica's Waterfalls
Visit Jamaica's waterfalls to enjoy some of the best scenery on your vacation. At the famous Dunns River Falls in Ocho Rios, visitors can climb 600-feet and view a series of waterfalls. Professional guides supervise the climb. After your Dunns River Falls visit, relax on the tropical beach below where the falls hit the sea. Located on Jamaica's undeveloped south coast, Y.S. Falls feature ten separate cascades. Great swimming holes can be found near the Mayfield Falls in the Dolphin Head Mountains. These falls feature 22 mini-cascades, an underwater cave where visitors can swim and mini-cliffs for high diving.
9. Spa Getaway at The Ritz-Carlton, Jamaica
At The Ritz-Carlton, Jamaica, you will find it easy to relax surrounded by beautiful beaches, luxury service and unique spa treatments that incorporate Jamaica's native plants. The spa measures 8,000 square feet in size and is decorated with cool Caribbean colors. The spa has a fitness center, sauna, steam room, and a relaxation lounge. Treatments include massage, hydrotherapy, detoxifying therapy, skin, hair and nail services. One of the signature treatments offered is the Nourishing Rose Body Wrap which is named for Ms. Rosa Kelly of the historic Rose Hall Great House. The treatment includes exfoliation and a specialty body wrap with rose extracts ($120 for 60 minutes).
10. European-style Spa at Royal Plantation
The 5 Star Diamond European Spa at Royal Plantation is a Jamaica spa vacation getaway for the senses. The spa has marbled treatment rooms and offers an array of treatments, including hydro baths, steam baths, body wraps, saunas, massages, manicures and pedicures. If you are on your island honeymoon in Jamaica, book a couples treatment at the spa and relax and re-connect on vacation.
While you can spend your entire vacation at the luxurious five star spa, there are many other activities not to be missed at the resort. Scuba diving is complimentary for certified divers. Golf is included in the nightly rate as well. Or head to the fitness center which offers a variety of Aerobic Classes, Aqua-Fit Classes, Treadmills, Elliptical Machines, Exercise Bikes, Stairclimbers, Free Weights, Cybex Equipment, Universal Weights and Tennis.
At the spa, some of the best treatments to try on vacation include the Bamboo Polish: using bamboo crystals, dry skin is gently nourished with natural, eco-friendly essential oils and aloe vera. This spa treatment was designed for sensitive skin. Another treatment to try is the Caribbean Sea Wrap: stimulate circulation and smooth your skin in this warming wrap that induces blood circulation that encourages absorption of nourishing botanicals.