Jamaica has long been a tourist attraction, with tens of thousands of people each year drawn to its great weather, sandy beaches, warm seas and laid back life style. People arrive by cruise ship, yacht and airplane in order to spend their vacations there. Whilst some may be content to remain in a hotel or resort complex, to others, the idea of exploring this fabulous country is far more appealing. Below, is a brief seven day itinerary that covers some of the highlights of the island, and each destination has a range of accommodation for those that would like to spend the night there.
Day 1 - Montego Bay
The tour of Jamaica starts in Montego Bay, which is considered to be the tourist capital of the island. Montego Bay is the ideal place to be introduced to Jamaica, with its beaches and shopping. At night, numerous bars and clubs offer the chance to enjoy those reggae vibes for which the island is world famous. Also visit Rose Hall Great House and learn about the legend of the “White Witch of Rose Hall”.
Day 2 - Negril
Leaving Montego Bay, and in an anti-clockwise direction around the island, the next major stopping point is Negril. Before that though, a visit to the Rastafarian Indigenous Village is all but essential on your way to Negril. It is located just outside Montego Bay. Here, tourists can learn more about Rastafarianism, a religion indigenous to Jamaica and arguably made world famous by Bob Marley. Once the drumming lessons and lunch are over, the journey could then continue to Negril, where 7-miles of white sandy beaches are the perfect place to soak up the sun during the afternoon.
Day 3 - Treasure Beach
Treasure Beach is a lot less visited than other beaches, and it is the ideal place for anyone that would like to laze the day away in peace and quiet. Those that choose to, could also take a boat ride out onto the sea in order to see dolphins at play.
Day 4 - Kingston
Kingston has a great deal to offer the tourist, and it is certainly worthwhile spending a whole day here at the very least. Suggested places to see, include the Bob Marley museum, Devon House, Port Royal and Lime Cay. The night-life is also incredible, with the reggae vibes playing until the early hours in the morning.
Day 5 - Portland
The parish of Portland is found in the north east of the island, and is an excellent place to visit for several reasons. One of these, is that Boston Bay is the home of the famous jerk chicken. Is it the best chicken in Jamaica? The jury is out, but it is certainly the hottest!
Day 6 - Ocho Rios
Visiting Ocho Rios not only provides the opportunity to do some craft shopping, but also enables a number of side trips. These include visiting Fern Gully, seeing Dunn’s River Falls and horse back riding along the Caribbean Sea ¨C Certainly a memorable experience!
Day 7 – Montego Bay
Returning to Montego Bay completes the 7 day journey around the island of Jamaica, and provides the chance to see or do things in the vicinity that were missed the first time.