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Beautiful Jamaica is one of the most vibrant of all the Caribbean islands. It's laidback, without being sleepy, and colour, food and music are a big part of island life.
For a small island, Jamaica has lots going on. There's a resort for everyone, as well as a wide variety of things to do and see to keep you as busy as you want to be. When you want to let your hair down, Jamaica comes alive with beach bars, rum cocktails and the sound of steel drums in the air. And not forgetting the legend that is Bob Marley ' you can't go to Jamaica without finding yourself swaying along to 'Don't worry, about a thing' as you look out to the Caribbean Sea. The Bob Marley museum is a must do for fans of the reggae master, so put a trip to the capital of Kingston on your holiday itinerary.
The Blue Mountains
Active types can head up Jamaica's lush Blue Mountains range, for a tropical mountain bike tour. Those exploring away from the beaches on holidays in Jamaica will be richly rewarded with thick rainforest, hidden waterfalls and towering hills.
Mo' Bay is one of Jamaica's liveliest resorts, with not one but two tropical beaches to its name. It's all about the reggae beats and beach bars in Mo' Bay, so night owls are sure to have found their favourite spot.
For an excursion with a difference, head to the Rose Hall plantation house. This idyllic looking mansion holds a spooky surprise ' it's apparently haunted by former owner and all-round unsavoury sort Annie Palmer.
Dunns River Falls
These thundering waterfalls are a must see on the island. Climb the cascades surrounded by thick forest, for a memorable Jamaica holidays experience.
Gallop along the beach
Those who prefer land animals can take the opportunity to gallop the beaches of Jamaica on horseback. On a 'seahorse ride' you can even splash into the Caribbean on your four-legged friend.
Go with the flow
If there's one thing that you must do on holidays to Jamaica, it's go with the flow! Planning excursions and making itineraries is great, but be sure to leave plenty of free time to just enjoy the island at its own leisurely pace, join in with impromptu parties and kick back and relax.
Falmouth is one of the Caribbean's best preserved Georgian towns, with stunning examples of this popular architectural style to be seen. It's also home to St Peter's Church, the oldest on the island, and a historic port where you'll find places to eat, drink, shop and relax by the sea. It's a great place to spend the day on an excursion from nearby beach resort, Mo' Bay.
Mo' Bay is one of the most exciting spots to choose for your holidays in Jamaica, with two stunning beaches, beach bars, shopping spots and traditional restaurants galore. Jerk chicken and rum are on the menu here, followed by plenty of music and dancing to the non-stop reggae beats. Don't miss Cage prison and the craft markets near Harbour Street.
Negril is a strong contender for Jamaica's most postcard-worthy beach resort, with the talcum-powder sands of Seven Mile Beach contrasting beautifully with the bright turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Here it's all low-rise and laidback...until night falls and the open air bars and discos whirr into life!
Ochos Rios is a brilliant jack of all trades resort, combining white sand beaches, a fun-loving town and stunning natural surroundings - including a lush national park and thick forest canopy. You'll also find some of the island's best excursions within striking distance, including the Dunns River Falls and Dolphin Cove.
If you're dreaming of an island escape, Runaway Bay is the perfect choice for package holidays in Jamaica. Tiny, quiet and serene, the pastimes of choice here include snorkelling, golf and simply relaxing on the long, white sand beach.
Don't worry about a thing! Direct Holidays has affordable holidays to Jamaica, whichever island resort floats your boat.