When I think of Jamaica I think of a colourful destination with smiling people, lush mountains, beautiful beaches and the sounds of Reggae music playing in the background. Where ever you go on the island the radio will always be playing a Bob Marley song and before you know it you are singing along, “Don’t worry, everything’s gonna be alright .….. It’s so true; everything will be all right if you choose Jamaica for your next holiday. The locals often say “Relax your in Jamaica, Why hurray” and its true, as life is lived at that slow pace, which makes Jamaica the perfect choice for a holiday or a honeymoon to relax and unwind. Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean located south of Cuba in the heart of the Caribbean islands. Year round sunshine, white sandy beaches and lots of day trips to choose makes Jamaica an excellent island to visit. Whilst in the middle of the Caribbean, Jamaica has a strong alliance with Africa dating back to the days of the slave trade when Africans were brought to Jamaica to carry the rum to Europe.
Getting Married in Jamaica and Weddings on the Beach
It’s very easy to get married in Jamaica with no legal requirement for residency on the island; you can literally turn up and get married on the beach. You will need 24 hours to organise the legal documentation for the marriage license and it is advisable to send copies of the required documents in advance. Legal Requirements for a wedding in Jamaica – Birth certificate, parents written consent if under 18 year of age, proof of divorce if previously married, death certificate of Widow or widower if previously widowed. Original certificates will be required on the day of the wedding. Marriages can take place anywhere on the island between the hours of 8am and 8pm. Hotel Resorts such as Sandals offer Free weddings when staying in their resorts, which is excellent value if you are on a budget. Other options are Coyaba Beach Resort from £599 per person, a charming beachfront boutique hotel with only one wedding per day. Marry bare foot on the beach of in a candle lit tent. Call for your personal consultation on your wedding abroad or visit our Wedding Abroad section. or contact us for your personal consultation.
Honeymoons in Jamaica
Jamaica as a honeymoon destination offers a wide range of hotels from small boutique hotels to large luxury all-inclusive resorts. Many hotels offer several room categories for honeymoon couples to upgrade, such as Beachfront Bungalows, Private swimming pools and Jacuzzi Suites. Goeasy Travel offer a personal Travel consultant to help plan your honeymoon or wedding abroad. If you are stuck for ideas take a look as some of the honeymoon offers available Honeymoon offers
Jamaica Accommodation, Hotels, Self-Catering
There are many accommodation options to choose from in Jamaica from budget self-catering rooms to the most luxurious five star resorts with Spas and beach front rooms. The majority of the hotels are in the north of the island using the international airport Montego Bay and staying in the resorts of Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril. There are sometimes late deals to Jamaica availlable on our Managers Special Holiday offers
Golf holidays to Jamaica
There are approximately 12 golf course in Jamaica offering from 9 to 18 holes of golf. Some of which are operated by hotel groups on the island. Both Sandals, Super Clubs offer golf at their golf courses as part of their all inclusive programme (caddies additional). Sandals has one golf course at Ochios Rios and Superclubs have 3 golf courses at Rio Bueno, Montego Bay and Runaway Bay.
Top things to do in Jamaica
The Blue Mountains – Take a hiking tour of the Blue Mountains or ride an old fashioned bike from the top to the bottom taking in the beautiful sights of the coffee plantations. Purchase some of the Blue Mountain coffee at a fraction of the price when it is exported. Appleton Rum Estate tour – If you like Rum then your love a tour of the Appleton Rum estate where this Caribbean rum is made. Bamboo rafting – Relax and enjoy a trip down the Rio Grnade on a bamboo raft and enjoy the scenery change from inland to the coast. West Indies cricket stadium – Savanah Park in Kingston is a must for any Cricket fan when in Jamaica. Take a tour of the stadium or if your lucky watch a game. Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival – Held in January and is a must for music lovers as the island celebrates this festival with reggae, soul, jazz and blues Seven Mile Beach, Negril – Watch the best sunsets on the island on Seven Mile Beach in Negril. Enjoy a sundowner with the las tof the days sun to the sounds of the waves and a steel band Dunns River Falls – Climb through the cool waters of the Dunns River Falls at Ochios Rios and stop midway for a romantic photograph in the water fall.
Getting to Jamaica
There are a choice of airlines from the UK either direct or indirect making it a great choice to twin with another Caribbean island or Mainland USA. Flights are also available into Kingston International Airport with a little longer transfer to some of the resorts. To name a few carriers; British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, Thomas Cook Charter flights
When to go to Jamaica and the Weather
The best time to visit Jamaica is between November and May when the skies are clear with the least amount of rain. For the very best driest weather holiday in Jamaica any time from December to March. The hurricane season is from June to the end of October when strong winds bring rain and hot humid days.
Car Hire and Driving in Jamaica
Road conditions in the larger cities and the more tourist-frequented areas of Jamaica are fair to good, but bumps and other roadway nuisances can be extreme in the more rural areas. A U.S. or UK driver’s license is valid in Jamaica for one year, but you must be 21 to drive. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road with steering wheels on the right. Traffic is fairly light, but roads in the countryside are frequented by domestic animals and can become narrow and winding. Be prepared to give up the right of way to both livestock and oncoming traffic. Most locals don’t think twice about stopping in the middle of the road to carry on a conversation with a bystander, and don’t be put off by honking horns; it’s a Caribbean way of saying hello.
Essential Facts on Jamaica
Capital City – Kingston Currency – Jamaica Dollar & US Dollar Electricity – 110V Flight Time – Average 9 hours from London Time Difference – GMT -5 hours For more information on Jamaica please visit the official website for the Jamaica Tourist Board Country Jamaica Languages spoken English Currency Jamaican Dollar Visa requirements None for UK Passport Holders