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jamaica caribbean

A superb year round destination, Jamaica is 10 hours flying time from London, and the island's beautiful interior, stunning beaches,  laid back charm and reggae beat make this a great holiday destination.

We recommend staying at:

  • GoldenEye - once the home of Ian Fleming
  • Jamaica Inn - luxurious, romantic and impreccable
  • The Caves - adult-only boutique hideaway for couples
  • Half Moon - one of the Caribbean's best famiy resorts

Despite its location almost smack in the center of the Caribbean Sea, the island of Jamaica doesn’t blend in easily with the rest of the Caribbean archipelago. To be sure, it boasts the same addictive sun rays, sugary sands and pampered resort-life as most of the other islands, but it is also set apart historically and culturally.

Nowhere else in the Caribbean is the connection to Africa as keenly felt as it is in Jamaica. Kingston was the major nexus in the New World for the barbaric triangular trade that brought slaves from Africa and carried sugar and rum to Europe, and the Maroons (runaways who took to the hills of Cockpit Country and the Blue Mountains) safeguarded many of the African traditions – and introduced jerk seasoning to Jamaica’s singular cuisine.

Marcus Garvey founded the back-to-Africa movement of the 1910s and ’20s; Rastafarianism took up the call a decade later, and reggae furnished the beat in the 1960s and ’70s. Little wonder many Jamaicans claim a stronger affinity for Africa than for neighboring Caribbean islands.

This is a country infused with pride in its unique history, stunning landscape and influential culture.

Other island options in the Caribbean

Also worth considering:  Mayan Riviera, Mexico  Whilst this is not technically a Caribbean destination, the sea along the Riviera is most definitely the Caribbean.

Sailing the Caribbean

We also have a fabulous selection of luxury yachts, catamarans and motor cruisers availabe for hire in the Caribbean, including the BVI and Barbados.  Please ask for details.

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Weather and seasons

Jamaica is a year-round destination, though there are seasonal differences to bear in mind.  Weather-wise, temperature isn’t an important factor: winter is usually warm by day and mild to cool by night, and summer months are hot. The rainy season extends from May to November, with peaks in May, June, October and November. Rain usually falls for short periods (normally in the late afternoon), and it’s quite possible to enjoy sunshine for most of your visit during these months.

High season for tourists is 'winter', which runs from early-December to mid-April.

Everything else

  • Flying time from London:  There are direct flights from London to both Montego Bay and Kingston.  Both are 10 hours.
  • Currency:  US Dollar
  • Language:  English
  • Visa requirements:  Visas are not required if you have a valid UK Passport
  • Time difference:  GMT - 4
the caves

the caves

jamaica, caribbean    7 nights all incl from ¬£1,930

Perched on the cliffs at Negril on the western tip of Jamaica, The Cavesí individually designed cottages feature an eclectic selection of local artwork and offer an ultra-cool, boho-chic adult only hideaway.

jamaica inn

jamaica inn

jamaica, caribbean    7 nights from ¬£1,950

Jamaica Inn is situated in a gorgeous cove with a beautiful golden sand beach. The gardens are lush and green with tropical flowers and bougainvillea adding vibrant colours.

half moon

half moon

jamaica, caribbean    7 nights from ¬£2,045

Half Moon is located on two miles of private pristine beach and is correctly regarded as one of the best family resorts in the Caribbean.



jamaica, caribbean    7 nights from ¬£2,065

Originally the home of Ian Fleming, GoldenEye has been magically reinvigorated over the last few years. Perfect for couples looking for a secluded holiday in a lush and beautiful part of Jamaica. Relax or be active, or a bit of both.