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grand beach palapas2Did you know that Jamaica is consistently in the top 10 honeymoon destinations?    Jamaica is very popular among newlyweds  for many reasons, including lots of nonstop flights from the East Coast and now some from the Midwest, as well.  It also has great resort options, including a number of adult only all inclusive options, beautiful beaches, lots of activities and beautiful natural scenery.

Jamaica is one of the largest of the Caribbean islands and is one of the most beautiful and diverse with  rain forests, mountains,  waterfalls, rivers and glorious beaches that rival any in the Caribbean.

When is the best time to go to Jamaica?

The trade winds help to maintain a near constant temperature between 77 and 82 degrees and which bless the mountainous island’s northeast coast with abundant rain.

Average temperatures in Jamaica range between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit, with July and August being the hottest months and February the coolest. The average temperature really doesn’t vary much- maybe just 10 degrees from summer to winter.

The rainiest months are May and June and again in September through November.   Depending upon what part of the island you are in, there can be a big difference in the amount of rain you might experience.   The southwestern coast of Jamaica, which receives little rain and the eastern coast (where Port Antonio is) receives a lot more rain than anywhere else on the island. For the most part, when it rains in Jamaica, the showers are short, heavy and followed by sunshine.

Why Jamaica?

According to Brides.com, Jamaica is:

  • A country more than an island, Jamaica has it all: mountains, rain forest, caves, amazing beaches, and a taste of the old Caribbean.
  • A nice smattering of long-standing upscale resorts
  • Vibrant culture: reggae music, jerk pits, cricket, the world’s highest concentration of churches
  • Vastly varied enclaves: Negril, Montego Bay (MoBay), and Ocho Rios are crammed with clubs, bars, and restaurants; along the South Coast, towns such as Mandeville, White House, and Black River offer peace and quiet.
  • Good buys: Blue Mountain coffee, jerk paste and pepper jelly, hemp clothing, hand-painted coffeepots from Wassi

 Where should you stay?

The main beach resort areas are Montego Bay, also known as Mo’Bay,  Negril, with some of the  of the best beaches in the country and all the water sports you can imagine; and  Ocho Rios (“Ochi”), on the north shore, where you’ll find “the real” Jamaica and the newest region, the Southwest Coast.

Just about each of the different areas:

montego bayWith its “Hip Strip” filled with shops, restaurants and clubs,  championship golf courses and a wide variety of  resorts  to choose from, Montego Bay is the most vibrant tourist area in Jamaica.  Visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities from ATV bike tours, rafting on the Martha Brae, tennis, sailing, swimming, surfing, diving and shopping. Golf is a big draw and the area boasts 5 world-class courses.   Closest to the airport and the best for nightlife, MoBay might be a great choice for those with a shorter time to spend and those who want to be able to party in the night.

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  • With the natural beauty of its waterfalls, rivers and beaches, Ocho Rios, located on Jamaica’s Northern coastline, is a favorite destination for eco-tourists,  sports enthusiasts and those who just want to relax by the beach.  In addition to its beautiful beaches, it offers activities like horseback riding, polo, golf, tennis, shopping, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, swimming iwth Dolphins and even dog sledding? Take an excursion to the world-famous Dunn’s River falls, one of the most beautiful spots on the island.  Sail on a  catamaran cruise and dance to reggae music.  Ochi is near the impressive Blue Mountains, where you can explore breathtaking scenery, quaint villages, sparkling rivers and the tantalizing aroma of blue mountain coffee.
Cliff diving in Negril

Cliff diving in Negril

A long time favorite destination for honeymooners is Negril.  Located on Jamaica’s picturesque west coast, it’s lined with towering cliffs and bustling beaches and is home to many all-inclusive resorts.  Negril is laid-back and is home to the famous seven mile beach and majestic cliffs.  No visit to Negril is complete without a stop at the ever-popular Rick’s Café for the incredible sunset. Every afternoon, locals and visitors alike take part in a Negril tradition and flock to Rick’s on West End Road to watch the sunset, enjoy the happy-hour vibe, and, of course, cliff jumping.

And a relative newcomer to the resort areas is the Southwest Coast.  The Southwest Coast of Jamaica is a undeveloped area of Jamaica with pristine beaches and untouched natural beauty. Experience the old world charm of Jamaica, before more resorts come.

With so many choices in resort areas and resorts, themselves, Jamaica makes a great choice for honeymooners who want some activities, excitement and fun in the sun.

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