When planning a vacation, many people like to choose a destination that has a lot of beautiful beaches. Visiting cities and historic locations or family attractions can be a lot of fun, but there’s nowhere quite as relaxing as a beach, and this is why many tropical islands and areas like the Caribbean are seen as such popular and paradisiacal holiday destinations. Gorgeous beaches and warm weather make the perfect combination, allowing holiday-makers to enjoy all kinds of fun in the sun, from swimming and sunbathing to snorkeling and scuba diving. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Seven Mile Beach
3.Bloody Bay Beach
5 Best Beaches in Negril, Jamaica
- Seven Mile Beach, Photo: Debbie Ann Powell/stock.adobe.com
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- Bloody Bay Beach, Photo: onepony/stock.adobe.com
- Coral Beach, Photo: JackViaggiante/stock.adobe.com
- Booby Cay, Photo: Sergii Figurnyi/stock.adobe.com
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More Ideas in Jamaica: Dunn’s River Falls
Dunn’s River Falls is one of the national treasures of the country of Jamaica. The site is as well known throughout the world as reggae, and is just as stimulating. There are only a handful of places where the name “Xayamaca,” the Arawak name for “land of rivers and springs,” is more suitable. The Spaniard called this area of the island “Las Chorreras,” the springs or waterfalls. Dunn’s River Falls is one of the island’s most beautiful sites.
Located just a short distance away from Jamaica’s quickly growing resort center of Ocho Rios, Dunn’s River Falls is truly unique. The site is described as not just a living, but also a growing phenomenon. The spot regenerates itself continuously with deposits of travertine rock, which results from the precipitation of calcium carbonate from the river, as it flows over the falls. The dome-shaped, small cataracts are typically associated with the activity of thermal springs found inside limestone caves. In combination with the location near the sea, this provides Dunn’s River Falls with a distinction of being the only falls of its kind found in the region of the Caribbean, if not the only one like it in the world.
The Dunn’s River Falls Park is a great place for visitors of all ages to relax and fun as they explore an area that features new discoveries around each corner. Visitors can enjoy a thrilling experience of climbing the falls as part of a human chain that’s led by an experienced Falls Guide. For those not feeling brave enough to climb the falls, they can watch those who are from a “safe” vantage point on the deck or terrace. For a more laid back experience, guests can take a break at the site’s “massage parlor” to enjoy the water’s soothing effects as it cascades down to the sea. Lovers of sunshine can relax at the beach and enjoy the rays, resting on the golden sands that are lapped by the Caribbean Sea’s aquamarine waters.
Visitors who love to exercise can walk through the property or take a job on the site’s beach as part of their visit or regular routine. Nature lovers can choose to lose themselves in exploring the tropical lush foliage around Dunn’s River Falls, including breadfruit trees, varios palms, orchids, crotons, ginger lilies, bamboos, and ferns. Visitors who love to hunt for great souvenirs from the places they visit will love browsing through shops at the site’s craft park, where they can intuitive art, straw crafts, and wood carvings. Guests can even commission their own piece of art, climb the Dunn’s River Falls, and then collect their souvenir on their return.
The Cafe at Dunn’s River Falls serves a variety of delightful savory dishes, such as spicy jerked pork, fish, or chicken, curried goat, and various delectable snacks. Visitors can also choose to bring their own picnic lunch and use one of the many barbecue pits that can be found throughout the park. Dunn’s River Falls Park provides the perfect opportunity for renewal.
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More Ideas in Jamaica: Jake’s Hotel Villas & Spa
Jake's Hotel can be found on beautiful Treasure Beach, Jamaica—about two hours from Montego Bay airport and an hour and a half from Negril. It is a resort setting with rooms, cottages and villages available for guests lodging. The front desk staff are happy to arrange transportation to the hotel from wherever guests may be, including the airport, and promise it will be a memorable drive. The food served at the hotel is locally sourced and as fresh as possible, giving guests a taste of Jamaican cuisine. The beach is private, for guests only, adding to the seclusion and peace of the atmosphere. It is a welcoming, relaxing hotel with guest’s happiness at the forefront.
With various room choices available, there is an accommodation to suit every budget and preference. Guests can choose from rooms, cottages or villas. There are several different room types available, most with private in-room showers and all with comfortable beds. Not all feature a private bathroom but room descriptions will help guests decide which is right for them. Guests should be aware that there are no televisions, telephones nor internet access in-room. If guests wish to receive messages, they can give their family and friends the number to the front desk where messages will gladly be passed along.
The cottages are available in seven different styles, some with two bedrooms and some with three. They feature amazing views of the ocean and the island greenery in a laid back, breezy style. These cottages are ideal for families or groups traveling together and wishing to stay together, yet still having their own space.
The villas each offer spectacular ocean views and private beach access. The Seaweed Villa is two properties in one and is perfect for large parties traveling together or it can also be rented separately with privacy given to each section. The eclectic charm of each villa only adds to the relaxed atmosphere, where there are no televisions or Internet access.
Restaurants and Room Service
The main restaurant at Jake’s serves all locally sourced foods and cooks everything fresh. Guests can sit under the shade of the trees and overlook the ocean as they enjoy the local fare. Round tables are set up around the pool and beach area providing fresh air dining. The menu is ever changing depending on what is harvested or caught that day.
Guests who are lucky enough to be staying at Jake’s on the last Saturday before the full moon, can experience the Farm-to-Table feast put on a Dool’s Farm. The table is set and is extremely long and guests can dine under the stars on the farms fresh harvest of foods. There is an additional per person fee for this event.
Jack Sprat’s is located next to the Jake’s property and is a great way to experience the laid back island atmosphere. Seafood is served up fresh and they boast the island’s best pizza. Guests will love pizza toppings such as lobster, jerk chicken and locally grown fresh vegetables. There is music to enjoy and the beach is closeby offering cool, ocean breezes. Thursday nights they have bonfires on the beach and movie night.
Bars and Lounges
Dougie’s Bar is located at the heart of Jake’s property, making it a hub for gathering and mingling. The cocktails are cold and fresh and the vibe is relaxed and chill. Dougie’s signature rum punch has been an on-going favorite for 20 years. It overlooks the beach as well as the pool. Guests can enjoy a drink at Dougie’s all day long.
The Pelican Bar is more than just a bar, it is an experience. It was built on a sandbar in the middle of the ocean by a fisherman named Floyd. It is accessible via a 20 minute boat ride from Jake’s. Guests can sip a tasty drink, take a swim, play some dominoes or even dine on some freshly caught and prepared fish. It is a “must visit” attraction while in the area.
The Driftwood Spa is located right at the edge of the waters on the corner of Jake’s property. There are four treatment rooms which are open-air to allow guests fresh ocean air and sea breezes as they enjoy being pampered. Treatments at the spa are accompanied by aromatherapy using local ingredients like mango, coffee, coconut and seaweed. The Driftwood Spa offers a vast array of spa treatments from facials, massages, body wraps and scrubs and even modified treatments just for the kids. Wedding and honeymoon packages are available for couples who wish to enjoy treatments done side by side.
On the rooftop of The Driftwood Spa is the yoga studio where guests can take a yoga class at their leisure with 180 degree views of the sea. The sea air is fresh and adds to the relaxation and meditative state experienced with the on-site yoga instructor at Jake’s.
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While there are no golf facilities on Jake’s property or really close by, there is the Sports Park to enjoy watching a game of cricket, football or cheering on athletes on the track. This is an academy which teaches children about sport and fair play as well as keeping score. It is also home to the General Colin Powell Challenge Course which is an exciting rope climbing adventure where guests can go to extreme heights.
Family Services and Kids Club
Even though Jake’s does not have a Kids Club, however, they are very welcoming to families with children. The villas and cottages are wonderful choices for families since they afford guests plenty of space and sleeping quarters as well as some with kitchen facilities. Having added space, including private patios allows kids and parents to stretch out without bumping into each other.
Jake’s Hotel Villa & Spa offers a family package which is geared towards two adults and two children. The package is called The Family Way and includes seven nights accommodation in one of the spacious two bedroom cottages, two hours of guided fishing with a local fisherman, a guided bicycle tour for all, a pizza making class for the family to enjoy together and an outing to the Pedro Plains Farm for an entire day with Farmer Dole. This package is exciting for adults and kids alike.
Another exciting adventure for families is the day trip to YS Falls. The bus will stop on the way for dining at Middle Quarters and Bamboo Avenue where guests can indulge in a tasty hot pepper shrimp sampling or ice cold coconut jelly. Once at the falls, guests will find the amazing eight tiered, 120 foot high water fall, some cool pools for swimming plus various activities like zip lining, river tubing and a rope climb.
Kids will love the Mosaic making class, led by a Montessori teacher, for children to create with mosaic pieces. Another fun class for kids is the Shell Design Playshop, where kids can create and paint with shells.
Weddings & Conferences
Weddings at Jake’s can be customized to whatever each couple wishes for their big day. Some couples may choose to say I do on the beach at sunset with a few close friends, while other may wish to host a big event, with many guests and hold it at one of the luxury villas.
The wedding planning staff will work with each bride and groom to determine their budget and then work to cover all the important details while staying within their desired budget. This means from cake to photography to décor, couples will be looked after from beginning to end.
After the big day is done and it is time for the honeymoon to begin, the Octopussy Suite is highly recommended with it’s glass top roof for romantic star gazing and the lower level in such close proximity to the sea waves. This suite also includes room service if requested.
There are no meeting facilities, however, for intimate meetings or smaller corporate events, a luxury villa would work in place of a boardroom or conference center.
Eco-Friendly and Special Features
Jake’s Hotel Villas and Spa has a positive outlook on sustainability. They serve up foods that are locally grown or caught and revolve their menu around what is available instead of bringing in out of season stock. They also don’t provide televisions, computers or Internet service in-room which means guests will have to “unplug” and go back to a simpler time without electromagnetic interference.
Guests staying at Jake’s can take part in various activities and classes, including Paint Jakes, a series of watercolor painting classes for anyone and everyone regardless of painting experience. Cooking classes are also offered for guests to learn all about Jamaican cuisine and the fine art of jerk seasoning.
A very popular day trip amongst guests is the famous Appleton Distillery Tour. Guests can see up close where this well-known Jamaican rum is made and maybe even sample a taste. This day trip can be arranged through the front desk.
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