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Visitors to Jamaica can go for complete rest and tranquillity, exciting adventure trails or walks, the sparkling and vibrant nightlife, or a mixture of all three. Taking a holiday here will expose the visitor to much in terms of the good life and relaxation.

Why go?

Bliss, blue mountains and heavenly beaches - Jamaica is a dream holiday like no other...

The watchword on the island is "irie", meaning "everything's all right".

Kingston is famous for being the home of both the late Bob Marley and champion sprinter Usain Bolt. The Rastafarian movement also has its origins in the city. It provided the location for the first James Bond film, "Dr No". There are many old colonial buildings in the township of Port Antonio which stand testament to the varied past of Kingston. A must-see while staying here is the Bob Marley Museum, which offers an insight into his life and works and also gives the visitor the chance to sample some of his favourite dishes in the on-site café.

Kingston offers an opportunity for those interested in walking or hiking to indulge their favourite activity. Blue Mountain and John Crow are the two main national parks and there are guided tours available. You will see beautiful rainforests, waterfalls and plenty of unusual plants and flowers.

Montego Bay is the place to go for nightlife and partying. But for a relaxing beach holiday, you should look no further than Negril, which has a quiet, tranquil atmosphere, white sands and clear blue seas. Places such as Ocho Rios provide an opportunity to climb the falls and visit the working coffee and banana plantations. Falmouth, Rose Hill, Runaway Bay, Discovery Bay, Treasure Beach, Whitehouse offer golf and many types of water sports. Montego Bay is a perfect destination for honeymooners or couples looking for a romantic break.

Probably the best way to see Montego Bay is on foot, especially if you want to visit the tourist area of Gloucester Street, which is lined with shops and restaurants. There are buses from Barnett Street Station and Montego Bay Metro operates a number of routes through the town.

How to get there

There are excellent flight options with various carriers from the UK and bargains when you price compare...

From the United Kingdom, Jamaica flights will take around nine hours. London Gatwick (LGW), London Heathrow (LHR) and Manchester (MAN) are the main airports for those flying to Jamaica.

Flights to Jamaica arrive at one of two destinations, Montego Bay or Kingston. Montego Bay's airport is Sangster International (MBJ). It is situated in the north west of the island and provides an easy way to get to the main coastal resorts.

Kingston's airport is Norman Manley International (KIN).

Getting to and from the airport

Transfer options vary but we recommend you travel with official airport transfer services...

From the airport, holidaymakers and visitors can hire cars, although there are also taxi services that offer reasonably priced transfers from airport to hotel or for general travel around the town.

Luckily, most holidaymakers can take advantage of inclusive transfer holiday deals where a coach or people carrier will collect you from the airport and take you directly and safely to your destination. Be sure to ask if your transfer is included.

Kingston has a clean, modern public transport system run by the Jamaican Urban Transit Company (JUTC). Jamaica's bus drivers are usually very friendly and always ready to help tourists get to the right destination, so never be afraid to ask.

Where to stay?

As one of the world's top honeymoon and family holiday destinations, accommodation options are limitless...

Many hotels will offer full-board at a reasonable cost. Jamaica is, after all, the home of the Sandals chain of resorts.

The 'Couples' resorts are also very popular and offer luxury accommodation and outstanding service.

But while many hotels are all-inclusive, it's always a good idea to think about trying some of the local delicacies and there is a wealth of interesting places to eat out at that cater to all tastes. Negril has its own vegetarian restaurant and Ocho Rios boasts one of the few fusion-food restaurants on the island. Cuisines including Caribbean, Chinese, Indian, Italian and traditional Jamaican are all on offer, but it's always worth trying the favourite local dish, jerk chicken.