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Get yourself into the laidback Jamaican spirit the moment you step off the plane. Swing lazily on hammocks under palm trees as turquoise seas roll gently on. You don't have to learn Jamaican Patois to get by, but you'll quickly learn the word, “irie”. It means 'excellent' which you'll certainly feel after just a few hours here!

Why go?

Set in the great blue of the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is famed for its stunning beaches, buzzing towns, laidback vibe and outstanding beauty. Find out why you should go...

On arrival into Jamaica, you'll jet into one of two international airports - Kingston (KIN) or Montego Bay (MBJ) - following a flight time from the UK of around 10 hours and find a Caribbean island quite unlike any other during your holidays in Jamaica. From a social, cultural and historical point of view, Jamaica is unique. From the peaks of the Blue Mountains, with its expensive coffee, through port towns such as Port Antonio and the buzzing capital of Kingston, and down to the soft sands of the beaches, you'll soon discover just how uniquely amazing Jamaica is.

Maybe you'll opt for thriving Montego Bay and the area in the north around it, where music pumps out of party towns and takes hold of your body. Perhaps you'll go for quiet Negril; or one of the other northern resorts such as Ocho Rios, famed for its waterfalls; Falmouth; exclusive Rose Hall; Runaway Bay; or Discovery Bay.

In the more remote south are the resorts of Treasure Beach and Whitehouse.

Jamaica holidays are mostly enjoyed from within the comfort and luxury of all-inclusive hotels - this is home to the Sandals chain of resorts after all - though there are plenty of tantalising eating and drinking options if you fancy tucking into some local flavour.

There's also plenty to see outside of the resort, if you can tear yourself away from the gorgeous white sands and watersports on offer just minutes from your door. You could head into the mountains and ride down rivers through lush forests, or visit banana or coffee plantations.

And if it all seems a little familiar, you should know that the makers of James Bond film, Dr No, selected the island's beauty to star alongside the suave Sean Connery. It's not the only link with James Bond however. Bond writer Ian Fleming adored Jamaica and had a house on the north coast called Goldeneye. He wrote all of his Bond novels here and there's now a James Bond Beach to visit and dream up your own tales of espionage and romance.

Tales of romance can be found all over Jamaica however, and the country is just as suited to families and groups as it is to loved-up couples. Pick your resort well to find the perfect destination for you.

The capital of Kingston has a reputation for crime so travellers should take care. However, it should also be famed for its array of colonial architecture. But this energetic hub of activity will feel like a world away when you settle into the luxurious surroundings of the hotels on the north, west and south west coasts.

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When to go?

Travelling at the right time of year is essential to ensure you get the most out of your Jamaican adventure. Find out the best time to go...

Totally tropical Jamaica swelters in year-round temperatures of between 25°C and 35°C. Temperatures peak from June to October, as does rainfall. Hurricane season is in July and August.

What's on?

Whether you are looking to strut your stuff at a reggae party or join in with a colourful fiesta, there are plenty of ways to get involved on holidays to Jamaica!

Rebel Salute; January: One of the biggest reggae parties of the year, Rebel Salute is held in the southern parish of St Elizabeth and attracts thousands of music fans who enjoy the alcohol- and meat-free family atmosphere.

Jamaica Carnival; April: This colourful fiesta features a variety of musical and dance performances and gets the crowds well and truly jammin'.

Ocho Rios International Jazz Festival; June: Jazz performances take place around the island during this week of music. While jazz isn't the primary kind of music associated with Jamaica, this is a well-attended and enjoyable festival.

What to do?

Dive into stunning coral reefs, jump on a rainforest zip-wire, or relax on powder white sands... the choice is yours - but where should you start?

Active types: Dive enthusiasts will be treated to an underwater paradise in Jamaica. Reefs, caverns and caves are all waiting to be explored, so grab your wetsuit and jump in!

Kids & teens: Treat the kids to a magical day out at Dolphin Cove in Negril or Ocho Rios. Holiday memories will be made as you swim with dolphins in their natural environment.

Romance: For a date with a difference, hurtle through Jamaica's treetops on a zipline tour. As you fly from one platform to the next, you'll get a bird's eye view of the surrounding rainforest and are sure to return home with unforgettable memories.

Grown-up families: You can't visit Jamaica without paying homage to the King of Reggae. The Bob Marley Museum is located in Kingston and here you'll be able to learn all about the star's life and work.

Shopping: A combination of traditional markets and modern shops around the island will allow you to bag some bargains and buy those all-important souvenirs.

Dance to the rhythm of reggae at one of the island's many beach bars while sipping on a rum-based cocktail.