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How to Plan a Jamaican Vacation

Jamaica! Beautiful Island in the West Indies. Though just a small dot on the map, this little Island has so much to offer. People visit this Island for different reasons based on their Lifestyle and of course what they plan to do here. Planning a Jamaican Vacation can be a bit overwhelming if you have no idea what type of vacation you want.

Today, we’ve taken the guess factor out of your vacation planning by helping you to select the Vacation that is perfect for you. It is important to note that Jamaica is in fact in the Caribbean and is hot all year round and one should dress accordingly and also protect yourself from the harmful rays of the Sun.

A Business Vacation

You are probably wondering how I got those two words together…”Business Vacation”. It is one of those trips where you are here for a short or even extended period possibly doing research or you are here to oversee a Business Venture. The best place for a vacation of this nature is Kingston! This vibrant City is the place for businesses to set up and thrive. It is also home to some of the best “Business” Hotels. It is important to know that Hotels in Kingston are not all Inclusive: you pay for Reservation then have to find food and also transport at a separate cost. The top Hotels to stay in Kingston are: The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, The Knutsford Court Hotel, Hotel Four Seasons and Altamont Court Hotel. Prepare to pay a pretty penny as these Hotels are a bit on the expensive side, but it’s worth it based on the luxury , comfort and of course the speed of the Wi-Fi.

A Family Vacation

For Family vacations, Kingston might not be ideal. It is a great city but it’s also very expensive! (and crowded) Take your family to relax and unwind on the North Coast. Parishes like St. Ann, Montego Bay and Westmoreland are some of the top rated places to take your family. These Hotels are all Inclusive so all you have to worry about is picking a Restaurant and getting the kids out of the Pool. These areas are filled with exciting activities such as: Snorkelling, River Rafting/ Tubing, Golf, Visiting Museums, Adventure Tours and so much more. If you decide to visit these areas ensure you have a vehicle to transport you from place to place or go with a person who knows the area really well. While GPS exists, finding places in Jamaica still can be a bit tricky as roads and places change quite frequently. Who wants to spend their entire vacation looking for places when you can have fun?

Romantic / Honeymoon

The cliché “romantic getaway” to an Island Paradise. Paradise might not be so heavenly if you are in the wrong place! Again, these spots can be found on the North and sometimes the West Coast. The idea of a Romantic Getaway is to actually get away from all the modern day distractions and focus on your partner. A whopping 7 out of 10 top Resorts in Jamaica are couples only and All Inclusive, which makes Jamaica the most popular Honeymoon destination in the Caribbean.

The top 3 Romantic Resorts in Jamaica

1. Sandals Grande Rivera

This is the # 1 Honey Moon Destination in Jamaica located in Ochi Rios. This Resort is Adults or Couples only (leave the kids at home) and features over 100 acres and has 500 rooms. This is popular because of its location and of course the service received. For more info http://www.sandals.com/main/ochorios/or-home/
Video on Sandals Grande Rivera

2. Couples Swept Away

The name says it all “Couples”; located in Negril Jamaica on the notorious “7 mile Beach”. This is not only a favourite in Jamaica, but also the Caribbean. People go for the good food, great ambience, high quality service and the couple related activities. For more info http://couples.com/

3. Secrets Wild Orchids Resort

Located in the second largest city Montego Bay, this is conveniently located only a few 2nd minutes away from the Donald Sangster International Airport. This place is famous for the Unlimited Luxury it provides. Secrets Wild Orchids features 350, 8 Restaurants and 10 Bars! It also won the Wedding Wire Couples Choice Awards for 2014. For more info http://www.secretsresorts.com/wild-orchid-montego-bay
Video on Secrets Wild Orchids Resort

Planning a vacation should be a fun and relaxing process. Whether you have a demanding job or not, it should be really nice to just get away and experience a new Culture. Travel plans should be made in advance for best results and should not be “hurry come up”, if you want a memorable vacation plan for it! Visit your local Travel Agent, Browse the Internet…whatever you do, do a thorough research.

Jamaica is the perfect place to come and unwind; after all it is one of the liveliest places in the Caribbean known for his rich Culture and friendly people… “Once you go, you know”.

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About Author: Lorane Rhoden

Lorane "Rane" Rhoden is a Jamaican based Lifestyle Blogger. Rane is also a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona where she earned a B.A in Language, Communication & Society. In 2011 she was nominated for Best Fashion Blog and Best Lifestyle Blog at the Jamaica Blog Awards.