Jamaica For Couples

Jamaica has some of the most beautiful ocean water you will ever see. It also has a plethora of must-see spots to explore such as Dunn’s River Falls, Luminous Lagoon, Blue Hole and Blue Mountains. Jamaican food is eclectic and has African, Indian, Spanish, British, and Chinese influence. It is a fantastic trip that is well worth it. the beauty and the food alone were enough to want me to move there permanently!

beautiful blue waters of jamaica

What are the top attractions you should see in Jamaica?

  1. Dunn’s River Falls: This iconic waterfall near Ocho Rios is a must-visit. Climb the cascading terraces of the falls or relax in the natural pools below.
  2. Blue Mountains: If you enjoy hiking and breathtaking views, the Blue Mountains are perfect for you. They offer stunning landscapes and the opportunity to tour coffee plantations.
  3. Negril’s Seven Mile Beach: One of the most famous beaches in Jamaica, offering white sands, crystal-clear waters, and a laid-back atmosphere.
  4. Bob Marley Museum: Located in Kingston, this museum celebrates the life and music of the legendary reggae icon, Bob Marley.
  5. Rick’s Café: Experience thrilling cliff diving and enjoy beautiful sunsets at this popular bar and restaurant in Negril.
  6. Rose Hall Great House: Explore the historical Rose Hall, a Georgian mansion with a haunted legend, located near Montego Bay.
  7. Doctor’s Cave Beach: A picturesque beach in Montego Bay, known for its calm waters and beautiful surroundings.
  8. Reach Falls: A hidden gem in Portland Parish, offering enchanting cascades and natural pools surrounded by lush greenery.
  9. Blue Hole (Secret Falls): Embark on an adventure to this magical waterfall and swimming spot in Ocho Rios.
  10. Luminous Lagoon: Witness the captivating natural phenomenon of bioluminescent water glowing at night in Falmouth. This is a once in a lifetime experience. and Jamaica is the only place where you can see this phenomenon year round. Other places like Puerto Rico only have it at specific times of year.

What kind of food do they eat in Jamaica?

Jamaican cuisine is a delightful fusion of flavors influenced by African, Indian, Spanish, British, and Chinese cooking traditions, resulting in a rich and diverse culinary experience. Some of the most popular Jamaican dishes include:

  1. Jerk Chicken: One of Jamaica’s most famous dishes, jerk chicken is marinated in a spicy blend of seasonings and then grilled or smoked to perfection. You can get some of this seasoning at the airport if you want to bring some of the flavor home. I did exactly that and I have been adding it to absolutely everything! Chicken, Fish, Fries, etc,,
  2. Ackee and Saltfish: The national dish of Jamaica, it consists of sautéed salted codfish with boiled ackee fruit, often served with onions, tomatoes, and spices.
  3. Curry Goat: Tender goat meat cooked in a flavorful curry sauce, reflecting the Indian influence on Jamaican cuisine.
  4. Rice and Peas: A staple side dish made with rice, kidney beans, coconut milk, and spices like thyme and scallions.
  5. Escovitch Fish: Fried fish topped with a tangy and spicy pickled vegetable sauce, typically served with bammy (cassava flatbread) or festival (fried dumplings).
  6. Oxtail Stew: A hearty stew made with oxtail, beans, and vegetables, slow-cooked until tender and bursting with flavor.
  7. Callaloo: A traditional green leafy vegetable, often cooked as a soup with okra, coconut milk, and spices.
  8. Patties: Flaky pastries filled with seasoned meat (beef, chicken, or vegetable) and sometimes seasoned with a hint of curry.
  9. Bammy: Cassava flatbread, usually served as a side dish with fish or other main courses.
  10. Gizzada: Sweet coconut tart with a nutmeg and ginger-flavored filling, encased in a crispy pastry shell.
  11. Rum Cake: A moist and decadent cake infused with Jamaican rum, a popular dessert during festive occasions.

Jamaica also offers a wide variety of tropical fruits, such as mangoes, papayas, pineapples, and guavas, which you can enjoy fresh or in refreshing fruit juices. Some of these fruits I haven’t found anywhere else so I highly recommend you try them all. You will be thrilled at some of these new flavors!

Where should I stay when I visit Jamaica?

Unless you know someone who lives in the country, the best place to stay is a resort that is all inclusive and that provides transportation, food, and entertainment during your stay.

The locals can be very friendly; however, certain areas in Jamaica, especially in urban centers, may experience higher crime rates. It’s advisable to exercise caution, especially in areas known for higher crime rates, and avoid traveling alone at night in unfamiliar or poorly lit areas.

There are 14 Different Parishes in Jamaica. These are the most popular spots for tourists.

  1. Montego Bay: As one of the major tourist hubs, Montego Bay offers a wide selection of luxury resorts, all-inclusive hotels, and boutique accommodations. It’s an excellent choice for those seeking vibrant nightlife, water sports, and proximity to the airport.
  2. Negril: Known for its stunning Seven Mile Beach and laid-back atmosphere, Negril is perfect for travelers seeking a more relaxed and tranquil vacation. You’ll find a mix of all-inclusive resorts, boutique hotels, and charming guesthouses.
  3. Ocho Rios: This town is famous for its natural beauty, including Dunn’s River Falls and Mystic Mountain. Accommodations range from family-friendly resorts to intimate boutique hotels.
  4. Kingston: Jamaica’s capital city offers a mix of cultural attractions, museums, and vibrant nightlife. There are several upscale hotels and guesthouses catering to business and leisure travelers.
  5. Port Antonio: If you’re looking for a secluded and off-the-beaten-path experience, Port Antonio is a great choice. It features boutique hotels, eco-lodges, and charming villas nestled amid lush tropical landscapes.
  6. Runaway Bay: Situated between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, Runaway Bay offers a more tranquil and less crowded ambiance. You’ll find beachfront resorts and cozy hotels perfect for a relaxing getaway.
  7. Treasure Beach: Located on Jamaica’s south coast, Treasure Beach is a serene and picturesque area with small boutique hotels and guesthouses. It’s an ideal destination for travelers seeking a more authentic Jamaican experience.

We stayed at Couples Resort Tower Isle and we highly recommend it! The resort allowed us to experience all the wonders of Jamaica, the hotel organized excursions, catamaran trips, snorkeling, and they even have a private nude beach for those extremally adventurous souls (not us.)

There was plenty of entertainment and activities to keep us occupied for the week.

The only thing we wish was different was the long 2 hour trip from the airport to the hotel, but the perk is that you have a hotel that is not super crowded and being a couples only resort: no kids! The perfect Honeymooning stop.

What should I pack for my Jamaica Trip?

Water Shoes are the top of my list. You need these for various water activities including the Dunn’s falls excursion.

Sunscreen and sun protection.

Waterproof phone case for your phone. (If you are like me and have an Otterbox on your phone, please note that it will not fit in a regular sized water proof case, even without the clip cover. You will need something much larger)

Selfie Stick because you will want to capture the gorgeous moments you spend with your significant other.

You don’t really need much else for this trip because you will practically spend most of your day in a bathing suit. I think we only used half of the clothes we brought because we spent most of the time in bathing suits. So pack light and enjoy the fun!

Happy Honeymooning!

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