Jamaica is a cruise destination so dynamic and multifaceted you could make hundreds of visits and have a unique experience every single time.
Home of the legendary Bob Marley, arguably reggae’s most iconic and globally recognized face, the island’s most popular musical export is an eclectic mix of infectious beats and enchanting — if sometimes scathing — lyrics. It can be heard throughout the island and is celebrated with annual festivals such as Reggae Sumfest and Rebel Salute, where you could also indulge in Jamaica’s renowned culinary treats.
To visit Jamaica and not try jerked chicken, pork, fish, conch or sausage — or any kind of meat or seafood — is almost sacrilegious. The technique involves smoking meat or seafood that has been seasoned with an abundance of traditional spices and herbs either in a metal drum or barrel, or over flavoured wood. Though the method has evolved over time and varies by chef, the flavour remains the same: undeniably Jamaican and unquestionably delicious. Traditional Jamaican patties are also a must-try, as are curried goat, mannish water, oxtail and, of course, the national dish, ackee and saltfish.
Lined with powdery white sand and the most inviting aquamarine waters, Jamaica’s beaches are listed amongst the world’s best. From the world-famous Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay to the equally popular Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Frenchman’s Cove in Portland, Treasure Beach on the South Coast or the unique Dunn’s River Falls and Beach in Ocho Rios, there’s a beach for everyone.
But if lounging on the sand all day is not your style, a visit to Jamaica is still just what the doctor ordered. With hundreds of fitness facilities and countless running and exercise groups, the global thrust towards health and wellness has spawned annual events such as the Reggae Marathon and the Kingston City Run. The get-fit movement has also influenced the creation of several health and wellness bars, as well as spa, fitness and yoga retreats at upscale resorts.