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Places To Stay In Jamaica by C. Holness

Jamaica is the ideal vacation spot for just about anyone because not only is it rich in natural beauty and glorious beaches, but also because it offers a wide range of pleasant accommodations for visitors of all backgrounds to choose from.

Whether you are looking for a luxurious week of pampering in an all-inclusive resort or a more rustic experience, you are sure to find just the right place to stay in Jamaica to make your holiday perfect.

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Where do You Want to Stay?

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Since Jamaica boasts the largest selection of hotels and other types of accommodations of all the islands in the Caribbean, there should be no problem finding one that meets one's expectations in terms of location, price, and amenities. When choosing a room, you may want to consider where it is located on the property as well.

Most travellers find it convenient to have a room that is closer to  the beach and other main areas of the hotel. A corner room is desirable for many, as it offers more windows and overall space and close proximity to elevators, for approximately the same price.

If the property is undergoing renovations at the time of your visit, you may be wise to ask for a room that is further away from where the work is being done, for a quieter stay.

Which City?

This depends which side of the island interests you the most ; some travellers want to visit Jamaica's capital, Kingston, or scenic Port Antonio in the parish of Portland, but by far the three most popular cities in which tourist book their holidays year after year are Negril, Montego Bay, and Ocho Rios.

These destinations feature many lovely resorts, beaches, and attractions that vacationers enjoy.


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Although a bit more out-of-the-way, Negril continues to be a top choice of many visitors to Jamaica.  It offers both unspoiled nature, wonderful beaches such as the renowned Seven Mile Beach with its plentiful palm trees, and a nice variety of dining facilities, and a lively nightlife.

Its laid back atmosphere is the perfect place to kick back and relax.  Here you will find all kinds of comfortable places to stay from rental villas and smaller hotels, to large all-inclusive resorts.

Montego Bay

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Montego Bay is a favourite place of many who visit the island. As the second-largest city in Jamaica, it has an urban vibe to it and has much to offer in the way of shopping, dining, and nightclubs and is close to many historical and natural points of interest.

The Donald Sangster International Airport is also located here, which makes it handy for visitors staying nearby. Here you will find several charming places to stay in Jamaica, including boutique hotels, villa for rent, and many luxurious all-inclusive resort properties.

Ocho Rios

Located on Jamaica's north shore, this intriguing town and busy cruise ship port, is home to some lovely beaches and attractions you will not want to miss seeing such as Dunn's River Falls, and the home of reggae icon Bob Marley.

A nice selection of elegant resorts and inviting hotels can be found here as well, along with a more rustic beach lodge.

Types of Accommodation

1) All-Inclusive Resorts

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FDR Resort Jamaica

The “all-inclusive” resort is arguably the most sought-after type of accommodation in Jamaica. This concept was in fact originated on the island and today, many large chains own numerous all-inclusives in the main tourist areas.

Guests pay one fee which covers the room charge, all meals and beverages, and on-site recreational entertainment.

They also include shuttle service to and from the airport. Properties are usually very large and feature a private beach area, multiple pools, various styles of restaurants, dance clubs, sporting facilities and more.

Some cater to families with children and others are exclusively for adults. Prices vary depending the rating of the resort, its location, and amenities.

2) Boutique Hotels

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Not every traveller is comfortable in the typically busy environment of the big resorts, for these individuals, “boutique” hotels are a better choice.

These types of  accommodations provide friendly, personal service in a relaxing atmosphere, and are considerably smaller in capacity, so there are fewer guests at a time and therefore less commotion.

There is usually a restaurant on-site which serves meals three times per day and may offer room service as well, a swimming pool, and possibly other leisure facilities. Guests only pay for their rooms, and must arrange meals separately although some hotels do offer optional dining plans for an extra fee.

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3) Bed and Breakfast Places To Stay In Jamaica

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Tapioca Village Retreat

Those who are looking to absorb more of the local culture and experience real Jamaican life, may wish to stay at a “bed and breakfast”.

These types of accommodations are run out of private homes which provide guests a room to sleep in, washroom facilities, and at least one authentic home-cooked meal each day. 

It's a great way to get to know some of the friendly local people who will be happy to share their ways of life with interested visitors to their country.

4) Rental Villas and Condos

Some visitors are looking for a private holiday experience that offers more independence and freedom to write their own ticket. They prefer to plan their entertainment and excursions and in some cases,  buy their own groceries and prepare their own meals.

A self-catering villa or condo rental is the best option for these people, although it is also generally the most costly. Guests will rent a private luxury residence with all amenities, most often a swimming pool, and maid service included where their family or group alone will stay.

Besides costing more, some people are not comfortable with this option because of the lower security and protection from crime associated with it, however there are precautions that can be taken to stay safe so travellers need not let this concern them too much.

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5) Camping and Eco-Tourism

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Great Huts Jamaica

Outdoor enthusiasts have come to the right place when they choose to visit Jamaica.

Anyone who wishes to experience the delightful beauty of this tropical paradise up close and personal may enjoy a camping trip to one of the island's fully equipped campsites such as those in Hollywell National Recreational Park, the majestic Blue Mountains, or one of several exquisite botanical gardens. It's a great way to truly appreciate the wonders of nature in this beautiful country.

Eco-Tourism has become increasingly popular amongst the more adventuresome set in Jamaica as well.

Those who want this type of travel experience will find a great selection of places to stay in Jamaica, including Eco-Lodges, which are rustic-styled cabins or cottages in more secluded locations where guests can spend a peaceful holiday in natural settings such as inlets, forests, or in mountainous regions.

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