From the culture to the cuisine, natural beauty and never-ending beaches, Jamaica is truly heaven on earth. Inviting you to forget your worries, sip on a cocktail and listen to the soothing sounds of Bob Marley imitators, this much-loved island will quickly become one of your favourites.
As the cultural capital of the Caribbean, this welcoming retreat has a heartbeat all of its own, boasting live music, street dancing, festivals and carnivals throughout the year.
The good news is that the island has a relatively long tourist season - while December through to April is the most popular time of year, you can still enjoy brilliant sunshine and refreshing tropical breezes all the way through to July.
Check out our Jamaica Travel Guide to learn more ahead of your trip.
Jamaican cuisine feeds the eyes first, stomach second and soul last. Jerk chicken is one of the most popular dishes you'll find, marinated in hot spices and typically served with rice and peas. Meat is definitely a core part of daily dining here, with slow-cooked goat curry also finding its way onto local menus.
However, you may be surprised to learn that ackee and saltfish is Jamaica's national dish. It can be served at both breakfast and dinner, and dates back to the 18th century when ackee fruit was first brought to the island from Ghana.
Vegetarians are also catered for with staple Jamaican foods like plantain, dumplings, breadfruit, boiled banana, and ackee (without the meat, of course). They're typically offered as side plates, but you can easily make a meal out of them, and many are naturally vegan too.
Looking for something to wash it all down? You can't pass up the chance to try Jamaica's iconic Red Stripe lager, while a variety of locally made rums can also be enjoyed as part of a refreshing cocktail.
White sands, turquoise waters and picturesque palm trees make up the traditional Jamaican beach scene. Doctor's Cave Beach is definitely one of the most popular beaches, found in Montego Bay, but it's also conveniently located near a quieter Cornwall Beach should the crowds get a little too much for you.
If you're travelling as a family, we'd recommend Seven Mile Beach in Negril. There's loads of fun activities for kids to get involved in, but many restaurants are also located nearby for getting out of the midday sun together. Speaking of food, Boston Bay Beach is known for its trademark Jerk pits, overpowering the smell of saltwater with delicious spices.
Into your movies? James Bond Beach was used as a filming location in Dr. No. Expect to fully unwind here and live like the on-screen hero before heading back to your own luxury villa in Jamaica.
While you may be someone who could happily spend their whole trip lying on the beach or lapping up the waves, there's so much to see and do in Jamaica. If you want to get your heart rate up, go river rafting down the Martha Brae River or perhaps try a hike up to Blue Mountain Peak.
Ready for some history and culture? You can't pass up a visit to the Bob Marley Museum located inside the singer's former home, while the Black River Safari takes you down Jamaica's longest river, spotting over 100 species of bird as you go.
Finally, take a trip to one of the island's two famous lagoons: Luminous Lagoon, which boasts sparkling, phosphorescent waters, and Blue Lagoon, descending 55m and fed by freshwater springs.