Just south of Cuba is the island of Jamaica, famed for its natural beauty and laid back atmosphere, holidays to Jamaica can be as active or as chilled as you want to make them. Visit the capital city of Kingston and spot the European influence in its colonial architecture. Take a stroll around the Bob Marley Museum, housed in the late singer’s recording studio to learn more of the nation’s musical heritage. Alternatively head to Montego Bay, the islands second largest city and gateway to the northern coastal resorts.
Go hiking in the Blue Mountains or view the water cascading down the 180-metre drop at Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios, continue your adventure by rafting down the Rio Grande River to St Margaret’s Bay. If that’s too active then opt to do what many people go to Jamaica for, relax on Long Bay in Negril, a seven-mile stretch of pristine white sand, with tiki huts serving up chilled rum cocktails and spicy jerk chicken smothered in marinade to the blissful sounds of local reggae. In Jamaica, all the stereotypes are true with picturesque coastlines fringed palm trees, hidden waterfalls and soaring mountains as well as a fair share of history including Rose Hall in Montego Bay, old mansions and 18th century plantations.