Updated on: February 22, 2020
The romance industry is widespread in Jamaica, becoming a top place for destination weddings and honeymoons. There are a lot of things to see and do on the island to make it the perfect place for a romantic holiday. Many of the resorts and tourist attractions are designed especially for couples.
If you’re looking for a honeymoon destination from the US, it’s a short trip to the island so that you can spend more time enjoying the trip.
Jamaica is one of the most visited islands in the Caribbean, with more than four million visitors every year. Jamaica is an island full of natural beauty and vibrant culture.
The tourism industry in Jamaica includes resort towns developed around the coastal areas where you’ll find many of the best beaches in the country. Some of the top honeymoon destinations in Jamaica include Kingston, Montego Bay, Negril, and Ocho Rios.
Travel to these destinations for a blend of culture and nature since you’ll get to experience many of the island’s best features.
Whether enjoying an all-inclusive resort experience or creating your own island itinerary, there’s plenty of tourist attractions in Jamaica nearby. To experience nature, check out some of the beaches or explore the lush jungles. The country also has a rich history, evident with colonial architecture still prevalent.
Top Things to Do in Jamaica
For some of the best cultural experiences on the island, plan your vacation around local festivals like Jamaica Carnival or Reggae Festivals.
Jamaica provides lots of tours for getting to know the island, with guided tours and hotel tours.
In Jamaica, English is the official language, and the US Dollar is widely accepted in the major tourist areas.
Adding a bit of adrenaline to your honeymoon is always a way to bond closer together during your trip. For those seeking a bit of adventure, taking an adventure excursion is an exciting activity.
Excursions are located in many of Jamaica’s top cities, where you’ll hop on a tour bus into the jungle for an action-packed day. Many of the excursions include dune buggy rides and zip-lining.
Hop on a dune buggy and speed through the paths winding throughout the forest. You won’t have to worry about speed limits of traffic for maximum enjoyment.
Zip-lining lets you fly high above the jungle canopy as you reach various platforms. Try to take in all of the magnificent views seen at top speeds.
Horseback riding during your Jamaica honeymoon will give you one of the most picturesque experiences of your trip. You can book horseback riding tours at various times of day, recommended in the morning before it gets too hot, or in the evening to catch sights of the sunset.
Horseback riding on the island differs from other places as you’ll get to enjoy the experience along the shoreline. You’ll have incredible views of the ocean while your horse companion trots through the beach sand.
Ride beside your partner to enjoy the unique, romantic ride with a guide taking you to the best parts of the island. Dress appropriately as you may get a chance to dip into the water during the ride.
Romantic Dinner on the Beach
Resorts in Jamaica always plan the perfect evenings for newlyweds (Jamaica is host to some of the best Sandals resorts for honeymooners). Whether you’re staying for just a weekend or an entire week, be sure to make reservations for a romantic dinner on the beach.
There’s no better way to enjoy your honeymoon than a private one-on-one dinner enjoyed with the soothing sounds of the ocean in the background. The dinner is perfect for the evening time where you can enjoy a beautiful sunset. The glow from the candles makes the night even more special.
Resorts and restaurants provide the experience – you’ll have your very own waiting serving you right on the beach.
Experience the Local Culture
Jamaica has one of the most vibrant cultures in the world. From the moment you land on the island, you’ll be welcomed to immerse into the culture from the music to the food and, of course, drinks!
Jamaica is the birthplace of reggae, and there are countless places to enjoy the rhythmic sounds. Resorts showcase local talent by hosting performances filled with music and dancing. Feel free to get up and join in on the fun.
The delicious food will be one of your highlights during your honeymoon in Jamaica. Whether ordering a lobster dinner at an upscale restaurant or tasting the jerk chicken at a local diner, every bite will be savory and full of flavor.
Part of the honeymoon experience is letting loose and enjoying your vacation. You’ll never be short on alcoholic drinks with lots of locally-crafted specialty drinks such as the Bob Marley slushy or local beer favorite, Red Stripe.
Relax on the Beach
The beautiful coastline if one of the most defining characteristics of Jamaica. Most people who visit the island for their honeymoon usually plan to spend a bit of time lounging on the beach.
You can find scenic beaches in all of Jamaica’s top resort cities – Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril, to name a few. Most of the beaches have pristine white sands and clear blue waters with high visibility to see the abundant marine life swimming around you.
Visiting the beach during your Jamaica honeymoon means a chance to sunbathe next to your spouse or take part in some of the exciting water activities like swimming, snorkeling, or diving.
Couples Spa and Massage
You can get a massage and spa experience anywhere in the world, but nothing will compare to what you experience in Jamaica. Many of the resorts tailor romantic packages for honeymoons to include a couples’ spa and massage.
You can enjoy your private spa session indoors in a luxurious room designed for comfort and relaxation, or choose an outdoor session for feeling the warm sun on your body. Professionally trained masseuses pamper you and your spouse and allow much needed quiet time.
You’ll leave the session relaxed and ready to explore what else the island has to offer.
The Catamaran Cruise is a favorite activity to do for honeymooners looking for a great time during their trip. Sail the ocean on these specially designed tour experiences.
You can take a tour during the day or evening, each with designated activities for each time. During the day, you get to hang out in the ocean and sail to popular locations for snorkeling and swimming. You’ll then arrive at some of the famous beaches nearby where you can get off and enjoy before heading back to your resort.
Evening catamaran cruises time the journey to catch the scenic sunset from the ocean with the Jamaica coast in the background.
The onboard experience is just as fun with live music, drinks, snacks, and an entertaining crew.
Best Time to Visit Jamaica
Planning a Jamaica honeymoon requires a lot of attention to the weather conditions. The weather often changes in Jamaica between dry and wet weather. It’s recommended to travel outside of the busiest seasons to have access to more of the island to yourself.
The best time to visit Jamaica is between January to April. These months are generally the driest and relatively cool months. The island gets the least amount of rain between February and March, so you’ll have a better chance at beautiful weather day and night.
The times to avoid visiting Jamaica is during the hurricane season, lasting from June-November, although the most severe weather generally lasts from September-November.
Weather in Jamaica
The temperature in Jamaica is hot all year long. There are two main seasons in Jamaica, summer and rainy season. Hurricane season overlaps the other seasons to create an interest weather mix.
Jamaica has hot and humid summers. On average, the temperature is 33 °C (91 °F). Even in the cooler months, the weather will still average 27 °C (81 °F). Throughout the entire year, Jamaica averages about 8-9 hours of sunshine daily.
The warmest place in Jamaica is in the capital, Kingston, because of its location of the southern coast. Higher elevation areas, such as the Blue Mountains, tend to be cooler as compared to the coasting regions.
The rainy season in Jamaica lasts from September to November. It experiences daily rain but still sunny for the majority of the day.
One of the best parts of Jamaica’s location is the warm waters surrounding the entire island. The water temperatures average 27 °C (81 °F) to 29 °C (84 °F) all year.
How to get to Jamaica
Jamaica is an island in the Caribbean, so the primary ways to reach the island are via plane or boat.
Jamaica has three international airports – Sir Donald Sangster International Airport, located in Montego Bay and the most popular, Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, and Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, Saint Mary Parish.
Jamaica is also a major port city for cruise ships touring the Caribbean Sea. The ships often dock at the island to allow passengers to visit for the day or longer.