Despite the tumultuous hurricane season that tore through the Caribbean earlier this fall, Jamaica still has the welcome mat out for guests. It’s home to a winning combination of delicious food and that cool reggae vibe set against a backdrop of picture-perfect beaches – which serves as an amazing backdrop for your destination wedding or honeymoon photos. The first few steps outside of the Montego Bay airport into the warm sun are instantly transformative. Leave your stressful daily routine behind and embrace the tropical warmth and ocean air of paradise.
Relax at the Perfect Resort
Ocho Rios has more than 20 resorts and hotels to make your island getaway perfect. For families, check-in at the family-friendly Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club, that features a large private beachfront, all-inclusive dining and the 27,000-square-foot Pirates Island Waterpark. For honeymooners, check into the adults-only Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, where all-inclusive rates cover unlimited food at 16 restaurants and alcohol. Goldeneye Hotel & Resort (former home of James Bond author Ian Fleming) and Moon Palace Jamaica Grande are stellar options, too! You’re just required to unpack and unwind.
Once you arrive at your resort, you’re likely to find an array of water sports and beach activities. Test your core strength and balance by taking the stand-up paddle board out for a spin. Wake up early for sunrise yoga on the beach. Visit the reef fish on a snorkeling tour or climb the scenic Dunn’s River Falls. Take advantage of the beach and ocean activities to change up your daily workout.
Take your Vitamin Sea
The unique smell of salt and the touch of sand can do wonders for your stress level. Give your olfactory system a treat by zoning in on the salty ocean breeze and take notice of the warm, soft sand. Immerse yourself in the liquid turquoise waters at popular beaches such as Ocho Rios Bay Beach, Reggae Beach and James Bond Beach, featured in the famous spy flick, “Dr. No.”
Taste the Local Favorites
If you’ve talked to anyone who’s been to Jamaica, you’ve probably heard their advice to try the jerk chicken - this spicy grilled dish is truly something to seek out! If spicy food is your thing, you might also want to search for a food truck or café that serves Jamaican beef patties. These flaky, savory turnovers are filled with seasoned ground beef. Wash it all down with a frosty Red Stripe lager!
Get Up, Stand Up
With its infectious steel drum beat, the sounds of Reggae music can instantly put you in a vacation state of mind. Whether it’s on the radio or a beachfront live performance, get up and move along to the beat of favorite son Bob Marley’s popular songs. With some advance planning, you might arrange your visit during the annual Jazz and Blues Festival, usually scheduled for a week at the end of May. It’s just one of many incredible ways you can experience a fun-filled vacay in Ocho Rios, Jamaica!
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