Jamaica has some fantastic hotels, but it goes far deeper than white-sand beaches and resorts. In many ways, Jamaica is the cultural heart of the Caribbean, and holidays here reward visitors with colour, culture and fun. Music is all around, the poetry of Patois resounds in the streets, and the island's literary alumni includes not only well-known Western writers such as Ian Fleming and Noel Coward, but many Jamaican writers active on the island.
Invaded frequently and ruled for hundreds of years by the Spanish and English, modern Jamaica is a melting pot of influences - South American, Spanish, English, Jewish, Indian and Chinese - as well as the African slaves who were brought to work on the sugar plantations, the descendants of whom now make up the majority of the Jamaican population. The island's intricate history is evident in everything from its faces to its architecture and cuisine.
Between the famous capital, Kingston, in the south and the holiday playground of Montego Bay in the north, the landscape is incredibly beautiful - moving from lush rainforests and mountains cloaked in green to carpets of exotic flowers, rainforests sheltering tumbling waterfalls and miles of white sands. Montego Bay's protected marine park is also home to kaleidoscopic coral reef and so Jamaican dives are up there with the world's most thrilling.
See a selection of our chosen hotels below and contact our Caribbean specialist, Nick Westwood, on: +44 (0)1242 787 811 to arrange your tailor-made holiday to Jamaica.