Set on the northwest coast of Jamaica, Lucea is the sleepy capital of Hanover Province. The resort really hasn’t woken up to the big tourist boom – and that’s pretty much its appeal. You’ve got a quiet place here with just a clutch of hotels, shops, bars and restaurants. There is one thing the place does make a big noise about, though – the beach
As resorts go, Montego Bay on the north-west coast of Jamaica is a big, vibrant place packed with Caribbean charm. It’s long been a magnet for the rich and famous, and with its reggae-infused nightlife and hot, spicy jerk cooking the place still pulls in the crowds. Oh, and the white sandy beaches might have something to do with its popularity as well.
You might recognise Negril – its famous black cliffs starred in the Bond movie Thunderball. When it’s not flashing its Equity card, this resort on Jamaica’s western coast is a low-rise kind of place where no hotel stands higher than the tallest palm tree. Back in the Sixties, hippies loved the laid-back vibe here – and that and the beach are still pulling in the crowds.
The name Ocho Rios may not immediately ring a bell, but the photos certainly will – especially when it comes to its star attraction, Dunn River Falls. This waterfall has starred in just about every TV advert and holiday brochure for Jamaica, and on its own is enough to lure you here. But add slick shopping malls, jaw-dropping beaches, and white-water rafting, and you’ll understand why this big, purpose-built resort is one of the island’s most popular.
Trelawny is a beautiful, serene region in northern Jamaica – it stretches from the powder-fine sands of Braco Beach to the old coastal town of Falmouth 20-minutes’ drive away. In between are dozens of working sugar estates and idyllic sandy bays. And just inland are the mountain ridges, valleys and caves of Cockpit Country, Jamaica’s largest rainforest.
As its name suggests, Runaway Bay was made for carefree holiday getaways. A tiny resort on Jamaica’s north coast, it’s ultra laid-back, even by Caribbean standards. Unlike larger holiday towns like Ocho Rios – 30 minutes drive to the east – and Montego Bay – an hour to the west – Runaway Bay never gets overrun by daytripping cruise crowds. Plus its beaches are some of the quietest on the island.