The most vibrant and engaging of all the islands, Jamaica embodies the Caribbean spirit of fun, friendliness and outstanding hospitality. There is so much character and diversity to Jamaica that you are bound to have a fantastic holiday here. Think of Jamaica and you can't help but think of bright sunshine, warm smiles, cricket, music and an effervescent culture, but there is also history, mountains, rivers and fabulous beaches. Then there is watersports, bustling markets, famous local beers and the ubiquitous 'Jerk Chicken'
Dunn's River Falls - There are many spectacular waterfalls in the island and various trips to get you there, but the most visited are the Dunn's River Falls, one of Jamaica's national treasures. You can climb them right to the top but recommend that you avoid visiting when huge crowds descend from the cruise ships. If you pick your time carefully, it's possible to enjoy the falls in peace.
Sample the rum on the Appleton Estate - Located in the picturesque Nassau Valley In St Elizabeth, a tour of the Appleton Estate will take you on a journey through time to learn about the history of rum and to give you an inside look at how the finest rum in the world is made. You will also get to taste the quality rums which have been distilled here for over 250 years.
Bob sledding in Mystic Mountain - If you are a thrill seeker you will love this exhilarating ride in Mystic Mountain. Inspired by the famous Jamaican Olympic bobsled team, this custom-designed, high tech sled will whizz you down a 1000-metre long track, driven entirely by gravity.
Have a look round Firefly - About 20 miles east of Ocho Rios, high up in the mountains, sites Firefly, once the Jamaican home of Sir Noel Coward, the famous English playwright, composer, director and singer. Now managed by the Jamaican Heritage Trust, visitors can take a tour around the house and grounds.
What to eat - Native to Jamaica, you will find that spicy jerk sauce features heavily in local cooking, and stalls selling jerk chicken or pork line the streets of every village and town. One of the best places to sample this and other island specialities is at the legendary Rick's Cafe in Negril, where you can also watch the local and visiting daredevils dive off some of the highest cliffs on the island.
Total flying time to Montego Bay or Kingston is apprix 10hrs the flights are non stop.
British Airways departs from Gatwick to Kingston 3 times a week in high season and weekly in low season
Virgin Atlantic departs from Gatwick to Montego Bay 3 times a week.