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Spotlight: What to Do in Jamaica

You just stepped foot in beautiful and sunny Jamaica. You’re prepared for a nice vacation full of plenty of R&R on the beach, a few yummy cocktails and memories to last a lifetime. On your trip, you’ll want to make sure you have a full list of things to see and do while you’re here. We’ll also throw in a few recommendations on where to stay if you’re still planning the perfect Jamaica getaway.

First, you’ll need a great resort to stay and play at while in Jamaica.

Adults Only Paradise: If you’re looking for an adults only haven with a beautiful beach, unlimited all-inclusive options and lively entertainment, Secrets Wild Orchid in Montego Bay may be just what you need. There’s a large free form pool with a swim up bar for swimming and wait staff on the beach if you’re into splashing in the waves. And with nine restaurants and 10 bars, your evenings will shape up to be unforgettable.

Adults Only Resort - Secrets Wild Orchid - CheapCaribbean.com

For the Whole Family: Do you need a place that has something every member of your family will love? Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa will do the trick. Parents can play a round of golf at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course or hang by one of three pools. The kids will enjoy the new Sugar Mills Water Park and Kidz Club & Teen Zone. There’s even an all-inclusive package that includes snorkeling, kayaking, windsailing and 1,000 feet of beach, perfect for all members of the family.

Family Friendly Resort - Hilton Rose Hall Jamaica - CheapCaribbean.com

Ultimate Rest & Relaxation: Riu Palace Tropical Bay in Negril is the perfect place to call home for a few days. Although not as popular as the infamous Seven Mile Beach, this resort sits perfectly on Bloody Bay Beach, where calm, clear waters meet 4-stars of all-inclusive luxury. Don't worry, just because tranquility and relaxation are a major perk of this resort, you can still enjoy the five restaurants, four bars and limitless amount of activities.

Best Resort to Relax - Riu Palace Tropical Bay Jamaica - Cheap Caribbean

Next, you’ll want to live like the Jamaicans do. This means you need restaurants to try with great local flavors and places to explore that show the true meaning of what it means to be Jamaican.

For food, it’s almost mandatory that you try some version of jerk chicken or pork, as it’s a Jamaica staple. Our recommendation for the best is Scotchies in Montego Bay. With their secret combination of spices and hours of slow cooking over sweet wood and pimento, the savory jerk chicken or pork is unlike anything you’ve ever had before. And if you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, grab some sugar cane and give it a taste. This is another flavor that’s popular in Jamaica. By simply sucking on the cane and enjoying the sweet juices, you’ll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth just how the Jamaicans do.

If you’re looking to experience a little adventure, venture out to Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios. A short ride up the mountain will take you to a museum, where they pay tribute to the Jamaican sporting history. Learn all about how a Caribbean island known for its beaches came up with the first ever bobsled team and then experience bobsledding for yourself. Take a ride in a real bobsled as you zoom down the mountain and enjoy the tropical views. There’s also plenty of shopping and even a water slide on site so you can be sure to enjoy all of Mystic Mountain.

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And when you’re looking to bring some of your trip home, don’t forget to stop by the Old Fort Craft Market. Not only can you find authentic pieces of Jamaican culture, you can walk through the old stone structure that dates all the way back to the 17th century. You’ll find everything from handmade jewelry to historic art pieces, all built by local craftsmen who’ve perfected their craft for generations. The vendors here pride themselves on selling souvenirs that are built with peace, love, respect and unity. And who wouldn’t want to bring that positivity back home with you?

Not that you needed any convincing, but it’s obvious to see that Jamaica has so much to offer anyone looking for a vacation of a lifetime. And now that you know a few of our favorite things to do and see in Jamaica, we want to know what you suggest. Share your must-dos with us in the comments below. And let’s jam in Jamaica, mon! 

Unleash Your Inner Foodie: The Best Food at the Beach

When you’re busy planning all the things you’re going to do on your next vacation, there’s a good chance you’re going to include R&R, fun in the sun, delicious drinks and of course, you're hoping for even better food. If you’re looking for recommendations on where to go for some delicious dishes at the Beach, here’s what we recommend:

The first of our favorites is a resort that promotes health-friendly food options, while still not sacrificing on any flavor or taste. Any of the Zoetry brand resorts are great for the health-conscious foodie in us all. This chain of resorts strives to promote health and wellness throughout each individual hotel, so you can expect to see dining options that are just as tasty as they are healthy.

For instance, Zoetry Casa del Mar in Los Cabos has an on-site nutrition expert to guide you on your dining options at any of the resort’s three restaurants. You should only expect the best at this resort with award-winning gourmet and organic dining options, as well as amazing wine collections. This resort also offers Unlimited-Luxury (R), which includes all of your meals and beverages, including international premium alcohol brands, a fresh bottle of champagne and seasonal fruit daily, a welcome bottle of tequila and even a relaxing 20-min massage per guest per stay.

Foodie Vacation at Zoetry Casa del Mar in Cabo from Cheapcaribbean.com

Organic and gourmet dining options can be found at nearly every restaurant at Zoetry Casa del Mar in Los Cabos.

Voted by Conde Nast Traveler readers as one of the "Top 100 Hotels in the World," you can bet that El Dorado Royale, A Spa Resort, by Karisma is another absolute foodie must. This is an adult-only retreat that offers a gourmet all-inclusive plan that pampers your palate while you swim in AAA Four Diamond Luxury.

Spend your days bouncing between the resort’s 12 freshwater pools, as well as scoot over to a swim up bar for a cold, refreshing cocktail. Don’t worry; with 10 in-pool bars you’ll hardly ever go thirsty. After a body scrub or beachfront sky massage, you can head to your Infinity Pool Swim-up Casita Suite to get ready for the night’s adventures.

Foodie Vacation at El Dorado Royale in Riviera Maya from Cheapcaribbean.com

With options like fondue, gourmet Mexican, wood-fired pizza, just to name a few, it's likely you'll never go hungry here.

Seven gourmet restaurants tempt your taste buds with selections like lobster lasagna from five-star D’Italia or Pacific Rim cuisine from Kampai. With no reservations needed, you can venture over to Fuentes Culinary Theatre, where flat screens give you're a sneak peek into your food being prepared by Michelin-trained chefs. And as the night comes to close, sip on a martini while enjoying live music at Las Guacamayas.

Another award winning hotel option is Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. This resort was also voted one of the “Top 20 Hotels in Mexico” by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, in addition to receiving the AAA’s Four Diamond Award. Fully equipped with a white-sand beach, three magnificent heated, fresh water pools and even a swim up bar, Dreams Puerto Vallarta isn’t just for self-proclaimed foodies.

Foodie Vacations at Dreams Puerto Vallarta from Cheapcaribbean.com

Enjoy a stunning ocean view while dining at Seaside Grill at Dreams Puerto Vallarta

You’ll also find the Unlimited Luxury ® Options that are part of the Zoetry brand. This means premium brand drinks, gourmet dining options and amentity-filled rooms and suites. And since we’re just as big of foodies as you, there are six restaurants including a beachside Seaside Grill, the adults-only Portofino and the saltwater delicacies of Oceana. Oh, and we can’t forget to remind you to stop into to El Patio, one of six bars on resort, and sample one of the 60 tequilas here.

If food that will leave your taste buds asking for more is just as important as white-sandy beaches and some quality spent by the pool, we recommend these options. If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect foodie destination, check out a few more of our favorites here. So it’s official. You have our permission to let our your inner foodie. What are you waiting for?