Jamaica Wedding Destination Guide

Beach Wedding - Ocho Rios
Ocho Rios

Just about every Caribbean island offers the natural lure of sun-filled days on white-sand beaches gently lapped by an azure sea. But for travellers in search of a rich cultural experience in a setting of extraordinary beauty, Jamaica presents a fascinating diversity of options.

Much of Jamaica's land rises more than 1,000 feet above sea level. The celebrated Blue Mountains, famed for their fine coffee, are actually made up of two ranges, the Central Range, in the northern section, and the Port Royal Mountains that rise above the Liguanea Plain, just north of Kingston. Forests are rich in flora and fauna, and a remarkable number of imaginatively landscaped gardens offer colourful relaxation spots for a restful break.

Water sports run the gamut from sailing and yachting to deep-sea fishing. The island's reefs are home to several sunken ships which have become home to huge families of tropical fish and favourite locations for scuba divers. Coral caves, tunnels and steep canyons overlook waters rich in all variety of tropical fish. The land is punctuated by cascading waterways and fast-flowing rivers, with several mineral springs of therapeutic value. River rafting is especially good on the Martha Brae and the Rio Grande. At Dolphin Cove, visitors can swim with a family of bottle-nose dolphins or visit with rays, eels and sharks.

Sports enthusiasts find plenty of choices and superior facilities. A total of 12 courses offer varying degrees of challenge and elegant clubhouses for relaxation. Horseback riding covers both land and sea, and a day at the races can be thrilling. Land safaris cover rugged territory with ease, and canopy tours take participants through the Jamaican rainforest using "zip lines" across the treetops.

Jamaica's rich history of multi-national cultures is immediately evident in the island's art and architecture, with stately great houses, Georgian-style town houses and elegant Spanish facades. Museums and galleries present intriguing permanent and travelling exhibits, and working artists welcome visitors to their studios. The performing arts flourish here, with lots of theatre and dance, plus every imaginable music genre from rock to reggae, from jazz to dancehall. Dining is deliciously diverse everywhere in Jamaica, with options that range from elegantly chic to street-food casual.

A wide choice of accommodations is available in each of Jamaica's six resort areas: Kingston, Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio and South Coast. Five-star hotels are luxuriantly elegant; all-inclusive properties offer entertainment and value for all ages; villas afford perfect privacy with individual styling; and small hotels and inns ensure an intimate ambiance.

{Credit: Jamaica Tourist Board}

Entry Requirements

Passport required except for US and Canadian citizens who can provide a birth certificate or cert of citizenship with a photo ID.

Tourism Offices

The Tourism Offices can often help provide specific details about wedding planning in Jamaica.

Jamaica Tourist Board
64 Knutsford Boulevard

Tel: 876 929 9200
Fax: 876 929 9375

Email: info@visitjamaica.com
Web: www.visitjamaica.com


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