There’s much to see on the island once known as “the land of wood and water” and we’re going to help you see it this winter with extended land stays pre-and/or-post cruise in several of Jamaica’s most impressive areas.
Greenwood Great House & Rose Hall Jamaica’s second city has some of the island’s oldest and most prestigious stately residences, including Greenwood Great House, former home of the English poetess Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, which dates back to the late 1700s. Rose Hall is another 18th-century Georgian mansion, where legend has it the “White Witch” Annie Palmer still roams. Today it is a museum featuring a conceptualized tour that delves into all aspects of the estate’s history.
Your Hotel: SANDALS INN
This traditional Jamaican hideaway is surrounded by tropical gardens, but is also just steps away from Montego Bay’s bustling Gloucester Avenue. A seaside venue that is intimate, friendly and full of charm.
OCHO RIOS & DUNN’S RIVER FALLS
Jamaica’s most famous waterfall is a tropical paradise featuring plunge pools, thermal springs and a huge naturally-formed rock staircase which you may recognize from 007’s first outing in ‘Dr No.’ The tumbling waters are ideal for a natural massage so it pays to climb them in your swimsuit, but if staying dry is more your thing, there’s a comfortable viewing platform from which to enjoy all the flora of this heavenly idyll.
Your Hotel: JEWEL DUNN’S RIVER
Adults only Hilton retreat situated right on the beach, rooms have panoramic views and free Wi-Fi. Watch a dive-in movie as you float in Falls Pool, or unwind in one of two hot tubs.
When Errol Flynn described Jamaica as “a paradise unspoiled by human hands” he was talking about Port Antonio, one of the most beautiful towns on the island. Just outside of town, Frenchman’s Cove is a private estate consisting of forty-five acres of rolling landscapes, tropical trees and plants, with a small river leading down to a sheltered cove and a white sandy beach. The perfect place to soak up the sunshine and enjoy some swimming.
The island’s capital boasts more cultural and historic attractions than any other Jamaican city, including the Bob Marley Museum, the Hope Botanical Gardens and the colonial Devon House Heritage Site. Spanish Town to the west has the Cathedral of St Jago de la Vega, one of the oldest Anglican churches outside of England, while to the north, the natural wonders of the Blue Mountains provide a thrilling backdrop to this lively metropolis.
Your Hotel: SPANISH COURT
Centrally located, this Spanish-styled hostelry has a “zen” sky-terrace and a stunning glass-mosaic, infinity edge lap pool as well as a host of other facilities, including an à la carte International and Jamaican restaurant.
Aegean Odyssey Sailings with Jamaica Land Tours
Cuba & Jamaica I – 13-day cruise tours from Havana to Montego Bay with post-cruise land stay in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio/Kingston. Sailing on January 12, 2018 and February 23, 2018.
Cuba & Jamaica II – 12/13-day cruise tours from Kingston to Havana with pre-cruise land stay in Kingston, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Sailing on January 15, 2018 (13-day cruise with extra day in Cienfuegos) and February 26, 2018.