Jamaica Hotel Guide
Decide on your location first when choosing hotel; that way you can avoid spending a lot of time commuting to your preferred attractions. Those who put a premium on beach time should look for lodging in Negril, while golfers will want to stay in a hotel in Montego Bay. Adventurous travelers should note that many of the active things to do are more accessible from Ocho Rios in the northeast. Luckily, each of these towns offer luxurious all-inclusive resorts and quainter vacation rentals.
The tinier resort areas of Oracabessa and Port Antonio also receive honorable mention from professional and leisure travelers. Novelist Ian Fleming wrote his James Bond novels at the 18-acre Goldeneye Resort in Oracabessa (just west of Port Antonio). Meanwhile, the Port Antonio hotels on Jamaica's east shore appeal to those looking to hike the Blue Mountains.
No matter where you decide to stay, experts suggest you save money by visiting Jamaica between May and December (even though this coincides with hurricane season).
- It is always worth haggling over the price of a room. Even in high season, a lot of hotels have surplus capacity, and in low season you have even more bargaining power." -- Rough Guides
- Inexpensive inns, though marketed primarily to European travelers who have more time to spend on the island, are often much less isolated than the big resorts." -- Fodor's
Plan Your Trip to Jamaica