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Jamaica Travel Guides

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Jamaica Travel Guides

No holidaymaker will be left disappointed in Jaimaica. It's just knowing where to go to experience your perfect holiday.

At Barrhead Travel we will guide you in the right direction. We know where you’ll find relaxation but we also know we’re you’ll find adrenaline. Our Specialists have compiled the following guides to help you research and decide exactly where it is you want to visit. After that, it’s just a matter of asking one of our team to package it all up into a tailor-made holiday.  

A foodie’s guide to Jamaica

When you conjure up an image in your head of Jamaica food probably plays a part. Delicious rums, jerk chicken and reggae flavours are all a central part of Jamaica’s culture – and a large part of its appeal to visitors. Jamaica is definitely more than a just a beach destination and we recommend that all visitors delight their taste buds with some of these spicy Caribbean flavours!

Jerk Chicken
While in Jamaica you have to try the jerk chicken! The meat is dry-rubbed with the classic Jerk mixture that consists of allspice and Scotch bonnet peppers. Chicken is the traditional meat used, but if you prefer something else you can find Jamaican restaurants using the hot spice mix on pork, lamb and seafood.

Freshly caught seafood
Seafood is everywhere in Jamaica, and it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what seafood should be at the top of your list (there’s that much of it). Some will argue that Ackee and Saltfish should be first on your foodie list, while others argue that the Escoveitch Fish is the must-eat delicacy.

Curried Goat
A dish brought to the island by Jamaica’s Indian population, curried goat is a popular party food and is a speciality at festivals. It is usually made with a mild spice mix so is perfect for holidaymakers who want to try a local delicacy but have a low spice tolerance (the original Indian version is much spicier).

Local desserts
If you possess a sweet tooth, Jamaica won’t disappoint and, if you love coconut, you’ll absolutely adore the desserts on offer. Coconut drops, gizzada, and grater cake are all easily-available desserts found on the island that are made with local coconuts. But if coconut isn’t your favourite natural sweetener, you can opt for a bulla (flat, round cake made of molasses, flour, and baking powder) or a Dukunnu (green bananas mixed with cornmeal and sweet spices).

Blue Mountain coffee
Blue Mountain coffee is one of the most popular and sought-after coffee brands in the world. So special to Jamaica’s food and drink scene, coffee beans can only be considered Blue Mountain coffee beans if they are harvested from Saint Andrew, Saint Thomas, Portland and Saint Mary parishes in Jamaica.

A beginner’s guide to Jamaica

Jamaica is one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean. Not only does it boast pristine beaches and crystal waters, but it also comes with a side serving of laid-back reggae beats.

Even more, away from the beaches, visitors will find a sublime mix of hidden waterfalls, banana plantations and soaring mountains. It’s the perfect mix of beach and party, with activities for both families and couples. Here’s everything you need to know about this paradise island.

Things to do
Jamaica has two sides. One day you will be relaxing on a quiet beach, and the next you‘ll be soaking up the spirited atmosphere. Jamaica is not short of options, no matter your holiday style. Here’s just a selection of what you can get up to.

  • Feel the reggae beat
    Jamaica is the birthplace of reggae. In the capital of Kingston you’ll find the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the legendary singer.
  • Eat delicious food
    You need to make sure you stop by a beach shack for some jerk chicken.
  • Relax on a beach on Negril
    If it’s a relaxing beach that you’re after, we recommend the secluded area of Negril along Jamaica’s west coast. It boasts over four-miles of unspoilt white-sand beach, with protected marine-life minutes from the shore offering perfect diving opportunities.
  • Duns River Falls
    This stunning waterfall is terraced by a natural staircase, and is a popular climbing spot. It takes about 1-1.5 hours to climb the natural staircase, though there is a man-made stairway nearby for people unable to climb the uneven surface.

How to get there (and find your way around)
There are three airports on Jamaica: Norman Manley International Airport, Sangster International Airport and Ian Fleming International Airport. Direct flights are available from the UK and will take roughly 10 hours. There are also smaller aerodromes in Kingston, Portland, Ocho Rios, the South Coast and Negril if you’re looking to see more than one part of the island. Luxury air-conditioned coaches also run regularly on popular routes.