Let's be frank! There’s virtually no debate that Jamaica is the ultimate travel destination all year round especially at winter time. Winter is a fusion of the perfect climate and a treasury of unforgettable, authentic experiences that are exclusive only to this tropical paradise. Here are 7 awesome reasons to visit Jamaica this winter.
#7. Chat with friendly people.
People who have travelled to the island before will boast about the Jamaican friends they met while on vacation. Jamaicans are notoriously hospitable and charming. They will gladly introduce you to the good ole’ traditions, and adventurous hideaways only locals and daring tourists know about. It is also the best ways to learn the colourful Jamaican Patois language so you can show off to your friends back home.
#6. Take back some Blue Mountain Coffee
Jamaica’s Blue Mountain coffee is superior to anywhere else in the world. This is as a result of the unique growing conditions at the 2200 meter high Blue Mountain. If you are a coffee lover, you’ll love this crème de la crème and the opportunity to purchase at prices way below export prices. Blue Mountain coffee is a much sought-after commodity internationally. A visit to the Blue Mountain presents the chance to experience firsthand the coffee’s journey from plant to bean to delicious cup.
#5. Attend live Reggae Shows
Where’s the best place to jam to Reggae music? In the land of Reggae of course! Another of Jamaica’s winter delights is the Reggae celebrations held in February, the month of the legendary Bob Marley’s birthday. A host of live Reggae music shows with top artistes are lined up during the month.
#4. Delicious food and tropical fruits
One of Jamaica’s treasures is the unique tasting foods found here on the island. Your taste buds will love you for rewarding them with mouthwatering Jamaican style cooking including authentic jerk chicken and pork, ackee and saltfish, or fried fish and festival. And unlike in the temperate countries where the winter climate is not conducive to much plant growth, in Jamaica many tropical fruits still flourish and are available in abundance this time of year.
#3. Experience Jamaica Christmas
Christmas in Jamaica is a totally different experience from elsewhere, thanks to many local traditions that have survived several generations. It is a time of family and togetherness, so don’t be surprised if you receive an invitation to a lavish Christmas dinner from your tour bus driver. Many hotels host big Christmas and New Year parties, and locals towns host their own celebrations with Jonkonnu dress parades – a masquerade of sorts. You will also get to taste Jamaican sorrel drink, Christmas cake and a number of other Jamaican Christmas goodies.
#2. Explore the tropical paradise
You can be sure that Jamaica will live up to its promise to deliver exciting, adventurous activities. Sunbathing at the hotel’s poolside is great but if you really want to create memories of your Jamaican vacation, then go out and explore what the island has to offer. Activities range from daring cliff dives, exploring the underwater world with snorkeling and scuba diving, zip lining through the rain forest, swimming with dolphins, climbing arduous waterfalls and touring plantations and Great Houses from the colonial era.
#1. Escape the winter weather!
This has to be the number one reason to travel to Jamaica! Icy roads, fumbling with the heater and fire furnaces are a distant memory as you bask in the land of endless sunshine. Even on the coldest days, Jamaica averages only about 75 degrees, with an alluring balance of sunshine and cool winter breeze in the morning and afternoon hours. You’ll have no need for a winter wardrobe. Just sunscreen, a camera, and directions to the nearest happy hour.