Set on the northwest coast of Jamaica, Lucea is the sleepy capital of Hanover Province. The resort really hasn’t woken up to the big tourist boom – and that’s pretty much its appeal. You’ve got a quiet place here with just a clutch of hotels, shops, bars and restaurants. There is one thing the place does make a big noise about, though – the beach
As resorts go, Montego Bay on the north-west coast of Jamaica is a big, vibrant place packed with Caribbean charm. It’s long been a magnet for the rich and famous, and with its reggae-infused nightlife and hot, spicy jerk cooking the place still pulls in the crowds. Oh, and the white sandy beaches might have something to do with its popularity as well.
You might recognise Negril – its famous black cliffs starred in the Bond movie Thunderball. When it’s not flashing its Equity card, this resort on Jamaica’s western coast is a low-rise kind of place where no hotel stands higher than the tallest palm tree. Back in the Sixties, hippies loved the laid-back vibe here – and that and the beach are still pulling in the crowds.
Ocho Rios – or Ochi to the locals – is a laid-back town on Jamaica's northern coast. It's a pretty place, with thick forests as a backdrop, a few cute curves of sand out front, and national parks and a 17th-century fort just out of town.
Unlike its most famous resident, Usain Bolt, the peaceful parish of Trelawny lives life in the slow lane. It stretches along the north coast of Jamaica, where its 10 beaches loll out for miles. Each one’s of the white-sand and clear-water persuasion. And they range from quiet palm-backed bays to sandy spots loaded with things like kiteboarding schools and fresh-fish barbecue huts.
As its name suggests, Runaway Bay was made for carefree holiday getaways. A tiny resort on Jamaica’s north coast, it’s ultra laid-back, even by Caribbean standards. Unlike larger holiday towns like Ocho Rios – 30 minutes drive to the east – and Montego Bay – an hour to the west – Runaway Bay never gets overrun by daytripping cruise crowds. Plus its beaches are some of the quietest on the island.