Wondering whether Jamaica’s a good fit for a family-friendly holiday? The answer is yes – and we’ve got six great reasons why…
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1. The beaches are super roomy
Negril’s Seven Mile Beach dishes out about seven kilometres of sink-your-toes-into sands. That means there’s plenty of the stuff to go around and lots of space for little ones to spread their wings. The waters are calm – perfect for not-so-strong swimmers – and there are restaurants and beach bars in case you or the kids get peckish. Watersports are on the cards here, too, so there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained.
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2. The hotels are All Inclusive
All of our First Choice hotels in Jamaica are All Inclusive, which means you’ll get buffet spreads that cater to all tastes, plus drinks and ice-creams on tap. So, say goodbye to wallet worries while you’re away, as it’s all taken care of.
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3. The sun’s always shining
Jamaica gets sunshine all year round – the coolest temperature you’ll find is about 26 degrees in February, which is great if your children aren’t in school yet and you can travel in term time. For the best weather, though, the prime time to visit Jamaica is between December and April – it’s when temps are slightly cooler but still toasty, and the island’s at its driest.
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4. It’s earnt its snorkelling bragging rights
Wade out into the water here and you’ll think you’re in a scene from Finding Dory. The underwater creatures come in all shapes and sizes and tick off all the colours of the rainbow. Keep your eyes peeled for the likes of lionfish and parrotfish. If you’ve got small kids or want to take it easy, Doctor’s Cave Beach, in Montego Bay, is your go-to – the waters here are calm and safe. Public Beach, in Runaway Bay, is a top choice, too – there’s a big coral reef just a few yards from the shore.
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5. The activities are great for teens
There’s loads on offer in the way of activities if you’ve got older kids and teenagers. Try your hand at river rafting, head out on a glass-bottomed boat, or make tracks for the Blue Mountains. Dunn’s River Falls – a 600-foot waterfall in Ocho Rios – is a number one Jamaica site here, too. If your kids are a bit younger, you can stay somewhere like the Sunscape Splash Montego Bay in Montego Bay. This family-friendly hotel has its own splash-ready waterpark, plus two activity-packed kids’ clubs.
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6. The pace is set to slow
In Jamaica, chilling out is par for the course – the locals here have made it a way of life, so there’s no better antidote to hectic family life. Kick back on the soft sands, curl up under a palm tree with your favourite holiday read or lose track of time poking around the colour-popping markets.
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