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Jamaica is an excellent choice if you're up for some sand and sun and a little mountain trekking too. From the US it's a fairly quick flight south, past Mexico and on to the Caribbean islands. From New York, catch flights to Jamaica onboard US Airways, JetBlue, Copa Airlines, Caribbean Airlines and American Airlines.
Once you've got your heart set on a vacation in Jamaica, it's time to flick through the calendar and start comparing flights. Trips in the winter are most expensive, as it's peak season in the Caribbean. Book early and avoid visiting during any major American holidays.
A non-stop flight to Jamaica from New York takes 4 hours.
Jamaica may be a small island, but it certainly packs a lot of punch. From beaches to mountains, there's so much to see and do here if you love nature and tropical forests. Try horseback riding, trekking, scuba diving or even swimming with the dolphins!
Montego Bay: For most visitors, Montego Bay is the place to be. If you're visiting during Spring Break, watch out! This place is crowded with rowdy students. If you're after a more authentic Jamaica, avoid Gloucester Avenue at all costs.
Blue Mountains: This mountain landscape provides a welcome escape from the hot and sandy beaches. Some of the world's best coffee is produced here so seek out the Mavis Bank factory and try a cup of their coffee, made from freshly roasted beans.
Ocho Rios: It's an old story, small fishing village turned tourist hot spot. And Ocho Rios is no exception. This is usually the port of call for cruise ships but it's still worth visiting. Good to know: ships don't usually dock here on weekends so you'll have the whole place to yourself!
Visit VisitJamaica.com for more info.
Jamaica has plenty of hotels on offer, most of which are located within a stone's throw of the beach. There are all-inclusive resorts in Ocho Rios and Montego Bay and some charming little hotels off the beaten path as well. How about an eco-lodge in the Blue Mountains?