Why Jamaica is a must-visit destination for groups

With more and more travelers eager to travel more than ever, Jamaica is shaping up as a great group travel destination for nights out with friends, getaways with friends and girls’ trips as it celebrates its 60th anniversary of independence.

From beautiful beaches and turquoise waters to stunning jungles and waterfalls to a vibrant culture with delicious food and reggae tunes, Jamaica offers so much to see and do on a group trip with friends. . Plus, it’s easy to get to!

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The island is making travel safer with its Jamaica CARES program. All travelers over the age of twelve must present a recent negative antigen or PCR test to enter the island, regardless of their vaccination status. Travelers should also complete their C5 Immigration/Customs card online to facilitate faster entry.

Mask-wearing is still recommended in public spaces, while many stations are still offering enhanced safety and sanitation measures to help protect travelers. Additionally, some resorts, especially all-inclusive hotels, are also offering free COVID-19 testing in order to satisfy the return testing requirement to re-enter the United States.

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Friends who want to stay where the A-listers stay during their travels in Jamaica can take advantage of the Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Montego Bay, with the option of renting a private villa with two to six bedrooms for the whole group to enjoy. well-deserved rest and relaxation. together. The hotel offers a beautiful beach, a superb swimming pool with ocean views and a spa located in an 18th century plantation house.

For an all-inclusive option, Villa Serenity in Ocho Rios is a great option for groups, featuring a five-bedroom private villa with a private butler, chef, housekeeper, and more. This option offers the best privacy without skimping on anything: it even has a private spa!

Jamaica is an island that offers many wellness activities and options to connect with nature. Whether you and your group of friends prefer adventure activities or just sunbathe on the beach, the island offers something for everyone.

Dunn’s River Falls is Jamaica’s most famous natural wonder. Located in Ocho Rios, travelers can walk through the stepped waterfall and enjoy the surrounding jungle, while groups can enjoy a bigger waterfall experience at Turtle River Falls, which offers fourteen! Groups can test their confidence with a bamboo rafting experience on the Rio Grande or Martha Brae rivers, while more laid-back friends can enjoy swimming in a bioluminescent cove in the aptly named Luminous Lagoon. Groups heading out can melt their sore muscles at Milk River, where they can relax in natural hot springs.


Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica.
Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica. (Photo via iStock/Getty Images Plus/narvikk)

Between visits to the beach and more adventurous activities, groups should leave some room for music. The birthplace of reggae, Jamaican music is ubiquitous, featuring a blend of African, Spanish and other forms of music to create what is considered the epitome of Caribbean music, complete with steel drums. Street parties, discos or even the beaches offer endless possibilities to immerse you and your friends in a fun dance party.

Finally: food and drink. Jamaica offers everything from fine dining to fast street food, but it’s most notable for its jerk, which is characterized by its blend of spices. The Boston Jerk Center is located where jerk flavors were born on the island in the 1940s, but Piggy’s in Port Antonio is considered one of the best restaurants for jerk cuisine, with notable stars also favoring the restaurant. .

The island is also notable for its rum production. Appleton Estate Rum is one of the best places to take a rum tour and tasting, which can be fun for adult family members and groups of friends. Who knows what secrets will be uncovered after a rum tasting? Kingston is a great place to visit for rum lovers as it hosts the Jamaica Rum Festival every year.

Jamaica is a wonderful place for friends and groups to spend time together reconnecting, with expansive beaches, adventure experiences, and cultural immersion activities for all types of travelers.