Hotels in Jamaica offer some of the best Caribbean getaways on an island nicknamed the “Rock” or “Jamrock”. The name Jamaica derives from an indigenous Caribbean word that means “land of wood or water” or “land of springs”, and though the island’s official language is English, most islanders speak a dialect known as patois, which is considered jargon or informal speech. Hotels in Jamaica connect you to a place known for its reggae music, Red Stripe beer, Blue Mountain coffee, world-class Olympic sprinters, rum, jerk dishes, wonderful beaches and enchanting waterfalls. Whether you’re looking to relax near the turquoise-blue ocean, go on an inner-island adventure or explore the electric Negril nightlife, this island has a little bit of everything. Before we get you to hotels in Jamaica, let’s take a look at some background information on the area to help you along the way.
The island of Jamaica spans 4,240 square miles and is the third largest island in the Greater Antilles and Caribbean behind only Cuba and Hispaniola. Following Christopher Columbus’s arrival in 1494, the island came under Spanish rule, when many of the indigenous Arawak and Taino peoples were either killed or died of diseases. In 1503, Columbus was forced to live on the island for a year due to shipwreck. As a result of the enslaved Tainos peoples’ declining population, large numbers of African slaves were transported by the Spanish to the island in order to carry out labor in around 1524. In 1655, England conquered Jamaica from the Spanish and named it. Over time, sugar became an important export commodity during English rule. During the 1700s, the island’s economy thrived due to other commodities such as coffee, cotton and indigo. Like with other places, conditions for slaves were often times brutal. These conditions led to the first slave rebellion known as Tacky’s War, which was won by the British. The slave trade, though not the institution itself, was abolished in 1807, and a huge slave rebellion known as the Baptist War occurred in 1831. Finally in 1962, Jamaica achieved independence from the United Kingdom.
Today, Jamaica is home nearly 3 million inhabitants. Tourism naturally is a big draw. Climate here is tropical with hot and humid weather. Major points of interest include Montego Bay, Blue Mountains, Doctor’s Cave Beach Club, Ocho Ríos, Dunn’s River Falls, Kingston, Spanish Town and Negril. Mystic Mountain is considered a “true rain forest adventure in Ocho Rios”, while Luminous Lagoon glows at night from dinoflagellate plankton. Popular food items in Jamaica include jerk chicken, pea soup, oxtail, fried breadfruit and goat curry, while the national dish is known as ackee and saltfish. For drinks, you might enjoy beer, rum, tea, ginger beer, rum punch or a “dirty banana”. Equipped with some background information on the island, it’s time for hotels in Jamaica that will help make for an enjoyable Caribbean stay.
Half Moon is a 400-acre resort with 2 miles of private white sand beach. It has 3 restaurants, 5 bars, an 18-hole golf course, 68,000 feet of spa, a basketball court, a volleyball court, 4 squash courts, 11 tennis courts, an Equestrian center, a fitness center and a 24-hour medical center. Italian and Jamaican cuisine may be found, along with alfresco dining at The Seagrape Terrace. Lounge not at the pool bar, but IN the pool bar, at Hibiscus Swim-up Pool Bar. Nearby you may experience Fern Tree Spa, Il Giardino Restaurant, Escape To Exhale Day Spa. Renus Sports Bar & Gaming Lounge, Island Juices (restaurant), The Jerk Hut, Splendid Jam Cafe & Grill, Montego Bay Convention Center, Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, Rose Hall Great House, Cinnamon Hill Great House (Home of Johnny Cash), White Witch Golf Course and more.
Dunnes River Falls and Mystic Mountain are 0.1 miles, Progressive Supermarket is 1.2 miles, Luminous Lagoon is 14.1 miles and Sangster International Airport is 5.3 miles from this location.
Approximate cost per night (prestige ocean suite): $1,124
Sugar Mill Restaurant
With an outdoor pool, a beach-front spa, free WiFi, air conditioning, hairdryers, French cuisine, a gourmet buffet, 3 bars (one a swim-up, one open-air), meeting facilities, an airport shuttle, a garden and free parking, Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall in an all-inclusive, adults-only resort in the vicinity of Sugar Mill Restaurant, Half Moon Golf Course, David’s Grocery Store, Kelly’s Wholesale, Punkie and Rosie Sports Bar and Club, Freddy’s Connection (restaurant) and more.
From here Sugar Mill Restaurant is within feet, Shopper’s Fair Supermarket is 9.3 miles, House Boat Grill Restaurant is 9.8 miles, Luminous Lagoon is 13.5 miles and Sangster International Airport is 6 miles.
Approximate cost per night (one-bedroom ocean front suite): $2,312
Cost per person (four people): $578
John R Wong Supermarket
R Hotel Kingston has a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a bar and a terrace, a 24-hour front desk, air transportation, an a la carte breakfast, a business center, rental car service and a gift shop. It’s near Pleezas Cafe, Starbucks, Tea Tree Creperie Sora Japanese Sky Cuisine, BeWellers Pharmacy, The Peter Tosh Museum, Emancipation Park, Cafe El Centro and more.
This location is 0.1 miles from John R Wong Supermarket, 15.5 miles from Gloria’s Seafood City and 5 miles from Norman Manley International Airport.
Approximate cost per night (two-bedroom penthouse): $406
Cost per person (four people): $102
Barney’s Flower & Hummingbird Garden Jamaica
Featuring free WiFi, a spa center, an outdoor pool, a sun terrace, free parking, a restaurant, private balconies with hammocks, air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, hair dryers, a 24-hour front desk, concierge service, a hairdresser, a gift shop, water sports facilities, car hire, billiards and darts, The Cliff Hotel is situated close to Barney’s Flower and Hummingbird Garden, Just Natural Veggie & Seafood Restaurant, Whoopee’s Park (bar), Murphy’s West End (restaurant), Sir D’s (bar), Wake and Bake (cafe), Rick’s Cafe (restaurant), Ivan’s (restaurant), Ivan’s (bar), Sunset Pub and more.
Barney’s Flower & Hummingbird Garden Jamaica is 0.5 miles, Blue Hole Mineral Springs is 10 miles and Sangster International Airport is 33.7 miles from this 5-star hotel.
Approximate cost per night (four-bedroom villa): $1,169
Cost per person (eight people): $146
Frenchman Cove’s Beach
Trident Hotel is a 5-star hotel with ocean-front villas, terraces overlooking the Caribbean Sea, a private beach area, a spa, a gym, air conditioning, private plunge pools and bathtubs, flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, fridges, kettles, a la carte breakfast and lunch. Woody’s (BBQ restaurant), Fusion Bites (restaurant), Soldier Camp Bar & Grill, Charlie Brown Craft and Souvenir Shop and more.
From here Frenchman Cove’s Beach is 3 miles, Navy Island is 3.5 miles, Rio Grande River is 6.2 miles, Reach Falls is 12.4 miles and Norman Manley International Airport is 28.9 miles.
Approximate cost per night (two-bedroom villa): $1,440
Cost per person (six people): $240
Montego Bay Convention Centre
Offering a restaurant, a bar, a shared lounge, a garden, room service, a kids’ club, free WiFi, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, evening entertainment, a 24-hour front desk, fully-equipped kitchens, a playground, pool and ping pong, Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa is in the vicinity of Half Moon.
Montego Bay Convention Centre is 0.5 miles from here.
Approximate cost per night (3-bedroom grande penthouse): $2,070
Cost per person (seven people): $296
Santa Maria Island
GoldenEye provides lush gardens, private beaches, hidden coves, a saltwater lagoon, 3 outdoor pools, a full spa, villas, beach huts, cottages, beachfront and lagoon properties, kitchen facilities, a beachfront bistro and a fine dining restaurant. Bizot Bar, Button Beach, James Bond Beach and more are nearby.
This locale is within feet of Santa Maria Island, 0.6 miles from Chris’s Cafe, 1 mile from Oracabessa Fish Market, 5.6 miles from Firefly Mountain, 8.8 miles from Toscanini Restaurant and 29.7 miles from Tinson Pen Airport.
Approximate cost per night (three-bedroom oceanfront villa): $2,784
Cost per person (six people): $464
Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios
With a private beach, elegant suites, furnished balconies and porches overlooking the Caribbean Sea, an outdoor pool, a beachfront spa, air conditioning, free WiFi, ceiling fans, sofas, lounge chairs, a shaded palapa area, beach lunches, free morning punch, a varied breakfast menu, free croquet, free parking and a concierge, Jamaica Inn sits close to Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours, Taboo (night club), Eat UR Veggies (restaurant), White River Fisherman’s Village (restaurant), Keith’s Bamboo Crew (tour operator), Jangalee Seafood Joint (restaurant), Calypso Rafting & Tubing (tourist attraction) and more.
This hotel is within feet of Miss T’s, Toscanini’s and Passage to India restaurants, 3.6 miles from Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios and 33.8 miles from Tinson Pen Airport.
Approximate cost per night (suite): $600
The SPA Retreat Boutique Hotel provides spa treatments, a sun terrace with swimming pool and massage service, free WiFi, wooden decor with stone walls, air conditioning, ceiling fans, terraces with garden views, an on-site restaurant and meeting facilities. The Blue Mahoe Restaurant & Bar, I-N-I Rastarant, Connie’s Country & Western Bar, The Horizon West (Jamaican restaurant), No name Bar, Patsy’s Coffeeshop, Chicken Lavish Restaurant, Natural Mystic Bar, Quality Seabreeze Restaurant, Bar Negril & Jerk Spot, Canoe Beach Bar and more are all within range.
Negril Beach is 0.5 miles, Push Cart Restaurant, Italian Cafe, Hi Lo Supermarket, Negril Craft Market and Negril Seven Mile Beach are 0.6 miles, Mayfield Falls & River Walk is 1.9 miles and Sangster International Airport is 32.9 miles from this spot.
Approximate cost per night (rooftop cottage): $360
Cost per person (three people): $120
Margaritaville Montego Bay
Featuring a bar, free WiFi, air conditioning, a spa bath, a patio, sea views, a seating area, a cable flat-screen TV, a fully-equipped kitchen, a hairdryer, an electric tea pot, a coffee machine, a terrace, a private beach and a garden, Marriott SeaCastles Penthouse is near Moods Night Club, Brewery Sunset Restaurant & Lounge, Chabad Kosher Hot Spot (kosher restaurant), Coral Cliff (live music venue), Sunset Bar & Restaurant, Lounge 2727 (bar), Island Strains Herb House (herb shop), Kevitaah’s Spa & Cosmetic, Doctor’s Cave Beach and more.
From here Scotches Restaurant is within feet, Progressive Supermarket is 0.1 miles, Margaritaville Montego Bay is 0.5 miles, Luminous Lagoon is 12.1 miles and Sangster International Airport is 7.3 miles.
Approximate cost per night: $163
Cost per person (six people): $28
Sapphire Island Jamaica
Offering 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a balcony, free private parking, free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, a dining area, a fully-equipped kitchen, a patio with pool views, a sun terrace, a garden and a shared lounge area, Whispering Seas Penthouse is in the vicinity of Delly’s Brick Oven Pizza Restaurant, Twist Ice Cream & Cheesecake Parlor, Heaven’s Wynter Lodge Sports Bar & Restuarant and more.
This penthouse is 0.5 miles from Sapphire Island Jamaica and Bambu Beach, 0.1 miles from Gelnn’s Jazz Bar, 4 miles from Progressive Foods Supermarket, 4.5 miles from Ocho Rios Market, 5 miles from Dunn’s River Falls, 5.6 miles from Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios and 33.4 miles from Tinson Pen Airport.
Approximate cost per night: $328
Cost per person (four people): $83
Ocho Rios Bay Beach
With an outdoor shower, an outdoor swimming pool, a spa, free WiFi, private parking, a TV, air conditioning, a terrace, a safety-deposit box, a fully-equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, a lounge and ocean and mountain views, Sandcastles Penthouse is close to Mi Hungry Whol’ Some Food (restaurant), Jam-Fusion Restaurant, Achiever’s Sports & Trophies (sporting goods store), Garfield Diving Station (SCUBA tour agency), Jaital Tours (tour operator), Ocho Rios Marina, Ocho Rios Pier, Starbucks, Dr Robinson’s Herb House (cannabis store), Fisherman’s Beach and more.
This property is within feet of Ocho Rios Bay Beach and Mahogany Beach, 1.7 miles from Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios and 34.4 miles from Tinson Pen Airport.
Approximate cost per night: $240
Cost per person (six people): $40
Dunns River Falls
Penthouse on the Ridge has free WiFi, private parking, panoramic harbor and town views and private gazebos. It’s found close to Turtle River Falls And Garden, Konoko Falls, Little Dunn’s River Beach, Mystic Mountain Rainforest Adventures and more.
Ocho Rios Bay Beach is within feet, Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios is 1.3 miles, Jerk Center Restaurant, Oceans 11 Restaurant and General Foods Supermarket are 1 mile, Farmers Market is 2 miles, Dunns River Falls is 3 miles and Tinson Pen Airport is 34.6 miles from this locale.
Approximate cost per night: $255
Cost per person (five people): $50
Well, there they are, the best hotels in Jamaica, especially for group travel. We hope you have found your perfect Jamaica accommodation and most importantly, that you enjoy your Caribbean trip!