Caribbean Vacation Sampler
The all inclusive resorts in Jamaica and elsewhere are extremely popular.
Many people consider all Caribbean islands and their hotel offerings to be alike, but this brief series of sample vacation options shows how markedly different they are. And that's why so many people spend their winter vacation every year hopping from one island to the next.
Jamaica's All Inclusives
Jamaica, the third largest island in the Caribbean, is among the prettiest of them all. Lush dense forests, colorful gardens and over 200 miles of magnificent beaches are but a few of its many attractions.
Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios is perhaps the single most photographed spot in all the Caribbean. But these falls aren't just for admiring, they're also climbing. Guides show you the best pathways up the 600-foot high fall and wrap your camera in plastic so you can take your picture at any point.
Exploring Jamaica's lush interior on bamboo rafts is popular at the Rio Grande near Port Antonio, the White River at Ocho Rios and the Martha Brae at Montego Bay. Locals skillfully steer the long, unwieldy bamboo platforms while you sit back, high and dry in an elevated chair, and enjoy the scenery.
Horseback riding on a sandy beach is offered in several places including Chukka Cove Farms just outside Ocho Rios. If that's too tame, they might teach you polo in a special, individualized class.
Jamaica's reefs have lured scuba divers for years, but big game fishermen are just learning about the big blue marlin that cruise incredibly close to shore off the north coast. Sportfishing charters to pursue a 300-500 pound marlin can be booked in both Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.
Jamaica's all-inclusive vacations are tremendously popular. With more all-inclusive hotels than any other island, Jamaica has taken the concept to its absolute limit. Everything is included--room, meals, activities, tips, open bar, even cigarettes in some places. Competition keeps the prices reasonable. Bookings are based on double occupancy, not per person, which can make a stay for a single person much more expensive.
The major hotel chains include the Super Clubs, Sandals and Beaches.
All inclusive resorts are popular on other islands, particularly the Dominican Republic, St. Lucia and in the Mexican Caribbean around Cancun.
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