If you’re planning a destination wedding, here’s a bit you should know about Jamaica, the premier choice for couples. With its majestic mountains, cascading waterfalls, charming Great Houses (and Castles!), tropical gardens and amazing white sand beaches, Jamaica is an enchanting place for any celebration especially your dream destination wedding. Jamaica is a tropical, lover’s paradise is located in the Caribbean, just about one and a half hours by air from Miami, Florida.
Known as the ‘heartbeat of the world’, Jamaica has a strong sense of self identity expressed through it’s reggae and dancehall music, spicy food and rich cultural mix. No other island boasts of being the birthplace and home of luminaries such as Bob Marley and Usain Bolt. If you’re craving a passionate get-away, look no further than the sweet shores of Jamaica.
A Direct Route to Paradise
Getting to Jamaica is easy. There are two international airports – the Norman Manley International in the capital city of Kingston, and the Sangster International in the second city of Montego Bay. Domestic flights, car rentals, taxi or shuttle services are all available to take you to your final destination.
Requirements for Entry
Travelers to Jamaica are required to have a passport or other acceptable travel document confirming nationality and identity. All visitors to the island are also required to have a return ticket or round trip ticket to another country. You can find current details on entry requirements here.
- Population: 2.8 Million
- Size: 4,411 Sq. Miles
- Language: English (Official) & Jamaican Patois (Local English Dialect)
- Currency: Jamaican Dollar (J$)
- Religion: Christianity, Rastafarianism
A Destination of Destinations
Choices abound throughout major resort towns across the island. Discover the magic in Ocho Rios, home of Dunn’s River Falls, the most famous attraction in the Caribbean. Delight yourself in Port Antonio where the Rio Grande runs. The Parish boasts some of the island’s most naturally beautiful spots and green environment, including the famous Blue Lagoon. Fall in love again in Negril, and bask in this laid-back paradise with its seductive 7-mile white sand beach. Montego Bay, the second city, is the “Complete Resort” area offering a wide selection of resorts and water sport facilities to golf courses. Kingston, the capital city and “Heartbeat of Jamaica”, throbs with culture, history and mouth watering cuisine.
Feel the Vibe
We recommend that you relax and embrace the outdoors. After all, Jamaica is known as the island of “sun, sand and sea”. Enjoy the gentle massage of the island breeze, the chirping sounds of varied species of birds or the beauty of the natural surroundings. Raft on a river, zipline through the forest, climb a waterfall, swim with the dolphins, horseback ride in the sea, ATV through the mountains – there is so much fun and excitement that can be included in the activities for you and your guests.
One of the surest ways to maintain that wedding budget is to create a menu for your reception using local foods. From ‘jerk’ to curry…enjoy the exotic flavors of Jamaica including the freshest seafood and tropical fruits and vegetables. Your guest will thank you for it!
The Heart of a People
You will certainly be charmed by the trademark warmth and friendliness of Jamaicans across the island. With it’s ethnicity being as diverse as you can get, Jamaicans are the easiest to get along with. As the saying goes “no problem mon” (everything is alright). Jamaicans are mostly of African descent, but you will also find Europeans, East Indians, Chinese, Middle Easterners and others of mixed ancestry living on the island. This melting pot of nationalities is the main reason that the island’s motto is “Out of Many One People”. It is why visitors from all over the world find it easy to melt right into the culture.
How’s the Weather?
Jamaica is warm all year round. The most popular time to visit is between December 15 through to April 15. It is also the driest and coolest time on the island. However, airfare, hotel accommodations and other services tend to get more costly during this peak season. So May to November have become more ideal for couples wishing to get married in Jamaica. You’re more likely to find cheaper rates and fewer crowds during these months.
Let Your Heartbeat Jamaica
Nowhere else in the world will you find such diversity and best of all, when you get married in Jamaica, your honeymoon is literally waiting to begin! The island captures the true feeling of romance as a perfectly idyllic place for your nuptials. Don’t deny yourself the experience that you truly deserve. Your destination is definitely Jamaica!