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Jamaica is one of the Caribbean's most beautiful islands - its lush tropical vegetation spreads from shore to mountains. Its music is appreciated around the world. And its many beachfront resorts attract over a million travelers a year.

Jamaica's two most
famous resort areas

Each has a different personality.


It's number one in popularity.

Tourist history

In the 1960s to 70s, hippies discovered untouristed Negril. In the 1980s, tourists began to flock in. Today, over a million vacation here. They tend to be mainstream vacationers.

Chief tourist draws

They are Negril's long white-sand beach, its affordable beachfront resorts, and its relaxed lifestyle.


Negril is well-positioned for sunsets because it faces west over the Caribbean Sea. The sunsets are magnificent.

North Shore

The North Shore has more upscale resorts than Negril and attracts a more sophisticated traveler.  Stellar resorts include:

Half Moon Bay

Round Hill

Ritz Carlton

Montego Bay is its most famous North Shore vacation area. Ocho Rios is also well known.

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