The Only Honeymoon Guide to Jamaica You’ll Ever Need

Jamaica island, Montego Bay on Caribbean beach.

The Caribbean Islands have some of the top honeymoon destinations in the world. There are over 30 countries and territories in this part of the world boasting miles of coastline, tropical climates, warm seas, and luxury, all-inclusive resorts.

Jamaica is just one of those countries. So why should you choose to visit Jamaica for honeymoon? Is Jamaica a good honeymoon destination?

Absolutely! Not only because the Jamaica honeymoon resorts are world-class, but because the culture and top things to do in Jamaica are perfect for enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon.

You can swim in lagoons, waterfall plunge pools, and calm, shallow seas. You can go horseback riding on the beach or rafting down a jungle river before treating yourself to a limestone massage.

You can dive off a yacht and go snorkelling during the day and enjoy fine dining at night. Choosing a Jamaica honeymoon is the ideal way to start off married life together.

This honeymoon guide to Jamaica includes absolutely everything you need to know to plan a romantic trip to Jamaica. It includes the best Jamaica honeymoon resorts and Jamaica honeymoon packages 2023, 2024 and beyond.

It features the neighbourhoods and towns that are the best part of Jamaica for honeymoon, where to eat, and what to do to ensure you both have the time of your lives in Jamaica.

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Where To Go in Jamaica on Your Honeymoon

Jamaica measures 10,991 km² and it is the third-largest Caribbean island. It’s split into three regions: Cornwall county to the west, Middlesex county in the centre, and Surrey county to the east.

Most of the main cities are on the coastlines, including Kingston which is Jamaica’s capital city. Three of the best honeymoon destinations in Jamaica are the cities of Montego Bay (Cornwall County), Ocho Rios (Middlesex County) and Negril (Cornwall County). 

Montego Bay

Apologies in advance if you get Kokomo by The Beach Boys stuck in your head, but Montego Bay is probably one of the more popular destinations in Jamaica. It is a main cruise ship port so there are a lot of day-trippers, golf courses, and beach resorts.

Ocho Rios

Once a small fishing village, Ocho Rios is almost as large and popular as Montego Bay thanks to its own popular cruise port.

There are also lots of ideal Jamaica honeymoon resorts and beaches in this city but what sets it apart from Montego Bay is the remoteness. While it’s a big city, it’s surrounded by rainforests, rivers, and waterfalls.

Negril

Negril is much smaller than Montego Bay and Ocho Rios so it’s perfect if you want to stay in an all-inclusive luxury resort for your honeymoon in a quieter area.

There’s still plenty to do! The Negril Seven Mile Beach is arguably the best beach in the country with lots of coral reefs. And there are also lots of restaurants, bars, and hotels so there are plenty of things to do here.

Caribbean rocky beach with turquoise water, tourists boat and lighthouse in Negril Jamaica.

Important Information on Jamaica for Your Honeymoon

Jamaica’s official language is English, though the majority of the population speaks Jamaican Patois. Tap water in Jamaica is safe to drink unless you’re staying in a remote cabin, which is unlikely since you’re travelling on your honeymoon!

Jamaica’s currency is the Jamaican dollar (JMD) though some establishments will accept US dollar (USD). Small businesses and vendors will only accept cash though larger establishments like hotels will accept card payments. On a luxury trip, expect to spend around 30,000 JMD ($200 USD) per day on excursions, transport, eating out, and other incidentals.

There are three international airports in Jamaica: Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, and Ian Fleming International Airport in Ocho Rios. Most people on their honeymoon fly into Sangster International Airport rather than Manley International Airport.

The best time to go Jamaica honeymooning is in the ‘winter’ period from November to April. Temperatures are around 27°C (80°F) and if you don’t mind the crowds, it’s perfect.

You can get around Jamaica by bus, car, or taxi. If you do hire a car, keep in mind that they drive on the left in Jamaica. But it might not be the best way to get around because the roads aren’t maintained and they’re extremely narrow and windy.

Public buses are a good option if you want to save money, or you can organise bus excursions with your hotel. ‘Route’ or local taxis are cheaper than tourist taxis though they are difficult to arrange and you may have to share the ride.

Jamaica is a relatively safe country as long as you stay in the popular, well-touristed areas. Never walk around at night alone, keep your belongings with you or in a secure place, and be wary of strangers.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica - Souvenir street market in the tropical Caribbean island of Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Where To Stay in Jamaica on Your Honeymoon

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort in Montego Bay 

There are few better hotels to enjoy a honeymoon in Jamaica than sandals resorts, and if you want to stay in Montego Bay then the Sandals Royal Caribbean is the best choice for you and your new spouse.

This is an all-inclusive five-star resort with a special all-inclusive honeymoon package. They even have their own private island just offshore called Sandals Cay.

Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay

Another honeymoon Jamaica all-inclusive option is the Half Moon resort. This five-star resort has three onsite restaurants, a private beach club and all the amenities you could possibly need. The decor is tasteful and timeless with a dash of Jamaican spirit.

Sandals Royal Plantation Resort in Ocho Rios

Prefer to stay in the jungle city of Ocho Rios? Consider spending your honeymoon at the Sandals Royal Plantation resort. This five-star coastal resort has four-poster beds, dual sinks, on-site fine dining, private terraces, and everything you might want in a luxurious honeymoon break. 

Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios

A great alternative to the Sandals resort in Ocho Rios is the Jamaica Inn. This is another five-star accommodation just further up the coast.

This is a more relaxed, smaller resort that will make you feel like you are staying in your own Jamaican villa. Palm trees line every suite giving you lots of privacy as you enjoy the swimming pools and breakfast on the terrace.

Jamaica - Tropical Caribbean island of Montego Bay.

Sandals Negril Resort in Negril

Sandals Negril is a great choice if you and your spouse are foodies and want to tuck into sensational meals three times a day.

There are seven fine-dining restaurants in this Sandals resort including a full-service spa, pool, and poolside bar. Like the other Sandals resorts in Jamaica, the rooms are tastefully decorated with marble bathrooms and ocean views.

The Caves Hotel in Negril

Want to stay somewhere unique on your honeymoon? The Caves Hotel can offer that to you. This four-star hotel is just further up the coast from Sandals Negril and it offers beautiful jungle-inspired suites with canopy beds and an onsite bar that is literally inside a sea cave.

When the candles are lit and all you can hear are the waves splashing against the rocks, it’s a magical experience.

Sandals South Coast Resort in White House

White House isn’t one of the top neighbourhoods for honeymooners in Jamaica because it’s a very small settlement with only 4,000 residents and it’s not close to the main attractions.

If you want seclusion without giving up your dream of a luxurious honeymoon, Sandals South Coast is the perfect pick. This five-star hotel can arrange transport for whatever you want to do during your honeymoon anyway.

GoldenEye Resort in Oracabessa

Want to live like James Bond on your honeymoon? The Fleming Villa, now on the estate of the GoldenEye Resort, was literally the creator of James Bond, Ian Fleming’s house. These villas are on the coastline and have their own private beaches too.

The Blue Mountains, Jamaica. Strawberry Hill Hotel swimming pool at sunset

Things To Do in Jamaica While on Your Honeymoon

Swim in the Luminous Lagoon in Montego Bay

Show off your new honeymoon swimsuits with a night swim in the Luminous Lagoon in Montego Bay. These bioluminescent waters in Montego Bay light up at night so you can have a magical swim under the stars.

Tropical paradise, Montego Bay idyllic caribbean beach at sunset, Jamaica, Caribbean Sea

Relax on Negril Seven Mile Beach

Negril Seven Mile Beach is arguably one of the best beaches in Jamaica and it’s certainly the most popular.

This long stretch of white sand with crystal clear waters lined with palm trees and beach bars is the perfect choice for a relaxing beach day. You can also try windsurfing and kite surfing here too!

7 miles beach on Grand Cayman, Cayman islands

Raft Along the Martha Brae River in Cockpit Country

Jamaica has lots of lazy, jungle rivers that are perfect for rafting. Work together as a team to sail down the Martha Brae River without falling in! The lush green trees and native flora are very beautiful and distracting.

Falmouth, Jamaica - Martha Brae River, Jamaica. Tourists on bamboo raft rides. Relaxing scenic tour in countryside landscape under canopy trees. People enjoy summer vacation activity.

Tour Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay

Who says you have to stay at your resort 24/7 on a honeymoon and you can’t do cool cultural activities?!

You should definitely check out Rose Hall Great House! Built during the 1770s, this former plantation has been restored but there are many people that still think it’s haunted. Join a guided tour and see for yourself!

A Royal Poinciana Tree (Delonix Regia) also called Flame Tree overlooking a pond in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Ride the Cable Car up the Blue Mountains

Hiking in the Blue Mountains is one of the top things to do in Jamaica. This mountain range is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its biodiversity.

There are lots of challenging and less challenging trails but if you don’t want to hike on your honeymoon, you can hop on the cable car to one of the best panoramic viewpoints in the whole country. 

The cable car transportation through the jungle in Ocho Rios resort town (Jamaica).

Horseback Riding in St Ann’s Bay

Horseback riding along a beach is a popular honeymooning activity in Jamaica. The best place to do it is in St Ann’s Bay where they have lots of reputable companies.

Don’t worry if you’ve never ridden a horse before as the expert team there will look after you to ensure you have a wonderful experience!

Happy couple going honeymoon travel on tropical sand beach in summer.

Romantic Places To Eat on Your Honeymoon in Jamaica

Marguerites in Montego Bay

This fine dining restaurant has one of the most unrivalled views in any restaurant in Jamaica. Based on the seafront in Montego Bay, this restaurant excels in fresh seafood dishes, amazing cocktails, and delicious desserts.

HouseBoat Grill Restaurant in Montego Bay

This is another seafood restaurant on the coast which is a little more casual. Rather than clean and modern decor, you’ll find lots of wood and colour but the food is no less exceptional. 

Blue Mahoe Restaurant & Bar in Negril

All the best restaurants in Jamaica are on a terrace overlooking the ocean! Blue Mahoe Restaurant and Bar has elegant, upscale decor but manages to keep its relaxed, island vibe.

Ivan’s Restaurant in Negril

Ivan’s is the best restaurant to visit on your honeymoon if you’re looking for something really special. It has upscale island decor like Blue Mahoe with a thatched roof on the terrace and white tablecloths.

You can also book a private rooftop table or even your own candlelit gazebo so you and your new spouse can enjoy a secluded, luxurious fine-dining experience.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica - Tropical island Caribbean color chairs tables at Margaritaville Ocho Rios Restaurant and Sports Bar on the beach in Saint Ann. Norwegian Epic Cruise Ship in port.

Tours To Do in Jamaica on Your Honeymoon

Jamaican Cuisine Food Tasting Tour

Every single one of the best all-inclusive honeymoon resorts in Jamaica serves a delicious selection of international cuisine.

One of the reasons why you should choose to honeymoon in Jamaica over another Caribbean island is to taste the amazing local food!

Join a Jamaican food tour to taste the best meals and fresh fruit from local stalls. Try jerk chicken, curry goat, and beef patties and learn about the history of these dishes from a local guide.

hot Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken on a rude board with sauce and lemon on a rustic wooden table, horizontal view from above, close-up

Limestone Body Massage and Bamboo Rafting Tour

Did you even have a honeymoon if you didn’t get a couples massage?! Floating on a bamboo raft down one of Jamaica’s most picturesque rivers before enjoying a relaxing limestone message is a quintessentially Jamaican honeymoon activity that you can only do here!

MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA - Bamboo Rafting on the Martha Brae River in Jamaica.

Day Trips in Jamaica on Your Honeymoon

Catamaran Cruise to Dunn’s River Falls

It would be a shame not to make the most of honeymooning on an island if you didn’t spend some time at sea. Book a catamaran cruise so you can snorkel away from the crowded coastlines and have a better chance of spotting fish.

Better yet, hop on a cruise that will take you to Dunn’s River Falls which is one of the top attractions in Jamaica.

Large luxury catamaran sailing in the harbor of Ocho Rios Jamaica

Bob Marley’s Nine Mile Village Trip

In 1945, music legend Bob Marley was born in the small village of Nine Mile, Jamaica. Today, the entire town is a museum and memorial to his life and what he accomplished. 

Whether you’re into his music or not, it’s an absolutely fascinating experience and one you shouldn’t miss, even on your honeymoon.

This is also where you’ll find the main man’s final resting place. It’s a two-hour drive from Montego Bay (and even less from Ocho Rios) so it’s perfect for a day trip.

The sunny street with flags in Nine Mile village, the birthplace of reggae musician Bob Marley (Jamaica).

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The Only Honeymoon Guide to Jamaica You’ll Ever Need
The Only Honeymoon Guide to Jamaica You’ll Ever Need
The Only Honeymoon Guide to Jamaica You’ll Ever Need

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