Jamaica is one of the largest and most diverse Caribbean islands, making it a winner for multi-generational holidays
Whether you have teens who are mad about Bob Marley or a coffee-loving grandma, Jamaica is a great location for multi-generational or extended-group family travel. The island’s activities and excursions cater to the many interests of multiple-aged groups and the country boasts more attractions than the rest of the Caribbean put together. Families seeking high-octane thrills can enjoy activities such as Chukka Caribbean Adventures, offering river tubing and kayaking, 4×4 off-road safaris and even a Jamaican dog-sled experience complete with local rescue dogs.
Or how about a ride to the top of Mystic Mountain on the Rainforest Sky Explorer, before flying through the treetops by zip wire? Or take a bobsleigh style ride, Cool Runnings-style, or a gentle bamboo raft down the scenic Martha Brae River. At Dolphin Cove you can swim with dolphins, sharks and stingrays. Alternatively, relax the pace on horseback through some of Jamaica’s most scenic and historic areas before guides unsaddle the horses for an exhilarating sea ride.
Jamaica is known for its authentic, chilled atmosphere with reggae beats (visit the Bob Marley Museum inside his former home), the taste of jerk cooking and warm, friendly smiles. Older guests might like exploring the holiday estate of Noël Coward, and what age doesn’t love Ian Fleming and his 007 legacy, much of it created in Jamaica? Add to that rum distillery tours, world-class golf courses, charming old plantation houses and tiny villages dotted through the majestic Blue Mountains, where they grow some of the best coffee in the world, and you’re jammin’!
And when it comes to accommodation, villa-style hotels such as Tryall Villas, Half Moon and Round Hill provide rooms and suites with communal space and single or multi-key entry – ideal for group travel and family sharing. Memorable in-villa family services such as a personal chef makes this a very special experience.
The best family resort hotels such as Beaches and Moon Palace offer inter-connecting rooms and suites, allowing close groups to enjoy time together. Most hotels have adult-only areas that the grown-ups can escape to while children are entertained with kids’ clubs, water parks, jet packs, character dining, kids’ discos and more.
Many resorts offer live entertainment for all ages too. Jamaica is also a great place for romance and family weddings – if you’re thinking about tying the knot overseas, Jamaican resorts have all the know-how to make your special occasion special indeed. And getting there is easy too, with direct flights from London. Birmingham and Manchester.