As the multigenerational travel trend continues to grow, Jamaica’s ability to accommodate a wide variety of interests and budgets make it the ideal destination for families. Resorts offer a wide range of amenities including free accommodations or reduced rates for young children, kid’s clubs, and babysitter/nanny services. Families seeking more space and privacy will find that Jamaica also has an extensive collection of well-priced villas.
“The diversity in our accommodations makes Jamaica a go-to family destination. Our travel partners have made planning a multigenerational vacation or family reunion easy and affordable,” said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “Each resort region has unique characteristics and offers a plethora of family-friendly activities, great for spending quality time. All that’s left to do is soak up the fun and make memories in the Home of All Right.”
With more attractions than any other English speaking Caribbean country and non-stop flights available from most major cities across the U.S., Jamaica is not only a wonderful choice for a vacation, but is easily accessible from the U.S. Below are examples of what the island has to offer families looking to plan a trip to Jamaica:
Chukka Caribbean Adventures operates 28 of the wildest and most fun-filled excursions in the Caribbean. The variety of experiences include: Horse Back Ride n’ Swim, Zion “Bob Marley” Bus Line, 4×4 Off-Road Safaris, Jungle River Tubing, Zipline Canopy Tour, ATV rides, Bicycle tours, Hiking and Airboats.
Dolphin Cove offers visitors a chance to swim with dolphins and sharks, interact with stingrays (barbs removed), captain a mini-boat or go glass-bottom kayaking. Guests can also enjoy a splash in the turquoise ocean or relax on the white sand beach. Trained handlers provide a detailed orientation and education session, introducing participants to the underwater world.
Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park is a remarkable way to see the lush, tropical countryside and the world-famous Blue Mountain and John Crow Mountains National Park, recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site. On this downhill bike tour, riders will take in over 500 species of flowering plants, cascading waterfalls and coffee plantations.
Jamaican Jerk Outback Adventure is a hands-on cooking experience offered at the historical Great House at Prospect Plantation in Ocho Rios. Guests will tantalize their senses with a variety of herbs and spices, as Chef Irie guides them in the preparation of a traditional Jamaican dish.
Villas by Linda Smith has more than fifty private villas within their portfolio – exceptional properties for all group sizes. Most properties are situated in Montego Bay, Discovery Bay and Ocho Rios and may come with a private cook, butler and housekeeper.
Half Moon A RockResort, is a 400-acre luxury property offering private four to seven bedroom villas, a spa, an 18-hole signature golf course, a Dolphin Lagoon, a Children’s Village, a fitness center, water sports, an equestrian center and more.
Beaches Resorts is a lush tropical all-inclusive hotel with several unique room and suite categories to accommodate occupancies of up to 12 people. The resort also has a Kids Camp program, for infants through age 12, sprawling water parks and an Xbox Play Lounge to keep the young ones engaged.
Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort offers 266 rooms that feature connecting rooms ideal for families. The Jewel Runaway Bay Kids’ Club has a comprehensive program for toddlers and teens with activities for each age group. The Jewel Lagoon Water Park, also features a day-long destination of swimming and adventure.
Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa is a 489-room family friendly all-inclusive property boasting a 280-foot water slide, a Kids Retreat and Teen Zone. Coordinators provide a full roster of activities for children ages 4-12 in the Kids Retreat, while kids ages 12–17 are welcome in the Teen Zone.
Moon Palace Jamaica Grande is a 700-room all-inclusive beachfront resort in a regional park where guests can splash and play in the Pirates’ Paradise Water Park. Dunn’s River Falls and Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios are a short drive away. The resort includes four restaurants, a full service spa, nightclub and free children’s club.