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Located in the centre of the Caribbean, a trip to Jamaica is said to be almost like a dream. A tropical paradise surrounded by crystal clear waters, combined with a tourist industry that is well evolved and not overly developed, Jamaica really is the perfect holiday destination.
The island is the perfect size to explore with a hire car, and whether you’re arriving by flight or cruise ship, you can collect your car upon arrival, and be off to see the sights.
A perfect way to tour Jamaica is by your own hire car. Each city and town you come across will have its own sights and places to visit, with beautiful scenery being something they all have in common.
The most famous city in Jamaica is without a doubt Kingston, made famous by countless reggae songs over the years and home to many legendary musicians. Kingston is found on the eastern side of the island, on the southern coast. The capital, and also largest city in Jamaica, it may not be the laid-back tropical paradise which you will find at other parts of the island, however there are a few great attractions to visit here, and experiencing the atmosphere of the city is a must. While in Kingston, be sure to check out the Bob Marley Museum, which tells of his life and achievements, and also the Hope Botanical Gardens, the largest of their kind in the Caribbean.
Northwest of Kingston, on the other side of the island you will find Ocho Rios, a town definitely closer to the holiday destination image that so many come to enjoy. A popular stopping point for cruise ships, Ocho Rios has a number of excellent attractions to keep visitors entertained. While here, you can explore the scenic Dunn’s River Falls, swim with dolphins, sharks and rays at Dolphin Cove, and also see how a traditional plantation growing banana, coconut and pineapple at the Prospect Plantation.
Drive your hire car across to the western side of Jamaica, where you will find more great places to visit, including well known Montego Bay, and also Negril, a resort town popular with foreigners since the 1960s. A true laid back seaside destination, Negril features stunning fine white sandy beaches, and always cheerful locals. While there, be sure to check out the Appleton Estate Rum Tour, where you will see first hand how the well known rum is made. A transfer service is also available, perfect to leave your rental car at the hotel and indulge in some of the famous brew.