Jamaica is a destination from the cold weather of the northeast and northwest that can make you feel like you’ve walked into an oasis where everyone has a drink, a lounge chair, and maybe a peacock or two. Yes, peacocks. They walk freely around some of the hotels and coves on the different islands and have free reign of the manicured lawns and beaches.
Want to plan a nice getaway and hike, snorkel, jet ski, or swim with dolphins? You may want to head to Jamaica after you’ve found a good friend or a trusted boarding facility for your dog and cat to stay.
Reservations should be made 2 to 3 months in advance for trips and if you are looking to book during a holiday like Christmas or New Year’s you should book a year early. The off season for Jamaica is mid-April to mid-December. During those months, prices on hotels, travel deals, and tour guides are lowered by 20 to 60%. Visit Nine Mile where Bob Marley was born and now buried, try all the local foods, and relax on beach. If you want to stay at a resort where your meals, activities, and other amenities are included such as massages, dry cleaning, and tour guides, you may want to look at the Sandals Royal Plantation resort.
The resort has bundles for couples such as a champagne picnic with a private waiter. Or you may want the royalty bundle where your trip and tour are handled by Sandals, you have escort service to the resort, a spa treatment for two, and a candlelit dinner with a personalized menu and your own butler. The resort is also home to several peacocks. You can relax in a cabana, sip your champagne, and watch one of these brightly hued critters walk around.
If you are missing your pets and want to spend a day with some critters, head over to Dolphin Cove. You can take a walk through their Jungle Trail and interact with exotic birds, snakes and iguanas. Or why not snorkel with stingrays, take a kayak ride with a glass bottom to see the underwater creatures, or swim and interact with the dolphins. You might even get a kiss from one of them if they think you’re cute!
If you’re a bit on the bolder side, Dolphin Cove also has program where you can swim and feed sharks. You can touch, hold, and explore the same waters as these magnificent creatures. To visit Dolphin Cove, you must make a reservation. Plan early as some of these programs fill up quickly during high tourism season.