Are you looking for the perfect tropical getaway this winter?
Here’s why this cultural Caribbean island should be your top choice!
Jamaica has been smashing tourism records this year, and according to the Caribbean nation’s minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlerr, 2023 is expected to be the “best year in the history of tourism” for the island, with a record-breaking number of visitor arrivals.
Jamaica is known for its vibrant culture, from music (it’s the birthplace of reggae) to food (you can’t skip trying jerk chicken or Jamaican rum.) It’s also known for its friendly people and laidback way of life.
Here are the top reasons why Jamaica should be the destination for your winter getaway this year:
1. New And Affordable Resorts
Jamaica is a great destination for all-inclusive resorts where you can relax and unwind. At an all-inclusive resort, your meals, snacks, and drinks, as well as some activities, are included in your room rate.
Several new resorts are opening in Jamaica in the coming months.
The luxurious adults-only Hideaway at Royalton Blue Waters is set to open this November in Montego Bay, the perfect timing for a winter trip.
In the first half of 2024, two more resorts (the family-friendly Princess Grand Jamaica and Hotel Riu Palace Aquarelle) are expected to open.
Jamaica is also one of the best destinations for affordable all-inclusive resorts, with many available for under $300 a night.
2. New Flights From The U.S.
Jamaica is a convenient getaway from the United States, with nonstop flights available from many cities around the country.
Southwest Airlines is about to launch once-weekly nonstop flights from Kansas City to Montego Bay just in time for the winter season, while in November, United Airlines will launch a new once-weekly nonstop flight from Denver to Montego Bay.
Earlier this year, budget carrier Frontier Airlines launched new nonstop flights to Montego Bay from Denver, Chicago, St. Louis, and Dallas.
There are nearly 20 cities in the U.S. with nonstop flights to Montego Bay right now, making it an easy and accessible destination this winter.
3. Best Weather In Winter
Many travelers are looking to escape the cold on their winter travels, and there’s no better place to do that than in Jamaica. Winter is the best time of year to visit this Caribbean paradise.
You can enjoy warm, sunny weather in the mid-eighties during the winter — perfect for lying on the white sandy beaches or swimming in the clear aqua-blue water of Jamaica.
The peak season for travel to Jamaica is actually mid-December through mid-April. Travel picks up right before Christmas and does not cool down until after spring break.
However, travelers looking for good deals on airfare and resorts during the winter should take advantage of the “shoulder season” of mid-November through mid-December. This window of time is perfect for scoring better deals while still enjoying the great winter weather in Jamaica.
4. Safe Despite Travel Warnings
If you pay attention to news headlines, you may have seen that much of Jamaica was placed under a state of emergency earlier this year due to elevated crime levels. This warning affected nine out of fourteen parishes in Jamaica, including the parishes where Montego Bay and Ocho Rios are located.
But rather than deter tourism, American travelers continued to flock to Jamaica in record numbers. Despite the crime surge, Jamaica is on track to have a record-breaking number of visitor arrivals this year, and it continues to be one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean.
This is because most travelers in Jamaica are staying in all-inclusive resorts located in touristy areas. These resorts are largely insulated from the crime affecting the country.
Resorts may not be the most “authentic” or off-the-beaten-path way to travel, but in Jamaica, they are a safe way to experience a worry-free vacation in paradise.
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This article originally appeared on TravelOffPath.com