Proving it has made a stellar comeback from the pandemic, Jamaica has been proclaimed the Best Caribbean vacation this year at the 2022 Travel Awards – namely, the tourism industry’s equivalent to the Oscars. Hosting a number of luxury resorts and an enviable collection of pristine beaches, the country is approaching the peak of its popularity.
A well-developed tourism hub known both for its natural offer and Afro-Caribbean culture, including the Bacchanal, a world-famous Carnival celebration, the paradise island has been experiencing a surge in bookings lately. These have been attributed to Jamaica’s relaxed measures and accessibility, with numerous nonstop flights from the U.S.
Now, the continuation of Jamaica’s years-long reign as Caribbean leader has been confirmed in spite of a two-year disadvantage:
Jamaica Is The Leading Caribbean Destination This Year
Mexico may have been crowned the unofficial King of Tourism worldwide in the post-Covid travel scene, based on arrival figures, but it’s Jamaica that has come out ahead as the definite winner in the tourism excellence department. Facing off heavy competition, including from Mexico, Caribbean gem half the awards at this year’s World Travel Awards.
The ceremony was auspiciously held in Montego Bay, Jamaica’s own leading international destination. In total, the country walked away with 26 out of 52 awards, including Leading Caribbean Destination, a status it’s held for a record 16 consecutive years, warding off the Riviera Maya, the nomad hub of Costa Rica, and fellow insular competitors like the Dominican Republic.
Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism received the news warmly by adding ‘the feeling of satisfaction is stronger this year’ because Jamaica ‘fought’ to recover from Covid. Even though it was one of the first countries to reopen borders in the wake of the crisis, due to its heavy dependence on American dollars, Jamaica imposed stricter travel rules up until recently.
However, on April 14, the island scrapped all entry requirements, allowing unvaccinated U.S. citizens to visit without pre-departure tests once more. Naturally, the move led demand to skyrocket, with Montego Bay outpacing every single city of the Caribbean league in terms of recovery. It should come as no surprise, then, Jamaica has swept the award show.
Why Has Jamaica Won In All Of These Categories?
For Mr. Donovan White, the Director of Jamaica’s Tourist Board, this is a testament to the quality of the services provided, ‘from the largest of hotel chains’ to tour operators and other industry agents. In fact, the Round Hill Hotel and Villas has won its 14th consecutive, and 18th Best Villa prize overall.
Additionally, the country has an edge on the nature front, being home to numerous natural parks and blue flag beaches. As we have detailed before, now that restrictions have finally been abolished in a majority of countries, travelers are looking for natural world experiences and more relaxing experiences, two things that are effectively synonymous with Jamaica.
Here’s six other reasons why Jamaica is the best pick for a sunny getaway:
- Montego Bay has been named the best airport to fly into in the Caribbean
- Jamaica has the Caribbean’s top rated boutique hotel
- Port of Falmouth is this year’s leading regional cruise port
- It is the best Caribbean destination for car rentals
- It hosts the best luxury all-inclusive resort in the zone
- Jamaica is the top nature destination in the Caribbean
All of these assertions are based on the World Travel Awards results.
Booking Early Is Key When Planning A Budget Trip To Jamaica
If you were still wondering where exactly in the Caribbean you should be heading later this year to escape the looming cold, now you have your answer. On the downside, we must concede price hikes have been noted across the region, including Jamaica. Airfares, hotels, and other tourist activities are considerably pricier than they were prior to 2020.
We know the cost of living crisis and generalized inflation is biting hard, so in order to help you plan a budget trip to this year’s number one beach spot, we have rounded up 5 luxury all-inclusives for under $300 a night to book this winter – but you must act quickly to secure the best possible deal ahead of the peak season.
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