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The Caribbean is a go-to spot for Americans looking to relax and unwind during the winter months. And if you’re looking for a tropical winter vacation that's packed full of sun, sea, and sand then Jamaica is a great place to go.  

Compared to the 2022/2023 period, there are 130,000 more airline seats heading to Jamaica this winter. 

Woman standing in a lagoon in Jamaica

Jamaica is experiencing record numbers of airline seats and record connectivity right now.  

So why is this tropical island surging in popularity with American travelers?  

Easy To Get To

Jamaica is easily accessible to American travelers. There are plenty of affordable flights to Jamaica and the flight times are short, depending on where you’re flying from.  

If you’re in Florida, then it takes less than 2 hours to reach the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.  

Island Peninsula in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

The most popular route to Jamaica from the U.S. is from New York to Montego Bay. On average, this flight takes around 3 hours and 55 minutes.  

With 130,000 additional flight seats added this year there are now 19 airlines that fly from the United States to Jamaica. This connectivity and ease of access goes a long way to explaining why Jamaica is so popular with American travelers right now. 

It has never been easier or cheaper for Americans to fly to Jamaica.  

Incredible Nature And Culture  

When most people think of Jamaica, they think of the beaches. And the beaches on the island are incredible.

White powdery sand and turquoise blue waters that are ideal for scuba diving and other water sports.  

Fishermen boats docked on the White River in St Ann, Jamaica.

But Jamaica has so much more to offer. It also boasts lush green landscapes that include breathtaking waterfalls and grand rivers.

Jamaica is a wonderful place to get close to nature. It’s no wonder Errol Flynn called Jamaica the most beautiful place their eyes have ever seen.   

A natural highlight of a trip to Jamaica is enjoying a swim or boat trip in the Luminous Lagoon. This is a bioluminescent bay where the water is only 5 feet deep, and it glows a beautiful blue color. It really is an incredible experience.  

Aerial view of the iconic Blue Lagoon in the parish of Portland, Jamaica.

Jamaica is also considered to be the cultural capital of the Caribbean. As well as a rich cultural history and fascinating architecture many people visit Jamaica to experience live reggae music, street dances, festivals, and carnival. 

It is the vibrancy and the culture of its people that makes Jamaica come alive.  

The Perfect Time to Travel  

The winter months are the best months to travel to Jamaica. Peak season on the island stretches from mid-December to mid-April.

These months are the months with the clearest skies and driest weather. 

Girl with coconut in blue sea

If you’re looking for a great adventure outdoors or want uninterrupted sunshine on the beach, this is the best time to head to Jamaica.   

These are generally the coldest months in the U.S., which makes Jamaica a particularly appealing place to visit when you’re sick of the cold and snow outside your winter at home.  

Is Jamaica Safe? 

Jamaica is one of the most popular Caribbean vacation destinations among American tourists. Tourists are welcome in Jamaica, and the Jamaican people are generally warm and friendly to their visitors. But this isn’t always the case.  

street-market-in-Ocho-Rios-Jamaica

Some tourists are reluctant to travel to Jamaica because it has been given a Level 3: Reconsider Travel warning by the U.S. State Department.  

U.S. travelers are advised to reconsider travel to Jamaica due to crime. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to many areas due to increased risk 

It’s true that there are many areas of Jamaica that are considered ‘no go’ zones and these are listed as do not travel areas. But if you are staying in a resort, then you are perfectly safe.

Aerial View Of Sandals Resort In Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Caribbean Sea

The Jamaican Government ensures that resort areas are quite well-policed, surveillance is tight, and your risk of falling victim to crime staying within your resort complex is incredibly low.  

For this reason, it is still considered safe to travel to Jamaica this winter, provided you are traveling to a resort and take the right precautions.  

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