Sprawling Family-Friendly Resort on White-Sand Beach
Every Thursday night during Sunset Jamaica Grande’s weekly Pirates & Wenches party, guests dressed in their best swashbuckling attire populate the beachfront and enjoy a Jamaican buffet. It’s only one of several themed parties that the family-friendly resort hosts, speaking to its focus on fun—also found at its onsite casino, water trampolines, and Jamaica’N Me Crazy disco, which is open late into the night. These activities complement the all-inclusive resort’s perfect setting along a sprawling white-sand beach.
Five pools anchor the complex, featuring waterfalls, jacuzzis, swim-up bars, and two water slides that start at the top of a lighthouse and twist and turn for 330 feet before reaching the water. The resort’s musicians sing from a rope bridge, serenading swimmers as they paddle past. On the private 1,300-foot white-sand beach, you can rent kayaks and paddleboats, join a volleyball game, or criticize children’s sandcastles.
In the afternoons, Sunset Jamaica Grande has a variety of activities, and nightly entertainment includes Caribbean floor shows and fashion shows. There are four restaurants onsite. At the upscale, romantic Ginger Lily, chefs fuse Asian favorites with Caribbean flavors.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica: Famed Waterfall and World-Class Shopping
Located within the parish of Saint Ann on Jamaica’s north coast, Ocho Rios is best known for Dunn’s River Falls, which served as a filming location for the first James Bond movie, Dr. No. Today, tour groups play at the bottom of the waterfall or make the 600-foot climb to the top, typically achieved by linking hands and carefully following behind a local guide.
A colorful world lies beneath the ocean. Dive sites such as Devil’s Reef contain anemones, corals, algae, and barracuda. For a look at Jamaica’s rainforest, drive south of Ocho Rios to Fern Gully, a scenic drive through a gorge shaded by a canopy of ferns, trees, and lianas.
Ocho Rios is also known for its shopping centers, starting with Island Village, a theme-park-like entertainment complex with restaurants, duty-free shops, and retail stores brimming with souvenirs. Ocho Rios also has several local vendors with handcrafted goods—but expect to have to haggle a little bit.
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