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Where to stay around Jamaica?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 2,135 vacation rentals near Jamaica. From 1,049 villas to 353 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Jamaica for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

The sounds of Jamaica

Life in Jamaica ticks along at a different pace to the rest of us. We don't know whether it's the gorgeous sandy beaches, endlessly blue skies, or the green mountains, but something continues to inspire musicians here. Whether you're driving through the forested interior en route to your Jamaica vacation rental, or burying your feet in the sand while sipping on a freshly cut coconut, everything seems to run to the sound of the country's most famous man, Bob Marley. Jamaica's a place to leave your worries back at home – along with your cellphone – and practice the art of hammock swinging.

Sand, sea and reggae in Jamaica

Is there anything more alluring than the thought of kicking back on a paradisal stretch of palm-fringed beach, with a cold rum punch or icy Caribe in hand, the only sound being the lapping of the sea and crackling of a reggae song wafting from the colorful seafood shack nearby? Nope, didn't think so. That said, if you're not a beach bum, Jamaica has its fair share of outdoor fun. You could hit the water on jet skis or surfboards, swing your clubs up on the courses, or even go swimming with dolphins. If none of that sells it to you, we don't know what will.

Take the pilgrimage to Jamaica's Nine Mile

If you're a Marley fan, you can take the pilgrimage to Nine Mile, the little hilltop district where the musician was born and now rests. Jamaica hasn't just inspired musicians though. The country has a broad artistic heritage and it's not hard to seek out sculptures and paintings if you wish. Afterwards, those who like the good stuff should visit the Appleton Estate to learn about the process of rum making. Juice your own cane and have a few samples of their famously strong liquor. Finish the day with a little ital food, dishes made for practicing Rastafarians.

Jamaica is tropical all year-round

Unless you love a good storm, don't risk visiting in the hurricane season that runs between June and November, however cheap it may be. The rest of the year, you'll find the weather to be wonderfully tropical. Piercingly blue skies and hot sunshine, cooled somewhat by the sea breeze, is the order of the day. Be warned that if you plan to escape the festivities at home and spend Christmas and New Year in the sun, you'd better book up your Jamaica vacation rental early. Try visiting at the start of December, just after the rainy season, for the best prices and lowest number of vacationers.

Fish for your supper in Jamaica

Like much of the Caribbean, Jamaica's relatively remote location has created plenty of endemic species and few land mammals, bar the odd introduced wild boar or mongoose. If you're a bird watcher, you'll want to pack your binoculars, because you're not going to want to miss out on the sightings of doctor birds or Jamaican todies. While you're there, look out for the Homerus swallowtail, one of the largest butterflies in the world. Out on the ocean, if you dive below the surface there is a whole underwater world of tuna, kingfish and mackerel, all of which, when caught, taste excellent blackened on a Jamaican barbeque.