Jamaica is one of the world’s top destinations for families looking to come together and relax, reconnect, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Kids, parents, and grandparents flock to this Caribbean destination to soak up the island’s beautiful landscape and enjoy the vibrant island atmosphere. Pristine beaches are the perfect place to unwind and play in the sand while thrilling attractions deliver unforgettable adventures for all ages. And of course, Jamaica’s warm and charming people will make every visitor feel like family.
Family Friendly Resorts
Jamaica’s all-inclusive resorts and hotels are a popular option for families, and with good reason. When food, beverages, activities, and amenities are all included in a flat rate, parents get to enjoy a convenient and stress-free vacation without worrying about additional costs. Individual tastes and activity preferences can be accommodated on-site and on-demand as all-inclusive properties boast sprawling grounds that offer watersports and games, live entertainment, and a multitude of dining options to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Many properties also offer dedicated kids’ clubs to keep little ones active and engaged throughout the day while giving Mom and Dad some much-needed alone time.
- Beaches Resorts (Negril and Ocho Rio): This lush tropical all-inclusive resort with two locations in Jamaica is a favourite among family travellers. The resort boasts multiple dining options and several unique room and suite categories to accommodate larger broods, with available occupancies of up to 12 people. All-inclusive kids’ camp, nightly entertainment and Sesame Street characters roaming the property will keep the kids busy from sunup to sundown.
- Moon Palace (Ocho Rios): is an all-inclusive beachfront resort where guests can splash and play in the Pirates' Paradise Water Park. The resort includes four restaurants, a full-service spa, nightclub, teen zone and free children’s club.
- Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall (Montego Bay): Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall is a slick, modern hotel property offering A+ amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness centre, tranquil spa, and an array of culinary experiences. The adults-only sister hotel next door will give the grown-ups a chance for some alone time.
- Bluefields Bay Villas (South Coast): For families looking for a more private escape away from the crowded all-inclusive hotels, this property features six secluded seafront villas overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The property offers snorkeling and sea-kayaking, chefs to prepare gourmet meals and a Jamaican concierge who serves meals. Villas range in sizes with occupancies of four to 12 people.
Thrills for All Ages
From heart-racing zipline rides to secluded swimming holes and animal encounters, Jamaica’s family-friendly attractions deliver plenty of fun for toddlers, teens, and young-at-heart adults.
For decades, Dunn’s River Falls has been one of Jamaica’s most treasured tourist attractions – and for very good reason. The world-famous naturally occurring cascade series flows from 180-feet high to meet the salty waters of a pristine beach below. Visitors can climb the falls on foot with a guide or overlook the spectacular scenery from exhilarating zipline courses or a hanging bridge. Turtle River Falls and Gardens, a 15-acre tropical garden featuring exotic plants and birds, is located just a stone’s throws away and is also well worth a visit. For families staying on the South Coast, YS Falls features a seven-tiered cascading waterfall with zipline canopy rides, a natural spring pool, and relaxing gardens to explore.
Heart-Racing Adventure Parks
Located in the heart of Ocho Rios, Mystic Mountain lets visitors get a different perspective on the region thanks to a variety of thrilling treetop adventures and attractions. Explore the forest ecosystem during a heart-racing trip on the legendary 1,00-metre Rainforest Bobsled, which whisks riders through tropical landscapes on custom-built sleds that evoke Jamaica’s famed Olympic team. Families can ride a camel, drive an ATV through muddy terrain, swim with dolphins and take part in an authentic Jamaican cooking class all in one day at Yaaman Adventure Park. The 18th-century agricultural property is full of rich historic and scenic natural beauty, offering a wide variety of family friendly activities for young and old. Kool Runnings Adventure Park in Negril makes a big splash with kids and teens. Families can float along the lazy river and feel the rush while speeding down 40-foot water slides. Those who want to stay on dry land can opt for a round of paintball or go-karting.
Educational Cultural Attractions
Families looking for a break from Jamaica’s sun, sea and sand can explore the island’s many galleries, museums, and cultural sites. Music fans young and old feel the rhythm of reggae at the Bob Marley Museum. The former home of the legendary musician gives visitors a fascinating glimpse into the artist’s life and career with his favorite guitar still sitting beside his bed and the on-site One Love Café featuring many of Marley’s favorite dishes. Montego Bay’s Rose Hall Great House is a historic Georgian Plantation House steeped in local folklore. Tales of Annie Palmer, the home’s legendary White Witch, are sure to spook and delight kids and adults and the beautiful tropical gardens surrounding the property are the perfect setting for a family picnic. And in downtown Kingston, the National Gallery of Jamaica tells the story of Jamaica’s people through early and contemporary artwork, memorabilia, artifacts, and interactive installations.
Learn more about Jamaica’s island’s family-friendly hotels, attractions, and experiences at visitjamaica.com.