The largest English speaking country in the Caribbean, Jamaica boasts every kind of terrain imaginable for an island in the sun. From beaches (of every colour) to cloud forests and misty mountains, jagged cliffs and lush river valleys - there is so much more than meets the eye. A great way to explore the island is to rent a car from a reliable agency such as Budget, hit the road and prepare to have some of the best experiences the island has to offer!
Treasure Beach to Negril
About two hours in length, this road trip traverses the rugged southern coastline of the island enabling passengers to take in the varying sights and sounds of a more undeveloped Jamaica. See a crocodile in Black River, drive through a lush bamboo avenue, grab a fish and festival at Border, stop in Bluefields and pay homage to Peter Tosh or take a swim with a cold Red Stripe in hand at any of the public beaches along the way before arriving – in time to catch a sunset of course - on the 7 miles of beach you came to visit in Negril.
Papine to Newcastle
A drive up this winding road from the plains of Kingston takes about an hour through the cool foothills of St. Andrew and into the Blue and John Crow Mountain range - 26,000 hectares of land recently demarcated as a World Heritage Site. Stop to take a photo or have a cup of coffee along the way, pack a picnic and visit Holywell National Park where you can take a guided hike to a waterfall. Either way the drive is the great way to spend a day.
Spanish Town to Ocho Rios
Now that there’s an option, everyone has their favourite. The new highway which will undoubtedly get you door to door in just over an hour, is a feat in engineering cutting through the mountains, serving up spectacular views (because of its elevation) of the the two sides of the island. The old road in comparison takes over two hours and winds its way through the river valleys along the Rio Cobre then climbs the precarious (in nickname only) Mount Diablo before beginning a long descent towards the sea, where roadside food stops and fruit vendors abound.
Stony Hill to Port Antonio
The journey from Stony Hill through Junction is possibly one of the most scenic ways to get to the town of Port Antonio, set in the wild lush beauty of the parish of Portland. From Kingston, take the Stony Hill Road and feel the air begin to cool as you hit the increasingly narrow winding road through small towns along the river valley and up into the mountains to Friendship Gap where you can get delicious soups and Aquarius fried chicken. Coming off the Junction mountain road, head to the right at the large roundabout (left takes you to Oracabessa and Ocho Rios), through cane and coconut fields to hit the coastal road along Annotto, Buff, Hope, Orange and St. Margaret’s Bays, stopping off for a lazy river rafting experience down the Rio Grande along the way before reaching beautiful Port Antonio.
To find out rates and availability for Budget Cars
or one of their locations at
Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston
(876) 924-8762 and
Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay
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