Boasting a lush topography of mountains rainforests and reef-lined beaches, Jamaica is one of the jewels in the Caribbean crown. The legacy of the island’s most famous son continues to burn brightly here, with capital Kingston home to the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the iconic musician. As for accommodation, many of its all-inclusive resorts are clustered in Montego Bay, with its British-colonial architecture, and Negril, known for its diving and snorkeling sites.
A stunning Jamaican sunset (Jaibem Photography via Flickr)
If you’re seeking an all-inclusive trip to Jamaica, we recommend that you book using a market leading website to guarantee you receive the best price, availability and quality of service. Not only do these websites tend to offer the largest number of options (for flights & resorts), their market power means they also offer the best deals. Moreover, you are assured a high level of customer service along with a lenient cancellation policy, as they don’t want to put their hard-earned reputation at risk.
Below are the three most reputable websites based on our research. We suggest checking rates with all three of them in order to ensure you the best possible deal for your trip to Jamaica.
Comprehensive descriptions of the resorts on offer help to give CheapCaribbean a simple and instructive user-experience. Moreover, the website claims that its descriptions are based on personal, independent reviews conducted by staff members of each resort listed. There are also ‘deals of the week’, which generally seem to include airport transfer to your resort – a service particularly popular with families with small children. The main disadvantage of using CheapCaribbean for all-inclusive trips to Jamaica is that the number of resorts listed is somewhat smaller than on other websites.
With Expedia we found a significantly bigger choice of resorts compared with CheapCaribbean, in particular for luxury options. Furthermore, we also found that prices for certain resorts were somewhat lower, so we certainly advise cross-checking the cost of any deals you find elsewhere. The website has also been diligent with its flight research, with clear and concise information provided. On the downside, the descriptions of the resorts are noticeably limited compared with other websites. Also, bear in mind there are several airports in Jamaica, so make sure you search for the one closest to where you plan to stay. For resorts in or close to Montego Bay or Negril, make sure you search for Sangster Airport, while Ian Fleming Airport is the closest hub for those staying around Ochos Rios.
We found that both the Jamaica resorts listed and their prices available were more or less the same as with Expedia. However, the interface is a little old fashioned and lacks the user friendliness of its competitors. Another downside is that the website does not offer the option of booking airport transfers to your resort, which is a highly requested service, particularly for families. We would primarily recommend Priceline for anyone who wants to book a resort without a flight, since availability and pricing seem to be the most favourable for these types of deals. Additionally, as with Expedia, if you’re booking through Priceline you should remember that there are numerous airports in Jamaica, so make sure you search for the one nearest to your resort.