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Climbing the falls - Dunn's River Falls


A Jamaica honeymoon gives couples a mixture of Jamaica’s special laid-back feeling with the excitement of the diverse island. Jamaica is a beautiful island paradise with coastal lowlands, a limestone plateau and the Blue Mountains, a group of volcanic hills in the east. From Negril's beautiful beaches to Dunn's River Falls tours in Ocho Rios to shopping in Montego Bay, Jamaica has all that a tourist could ask for and more. Fishing, scuba diving, wind surfing, river rafting and horse back riding are favorite daytime activities in Jamaica. In the evening, fine dinning at Jamaica's elite restaurants and resorts is a delight. Jamaica's unique cuisine and enchanting reggae sounds give honeymoon couples a feeling of tranquility they won't want to leave behind. "Irie mon" - cool, everything is going good. That’s what honeymoon couples tend to think while they’re sipping a cocktail by the pool with the love of their life in Jamaica.


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Jamaica can put the fun in any honeymoon. As the number 2 overall destination for newlyweds on Modern Bride's 2004 review, the third largest island in the Caribbean delivers. Jamaica can be relaxing, with beaches and nature as far as you can see. If activity is what you search for, you'll find water sports, 10 championship golf courses, and even nightlife.
Jamaica is as close to paradise as you will find. It is surrounded by the bright blue sea, has mountains, rivers, and 200 miles of beaches!
Just because it's packed with activity, don't think Jamaica is overly expensive; it can actually be quite economical. In fact the "all-inclusive" concept originated here. You can have a wonderful vacation without leaving your resort or ship. Start your day with a cup of rich Blue Mountain coffee and end it with rum punch on the beach. Or, take an excursion to sit on a local beach, climb a waterfall, negotiate a deal in the market, or whatever.
Climate and Weather
December to April is prime season. Rain is common, especially in May and from August to November. Washouts, however, are uncommon.

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Destination Wedding Information
Getting married in Jamaica is a beautiful and easy experience. Couples can be married just 24 hours after arriving in Jamaica, provided they have applied for a marriage license in advance. Many hotels will assist with the arrangements and offer special packages that include the ceremony, government tax and other expenses. The requirements for US citizens are birth certificate, divorce papers if applicable, notarized parental consent if under age 18 years old, and copy of death certificate for widow/widower. Here are the details:

Administrative fees: U.S. $80

  • -Waiting Period: 1 day
  • -Certified copy of birth certificate which includes father's name
  • -Apply and receive a marriage from the Minister of National Security
  • -Proof of divorce or copy of death certificate-certified
  • -Documented parental consent if either party is under 18 years of age
Jamaica Reviews
Sandals Grande Riveria
by Alissa Dent last updated on 03/13/2013
Sandals Grande Riveria is Amazing . They just went thru a huge renovation. I was able to stay 3 nts there . I had a beautiful Villa overlooking the ocean on a bluff. I also had a private shared pool. It was amazing. I have been to all the Sandals resorts...
Negril used to be a sleepy fishing village. In the 1960’s, hippies used to go to Negril to relax, hang out at nude beaches, and party. As Negril’s reputation grew for its beauty, friendly people, and incredible beach, resort companies started to develop...
I just returned from the beautiful island of Jamaica. While where I had a pleasure of attending a destination wedding at the Secrets St James Resort. This resort is located in Montego Bay area, short 15 minutes ride from the airport. It is an adults only...
by Cynthia Amin last updated on 10/05/2010
Jamaican honeymoon packages are very popular for many reasons. Jamaica is a large and diverse island located in the Western Caribbean with tropical temperatures year round. Jamaica is the 3rd largest island in the Caribbean, but we consider it the largest...
Sandals Whitehouse
by Gary Goldstein last updated on 09/24/2010
My wife I just returned from another great stay at Sandals Whitehouse. The 90 minute ride from Montego Bay airport was a bit rougher than usual due to a driving rain but well worth it as the sun shined just before we entered this resort for our third...
Couples Negril
by Ron Trimper last updated on 06/17/2010
Couples Negril is ideal for Honeymooners! Couples is a resort where you can wear your favorite shorts and sandals and eat great food and do as much or as little as you want. Everything was wonderful, the staff, my room, the food, the beach, the activities...
Sandals Negril Wedding
by Niki Rakowitz last updated on 09/16/2009
I just wanted to say that I am a travel agent and I chose Sandals Negril for my own personal wedding! We absolutely loved this location. There are so many amazing properties in Jamaica, so the choice was difficult. But we finally decided on Sandals...
Iberostar Grand Rose Hall
by Nina Sherman last updated on 09/16/2009
Jamaica is one of my favorite islands. On my last trip in April I spent 3 nights at the Iberostar Grand Hotel. This was my first, but certainly not my last stay with the hotel and chain. The hotel is 20 minutes from the airport. It is adults only(18 years...
Jamaica - Sandals and Couples Resorts
by Kim Eddy last updated on 03/30/2009
There are so many all inclusive resorts in Jamaica. Sandals and Couples resorts are some of the best honeymoon and destination wedding resorts in the Caribbean. They offer free weddings with a 7 night stay. Sandals offers your own personal wedding planner...
Jamaica, So Many Choices
by Susan Cashman last updated on 03/02/2009
The reason I have been to Jamaica so many times is because I love the choices of locations and resort selection . . . from very upscale to moderately priced active resorts. One of my personal favorites is Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios. Excellent all...
Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa - A Beach Paradise!
by Michaela Moore, CTA LS last updated on 12/29/2008
This is where my husband and I honeymooned in December of 2007. I had been wanting to visit this resort since it opened and I was not disappointed. If you are looking for a nice long private beach, this is it! Since Sandals Whitehouse European Village...
Sandals Royal Caribbean
by Suzanne Shank last updated on 11/05/2008
My husband and I have stayed at this property in Montego Bay, Jamaica twice and are returning in September. Needless to say, it is a favorite. The location is perfect and close to the Montego Bay airport. When you arrive, you claim your baggage and...
Jamaica - Ocho Rios and Negril
by Tracy Arroyo last updated on 11/05/2008
I have been to Ocho Rios and Negril. The beaches are better in Negril because of the fine white sand. The beaches in Ocho Rios have golden sand and are not as wide. If you are a beach person, I would suggest Negril. However, Sandals Dunns River in Ocho...
Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica
by J M last updated on 11/05/2008
A Spanish invasion has taken place in Jamaica and not everyone feels this is the right thing, but it has happened. How does this affect you the traveler? Competition is always good. This resort is spectacular even though they got stuck with a pebbly...
Sunset at the Palms Resort & Spa
by Ellen Keralla last updated on 10/21/2008
Jamaica is the largest English-speaking island in the Caribbean with a population of 2.5 million people. No business is as important to them as tourism. It is a very mountainous country with half the island at 1,000 feet or above. The first Jamaicans...
Jamaica Inn
by Michelle Mangio last updated on 10/03/2008
The Jamaica Inn, located in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, is truly the type of luxury that most honeymooners dream of. My own stay there has certainly spoiled me, and I think I will be hard-pressed to find a resort that can live up to the expectations they set...
Beaches Negril is the ideal place for a vacation for everyone who loves lots of activity, a beautiful beach, great entertainment and good food. While all of Jamaica is surrounded by water and beaches, the beach at Beaches Negril is one of the most spectacular...
by Karen Martin last updated on 07/25/2008
There is a reason why Sandals keeps being voted "World's Leading All Inclusives" for over 13 years. They did not invent the all-inclusive concept, but they did perfect it! Pure Heaven! Sandals is also one of the world's leading Luxury...
Couples Resorts
by Adrienne Sasson last updated on 07/25/2008
Honeymooners - the name says it all. Couples Resorts were created with your desires in mind for a Jamaican Honeymoon. Couples Resorts features 4 couples only resorts in Jamaica. Two of the resorts are in Negril and two in the Ocho Rios region. In Negril...
Grand Lido Braco
by J M last updated on 07/25/2008
Grand Lido Braco truly has the feel of a Jamaican village. The Caribbean street party I attended this past Friday night was amazing. I felt welcomed in immediately by the warmth of the hospitality and the mood of the softly lit trees. The drinks were...
Breezes Runaway Bay
by Jen Norton last updated on 07/25/2008
The Breezes Runaway Bay is a perfect resort for honeymoons and weddings. It is an active resort that entertains its guests with its beautiful grounds, delicious restaurants, and relaxing infinity pool. If you are lucky enough to stay in a plunge pool...
My Favorite Island!
by Michelle Carbone last updated on 05/30/2008
I'm in love with Jamaica! I've been 9 times and will go back again and again. There are many things to do there outside of the resorts, such as Canopy tours, Appleton Rum factory, Blue Mountain tours, Cliff Diving, Jungle Tours, floating down...