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X marks the spot on this exhilarating treasure trove of an island, the colours of Jamaica’s flag summing up its golden sunshine, its forest-cloaked mountains and the creativity of its people, who spun the sounds of reggae out of their hardships. Marvel at the cultural vibrancy of Kingston as you ricochet from raucous dancehall parties and jerk pits to grand public gardens and museums, before exploring the astounding natural beauty of the country’s waterfalls, mountain trails, coffee estates and top hotels. As for beach bums, it doesn’t get much better than a palm-shaded hammock and ice-cold Red Stripe on a deserted cove. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
Jamaica’s got a rhythm and style like nowhere else, and while everyone’s heard about the rum, reggae and Rastafarianism, it’s the scenic beauty of this huge and charismatic island that surprises. If you like the sound of dramatic drives through saw-tooth mountains rising to over 7,000ft, jerk chicken barbecues on the beach and outdoor adventures from horse riding to floating downriver on a bamboo raft, this is your kind of island, with plenty of great things to do. Some of the most stylish places to stay here have grown out of the music industry, and the island also gave birth to the concept of large all-inclusive beach resorts. Here are ten of our favourite stops around the island.