You Can’t Beat Summer in Jamaica for Families

family activities in Ocho Rios

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When the calendar rolls over to June, and schools release their students into the summer of 2015, many families turn their attention to planning a memorable getaway to punctuate the school year.

Jamaica is warm and sunny year-round, of course—which makes it an ideal place to flee to in the depths of winter.

But summertime is just as lovely, with endless events, festivals, and family-friendly adventures to try…and less people flocking to them. With thinned crowds and amazing weather, you’ll leave feeling closer to the vibrant island of each other Jamaica, and—more importantly—to each other.

What exactly does a vacation in Jamaica offer to families looking to connect and recharge over summer break?

  1. Value

 Value  Saving for Your vacation

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If you visit Jamaica in the summer, you’ll save money.

Accommodation prices drop. So does the cost of airfare (by about 5% – 10%, according to Frommers). Even ticket prices island tours, packages, and other adventure activities are slashed by up to 20%.

Do keep in mind, however, that at some Jamaican hotels and resorts, summer season can mean a smaller staff, which means less drink refills, less help booking your excursions, etc. And often, summer is synonymous with “construction season.” Be sure to call ahead to be sure the pool and other amenities at your hotel/resort will be operational during your visit.

Or, try a vacation rental villa, which will always welcome you with open arms and top-notch service.

At Jamaica Ocean View Villa, for example, we offer FREE transportation around the island, plus free tubing at White River Rafting (or $300 activity credit) but all of our perks remain the same.

We have our pool (and perfect weather for enjoying it) and our full staff of Jamaican locals who can help arrange excursions, cook authentic Jamaican meals for your family, and refresh your poolside drinks.

  1. A Packed Event Schedule

Summer season brings with it a packed family-friendly event calendar. And unlike the throngs of people at spring and winter season celebrations, summer event crowds are thinner—which, of course, makes them more accommodating for families with young kids.

A sampling of Jamaican family-friendly events this summer:

The Ochos Rios Jazz Festival (June)

Kingston on the Edge Urban Art Festival

Little Ochi Seafood Carnival (July)

National Dance Theatre Company’s Season of Dance (July-August)

Reggae Sumfest (July). Note: Sumfest is not suitable for kids of all ages on all nights; check the schedule for the festival’s more low-key events.

  1. A Slower Pace

If you’re the type of traveler who likes to slowly peruse the marketplaces and take longs strolls with no goal other than absorbing all the sights, sounds, and textures of your destination, then a Jamaican summer is for you.

Without the “hurry up and get there before the crowds” feeling that pervades the busy season, you can create a vacation around your schedule, not the schedule of the thousands of other guests on Jamaica.

Feel free to sleep in, take long walks, and take your time at the market.

And you don’t need us to tell you that if you’re traveling with your family, a quieter, more relaxed pace makes everyone’s lives easier. Nothing ruins a vacation faster than trying to herd your hungry, cranky kids in the midst of wall-to-wall crowds. In summer, it’s not as much of a concern.

  1. Restaurants & Beaches All To Yourself

 Beaches and more

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And then, when it’s time for dinner, you can waltz into many restaurants without worrying about a reservation. Ditto for the beaches: a space to lay your towel is not nearly as hard to come by during the summertime.

Worried that you’ve waited to long to book a Jamaican vacation for summer 2015? Fear not! In summertime, it’s entirely possible to book last-minute.

While peak season reservations and bookings must be made several months in advance, the summer slowdown means that late spring is a great time to jump on your summer bookings.

So why not give your family something to look forward to this summer and book today?

We’d love for you to check out our Jamaica Ocean View Villa, which sleeps up to 16 and offers plenty of space for multiple families traveling together…or a big family reunion in paradise!





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