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  • Writer's pictureCleo A


You’ve worked hard all year. Now it’s time to kick back and relax for the festive season. But where should you go and celebrate the Christmas holidays? While Jamaica is a top destination for foreigners to spend their Christmas, they’re not the only ones who can enjoy the delights the island has to offer.

Head to the Beach. Shops are closed and you’ve got no work or school. It’s time to be carefree by the ocean. Gather your family or friends and head to one of these beaches to soak up some sun and unwind. Winnifred Beach in San Antonio is immense. Other top picks include; Mammee Bay Beach in Ocho Rios, Great Bay in Treasure Beach, Doctor’s Cave in Montego Bay, Puerto Seco Beach in Discovery Bay and the Seven Mile Beach in Negril. Lime Cay, an island just off Port Royal (take a small boat to get there), is also a top pick. If you’d prefer to swim in fresh water, you should check out Frenchman’s Cove in Portland or Blue Lagoon with a mix of freshwater and seawater rivers feeding into the open water.

Hideaway in a hotel and “Do Not Disturb.” Leave all your worries behind you. Forget that pile of washing and your never-ending to-do list at home and escape for a few days. Jamaica is not short of hotels. Why not book a mini-getaway this Christmas? If you’re adventurous, then maybe think about booking a stay with Serendipity Holistic Resort. Nestled in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains they offer access to the rivers, spa and healing gardens. The perfect cure for urban life. If instead want a view of the Caribbean Sea, book a stay with Baywatch Villa on Runaway Bay Beach.

Visit a forgotten family member. We all have that one great aunt or long-lost uncle whom we never see. It might be because you have to listen to their 4-hour stories or get offered something they call ‘curry’ but it tastes like stewed cardboard……Christmas time is the perfect opportunity to see them. Bring your own cake to eat if you have to, but spending time with family is important. You never know what you might learn from them and maybe the soup will taste better this time.

Dance the night away. We all know that Jamaicans can party. So why not head to the nearest dance floor and let off some steam. It’s Christmas, so you don’t have to think about tomorrow or the mistakes you may make. It’ll be the New Year soon anyway, and everyone knows that a New Year means new you! There are parties, charity balls and live music events for you to dance until your feet hurt (and then a little bit more).

Staycation. You’re so busy the rest of the year. Why not spend the Christmas holidays at home? Put your feet up and relax. Rather than rushing around and suffering from FOMO (fear of missing out), sit back and remember how nice it is to do nothing. Catch up on that latest Netflix series, clean up around the house or just take a nap. Sometimes the best gift to yourself can be that of relaxation. Give thanks for what you have.

*This was originally written for an agency during my time in Jamaica*

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