A trip to Jamaica is a pretty sweet prospect no matter what time of year it takes place at, but if you have the choice, the week around Jamaican Independence Day is one of the best times you could pick.
In the flurry of activity in the lead-up to Independence Day, the island comes alive with a whirlwind of gold, black and green – the colors of the Jamaican flag. You’ll be there to watch the excitement build over the seven days of celebration that begin with Emancipation Day, which marks the abolition of slavery in Jamaica.
Expect a rainbow of joyful events all over the island, from music-filled parades and fairs showcasing local music, food and crafts to the World Reggae Dance Championship Finals – and plenty of community street dances, too.
Jamaican Independence Week
July 30 - Aug 4, 2019 ( 6 days, 5 nights)
From $1,125 per person
You’ll stay in the coastal town of Montego Bay, in the north of the island, at the sumptuous Hyatt Zilara. In this adults-only five-star resort, your every need will be catered to, at all hours of the day and night. As well as a beautiful double room with a balcony and airy, tropical décor, you’ll have access to the resort’s nine restaurants and its network of beautiful swimming pools, which include a swim-up bar.
The resort faces straight onto a private white-sand beach, where beach butlers will be on hand to bring you refreshments and snacks whenever you need them. Play a game of pool volleyball or try some other watersports in the activities pool, and unwind afterwards with an indulgent massage or facial at the on-site full-service spa. A wide variety of daily and nightly entertainment is on offer.
You will also be free to enjoy all the facilities in the sister resort, the Hyatt Ziva, which has six restaurants as well as its own private beach.
Activities and Excursions
You could easily spend the entire trip reveling in the glory of the two amazing hotels. But when you do want to get out and about, choose one of the optional excursions that gives you the chance to see the wider island during this exciting time of the year.
In addition to trips to take in the spectacular week-long Jamaican Independence Day festivities, you can choose to go to destinations such as Rick’s Café, the iconic restaurant known for its beautiful sunset view and cliff-jumping opportunities; Dunn’s River Falls, the remarkable natural wonder shaped like a staircase; and the Bob Marley Museum, set within the former Kingston home of one of Jamaica’s most famous sons.