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by , SmarterTravel Staff - February 27, 2010
Jamaica: Negril Beach House

Jamaica

One of our Top Five Spring Bargain Destinations, Jamaica is a sure bet for value-focused travelers. Whether you visit the capital Kingston for some history, Montego Bay for golf, Negril with your family, or Ocho Rios as an eco-tourist, you're sure to find sun and sand nearby.

Why It's a Good Value

Finding flights to Jamaica from low-cost carriers is simple. AirTran recently began service to Montego Bay, and JetBlue expanded service to Montego Bay alongside its flights to Kingston. Delta also has new service to Kingston. Canadian residents can find flights with WestJet (Ottawa to Montego Bay) and Air Transat (Toronto to Kingston).

Options for accommodations include informal guesthouses that fit small budgets and hotels that range from all-inclusive to properties that let you experience the local life. If you don't like the idea of an all-inclusive, you can still save money by eating locally.

Best Beaches

traveler0777 says Seven Mile Beach in Negril is "one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The water is calm and beautiful...relax and converse with a totally international crowd."

Reader tunkus agrees: "The beach is fantastic, the sea is turquoise colored and the sands are white. It's quite shallow so even non-swimmers can enjoy it ... you could stay in the water for hours."

Try Doctor's Cave Beach Club in Montego Bay for great snorkeling around coral reefs, Dunns River Falls and Park Beach in Ocho Rios for views of a 600-foot waterfall, or take a 15-minute boat ride from Port Royal in Kingston to the uninhibited Lime Cay.

(Photo: iStockphoto/Raido Valjamaa)

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