Jamaica Vacation Rentals

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Jamaica vacation rentals provide a refreshing alternative to the ubiquitous Jamaica all inclusive resorts along the popular west and north coasts. Only 146 miles from east to west, this tropical island is famous worldwide for its sparkling waters and sun-soaked beaches, yet the interior is largely uninhabitable, and the southern coast is mostly low-lying flatlands. This leaves a slender strip of coastline that has established Jamaica for decades as one of the prime travel destinations on earth.

Kingston in the south aside, Jamaica resorts and other accommodations, and most of the accessible natural attractions, are gathered on the west and north edge of Jamaica. For such a truly small area to be so enticing, it must be extraordinarily beautiful. Add tropical weather year-round, with almost no seasons, and it is easy to see how this small Caribbean island has hosted not only millions of tourists, but some of the most well-known international celebrities.

Jamaica Vacation Rentals Encourage Exploration

Not only are Jamaica vacation rentals economical compared to all inclusive hotels and resorts, but they encourage visitors to get out-and-about to see Jamaica. Life in an all inclusive is great fun, but it limits you to the entertainment provided in the cocoon of the resort. If visitors never see anything of the Jamaican countryside, or the Jamaican people, they have lost an opportunity to experience unique scenery and a distinctive culture.

One of the most famous sites to visit from Jamaica vacation rentals is Goldeneye in Oracabessa, just east of Ocho Rios. As the name indicates, this was the retreat of Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond. Today, it is a romantic getaway for couples and a secluded haven for rock stars who vacation in the four rental villas on the private peninsula and relax on the exclusive beaches. Tourists can walk onto the beach for a small fee and use the changing room and watersports rental center. Drinks include, of course, a Goldfinger (pineapple and orange juice with two kinds of rum).

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