Jamaica: a sweet honeymoon destination

Known world-wide as the cradle of reggae, ska, dub and other modern musical genres, Jamaica boasts a vibrant urban recording industry. But the third biggest island in the Caribbean has other things to offer, too: the fine golden sands of its beautiful beaches are lapped by crystal waters, and the tropical climate and relaxed atmosphere make it perfect for honeymoon couples.

If you're planning your wedding and wondering where to take your honeymoon, these photos may well help you make up your mind: Jamaica, the natural and cultural Caribbean paradise is an excellent choice. In Kingston, the capital, you can visit the house of the mythical Bob Marley; in Negril, there's the iconic Rick's Cafe, in the north, the beautiful scenery of the waterfalls of the Dunas River in Ocho Rios, and in the east the magnificent Blue Mountains. The popular Montego Bay is where Prince Harry took time out on his first official tour to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, while in the far west Seven Mile Beach is a fantastic stretch of palm-fringed tropical beach. All around the island are a host of places to enjoy water sports and beach fun, or simply laze the day away until it's time for the magnificent sunsets and a taste of the delicious local cuisine.

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Martha Brae river, Jamaica
The tranquil Martha Brae river – named, according to legend, for a local witch – flows to the coastal town of Falmouth in the north of the island. A guided trip on one of the  fragile-looking rafts is both a romantic experience and a chance to discover Jamaica's tropical interior / © Jamaica Tourist Board 

Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica
On the far western tip of the island, Negril boasts the longest stretch of fine white sandy beaches known as Seven Mile Beach, rated among the world's top beaches / © Jamaica Tourist Board 

Fonthill Beach, Jamaica
Even horse-riding can be a water sport at Fonthill Beach, near the St Elizabeth nature reserve, owned by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica / © Jamaica Tourist Board 

Jake's Resort and Montego bay, Jamaica
The cabins at Jake's resort, Treasure Beach are in perfect harmony with the natural surroundings (left); Montego Bay on the north coast is a popular tourist destination / © Jamaica Tourist Board 

Black River, Jamaica
In the south of the island, the Black River – so-called because of the colour of the river bed – is one of Jamaica's longest rivers and a great place for birdwatching / © Jamaica Tourist Board 

Doctor's Cave Beach, Montego Bay, Jamaica
The curative properties of the sheltered waters of Doctor's Cave were one of the early attractions of Montego Bay / © Jamaica Tourist Board 

A tropical climate, fine beaches, sport and leisure activities, gastronomy, relaxation, and, of course, plenty of romantic settings: it's no wonder Jamaica is popular as a honeymoon destination / © Jamaica Tourist Board 

Devon House, Jamaica
George Stiebel, Jamaica's first black millionaire, who made his fortune in the gold mines of Venezuela, built the regal Devon House mansion in St Andrew Parish / © Jamaica Tourist Board 

Fern Gully, Jamaica
This winding stretch of road where the vegetation arches high over the road to form a lush green tunnel on the scenic highway from Ocho Rios to Colgate is known as Fern Gully / © Jamaica Tourist Board 

Bob Marley Museum, Kingston, Jamaica
No trip to Jamaica would be complete without a visit the Bob Marley Museum, located in the capital, Kingston, located in the house the legendary musician lived in on Hope Road / © Jamaica Tourist Board 

Frenchman's Cove, Port Antonio, is a secluded private beach held in the protective embrace of lush tropical vegetation / © Jamaica Tourist Board 

Golf on Jamaica
The island boasts twelve golf courses, with facilities for all levels and tastes / © Jamaica Tourist Board 

Jamaica is a fertile land of warmth and welcome, where a relaxed atmosphere seems to drift on the tropical breeze / © Jamaica Tourist Board 

Dunn's River Falls, Jamaica
Just a few kilometres from the tourist town of Ocho Rios, the Dunn's River Falls reach a height of 180 metres and are one of the most popular sights of the island. Sheltered from the hot sun by thick vegetation, the water falls between the stepped terraces to disgorge directly into the sea / © Jamaica Tourist Board 

A network of over 17,000 kilometres of road connects the main towns and cities of the island, but the mountainous terrain means the rural roads are often winding, bumpy and narrow, not to mention being populated with vehicles of all types, as well as cows, goats, stray dogs, bicyclists, motor-bikers, pushcarts, pedestrians – and the infamous potholes / © Jamaica Tourist Board