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Monkey Island Jamaica

Port Antonio, Jamaica offers one of the most beautiful shorelines in the Caribbean, and right off this eastern coastline, sitting all by itself is Monkey Island.

Visitors usually swim over the sandy channels from San San Beach to this island outpost. The entire island is covered with lush vegetation, and provides a great place to snorkle and scuba dive.

Once you come ashore, you can climb up to 100 feet and take in the view of Jamaica’s beautiful lush green hill, and on a clear day you can see the island of Cuba. Climbing is not done on typical steps, but instead on tree roots that appear to be placed just so travelers can get a great view from this island outpost in the sea.

Monkey Island also has several other names: Woods Island, Pellow Island, and Princess Island. If you swim over from San San Beach watch your step – there are sea urchins with sticky spins on the shoreline. 

Back in the early 1900’s an American millionaire, Arthur Mitchell built a house (the Folly House) in Port Antonio, and kept monkeys on the island across the bay – hence the name. Presently the house is in ruins, so not much need to stop there unless old relics make your day.

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7 mile beach negril jamaica

If you’ve been to Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, on your next trip to Jamaica experience the Western tip of the island.

What visitors find in Negril is a very laid back atmosphere, great variety of watersports, mind-blowing sunsets, cliff-jumping and the true Rastafarian culture.

When most beach lovers think of 7 mile beach – the Cayman Islands come to mind. But there’s another famous Caribbean beach with the same name.

One of the best things about this particular beach is that there are no high rise hotels to block your view.

7 mile beach (shown above) is aptly named, because it is the longest continuous stretch of powdery beach on the island of Jamaica. The beach also contains some nudist sections along with bare-all Booby Cay offshore.

Jamaica’s world famous 7-mile beach is located in Negril on the west coast of Jamaica. Here you will find the perfect soft white sand beach. Every morning joggers take to the beach for their eary morning run, and take in the unspoiled beauty of this great beach.

The beach is as popular in the evening as well – the sunsets are spectacular and hundreds of visitors watch as the huge sun sinks into the ocean. If you’ve ever dreamed of capturing sunsets – this is the place. In fact, Rick’s Cafe, in Negril is among the most famous places in the Caribbean for watching sunsets.

Snorkelers will love the variety of coral reefs, and the water feels like a nice, warm bath. All sorts of resorts, clubs, beach bars, and open-air restaurants close by.

Another great beach is just around the corner from 7 mile beach. Bloody Bay (pictured below) unlike its name has excellent clear waters, lots of palm trees, and an unspoiled beach – two and a half miles of white sand beach on a calm bay.

Bloody Beach Negril Jamaica

Trunk Bay US Virgin Islands Beach

A beach resort in Puerto Rico topped a list of best places for families to stay in the Caribbean based on rankings by readers of Travel + Leisure Family Magazine.

The list of the 10 best tropical destinations appears in the magazine’s spring issue.

Las Casitas Village & Golden Door Spa in Las Croabas, Puerto Rico, was in the No. 1 spot; with doubles from $269. Activities include family golf clinics, horseback riding, and kayaking in the bioluminescent bay, where you’ll see glowing sea creatures on moonless nights.

Next was Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands; from $410 per day for adults, children $95, rates all-inclusive. Kids will love the swim-up juice bar, Xbox stations, and water park.

No. 3 was the Four Seasons Great Exuma at Emerald Bay in the Bahamas; doubles from $495. It offers everything from kite-flying to a teen center to parent-child golf and tennis clinics.

Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas took the No. 4 spot; with doubles from $370. Swim with the dolphins and enjoy the 97-acre waterscape (with slides).

Paradisus Puerto Rico Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, was next, adults from $406, children from $150, rates all-inclusive. Take tennis lessons, or if you prefer, golf or merengue classes.

The Four Seasons Resort Nevis in Charlestown, Nevis, was sixth on the list; doubles from $655. Look for sea turtles nesting on the beach at night.

The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in Palm Beach, Aruba, was next; doubles from $450. Kids can enjoy sculpting driftwood or playing volleyball on the sand.

In the No. 8 spot was Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica, doubles from $590. Kids will want to check out the Pineapple Club, and each of the 25 villas has a private pool.

Beaches Negril Resort & Spa in Negril, Jamaica, was ninth on the list; adults from $370, kids from $95, all-inclusive. Accredited nannies, Sesame Street characters, a water park and kids’ reggae parties are a few of the attractions.

Rounding out the list was the Westin St. John Resort & Villas in St. John – (Pictured Above), in the U.S. Virgin Islands; doubles from $759. Check out the water trampolines and iguana safaris, or just play a good old-fashioned game of bingo.

Source: USA Today