New York Highlights
New York is a must-visit destination on everyone’s list. A towering cityscape full of iconic buildings that is infused with beautiful green spaces and awash with people, history, colour and some of the best food you’ll ever eat. It’s difficult to overstate how magical ‘The City that Never Sleeps’ really is, but once you’re here, she’s yours to discover.
The City of Landmarks
New York City is home to striking and often revolutionary architecture in the form of glossy skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building, the Art Deco style of the Chrysler Building and the quirkiness of the Flatiron Building. Its famous landmarks also include contemporary museums, expansive parks and historic monuments, all waiting to be explored.
New York City is renowned worldwide for its iconic shopping opportunities, from the legendary elegance of Fifth Avenue and Macy’s - an 11-story department store in Herald Square - to the scores of retro clothing shops and bustling neighbourhood flea markets. So, in our opinion, you may need another suitcase!
There is a melting pot of different cultures, flavours and styles in New York, which is reflected in its ever-revolving cornucopia of restaurants, bars and cafés in all corners of the city. There are long-standing establishments serving up classic dishes within a familial, community atmosphere, as well as Michelin-starred fine dining spots and pop-up food stands - both packing a punch with equally delicious fare.
New York is abundant with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, whether it’s catching a Broadway show, taking flight in a helicopter ride over the Statue of Liberty or riding a horse and carriage through Central Park. Yet, excitement can be found even in the seemingly routine; hail down a famous yellow taxi, navigate the frenetic subway system or gaze through the shop window at Tiffany & Co. for a truly unforgettable experience.
Jamaica embodies a perfect blend of colonial history, natural beauty and relaxing island vibes. From the iconic Dunn's River Falls to the heritage of Rose Hall Great House, Jamaica is an island scattered with must-visit landmarks that tell tales of its rich past and wonderful vibrant present. Together with its all-important beaches and oceanside activities, this superb Caribbean Island has got it all.
Jamaica's paradise island is a whole new world of natural wonders. You’ll be captivated as soon as you step foot off the plane and into its tropical spirit. Nestled in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, the many islands see landscapes of lush rainforest hills, cascading waterfalls, and pristine white-sand beaches kissed by the turquoise waters. Open up your windows every morning to vistas of gently lapping sea waves and towering palm trees swaying in the breeze, where you’re invited to explore its untamed beauty.
Hearty Caribbean Grub
Jamaican food is full of heart and soul. You simply can’t visit without trying some of the island’s world-famous cuisine, including spicy jerk chicken, fresh ackee and saltfish, and an iconic golden Jamaican patty. Whether it’s from a local street food stall or a fine dining restaurant, rest assured you’ll be fed like royalty.
Jamaica has an endless list of award-winning beaches and is an absolute haven for sun, sea, sand, and pure coastal serenity. Fringed with palm trees and lapped by the turquoise waters, Jamaican beaches bring that postcard-perfect charm you’ve been dreaming of. From the renowned Seven Mile Beach in Negril to the secluded beauty of Frenchman's Cove, each and every stretch of Jamaican sand brings something unique. Beach lovers, get ready to find your paradise!
Jamaica is an outdoorsy playground of nature-driven experiences. On the shores, you can find your bravery in water sports activities and explore spectacular marine life through snorkelling and scuba diving excursions. Further inland you can head to the tropical rainforests of the Blue Mountains that are rooted in adventure, from hiking trails to river tours to zipline courses. You’ll wake up every day to an action-packed itinerary of adrenaline-pumping experiences.
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NEW YORK & JAMAICA HOLIDAY FAQS
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NEW YORK & JAMAICA HOLIDAY FAQS
When you’re planning your twin-centre holiday, you’ll need to bear in mind that both destinations have different climates. One option that works across both New York and Jamaica is to plan your journey
during the autumn months, typically from September to November. During this time, New York has pleasant weather, with temperatures between 15°C and 20°C, meaning you can roam the city comfortably without the sometimes oppressive heat of the summer. Simultaneously, Jamaica is at the end of its rainy season, so you’re likely to have delightful weather with temperatures around 25°C to 30°C.
Alternatively, consider spring (from March to May) for a great blend of comfortable temperatures. In New York, you can expect slightly milder weather (from 10°C to 20°C), but the city will be blooming with pastel-hued flowers and greenery, making it a picturesque backdrop for your travels. Meanwhile, Jamaica maintains its warm climate during these months, with temperatures averaging between 25°C and 29°C. Although, there might be a slightly increased chance of rainfall.
If you're looking to escape the UK chill, then the winter months, from December to March, are an excellent time to visit Jamaica. During this time, the dry season brings plenty of sunshine, but there will be higher numbers of tourists.
For a balanced combination of good weather and reasonable prices, consider the shoulder seasons, specifically late November and late April. During these periods, you can make the most of having fewer crowds, making it easier to explore the attractions and find better deals.
Both New York and Jamaica are 5 hours behind the UK for most of the year. Just note that during the period when the UK observes Daylight Saving Time (typically in March and October), the time difference reduces by 1 hour.
When travelling between destinations, note that New York is 1 hour behind Jamaica.
For UK travellers, your journey will typically start from major UK airports such as London Heathrow Airport (LHR) or London Gatwick Airport (LGW). Upon arriving in the US, you'll likely land at John F.Kennedy International Airport (JFK), which is a major international hub.
When it comes to Jamaica, Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) in Kingston and Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay are the main airports catering to international flights.
You can get a head start in planning your adventure by making an initial deposit, locking in the current price and spreading out the remaining cost into manageable instalments. A hassle-free booking experience from start to finish.
The easiest way to travel between destinations for multi-centre holidays to New York and Jamaica is via flight. You can easily book a direct flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York to either Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) in Kingston or Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and it typically takes around 3 to 4 hours.
A New York twin-centre holiday has plenty of options for accommodations, depending on what it is that you’re looking for.
Luxury hotels like The Plaza and The Ritz-Carlton offer an opulent experience with top-notch amenities, impeccable service, and central locations, and although it’s not a budget-friendly option, these can be great if you’re looking for something once-in-a-lifetime.
For those seeking a mixture of comfort and affordability, boutique hotels give a stylish and more intimate atmosphere, as well as trendy décor and a local charm that can make your stay feel extra special.
Additionally, holiday rentals and apartment listings may be a good alternative for those looking for a homely feel and the freedom to customise their stay - ideal for families or groups seeking a more private and independent accommodation option.
The city that never sleeps is well-known for its buzzing atmosphere - there’s always something to do in this vibrant city.
One of the most iconic events is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in November, a beloved tradition featuring giant balloons, floats, and performances that captivate both locals and visitors alike. The parade is an epic celebration and is well worth seeing if you’re travelling at this time of year. For art enthusiasts, the annual Tribeca Film Festival is another great event, showcasing a wide array of independent films, documentaries, and virtual reality experiences. The festival attracts renowned filmmakers, actors, and industry professionals, making it a fantastic opportunity for film buffs to immerse themselves in cutting-edge cinema and catch a glimpse of their favourite stars.
Music fanatics will love Governors Ball Music Festival, a 3-day event in late spring/early summer with a diverse line-up of musical performances ranging from rock and pop to hip-hop and electronic music. The festival, held on Randall's Island, has a unique, vibrant atmosphere and is an unforgettable way to enjoy live performances in a lively outdoor setting.
Another notable event is the New York Comic Con in October, a paradise for comic book fans, cosplayers, and pop culture enthusiasts. This 4-day convention celebrates all things related to comics, graphic novels, anime, and gaming, featuring panel discussions, exclusive merchandise, and opportunities to meet industry professionals and celebrities in a warm and inviting space.
Jamaica is known for its stunning natural beauty and vibrant culture, and so there’s plenty to see and do on your Jamaica twin-centre holiday.
The Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios is a favourite. It’s a breathtaking cascade of water that tourists can climb with the assistance of experienced guides, making it an exhilarating and memorable experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers.
For a glimpse into Jamaica's interesting history and culture, the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston is a significant landmark. Formerly the home of the legendary reggae musician, the museum gives a fascinating insight into his life, music, and legacy, giving a deeper understanding of Jamaica's rich musical heritage.
If you’re all about natural beauty, you’ll love the serenity of the Blue Mountains. It’s a haven for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts thanks to its stunning views and lush, green landscapes. Home to the famous Blue Mountain coffee plantations, this region has loads of opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, and exploring the island's diverse flora and fauna, making it a must-see for anyone seeking an authentic Jamaican experience.
Additionally, the Luminous Lagoon in Falmouth is an amazing natural phenomenon that has enchanting glowing waters caused by microorganisms that emit a phosphorescent light. It creates a surreal and magical experience during nightly boat tours, and makes for an unforgettable encounter with Jamaica's natural wonders.
Jamaica is known around the world for its lively festivals and cultural events, and if you’re lucky, you can catch some of the more iconic ones.
The Jamaica Carnival, held in April, boasts exuberant parades, pulsating music, and dazzling costumes, inviting locals and tourists alike to take part in the infectious revelry celebrating Jamaica's dynamic cultural identity.
For reggae enthusiasts, the Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay takes centre stage in July, with an epic line- up of local and international reggae and dancehall artists. The festival's soul-stirring melodies and pulsating rhythms create a chance to take a deep dive into the heart of Jamaica's renowned music scene.
Foodies should mark their calendars for the Jamaica Food and Drink Festival, an annual gastronomic celebration held in October. This culinary extravaganza showcases the island's delicious flavours and culinary traditions through tantalising food tastings, cooking demos, and interactive experiences.
Jamaican cuisine is famous for its bold flavours and diverse influences, and there’s a whole host of mouth-watering dishes to try.
One must-try for carnivores is jerk chicken, a quintessential Jamaican delicacy known for its robust blend of spices and fiery flavours. The chicken is marinated in a unique combination of scotch bonnet peppers, allspice and other herbs, then grilled to perfection, creating a mouthwatering dish that captures the essence of Jamaican culinary expertise.
Another staple is ackee and saltfish, Jamaica's national dish, which combines the creamy texture of ackee fruit with salted codfish, onions, and various spices. This hearty meal is often served with fried dumplings, boiled green bananas, or yams, offering a delightful introduction to the island's traditional staples and culinary customs.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, be sure to sample some of Jamaica's delectable desserts, including the famous rum cake. Made with a generous infusion of locally produced rum, this moist and rich cake is a decadent treat often enjoyed during special occasions and celebrations.