How to Spend 10 Days in Jamaica

If you’re thinking of taking a trip to Jamaica, you might want to consider planning a slightly longer visit. Spending 10 days in Jamaica will give you plenty of time to do it all: relax, explore, shop, adventure, and sightsee. 

But planning a trip for so many days can be a little overwhelming, so we’re here to help with our itinerary for 10 days in Jamaica. This way you can make sure you’re exploring all that this incredible island has to offer.

Best Time to Spend 10 Days in Jamaica

Jamaica is a fun destination any time, with warm temperatures all year. However, there are some times that are better than others to visit. The best time to visit Jamaica is the island’s dry season, which runs from mid-December to mid-April. With little rainfall you’ll enjoy tons of sun, but since this is peak season, prices and crowds can be higher.

Jamaica’s rainy season is between May and November. If you don’t mind some frequent rain showers, then this isn’t a bad time to visit either. In fact, the island is at its greenest during these months, and prices are lower.

Note that hurricane season also occurs during the rainy season, from June to November. While hurricanes in Jamaica are rare, they do still occur. August, September, and October are when the threat is highest so if you visit during those months, stay aware of the weather and get travel insurance.

Expected Cost for 10 Days in Jamaica

The cost for 10 days in Jamaica can vary depending on the time of year you visit and accommodations and activities you choose. This is good news because you’re in control of the budget, and you can put more money into areas you think are more important.

In general, 10 days in Jamaica can average between $1100 to more than $3200 per person. So keep that in mind as you start to make your plans.

To save money, look for deals online. It can also be helpful to talk with an expert travel agent, who may have access to special discounts.

Where to Stay for 10 Days in Jamaica

Jamaica is overflowing with incredible resorts, boutique hotels, vacation rentals, and affordable inns, so you’re sure to find something that fits your style and budget. 

Here are some of our recommendations for top Jamaican resorts. You can also check out our articles on all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica, honeymoon resorts in Jamaica, family-friendly resorts in Jamaica, adults-only resorts in Jamaica, and pet-friendly resorts in Jamaica.

Beaches Negril

Set on famous Seven Mile Beach in Negril, which features soft white sand and calm turquoise water, Beaches Negril is a fun all-inclusive resort for families, friends, and couples alike. Enjoy luxurious, spacious rooms and suites; 10 restaurants and multiple bars; a fitness center; and a spa. You can also book area excursions for an extra fee.

There are a ton of complimentary activities and amenities, such as watersports including scuba diving and snorkeling; land sports; daily and nightly entertainment; a Kid’s Club; a huge Pirates Island Waterpark; Trench Town arcade; Xbox Play Lounge; Caribbean Adventures with Sesame Street™ characters; and the Club Liquid teen nightclub (which becomes an adult nightclub later on).

Sandals Dunn’s River, Ocho Rios

Sandals Dunn’s River is the newest of the 7 adults-only all-inclusive Sandals resorts in Jamaica, and our favorite. The food, bars, rooms, surroundings, and level of service have all been taken up a level here. And as at all Sandals resorts, you get a ton of complimentary watersports including scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as land activities like tennis, and nightly entertainment.

Sandals Dunn’s River features a lot of “firsts” for the Sandals brand including all-new restaurants and bars. There are 12 restaurants and 7 bars, including a rooftop bar, a swim-up bar, and an upscale lounge. We loved the rum bar and the new coffee shop concept. There are also amazing luxurious accommodations like SkyPool Suites, which feature an elevated private plunge pool with an infinity edge that overlooks the Caribbean.

Sandals Royal Caribbean, Montego Bay

Sandals Royal Caribbean is located very close to Sangster International Airport, so you can get your vacation started quickly. It has a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of complimentary water and land activities and a beautiful private offshore island with a pool, swim-up bar, beach cabanas, and restaurant. 

On the island you’ll also find the amazing overwater bungalows, and there are plenty of other luxurious rooms and suites to choose from. There are also 9 restaurants and 5 bars, and you get access to all the activities and amenities at nearby Sandals Montego Bay as well (which has a more lively atmosphere). You can also easily explore Montego Bay or book a wide variety of area excursions.

Half Moon Resort, Montego Bay

This elegant resort near Jamaica’s famous Montego Bay hosts celebrities, royalty, and everyone else on its breathtaking stretch of the Caribbean. A family-run hotel, Half Moon Resort features something for everyone, especially couples.

Foodies will love the fresh, locally sourced ingredients, used to create traditional Jamaican food and other delicious offerings at 4 restaurants. The romantic Sugar Mill Restaurant is one of the top restaurants on the island. Choose from rooms, suites, or large villas with private pools and butler service. Enjoy 5 bars, multiple pools, watersports, golf, tennis, horseback riding, a fitness center, a playground, and a spa.

Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios

Ranked as one of the best boutique hotels in Jamaica, Jamaica Inn offers old-world charm, unspoiled scenery, and a pristine beach for a stress-free getaway. There are no TVs or radios in the 48 tastefully designed suites to encourage conversations and relaxation. Suites also feature outdoor showers, private plunge pools, and soaking tubs.

You can enjoy water sports including kayaking and paddleboarding as well as spa services onsite. Jamaica Inn is near attractions such as Dunn’s River Falls and Dolphin’s Cove if you want to explore the area.

Getting Around Jamaica

With a longer stay on the island, you’ll be able to do a little more exploring. To make that movement a little easier, you’ll want to find some trustworthy and affordable transportation options. If you book excursions, transportation will likely be included. You can also call taxis to get pretty much anywhere, but if you’re going all around the island, you might want to consider renting a car for this length of stay. Be sure to use a reputable agency–ask at your resort for recommendations, or make the booking in advance.

Itinerary for 10 Days in Jamaica 

Spending 10 nights in Jamaica is plenty of time to see all the different parts. But without a plan, the days can get away from you. Check out this itinerary for 10 days in Jamaica to get an idea of where to go and when.

Day 1 – Arrival

The first day of your trip is going to require some travel. Most flights arrive between 11 am and 4 pm. This will allow you to get to your resort in time to relax, eat dinner, and enjoy the night’s entertainment. 

Days 2-3 – Montego Bay

Montego Bay is one of the most popular spots in all of Jamaica, so it’s a great place to start your Jamaican adventure. Plus, this area of the island has everything all in one spot: culture, history, the beach, and the ocean.

Take some time to explore the historic aspects of Montego Bay. You can find plenty of knowledgeable tour guides to give you the best experience. Choose from places like Rose Hall Great House, Greenwood Great House, and the Green Grotto Caves. Then stroll along the “Hip Strip” to do a little shopping and taste some of the best local food.

Next it’s time to hit the beach. You can relax on the sand or try out any number of water sports. Two of the best beaches in the area are Doctor’s Cove Beach or Cornwall Beach. 

Day 4 – Relax

Day 4 is a great time to take a little break and relax around the resort. Many resorts have tons of fun activities for you to enjoy. You can start the day off with a dip in the pool, then spend some time enjoying watersports or whatever activities are available.

You could also lie on the beach, do a little shopping, have spa services, or enjoy the entertainment. Every resort offers different options, but you’ll be able to have a little fun and relaxation before heading back out to explore the rest of Jamaica. 

Days 5-6 – Negril

The next two days are for another great Jamaica hotspot, Negril. This area is known for its beautiful beaches including the iconic Seven Mile Beach. This long stretch of pristine white sand is perfect for relaxing or snorkeling.

Negril is also home to the water park, Kool Runnings Adventure Park. So, if you’re looking for a fun and different way to cool off, then visit this iconic water park.

Plus, there are plenty of great restaurants and bars along the beach. Since this area is often considered to be the best place for a Caribbean sunset, plan to end your night in a restaurant overlooking the ocean.

Day 7 – Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios is home to some of the most incredible natural scenery on the island, and it’s all just waiting to be explored. This is a great place to go for a little bit more adventure and adrenaline.

Spend some time exploring Dunn’s River Falls. This gorgeous set of waterfalls is more than worth your time. Climb to the top of the falls, then explore some of the caves and grottos around it. The Blue Hole is another amazing spot to check out.

You can also feel the breeze while ziplining down through the rainforest of Mystic Mountain. Or catch a bobsled ride down that same mountain, just like the famous Jamaican bobsled team did (as shown in the movie “Kool Runnings”).

Blue Lagoon in Port Antonio Jamaica

Day 8 – Port Antonio

Port Antonio is an area of Jamaica that is all about natural beauty and relaxation. This area of Jamaica is known for attracting celebrities and people looking for a little privacy. What better way to find that privacy surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes on the island. 

You can find some adventurous areas in Port Antonio like Reach Falls and Blue Lagoon. Both of these are full of amazing beauty and offer the chance to experience some of the most untouched areas of Jamaica.

Day 9 – Resort Day

This is your last full day in Jamaica, so it’s time to relax a bit before leaving so you can return home recharged. Spend a day at the pool or on the beach, and schedule a spa appointment to treat yourself. 

Day 10 – Say Goodbye

The last and final of your 10 days in Jamaica will take you back to the airport. Hopefully, you have time for a relaxing breakfast and some time in the water before you go. 

This itinerary for 10 days in Jamaica is action-packed and allows you to explore tons of different areas around the island but also get some R&R. What do you think? Let us know in the comments! If you’re ready to plan a trip, reach out to one of our expert travel advisors who can help you put together a custom plan.

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