All-inclusive resorts cater to families and have an impressive range of amenities for children. Many hotels offer free accommodations or reduced rates for young children in their parents’ room; many provide a babysitter/nanny with advance notice. Increasingly, resorts and upscale hotels offer free childcare centers.

Negril, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay are perhaps the best towns for children, each replete with kid-friendly attractions and activities, most notably Dunn’s River Falls, outside Ocho Rios; Kool Runnings Adventure Park, Negril; Aquasol Theme Park, Montego Bay; and horseback riding (all three).

Practicalities

  • It’s a good idea to prearrange necessities such as cribs, babysitters, cots and baby food at hotels other than family resorts.
  • Many car-rental agencies in Jamaica do not offer safety seats.
  • Some vaccines are not approved for use in children and pregnant women, so check with your doctor before traveling.
  • Be particularly careful not to drink tap water or consume any questionable food or beverage; hand-sanitizer gel is recommended (and widely available in Jamaica).
  • Breastfeeding in public is somewhat taboo but not illegal.
  • Lonely Planet’s Travel with Children gives you the lowdown on preparing for family travel.