The Guide to Your Perfect Honeymoon In Jamaica

Are you planning your perfect honeymoon in Jamaica? Look no further; this article is all about things you need to know about honeymooning in Jamaica: the ideal itinerary, where to stay (what the best honeymoon resorts in Jamaica are and some great tips). I will also share our experience in Jamaica enjoying one of the most romantic resorts we’ve ever visited!

If you're new to Honeymoon Worthy, hi! We are Liza and Jose, we've travelled together to more than 100 countries, and we are obsessed with romantic destinations and beautiful resorts.  

Is Jamaica a good honeymoon destination? 

There are many reasons to spend your honeymoon in Jamaica, especially in Ocho Rios or Negril! First of all, there are a lot of adult-only, all-inclusive resorts that are perfect for honeymooners. Moreover, some resorts are not just for adults; they are for couples only, and many couples are there either on a honeymoon or an anniversary. Many resorts in Jamaica are small and feel exclusive – you don’t need to queue in the buffet for 10 minutes, sit on the beach surrounded by hundreds of others or suffer from loud music in the pool area. 

Besides relaxing at the resort, you can do plenty of activities – from exploring the Dolphin Cove to rafting, climbing a waterfall, and riding horses on the beach. 

Finally, I want to mention the fantastic hospitality of Jamaicans – all the people working at the resort where we stayed were super friendly, and they made our stay unforgettable. 

The overview of all the useful links from this article:

Resorts: Couples San Souci & Half Moon Resort

Tours: Dunn’s River + ATV & Ziplines, Chukka & Catamaran adventure

Is a honeymoon in Jamaica expensive? 

Compared to some other popular destinations in the Caribbean, Jamaica, on average, is a bit more expensive than Mexico, Cuba or the Dominican Republic. There aren’t too many affordable resorts. However, it’s cheaper than the Bahamas, Antigua & Barbuda and Saint Lucia (when it comes to staying at a 5* all-inclusive). 

If you’re unsure where to go on a honeymoon, read our post about honeymooning in Mexico (Cancun, Riviera Maya and Tulum).

It isn’t easy to provide a figure, as everybody has a different budget and ideas for a perfect honeymoon. However, a night in a perfect 5* all-inclusive hotel in Jamaica costs around $550-800. You can check the prices of flights from your nearest airport to Montego Bay here 

What to pack for your honeymoon in Jamaica?

Not sure what to pack for your honeymoon in Jamaica? Well, the weather there is warm all year long. However, it can get chilly at night during winter, so I recommend bringing a light cardigan. 

Overall, bring some cute swimsuits, a lot of different beach throws, and a good mineral sunscreen to protect from the intense Caribbean sun. Here are some great beach essentials that would be perfect for a honeymoon.

Shopping opportunities in Jamaica are limited – I haven’t seen many shops selling beautiful beachwear and swimwear, so make sure to shop in advance! 

Where to stay in Jamaica on honeymoon: the best luxury honeymoon resorts in Jamaica

Jamaica doesn’t have that many hotels, so many people keep returning to the hotels they visited and loved. We also noticed that many resorts in Jamaica are adults-only, and they are generally the best ones for honeymoons. However, there is a chain of resorts that is couples-only. The local Jamaican chain is Couples, and they have four stunning resorts in Jamaica. 

Couples San Souci

Couples San Souci is where we stayed in Jamaica. It’s a compact resort with 150 rooms. It’s surrounded by nature and feels very secluded. There are plenty of spots to discover throughout the resort, and surprisingly, there is so much wildlife, too. However, at the same time, it’s a nice place for people to meet and even find friends. There are a lot of daily activities that include getting to know other couples and twice a week, there are gala dinners, where you will be seated at a table of 6 – with two other couples. 

All Couples resorts have Au Naturel beaches located a bit further from the main beach. It’s not allowed to be dressed at the Au Naturel beach, and since it’s a unique feature of the resort, some people come to stay there because of this unique beach.

However, you don’t have to visit it if you don’t want to. In the 7 days we spent at the resort, we never went to the Au Naturel beach (its official name is Sunset Beach, though). Instead, we spent time at the small and secluded (there is space for only 10 sunbeds) mineral swimming pool with a stunning jacuzzi located above the pool and an entrance to the sea. Oh, and I forgot to mention the fantastic and unique veggie bar serving the freshest smoothies and healthy food right next to the sunbeds. 

Couples San Souci is a perfect place to spend your honeymoon in Jamaica. It’s not cheap (it’s one of James Bond filming locations, plus Ian Fleming himself stayed at the resort), but it’s not unaffordable either. Rooms start from $470 a night for the all-inclusive option, and the price also includes all watersports, a bunch of excursions (including Dunn’s River Falls, snorkelling, and diving), free room service, free transfer from the airport and back and much more! Tipping is also optional and not expected (except for tipping the guides/drivers $5-10), so you wouldn’t spend much besides paying the resort. 

Also, if you stay there for 6+ nights on honeymoon, you get a complimentary honeymoon package! And for 3+ nights, you get a complimentary wedding ceremony (this applies to all Couples hotels, not just San Souci).

Check the prices and availability of Couples San Souci here.

Other Couples resorts: 

Besides Couples San Souci, there are 3 more Couples resorts in Jamaica. One of them, Couples Tower Isle is located circa 7 minutes driving from San Souci (so it’s in Ocho Rios as well). Its Au Naturel beach is located on a small private island right in front of the resort – you can get there by a free shuttle. There are also amazing Oasis Spa Villas – staying there, you will have unlimited spa treatments! 

Another Couples resort is Couples Negril. It’s the most intimate out of all Couples resorts. Negril has wonderful beaches, probably even more impressive than Ocho Rios. 

Finally, the last Couples Resort is Couples Swept Away. It’s the biggest of Couples Resorts (more than 2 times bigger than San Souci), and it has the best sports facilities out of all Couples Resorts! Unlike other resorts, Swept Away isn’t that much focused on Au Naturel beaches – while you can sunbathe topless on the main beach, there is no separate secluded beach for Au Naturel guests yet!

GoldenEye private villas

GoldenEye is the most luxurious place to stay in Jamaica. It used to be Ian Fleming’s retreat, where he wrote 14 James Bond books! Later, it was transformed into a luxury hotel comprising small (and large) private huts and villas, a couple of swimming pools, a spa and 3 restaurants. Only breakfast is included in the price, so you need to pay extra for any other meals you consume in the restaurants of this luxurious hotel. 

Half Moon Resort

Finally, the Half Moon Resort is another fantastic option for a luxurious honeymoon in Jamaica. It’s a stunning all-inclusive resort with an infinity pool, new rooms and villas, lots of dining options and a beautiful private beach. Half Moon Resort is the most expensive resort in Jamaica, so it might be a great option if you’re looking for a lush honeymoon! 

If you’re looking for amazing resorts in Jamaica that are on a slightly cheaper side, I recommend checking Iberostar Rose Hall and Hyatt Zilara

Best things to do in Jamaica on a honeymoon:

Now let’s talk about the BEST things to do in Jamaica on honeymoon! There are plenty of things to do in Jamaica – most tours include some activity, e.g. rafting, climbing or swimming, which is excellent if you want to add some active days to your otherwise serene and quiet honeymoon! 

Book a horse riding tour on the beach / swimming with the horses

One of the most romantic things to do in Jamaica while honeymooning is a horse ride on the beach and swimming with the horses. You can book this activity through your hotel / resort, or you can pre-book it in advance with another provider. Here’s a tour that includes Chukka park admission and catamaran and this is a much more active full-day tour that includes Dunn’s River Falls climb, horse riding and swim, ATV and Zip Line! You can check the prices and availability here

Have a private dinner at your resort

Many resorts, especially those we mentioned above, can organise a private romantic dinner for newlyweds (not free of charge, but sometimes you can get a discount). Couples San Souci had a wonderful secluded location for a private dinner with a stunning sunset sea view, but I’m pretty sure, other resorts also provide this service!

Visit Dunn’s River Falls

You can visit Dunn’s River Falls on your own (by buying a tour) or stay at a hotel with all-inclusive excursions like Couples San Souci! We didn’t expect much from Dunn’s River Falls; however, it was fun, and our guide took many lovely pictures of us (perfect for honeymooners). When you buy the tour (or get the tour from your hotel), you’ll be brought to the Dunn’s River Park entrance, where you’ll get a guide and a videographer. We didn’t buy the video footage, but some people do – if you’re interested in the video footage of you climbing the waterfall, you know where to go now.

If your hotel doesn’t offer a tour to Dunn’s River Falls, you can check the prices and availability of the tour here

For active honeymooners – visit the rafting, zipline and cycling tour

If you’re an active and outdoorsy couple, Jamaica has plenty of opportunities. You’re lucky if you’re in Ocho Rios because there are a few hiking routes and an active park that conducts a day tour that includes rafting, mountain biking, and a really cool zip line. You can learn more here

Enjoy a spa treatment

Finally, what can be better for honeymooners in Jamaica than a couples spa treatment? A lot of resorts offer spa packages for newlyweds, and it’s something that is worth trying. We had a couples massage in Couples San Souci – in one of the small huts with a sea view. It was incredibly relaxing, and I didn’t want the massage to end! 

A perfect itinerary for a 7 day-honeymoon in Jamaica 

Let’s talk about the perfect itinerary for a 7-day honeymoon in Jamaica! Since it’s your honeymoon, it includes many quiet days, where you can wake up later, stay in bed longer and spend the entire day on the beach / by the pool. If you’re looking for more activities, just scroll to the section above that talks about the best things to do in Jamaica on a honeymoon and add a couple of them (the ones you like the most) to the itinerary. 

Here’s how I would plan an optimal itinerary for a 7-day perfect honeymoon in Jamaica (if your honeymoon is longer, you can relax for more days or add more places to the itinerary):

Day 1: Arriving from the airport and relaxing at your resort/hotel

Day 2: Relaxing at your resort + getting a spa package. 

Day 3: Going on a tour to Dunn’s River Falls

Day 4: Relaxing at the resort, maybe a private dinner at the hotel

Day 5: Chukka tour / or zip line & mountain biking tour

Day 6: Snorkelling or diving tour at your hotel

Day 7: Relaxing in the morning and flying back

I hope you enjoyed this article about organising an unforgettable honeymoon in Jamaica and the best things to do in Jamaica for a honeymoon! Any questions? Let us know in the comments below.

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