Jamaica Tops the List for US Summer Travelers

Jamaica - image courtesy of VisitJamaica
image courtesy of VisitJamaica
Written by Linda Hohnholz

Recent Expedia and Google flight searches show travelers are seeking to experience the beloved island this summer.

Americans have their eyes on Jamaica this summer. Expedia’s 2024 Summer Travel Outlook report highlights Montego Bay as a top international destination US travelers are seeking for upcoming summer travels. Google Flights also recently revealed Jamaica is one of the most frequently searched destinations for US-based families.  

“Our island provides easy access for travelers looking for an international getaway, especially with non-stop flights from most major US cities,” said Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica. “With near double-digit visitor growth in 2024, we’re ecstatic to see the momentum continue as we head into the summer and look forward to welcoming both new and returning visitors this upcoming season.”  

Set on sparkling, sandy beaches and surrounded by clear blue skies, Montego Bay is a popular place for travelers looking for a destination that has it all. “Mobay,” as it is affectionately known, is a melting pot of cultures buzzing with exuberant clubs, delectable eateries, glistening beaches, adventure-fueled experiences, and diverse accommodations. This summer, Montego Bay will also welcome the highly anticipated return of top annual festivals including Reggae Sumfest (July 14-20), the largest music festival in the Caribbean, and Jamaica Rum Festival (July 18), which showcases Jamaica’s excellence in rum, food and music.  

Donovan White, Director of Tourism, Jamaica, added, “That’s why it’s no surprise our island enjoys such a high repeat visitor rate and is so highly sought-after not only in the summer but all year long.” 

Additional family-friendly destinations include Ocho Rios, featuring a multitude of family-friendly resorts and attractions for all ages such as the national treasure Dunn’s River Falls and adventure park Mystic Mountain. Jamaica’s quieter South Coast evokes endless charm with its beautiful Treasure Beach, while Port Antonio offers a serene hideaway surrounded by an abundance of natural elements and luxury experiences. Families can also check into the new Princess Grand Jamaica in Negril, set to open this year, and enjoy spacious ocean view accommodations, a wide variety of local and international cuisine, and daily entertainment from an aquatic park to wellness activities – all set on a seven-mile stretch of white sandy beach and crystal blue water.  

For more information on Jamaica, please go to www.visitjamaica.com.  

About Jamaica Tourist Board  

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. JTB offices are also located in Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Mumbai, Tokyo and Paris.   

Last year, the JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) for the thirteenth consecutive year and Jamaica was named the Caribbean’s Leading Destination for the fifteenth consecutive year as well as the Caribbean’s Best Spa Destination and the Caribbean’s Best MICE Destination. As well, Jamaica copped the WTA’s World’s Leading Wedding Destination, the World’s Leasing Cruise Destination and the World’s Leading Family Destination. Additionally, Jamaica was awarded three gold 2020 Travvy Awards for Best Culinary Destination, Caribbean/Bahamas. The Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) named Jamaica the 2020 Destination of the Year for Sustainable Tourism. In 2019, TripAdvisor® ranked Jamaica as the #1 Caribbean Destination and #14 Best Destination in the World. Jamaica is home to some of the world’s best accommodations, attractions and service providers that continue to receive prominent global recognition.  

For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Website at www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. View the JTB blog at www.islandbuzzjamaica.com.

About the author

Linda Hohnholz

Editor in chief for eTurboNews based in the eTN HQ.

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