South of Cuba and west of the Dominican Republic, Jamaica is known for its island irie, an adjective that, in essence, means “all is well.” If you’re considering hosting your destination wedding on this sun-soaked, tropical Caribbean island, you’ve chosen well! This is a perennial favorite for couples, and for good reason–there’s adventure and history, cuisine and culture, all at your fingertips. Here are a few facts about this stunning location, in case you’re still deciding on where to host your destination wedding:

Location: 90 miles south of Cuba in the Caribbean Sea, just over 100 miles west of the Dominican Republic.

Language Spoken: English is the official language, but you’ll likely hear Jamaican Patois, an English-African Creole language made famous through reggae.

Time Zone: GMT-5 (one hour behind Atlantic Standard Time)


Climate: Tropical, hot, and humid! Coastal temperatures average between 72-88 degrees F. Hurricane season runs from June-September.

Places of Note: Ocho Rios, where the very first James Bond movie “Dr. No” was filmed, is also home to Dunn’s River Falls, where you can hike from the seaside all the way to the top; Montego Bay, known for its history and sunny beaches; Negril, where you can explore the island on horseback or simply enjoy an evening sunset accompanied by Ting or Red Stripe; and the healing mineral baths and luxury of the South Coast.

Caribbean Inlet To Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Resort Options: From villas on the beach to chic seaside cottages, family-friendly, all-inclusive and luxury outposts to couples-only resorts and more, Jamaica is a beach-lover’s dream destination!

Why it’s Great for Weddings: Options abound for memorable, picturesque wedding locations. Toes-in-the-sand beachfront ceremonies are always in style, while cliff-side, riverside or a botanical garden may be more your style. Weddings here are frequent, but every single one is special. Most major island resorts offer wedding services and, best of all, you can combine your wedding and honeymoon destination into the trip of a lifetime!


Ready to begin planning your dream wedding in Jamaica? Remember, with help from Ever After’s Destination Wedding Experts, all of your guests’ travel details and group booking needs are taken care of, so you can focus on creating the perfect destination wedding, no matter where you choose to go! Contact an Expert today at, call us toll-free at 888.734.4787 or visit our website at

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