What to see at Kingston, Jamaica

The tendered package (30 days, US$196.75) features a Christmas tree, picnic baskets, cheese, chocolate, wine, baked goods, vintage goodies, hand held games, a coat and hat throw, English books and games, 100 days of water sports lessons, all-day tour of Heron Island and further dates of its boating trips, unlimited lessons, five half-day twilight cruises for child and adults, one full day with free glasses of wine, and 100 days of home tuition.

Based in northwestern Jamaica, Hunt’s Harbour has a water-park overlooking a small island in the middle of the bay and a pier flanked by huge slide-ins, poolside cabanas and a shop selling designer fashions.

At the 100-acre beach resort there is luxury condominiums on the bay side, homey apartment rentals and water villas tucked away in the creeks. Hunt’s lies on its own private island, so there is really only one way in and out of the resort and the bay.

Wilde Hall, a hotel on Heron Island, was set among sugar cane fields from the start. The quiet setting made it one of Jamaica’s most popular resorts, and just a 15-minute boat ride away from Hunt’s is Anse Chastanet, another island hotel offering accommodations in two light-blue suites and a two-story glass-walled guest house. The nearby town of Hope Bay is popular with visitors, and rental operators offer hotels and condos in the area.

Anse Chastanet has more than 200 rooms, with its pure white outdoor Jacuzzi and stargazing room. It’s also located on an active volcano that promises occasional sightings of animals, including monkeys, porcupines and crocodiles. Adventure seekers can spend a day paddling in the natural pools found in the valley below the island. Its location is considered one of the island’s most scenic spots.

Hunt’s is still a niche-market beach destination with boutique hotels offering slightly lower rates than the spots farther south and further north.

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