About Jamaica's Parishes

the lay of the land

Jamaica’s 14 parishes are designated among 6 resort areas, each with their own unique vibe, signature attractions and diverse amenities. Discover them all and explore Jamaica from one end to the next. 

Kingston - the Kingston resort area is comprised of the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine and St. Thomas. Here you’ll find the cultural hub and capital of Jamaica, Kingston, plus enjoy the surfing and tranquil scenery along the south eastern coast. The Norman Manley International Airport is also located in Kingston. 

Montego Bay - the Montego Bay resort area is comprised of the parishes of St. James and Trelawny. Stretching along the western end of Jamaica’s north coast, Montego Bay is known for its beautiful white sand beaches. Go spelunking in the caves hidden within Trelawny’s hills or stay in any of the sprawling villas popular of the parish’s coastline.  

Negril - the Negril resort area is comprised of the parishes of Hanover and Westmoreland. Negril, the island’s most westerly town, is the ideal place to watch the sunset. After walking down the Seven Mile Beach, explore the hidden gems of the area’s agriculture rich interior. 

Ocho Rios - the Ocho Rios resort area is comprised of the parishes of St. Ann and St. Mary. Here you’ll find some of Jamaica’s most iconic attractions and beautiful gardens. You can also trace the roots of Agent 007 to the quiet town of Oracabessa in St. Mary, once a haven for Ian Fleming. 

Port Antonio - the only resort area to be made up of only one parish, Port Antonio is known for its distinct natural beauty. Grand waterfalls, sheltered coves and winding rivers, all surrounded by lush dense flora, are just some of the area’s highlights. Port Antonio’s natural beauty can be attributed to the high levels of rainfall experienced in the parish, the highest in the entire island.

South Coast - the South Coast resort area is comprised of the parishes of St. Elizabeth, Manchester and Clarendon. The dark sandy beaches of the South Coast are not the only difference between the area and its northern equivalents. The South Coast is off the beaten path, a true escape into the Jamaican countryside, where time moves just a bit slower. Here you’ll find crocodiles, watermelons and seaside cottages, but perhaps not in that order.