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Marrying in the Caribbean: Jamaica Destination Weddings

Why Here?

The third largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica offers much more than just sparkling beaches and turquoise water. It also evokes the melodies of Bob Marley, the fragrance of jerk chicken, and the glamour of James Bond -- Ian Fleming wrote the first James Bond book, "Casino Royale," from his seaside home here. Jamaica is also home to many of the Caribbean's best all-inclusive resorts.

What to Know

  • Avoid school vacations in February, March, and April when resorts can be full of young kids.
  • If resorts aren't your thing, consider bringing a small wedding party to a private villa, where you'll have your own housekeeping staff, chef and security guard.
  • Jamaica is much larger than people think (nearly 4500 square miles, roughly the size of Connecticut) and each resort has a different feel, but the best regions for romantic resorts are Negril, Montego Bay, and Ocho Rios.
  • The perception that Jamaica is dangerous is overblown, but to abate fears most of the large Jamaican resorts have tight security and are nestled behind iron gates.

Marriage Requirements

Residency requirements: None
Necessary documents: Certified copies of birth certificates that include father's name; proof of divorce or death certificate of former spouse/s (if applicable)
Note: Application must be made in advance of trip by calling the Ministry of National Security at (876) 906-4908. There is a fee for the license and stamp duty.

For More Info: Jamaica Tourist Board, (800) 233-4582, or JamaicaTravel.com

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