Destination Showdown: Hawaii vs. Jamaica



It's leis vs. dreadlocks when Hawaii and Jamaica battle it out for the title of "Best Island Vacation."

Round 1: Where to Eat Round 1: Where to Eat
Mama’s Fish House
799 Poho Place Paia, HI 96779
Mama’s serves up the daily catch from local fishermen.
Falmouth Rd, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Scotchies is known for its jerk seasoning  -- many say it’s the best in Jamaica!
Paia Fish Market
100 Hana Hwy, Paia, Maui, HI
This local Hawaiian fish market is known for its fish tacos and fish burgers.
Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Lobster and shrimp are the specialties at this romantic seaside restaurant in Montego Bay.
Round 2: Where to Stay Round 2: Where to Stay
Grand Wailea
3850 Wailea Alanui Dr, Kihei, HI 96753
This 780-room resort is located right on the beach in Hawaii.
Half Moon Bay Resort
Rose Hall, Jamaica
This 400-acre luxury resort features pristine, whitewashed cottages surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and the sparkling Caribbean Sea.
Diamond Head B&B
3240 Noela Dr, Honolulu, HI 96815
This bed and breakfast is a great alternative to an expensive Hawaii resort, and the owners will make you feel right at home!
Round 3: What to Do Round 3: What to Do
Volcano Helicopter Tour
Visitors to Hawaii can take advantage of a totally unique experience -- the chance to fly close to an active volcano.
The Sunset Cruise
Norman Manley Blvd, Negril, Jamaica
Dance the night away on a catamaran as you sail into the Jamaican sunset.
North Shore Shark Adventures
66-105 Haleiwa Rd, Haleiwa, HI
On your trip to Hawaii, go for a swim with the sharks … but with the protection of a custom shark cage.
Rick’s Cafe
West End Rd, Negril 1, Jamaica
No trip to Jamaica is complete without a cliff dive from Rick’s Café!
505 Front St #212, Lahaina, HI 96761
Live DJs keep the party going all night long at Timba.
Zipline Adventure Tours
Hanover, Jamaica   
Zip along the 4,600 feet of lines through Jamaica’s jungles with the help of Zipline Adventure Tours.

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