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Jamaica

Jamaica is without a doubt a place of exquisite natural beauty, full of jungle mountain tops, clear waterfalls and unforgettable beaches. Montego Bay boasts historical sightseeing and hiking trails into the highlands. Negril, once a pirates' haunt, encourages laid-back living with endless beaches and a front row seat for world-famous sunsets. Ochos Rios is host to slippery fun at Dunn's River Falls, and Runaway Bay has caves for the more adventurous traveler to explore.

Jamaica is the largest English-speaking island in the Caribbean and the third largest in the region. With a total land area of 4442 square miles (10991 sq. km.), the island is 146 miles long with widths varying between 22 and 51 miles (35 and 82 km).

Centuries ago, the island’s colonizers brought several plants from all around the world to Jamaica. We have the Spanish to thank for gems like sugarcane, citrus, plantains and bananas, and Captain Bligh, an English Naval Commander, for breadfruit and coconuts. Similarly, the ackee, an essential part of our national dish, ackee and saltfish, and our national fruit was brought from Africa aboard a slave ship.

Truly a nation “out of many, one people” Jamaica is a multifaceted mosaic of international customs and traditions. Our ancestors, from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, have helped to shape our culture, creating one that is uniquely Jamaican. When visiting our island home, take time to experience our culture ¼ it’s what sets us apart from other Caribbean destinations. Reason with a Rastafarian about life, love or politics. Lose yourself in the rhythms and movements of a people who still refuse to be constrained. Visit one of our many theaters or stage shows and delight in our performing arts, showcasing everything from Jonkonnu to jazz. Want to dance too? Join in the wild revelry of Carnival and Augus’ Mawnin or just follow the reggae beat, pulsing from street corners and rum bars island wide. After that, share a meal with us –ackee and saltfish with roast breadfruit, escoveitched fish, bammy and festival – our epicurean feasts will tantalize your taste buds. In Jamaica, you’ll discover new worlds, and familiar ones too, lots to learn about, and even more to love. No wonder we’ve been called ‘the biggest little island in the world ¼ ’ It’s a title we can live with.

Our cuisine is as diverse as our people, as unique as our island. If there’s one thing that Jamaican people love it’s a “likkle bickle”. We enjoy our food, and for good reason too. Here in Jamaica, Mother Nature has blessed us with fertile ground and a near perfect tropical climate. For instance, we have so many varieties of mangoes that we have run out of names and have simply started to number them. Somehow, everything that grows in Jamaica seems just a little sweeter, just a little more flavorful. Maybe it’s the sun. Maybe it’s the touch of love we put into planting, reaping and cooking.

In Jamaica, smiles beam from faces in hues ranging from rich coffee to condensed milk-sweetened cocoa. These warm faces bear physical features that are seldom duplicated. There are small noses, proud noses, strong chins, blue eyes and dark ones too, full lips, fine mouths, corkscrew curls and unruly locks. To appreciate these shapes and shades and to understand our rich history and heritage is to think on a global scale. Nearly every race is represented here – African, English, Spanish, Irish, Scottish, Indian, Chinese, German, and Syrian. They came – to conquer, colonize, unwillingly or in search of a better life, settling over time to call this island home. They’ve jumbled and fused, creating the most extraordinary racial and cultural medley, the Jamaican people.

Jamaica has a tropical climate at sea level and a temperate climate towards the highlands of the interior. As a popular Jamaican poem says, “we have neither summer nor winter/neither autumn nor spring ¼ ” and it's true. Instead, each year the island sees two rainy seasons from May to June and September to November. Many Jamaicans characterize the seasons according to the fruits available at that time! Some of the most important ‘seasons’ are mango season (May to July), guinep season (July to late September) and cane crop season (late October to about January). Of note also is the hurricane season from June to September, during which time large storms may, but rarely do, pass over the island. (Don’t worry about hurricanes, the last hurricane to directly hit Jamaica happened in 1988 and before that in 1952!) Although there is little real variation in temperature year round, between December and April the weather is practically perfect for any activity every day. The average temperature ranges from 19 degrees Celsius (66 degrees Fahrenheit) to 32 degrees Celsius (99 degrees Fahrenheit) all year. Will it rain during your holiday? If it does, don’t worry. Most times, the short tropical showers provide a welcome break from the afternoon heat – just look at it as liquid sunshine, not rain!

‘Xamayca’ is the name that the first Jamaicans, the Tainos, gave to this country. It means ‘ Land of Wood and Water’, and for good reason, Jamaica has hundreds of spring and rivers, both above and under ground. Over the years, we have developed extensive water treatment and supply systems island wide, so all drinking water in Jamaica is purified and filtered by modern methods. Our water is safe for you to drink, clean your teeth, bathe and wash clothing in. We understand though, that some people are still wary about drinking the water in a strange country. If you choose not to drink the water, rest assured, there are many brands of Jamaican Spring water that meet or exceed the highest international standards, available at most shops and restaurants.

In just 4,244 square miles, Mother Nature has packed you one of the most interesting combinations of flora, fauna and physical geographical features: Jamaica, the Heartbeat of the Caribbean. 235 kilometers long and 93 kilometers at the widest point, the island of Jamaica is the third largest in the Caribbean Sea, located approximately 18? N, 77? W, in the heart of the Caribbean Basin. Just fewer than 3 million people live on the island, mostly in the cities of Kingston and Montego Bay, but large towns such as Portmore, Spanish Town and Mandeville have significant populations. Jamaica is a land of mountains, plateaux and plains, dominated by a series of mountain ranges that run across the centre of the island. Almost half the island is above 300 meters, and the highest point, Blue Mountain Peak, rises 2,256 meters above sea level. Many of Jamaica’s 120 rivers originate in these highlands, watering the land on their way to the Caribbean Sea. The climate varies from tropical on the coastal plains, to temperate in the highlands of the interior, and the flora is a highly diverse combination of tropical and sub-tropical vegetation. There are 1,022 kilometers of coastline; reef-protected white sand beaches characterize the north, while the coastline of the south has predominantly black sand beaches.

The first mango plants introduced into Jamaica were ‘captured’ on the high seas on their way from the East Indians to the West Indies by Lord Rodney’s ship H.M.S Flora in 1782. They were first planted at the private garden at Gordon Town, St. Andrew, belonging to Hinton East. The seedlings were numbered on arrival, eg. the number eleven. The Bombay mango was introduced later in 1868 at Castleton Gardens.

 Language: English

Currency: Jamaican Dollars, US Dollars are also accepted.

Electricity: 120v, US flat 2-pin socket

Around and about : Float down the Black River or the Martha Brae River, and walk along sweeping white sand beaches.

Things to do: Swim with dolphins, head into the Blue Mountains or float down Jamaica's rivers

by bamboo raft.

Getting about Charter taxis: Authorised taxis have a Red PP licence plate -arrange a price before getting in. Or hire a car, not forgetting to drive on the left!

Places to visit: Pop into Rick's Café in Negril, climb the waterfall at Dunn's River Falls and head to Kingston, home of the Bob Marley Museum, Margaritaville Caribbean Sports Bar & Grill, Montego Bay.

Local cuisine: Jerk chicken is a taste of Jamaica - 'jerking' uses a marinade of peppers and spring onions.

Drinks : Red Stripe beer and Appleton rum.

Shopping: Buy Blue Mountain coffee, and visit craft markets for souvenirs.

Kingston

A cultural kaleidoscope, Jamaica’s capital city brims with scintillating sights, sounds and smells. Kingston bustles with a robust vibrancy, fitting of the island’s political, economic and social centre. As Jamaica’s capital city from 1534 to 1872, Spanish Town was the focal point of the island’s social, economic and political life. During this time, the town witnessed the evolution of modern Jamaica. It welcomed the Spanish when they fled Sevilla La Nueva and observed as they developed its land. It watched the English invasion and subsequent occupation of the island, and later, listened while the governor read the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves, in its “Plaza Mayora”. In its prime, Spanish Town was a magnificent and impressive metropolis with stately red-brick homes and grand monuments. Today, it is Jamaica’s third largest urban centre with a population of approximately 87,000 people and sadly, much of its grandeur has been lost to the ravages of time. Some shining examples of Georgian architecture still exist, however, as reminders of the town’s golden era. To ensure you don’t miss any of these important sights, it’s best to have a local guide help you find your way through the town’s maze of streets and lanes.

In 1891 300,000 tourists came to an International Exhibition held on January 27 to May 2 at Quebec Lodge in Kingston now “Wolmer’s School”. The Government built new hotels in Kingston and the rural areas to house tourists who wanted to tour the rest of the island, setting the foundations of the modern tourist industry. A group of Syrians decided to stay becoming the first ethnic group to settle here.

Kingston is built around the 7th largest natural harbour in the world? She is also home to other natural attractions including the Royal Botanical Gardens at Hope and Cinchona Gardens.

Things to see in Kingston and highlights.

Bob Marley Museum

Bob Marley Museum dedicated to the memory of the late reggae superstar, Robert "Bob" Marley. The museum is located in Marley's original studio where he recorded many of his songs.

Blue Mountains

Satiate your senses in the misty blue with its cool breezes, world- famous coffee, breathtaking valley vistas, bird songs and sweet pine trees.

Devon House

For the city’s best ice-cream, pastry, gourmet cuisine and shopping, visit Devon House, Kingston’s favorite home.

Ocho Rios

‘Ochi’ has all you need for an ideal Caribbean vacation: fun and excitement magically blended with rest and relaxation, modern luxuries embraced by astoundingly beautiful natural settings...

Just two hours from Montego Bay lies Ocho Rios, another popular resort destination. This destination is also popular with cruise ships, and passengers make day-long stops at several interesting sights.

Outside the village of Epworth, near Ocho Rios, lies the Annandale Great House. Built in 1760, it is far from the oldest house on the island but beautiful nonetheless. Here you can see one of Jamaica's top antiques collections and relax with an afternoon cup of tea.

What reggae fan could pass up a visit to the Bob Marley Mausoleum? In Nine Miles, you'll find the final resting place of this famous star, as well as his birthplace. In the hills near the city of St. Ann, you may even meet Marley's family and friends on your visit. Nearby is also the birthplace of one of the most famous and influential natives of Jamaica, Marcus Garvey.

One popular way to visit the Graceland of reggae is to take Chukka Cove's Zion Bus Line, a bus tour specifically for adult reggae fans. This ride is a tour of the gorgeous scenery and rural locale of St. Ann and includes complimentary drinks. However, the tour is limited to individuals over 18.

Visitors hoping to experience the picturesque sights and adventurous personality of Jamaica can take in the Green Grotto Caves. They are said to have served as a haven for 18th century slaves running away from their plantation. Easily accessible, they are made up of a series of interconnected passages and chambers, light holes and geological features. Don't miss the rock formations at the Grotto Lake in the innermost cavern.

Fans of the James Bond series can visit Goldeneye, the estate on which Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond novels. Built in 1946, visitors to Fleming's home included Truman Capote, Graham Greene, and Noel Coward, whose Firefly plantation is next door. Visitors can see some memorabilia, most notably Fleming's writing desk. Coward's plantation remains mostly untouched since his death in 1973 and is open to tourists.

Museum-goers can take in the Coyoba River Garden and Museum, which lies on a lush garden and contains Jamaican artifacts. Coyoba is the Arawak word for “paradise,” and this museum is a small repository for small Jamaican relics such as 16th-century maps, slave shackles and other historical items.

Or visit the famous waterfalls of Dunn's River Falls, visited by about one million people annually. Dunn's River is an area famous for its natural beauty, where the ice-cold river meets the warm Caribbean Sea in an explosion of natural phenomena. The area is safe and popular for swimming, rock climbing along the falls, and nature watching.

No matter what your interests are, Jamaica is home to a wealth of sights and attractions, ensuring sights to suit every visitor.

Montego Bay

Energetic, stunning and exciting, Montego Bay summons the hedonist, gourmet, and golfer in all of us to come out and play.

Watch mystical waters illuminate a tropical night. Hailed as the brightest in the world, Glistening Waters’ lagoon ignites with each touch ¼ don’t miss this Jamaican wonder.

 Visitors to the Northern side of Jamaica have the chance to see plenty of interesting sights as well. Montego Bay is one of the most popular resort areas of the island, and the locale is filled with great places to check out.

Local folklore tells the story of Annie Palmer, the White Witch of Rose Hall Plantation. This 6,000-acre slice of history is said to be haunted by Palmer's ghost due to a slave's curse. It was her unfortunate string of husbands as well as the mistreatment of her slaves which earned her the nickname of “The White Witch.” More recently a nearby golf course was named The White Witch after her.

In nearby Falmouth, visitors can see another historic plantation house. Greenwood Great House is more than 200 years old, and was owned by the family of English poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett-Browning. Now it is considered to be one of the best-preserved great houses on Jamaica.

Here, too you'll find something for Bob Marley fans to enjoy. The Bob Marley Experience and Theater shows films on the life and work of Bob Marley. The center also includes what is considered the largest collection in the world of Bob Marley gifts, souvenirs, T-shirts and other merchandise.

The Marine Park offers glass bottom boat tours to showcase the aqualife of Jamaica, while the Rockland Bird Feeding Station helps save injured birds. Or, for the history fan, visit the remains of Fort Montego.

Visit Margaritaville Caribbean Sports Bar & Grill, Montego Bay.

NEGRIL

Whether you land on Negril’s seven-mile stretch, the North Coast’s golden shores or the South’s wave-carved coves, Jamaica’s beaches will captivate you the moment you step onto their sands.

If tan lines are a pet peeve or nudity a fetish, Jamaica is the place to bare it all with more nude beaches than any other Caribbean island. Our au-naturel beaches range from sedate and relaxing to wild and crazy, so pick a sandy patch that’s right for you, pack a towel and little else ¼ the perfect all-body tan waits for you on this tropic isle.

A vibe - carefree, cool and casual - teams up with mesmerizing cliffs and miles of white sand, luring you into relaxation. Negril is not place, but a state of mind.

Spectacular Sunsets Enjoy front-row seats as a golden sun sets the sky ablaze in a breathtaking display of tropical hues. The next day do it all again – there’s a new show every evening - same cast, different colors.

Cliff diving Throw caution to the wind and launch yourself into the warm blue Caribbean. Afterwards, create a splash back home with your incredible photos and “big cliff” tales.

Bloody Bay Talcum white sand. Warm, clear water. Is there really more to life?

Inns Small and intimate, rustic yet well appointed, Negril has hundreds of places to play, and stay ¼ from budget bungalows to luxurious suites, there’s an inn to suit to all tastes ¼ and pockets!

Hair Braiding Be ‘Negrilized’ with a fabulous new do tipped with beads and shells for a true island look to match your island experience.

Live Music Live Reggae ¼ Every night. All night. Jam and rock to your favorite tunes, at the beach, on the cliffs – anywhere ¼ in Negril, there’s always something to make you dance.

Limitless Eating Options You’ll never want for a hearty meal in Negril. Along the beach or the cliffs, the next delicious meal is never more than a few steps away.

The Seven Mile Beach Stake out a blanket-sized spot of paradise or meander along soft foot-friendly white sand. The beach is lined with funky eateries oozing ice cold drinks by day and sizzling hot reggae by night.

Mellow Vibes Kick off your shoes and smile with strangers. Sleep in the sun or play sports for hours. Rediscover the simple side of life at a casual laid-back pace ¼ anything goes and everyone’s welcome.

Bike Rentals With the sun on your back and the wind in your hair, you can zip around town, discovering local haunts and making new friends.

South Coast

There’s treasure to be found on this less-traveled coast. A natural feast for the senses, it is home to wild things and wild places. Reveal Jamaica’s diamond in the rough

If you think a small island can’t pack a punch, you haven’t visited Jamaica. Our playful spirit, natural beauty, and prolific history guarantee an endless assortment of things to see and do

Discover the inherent charm of villages with names like Standfast, Wait-A-Bit, Me-nuh-sen-yu-nuh-come, or Nonsuch.

Break bread with us at a beach side café or fine restaurant... Run-down, jerk, chicken cacciatore, Peking Duck or Filet Mignon ¼ endless choices with flavors tantalizingly tropical and surprisingly international.

With 450 years of cultural intermingling, there’s always something new – and old – to taste, to hear and do. Magical fables, stately estates, honoured traditions and natural charm ¼ let us share our Jamaica with you.

Bamboo Ave Drive through nature’s perfect archway, leading you from one South Coast adventure to the next.

Milk River Recharge your batteries and soak your troubles away in the invigorating, curative waters of Milk River Bath.

Little Ochie Beneath thatch roofs far from it all, enjoy the big taste of mouth-watering seafood cooked any way you like it ¼

Lovers Leap The view surrounds you. Take it all in with the one you love, the sweeping Pedro Bluff, the jagged shoreline of Cutlass Bay, and miles of the bluest sea.

Bird Watching South Coast’s quiet shores and verdant highlands are perfect for viewing Jamaica’s colorful collection of tropical birds.

Appleton Where our rum comes from! An intoxicating tour through the headquarters of Jamaican rum heightens your appreciation of our flavorful elixir.

YS Tiers of cascading water in a rainforest of possibilities. Rope-swing over the calming cool waters. Let go and plunge into bliss.

Treasure Beach Although there’s no pirate’s gold hidden on these sparkling black sand bays, you’ll surely take home a treasure chest of memories.

Black River Take a boat ride up the meandering Black River, past sultry crocodiles and through mysterious mangroves.

Peppered Shrimp Tantalize your taste buds with these scotch-bonnet hot South Coast delicacies.

Port Antonio

A picture-perfect display of Nature’s finest works with dazzling walls of green mountainside slipping into crystalline waters. Port Antonio’s quiet charm casts a romantic spell that’s sure to enchant you

Rafting on the Rio Grande Jamaica’s original rafting trip ¼ relax on a bamboo raft made for two, with pleasant surprises around each picturesque bend.

Reach Falls Plunging into a jade-colored pool, this secluded waterfall is one of Jamaica’s best-kept secrets. Come, renew your spirit and refresh your soul in the cool mountain spring water.

Sport Fishing Toss your line and wait for a bite; the waters of Port Antonio have wooed avid sport fishers for decades. There’s prize catch waiting for you ¼

Surfing Find the perfect swell, brave the wave and ride into the time of your life at Portie’s awesome surfing spots.

Navy Island Former hideaway of royalty and celebrities, this small offshore cay still retains the power to charm and entice modern day visitors.

Boston Jerk A scotch bonnet affair; sprinkle more sauce if you dare. Sample seasoned meats and mystify your palates with the tongue-tickling flavors of Jamaican jerk dishes.

Hiking Don your boots and explore the Rio Grande Valley. Bursting with colorful flowers, hidden waterfalls and healing herbs, there are many exciting worlds to discover.

Villas Indulge in a private vacation in paradise. Whether a family holiday or romantic getaway, these beautiful villas promise to leave you feeling pampered, relaxed and rejuvenated.

The Beaches Cradled between lush tropical vegetation and the translucent Caribbean Sea, Port Antonio’s beaches are, perhaps, the most spectacular on the island.

Blue Lagoon The lagoon’s mysterious waters fascinate visitors with seductive hues, seemingly endless depths and brisk temperatures. Truly a natural wonder, it defies imagination...

 JAMAICA is a wonderful place to visit with unbelievable Natural Beauty And Much More...

Jamaica vacation has more than just natural riches to enjoy. Many travelers are also drawn to Jamaica's incredibly rich and vibrant culture. Her people's bloodlines are from around the globe and the surrounding Caribbean islands. This fusion of global cultures mixed with unending hospitality makes for a vacation experience you won't soon forget.

Vibrant Culture in a Sun-Kissed Haven Enveloped in lush foliage, skirted by exquisite beaches, kissed by warm sunshine and caressed by the sea, Jamaica is an island of intoxicating beauty. But splendid scenery isn't the island's only asset - Jamaica is alive with music, art and culture as well. Jamaica is the birthplace of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and other reggae greats. This infectious music can be heard everywhere on the island, from beach bars to nightclubs. Soca, calypso and modern music abound as well, adding to the relaxed, fun atmosphere.

Three Capitals In addition to its north-coast pleasure capitals - Montego Bay and Ocho Rios - Jamaica has a primary capital in Kingston. For all of its congestion and for all of the disparity between city life and the bikinis and parasailing to the north, Kingston is the true heart and head of the island.

 Come and see Jamaica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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