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Discover Jamaica
A country of reggae, freedom, and emerald landscapes
Jamaica is an island kingdom in the Caribbean Sea

General information

Capital:

Kingston

Population:

2 930 050

Official language:

English

Currency:

Jamaican dollar

Territory:

10 991 km²

Geography

Jamaica is the third-largest English-speaking state in the Western Hemisphere. The Caribbean Sea washes the island's shores, and its neighbors include picturesque Haiti and Cuba. The territory of Jamaica is divided into three counties: Cornwall, Middlesex, Surrey. The counties, in turn, consist of 14 parishes. It's easier for tourists to navigate in these parishes: the north and northeast coasts, the southwest coast, Kingston, and the Blue Mountains.

Map Jamaica

Places to go and things to see

Kingston is the capital of Jamaica. A rare example of a central city in the country that's difficult to overpraise. There are no outstanding historical attractions and unusual museums, it can not boast of the title of a popular beach resort, and strolling down its streets is not always safe, to be honest. But Kingston is still worth a visit for its unique atmosphere of the Jamaican capital. For a memorable city experience, go to Caymanas Park race track and bet on a quick and beautiful horse, drink a cocktail on Nutsford Boulevard, dive into the roots of reggae culture at the Bob Marley Museum. Don't forget to check out the main attraction — the home of the first black millionaire George Stiebel. And remember, either hang out in the center before the sunset or jump in the shuttle bus and go to a more popular and safe resort like Montego Bay. 

Montego Bay is a large port city and a popular beach resort in Jamaica. Here you will find restaurants, hotels, bars, and loud nightclubs. At sunset, you can stroll to the sea along the half-ruined streets in the Gregorian style. Make sure you visit the Museum of St. James, where you'll discover the history of slavery. For those who love active leisure, there's plenty to do: float on the Martha Brae or Black Rivers, hike in the Blue Mountains, or dive. 

If you get tired of faceless skyscrapers, dirty enterprises, and the noise of Montego Bay, head to cozy Negril. The main attraction of the resort is 10 kilometers of wide white beaches. A vacation in this paradise corner will be really carefree. Being away from the excesses of civilization, all you will have to do is to admire the colorful sunset from the rocky terrace of Rick's Café, scuba dive by the picturesque coral island Booby Cay (the best diving spot in Jamaica) and lounge in the warm sun on the beach. You can only have fun on a trip to the nearby town of Appleton, where you'll be told how the traditional Jamaican rum is produced.

Ocho Rios is a resort town that is lost among a dozen cozy bays and picturesque capes of fishing villages and ancient towns, on the shore of Discovery Bay. The main attraction in Ocho Rios is the opportunity to gaze at the huge cruise liners that stop at the city port. Otherwise, the resort is quite typical for Jamaica: it has its own reggae museum, a quiet city park, and a huge selection of hotels. For a change, you can visit Dunn's River Falls, the Valley of Fern, and coffee plantations.

The most English city in Jamaica is Mandeville. There are many old colonial buildings in the city center. The parish church and clock tower, North Caribbean University, and English pub the Manchester Arms deserve your attention. Mandeville is the only major settlement on the island with no street access to the sea or river. The lack of beaches here is more than compensated for by the eco-tourism opportunities, as in recent years, Mandeville has gained fame as a mountain climate resort. Local guides offer various options for hiking in the Blue Mountains. If you're on a coffee plantation, make sure you buy a pack of the fragrant black beverage to remember Jamaica while sipping coffee on the couch at home. 

Every country has an extraordinary place of recreation for wealthy people. In Jamaica, this is Port Antonio — a cozy town on the east coast of the island. A former Spanish colony is nowadays famous for its luxurious hotels and restaurants according to local standards. The city is surrounded by jungle with exotic animals. In the surrounding areas, you will find waterfalls falling from the rocks directly into the sea, and the coastal waters are a marine reserve area. But the renowned Blue Lagoon, where the film of the same name was shot, is the most attractive place for tourists. 

Another resort town, Runaway Bay, is buried in the lush greenery of the harbor. Many years ago, the sea pirates shouted "Yo-ho-ho" in the caves of Runaway and the Green Grotto and shared their loot. Nowadays, it is a tourist destination, where the sun-dammed vacationers head for a tour. Active leisure opportunities at the resort are very diverse. You can sail on a yacht, windsurf, and if you get bored, try water skiing or gain experience from diving and snorkeling. Besides, Runaway Bay is the first city that Columbus saw and where Bob Marley was born. At the same time, it is also a world-famous nudist resort. So, choose the beach carefully, especially if you're on vacation with your children.

Things to consider when visiting Jamaica

  • In Jamaica, marijuana is designated as "part of the local culture" at the state level. And even though smoking and selling weed is officially forbidden here, the locals do it without hiding.
  • Jamaica is not the safest country. There is nothing to be afraid of in major tourist cities as local security services operate here. But it would be best if you didn't wander into the areas where the locals live: tourists are not much welcomed and can get robbed.
  • A relaxing vacation on a Jamaican beach carries with it the danger of insolation. During the first 2-3 days of the rest, make sure you apply sunscreen with a high degree of protection, try to wear light clothing all the time. And after the adaptation period, still use the sunscreen, especially from 9:00 to 15:00.
  • Do not drink tap water. Use boiled water to wash fruits and vegetables.
  • It is not necessary to have any vaccinations before visiting Jamaica. But remember: there is a high level of STDs and AIDS in the country. Be cautious.
  • Travel insurance is one of the things you must purchase. Medicine is expensive in this country, and it's better to be safe than sorry.

The best time to visit Jamaica

Locals tend to think that the high season lasts all year round in Jamaica. And this statement is not far from the truth: the average air temperature is +26-28 ° C, water temperature ranges from +20 to +26 ° C. Despite this seemingly optimistic forecast, a vacation in Jamaica has its disadvantages. Short-term tropical showers and hurricane raids are typical from June to November. In July and August, it is incredibly stuffy due to high humidity. Therefore, most tourists come to Jamaica in the dry season, which lasts here from November to March.

Hotels in Jamaica

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Breathless Montego Bay
from 451 $
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Ocho Rios Penthouse at Whispering Seas
from 270 $
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Grand Lido Negril Au Naturel Resort - All Inclusive
from 459 $
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Heroes Villa - Sea Views at Richmond, Welcome Breakfast with 5 Nights Stay
from 150 $
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Apartment Treasure at Sandcastles
from 150 $
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K6 Apartment
from 112 $
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Sandcastles Resort, Ocho Rios
from 110 $
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Azul Beach Resort Negril, Gourmet All Inclusive by Karisma
from 402 $
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Negril Sky Blue Resorts LTD
from 98 $
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Royal Decameron Cornwall Beach - All Inclusive
from 217 $
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Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa
from 261 $
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Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Adults Only - All Inclusive
from 416 $

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