Jamaica is an exotic island in the Caribbean that was originally discovered by Christopher Columbus but was then captured by the English, in 1655. Although it gained its independence in 1962, Jamaica still remains in the Commonwealth today, making Queen Elizabeth II the head of state and Queen of Jamaica.
Favourite pastimes in Jamaica
Today’s travellers will undoubtedly enjoy their excursion to Jamaica due to the wide-ranging choices of activities on offer, whether relaxing, adventurous or otherwise and of course the scenery, beaches and sunsets are massive crowd pullers.
With hiking, camping, snorkelling, horseback riding, backpacking, swimming, jet skiing, scuba diving and swimming (with the dolphins) all on offer to the discerning tourist, most of the usual vacation requirements can be satisfied in Jamaica.
Nature and attractions
The climate of Jamaica is humid and tropical, however the higher inland regions have a more mild temperature. Some areas located in the southern region are relatively dry ‘rain shadow’ areas. Jamaica resides in the hurricane belt of the Atlantic Ocean and therefore sometimes is affected by severe storms.
The capital Kingston, along with Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio and Negril are probably the most visited destinations in the region, and therefore a fairly safe bet for tourists to consider.
Kingston is the place where English is the most widely spoken, although unfortunately it does suffer from a fairly bad reputation due to crime and is therefore avoided by most tourists. Kingston does however, offer the visitor an interesting selection of historical sites and botanical gardens.
Montego Bay is the second largest city and is a mainstay of shopping and dining experiences. The beaches here are lined with all-inclusive resorts, a highly popular Jamaican accommodation option, and Falmouth, Discovery Bay and Runaway Island are all well worth a visit.
The cruise capital of Jamaica, Ocho Rios is a lively shopping area with lots of markets and also various restaurants and discos. The Dunns River Falls are a local spot well worth seeing and also Port Antonio for the breath-taking scenery and backdrops.
Port Antonio is a small village with a reputation for being a favourite haunt of the movie stars. Situated in the centre of the island’s fishing area and a gateway to the neighbouring Mountain Ranges, it is possible to see some of the estates both formerly and presently inhabited by the rich and famous.
Negril, with its fantastically long beaches and dramatic sunsets was formerly a sleepy little town which began to pick up steam as a tourist hotspot around thirty or forty years ago and is quite a busy little area these days, and there is also a famous lighthouse there.
As a country that is infused with pride in its unique history, stunning landscapes and influential culture, Jamaica should undoubtedly go down as one of the most popular tropical excursions available today.
Main attractions: Hiking, camping, snorkelling, horseback riding, backpacking, swimming, jet skiing, scuba diving
Currency: Jamaica Dollars
Budget for one week: €800
Taxes and gratuity: Tipping is recommended
Official language: English
Area: 4,244 sq mi
- Voltage: 110-120 Volts (Same as U.S./Canada, most other areas are 220-240 Volts)
- Primary Socket Types: North American Non-Grounded , North American Grounded
- Multi-voltage appliances (laptops, etc.): Plug adapter
- 220-240V appliances: Plug adapter + step-up transformer
- 100V Japanese appliances: Japan to U.S. reducer transformer
Feature images via Wikipedia