Jamaica is a firm favourite for holiday goers to the Caribbean and with good reason – from stunning, unspoilt nature and beautiful beaches to bustling cities. Jamaica is a paradise kind of destination.
These are the top 4 reasons we love Jamaica…
There’s loads of things to do
Dunn’s River Falls – These waterfalls are a Jamaican national treasure and often the centre point for most tourists visiting Jamaica. As one of the most famous landmarks on the Caribbean island, a trip here provides an exhilarating experience you shouldn’t miss.
White Witch of Rose Hall – Located at the Rose Hall Plantation in Montego Bay and named one of the scariest places on earth. It’s said to be haunted by the spirit of a girl who in life was a voodoo expert and unleashed her reign of terror on the estate.
Dolphin Cove – The staff are superb, the dolphins are well looked after and there is plenty to do. Not only do you get to swim with the dolphins but you get to explore the coast in a mini boat, snorkel with stingrays, take a glass-bottom kayak ride and have fun at a shark show – we didn’t know sharks had such a sense of humour!
The beautiful Jamaican landscapes will blow you away
Negril Beach – The Seven Mile Beach, as it’s commonly called, is famed for its vibrant crystalline water and soft white sand (imagine walking across a blanket of talcum powder). This has got to be one of the most stunning beaches in the world.
Bluefields Mountains – Few mountain ranges are as beautiful as Bluefields due to its dense forest. You can take an easy walk up the mountain for a bird’s eye view of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. The mountains also provide a natural habitat for 250-plus species of birds and some really colourful butterflies.
Sugarcane Plantations – Jamaica is home to some of the world’s best sugar cane. If you’re looking for something typically Jamaican, take a trip to a sugarcane plantation, it might just be the cultural highlight of your trip.
The food is to die for – you’ll want the recipe for home
Run Down – A stew of fish, coconut milk, tomatoes and peppers. Serve it with rice or crusty bread for a really tasty dish. However, the traditional way to serve the stew is to accompany it with dumplings and boiled green bananas.
Ackee and Salt Fish – This is Jamaica’s national dish and consists of Ackee which is a fruit and sautéed salt fish combined with peppers and spices. It can be served any time of the day but it is traditionally served as a breakfast on a weekend.
Brown Stew Chicken – Originally known as Fricasseed chicken, this meal is typically eaten at dinner and after brewing the chicken with brown sugar it is then stewed with vegetables.
And of course, the Jamaican reggae artists the country is famous for
Bob Marley – A world ambassador for reggae music and probably the most famous. Highly recommended is the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, where Bob and his wife Rita lived. The tour guides give a very vivid and entertaining insight into how life was for Bob and his family.
Gregory Isaacs – Also known as the Cool Ruler. More than 500 albums have been released in his name, many of them are compilations. His biggest hit however was Night Nurse.
Jimmy Cliff – Reggae’s first international star. Famous for songs such as ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ and ‘Wild World’. He was awarded The Order of Merit which is the highest honour given by the Jamaican government for achievements in the arts and sciences. Jimmy is currently the only living musician to hold this.
Sound tempted? We certainly are. As you can see it is more than just beautiful beaches, after all 2.5 million tourists choose Jamaica for their holiday each year.
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