Jamaica Vacations

Jamaica is filled with images of the sea, exciting adventures both on land and water, unforgettable interactions with the welcoming locals, fun nightlife, and warm memories of the delicious food found in this precious jewel of the Caribbean. If you’re looking for a unique vacation then Jamaica is an ideal destination. Remember that Jamaica has a lot more to offer than just the popular tourist attractions and landmarks. The locals are proud of their numerous beaches, rivers, and waterfalls, their culture, their music and entertainment, their beautiful mountains and valleys, the historic plantations and great houses, the nature tours and adventure tours that their country has to offer, and their mouth-watering food. Having a local friend would surely make your Jamaica vacation more fun-filled with memories. You might never want to leave! Below are more reasons why you should have a vacation in Jamaica soon!

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Ideas for Vacations to Jamaica

GEOGRAPHY OF JAMAICA

The geography of Jamaica is quite interesting as an island country located in the Caribbean. It spans an area of 10,990 square kilometers, making it the 4th largest island country in the Caribbean and the 3rd largest island of the Greater Antilles. Surrounded by the warm waters of the Caribbean and basking under the mild weather of the region, Jamaica shines in ecotourism, cultural tourism, and as a key romantic destination for honeymooners from all over the world.

HISTORY OF JAMAICA

1494 marked the beginning of the post-Columbian period in the history of Jamaica. Christopher Columbus can’t help but describe Jamaica as one of the fairest islands he has ever laid eyes on, full of mountains and land that seemed to be one with the sky as he wrote in his journal on May 4, 1494. Back then, Jamaica was already inhabited by the Tainos, the people who named the island “the land of wood and water”, Xaymaca.

Indigenous Taino and Arawak tribes settled in Jamaica between 4,000 and 1,000 BC and flourished until the Spaniards came in 1494. Many perished due to forced labor and diseases that the Europeans brought with them. During the Spanish era, Jamaica became home to sugarcane plantations and the African slaves that the Europeans brought to work in them. In 1665, the English captured Jamaica and transformed it into the biggest sugar plantation that it used to be, attracting people from everywhere in the process. The Spaniards were not gone at this time and merely fled to nearby islands wherein they formed bases to fight the English under groups called Maroons. The Maroons are instrumental in leading Jamaica to independence after hundreds of years of being under English rule. The 1800s rolled in and brought more immigrants from everywhere, including Arabs, Jews, Indians from Asia, and Chinese. This is why Jamaica’s national motto today is, “Out of Many, One People”

CULTURE OF JAMAICA

In light of the above, it isn’t surprising that the culture in Jamaica is as varied as the people that made up the island nation. Jamaica is considered the cultural hub of the Caribbean, the center of nightlife, galleries, museums, art scene, and reggae music in the area.
Traces of the indigenous Arawak and Taino tribes are still evident today in the culture of Jamaica, as well as strong Spanish and English influence that stood the test of time and blended with the culture brought by the Africans, Arabians, Indians, Chinese, and Jews that immigrated to Jamaica and made the island their home. The culture in Jamaica is a wild and beautiful mash-up of all the people living in it today.


LANDMARKS OF JAMAICA

There are so many reasons why you should visit Jamaica and one of the primary attractions in the country are the landmarks in Jamaica - both its natural and man-made wonders.

Mystic Mountain
Mystic Mountain is definitely one of the top sights to see if you’re looking for adventure and breathtaking views. Located on top of a mountain and surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, Mystic Mountain is a 100-acre theme park that offers zip line rides, chairlift rides, and other attractions to visitors.

Dunn's River Falls
Climbing the majestic Dunn’s River Falls is considered a must for anyone having a vacation in Jamaica. Guides are there to assist tourists and the experience alone is said to be worth the trip to the country.

Dolphin Cove Attraction
For families that are having a vacation in Jamaica, visiting the Dolphin Cove Attraction is an absolute must. Children and adults can swim with dolphins or choose to explore the nearby trail in the ‘lost jungle’ to see iguanas, birds, and snakes together with a guide.

Doctors' Cave Beach
Doctor’s Cave beach has amazing crystal blue waters that have been famous in and outside of the island nation for more than a century. The waters in this beach is believed by many to have therapeutic properties

The Rose Hall Great House
The Rose Hall Great House is believed to be the home of Annie Palmer, a young white woman who was rumored to be a witch and who allegedly practiced voodoo and tortured the slaves they had in the plantation.

Devon House
Devon House has a significant place in the history of Jamaica as well as in the list of landmarks in the country. The house is the former home of the first black millionaire in the island nation and stands today in the area that used to be known as The Millionaire’s Corner.

Castleton Botanical Garden
The oldest public botanical garden in the western hemisphere, Castleton Botanical Garden is where many plant species were first introduced to Jamaica.

Port Royal
Port Royal used to be the main shipping and commercial hub of Jamaica. Pirates used to walk its streets during the British rule and was once dubbed as the most wicked place on earth because lawless elements used to do their business in this spot hundreds of years ago. Most of the city that made up Port Royal sank in the sea in 1692 due to a massive earthquake.

Negril
Negril is more than just a huge beach although another nick-name for the place is the “7-Mile Beach”. Negril is popular for both tourists and locals alike because the casual atmosphere it offers and majestic views of the sea.

The Blue Mountains
The highest point of elevation in the entire island nation, The Blue Mountains is where the land of Jamaica kisses the skies. It features the longest mountain range in the Caribbean and a must-visit for those who love trekking and hiking.

The Best Vacation in Jamaica

If you’re after the best vacation in Jamaica, remember that Jamaica has a lot more to offer than just the popular tourist attractions and landmarks. The locals are proud of their numerous beaches, rivers, and waterfalls, their culture, their music and entertainment, their beautiful mountains and valleys, the historic plantations and great houses, the nature tours and adventure tours that their country has to offer, and their mouth-watering food. Having a local friend would surely make your Jamaica vacation more fun-filled with memories. You might never want to leave!