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Homeland of famous musicians and sportsmen, Bob Marley and Usain Bolt to name but a few, Jamaica oozes coolness, and begging to be explored. Some of the best places in the Caribbean can be found on this charming island. It is perfect for hiking holidays, beach holidays and cultural getaways, Jamaica has it all!!
View the island from the top of Blue Mountain Peak and then sample some of the culinary delights Jamaica has to offer; from traditional street food that would sate the hungriest of culture vultures to seriously good restaurants on the shores. Steeped in history, enjoy soaking up the island’s history while you meander through the many mangroves and shady hideaways.
The Blue Mountains should make it onto every visitor’s itinerary. These mountains get their name from the blue haze of clouds that settles around their peak. Striking to see, especially on a clear day, this impressive range sits near famous churches St Andrew, St Thomas, Portland and St Mary. Easily the island’s oldest landmark, these are definitely worth the look.
Fort Clarence Beach Park is the perfect day out at the beach. The beach lies just southwest of Kingston, the capital. Pure white sands and plenty of palm trees meet this beach’s visitors. Hugely popular with the local Kingstonians, perhaps because the amenities are so good, there’s plenty to do here and it is worth travelling to Fisherman’s Beach which is a quirky rasta village where you can find parties and freshly made fried fish.
Bob Marley’s house is a must-see. Located on Hope Road, this is where Marley lived and recorded much of his music until his death. Although the house is now a popular tourist attraction, much of the Marley’s possessions are still here along with his gold and platinum records that hang upon the walls. One room is completely covered in newspaper clippings from Marley’s final tour, which provides a nostalgic end and reminder of his great talent
Jamaica’s National Gallery boasts a fine collection of local art. Probably the best museum on the island, you’ll learn a lot about the island’s history and artistic heritage. The gallery boasts an impressive collection of international art too and is organised chronologically, spanning from the early seventieth century right through to the present day.
One to visit is the Luminous Lagoon. Situated near Falmouth, this lagoon is spectacular. Why? The water here glows green when it is disturbed. Full of photochemical reactions, it is very strange to see. The fish swimming in the water glow green. It is possible to swim in here but take caution, it is a very odd experience! Especially because the salt water from the sea doesn’t mix with the lagoon’s water, making it a mix of very warm and very cold
1. Jamaica is home to many exotic fruits, typically mangoes, rose apple, sweet-cup, otaheiti apple, jack fruit, guinep, tamarind and naseberry, among others. You can buy these at the side of road.
2. Jamaica has a lot of mountains and the Blue Mountain Peak is the officially the highest point on the island at 7,402 feet above sea level.
3. As well as mountains, Jamaica also has a lot of rivers. These flow from the coast to the various mountain ranges that sit in the centre of the island.
4. Christopher Columbus came to Jamaica in 1494. He landed in Discovery Bay and he spent an entire year in St Anne’s Bay.
5. Jamaica is well-known for its wildlife. There are over 252 species of birds here, some of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. This includes the Streamer Tailed Hummingbird, the national bird of Jamaica.
6. The Spanish took over Jamaica for a while but when the English came over and took it from them, they formed an independent group of people called the Maroons and lived on the neighbouring islands.
7. The official national dish of Jamaica is ackee and salt fish. Ackee is a fruit but used as a vegetable.
8. A symbol of the island, the mongoose was first brought to the island to kill snakes, of which there was an abundance.
9. Snorkelers will be pleased to learn that there’s over 50 species of coral in Jamaica.
10. Native to Jamaica, the coconut is officially the most useful tree in the world. Man uses every part of it!
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