Everytime you picture Jamaica, it is impossible to ignore the background music that comes along with images of scenic beaches, all-night parties and colourful Caribbean vibe. After all, it is the birthplace of legendary Bob Marley and reggae music itself! Landscaped by the majestic Blue Mountains, thick rainforests, numerous caves and waterfalls, coral reefs, sandy beaches and completely surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is a top destination in this region.
The capital Kingston is the cultural hub of Jamaica and among its many historical buildings, Bob Marley’s house (also known as Bob Marley Museum) where he lived from 1975 until his death in 1981 is the most fascinating. Other colonial-era structures include Devon House and Fort Charles. If you visit Kingston in the month of April, don’t miss the widely popular Jamaica Carnival. Kingston also makes a great base to hike to the highest point in Jamaica – Blue Mountain Peak, located in the Blue Mountains range. The peak is accessed through a challenging hike and offers fabulous sunrise views. It is also known for Blue Mountain coffee – one of the most expensive coffees in the world.
Top quality rum is probably the second thing that comes to your mind after Bob Marley when you hear the name Jamaica. Located in the south-central region of the island, Appleton Estate is the largest and oldest distillery in Jamaica where you can take a factory tour to learn about Jamaica’s rich tradition of rum making.
Being a Caribbean island, there’s no shortage of stretches of white sand in Jamaica. Negril – located on the western coast of the island, is famous for its Seven Mile Beach. The beach is lined with numerous resorts, bars, and restaurants, but hasn’t lost its laid-back vibe.
Montego Bay in the northwest is the second-largest city in Jamaica after Kingston. It is home to all-inclusive resorts and hosts Jamaica’s largest music festival – Reggae Sumfest. The next stop from Montego Bay would be the cruise-ship port of Falmouth, highlighted by its Georgian architecture. The Martha Brae Rafting Village, located close to Falmouth is where you can enjoy bamboo rafting in the Martha Brae River. Another cruise ship port, Ocho Rios is located about 70km from Falmouth and has great white sand beaches.
Port Antonio in Jamaica’s northeastern coast is known for its Georgian architecture and local markets. The Rio Grande which flows through the city is popular for bamboo rafting tours. Apart from its white sand beaches, the city also opens up to the nearby tropical forests, waterfalls and mountains which are great to explore.
Jamaica is probably the Caribbean destination that you have been dreaming about. From pristine beaches and rum fueled parties to mountain climbing and bamboo rafting, complete with a rich history and plenty of attractions, Jamaica has it all.
Jamaica is the birthplace of Bob Marley – the pioneer of reggae music.