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Every stereotype you have about the Caribbean can be found in Jamaica. On the coast, you’ll find white-sanded beaches lined with palms and rustic beach bars that serve jerk chicken to a Bob Marley backing track. In the island’s interior you’ll find banana plantations amid cascading waterfalls and towering mountains. What’s more, the picturesque scenery is complemented by Jamaica’s famed easy-going vibe. You can observe all this on your holidays to Jamaica.
The island is also rich in history and that can be evidenced on the 18th century plantations with their sprawling mansions that have plenty of stories to tell. Montego Bay’s Rose Hall is a good example. Legend tells this impressive mansion is haunted by a white witch’s ghost. That history can also be seen everywhere in Jamaica’s capital Kingston with its collection of buildings that date back to colonial times.
Jamaica’s climate is tropical, hot and humid in general, while a more temperate climate is experienced in the higher inland regions. Jamaica vacation is perfect for those who love summer activities. Some south coast regions, such as the Pedro Plains and Liguanea Plain, are relatively dry. The average temperature in Jamaica is between 27 degrees Celsius (80 Fahrenheit) and 29 degrees Celsius (90 Fahrenheit) year-round.
While you should be cautious in some areas of the Jamaican capital, Kingston is a must visit on any Jamaica holidays. The capital is home the Jamaica’s famed reggae scene, here you’ll find the Bob Marley Museum, which pays tribute to the music icon. Delve into Jamaica’s history at Devon House Mansion, or visit Port Royal to see Fort Charles, which dates from the 16th century. Downtown is a hive of activity, while uptown is the place to be after dark with its lively nightlife.
The name Montego Bay is synonymous with a Caribbean paradise. If you love bright-blue skies, white-sanded beaches, and riotously colourful coral reefs, you can't miss this place on your holidays in Jamaica. The locals refer to it as Mo’ Bay, and it is home to some of the best hotels in the country. It is Jamaica’s second largest city and accordingly is full of life day and night.
Jamaica’s north coast is home to Ocho Rios with its host of luxury hotels tucked away in lush tropical forest which gives way to golden sands. At the top of your list of must-sees during your Jamaica vacation is the spectacular Dunn’s River Falls. Or head to beautiful Discovery Bay, Christopher Columbus is believed to have landed there when he arrived in Jamaica. Learn more about the discoverer of the “New World” at the open-air museum – Columbus Park.
Formerly a playground for the bohemian set, Negril still maintains a relaxed vibe, however the beach hangin’ Rastafarian culture has pretty much been substituted with busy resorts and trend-setters riding scooters. Sun seekers will still be in their element lying back on Negril’s beautiful white-sanded beaches, lined with swaying palms and the black cliffs that made an appearance in the James Bond movie Thunderball.
Tranquil Port Antonio was formerly favourite haunt for celebrities and a hub for banana trade that has since become a haven with beautiful beaches. Go snorkeling clear waters or try for the catch of the day on a deep sea fishing expedition. Swim at the beautiful Somerset Falls or surf the breakers at Boston Beach on your holidays to Jamaica.
Get your adrenaline fix white water rafting through the Caliche Rainforest, or for a less heart-stopping experience gently float down the Rio Grande on your Jamaica vacation.
Go climbing at the spectacular Dunn’s River Falls, get in the saddle for a horse riding tour, experience the rainforest at high-speed on Mystic Mountain’s zip line.
In Kingston pay a visit to the Bob Marley Museum, it is based in the Reggae legend’s former home and studio. More history of the Reggae genre can be found at the Reggae Xplosion Museum.
Find out about the ghost that haunts Montego Bay’s former plantation home Rose Hall, near Montego Bay, during your Jamaica holidays. Later make a beeline for to the lively “hip strip” in Montego Bay where you’ll find a vast range of shops, bars, cafés and restaurants.