Jamaica is an island nation in the Caribbean, located to the south of Cuba and to the west of the island of Hispaniola.
With 2.8 million people, Jamaica is the third most populous Anglophone country in the Americas, after the United States and Canada. It remains a Commonwealth realm with Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State.
Jamaica has a large population of Chinese and East Indians. Sizeable numbers of Whites and Mulattoes, and persons of Syrian/Lebanese descent, many of which have intermixed throughout the generations. Individuals on the island seldom belong to one racial group as mixed-race Jamaicans are the second largest racial group; the genetic roots of many people can be traced to origins that are not necessarily physically apparent. Christianity is the major religion in the island.
Major cities in Jamaica:
Kingston the capital of Jamaica. The largest city in the Caribbean, Kingston reflects Jamaican culture in its historic sites and artistic landscape. The history of the city coexists with its modern culture, as Kingston serves as the capital of Jamaica’s commerce and government. Near the commercial center are family-style inns, health spa resorts and luxury hotels. Attractions include Trench Town, the inner-city neighborhood where reggae artists Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh began their musical careers, the Royal Botanical Gardens established in 1873, and the Bob Marley Museum.
Montego Bay as the second largest city in Jamaica, Montego Bay offers a north coast vacation destination. All-inclusive resorts line the mountain-view beaches. The city is also home to several championship golf courses and the “hip strip,” where trendy shops, restaurants and nightclubs reside. Besides being a tourist destination, Montego Bay is rich in history. Greenwood Guest House is a restored plantation home, while Discovery Bay is the site of Christopher Columbus’ 1494 landing. In the 18th-century port town of Falmouth, walking tours showcase historic buildings
Negril, also known as Seven Mile Beach, Negril Beach is one of Jamaica’s most beautiful stretches of white sand and aqua sea. The beach extends from Bloody Bay to Long Bay and the Negril Cliffs south of town. Tucked within groves of coconut palms, many resorts and restaurants fringe the shore here. Water sports abound, and snorkelers will find schools of fish swimming in the clear waters. Be prepared for persistent hawkers prowling the beach.
Ocho Rios Ocho Rios is a stop for many cruise ships on their Caribbean routes, making it the cruise capital of Jamaica. All-inclusive resorts welcome vacationers to enjoy its beaches, waterfalls and rivers. The 600-foot Dunn’s River Falls drops down to the beach and is one of the most visited waterfalls in the world, notes the Jamaica Tourist Board. The bay is protected by reefs and surrounded by mountains that create scenic natural views along the coastline. Climbing staircase waterfalls, exploring the city’s natural wonders and water sports are the top vacation activities in Ocho Rios.
Airports in Jamaica: Sangster International Airport, Norman Manley International Airport and Ian Fleming International airport are the three airports responsible for the millions of visitors to Jamaica every year. Contact you local Travel Agent