Jamaica is located 145 kilometres / 90 miles south of Cuba and is the fourth-largest island country in the Caribbean (10,990 square kilometres / 4,240 sq. miles). Enjoy it’s warm, tropical climate filled with a vast variety of fun activities like mountain hiking, bird watching in the jungle or horseback riding along the beach. Take a tour of the rainforest or just relax and enjoy a long soak in the mineral springs. But, with all of Jamaica’s colorful vegetation, luxury resorts and pristine beaches, many vacationers come to this island to dive.
Inhabited for centuries by native people, Jamaica was taken over by the Spanish soon after the voyage of Christopher Columbus. The nation was swapped between colonial hands and was a key part of the unfortunate slave trade. Emancipation was reached in the 1830’s, but it wasn’t until 1962 that Jamaica gained full independence.
Thrumming with millions of residents, the island is bustling with activity. Today, music and dance are a huge part of Jamaican culture, and the county is well known for its outstanding cuisine.
While in Jamaica, visit the interior of the island and the breathtaking beaches. There are mountains to explore, rainforests to discover and waterfalls to bask in. In addition, there are excellent history and art museums in many of the large cities, and some of the best cuisine in the Caribbean can be found here.
One of the most popular Jamaican towns is Montego Bay with plenty of restaurants, galleries, shops, golf courses, hotels and beachfront resorts. Visit reggae legend Bob Marley’s home in the capital of Kingston, and explore the city’s historic sites and museums. Hike or bike through the Blue Mountains and John Crow Mountains National Park, which offers mountain vistas, lush rainforest and waterfalls. Or explore Half Moon Beach, a peaceful crescent of sand with coral reefs just offshore in Falmouth. Other attractions worth mentioning include the Rip Grande River, Blue Lagoon in Port Antonio and the Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios.
Getting to the island by air is an easy feat. Jamaica’s major airports are Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay and the Ian Fleming International Airport (OCJ) in Ocho Rios.
Another popular and soothing way to make your way to the island is via cruise ship.