Jamaica is one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean. Jamaica has some beautiful white-sand beaches and amazing snorkelling and scuba diving. The island’s interior has some stunning mountain scenery with sparkling rivers and cascading waterfalls. Jamaica’s food, music and art scene are fantastic. The island has some beautiful and challenging golf courses.
The capital of Jamaica is Kingston. Kingston may not look too appealing but it has many hidden charms; the city is bustling during festival time. The National Gallery houses an important art collection and is home to a famous statue of Bob Marley. Devon House, built in 1881, has been restored to its original glory. The Bob Marley Museum is the most-visited site in Jamaica. Hope Botanical Gardens and Zoo is a beautifully landscaped and charming zoo. The Blue Mountains offer some amazing scenery and good trekking. This area, with its rivers and waterfalls, is thought to one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean.
Montego Bay (or MoBay) is more laid-back; it’s the main market town for most of western Jamaica. West of Montego Bay is Negril, a fast growing resort. This seven mile strip of resorts and bars has a nice atmosphere and is very relaxed. There are many small shops and stalls run by locals and it’s a good place to mix with local Jamaicans.
Ocho Rios is a scenic town and has a beautiful setting with a mountainous back-drop fronted by Turtle Beach and a stunning harbour. Fern Gully is a little inland and is very relaxing. Dunn River Falls were featured in the James Bond movie Dr No and are a very popular destination.
There is a variety of hotels, guest houses and resorts on offer to suit every budget. Restaurants and cafés are widely available and offer a good choice of cuisine.
There are two international airports; Norman Manley International Airport is located near to Kingston, while Donald Sangster International Airport is close to Montego Bay. Montego Bay is also a very busy cruise ship destination.