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Birthplace of Reggae, Blue Mountains, Jamaican Culture, Jamaica Tourism, Jamaica Travel Guides, Kingston, Map of Jamaica, Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios, Spanish Town.

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Birthplace of Reggae

Jamaica was a dependency of Britain for more than 300 years and everybody knows the island as the birthplace of reggae; thanks largely to the popularity of Bob Marley.

Map of Jamaica

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The capital of Jamaica is not for everyone and most of the tourists staying in Montego Bay or Negril never even consider squeezing themselves into one of the cross-island minibuses to make an effort to visit Kingston.

At the foot of the Blue Mountains, on the south-east coast of the Caribbean island, Kingston has a deep harbour protected to the south by the Palisadoes.

Many Caribbean Cruises make this a port of call. At the entrance to the harbour are the partly submerged ruins of old Port Royal, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1692.

Founded by the British to replace Port Royal, Kingston flourished as a port for slave traders in the 18th century; replacing Spanish Town as the island's capital in 1872.

During the months of May to June and September to October be prepared for varying amounts of rainfall. Rainfalls are often brisk and are much needed to cool down the temperature.

Airlines and Airports:
Air Jamaica is the national carrier and many other international airlines also  serve the island, with internal flights provided by Trans-Jamaican Airlines.

Accommodation in Kingston

Hotels in Kingston, Jamaica.

Spanish Town

From Kingston, you'll go through Spanish Town (the capital of Jamaica from 1535 to 1872) as you cross the Cobre River, on your way up to the Cockpit Country and Montego Bay.

The eldest son of Christopher Columbus, Diego Colon, founded the city as St Jago de la Vega, in the early 1520s.

The Old House of Assembly is in Spanish Town, as is the former governors' residence (King's House), and the oldest Anglican church in Jamaica -- 17th century St Catherine's Cathedral.

Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios has a wide range of dining options from fast food to gourmet restaurants, and a lively nightlife with bars, discos and live music.

There are also a variety of gardens and areas of natural beauty to visit during the day, if you can drag yourself away from the beach.

The Hotel Shaw Park Beach Spa sits on a private beach on Cutlass Bay. Ocho Rios is approximately two miles away. The hotel is next to the mouth of the White River and three miles from the Shaw Park Botanical Gardens, a 25 acre reserve with waterfalls and tropical plants in a stunning hilltop location overlooking the Caribbean.

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountain Peak, at 2,256 m, is the highest summit in the West Indies.

Montego Bay

Situated on the coast in north-west Jamaica, Montego Bay is a major tourist resort and the centre of the aptly named Gold Coast.

Its fine beaches, golf courses, yachting facilities and purpose built resorts are a real money spinner for Jamaica; Doctor's Cave and White Sands attracting wealthy visitors from all over the world.

Accommodation in Montego Bay

Hotels in Montego Bay.


Official Hotel Website. Pebbles Resort: Main Street, Falmouth.
Pebbles' natural playground is just a short 30-minute ride, east of Montego Bay; at the heart of Jamaica's historic north coast. Pebbles is one of only two hotels in the world that offer a vacation nanny - a boutique hotel, for the ultimate family vacation.


Negril used to be fairly quiet, but it's getting more touristy every year.

When you've had enough of lying on the sand, you can visit the offshore Bogue Islands with its oyster beds in the maritime gardens.

Accommodation in Negril

Hotels and Resorts in Negril.

Jamaica Tourism

The official website of the Jamaican Tourist Board.

Jamaica Guide:
Comprehensive guide to Jamaica with useful information to help you plan your Jamaica vacation.

Jamaican Speak:
Jamaicanise your vocabulary with a dash of patois.

Real Jamaican Tourist:
Excellent articles that really help you know what to expect.

Jamaican Culture

Cook Jamaican:
Curry Goat? Here's the collection of past recipes. Be patient for the page to load, then print it out. You can't be running back to your computer from the kitchen.

Irie People:
Celebrating the Irie people of Jamaica with timely information on arts, culture, music and the foods of the island.

Jamaica Travel Guides

The Rough Guide to Jamaica Insight Guides: Pocket Jamaica (Insight Pocket Guides) Berlitz: Jamaica Pocket Guide (Berlitz Pocket Guides)

Jamaica Travel Guides - Jamaica Maps.

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