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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.
Jamaica lies south of Cuba and is the third largest island in the Greater Antilles.
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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.
Air Jamaica is the national carrier and many other international airlines also serve the island, with internal flights provided by Trans-Jamaican Airlines.
Spanish Court Hotel: 1 Saint Lucia Avenue, Kingston, Jamaica.
Choose from seven different categories of beautifully designed hotel rooms in the heart of New Kingston, each featuring pleasing decor and elegant furnishing.
The Spanish Court Hotel combines a perfect blend of luxury and convenience, with a variety of luxurious facilities on offer for the discerning visitor.
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 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.
Hotels in Ochio Rios.
Blue Mountain Peak, at 2,256 m, is the highest summit in the West Indies.
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.
Castlevue B&B: 6 Sunrise Close, Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Castlevue Bed and Breakfast is set in the hills of Montego Bay among flowering bougainvilleas with partial views of the ocean, city skyline and mountains.
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.
The Cliff Hotel: West End Road, Negril, Jamaica.
Feel special when you stay at this private property upon a spectacular five-acre bluff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, on the western-most point of Jamaica.
Stylish, yet casual. Elegant, yet unassuming. Chic, yet unpretentious. From the moment you enter the open-air lobby of The Cliff Hotel in Negril, you'll know you've arrived.
The Jamaican Tourist Board is located at 64 Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston.
Tourism has long been a mainstay of the Jamaican economy and is now one of Jamaica's leading industries.
Places to stay in Jamaica range from modern, high rise hotels to elegant old worlde style rooms in smaller, colonial establishments.
Hotels in Jamaica offer a range of plans with dining and recreation options; from all-inclusive resorts to bed and breakfast accommodation popular in Europe.
Many also cater to specific niche needs of groups and meetings, families, couples or sports and adventure enthusiasts.
Jamaican Language and Culture
From Curry Goat and Jerk Chicken to Ackee and Saltfish there's something special about Jamaican Recipes.
Jamaicans have a special way of saying things.
As you travel around the island, your ear will slowly adapt to the patois and you may even Speak Ja before you leave.
To be a real Jamaican tourist it helps to know what to expect before you travel to Jamaica.
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