Despite its location almost right in the center of the Caribbean Sea, the island of Jamaica does not mix easily with the rest of the Caribbean archipelago. To be sure, with the same rays of sun, sand and addictive sugary complex pampered life as most of the other islands, but also historically and culturally distinct.
Today’s visitors can see your trip to Jamaica even if they embrace the uniqueness of the island and the inherent “Africanness” of its population. Apart from its people, Jamaica has much to offer the curious traveler, seven or fatigue. The Blue Mountains has the best coffee in the world, try a cup at the factory of a century old in Mavis Bank. There are world-class reefs for diving, including those in Runaway Bay and Ocho Rios, and large palm trees in the sand or the French Cove Treasure Beach near Port Antonio. There is little conventional medicine Bush and fishing excursions, friendly people, crystal clear waterfalls, cosmopolitan cities, wetlands harboring endangered crocodiles and manatees, unforgettable sunsets – in a variety of short, sufficient to understand many totally different holiday.
Nowhere in the Caribbean is the connection with Africa, deeply as it is in Jamaica. Kingston was the important link in the New World to the barbaric triangular trade that brought slaves from Africa and carried sugar and rum in Europe, and to safeguard the Maroons (runaways who left in the hills of Cockpit Country and Blue Mountains), many of African traditions, and visceral introduced unique cooking spice of Jamaica. Bay St. Ann Marcus Garvey founded the movement back to Africa in 1910 and ’20, the Rastafarianism took a call from a decade later, and reggae provided the pace in the 1960’s and 70’s. No wonder many Jamaicans claim a greater affinity for the African neighbors in the Caribbean islands.
This is a country imbued with pride in its unique history, stunning scenery and culture influence. Welcome to Jamaica.