Jamaica Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 87%Budget Travelers
- 82%Luxury Travelers
- 82%Adventure Travelers
- 80%Family Travelers
- 75%Spiritual Seekers
- 70%Local Culture
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Great country, lovely people and a great spirit around you. The national dish appears to be Salt Fish and Ackee which is a vegetable you don't see anywhere else. You'll hear Bob Marley everywhere you go, relax, slow down and enjoy it, no one else does anything at high speed. The national drink is rum, golden is better than white and it comes in a massive variety of cocktails. You cant fail to enjoy yourself
- JamaicaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8
Was a fun place to visit once, but I probably won't go back again unless I have to. There are far more places that I'd like to go see in the world. Jamaica has beautiful beaches and water activities, but Kingston is a tough town to visit without having locals with you and the people there will constantly hassle you to buy their goods to the point it gets very annoying.
i came in be cruise ship. i found the people been nice. there is a lot of begging for money here, locals always looking for a little more cash. we did some shopping here and found that it was at good price. i always love the way people talk there. watch out for local buses , as they will only go when the bus is full. taxis are better to get around , use a group of people to get the best deal.
This island is beautiful and the people are beyond nice. We stayed in Montego Bay and decided to take a day trip to Dunn's River Falls. You may be familiar with Dunn's Falls from the movie Cocktail. I highly recommend this island and I highly recommend Dunn's River Falls
Jamaica is like its own little continent. Port Royal, on the South shore near modern day Kingston, was once the center of British commerce and naval power. Off the North Shore is the island of Tortuga which was the center for pirate might and excess, looting Spanish and other ships on their way North and east, laden with treasure. Blessed with steady rainfall, this is the most agricultutral island of the Caribbean with over a dozen fruits and veggies that exist nowhere else. First Spanish then English for 300 years have left a diverse and talented populace. Local food is sophisticated with haute European roots as well as the flavors of Africa and the open-fire cooking of the Amerindians. Jerk pits are scattered around, near beaches and other public concentrations...The East Indian stevedores, imported by the Brits in thousands brought curry and marijuana with them from the East. (This is why Jamaican GANJA is Cannabis Indica, and all natural weed in the Western Hemisphere is Cannabis Sativa. Great beer (Red Stripe) is always in a bucket of ice somewhere along the way, and the Appleton Rums are superb. The Appleton Distillery Tour is fun but they're out in the middle of nowhere. Watc out for the SUN; Jamaica can make you a little tipsy so you forget to stay covered.
Lots has been said about Jamaica and all that it has to offer: beautiful landscapes, rushing waterfalls, fresh seafood, spectacular beaches, breathtaking sunsets, delicious cuisine, warm hospitable people, Blue Mountain coffee, and of course Appleton Rum.
On our recent visit to the island we found all of these things and more. We stayed at the Riu, an all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay. Upon arrival in the lobby we were greeted by hotel staff offering an assortment of rum punches and other refreshments. Along with the refreshments we enjoyed a colorful performance by the resort entertainers. After check-in we proceeded to our suite, which blew us away. It was expansive and beautifully decorated with a huge Jacuzzi tub and an awesome beach view. We were so impressed that we immediately made a video to capture its beauty. Then it was time for lunch.
The resort has 4 restaurants, each with a different theme, all exquisite. Our first meal was at the Steakhouse, an open-air buffet, right on the beach. The food choices were plentiful and delicious. The team of master chefs put together a plethora of foods including Jamaican dishes.
Later the view from our balcony, facing the ocean was a perfect place to experience one of the most beautiful sunsets imaginable. After watching the sun melt into Montego Bay, we decided to attend the evening beach party. Approximately 200 people were in attendance at this food and beverage extravaganza. The atmosphere was festive and everyone was in a party mood. Even the sand fleas and mosquitoes came to dine – little did we know that we were their cuisine of choice. The entertainment was outstanding. The dancers arrived by boat carrying flaming torches and proceeded to perform a dance that paid tribute to Jamaica’s Taino and African history. Our video of the dance can be viewed at http://bit.ly/aXGXhP.
The Riu is a perfect family vacation destination that offers activities for all ages including snorkeling, water sports, and great excursions to other parts of the island. One of the excursions we really enjoyed was the Chukka Cove Zipline Adventure where we saw some of the most beautiful vegetation on the island. The adventure began with a rugged 30- minute bus ride up into the mountains. At the top of the mountain a team of expert guides outfitted us with helmets, pulleys and harnesses. After a safety briefing we were led down a trail through the rainforest that consisted of 376 steps. We knew then that this adventure was not for the faint of heart, but it was too late to “tap out”. Eventually we arrived at the first of 10 launch platforms – and the adventure began. One by one we descended from launch pad to launch pad, along zip lines that ranged in length from 300-600 feet.; but seemed more like a mile. We whizzed past trees and seemed to be only inches away from a major collision. There were times when we felt like Tarzan and Jane. What a great way to be reminded that you are alive!
Although we had enjoyed Jamaica before, this experience was entirely new and even more enjoyable; perhaps because we were seeing it with “second time” eyes. Other than the sand fleas that insisted on feasting on us, it was a perfect trip. Even those little hungry critters can’t keep us from returning to this Jamaican paradise.
- JamaicaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFamily TravelersAdventure Travelers
We really enjoyed out trip to Jamaica and would recommend it to anyone. The one caveat we would have is that to be careful when walking around. Not that we were physically scared (not that there aren't areas to avoid) but rather people were always walking up to us to sell us something (i.e. they know a farmer in the mountain wink wink) or braid my wife's long hair. She finally got it braided and not 10 feet away someone else offered to braid it. It just became exhausting to say no thank you.
I had the time of my life..I went to go visit a friend for a week and ended up staying 3 weeks.. The food is great.. Only bad part about it was the roads....The roads there are in bad need of repair. They are long,winding roads but so much to see and do..
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