Jamaica is an island in the Pacific ocean, part of the Caribbean islands. If you’re planning to visit the Caribbean (and we highly recommend that you do!) here’s everything you could possibly want to know about the Jamaica.
The Name “Jamaica”
Jamaica, which means “land of wood and water” was initially spelled Xaymaca but was changed by some Spanish explorers. Most historians believe that the Taino and Arawak, who initially inhabited the island , originated from south America. The island of Jamaica is the third largest in the Caribbean. It is studded with wonderful beaches, lush landscape, and skyscraping mountains.
The island is very mountainous with almost a half of the island being above 1,000 feet.
The most important sectors of the economy are tourism, bauxite mining, agriculture, and manufacturing. The country has a good number of export crops. Some of them include:
Tourism is the largest earner in Jamaica characterized by over one million visitors per year. The island offers year-round tourism with major resort centers being Kingston, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Negril, Port Antonio and the south and central coast.
THE CAPITAL CITY OF JAMAICA
The capital city of Jamaica is Kingston. It is the largest city and located on the south-eastern side of the island. Kingston town has very many attractions that can attract tourists. Some of the top attractions and places to visit in Kingston are:
1. The blue mountains.
This is the longest mountain range in the Jamaican island with the peak being 7,402 feet high. Reaching the peak gives you a wonderful view of both the south and north coasts. You are able to see Cuba when there is a clear weather. Blue mountain coffee is considered on of the best coffees in the world.
2. Port royal
It is located at the Kingston harbor, founded in 1518 and acted as the shipping center for the Caribbean region till it was destroyed by the earthquake in 1692. The old pirates have been transformed into museums.
3. Devon House
This is an important national monument which portrays the island’s cultural diversity. It receives many visitors every year who come to learn about the Jamaican history. It is a very popular place for ice lovers and offers around 27 natural flavors of ice cream.
4. National Gallery
This is the leading art collection in jamaica which features a number of important artwork mainly by the Jamaican artists. The gallery specializes in Jamaican art dating back as 1920 to present.
5. National Heroes Park
The park is located in a place that was once a very popular horse racing place. It is a place for honoring national heroes. It is also a venue for concerts and events all over the year.
Other places to visit in Kingston town include:
-Trench Town Culture Yard Museum
-Mavis Bank Coffee Factory
-Institute of Jamaica
-Bob Marley Museum.
Here’s a lovely travel guide presentation on some of the sites in Jamaica;
TOURIST SITES IN THE ISLAND OF JAMAICA.
Jamaica boasts of many tourists attraction sites. Nature lovers, in particular, will find a lot of things to do while in Jamaica. Some of the places to visit in Jamaica are:
1. Negril Beach
2. Doctor’s Cave Beach, Montego Bay
3. Rose Hall Great House, Montego Bay
5. Martha Brae River
6. Port Antonio
7. Rio Grande River
8. Black River Safari Boat Tour and YS Falls
9. Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain, Ocho Rios
10. Dunn’s River Falls
11. Blue Hole, Ocho Rios
12. Mayfield Falls & Mineral Springs
13. Zipline Adventure Tours
14. Reach Falls
15 Dolphin Cove
The country has a consistent warm tropical weather which makes it a very popular destination for holiday lovers. In the coats, the temperature normally ranges from 22 degrees celsius to 31 degrees celsius. There is some considerable variation in rainfall nationwide but on average, the annual rainfall is 1980mm. Most rain is seen in May, June, and October. The dry period in Kingston town is January, February, March, and December.
It is advisable to carry with you lightweight cotton clothes and casual linens. Have light woolens for the evening and manage the mosquitos by wearing long sleeves.
CURRENCIES ACCEPTABLE IN JAMAICA.
The official currency in Jamaica is the Jamaican dollar. Some of the common foreign currencies in Jamaica are US dollars, euros, British pound and Canadian dollars.
It is always easy to work on a credit card when visiting Jamaica to avoid instances where you are not satisfied with the exchange rates. Credit cards are easily acceptable in most of the places in Jamaica.
There are a number of dishes found in Jamaica. From the traditional to the western cuisines. The popular Jamaican dishes are fried dumplings, curry goat, ackee and saltfish, steamed cabbage, rice and peas. The Jamaican cuisine has Indian, African, Chinese, Spanish, British, and French influences.
In conclusion, Jamaica is a wonderful place to visit for your holiday. There are very attractive sites, good weather and very friendly people. The cost of living is fairly cheap compared to many countries of the world. Now that you know everything, it’s time to go impress your friends!