Without question, Jamaica is one of the Caribbean's most beautiful
islands.The Arawak Indians, Jamaica 's earliest
known inhabitants, named their land well: Xaymaca,
"land of woods and streams.
Strangely, the name does not refer mountains. Jamaica is about
80 percent hilly and almost one-half of the land area is above 1,000 feet. This is not a flat island.
Between 40 to 50 percent of the island is still forested.
And the Caribbean water temperatures are ideal all year round in Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios. (See When To Go)
Jamaica also has tremendous geographic variety: desert, high
mountains, beaches...almost everything but snow (but it may get below
freezing on Blue Mountain Peak in winter).
One reason Jamaica can offer so much is because it's the third largest
Caribbean island, 146 miles long and varying between 22 and
51 miles wide.
main tourist areas have been famous for decades.
Port Antonio, where Jamaica's tourism started.
Rios, home of Dunn's
River Falls, Fern Gully and Dolphin
Montego Bay (or Mo Bay), convenient to golf, great
houses, shopping, rafting and river
with its famous beach and rock cliffs.
which has become the jumping off place for
trips to the Blue Mountains,
especially hikes up Blue Mountain Peak.
Royal, considered the world's most wicked city during
the Golden Age of Piracy,is now a quiet fishing village.
A few essentials
Mountain Coffee The
But Jamaica is a rose with very obvious thorns
because of its well publicized problems with drugs and crime.
Jamaica's major tourist areas, like towns everywhere, do have parts that shouldn't
be visited after dark. As most hotels have their own security
staff, room break-ins tend to be more rare than crime on the
street. But both do happen.
its problems, I like Jamaica and everything about it. I suspect
you will, too.
Jamaica Travel Information
Courtesy of the CIA
What You Need to Know If You Go
Married in Jamaica
No problem, mon!
How safe is travel to Jamaica?
A famous, shady place
More than 2 dozen falls in a little over 2 miles
Blue Mountain & John Crow Mountains National Park
The most complete description of Jamaica hiking on the web
Blue Mountain Peak Hike
One of the Caribbean's great hikes
Marley's Grave at Nine Mile
A mind altering experience
but have a designated driver!
This island welcomes campers
A remote stronghold
of the Maroons
Cove Ocho Rios
A large water park with more
One of the Caribbean's
most famous landmarks
A former riverbed
and now a busy roadway
Home of English actor,
dramatist, & songwriter Noel Coward
Houses of Montego Bay
Rose Hall & Greenwood Great Houses
A remarkable dry forest near Kingston
They are especially important in out-of-the-way places
Put a hard roof over your head, not a tent
Here's the recipe to the bar's signature drink
Bay River Valley Hikes
Few tourists ever make these walks
On Jamaica's most famous beach
Things To Do
Diving, hiking, river rafting, great houses and more
This wonderful spice is
made near Ocho Rios