Jamaica is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, and millions of sun-seeking tourists spend their holidays here every year. Just 140 miles off the coast of Cuba, the island’s indigenous people named the island ‘the land of food and water’, and it became an independent nation in 1962 after breaking free from the rule of the United Kingdom.
With a population of just under one million people, Jamaica is one of the most populated islands in the Caribbean. Kingston, the country’s biggest city, is home to most of the population, and although Jamaica is a typically small island, its culture and way of life is famous throughout the world.
Thanks to a strong global presence, Jamaica is a holidaying hotspot for tourists; especially for those on cruises as well as the rich and famous. From ska to reggae, mento to dub, the Jamaicans have been industry-leaders in the music business for many years, influencing many of the greatest songs ever written. Furthermore, many of the most successful rappers of all time, including the Notorious B.I.G, Snoop Dog, Jay-Z and 2pac are all of Jamaican African descent.
When it comes to movies, Jamaica has also played the part in many Hollywood blockbusters. The island was repeatedly used to shoot a number of James Bond movies, including Casino Royal. Furthermore, Tom Cruise’s film Cocktail, provided a great insight into the youth of Jamaica, as well as the picture The Harder They Come.
Whether you’re taking a trip to this magical island on your own, with friends or with your family, there are so many things to see and do! From the vast, lush rainforests and safari parks to swimming with dolphins, you won’t know what to try first – so let’s take a look at some of the best activities to try out, and see whether you and be persuaded to book a ticket!
Dunn’s River Falls
Dunn’s River Falls is one of the most breath-taking and beautiful waterfalls in the world, and it’s no wonder why they’re Jamaica’s top tourist attraction. Don’t expect peace and tranquillity here, because the rapids are extremely fierce, and an early morning stroll on the rock trail will certainly wake you up! Enjoy the mountainous views as you take the limestone path all the way down to the beach, and why not take a dip in the pools and cascades while you’re there!
There’s nothing better than finding a great international restaurant on holiday, and thankfully Jamaica has plenty of them! If you love your Italian food, then Toscanini’s is the place for you, not only because they offer exquisite dishes, but the entire restaurant theme is Italian through and through. Situated on a stunning beach front, you can even go for a dip in the sea once you’ve finished your final course!
Deep Sea Fishing
If you’re looking to take a trip out to sea, then you’ll certainly want to try deep sea fishing. Stanley’s Deep Sea Fishing Company is the best on the island, and they’ll take you out into the tropical depths all day long. Not only will you be able to see some amazing marine life, but you might be able to catch yourself some dinner too!