Did you know that Jamaican is amongst the most chic and interesting island found in the Caribbean, that one would wish to visit? Are you aware that the beaches in Jamaica are thought to be among the purist and most beautiful in the world? They have clear blue waters coupled with white sand which makes a visit to Jamaica a really wonderful experience. Let us first explore Jamaica in general, Jamaica is one of the Caribbean islands and it is the third largest.
It has 14 parishes forming three significant countries. Its capital city is Kingston and it is one of the interesting sites to visit.
It is worth to note that Port Royal was ones the capital city of Jamaica but it fall into the sea due to earth quakes. The capital was moved to Spanish Town, and then moved to Kingston. So when you are in Port Royal you can see the remains of the old capital. Jamaica is a cosmopolitan country, with different cultures of German, Irish, English, Indian Chinese and African and all this groups have contributed to the culture in one way or another.
Jamaica offers beautiful scenes, rich culture, delicious food, superb hotels and reliable and good transport system.
Imagine being at a height of 2000 feet above sea level! This is what you will get by being up at the “Murphy hills” which have the highest view point of (2000feet above the sea level). And we have views of mountains, valleys and lavish nature. At the top at the Murphy hill will enable you to view the, the Ocho Rios-which is the pier for cruise, ship, the Blue Mountains, and if the heather is good you may be able to see Cuba. You should not miss to enjoy valley tubing at the White River; the experience offers a breathtaking sight.
The river is beautiful and also, it divides two of the adored parishes in Jamaica, St Ann and St Mary. When the river passes through the coconut plantations, and the bamboo wood one feels the different pace and moods of this river, it more adoring to watch the locals in their river side dwellings along the river. You will also go through many tough rapids and exciting lagoons. And of course, we have beautiful well kept gardens of the river at the Valley Park which has gift shops, bars, and restaurants.
That is only but few places that are a must see, but there are many other places that one can visit like the lush jungles found in the Cranbrook flower forest, and a ride in the capital city of Kingston which offers an opportunity to visit the bob Marley museum and many other attractions. Jamaica is well known for its tasty food and enticing recipes. These mouth watering foods include, curried goat meat, stew peas together with rice, not forgetting the national food, “ackee” and salt fish. When it comes to fruits we have many types of mangos that Jamaica has. Examples are, East India, Hairy mangoes, Bombay, and Julie.
Other fruits are June plums, etioti apples and naseberries these are very refreshing o take on warm afternoon. It is also well known that Jamaica offers the well known blue mountain coffee which is sold allover the world is another attraction to sample. After you visits if you will tired and drained then you can unwind with the local drink which is Jamaican white rum believed to be a cure for jitters. The trip will not be complete without visiting some night clubs which offers a pleasant and enchanting experience as Jamaica has some exciting reggae musicians and calypso maestros.
The enticing music and delicious food served in this places offers an enjoyable evening. While in Jamaica you will have so many options on where you can stay as we have many hotels, good villas, together with condos that one can chose from. This offers services for singles, couples or families. The best place to stay is the Ocho Rios since it is centrally located within the many attractions that are very interesting to visit, such as the Dunns River falls. In addition there are a number of restaurants, which offer spectacular views.
Another place that has some of the country’s best lodgings is the north coast, it boosts of good established hotels that provides fine diners and splendid sightseeing sites. It is here that you can get an opportunity to visit the Rose Hall, which is the past home of Annie Palmer, that includes a mansion build on numerous acres of lush green grass that is now a hot attraction for tourist. It is worth noting that credit cards are accepted in many big hotels but in small restaurants and remote guest houses don’t accept them.
So you can use your visa card to get some cash as ATM’s are installed in many towns. Moving about in Jamaica is fun as it has a warm tropical weather and the roads are in good condition although you can’t miss to get a pothole in some areas. When you are in Kingston the roads are ok. And one doesn’t need to worry about the transport as there are taxis whose drivers’ are careful and polite. You can also fly to various locations get to see attractive scenes from the air. If you are not afraid of water, you will have a chance to cruise in the waters.
Your trip can’t be complete without buying some of the items from Jamaica. For crafts, the Ocho Rios at the Soni Plaza offers best deals, but of you have to bargain. You will get crafts mart, t-shirts, carvings and some general stuff. If you want to buy jewelry, some good watches, perfumes and rings you better go to a duty free shop. You can get better discounts for example at the Royal shop. Another place you can get good bargains of crafts items is at the Negril, here you can purchase a Jamaican craft at a very good price.
Hey, if you need a souvenir to carry back home then the place to go is the sunshine plaza in Negril. Still if you want to shop without stress, you can go at the Halfmoon Shopping Village, here they are a lot of items to shop from, and examples of the item you will get includes, cigars, clothing, beach items, souvenirs, and some duty free items. Still wondering what to carry home? Why not carry this; the famous Cuban cigars, jerk seasonings or the Jamaican Appleton Rum, that you can get at the airport on when you are going back home.
Conclusion Visiting Jamaica is absolutely dazzling! The place offers lots of excitements think about the wonderful beaches with clear blue waters and white sand. What about the Blue Mountains with Dunn’s water falls which are 600feet deep. And don’t forget the luminous lagoon which is among the most magnificent marvel that is in Jamaica. And as you explore the village of the nine miles you will be reminded of the King of reggae, as here is where he was borne.
You will get the chance of visiting the house he lived and get first hand information of his life, and his experiences as a young boy, his passion, and you will get to know about the exceptional religion of Rastafarian and crown you tour by visiting his mausoleum. But, despite all that beauty one has to take a few precautions when visiting Jamaica, you have to be prepared for mosquitoes so carry some lavender oil to repel them. And don’t forget taking some anti malaria drugs to protect you from getting malaria incase you are bitten.
A word of caution is to the ladies, please don’t venture out in the night alone, men here don’t have manners and can harass you and touch your sensitive parts! Other wise being in Jamaica for a vacation is so beautiful and breathtaking leaving you with life time memories. Welcome to the Caribbean island and a life time experience.
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