• JAMAICA

WELCOME TO JAMAICA

Jamaica has an area of 4,411 square miles of 11,424 square kilometers. The island is 146 miles (235km) long with widths varying between 22 (35km) miles. Jamaica is the third largest of the Caribbean islands and the largest of the English speaking islands. Today, tourism is one of Jamaica’s leading industries. More than three million visitors are welcomed to its shores each year. The elements of the tourism product include accommodation, transportation, attractions and tours, dining and entertainment (inclusive of festivals and events), and the support services. Jamaica has a number of hotels, large and small. These vary from high rises to hotels in elegant old world style, and small modern hotels. No matter your traveling style, you will find exactly what you want on the sunny shores of Jamaica.

ATTRACTIONS

The historic mansion at Rose Hall, Montego Bay, was built in the 1770s. With a dark history of slavery, family turmoil, and loss, Rose Hall is said to be haunted. Rose Hall now functions as a museum and gives tours to those who wish to learn more about what happened in its walls and surrounding grounds.

One of Jamaica’s most iconic musicians is forever immortalized at the Bob Marley Museum. Here, you can learn about the man who sang for a brighter tomorrow and a stronger Jamaica. With exhibits showcasing his life and career, you are sure to learn something about the famed singer you didn’t know before. You can even enjoy a Jamaican lunch on-site.

ENTERTAINMENT

People go to Jamaica to party. No matter what city you are in or when you’re traveling, you will find a party. With dance clubs and bars spread out around the cities, there is ample opportunity to get to meet some locals, lose yourself to some reggae, and dance the night away.

Having once belonged to the British, football (American soccer) and cricket are king in Jamaica. The Jamaican National Premier League football league attracts a lot of attention during their season. It is from these players that the Jamaica national team is formed to go compete internationally. Jamaica also sends players to the West Indies cricket team, also known as the Windies. They go on to compete across the Caribbean and beyond.

The birthplace of reggae and an island that marches to the beat of its own drum, Jamaica is always filled with music festival opportunities. You shouldn’t have any difficulty finding a music festival you want to attend and booking your travel around that. Some popular festivals are the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, the Reggae Sumfest, and the One Love Music Festival.

GETTING THERE

There are three international airports in Jamaica: Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston (Jamaica’s capital city), and the Ian Fleming International Airport in picturesque Ocho Rios. Each airport serves many international airlines coming from destinations such as the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, Canada, and Europe, making flying to Jamaica a convenient and enjoyable experience.

If you plan to make your way through several Caribbean Islands on a cruise, then Jamaica could be on your list of cruise destinations. With three cruise ports, Jamaica welcomes ship-goers plenty of options for exploring the island.

GETTING AROUND

If you want to travel through the beauties of Jamaica, you can ride the bus in the city or even look for charter options. If you’d rather be your own guide, you can rent a car and travel through the beautiful, fun loving country of Jamaica on your own.

WILDLIFE/NATURE

For those who want to experience a more tropical side to Jamaica, you can head inland to the Dunn’s River Falls. The stunning waterfalls that you can climb through and relax in make this a popular spot with tourists. You’ll get to enjoy the scenery around you, meet locals, and feel like you’re in your own little tropical oasis. Just make sure you wear water shoes!

True adventurers can head to the Blue Mountains for some real inland exploring. You’ll hike up the mountains, go bird watching, and get to see a whole new side of Jamaica. If you have the time, try to find the Blue Mountain Coffee Company. The coffee beans grown there are believed to be some of the best in the world, so sit down to a cup or buy a bag to take home.

NATIONAL HEROES/MUSEUMS

Right Excellent Samuel Sharpe: Sharpe was an enslaved man who lived in Jamaica from 1804 to 1832 and served as a preacher with a local Baptist church. He was educated and therefore learned of the potential for British abolition of slavery. Sharpe took matters into his own hands to organize a peaceful protest against slavery, however, the event quickly turned into Jamaica’s slave rebellion. He was convicted and executed for his leadership. In 1975, he was posthumously awarded the title of National Hero.

The Right Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamate, GBE: The 1st Prime Minister of Jamaica, Sir Bustamante worked to better the lives of Jamaican workers. He did so by establishing labor unions and the Jamaican Labour Party. He was awarded the title of National Hero.

The National Museum of Jamaica features a wide variety of artifacts that showcase life on the island. You can learn about the indigenous cultures, the colonial occupation, and modern life as you stroll through the various galleries. There are also several temporary exhibits that highlight specific areas of Jamaican culture.

ECO-TOURISM

Another great way to experience the inland side of the island is to embark on a Mother Brae River Tour. This emerald river cut through the island and has been much appreciated by the locals for generations. You can explore the wonders of Jamaica’s lifeblood as you raft down the river in comfort and ease, thanks to a local guide.

Just a short way away from Negril, you can enjoy a Horseback Riding Tour of the beaches. This romantic excursion will have you feeling adventurous as you embark on trails through the woods, over the sandy shores, and even into the water. You’ll get to see a truly stunning side of Jamaica.

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Jamaica has seen an unemployment rates climb over the years and as times have gotten harder, Food for the Poor has worked harder. With a focus on helping with agricultural initiatives, providing education, and providing food, Food for the Poor works to help ease the burden of Jamaica’s economic downturn.

Negril Education Environment Trust (N.E.E.T.) works to expand access to education to children and adults. By doing so, N.E.E.T. works to showcase the importance of tight-knit communities, public health, and environmental health. With a Jamaica-centric focus, alums of N.E.E.T. go on to become advocates and ambassadors in their own right.

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Capital: Kingston

Population: 2.881 million

Language: Jamaican Patois/Jamaican Creole (English-based Creole)

Currency: Jamaican dollar

Religion: Christian, Protestant, Seventh-day Adventist

National Bird: Tailed Hummingbird

National Flower: Lignun Vitae

National dish: Ackee & Saltfish

Motto: -“Out of Many One People”

The National Flag:
The sun shineth, the land is green and the people are strong and creative” is the symbolism of the colours of the flag. Black depicts the strength and creativity of the people; Gold, the natural wealth and beauty of sunlight; and green, hope and agricultural resources.

ENTERTAINMENT UPDATE

Rastafari Rootz Fest

December 13th to 15th, 2019

 This weekend-long music event showcases the many businesses, craftsmen, and the never-ending excitement of Jamaica. Hosted in Negril, you are sure to learn plenty about this beautiful island.

TOURISM UPDATE

Both American Airlines and Delta Airlines have announced an increase in flights to Jamaica, primarily from New York City and Detroit. These new flights are expected to begin in December 2019.

ATTRACTIONS

Negril Beach & the Negril Cliffs

The Martha Brae River

Dunn’s River Falls

Blue & John Crow Mountains National Park

Port Antonio, Doctor’s Cave Beach Montego Bay

Blue Hole Ocho Rios

Rose Hall Great House Montego Bay

Rio Grande River

Black River Safari Boat Tour and YS Falls

Reach Falls

Mayfield Falls

Falmouth

Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain Ocho Rios

Bob Marley Museum

Martha Brae River

HOTELS & RESORTS

The Kingston City Run

March 17, 2019

If you enjoy running, and enjoy helping out a good cause, then you can head down to Kingston and run through the streets in the Kingston City Run. With a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and full marathon race, runners of all experience levels can partake. Runners can also take pride in the fact that the Kingston City Run donates millions of dollars every year to help local Kingston and Jamaican charities.

You can get more information at https://www.kingstoncityrun.com/v2/