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Jamaica Travel Guide

They say that in order for you to enjoy Jamaica, you should set aside the cliché and let the charming country reveal it's swaying and alluring golden secrets. Touted as one of the premier Caribbean destination in the world, would Jamaica finally let its hair down for you?

Jamaica is situated in the Caribbean Sea, lying 620 kilometers northeast of North America. Its neighboring countries are Cuba, Haiti and Dominican Republic. Jamaica is also the third most English speaking country in the Americas, next to the United States and Canada.

To get a picture of their geography, take note that Jamaica is divided into 3 counties and 14 town or parishes. The first is Cornwall County which covers Hanover, Saint Elizabeth, Saint James, Trelawny and Westmoreland. Second is Middlesex County where Clarendon, Manchester, Saint Ann, Saint Catherine and Saint Mary are located. Last is Surrey County with the towns of Kingston, Portland, Saint Andrew and Saint Thomas.

Jamaica has two major airports: the Norman Manley International Airport located in Kingston and the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Both airports are located in Jamaica's major cities and their flight operations are at par with any major travel destinations. Other smaller airports are also located in Negril, Ocho Rios and Kingston. These smaller airport hubs can be accessed by charter planes.

It is safe to say that Jamaica is a year round destination. Their version of winter season is usually pleasantly warm by day and cool by night. It is during Jamaica's winter that tourism goes over the roof. Peak season runs from december until april while rainy reason is during may to june and october and november.

Jamaica caters to the palate of all travelers. The choices on how you can spend your vacation are endless. The top major resort areas are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Riosm, Port Antonio and South Coast. Are you a fan of Bob Marley? Well, do not leave Jamaica without visiting his Mausoleum in Ocho Rios and the Bob Marley Experience & Theatre in Montego Bay. Then you can explore the hidden treasures of St. Ann in Ocho Rios and witness how rum is made from the Appleton Estate Rum in South Coast.

For some nature retreat, the Aquasol Theme Park in Walter Fletcher Beach Complex of Montego Bay offers daring activities for both the young and young at heart. You can choose to engage in watersports, play tennis or participate in go cart racing. If you are in the mood for some relaxing bird watching, Bluefields in South Coast is home to more than 28 Jamaican endemic species which you can observe. And if you are inspired by the movie 'Blue Lagoon', go to Port Antonio to visit this famous attraction as you sip your rum punch by your casita and watch the poetic change of the skylines.

The people of Jamaica are said to have smiles ranging from rich coffee to milk sweetened cocoa emanating from their faces, with physical features impossible to be duplicated. To appreciate how charming and alluring Jamaica's culture is, imagine them to be the major melting pot - where every race is represented: are English, Spanish, Irish, Scottish, Indian, Chinese, African, German, and Syrian. Jamaica can conquer. Jamaica is wonderfully unique. Jamaica can boast of its extraordinary racial and cultural medley, which only Jamaicans can bring.


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