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  • Jamaica
  • Kingston
  • 10'991 km²
  • 86°F (30°C)
  • Mon 12:19 am
  • Jamaican $
  • English
  • 2,78 million
  • Jamaica is really a beauty. To me the most beautiful island I've ever visited. Best beaches, delicious food and great climate.

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    Jessica Brown
  • A lot of people say Jamaica is dangerous, but that's just NOT true. Jamaicans are very friendly people if you know how to behave yourself.

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    Lisa Kimberly
  • Jamaica is nice to visit in any season. Spring, Summer, Harvest, Winter, no matter when. The sun is always shining. High temperatures with a sea breeze at the beach and mild cool temperature when hiking up to the mountains. Simply great.

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    Marc Jackson

Travel Guide to Jamaica, Your Local Caribbean Trip Advisor

General Information About Jamaica

Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, comprising the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles. The island lies about 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 191 kilometres (119 mi) west of Hispaniola, the island containing the nation-states of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Jamaica is the fifth-largest island country in the Caribbean.
 Previously inhabited by the indigenous Arawak and Taíno peoples, the island came under Spanish rule following the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1494. Named Santiago, it remained a possession of Spain until 1655, when England (later Great Britain) conquered the island and renamed it Jamaica. Under British rule, Jamaica became a leading sugar exporter, with its plantation economy highly dependent on slaves imported from Africa, followed later by Chinese and Indian indentured labor. All slaves were emancipated in 1838, with independence from the United Kingdom achieved on 6 August 1962. With 2.8 million people, Jamaica is the third most populous Anglophone country in the Americas (after the United States and Canada), and the fourth most populous country in the Caribbean. Kingston is the country's capital and largest city, with a population of about 1 million. Jamaicans are of predominately African descent, with significant European, Chinese, Indian, and mixed-race minorities. Due to a high rate of emigration since the 1960s, Jamaica has a large diaspora around the world, particularly in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Jamaica is a Commonwealth realm, with Queen Elizabeth II as its monarch and head of state. Her appointed representative in the country is the Governor-General of Jamaica. Jamaica is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy with legislative power vested in the bicameral Parliament of Jamaica, consisting of an appointed Senate and a directly elected House of Representatives.
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Sports Played in Jamaica

Jamaica is rich of sport activities. Jamaicans' simply love sports. Therefore you can find almost any sporting activity that you will like.

Most Popular Sport

Golf : Jamaica is hosting some of the best golf courses for beginners and professionals. The two best golfing spots are in Negril (Negril Hills Golf Club) and in Montego Bay (Half Moon).
 Watersports : If you like Water Sports you are in the right place. Scuba Divers and Snorkelers can explore the rich beauty of the Caribbean Sea. Fishing of course is also very popular. And there are many nice spots for Sailing, Motorboat or Catamaran cruising, Windsurfing, Kiteboarding and Swimming all over of course. Tennis : All over the place you will find Tennis courts. Because of the high temperatures we do recommend that you play early in the morning or shortly before sunset. Athletics : Jamaica is the home of so many world and olympic champions, which makes it clear how important Athletics is to this country. Meet Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce or Nesta Carter in person. Come to Jamaica and make sure you carry your sneakers.
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Jamaican Culture and History

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Jamaican History

1494, May 5th, Christopher Columbus arrived at a bay he called "Santa Gloria", which is near the present St. Ann's Bay. The native Tainos forced him to stay out at the sea. With a later stop in the present Montego Bay, Columbus was very disappointed as he could not find any gold on the island. So he moved further, heading to Cuba. When Columbus came back to Spain he pointed out that he found the most intelligent and civilized natives in Jamaica. Although the Taino referred to the island as "Xaymaca," the Spanish gradually changed the name to "Jamaiqua" in the year 1507 and finally into "Jamaica".
 1655 the English soldiers took over Jamaica, after they attacked the Spain's colonies successfully. British colonization increased by 1740 with over 10'000 whites and increased to over 300'000 by 1800. 1739 the first Maroon War came up. But early 1740 the British government made an agreement to end the war. Followed by a second and final Maroon War in 1795. After a view years the Maroons were deported to the British settlement of Sierra Leone in West Africa. In the following decades the British Empire grow Jamaica with Sugar, supported by Black slaves, mainly from western Africa. 1962 The road to independence started in 1944. Right after the second World War. Finally in 1962 Jamaica was independent and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 

Culture

Music : Jamaica got a very long history in Music. That's why Jamaicans always do mention the so called "vibz" (vibrations). The most popular music artist since today is Bob Marley of course. He brought Reggae Music out of the island and around the world. But not only Reggae is played in Jamaica. There are many different Music styles, like SKA, Soca or Dancehall.
 Dance : The dancing culture of Jamaica is very rich too. Jamaicans simply love to move and dance. Go out and enjoy traditional native dance styles up to wining or bubbling people to the riddims' of modern Dancehall music. Craftwork & Art : It's hard to find more creative people then Jamaicans. Jamaica is full of creativity. Artwork can be found everywhere. From simple but colorful house paintings up to some very popular Sculptures and Paintings which are exported to major Galleries in NYC, Paris or Bejing. Food : Food as a part of "culture"? Oh yes! Food is very important for all Jamaicans. The Jamaican kitchen is very rich and it's taste is simply awesome. Let's not talk about it... try and eat it. 
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Landscape

The Landscape of Jamaica is just breathtaking. You will find almost everything. From the coast with white sand beaches and crystal clear water, up the tropical green hills or even quite high Mountains of more then 2000 m. The Flora and Fauna of the island is very rich too. You will find plenty of pretty flowers, herbs and tropical trees.
 When you wake up in the morning, you open your room window and if you are lucky, then the Doctor Bird (Trochilus Polytmus or Jamaican hummingbird) will sing for your good morning. Good to know : In Jamaica, there are neither dangerous nor poisonous animals or plants. 
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Jamaica Nightlife

Jamaica offers everything when it comes to Nightlife. Of course, you can go to a movie or visit a Theater. But first of all Jamaicans love to go out at night. Starting with a delicious dinner in a nice Restaurant. Jerk Chicken, Curry Goat, Minced Pork with Rice and Beans or if you like, some of the best Seafood in the Caribbean.
 Then we go back to your Villa and take a little rest. Unless you like to have a tropical Drink in one of the countless Bars along the Beach or in Town. When it comes to dancing or clubbing then you have to know that Jamaicas' Nightlife is really hot. But... Jamaicans' never start partying before 1 am. Nightlife is everywhere. And remember, Jamaicans' love music, dancing and of course their own Rum or a cold Jamaican Red Stripe beer. What ever you are looking for at night, you will find it for sure. 

Popular Bars in Jamaica

 

Rick's Cafe

Westend, Negril, Westmoreland

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

Negril, Montego Bay, Falmouth, Ocho Rios
 

Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records

67 Constant Spring Rd, Kingston, St. Andrew
 

Collette's Bar

Red Ground Road, Negril, Westmoreland

Famous Clubs in Jamaica

 

The Jungle

Beach Road, Negril, Westmoreland
 

Pier 1

Howard Cooke Blvd, Montego Bay, St. James
 

Amnesia Nightclub

Ocho Rios, St. Ann
 

The Quad Nightclub

20-22 Trinidad Terrace, Kingston, St. Andrew

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