Sunny Jamaica has something to offer every adventurous tourist. Painted with beautiful cities, charming fishing villages, beautiful scenery and rich music and dance traditions that are a legacy of African culture – the island is one of the most magnificent Caribbean destinations, suitable for an unforgettable vacation for every taste.
If you want to experience the active cultural life in the country of reggae rhythms, visit the capital Kingston. Lovers of underwater adventures will be enchanted by the countless beautiful reefs on the island, suitable for diving – a magical place like this is the charming port city of Ocho Rios. The island also enjoys exotic, palm-fringed beaches – the most captivating are Treasure Beach and Frenchman’s Cove, located near the resort of Port Antonio.
Located in the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is part of the Greater Antilles archipelago. The country is located 190 km west of Haiti and the Dominican Republic and 140 km south of Cuba. The capital of the island nation is Kingston and is one of the largest ports in the world.
Jamaica has a population of approximately 2,540,000. The first people to inhabit the island were the native Arawak Indians. When Columbus set foot on these lands in 1494, he declared the island a Spanish possession and gradually turned the local population into slaves. Most of them die from diseases brought by Europeans and the overwork they are subjected to. Then many Africans were brought in as slaves and now more than 90% of the population has African ancestors. Britain took control of the island in 1670 and it remained a British colony until 1962. Today the population consists of 96.1% Jamaicans, 2% Indians, 0.9% Chinese, 0.5%, English and others. The official language in the country is English.
Jamaican cuisine is famous for its spicy taste. Jamaicans like to cook the most meat, fish, rice and vegetables, and among the most used spices in the dishes is curry. Of the traditional local drinks, the most famous are liqueur and rum. The world-famous Tia Maria rum is made from the chocolate liqueur and the excellent coffee that grows in the beautiful Blue Mountains.