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Jamaica is undoubtedly a symbol of the destinations in the Caribbean. The scenery offers everything you could want: from fish-filled coral reefs, beaches of white sand, up to breathtaking waterfalls and dense rainforests of clouds. The music is infectious, and the population is one of the most diverse in the Caribbean, including various cultural heritages here between the African, Chinese, British and German.

Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean with six main tourist regions – Montego Bay, Negril, Mandeville and the South Coast, Kingston, Port Antonio and Ocho Rios. There are many quiet places to visit: the Blue Mountain Peak, 2,256 m high, it is a challenge to all lovers of trekking on the island, and the bird-watching is increasingly popular with over 200 native species, of which at least 25 endemic. Jamaica is also known to be a place inhabited by over 3,000 species of flowering plants, of which about 720 are found nowhere else. Jamaica is also rich in formal gardens, including the Hope Botanical Gardens, Shaw Park Gardens, Coyaba River Garden and the Cranbrook Flower Forest.

Ocho Rios is a major cruise port and also boasts a number of beautiful bays and beaches, of which the most notable are Runaway Bay and Discovery Bay. Inland lies Dunn’s River Falls – one of the most photographed landmarks. Montego Bay is a mecca for lovers of water sports: sailing, diving, jet skiing, parasailing, fishing and boat excursions Glass bottom. For shoppers, Gloucester Avenue, dubbed the “Hip Strip”, is lined with duty-free shops, shopping galleries and souvenir shop, restaurants and bars. Negril has become famous in the 60s and 70s as idyllic retreat for tourists with a backpack on his shoulders and still enjoys a hand. Perched on limestone bluffs, Negril’s West End is home to numerous small resorts snuggled into the craggy cliffs.

Visit the many plantation as Rose Hall and Greenwood Great House. Do not miss a tour of the rum distillery at Hampden Great House. Like many Caribbean islands with a past linked to the sugar plantations, Jamaica fine rums, including Appleton, aged rum label that produces top notch. Still on the subject of pleasure, let’s not forget the Tia Maria, a liqueur made with rum flavored coffee.

AIRPORTS / FLYING TIMES: Airports: Norman Manley International Airport (KIN), 21 km from Kingston. Sangster International Airport (MBJ), 3 km from the center of Montego Bay. From Sangster to: Ocho Rios 1.5 hours, 1.5 hours Negril. From Manley to Port Antonio 2 hours, 2.0 hours South Coast. Flying: from Baltimore-3 hours. Boston-three hours 40 minutes. Chicago-3 hours 45 minutes. Dallas-3 hours 20 minutes. Los Angeles-5 hours 30 minutes. Miami-1 hour 25 minutes. Montego Bay to Atlanta-2 hours 40 minutes. New Orleans-3 hours. New York-3 hours 20 minutes. Toronto-4 hours. London 10 hours.

British Airways flies from Gatwick to Kingston (Norman Manley International Airport, KIN), and Virgin Atlantic from Gatwick to Kingston and Montego Bay (Sangster International MBJ). There are also charter flights with First Choice and Thomsonfly.

CLIMATE: Temperatures high / low-Estate 26.7 / 21-26.7 degrees C. Winter 26.7 / 21 degrees C. On the hills it’s cooler, with an average temperature of 21 degrees C. In Kingston, humidity varies from 63% in February to 75% in October. In Montego Bay, the humidity varies from 71 to 77%. The average rainfall is 195 cm per year. Approximate sunrise and sunset time: 0600/1900. Every 300 m in altitude the temperature drops 1.5 degrees C, so that the Blue Mountain Peak has an average annual temperature of 13.3 degrees C.

FOOD: Local. Fast food. Gourmet. Internazionale. Tipping: 10-15%

LANGUAGE: The official language is English. Patois is also spoken, a mixture of English and African.

NIGHTLIFE: Nightclubs. Nightclub. Dinner dances. Theatres. Live music. Cinema.


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