Soothes the Spirit and Stirs the Soul - Jamaica
Jamaica is the birthplace of Bob Marley. It was said of Bob Marley in Time Magazine that, “His music could challenge the conscience, soothe the spirit and stir the soul all at once.” And you will know after visiting this exciting country that Marley’s music was an integral part of his Jamaican upbringing. He was a real son of Jamaica.
Jamaica, where it’s always summer, may still be defined by its reggae music, and any visit to this vibrant country will soothe the spirit and stir the soul.
But there is more!
Jamaica speaks of intimacy and romance and adventure. Imagine your wedding on a sun-drenched beach with the clear blue waters of the Caribbean gently lapping around your feet. Or going beyond the coast to raft the rivers on Jamaica's wild waterways. Jamaica rewards those who dare to look for the hidden gems waiting to be discovered off its beaten tracks.
For those who want the benefits of an all-inclusive holiday for the family, Jamaica is the perfect place.
There are many great beaches around the coast of Jamaica, some are exclusive to resorts but here are a few of them that are open to all:-
Seven Mile Beach Negril
This famous beach which is just five miles long, but seven if you add the two miles of the adjoining bay is a classic Caribbean Beach. This beach was voted one of the top beaches in the world by Trip Advisor’s astute travellers. Negril Beach is five miles west-facing white sand, so be sure to dwell on the beach to watch the fabulous panoramic sunset put on its nightly show for free.
Doctor’s Cave Beach, Montego Bay
This west facing beach also has good sunset views for most of the year. Doctor’s Cave Beach, located conveniently behind the main tourist parade in Montego Bay has light-coloured sand backed by palm trees.
Frenchman’s Cove, Port Antonio
Imagine a small bay with a white sandy beach enclosed by a forested headland where the river meets the sea. This place has been described as magical by many visitors. You will find it impossible to ignore the peace, tranquility and sheer beauty of Frenchman’s Cove.
UDC Beach, Ocho Rios
Ocho Rios Bay Beach is the main beach at Ocho Rios and is also referred to as “Turtle Beach.” It has brilliant white sand, crystal clear water and an enchanting view of the Caribbean Sea. This beach is excellent for motorised and is well organised for picnic facilities and special events.
The beach, protected as it is by an offshore reef, ensures that the bay is calm. The beach may get more crowded on some days with the passengers of any cruise ship that docks for that day.
Activities around Jamaica’s Resorts
There are so many activities with which to get involved on a Jamaican holiday. Sunbathing around the pool or laying on the beach and dipping into crystal clear waters to cool off may be the favourite pastime. How about a beach bonfire in the evening with dancing to the rhythms of steel drums? Then water sports including among others, scuba diving, jet skiing, snorkelling, swimming. For those who prefer the land, there is hiking, biking, and horse riding. Or you could while away an hour or two in the beautiful spas located in most resorts.
And we haven’t mentioned eating! You can try the local Jamaican specialties like a plate of jerk chicken, with rice, plantains, carrots and green beans, or the national dish ackee and saltfish, made from the local fruit ackee and dried and salted cod, served with bread, Jamaican fried dumplings or roasted breadfruit. Then there is every international dish you can care to think of.
Day Trips around Jamaica
The Blue Mountain peak is 2250 metres (7400 feet) above sea level and is a relatively easy climb for most people average fitness. You need an early start to be at the peak when the sun rises. And on a clear day, you can see Cuba 130 miles away. Also, take advantage of the famous Blue Mountain Coffee Tours to find out more about this world-renowned beverage.
Appleton Estate Rum Tour
In a country that consumes four times more rum than beer, you need to check out what all the fuss is about. The Appleton Estate Rum Tour gives you a great insight into how juice is extracted from the sugarcane and, of course, you get to juice your own sugar cane and sample the rum.
Dunn’s River Falls
Dunn’s River Falls is 600 feet of cascading clear fresh water. It is one of the best-known tourist attractions.
In most countries, you think of swirling white water rafting, but here you can take the gentle route on the Martha Brae River sitting on a 40ft bamboo raft, you can also wade out and climb over particular stretches of the Drivers' Rivers close to Port Antonio. Here you can float, climb and swim through the river and into the caves behind waterfalls. The water is clear as glass.
If you want something more challenging, then Mayfield Falls between Negril and Montego Bay where the Cabarita River cascades and tumbles down. This river walk consists of 2 waterfalls, 21 natural pools, many types of ferns and exotic flowers and plant species as well as birds, butterflies, and wildlife native to Jamaica. You will need to wear water shoes and expect to be in the water for an hour or more.
There are much more things to do and places to see in Jamaica. The flight from London takes 9 to 10 hours. Check with your travel agent about the best times to go and the most suitable resorts for your stay. Probably the best thing about Jamaica is the Jamaican people with a friendly smile and a positive attitude. Just think of that tremendous Jamaican athlete, Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world and the obstacles he overcame to achieve what he did. That’s what this beautiful country can do for you, help you move into the natural rhythms of life. Welcome to Jamaica!
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