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If you are ever looking for a place of warmth, happiness, and adventure, then Jamaica should be your next vacation destination. The beautiful island has become one of the most popular vacation spots in the western hemisphere for so many reasons. The food, beaches, music, and unique culture are just some of the reasons why people from all over the world rush to visit. Here are 11 reasons why you should visit Jamaica at least once.
As an island surrounded by the Caribbean sea, Jamaica offers a vast expanse of spectacular white sand beaches. The island features some of the most impressive beaches in the Caribbean with crystal blue waters and beautiful scenery and sunsets. Most beaches are nestled in lush gardens and forests or coupled between mountains, making them the perfect place to relax. Whichever beach you choose to visit on the island, it is sure to amaze you.
One of the best things about Jamaica is that you can practically visit the beach at any time during the year. With an average temperature of 81° F in Jamaica, visitors flock to the island, especially during the Winter, so they can throw on a bathing suit and relax on the beach. While the majority of the island is warm, the Blue Mountain hills provide a more relaxing and cooler temperature.
Jamaica is known for its exotic and delicious cuisine. The island is the home of jerk chicken, undoubtedly Jamaica’s most loved meal by people around the world. Jamaica has also popularized beef patties and introduced the world to Ackee and Saltfish, the Jamaican national dish. There is also a unique mix of fruits, vegetables, and seafood dishes that you must try.
At any given day during the week, you can find a street dance happening in Jamaica. The street dances, an important part of dancehall culture, involve the setting up of sound systems in small communities. A local D.J. plays the music while locals and tourists dress up and come out to dance, enjoy the music, and mingle. If you’re not into dancehall, there are major live reggae shows that happen during the year. Rebel Salute, Reggae Sumfest, and other local shows are all organized for Reggae lovers.
Jamaica has a proud and vibrant culture. It is one of the most popular and unique cultures in the world that is embraced by locals and non-Jamaicans. Besides the amazing food and music, one of the best aspects of the culture is the livelihood and friendly nature of the Jamaican people. There are many cultural spots, like the Bob Marley Museum and Devon House, where visitors can learn about the history and culture of Jamaica.
Rafting down the Martha Brae is one of the most relaxing activities that you can do in Jamaica. Rafting was first popularized by Hollywood Movie Star Errol Flynn when he visited Jamaica in the 1950s. Since then, the activity involving bamboo rafts has become quite popular among locals and tourists. The Martha Brae River Tours, guided by Raft Captains, are one of the best ways to discover Jamaica’s tropical interior.
Whether you consider yourself a natural water explorer or a stranger to the sea, there are water sports and activities for everyone in Jamaica. Snorkeling and scuba diving are the most popular water activities among guests and are offered at almost all-inclusive resorts. Surfers are not neglected by Jamaican waters either. The amazing tides offer new and experienced surfers an amazing adventure. There are also opportunities for guests to go swimming with horses in Jamaica.
The Blue Lagoon in Portland, Jamaica is one of the most beautiful natural attractions on the island. The lagoon is also popular among tourists because of its feature in the Tom Cruise’s 1988 film Cocktail, as well as the 1980 Brooke Shields film The Blue Lagoon. The lagoon is said to be about 200 feet deep and features clear turquoise waters surrounded by lush greenery. Guests enjoy diving into the lagoon or swinging on the tree rope vines.
Many people aware of the bobsledding sport typically believe that it can only be done in the winter. But the Mystic Mountain Adventure Park in Jamaica offers guests the opportunity to bobsled at any time during the year. Bobsledding is similar to a rollercoaster ride, involving a four-runner sled that runs on a track. Mystic Mountain offers guests the chance to bobsled through the mountains of Ocho Rios.
The Glistening Waters in Jamaica is an absolute must see and do experience. The unbelievable natural wonder is a phosphorescent lagoon filled with microorganisms that glow at night, giving off a luminous effect. Guests can arrange boat rides or night cruises to tour the lagoon. This natural phenomenon is said to only happen in three places in the entire world.
The Blue Mountains in Jamaica is the island’s highest mountain range on the eastern side of the island. The Blue Mountains feature cool temperatures, lush greenery, and cozy cottages for those that want to escape the hustle of the towns. The Blue Mountain hills are also the perfect place for hiking and camping, and they are the home of the world-renowned Blue Mountain Coffee.