With its rugged mountains clad in lush emerald jungle; balmy breezes caressing pristine beaches; and warm, inviting, crystal-clear turquoise waters – not to mention reggae, all-night partying, and luxurious dining – Jamaica is the place for dream vacations for singles (not to mention couples and families)!
Jamaica is the third-largest island in the Caribbean, less than 500 miles south of the coast of Florida. For three centuries Jamaica was a British colony, until it obtained independence in 1962. Over 90% of Jamaica’s population is black, although there are substantial numbers of Indians, Chinese, and Syrians who have added their distinct cultural traditions and cuisines to the fabulous Jamaican mix. Jamaica’s native culture is represented by the hundred thousand Rastafarians, whose popular reggae music, and ganja and dreadlock lifestyle, adds color and liveliness to the Jamaican nightlife scene. We have many More Jamaica Vacation Information, Travel Review and Attractions Articles Now Available.
The Rastafarian movement gave birth to reggae music in the 1960’s, which reflects the social and religious aspirations of poor Jamaicans. Today reggae is popular at the myriad nightclubs and resorts which make Jamaica a nonstop party scene.
Jamaica is the largest island in the Greater Antilles, and it has three distinct regions: the central mountains, the plateau, and the coastal plain. The Blue Mountains, where Jamaica’s gourmet coffee is grown, rise to 7400 feet at the highest point, Blue Mountain Peak. Springs feed swiftly flowing rivers and waterfalls which run south and north from the mountains. The hot and humid climate is eased by breezes from the sea. Temperatures average 75° F in the winter and 80° F in summer. The rainy season is May-June and September-November (the latter is also hurricane season). Yearly rainfall varies from over 200 inches in the mountains to only 30 inches along the coast. Besides its Jamaica hotels industry, the island produces sugar cane, bananas, citrus, cacao, coconuts, and – of course – its world-famous gourmet coffee. Jamaica is also one of the world’s largest producers of bauxite, the ore from which aluminum is made; and also produces gypsum for plasterboard and construction.
The Jamaican tourist attractions center on Kingston, Negril, Montego Bay, and Ocho Rios, with their legendary beaches of soft sand lapped by the soothing sea. Jamaica is heaven on earth for just laying in a hammock under a palm tree until it’s time for a dip in the warm surf. For the active and adventurous, there are hiking and nature trips into the mountainous jungle featuring waterfall climbing, horseback riding, and river rafting.
Besides swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving, there are a host of water adventures available, ranging from charter fishing to water skiing. Nighttimes (and daytimes!) really swing at the adult all inclusive resorts at Negril Beach and Runaway Bay where anything goes: from skinny-dipping and nude sunbathing, to dancing and partying all night and into the dawn. Special wedding and honeymoon packages (including champagne, cake, flours, DJ – even a wedding planner and the minister!) have made Jamaica one of the most popular marriage destinations in the world. We have many More Caribbean Vacation Information, Travel Review and Attractions Articles Now Available.