Jamaica

Feel the warmth of Jamaica’s sun rays as you disembark and enter the lush Caribbean paradise.

Known for reggae music, beautiful beaches, its bold cuisine and the world’s fastest man and woman on a 100-metre tack, a trip to this Caribbean island will not disappoint you. You will find that Jamaicans exude a combination of humour, ingenuity and resilience that can’t be duplicated. As the Jamaicans say “we likkle but we tallawah,” meaning we may be little but we are strong and can do anything. With an area of about 4200 sq. miles, it’s a small country, but it packs a punch in terms of its constant energy and things to do. Here are some ideas for a memorable Jamaican experience.

Have a Marley moment

A trip to the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, the home of the Grammy-award winning musician, is not to be missed. Visitors will experience the spirit of the king of reggae music by touring the main house, the exhibition hall and the well-groomed property. Indulge in some retail therapy in the gift shop after enjoying treats from the café.

Wood and water, sand and sea

Nature lovers should head to the Blue Mountains, noted for cool temperatures, lush flora and fauna, fields of world class coffee, and breathtaking views. With its highest point at just over 2000 metres, the Blue Mountains offer a challenging yet rejuvenating hiking experience. If you’d prefer to stick to the beaches check out Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay or Frenchman’s Cove in Port Antonio. Head to Negril and walk along a picturesque seven-mile strip of white sand. Then tap into your adventurous side with some cliff-diving at the renowned Ricks Café. Catch your breath and watch that captivating sunset after a long day. Jamaica is home to 120 rivers and, while you can’t see them all, indulge in a relaxing rafting experience along the Martha Brae or Rio Grande.

Eat like a local

Sampling some jerk should be on your list. Head over to Scotchies or Boston Bay for the real thing: jerked pork, chicken or fish done under aluminum zinc sheeting and seasoned to perfection. Order the national dish, ackee and saltfish from a rocking corner shop or the stillness of your hotel. Think you can hang with the locals? Show them your Jamaican-ness by ordering an authentic beef patty and cocoa bread for a filling meal on the go. Wrap up any of your selections with a classic; a cold Red Stripe beer.

Switch on the nightlife

Whether it is the trendy Regency Lounge, a tenacious street dance or live performances from local stars, there is always some nightlife for the taking. Check out some of these local favourites. Kingston Dub Club for roots reggae, Blue Beat for jazz fusion, or learn the latest dancehall moves at Uptown Mondays.

Fly Jamaica operates several weekly flights to Kingston from:-

JFK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK

PEARSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, TORONTO, CANADA

CHEDDI JAGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, GEORGETOWN, GUYANA