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Travel Guide To Jamaica

  • Jamaica
  • Kingston
  • 4,244sq. miles
  • 11°C, Wind
  • Mon 12:19 am
  • JMD dollars
  • English
  • 2.95 million (2015)
  • 1876
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General Information About Jamaica

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  • ·Jamaica is the third largest island nation located in the Caribbean.
  • ·The capital and largest city in Jamaica is Kingston.
  • ·Jamaica was claimed by Spain after Christopher Columbus landed there in 1494. It then came under English rule in 1655 before gaining independence in 1962.
  • ·The longest mountain range in Jamaica is called the Blue Mountains. Blue Mountain Peak is the highest point on the island at 2256 meters (7402 feet).
  • ·Jamaica has a tropical climate with high temperatures and humid weather.
  • ·Jamaica has 8 native snake species, but relax, none of them are venomous
  • ·In Jamaica they drive on the left-hand side of the road.
  • ·The currency is the Jamaican dollar.
  • ·Jamaica exports agricultural products such as yams, bananas, coffee and sugar.
  • ·Languages spoken in Jamaica include Jamaican Patois and Jamaican English.
  • ·Reggae music originated in Jamaica, home of well-known musician Bob Marley.
  • ·Over 1 million tourists visit Jamaica every year.
  • ·Jamaica produces many talented sportspeople, especially in track & field where athletes such as Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have excelled.

Sports Played in Jamaica

Jamaicans participate in the following sporting activities.
Sports is an integral part of Jamaican culture and their most popular sport was injected in the culture by the British. Cricket is the most popular game in Jamaica followed by athletics, football and netball.There are also several Jamaican players in the West Indies cricket team which took the 1975 and 1979 Cricket World Cup. Courtney Walsh, Michael Holding, George Headley and Chris Gayle as some of the most famous Jamaican cricketers. Soccer is also very popular, and their national football team has also been doing well in the international stage. They have won the Caribbean Cup five times (1991, 1998, 2005, 2008 and 2010). Athletics, sprinting to be specific, is also where Jamaica is doing particularly well, Usain Bolt a record holder for 100m and 200m as well as Asafa Powell who also was a record holder for 100m, are both from Jamaica. Olympic silver medalist Yohan Blake took home his medal from the 2012 London Games for Jamaica. Jamaican sprinters also broke the World Record in the Beijing Games (2008) as well as in the 2011 IAAF World Athletics Championships.
 
 

Jamaica Culture and History

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HISTORY

“Land Of Wood & Water” There was a group of Amerindian people called the Arawaks that settled in Jamaica around 700 A.D. These people were quiet and involved themselves in fishing and agriculture. They gave the island the name "Xymaca" because of the woods and waters found throughout the island. The word means "Land of wood and water". Jamaica has about one hundred and twenty rivers, and it is a hilly and, in some areas, a mountainous terrain.
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CULTURE

“The Birth Place Of Reggae Music” Whenever there is the mention of Jamaican Culture these days, people's thoughts seem to turn to Reggae music. Reggae is a refined beat of different music styles, which preceded it. There was a musical formwhich was a fusion of calypso and the Cuban rhythm that originated around theturn of the twentieth century and lasted about fifty years. Ska had a very short lifespan with its beat, which was quicker than the Reggae beat, and its base was not as distinctive. Reggae was pushed by groups such as Toots and the Maytals, Bob Marley and Bunny of the Wailers, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, John Holt, Byron Lee and Culture just to mention a few It is widely accepted that Robert Nesta Marley, (The king Of Reggae) has sparked world consciousness by being both a great lyricist and one who has awakened several people with reference to racism, oppression and injustice all over the world.
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ART

Another aspect of Jamaican culture can be traced back to the Arawak Indians who came to Jamaica around 700 A.D. They etched petroglyphs on ceilings and walls of caverns throughout the island. Today Jamaica, and both Kingston and Ocho Rios are the center of Caribbean art. Edna Marley was one of the first people to place a different view of art, different from the European standards set. She was instrumental in encouraging and promoting local artists, and she herself was an eminent sculptress.
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LANGUAGE

English is the official language of Jamaica, but Jamaicans have also developed a dialect, which is a combination of African, Portuguese and Spanish terms, are peppered with Rastafarian slang. Most of the patois is a mixture of English and derivatives of various West African languages. Read More-Jamaican Language + meaning
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FOOD

Jamaica is a cosmopolitan island consisting of Arawak Indian, Spanish, African, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Indian and British. It is therefore not surprising that its homegrown cuisine is a fusion of all the above-mentioned ethnic traditions. A delicious Jamaican breakfast would probably consist of saltfish, ackee and plantains. These may be taken along with Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee that is the most flavorsome in the world. Jamaica has become very noteworthy for its different forms of jerked meats, most notably, pork and chicken. Jerk is a process of cooking meats, which is smothered in tongue scorching marinade, and slowly barbecued, under several layers in an open pit over a fire of pimento wood. Traditional meals usually include mannish water and goat, usually curried goat, chicken fricassee; oxtail and beans; stew peas and rice; escoveitch fish; pepper pot soup (a spicy spinach type soup); pumpkin soup; roast yams' banana fritters' salads. Fruits and exotic desserts.

Jamaican Nightlife

Get a taste of hanging out in a Jamaican neighborhood. There is ALWAYS something going on, whether it is a fisherman stopping by to show (brag) his catch or a pop-up dance party when someone comes over with his light-up boombox on steroids. No matter who you are, young, old, a little funky, where you're from, what language you speak; you are welcomed with open arms. No better place to spend an evening or live out an afternoon . Come for a Staycaytion in Jamaica.

Popular Bars in Jamaica

Alfred's Beach Bar
(Negril)
Beezy's Reggae Pub
(Ocho Rios)
Blue Demin Bar Joint
(Negril)
Boat Bar
(Negril)

Collete's Bar
(Negril)
Cool N IRIE
(Montego Bay)
Corner Bar Negril
(Negril)
Dancing Lions At The Little Pub (Ocho Rios)

Famous Night Club in Jamaica

Margaritaville
Montego bay
Tel: (876) 952-4777
Risky Business
Negril
Tel. : (876) 957-3008
Roof Club Port
Antonio
Tel. : (876) 715-5281
Amnesia Night Club
Ocho Rios
Tel. : (876) 974-2633

Pier 1
Montego bay
Tel: (876) 952-2452
The Jungle
Negril
Tel:(203)-752-8844
Shades night club
Ocho Rios
Tel: (876) 974-4713

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