Jamaica charms and entices visitors year after year with its miles of powdery-soft sand beaches, its dramatic, verdant mountain ranges, its lush vegetation, and its crystal seas tinted with every imaginable shade of blue. Considered one of the most tranquil and beautiful islands in the Caribbean, Jamaica will soothe you with blissful weather, a relaxed atmosphere, and spectacular landscapes that help melt away all stress and worries for a truly relaxing vacation. Home to a variety of resorts, including small, one story villas on the beach, elegant hotels, and grand resorts fitted with every conceivable amenity and facility, Jamaica offers the perfect retreat for all budgets and tastes. The idyllic conditions make Jamaica a perfect playground for a variety of land and water sports. Explore the vibrant seas with some snorkelling, diving, or sport fishing, or simply splash around in the warm waters. On land, enjoy hiking through tropical forests, climb sparkling waterfalls, stroll through botanical gardens, tee off at a number of championship golf courses, or discover the many historic and cultural landmarks and attractions. Whatever your interest, Jamaica is sure to delight you in infinite ways.
Jamaica is known for its beaches. It has a multitude of sun dappled beaches ranging from quiet coves between rocky cliffs to miles of sandy stretches. The opportunities for lounging in the sun, beachcombing, world class scuba diving and water sports are endless. Jamaica has been also called the "Land of Wood and Water." It features a diverse topographical landscape with hundreds of kilometres of rivers and springs, waterfalls, caves, bays, mountains, forests, and woodlands. It is recommended that you utilize the myriad of guided tours available to assist you in exploring the natural playground that is Jamaica. From hiking the Blue Mountain Peak or zip lining over the canopy of the forests, adventure is waiting at every turn. Jamaica also features 65 species of birds, 28 species and 21 subspecies found nowhere else on earth. This provides an exciting opportunity for bird watching and there are several bird watching hot spots on the island. For those who like to escape to the links, Jamaica has 12 golf courses featuring varied design and topographical features providing glorious settings in which to break 80! It is typical practice in Jamaica to use a caddy so why not give it a try?
Jamaica's culture has a strong global presence and this, in part, may be because Jamaican culture has diverse cultural influences including Spain, England, Africa, Asia, India, and the Middle East. This rich and mixed cultural heritage is reflected in its cuisine, music, dance, arts, and sights. Jamaica is famed for its Jamaican jerk spice, Red Stripe beer, and Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, reputed to be the world's best coffee.
With a tropical climate that is high in heat and humidity, it bears noting that Jamaica has two rainy seasons: May to June and September to November. Jamaica does lie within the Atlantic Ocean hurricane belt that brings severe weather and direct hits at times.
An estimated 3 million tourists visit Jamaica annually making it a top vacation destination. For those wishing a truly authentic Jamaican experience, take part in the free Meet-the-People government program which partners you with a Jamaican host or volunteer for a very personalized introduction to Jamaica. Come and explore all that Jamaica has to offer.