Throughout history Jamaica has captured the hearts of artists, actors, business tycoons, and literary giants. Errol Flynn used to raft down the Rio Grande with locals shipping bananas. Noël Coward built two properties on the Gold Coast. English novelist Evelyn Waugh once swam to shore in blue silk pyjamas and a pink-ribboned panama hat after his raft overturned. And of course Ian Fleming wintered here for almost 20 years while writing his collection of James Bond tales at Goldeneye, his sleek cliffside bungalow with windows overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Today, visit and weave your own tales of tropical glamour and respite.
Crystalline waters flow over vibrant coral reefs, meeting sandy white beaches gently at the shore. Lush banana groves cover the mountainside, creating a verdant jungle of swaying trees. There is much to see and do here. Feast on goat curry roti, jerk chicken, and fried plaintain in Ocho Rios. Welcome a side of wildlife with your cocktail as pelicans and stingrays float near a driftwood bar on coconut trunk stilts in Negril. Cliff jump off volcanic walls, falling to the ocean, where tropical fish abound. Feel fabrics woven from banana leaves in the lush area of Port Antonio. Dive deep into the roots of Jamaica’s music scene with guided tours covering the country’s rhythmic history, from the traditional music of the Taino Indians to ska, reggae, and today’s dancehall scene.
The best experiences in Jamaica stir all five senses, opening you up to a world of vibrant sights, smells, tastes, touches, and sounds. From active adventures to colourful nightlife, the rugged beauty of nature to refined and elegant resorts, sweet, spicy, and everything in between, Jamaica’s robust offering seems almost unfair to its neighbouring islands. This is a place of legends.
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