3 Reasons why Jamaica is the Heartbeat of the Caribbean
Ask anyone who loves exotic holidays for their ultimate bucket list destinations and the chances are Jamaica will feature on most – even if they had been lucky enough to visit before!
Whilst many people naturally think that Jamaica is a just beach lovers paradise where relaxing is the main attraction, this could not be further from the truth. Venture beyond the beaches and you will be rewarded with a vibrancy no matched anywhere else in the Caribbean or even the world.
So sit back, relax and let us guide you through this wonderful island and highlight 3 reasons why Jamaica holidays are known as the heartbeat of the Caribbean!
Lips smacking cuisine
For such a relatively small island, Jamaican cuisines packs a big punch on the international scene – both in reputation and flavour. Jerk is of course perhaps the most famous export and you’ll find jerk pork, jerk chicken and jerk fish on every menu. In fact what makes the Jamaican culinary experience so amazing is that you could have the most amazing meal at a five star restaurant as well as at a roadside cook shop, making Jamaica a foodie heaven no matter your budget.
Also very prominent in the cuisine are mangoes, pineapples, papayas and bananas, plus of course Red Stripe beer which certainly helps to cool you down during the afternoon sun. Jamaica is also home to some of the most desired rums and spirits in the world, including the award-winning Tia Maria, as well as some of the finest coffee in the world.
No matter your tastes, you’ll find something to whet your appetite in Jamaica.
Christopher Columbus himself landed in Jamaica in 1494 and eventually the island become part of the British Empire in 1655 up until independence was achieved in 1962. Out of the foreign conquests and influxes of immigrants came a colourful, warm and friendly culture that is fully explained by the national moto - “Out of Many, One People’.
Today, its history can be enjoyed by visiting some of its most famous attractions, such as the Morant Bay Courthouse which was the scene of the infamous Morant Bay Rebellion. Also well worth a visit is Spanish Town Square, the first capital of Jamaica. Spanish Town boasts exquisite Georgian architecture and numerous relics including the courthouse, the House of Assembly and King’s House, the official residence of the then Governor of the island. Jamaica has a turbulent history that must be explored when there to really appreciate the island and its people as it is today.
A Thrill-Seeking Paradise
If you thought Jamaica was just endless sand, then think again. Jamaica has ideal hiking and biking terrain so get off your sun lounger and explore Cockpit Country or the mist laden valley for an experienced your never thought was possible in the Caribbean. For those who like things a bit faster paced, try a zip line experience or book an experience swimming with stingrays, dolphins or even sharks! For a serene experience, bamboo rafting has been a favourite activity for many years and is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. And this list of activities is just the tip of the iceberg – there is so much more to do you’ll never fit it all in in one visit.
Jamaica. A land of unique culture, engaging activities, breath-taking landscapes, and a warm, welcoming people. When are you going to visit?