A unique land full of breathtaking beaches, nourishing rainforests and hidden treasures, where the air smells of freedom and wilderness.
The precious island of Jamaica, in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, is a land full of treasures to discover.
Its colonial past, under Spanish control first, in the XVI century, and the British one after, from 1655 to 1962 – when the island finally achieved its independency – has surely influenced the territory of Jamaica, making it the melting pot of culture, traditions, ethnicity and languages we know and love today.
Out of many, one people
Out of many, one people: the country’s motto perfectly reflects this peculiarity. Most of the nearly 3 million of people that inhabit the territory has African and Asian ethnic roots, but they identify themselves simply as Jamaican. This is because they have today their own, strong identity regardless of ethnicity and descent. The Jamaican flag is a representative of its history, too; the black stands for hardship that the country was forced to live, in contrast with the bright yellow and green, that represent the shining sun and lush vegetation, two distinctive features of Jamaica. In fact, a recent interpretation of the national flag is: “hardships there are but the land is green and the sun shineth”. A positive mindset is an innate characteristic of Jamaican people, too!
So, the best advice we could give is to go on an adventurous trip and discover yourself this magic, unique country. Informal clothes, comfortable sneakers, sunscreen and a camera strapped around your neck is all you will need on your holidays there!
First things first. Regardless of the departure location, some information about the possible arrivals in Jamaica are necessary: Norman Manley airport is one of the two international airports and it’s located nearby the capital, Kingston, on the South Eastern part of the island. The second one is Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, right on the opposite part, in Western Jamaica. They are both around 100 kilometers away from Aquamarina Villa, which is easily reachable by taxi, bus or internal flights, too.
Ocho Rios, right nearby the Villa, is surely the first stop to do. The city name’s meaning is “Eight Rivers” and it used to be a small fisherman village, before experiencing a significant growth and becoming a well-known tourist destination. It offers many different adventures for every kind of person! Breathtaking falls, trekking trails, adventure parks and exciting activities are available; we’re talking about riding horses, driving ATVs or flying through the lush trees of the rainforest on a zipline! But there aren’t only Indiana Jones and Tarzan-like experiences: you can also relax on white sandy beaches and enjoy the emerald waters of the sea, or strolling around the city doing shopping and tasting typical Jamaican food.
Another stop to do is Port Antonio, where you can enjoy astonishing sunsets on the Alligator’s Head promontory – so called because it is shaped just as the head of an alligator. That is also the name of the Foundation that helps to protect Jamaican beaches and the newborn turtles to reach the water. Isn’t it something you desire to see with your eyes? With a bit of luck, you will be able to.
How to forget mentioning a stop in the capital. Kingston is a city full of culture, history and pure energy. A visit to the Bob Marley Museum is a must: the symbol of Rastafarian culture and reggae music and a real icon of the island. A sightseen tour in the Blue Mountains, just behind the town, is also highly recommended, where some of the world’s best coffee is grown.
And it’s not only this. Jamaica offers many more treasures and activities.
So, what are you waiting for? Have a look at our tips in the website and… book your tickets now!
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