5 Reasons To Visit Jamaica
So, I’m not a travel blogger of any sort (obviously). But seeing as I’m a Jamaican, I thought why not write a type of travel post. Reason being that I aspire to be a travel blogger one day. Hopefully very soon. Before I get into 5 reasons to visit Jamaica, allow me to give you a little back-story on how this post idea came about.
One day, I reached out to an actual travel blogger about wanting to write a guest post for their blog. At first, they responded and then I replied. But after, I didn’t hear from them so I thought, okay they clearly don’t want to work with me. So, I was sitting in my room around my laptop and I thought, why not keep the idea for myself and post it on my blog? You know, be a little selfish.
Could I have reached out to another travel blogger? Yes but it turns out that I’m absolutely having fun writing this post for myself. Another thing too is that I love my country, I’ve always wanted to experience it like the tourists that come here. Sure I may not pay the tourist price (sometimes) but I really have the desire to explore my country. I rather explore my country first than to get flown out (with my own money).
Anyways, enough jibber-jabber, enough back-story and enough rambling. Let’s get into 5 awesome reasons why you should visit Jamaica for your next vacation.
5 Reasons To Visit Jamaica
I’m sure that a lot of you love food. You are the ultimate foodie but have you ever had Jamaican food? And yes I know some of you probably have had Jamaican food in your country because there are Jamaican restaurants there. But it’s completely different here than it is in your country. Trust me on this, I’ve tried Jamaican food in the States and it’s not the same.
Get real and authentic pan jerk chicken by Boston Jerk Centre in Port Antonio, Portland, Scotchies Jerk Centre in Ocho Rios, St Ann or by Murray’s Fish and Jerk Hut in Clarendon Park, Clarendon. Be careful though, it can be a little spicy. You can get ackee and saltfish (our National dish) almost anywhere for breakfast. It’s best to have it with yam, boiled green bananas and dumpling (cooked or fried).
And how dare I forget saltfish fritters and escovitch fish. You definitely have to try those and if you don’t like it, well your taste buds are a bit off (I’m kidding). There’s a lot of Jamaican foods you can try once you visit the island. Just make a list of the foods you want to try and indulge in the mouth-watering experience. Oh and don’t forget to try coconut water straight from the coconut – it tastes far better and f
The birthplace of reggae, dancehall, ska, rocksteady and so much more. Although ska and rocksteady aren’t as popular as they used to be, they still have a place in a lot of our hearts. Let’s not forget that Jamaica is the birthplace of the most famous and iconic Reggae artiste, Robert Nesta Marley, popularly known as Bob Marley. And we can’t forget Buju Banton, Chronixx, Proteje, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Vybz Kartel and so many other influential Jamaican artistes.
Our music is so influential, even Rihanna’s next and upcoming album is reggae based (allegedly). Look on DJ Khaled, he loves Jamaican music – actually he just loves Jamaica A LOT! I mean, American Hip-Hop/Rap was influenced by our music and that’s a known fact (Google it). There’s even reggaeton which is basically Spanish reggae.
Jamaican music really contributes to a great part of our overall culture. Reggae has a very chill, conscious vibe while dancehall is more upbeat and energetic. Every Sunday night, in Kingston, there’s a Dub Club where you can listen to roots reggae and dub live. It’s a place where you can listen to music that isn’t very mainstream. It’s really amazing and has such an amazing atmosphere.
I know this one of the most typical reason to talk about but it’s a really great reason. We have so many beautiful beaches around the island. They’re really breathtaking. The North Coast is filled with lush, white sandy beaches while a few areas in the South Coast has black sand. I’m not sure why that is but that’s how it is, you feel me?
I’m sure everyone is used to white sand beaches but it doesn’t hurt to go check out a few of the black sand beaches in St Elizabeth and parts of Manchester and Clarendon. While you’re on the North Coast, head over to Orcabessa Bay in St Mary to visit the famous James Bond Beach. Right across from the beach is Ian Fleming’s home, Goldeneye, where he created his James Bond novels.
There are so many beaches you could visit. There’s 7 Mile Beach in Negril, Westmoreland/Hanover, Puerto Seco in Discovery Bay, St Ann, Treasure Beach in St Elizabeth and plenty more. Just a heads up, Treasure Beach has black sand.
There’s literally a plethora of places to choose from when visiting Jamaica. Unlike the other Caribbean islands, where it takes you just one day to cover the entire island, it’s going to take more than one trip to Jamaica to cover all grounds. We have 14 parishes and each parish has its own set of attractions. Whether it be historic, crafty or entertaining, you cannot do Jamaica in one day.
Like I said, there’s a lot you can do if you’re vacationing in Jamaica. Don’t just stay cooped up in the hotel, explore the country. Most likely, your first stop will be in Montego Bay, St James – which is where most tourists go. Since you’ll be in MoBay (that’s what us locals call it), hop on over to the Rose Hall Great House.
There they’ll tell you all the stories about Annie Palmer, the White Witch of Rose Hall. Legend has it that the Great House is still haunted by Annie’s spirit. When you’re done, you can take a walk down the Hip Strip and visit Margaritaville or maybe stop by Starbucks for some coffee by the sea. Go rafting on the Rio Grande in Portland.
There’s so much to do but unfortunately, I can’t list them all out in this post.
There’s not much to say about our culture except that it’s one of the best in the Caribbean. We are so diverse that a lot of countries, outside of the Caribbean, try to imitate us. We’ve inspired so many other cultures and it’s pretty clear when you listen to some songs or watch a few videos on YouTube with persons incorporating our dances into their
I don’t mean to brag but we have our own dances, actresses/actors, so much more. We have so much vibes (vybz is how we spell it) that it’s almost unmatched. If you truly want to experience TRUE Jamaican culture, then you know exactly where you should be heading. Not sure where? Here’s a hint: It’s a 7-letter word starting with J and it’s an island in the Caribbean located South of Cuba.
Come learn some dance moves, listen to some music, eat some food, feel the warm sand beneath your feet. Jamaica is really and truly the place to be and if you haven’t been here yet, then what are you waiting for? And after you’ve had fun here, visit some of the other islands in the Caribbean, we’re all very welcoming and friendly.
Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed this post as much as I had fun writing it. Let me know in the comments section below if you would love to visit my beautiful country. After all, I just gave you guys 5 great reasons to visit Jamaica.
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