Jamaica is located in the Caribbean, a region south east of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland, east of Central America and north of South America. It comprises of more than 700 islands, islets, reefs and cays and today the area is home to 22 island territories and borders 12 continental countries. Due to the abundance of sunshine, year-round tropical temperatures moderated by the almost constant trade winds and the great variety of scenic destinations to visit, the Caribbean Sea has become a popular destination for tourists. However, a holiday to the Caribbean isn’t always that easy simply because you are spoilt for choice with a wide range of fabulous destinations all giving you blue skies, golden sands and warm sunshine.
Your choice of island will depend on your personal interests but whatever you are looking for you will not be disappointed if you choose Jamaica as your destination. The island is a precious jewel in the Caribbean and is a land of unique experiences, engaging activities, breathtaking landscapes and a warm, welcoming people – with reggae music, jerk chicken and rum on tap. Famous for its sandy beaches, laidback living and mountainous splendour, Jamaica is a perfect choice for honeymooners, couples and families and our Travel Partner, Funway Holidays, has a good selection of 4 & 5 * hotels/resorts to choose from in various destinations on the island.
Secrets Wild Orchid, Montego Bay
Christopher Columbus landed in Jamaica on May 4, 1494, in his log, he described Jamaica as “the fairest island that eyes have beheld: mountains and the land seem to touch the sky…all full of valleys and fields and plains.”
The English captured Jamaica in 1655 after which the Spaniards fled to the neighbouring islands leaving the English planters to turn the island into one vast sugar plantation and becoming extremely rich in the process.
A little point of interest for our Welsh readers ! – buccaneers soon operated out of Jamaica, attacking the treasure ships of Spain and France with one being a young indentured labourer from Wales named Henry Morgan. He prospered and became Lieutenant Governor, making his home at Port Royal, which became known as the “richest and wickedest city in Christendom”. However, in 1692, an earthquake destroyed Port Royal, pushing it below the sea.
Couples San Souci
Today, travellers to the island spend their days sunbathing on stunning beaches, swimming in sapphire seas – the crystal-clear turquoise water is a snorkeler’s dream with gorgeous natural reefs and exotic marine life to explore – then dance into the night to the sounds of the intoxicating music. Visit coffee plantations, colourful bustling markets, explore thick rainforest, swim in the astonishing Dunn’s River falls or take in the breathtaking views atop the high peaks of the Blue Mountains. Golf courses are blessed with stunning ocean views and at Dolphin Cove you can swim and interact with dolphins, sharks and stingrays in their natural environment. If you don’t fancy getting in the water then a glass bottom boat tour or catamaran cruise is a fantastic way to view the tropical fish and coral reef while taking in the beautiful coastline.
Couples Swept Away
Or head east and discover a slower pace of life, a region of beautiful, unspoilt scenery taking you back to a time before tourism where you can relax, explore and discover the real Jamaica.
Funway also offer a variety of sightseeing tours where you can learn interesting facts about Jamaican culture, go horseback riding through the ocean and down nature trails, explore historical sites like Rose Hall Great House or visit a rum factory for a taste of the unique, rich and smooth rums produced in Jamaica.
Visitors of all interests will enjoy the choice of attractions Jamaica has to offer however you choose to spend your time, this island will energise your body, delight your senses and relax your soul. So kick off your shoes, grab a rum punch and join in the carnival.
Tailor Made Travel can fulfil your dreams and aspirations so contact us for help in planning your dream holiday and/or for further information on the above and much, much more including some Special Offers available from our Travel Partner, Funway Holidays.
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