Jamaica – The “No-Problem” Island! – By Marguerite DuBosque
Jamaica’s allure is one of the strongest of all the Caribbean islands. Just picture a dramatic canvas of blooming flowers; a blazing sun shimmering off miles of white-sand beaches; rivers rushing down lush mountains; and people who are quick to share a smile and laughter. Indeed, Jamaica is one of the Caribbean’s most captivating islands, and is considered by many to be the most naturally beautiful of them all.
This slice of tropical paradise has something for everyone – from a vast array of accommodations, to historical tours, a vibrant music scene, world-class golf, river rafting, and the latest soul- and body-pampering spas, along with every conceivable water sport, Jamaica is the third-largest island in the Caribbean, a lovely blend of history, art, adventure, music, and cuisine. Dancing to the rhythmic beat of reggae and calypso – which originated on this island – is a way of life!
The island of Jamaica boasts a perfect year-round climate, perfect for relaxing on the beach, by the pool, or on a golf course. And when the sun goes down and the moon comes up, the exuberantly-famous nightlife kicks in.
Although Jamaica is world-famous for its beautiful beaches, there are numerous other things to do here. I would venture to say that there are more excursions offered on this island than all the other islands combined! Dunn’s river falls, which begins as a mountain stream and finally plunges 600 feet into the Caribbean Sea, invites the adventurous and intrepid to climb its very challenging rock formations.
River-rafting on the Martha Brae River is an unforgettable experience, as one floats through three miles of unspoiled paradise. You just sit back, enjoy a cold tropical drink, and listen to the music of a native Jamaican band.
For the best sunset in Jamaica, travel to Rick’s Café in Negril on the western coast of the island. This world-famous eatery is a superb restaurant featuring food, tropical libations, live and lively reggae music, and the chance for daredevils to dive off a 35-foot cliff, into the calm ocean waters.
Also in Negril the fortunate visitor will find seven mile beach, an amazing stretch of white sand, coupled with a tranquil coral reef lagoon. This is the perfect spot to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing, or shopping at the nearby Negril Craft Market.
The cuisine of Jamaica is multi-ethnic, with such favorite national dishes such as jerk pork or chicken, salt fish, pepper jelly, and every variety of tropical fruit and vegetable. Jamaicans pride themselves on their hospitality, renowned throughout the world.