Jamaica From Our Xpertz
Jamaicans define enthusiasm. Whether the topic is track and field or politics, the spirit of this island comes out in every interaction. Although the country is well known for its tropical beauty, reggae music, and cuisine, you may find that your interactions with local residents are what you truly remember.
The island is rich in beauty, but a quick look around reveals widespread poverty and a disparity between the lives of resort guests and resort employees that is often staggering. Where vacationers opt to stay in Jamaica depends on factors ranging from vacation length to personal interests. With its direct air connections to many U.S. cities, Montego Bay (or Mo'Bay) is favored by Americans taking short trips; many properties are just minutes from the airport. Other parts of Jamaica can be reached from Montego Bay in 60 to 90 minutes, while eastern areas may be more accessible from the other major airport—in the capital, Kingston.
Some of the island's earliest residents were the Arawak Indians, who arrived from South America around AD 650 and named the island Xaymaca, or "land of wood and water." Centuries later, the Arawaks welcomed Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World. Later, when the Spanish arrived, the peaceful inhabitants were executed or taken as slaves.
The Spanish maintained control of the island until 1655, when the English arrived. Soon, slavery increased as sugar became a booming industry. In 1834 slavery was abolished, but the sugar as well as banana industries continued. Jamaica's plantation owners looked for another source of labor. From 1838 to 1917, more than 30,000 Indians immigrated here, followed by about 5,000 Asians as well as Middle Easterners, primarily from what is now Lebanon. (Today although 95% of the population traces its bloodlines to Africa, Jamaica is a stockpot of cultures, including those of other Caribbean islands, Great Britain, the Middle East, India, China, Germany, Portugal, and South America.)
In the early 1900s the boats that took the banana crop off the island began returning with travelers. By 1960 the tourism industry was the most important form of income, and in 1962, Jamaica gained independence. Along with tourism, agriculture and mining contribute to the island's considerable self-sufficiency.
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Your experience begins with the scenic drive up the mountains to Ahhh upon arrival you will be greeted with a most spectacular and panoramic view of the city below. Humming birds follow you around the garden waiting on you to handfeed then, The transformation of a sheer cliff into a terraced botanical garden is Ahhh inspiring. visit the gallery and giftshop with original art for sale and 100% handmade Jamaican crafts, You will leave inspired. A complimentary juice is included and served after the guided tour. Hug a tree, caress a flower or simply sit in the garden and listen to the birds or just BE still.
Explore Falmouth, Jamaica with a private driver and van which you can hire for a full-day or half-day. The vans can hold a capacity of up to 14 persons and picks you up from the Falmouth cruise port for easy access for cruise ship passengers.
Ocho Rios Private Deep Sea Fishing Boat rental Jamaica Fishing Tours and Charters for the casual or avid fishing enthusiast from the Ocho Rios Marina on Fully Crewed Fishing boat. Private and exclusive to your group this fishing trip for the best catch in the Caribbean waters can be an adventure for the entire family. Your choice of half-day fishing or full day fishing in Ocho Rios,Jamaica. Sit in the chair if you dare and battle the catch of the day be it Marlins,Groupers,tuna,Whai Whai, Barracudas lets go fishing !
Explore the reefs off shore of Jamaica and enjoy marine viewing that is captivating and alluring while in the Port of Ocho Rios. Private snorkeling offers your group, whether it be family or friends, the opportunity to explore together without others.
Explore the reefs off shore of Jamaica and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Montego Bay ("Mobay"). Then relax on one of Jamaica's white sand beach with clear waters in this private shore excursion.
Private Speed Boat Rental in Ocho Rios, Jamaica for your exclusive Group of up to 10 persons for sightseeing cruising and Snorkeling activities in the Port-side town of Ocho Rios . Private engine boat charter for your day in Ocho Rios exploring the island via private boat rental
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