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Flight Time to Jamaica from the UK
Approx 9 hours 45 min
Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, 240 kilometers (150 mi) in length and as much as 80 kilometers (50 mi) in width situated in the Caribbean Sea. It is 630 kilometers (391 mi) east of the Central American mainland, 150 kilometers (93 mi) south of Cuba, and 180 kilometers (112 mi) west of the island of Hispaniola, on which Haiti and the Dominican Republic are situated.
The island of Jamaica has mountainous inlands surrounded by a narrow coastal plain and it is also the third largest country in the Caribbean. For this reason, most major cities are located on the coast. Chief towns include the capital Kingston, Spanish Town, Mandeville, and Montego Bay. More satellite maps which allow zoom in and zoom out are available from Google's map server. A live webcam atop the Gleaner Newspaper building on 7 North Street in Kingston is available.
The climate in Jamaica is tropical, with hot and humid weather, although inland regions have a more temperate climate. Some regions on the south coast, such as the Liguanea Plain and the Pedro Plains are relatively dry rain-shadow areas.
Brief History of Jamaica
The original Arawak or Taino people from South America first settled on the island between 1000 and 400 BC. Although some claim they became virtually extinct following contact with Europeans, others claim that some survived. Jamaica was claimed for Spain after Christopher Columbus first landed there in 1494. Columbus used it as his family's private estate. The British Admiral William Penn (father of William Penn of Pennsylvania) and General Venables seized the island in 1655. During its first 200 years of British rule, Jamaica became the world's largest sugar exporting nation and produced over 77,000 tons of sugar annually between 1820 and 1824, which was achieved through the massive use of imported African slave labor.
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Everybody knows Jamaica as the home of Bob Marley, but there’s more to it than just reggae and Rastafarians. The third-largest island in the Caribbean has everything – wonderful white-sand beaches, mountains, waterfalls, wildlife and the best coffee in the world. Kingston is its lively capital, surprising visitors with elegant, old colonial houses against the stunning backdrop of the Blue Mountains.
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Rolling hills contrast with steep gullies and the towering Blue Mountains beg to be explored. Dunn's River Falls is also breathtaking - both the view and the climb! The island?s strong musical culture is everywhere - Bob Marley's legend and music really does live on here. Do visit Nine Mile - his birthplace. Montego Bay is the best resort to be in if you like it lively - it has a vibrant 'Hip Strip' with a good selection of bars and shops. Negril is more laid-back, spread out along a beautiful 7-mile stretch of golden beach. Ocho Rios is a world-class destination. Larger than Negril, its duty-free shopping is very popular and it's well situated to visit all the major attractions.
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More than just rum and Rastafarianism, beneath Jamaica’s misty Blue Mountains you will find sandy beaches, waterfalls and tropical landscapes. After capturing Errol Flynn’s heart in the ‘40s, it exploded onto the world scene. Here British, Spanish and African cultures create a ‘feel-good’ atmosphere, locally expressed as feeling ‘irie’. With reggae and ready smiles, this island’s hard to resist - as Bob Marley said, One Love.
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With reggae at its heart, Jamaica is the very essence of the Caribbean. Perfect for the active, there's much to do beyond the sunbed. Hike in the misty Blue Mountains, from where the famous aromatic coffee comes, canter on the beach by moonlight or go rafting down the Martha Brae river, an island sport introduced by Errol Flynn in Jamaica's former glory days.
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Sun-drenched Jamaica has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean and some very luxurious resorts to boot. It is also a land of engaging activities and cultural diversity, with Kingston being the heartbeat and capital city. Home to the legendary Bob Marley, his music is an integral part of the island and the infectious reggae rhythm runs right through it.
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Thoughts of Jamaica ooze with rum and spice, and make you want to move to a reggae rhythm. From swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Cove, climbing through cascading waters at Dunn's River falls, or taking a bus ride through the Blue Mountains and cruising the Martha Brae River on a bamboo raft, Jamaica's natural landscape can't fail to impress. Relax and kick back on Negril's white sands and watch the sun set in stunning fashion. Then sample jerk chicken and local rum from a beachfront restaurant before dancing to live reggae into the night. Kingston, the island's capital and cultural centre is the true home of reggae, and certainly shouldn't be missed.
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While you may not associate cheap holidays to Jamaica with exertion, at a mean 2256 metres, it's a long but rewarding trek to the top of the country's towering Blue Mountain Peak through rugged jungle and ancient cedar forests, along paths strewn with wild orchids and hortensias. The final reward is a view as far as Cuba.
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Jamaica has captivated travellers for centuries. Christopher Columbus, first European to set foot on the island, regarded it as 'the fairest land that eyes have beheld' and it subsequently became a scenic jewel in colonial crowns. Visitors love Jamaica above all for its natural beauty - the cool peaks of the Blue Mountains, mile after mile of lush cane fields, picturesque rum estates, rivers and waterfalls, caves, beaches and lagoons.
All Inclusive resorts - nowhere does it better! For superb value and complete peace of mind, choose a holiday where the price includes at least all meals, local drinks, land and non-motorised watersports, daily activities and evening entertainment. The stunning interior of the island, with natural wonders such as the Blue Mountains, famed for its coffee, and the lovely Dunn's River Falls. The vibrant resort areas of Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril, each offering spectacular beaches, great shopping, fresh seafood restaurants and lively bars, throbbing to the sounds of reggae and calypso. The superb diving and snorkelling in the clear waters and amongst the reefs that surround the island.
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Get a bellyful of jerk chicken in the friendly bustle of uptown Kingston. Take time out in the cool peace of the Blue Mountains, home of the famous coffee. Enjoy your favourite watersports at Ocho Rios - or just hang out on its beautiful white sand beaches. And when the night falls, you're never far from a party or music festival to take you to through to the wee hours.
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Public Holidays in Jamaica
January 1 - New Year's Day
February 21 - Ash Wednesday
April 6 - Good Friday
April 8 - Easter
Apri 9 - Easter Monday
May 23 - Labour Day
August 1 - Emancipation Day
August 6 - Independence Day
October 15 - Heroes Day
December 25 - Christmas Day
December 26 - Boxing Day
Jamaica Visa Requirements
Entry requirements for UK nationals: British nationals must have a valid passport. No visa is required (irrespective of endorsements).
Getting Around In Jamaica
Don't be afraid to take Jamaican local buses. They are 10 times cheaper than tourist taxis. Don't let those taxi drivers rip you off. Be prepared to offer a tip to the luggage handlers that load your luggage into the bus. The ride is very different from what you are probably used to. Many resorts offer excursions by bus. Check with the resort's office that is in charge of planning day trips for more information. One of the excursions by bus from Ocho Rios to Kingston and Blue mountain, turned into a long bus ride without many stops. Leaving at 7:00 in the morning,there was a 15 minute stop in Kingston around 10:30 so you should arrange a snack since lunch was available only around 3:30 leaving a long gap between meals. Picture taking along the way was difficult due to the speed of the bus. The visit to Kingston consisted of a stop at a shopping center for lunch, a visit to Bob Marley's home and a 2 minute stop in the Beverly Hills of Jamaica.The guided tour at the Blue Mountain coffee factory was interesting and informative.
Local taxis are an interesting way to get around and far cheaper than tourist taxis. They are often packed with people, but they are friendly folk and glad to have you with them. To get a local taxi, stand by the side of the road and draw a circle at the ground. You'll be surprised how quickly you get one. It will just look like a local's car, which is precisely what it is. Seldom you will find one with a taxi sign on the top. The licensed ones usually have the taxi signs on their sides.
A great way to enjoy a vacation in Jamaica is by renting a car (Island Car Rental is best) and allowing yourself to relax while your friend takes you through breathtaking countryside to various destinations.