Are you planning a visit to Jamaica? This article aims to briefly point out a few facts about the country as well as point out some major tourist attractions.
A Little Background About The Island:
Jamaica is an island country which is situated in the Caribbean sea. It lies about 150 kilometers south of Cuba. It is the fifth largest island country in the Caribbean. Jamaica was earlier known as Santiago when it was under Spanish possession. Later on, in 1655, it came under the rule of Great Britain when it was given its current name. In 1962, it gained full independence from the British rule. With a population of 2.8 million people, it is the third populous country in the Americas after USA and Canada.
The climate here is tropical. The country was deeply forested before the Spanish invasion in 1494. The Spanish, and later, the British settlers cut down a lot of timber trees in order to build ship supplies.
Important Tourist Attractions:
Falmouth – This is the Caribbean's best preserved Georgian town. It is a picturesque place surrounded by sugar estates and cattle land. The town offers a beautiful example of Georgian architecture of the nineteenth century. If you visit Falmouth, do not miss seeing the Greenwood Great House and Good Hope Estate. 'Half Moon Beach' and 'Luminous Lagoon' are other major tourist attractions in Falmouth.
Kingston – A visit to Jamaica cannot be complete without a visit to the busy capital city. The busy city's life is in complete contrast to the relaxed pace of life elsewhere on the island. There are many tourist places in this city. There are many popular museums here like the National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Devon House etc.
Blue Mountains and National Park – If you want to enjoy breathtaking mountain scenes, waterfalls, lush rainforests which have exotic plants, you should certainly visit the Blue Mountains and the John Crow National Park. The park is a natural habitat of more than 200 species of birds and 800 species of endemic plants. Nature lovers will surely be delighted by this place.
Port Antonio – It is set between mountains and a harbor. Port Antonio is a charming fishing village where people lead life at a relaxed pace. This place was once a center for banana export. There are many attractions for visitors here. They can enjoy jungle tours and scuba dive the coral reefs. Other major attractions of Port Antonio include Fort George and the beautiful Frenchman's Cove.