Ask a fisherman on Black River to take you out to the Pelican Bar – a shack on stilts half a mile offshore where legendary owner Floyd cooks delicious snapper.
Isabel, Original Traveller
Jamaica is the third largest of the Caribbean islands, and one of the most attractive. Columbus described it as "the fairest isle mine eyes ever beheld". The island's interior is characterised by beautiful mountains and valleys covered in lush tropical vegetation, while the coast has many beautiful beaches.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Jamaica's soul lies across the Atlantic in Africa, this attitude is manifested in reggae and Rastafarianism.
- The size and dramatic topography of the island also naturally sets it apart, as does the sheer range of things to do.
- Bob Marley fan or not, if you are in Jamaica for more than a few days a visit to Kingston is worth considering, as this is a hugely atmospheric city, and a total contrast to the picture perfect palm-fringed beaches.
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Luxury Holidays in Jamaica: An Overview
Jamaica also has a rich history and a vibrant, melting-pot culture, which means that the island has more to offer than many of the smaller Caribbean islands.
We at Original Travel are on something of a mission to dispel any lingering and unfavourable preconceptions about Jamaica, and would heartily recommend a visit. After all, Columbus liked it, and he saw a fair few islands in his time.
Did you know
- 250 bird species can be seen on the island
- Reggae music was born in Jamaica in the 1950s and 60s
- The Taino people called the island Xaymaca, meaning 'land of wood and water'
- Jamaica's national drink is rum
- Jamaica has eight native snake species, but relax none of them are venomous