Jamaica at a glance

Feel the rhythm of this most musical of Caribbean islands with our Jamaica travel guide. Be it calypso, soca or – of course - reggae, music is everywhere and everything in Jamaica. Follow in Bob Marley's steps while you hum ‘Sun is shining, the weather is sweet.’ Bob was a country kid who was born and died in Nine Miles, a beautiful area you can visit on pilgrimage. He moved to Kingstown at the age of nine, and you can follow his movements. Change the tune to ‘Trench Town Rock’ and see the studios where Marley recorded at 220 Marcus Garvey Drive and the house where he lived, now transformed into a museum. Finally, dance, at the famous Weddy Weddy Wednesdays dancehall party. Explore Port Royal, which in the 17th century was essentially the capital of Caribbean piracy and one of the richest cities in the world.
Then play Indiana Jones for a face-off with crocodiles in the mangrove swamps of the Black River. Go from sea level to more than 6,000ft above sea level for a hike in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to some fine coffee plantations. Finally, no trip to Jamaica would be complete without time spent on beautiful beaches such as Seven Mile Beach, Treasure Beach, Frenchman's Cove or the Blue Lagoon.

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