Spotlight on Jamaica

From each glorious morning sunrise to the iridescence of the sunset, Jamaica presents a magnificent kaleidoscope of color and beauty that has made the island the most precious jewel in the Caribbean. It is a land of warm and welcoming people, inspiring scenery and so many unique and engaging ways to experience it visitors want to come back again and again. Jamaica has coves for parasailing, roads for jogging, duty-free shops for treasure hunting and a place called Boston Beach for surfing. Plus, the bluest-ever waters for swimming, snorkeling, skiing and wind-surfing.

Kingston – Kingston is the capital and the commercial, administrative and cultural heart of Jamaica. It is the largest English-speaking city in the Caribbean, has the seventh  largest natural harbor in the world, and lies on a wide plain with the sea to the south and St. Andrew Mountain as its backdrop to the north. It was founded in 1692 after an earthquake devastated the capital Port Royal. Attractions include: Bob Marley Museum, Castleton Botanical Gardens, Caymanas Park, Colins & Notes Museum, Devon House, Hope Botanical Gardens, Institute of Jamaica, Jamaica Conference Center, Jamaica Defense Force Museum, King's House, Lime Cay, National Gallery of Jamaica, National Gallery of Art, Rockfort Mineral Spa, and University of the West Indies.

Montego Bay, with its hotels and beaches, offers the best of the Caribbean. Visit the famous Rose Hall Great House which was once home to the White Witch of Rose Hall, now owned by millionaire John Rollins. Legend has it the White Witch, Annie Palmer, murdered her four husbands in addition to numerous slaves that worked on the plantation. Or go to the historic town of Falmouth, famous for its Georgian architecture. At Rafter's Village, a breathtaking ride takes visitors downstream on a 30' bamboo raft, guided by a trained and experienced raft captain.

Negril - The "capital of casual," Negril is located at the western tip of the island, and is most noted for its seven miles of gorgeous white sand beach and incredible sunsets. By l aw, no building is higher than the tallest palm tree. For years, Negril's beach has been rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world by many travel magazines. The north end of the beach is home to the large, all-inclusive resorts, and to the south are the smaller, family-run hotels. This combination gives the Negril area a large variety of rooms, services and prices.

Ocho Rios – The most famous attraction in Ocho Rios, Jamaica is Dunn's River falls,  where you can barefoot your way up a staircase of cascading water. For sheer natural beauty, you can't surpass Shaw Park Botanical Gardens, which offers 32 acres of indigenous trees, flowers and shrubs as well as picturesque streams and waterfalls.

Falmouth has often been compared to Colonial Williamsburg because of its nineteenth- century Georgian architecture, and plantation complexes. Visit the Greenwood Great House museum, and you'll find yourself in the middle of the 19th century. Music and history lovers alike will be mesmerized by the Caribbean's finest antique collection as well as a rare collection of musical instruments. And for those looking for a little fun, Falmouth has 30-foot bamboo rafts that offer romantic and adventurous rides on the Martha Brae River.

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