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White sandy beaches, measured rhythms of reggae, Bob Marley and carefree lifestyle become one of the main symbols of Jamaica. However, Jamaica's third largest and most populous English speaking island in the Caribbean, boasts a rich cultural traditions and endless possibilities for different kinds of tourism. On the island (235 km in length and 93 km wide) adjoin the picturesque mountains and tropical forests, beautiful waterfalls and amazing beaches with white sand (the north) and black (the south) colors.
Jamaica - a truly musical nation. The streets of the island is always filled with the sounds of calypso, reggae and juice. The complex ethnic composition of the island contributed to the emergence not only of many popular worldwide music styles (reggae, ska, dub, ragga), but the unique social phenomena, such as movement "Back to Africa". Many islanders believe in the divine origin of the Ethiopian king Haile Silasiay. The famous musician Bob Marley was one of the ideologists. In Jamaica, though the air at the same time dissolved calm and passionate desire to live. Not surprisingly, the island attracts celebrities (Ian Fleming, author of novels about James Bond, for a long time he lived here) and filmmakers have been renting the stage for his films.
Popular types of tourism: holiday, ecotourism (tropical forests, picturesque mountains, waterfalls, rivers, diverse flora monitoring crocodiles, hiking in the mountains and on the plantations), yacht cruises with music and rum punch, scuba diving and snorkeling, naturism, Sports Entertainment (alloy on inflatable circles, Canopy Tours, jumping ), rafting on bamboo rafts, discos resorts, rum factory, walks on catamarans, swimming with dolphins.
What is worth visiting:
Dramatic leap beach in Negril different transparent turquoise waters and white sand, adjacent to the picturesque cliffs.
Beach Club Doctor's Cave in Montego Bay - a white sandy beach has won popularity thanks to the natural beauty, proximity to a coral reef, beach cafes and bars.
Theme Park Akvasol in Montego Bay - a beach for lovers of water and land sports.
James Bond Beach in Ocho Rios - a beautiful bay with a shady beach, a source of inspiration for the author's series about the 007.
Blue Lagoon in Port Antonio - a real miracle of nature, a bottomless reservoir of water piercing blue.
Treasure Beach on the south coast - the 9-km long beach with soft sand and rocky areas, zones of black sand and coral reefs.
Frenchmens Cove in Port Antonio - idyllic sandy beach, where many movies were filmed.
Jamaica is leading the number of beaches for nudists: Blood Bay and James Bond Beach in Negril, Reggie Vayb in Ocho Rios, a small beach in Trilouni and many others Many hotels are equipped with special areas for nudists.
Climate: tropical. There is always hot and humid. The average annual temperature is 27-30 ° C, but in mountainous areas, it can be lowered to 10 ° C. northeasterly winds and evening breezes from the mountains to the coast maintain a pleasant freshness. Precipitation increases in the period from May to June and from September to November. From June to November are possible hurricanes.
Electricity: 110 volts. Recommended to bring adapters for flat rosettes.
Currency: Jamaican dollar. You can exchange money in many hotels and official exchange offices. In the tourist areas to accept U.S. dollars. In large stores to pay with international credit cards: Visa, Mastercard and Neck. etc.
Visas. For entry into the country, need a valid passport valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry, vouchers for hotel and return airfare. Upon arrival and departure from the country paid for the visa and airport taxes.
What to bring: light beach clothes, a hat against the sun, sunglasses, money from sunburn. In some restaurants there is a strict dress code, which includes pants, shirts with long sleeves and collar, closed shoes, evening dresses.
Purchase: CDs with the rhythms of reggae and souvenirs with Rastafarian symbols, coffee «Blue Mountain», considered one of the best in the world, rum «Appleton». On the territory of Jamaica are prohibited for sale, use and transport any kind of drugs.