Thursday, March 15, 2012

JAMAICA CALLING




14th March 2012: Nowhere else on earth will you find a culture as dynamic as the one visitors encounter in Jamaica, World’s Leading Honeymoon destination. Its people are a mixture of the many ethnicities that have landed on the island's shores over the past several centuries. Weathering enslavement and oppression, the Jamaicans are survivors, and their past is full of fascinating stories just waiting to be told.

Whether they are the descendants of the colonists or recent immigrants from the Middle East, people of all nationalities live and work together in Jamaica. Cultures have been mingling on Jamaica's shores for hundreds of years. Nowhere else in the Caribbean is the connection to Africa as keenly felt as it is in Jamaica. Kingston was the major nexus in the New World for the barbaric triangular trade that brought slaves from Africa and carried sugar and rum to Europe, and the Maroons (runaways who took to the hills of Cockpit Country and the Blue Mountains) safeguarded many of the African traditions – and introduced jerk seasoning to Jamaica’s singular cuisine. 

Jamaica is an excellent place to understand the culture of the Caribbean. It provides for a lot of historical sightseeing and there are many buildings on the island that bear testimony to its colonial past. Historic Tours and sites like the Maroon Village Tour, Green Grotto Cavesare worth a visit. Visitors will have a holistic cultural “experience” through Outameni Experience an interactive cultural journey depicting a unique blend of music, art, dance, film, drama and authentic Jamaican cuisine. Columbus Park, Jamaica’s only open air museum, and a craft’s park, this historical site is aptly named Discovery Bay is where Christopher Columbus first landed. 



Meet the people program offers an enriching experience of hospitality for travelers seeking insight into the Jamaican experience and the warm welcome of a Jamaican friend, the special program take them way beyond the traditional resort and beach setting into the colorful realm of Jamaica's lifestyle, tradition and culture.

Aside from its people, Jamaica has much to offer, the curious, thirsty or weary traveler. The Blue Mountains boasts the world’s best coffee, try a cup in the century-old factory at Mavis Bank. There are world-class reefs for diving including those at Runaway Bay and Ocho Rios and great stretches of palm-fringed sand at Treasure Beach or Frenchman’s Cove near Port Antonio. There are offbeat bush-medicine hiking tours, congenial fishing villages, pristine waterfalls, cosmopolitan cities, wetlands harboring endangered crocodiles and manatees, unforgettable sunsets – in short, enough variety to comprise many utterly distinct vacations.

Birthplace of the reggae icon Bob Marley, Jamaica is a Mecca for music lovers. The Bob Marley museum speaks volumes about the glorious musical past of the legend. If you are interested Jamaican Music then Reggae Xplosion is definitely worth a visit. Despite the name, this museum showcases many forms of Jamaican Music (Mento, Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub and Dancehall), not just reggae. There is no surpassing the Jamaicans when it comes to music and dance and having a good time. 

Jamaica’s gastronomic legacy continues to attract food connoisseurs from across the world to taste and savor the distinctive cuisine of the Caribbean Island. This affluent gourmet and cuisine legacy coupled with the indigenous preparation style has provided Jamaican cuisine with authentic aromas and tastes. Jamaican Cuisine is an eclectic mix of the best that African, European, Indian, and Chinese cuisines have to offer bearing favorite ingredients with a little bit of life in every bite. 

This is a country infused with pride in its unique history, stunning landscape and influential culture. From art to music, language to food, the Jamaican people have so much to offer the world. Once you leave, you'll never lose the lasting influence of Jamaica's multifaceted culture.

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