There are so many reasons to visit Jamaica. This Caribbean island has a reputation for being exotic, mysterious and breathtaking, and many people that have already visited, say that nobody needs a reason to go to Jamaica, they should just do it. But for those of us who don’t know much about the island or simply need convincing, here are 9 Juicy Reasons to Visit Jamaica:
1. The Legendary Rose Hall
Rose Hall is a majestic Georgian manor that according to Jamaican legend belonged to Annie Palmer and her husband John. Annie was believed to have been well known as the voodoo-mistress who murdered her husbands and her slave lovers before the tables turned and one of her lovers murdered her. A truly sensational tale that comes to life in a guided tour – some even leave at night- through the underground tunnels that shows evidence of murder, bloodstains and the history of slavery that all took place at the Manor.
2. Water Sports
The beaches in Jamaica are some of the most beautiful in the world, and collectively, for many, the best reasons to go to Jamaica. The beach offers visitors the chance to enjoy every aspect of their delightful tropical water playground. Enjoy a lovely lazy and romantic late afternoon chartered sail, the breeze blowing in your hair, the sun on your skin and the cherry in your cocktail. For the more adventurous there is, well, just about anything, jet skiing, wind surfing, water skiing, kayaking; you name it you can do it.
3. The Green Flash at Ricks Café
The incredible green flash is an optical phenomenon enhanced by a mirage that results, under the right conditions, the viewing of a luminous green flash on the horizon, just before or just after the sun sets over the skyline. Loads of happy people gather around at popular drinking holes like Rick’s Café on the West End Cliffs at Negril- to see if they can catch a glimpse of the incredible sight. What a way to pronounce the evening’s festivities, and definitely one of the best reasons to visit Jamaica.
4. The Jamaican People
One of the best reasons to visit Jamaica is the people. Hardworking, friendly and deeply spiritual, the Jamaicans have a wicked sense of humour and are delighted to meet and greet any visitor to their country. They encourage questions about their local customs and culture and are some of the most hospitable people in the world. The Jamaicans embrace visitors, most people smile and always say hello and greet you and appreciate that you return the greeting. Nothing will delight them more and they are polite enough not to show their amusement when you attempt to say a few words in their language, patois.
5. Gourmet Delights at Strawberry Hill
With an unparalleled and panoramic view up above over Kingston, the charismatic restaurant, Strawberry Hill is located at the top of Blue Mountain, at the hotel also named Blue Mountain. Perched some 3100 metres above sea level, the fascinating layout of the restaurant includes delicate verandas, al fresco terraces and winding catwalks, that were painstakingly recreated to match the exact original 19th Century layout. If you choose food as being one of your top reasons to visit Jamaica, you won’t be disappointed here. The incredible menu changes according to the season, but includes delights such as fresh grilled fish with jerk mango and grilled shrimp with fresh cilantro.
6. Outdoor Meals at Boston Beach
Still on the subject of food being one of the main reasons to go to Jamaica, make no mistake, the Jamaicans know exactly what they are doing. Jerk (spicy Caribbean barbequed meat) is available at the stands on Boston Beach, and according to any local, it doesn’t get better than this. Large pits are found smoking all the way down the beach, and in them you will find slow smoked pork, chicken, fish and goat that are cooked over fragrant pimento wood creating the most memorable meal.
7. Crocodile Spotting on the Black River
The Black River, named after the dark river water that has been stained by masses of peat deposits is home to these fascinating reptiles. Once upon a time, the crocs were hunted down and killed, but these days they are a protected species, but that doesn’t mean they are no longer suspicious. With some of the crocs living here getting to be more than 100 years old, the river offers some of the best opportunities for visitors to spot them on a croc cruise.
8. Riding in the Sea on Horseback
With such fabulous beaches and such incredibly scenery, velvet white sands and sparkling cobalt waters, the locals use the sea for all sorts of water sports and not just jet skiing. A long time ago, local Jamaicans were using the unique training techniques of exercising their polo ponies while riding them into the sea. Now these days, it has become one of the most popular water sport activities in the country.
9. The Ultimate Wedding Destination
There is no better place in the world to get married to renew your vows, other than Jamaica. The country has always been one of the top wedding destinations in the world, and there is an abundance of some of the best wedding planners and event co-ordinators to arrange everything you may need for your dream event. One of the best reasons to head to Jamaica for your wedding is that some of the holiday packages include a fully comprehensive wedding package.
No matter if you never had a reason to visit Jamaica, or if you had 100 reasons to want to go, this list will definitely provide you with one good reason to go to Jamaica soon. What is the first thing on this list that you want to do when you get there?