"Jamaica" Jamaica by traveldave
Jamaica Travel Guide: 2,494 reviews and 4,971 photos
Jamaica is a beautiful, verdant island in the middle of the Caribbean which has wonderful things to see and experience: a fascinating culture, and warm sunny, weather. The mountainous interior is green and lush, and the surrounding waters are crystal clear and are colored an amazing shade of turquoise blue. Jamaica comes from the Arawak term, xaymaca, meaning "land of wood and water." The Arawaks were an indigenous people who populated the island before Columbus' arrival.
The north coast of the island, from Negril in the west to Port Antonio in the east, has been developed for the tourist trade. There are many world-class resorts which are self-contained, and many tourists never leave the premises. However, the true traveler to Jamaica would find it beneficial to get away from the resort areas and explore the nature and culture of this Caribbean nation.
The interior is sparsely populated, and the small towns are poor and have the feel of another era. Life is unhurried and unaffected by the high-stressed, high-paced outside world. The people are proud and friendly, and always have a smile and a wave for the traveler passing through.
The southern part of the island is well off the beaten tourist path. Kingston is the capital and largest city. Although Kingston itself is not a pretty city, there are several interesting historic sites in and around the capital that a visitor should see.
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