Jamaica is an island nation located in the West Indies of the Caribbean, and was first inhabited by indigenous peoples from South America. Most renowned were the Arawaks and the Taínos who settled the island around AD 700–800. 3. Jamaica has one UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Blue and John Crow Mountains
Dunn's River Falls is a famous waterfall near Ocho Rios, Jamaica and a major Caribbean tourist attraction that receives thousands of visitors each year. Globally, it is as well known as reggae and equally stimulating. There are few places where the Arawak name "Xayamaca" - land of rivers and springs - is more apt.
Ackee & Salt Fish
Jamaica’s National Fruit and Dish, imported to Jamaica from West Africa before 1773, the use of ackee in Jamaican cuisine is prominent.
The ackee, also known as ankye, achee, akee, ackee apple or ayee (Blighia sapida) is a fruit of the Sapindaceae family, as are the lychee and the longan.
7-Mile Beach (Negril, Jamaica)
This famous beach in Negril—once plagued by pirates—is now a popular spot for sun-seekers and beach lovers. The seven-mile stretch of stunning white sand beach has plenty of bars and restaurants, plus clear waters that are great for snorkeling—just remember to watch out for stingrays! You can also take a glass-bottom boat tour over the turquoise waters. Stick around for the breathtaking sunset over the Caribbean.
Carnival celebrations in Jamaica started in the 1990’s, and this happened as a result of a musician named Byron Lee wanting to bring some of Trinidad’s (the birthplace of Caribbean carnival) celebrations over to the island. Jamaican Carnival is a continuous party that starts in December, but has its peak days before the Road March, extending until April. The Reggae is the Reggae Festival. Reggae is one of the distinctive rhythms of Carnival in Jamaica, after all the Caribbean country is the cradle of the musical genre.
Jamaican’s National Heroes
The Jamaican National Heroes dared to challenge the institution of colonialism and in so doing changed the course of Jamaica’s history giving social and political freedom to its people. The Jamaican National Heroes (
Nanny of the Maroons, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Sir. Alexander Bustamante, Paul Bogle, Sam Sharpe (Daddy Sharpe), Norman Manley, George William Gordon), dared to challenge the institution of colonialism and in so doing changed the course of Jamaica’s history giving social and political freedom to its people.
Jamaican National Flag
The flag of Jamaica was adopted on 6 August 1962 (Jamaican Independence Day), the country having gained independence from the British-protected Federation of the West Indies. The flag consists of a Gold represents the sun shineth; the green represents hope and Jamaica’s abundant agricultural resources, and the Black is a representation of the strength and creativity of the nation’s people.”