The homeland of Bob Marley and jerk calls visitors to come and enjoy her charms – beaches, sun, culture and much more
Jamaica, called "the Rock" by its residents, is a melting pot of racial and cultural diversity. This intermingling has given rise to the country’s motto, “Out of Many, One People.” This blending of cultures is reflected in Jamaican cuisine, nowhere more evident than in the influence of Indian cooking, hence the ingrained love of curry. The island’s capital, Kingston, is a bustling city with an intermingling of relics from the past and more modern facilities. The 312-year-old Kingston Parish Church in the city holds pride of place. Many offices in the city are renovated Victorian buildings dating back to the days of slavery. Only residents can give you access to inner-city communities. Once within their confines, the widespread friendliness belies the hardship under which most residents exist. In the birthplace of reggae and dancehall, melodies blasting from a music system are never far away. Jamaica is also the home of international musical extravaganzas such as the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival and Reggae Sunsplash. Among the island’s world famous attractions are Dunn’s River Falls in St. Ann, Rose Hall Guesthouse in St. James, and the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston dedicated to one of Jamaica’s most famous sons. Nerves of steel are needed to drive in Jamaica, where the streets are not only in bad condition but are also generally crowded.