Ja­maica the ul­ti­mate es­cape

Your Guide to the Caribbean - - Six Of The Best -

Nes­tled in the mid­dle of the Caribbean, Ja­maica truly is a sparkling is­land gem pro­vid­ing a wel­come feel­ing of es­cape.

Ja­maica is much more than beaches, biki­nis and sun­shine, of­fer­ing a whole world of won­der be­yond the beach with some­thing for ev­ery­one wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered.

The fa­mous Blue Moun­tains are a per­fect ex­am­ple. If you’re feel­ing en­er­getic, you can con­quer these spec­tac­u­lar peaks with the added bonus of see­ing Ja­maica’s Blue Moun­tain cof­fee plan­ta­tions, nes­tled into the hills 5,000ft above sea level. Those who make the 7,500ft peak are re­warded with breath­tak­ing views of over a hun­dred miles.

Or, if you feel like some­thing more re­lax­ing, why not take a bam­boo raft down the scenic Martha Brae River? Here you’ll ex­pe­ri­ence the peace­ful seren­ity of the Ja­maican land­scape. Or why not dive into the deep end with a dip in Port An­to­nio’s 200ft deep Blue La­goon? Or why not head to one of Ja­maica’s na­tional trea­sures, Dunn’s River Falls, and climb the stun­ning 600ft wa­ter­fall? It’s scat­tered with a se­ries of minia­ture pools, pro­vid­ing the per­fect place to re­lax as you climb to the top. All of this ac­tiv­ity isn’t with­out re­ward. When the sun goes down, there’s a world of food and nightlife to keep you en­ter­tained. Sam­ple the world fa­mous Ja­maican Jerk Chicken and ex­pe­ri­ence au­then­tic Ja­maican Rum.

In fact, you can take the Ap­ple­ton Es­tate Rum Tour and get an in­side look at the 18th cen­tury-style rum mak­ing process that’s still in use to­day.

A trip to Ja­maica sim­ply wouldn’t be com­plete with­out a visit to the Bob Mar­ley Mu­seum lo­cated in­side his for­mer home. It’s the ul­ti­mate place to cel­e­brate the life and mu­sic of the Fa­ther of Reg­gae, whose mu­sic res­onates through­out the is­land in bars, restau­rants and out on the street. This is the home of Reg­gae, and Ja­maicans aren’t shy about shar­ing their love of it.

This is just a taste of the di­verse ex­pe­ri­ences that Ja­maica has to of­fer. Com­bined with the warmth and friend­li­ness of the lo­cals, it prom­ises to be an es­cape from ev­ery­day life that you’ll never for­get.

Did you know that Ja­maica has more than 175 at­trac­tio ns? See our high­ligh ts on the op­posit e page

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