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Whether you are a local resident or a tourist, I urge you to enjoy Jamaica with an open mind and embrace its spirit.

Yes, travel in developing countries presents some unique challenges (bad roads, sporadic hot water/ electricity), but think of the hilarious stories you'll have to tell later. If you judged every country by the negative things people say, you would never go anywhere. Go. Smile. Be patient. Breathe. And don’t be afraid to say no.

With common sense & the same precautions you'd take anywhere, traveling Jamaica will give you a new respect for your easy life in the developed world. While Jamaica can definitely provide you with "first world comfort", you'll never experience the spirit of the place by staying inside the walls of your hotel.

Explore the beauty, music, culture & people of Jamaica by eating in local cookshops and supporting local merchants. And always KEEP IT JIGGY!

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Jamaica: It’s History & Parishes

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Jamaica is part of the Greater Antilles, located in the northwestern Caribbean Sea, directly south of Cuba (it's the island in ORANGE on this map). Jamaica is about 90-minutes by air from Miami.

Jamaica is the largest English-speaking nation in the Caribbean and the 3rd largest island overall, spanning 4,320 sq.mi. (a bit smaller than Connecticut).

Columbus "discovered" Jamaica for Spain in 1494 (it was already home to Arawak & Taino Indians who called it "Xaymaca"). The island was captured from Spain in 1655 by the British. Today's population of 2.8 million largely descends from freed African slaves who were brought to Jamaica by the Spanish & British. Jamaica eventually became independent in 1962, but remains part of the British Commonwealth.

Jamaica is divided into 14 parishes with diverse terrain, histories & economies. Start here to learn more about Jamaica!

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Unique Accommodations

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If you're looking for all-inclusive resorts (Beaches, Sandals, Riu, Hedonism, Couples, etc.), you won't find too many of them here. We love them, but we think they isolate visitors from experiencing the real culture and beauty of Jamaica.

If you don’t venture beyond the walls of the mega-resorts, you will hinder yourself from enjoying the quiet, unhurried, unpretentious spirit of this tropical paradise and the outstanding Jamaican people. We want to get you out on the road!

We try to find you reasonably-priced options in every Parish. You'll find everything here from campsites to guest houses to eco-lodges to bed & breakfasts to hotels to villas. Select "Travel Jamaica" in the menu at the top of the page for lodging and activities by Parish & look around.

If you want us to list a property, please contact us with details. Read more about lodging in Jamaica.

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