Many possibilities for excitement and relaxation exist on the breathtaking island of Jamaica. Sun, sand and some of the world's loveliest beaches
await you. When the sun goes down, there is exotic food and a lively night life as well.
The Arawaks are thought to be the first settlers, arriving from South America approximately 2,500 years ago. Present-day Jamaica is independently governed by constitutional law that provides equality for all its citizens.
Traveling to Jamaica
There are opportunities for optimal prices on airline tickets and tours. Entry requirements differ; from the United States, tourists visiting for no longer than six months need no visa.
The beaches are the main attraction, but consider spending time exploring the mountainous regions as well. The Blue Mountains and John Crow Mountains are the last of Jamaica's rain forests; the annual rainfall there is over 300 inches.
Popular beach areas include Turtle Beach, Mallard Beach and the Blue Lagoon, where the movie of the same name was filmed. Water sports such as jet skiing are readily available.
Enjoy an exciting horseback riding tour through the mountain areas or on the beach. Ecotourism, nightclubs and walking tours are also available.
The world's largest swallowtail butterfly, Papilio homerus, can be found in Jamaica.
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