Shiny Jamaica is a little gem in the Caribbeans. Rich in culture and landscapes, it is quite astononishingly different from its neighbor Cuba. Unfortunately the interesting and rich history of the island, from Taino’s heritage to Spanish and British colonization periods is not very well preserved and most efforts for developing tourism has been put into building huge resorts, private beaches, cruise port and ad hoc entertainment park that don’t pay good respect to Jamaica’s diversity. This made discovering Jamaica’s roots quite difficult, with the business side of tourism prevailing over quality; But if one can afford some courage and little investment in private locomotion Jamaica has plenty to offer off major roads: hidden waterfalls and water ponds in the middle of the jungle, impressive views over sugarcane fields, lovely beaches surrounded by mangroves and much more. It is a place worth discovering!
Devon House, the best preserved colonial mansion in Kingston
Entrance to the Bob Marley's former house & Museum
Bob Marley's statue at his former residence
Marcus Garvey's grave at Heroes Park in Kingston, where Jamaican National Heroes are honored
The conquering lion of Judah,one of the symbol of Rastafarianism
Sir Horwell's grave at Spanish Town cemetery
The original site of the pinnacle, the first Rastafarian community created
Kingston's austere city center
Sound system plaied a relevant role in the diffusion of reggae in Jamaica
Fortification at Port Royal, once a famous pirate's cove
Can you spot Johnny Depp at sea ?
In fact the city was struck by a trmendous earthquake and this is what is remaining
Reminescens of the bucaneer era
Kingston's industrial harbour, as seen from Port Royal
Johnny Depp is one of us
Wooden houses from last century, almost original
Portland coast, where the ocean is wild and the landscape green
Would you believe that over there is your private hostel beach ??
Whitefield beach, probably the most beautiful in Jamaica. Locals fought to keep it public and are doing a great job in keeping it clean. Lovely even for a full day
Longbay beach, wild and often unfit for swimming and sunbathing, but so Carribeans!
View of Port Antonio
Historic sights in the center of Port Antonio
Cnter of Jamaican cities is often small and squared, with few historic shops and buildings built around the city hall
Jerk Festival, Portland, the homeland of Jerk food!
Port Antonio Cathedral, one of the (too many) churches in Jamaica
Port Antonio center, with some historic buildings in good shape.
...and others in not so good shape
Cruise terminal Ocho Rios has not much to offer in terms of traditions, but all you want in terms of organized tourism
A segment of road in the interior, for entering the green corridor
View from the outskirts of Discovery Bay, where it is said Columbus arrived in 1493 to meet Tainos in old Xamaica
View from the ouskirts of Nine Mile, village in the hills where Bob Marley was born.
A monument to Marcu Garvey in St. Ann
and one dedicated to Coloumbus, the discoverer
St. Ann City center
The clocktowers placed in major carrefours in Kamaican cities are gentle reminders of British architecture
Have you said sound system ? Theyr literally everywhere
Falmouth is a little, one of the most ancient in the Northern Coast, now transformed in busy cruise terminal
Falmouth city center remains maybe the best preserved and most enjoyable in Jamaica
A traditional occupation for elderly people: dominos!
For being a small city, it is quite busy and bustling!
Discovery park covers the area where, it is said, Coloumbus landed on his first trip to Jamaica in 1493
Private resorts and bauxite industry : two major income activities on the Northern Coast
The Cockpit Country offers calm and nice landscapes and is good for trekking
As said before, everything is on sale in Jamaica, and entertainment business has arrived everywhere, like here for a rafting not far from Falmouth in a reserve
Rose Hall Great Estate, where original machinery used to collect sugarcane had been transformed in entertainment park
Rose Hall Great Estate is a magnificent area once used as sugarcane cultivation. Now a historic-pay-per-view resort. Damn shit!
One of the many Great Houses in the Northern Coast
Halfmoon beach is a lovely strip of sand in a hidden cove ...
Peter Tosh's grave, somewhere near Negril
Sugarcane fields near Savannah-La-Mar
Apart from resorts, bars and tourism industry, you can also find a lighthouse in Negril
The only you have to stay calm in Jamaica is to pay ... and it is not even guaranteed ... a ship with 50 loudy tourist could come at any point !
Lucea city's center
All you have to know about Montego Bay: cristaline waters, private resorts, horrible urban development, traffic, noisy airport. Enjoy the business side of tourism