Spotlight on Jamaica: Discover an island full of music, culture, art and events

03 October 2017

Jamaica is a special place and a top destination for so many reasons. What really makes Jamaica the slice of paradise that it is are the lush tropical rain forests, gorgeous beaches, a rich culture, feel good music and delicious cuisine which all blend perfectly together to create a truly unforgettable island.

An island of happy days, Jamaica offers vivid nights and a place where dreams can come true. Paradise in Jamaica can be whatever you want it to be... simply relax and go with the flow... Get back to nature in the magic of the tropical rainforests, take your loved ones and hike into the Blue Mountains, feel the vibe at a music festival, try out the mouth watering food and watch the sunset over the Caribbean Sea to the sound of slow reggae rhythms and good times. The choice is yours!

More than just a tropical paradise, Jamaica is also rich in culture, historical sites, art, festivals and a full range of events held throughout the year. Whatever time of year you visit, you can be sure that there is something new to experience and discover. Here’s just some of the culture and events you can expect to enjoy.

Discover a Rich History

Jamaica has no shortage of historical sites. From Columbus' discovery of Jamaica to the history of Falmouth and Ian Fleming’s James Bond stories, immerse yourself in what makes Jamaica the special place it is today. Discover 200 year old coffee plantations at Bloomfield Great House, visit the home of playwright Noel Coward at Firefly House and soak up the expansive panoramic views over the Caribbean from the stunning Liberty Hill Great House as you step back in years of grand history.

An Island of Festivals

A full programme of festivals and events are yours to discover throughout the year. When you have like-minded folks in one place, at one time, listening, tasting and sharing a love of something, you truly get that feeling of ‘All Right’. Relax into the island vibe and let loose at the annual week-long Bob Marley celebrations or maybe join in the annual party of Dream Weekend which is held around Jamaica’s independence weekend. Bring in the New Year with fantastic entertainment and fireworks on the waterfront at Harbour Fest or celebrate over 200 years of peace at the Accompong Maroon Festival in January. Reggae SUMFEST, Jamaica's premier music festival, is held in July and attracts the biggest audience and visitors to the island! With a range of different venues to visit and genres of music played, plus an extensive line-up, there is something for everyone at this fantastic festival.

A Showcase for the Arts

Like everything else about Jamaica, the island has its own unique art styles. A rich history and influences have blended together to inspire remarkable visual art that is among the best the Caribbean has to offer. The National Gallery showcases a premier collection of Jamaican art whilst the 19th Century Harmony Hall is one of Jamaica’s most beautiful buildings featuring the works of Jamaica’s finest painters and sculptors. Discover a world of paintings, drawings, sculpture and ceramics that reflect the history and culture of this tropical island.

Find your Musical Soul

Music in Jamaica needs no introduction... it is the heartbeat of Jamaica. There’s no beat the island doesn’t move to and no tune that doesn’t make you want to groove! Discover the trademark reggae; jam to the island beat or just let loose to your own rhythm. Visit in July and experience the International Reggae Day celebrations or maybe dance the night away to the tunes of legendary superstar, Bob Marley at the week-long festival and don’t miss the Jamaica Festival commemorating Jamaica’s independence. Whatever time of year you visit, be sure to bring your dancing shoes!

 

If you would like to find out more about this wonderful destination or would like to book a getaway to Jamaica, get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today.

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