Top Ten Jamaican Attractions

Top Ten Jamaican Attractions

       Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, 234 km (145 mi) in length, up to 80 km (50 mi) in width and 10,990 square km (4,243 square mi) in area. It is situated in the Caribbean Sea, about 145 km (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 191 km (119 mi) west of Hispaniola, the island harboring the nation-states of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Its indigenous Arawakan-speaking Taíno inhabitants named the island Xaymaca, meaning the “Land of Wood and Water,” or the “Land of Springs.” Once a Spanish possession known as Santiago, in 1655 it became an English, and later a British, colony, known as “Jamaica.” It achieved full independence on August 6, 1962. With 2.8 million people, it is the 3rd most populous anglophone country in the Americas, after the US and Canada. It remains a Commonwealth realm in concert with the Monarchy of Jamaica holding ultimate executive power, where Queen Elizabeth II is the current head of state and Queen of Jamaica. Kingston is the country’s largest city and the capital.

  1. Montego Bay

    Montego Bay is the capital of St. James Parish and the 2nd largest city in Jamaica by area and the 4th by population (after Kingston, Spanish Town and Portmore). It is a tourist destination with duty free shopping, cruise line terminal and the beaches. The city is backed by picturesque low mountains.
    Links: Top Ten Bays, Top Ten North American Bays, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montego_Bay,
  2. Kingston

    Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica, located on the southeastern coast of the island. It faces a natural harbor protected by the Palisadoes, a long sand spit which connects the town of Port Royal and the Norman Manley International Airport to the rest of the island. In the Americas, Kingston is the largest predominantly English-speaking city south of the US. The local government bodies of the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew were amalgamated by the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation Act of 1923, to form the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation. Greater Kingston, or the “Corporate Area” refers to those areas under the KSAC; however, it does not solely refer to Kingston Parish, which only consists of the old downtown and Port Royal. Kingston Parish had a population of 96,052, and St. Andrew parish had a population of 555,828 (2001). Kingston is only bordered by Saint Andrew to the east, west and north. The geographical border for the parish of Kingston ends at East Street, West Street and North Street. The city proper is bounded by Six Miles to the west, Stony Hill to the north, Papine to the northeast and Harbour View to the east, communities in urban and suburban Saint Andrew. Communities in rural St. Andrew such as Gordon Town, Mavis Bank, Lawrence Tavern, Mt. Airy and Bull Bay would not be described as being in Kingston city. Two parts make up the central area of Kingston: the historic Downtown, and New Kingston. Both are served by Norman Manley International Airport and also by the smaller and primarily domestic Tinson Pen Aerodrome.
    Links: Top 420 Destinations, Sculptures, Top 100 North American Sculptures, Great Bob Marley Songs, Top 100 Reggae Songs, Top Ten Reggae Artists, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston,_Jamaica,
  3. Dunn’s River Falls

    Dunn’s River Falls is a famous waterfall near Ocho Rios, Jamaica and a major Caribbean tourist attraction that attracts thousands of visitors each year. About 600 ft. (180 m) high, the waterfalls are terraced like giant stair steps of which some are man-made improvements. Several small lagoons are interspersed among the vertical sections of the falls. Climbing up the waterfalls is a popular tourist activity and is often, but not exclusively, performed with the help of tour guides from the park. It takes around 3 hours to climb with short breaks for photographs and video recordings taken by the tour guides. The falls are bordered by lush, green vegetation that shades the area from the sun. This helps keep the area cool as people try to climb the waterfall. The falls can be hiked with relative ease, often in a hand-holding human chain lead by a guide.
    Links: Top Ten Waterfalls, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunn%27s_River_Falls,
  4. Links: Top Ten Islands, Top Ten North American Islands, Top Ten Caribbean Islands, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston,_Jamaica,

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