Jamaica – Vacation Packages

By Miss Julie | December 24th, 2006

Jamaica’s first tourists arrived in the late 1800’s by banana boat, the result of a brainstorm by New England sea captain Lorenzo Down Baker, who fell in love with this mountainous island of delights. By the turn of the century banana exports had grown and Jamaica had become one of the trendiest vacation spots in the world. Today most tourists arrive by jet and cruise ship. In all, 1.3 million tourists arrive each year to experience Jamaica’s watersports, mountain vistas, night life and duty-free shopping. Jamaica’s proximity to the United States, its laid back nature, claims to Bob Marley and PLENTY of resorts make it a top tourist destination.

At 4,411 square miles, it is the third largest island in the Caribbean after Cuba and Puerto Rico. Geographically, it is a cornucopia of scenic wonders. Miles of soft sand beaches and lush greenery line the coasts, and high mountains loom inland. Overall, the terrain is very mountainous, with half of the land rising above 1,000 ft. The highest point, Blue Mountain Peak, soars to 7,402 ft – higher than any in the eastern half of North America. Hundreds of wild rivers and plunging waterfalls crisscross the mountains and moisten the fertile valleys, which produce some of the world’s best coffee, fruits, flowers and vegetables. The flatter southern coast can look like the African savanna or the Indian plains and has alternating black and white sand beaches as well as mineral springs.

For more on Jamaica, check out the Jamaica Travel Guide on BootsnAll.

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