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Jamaica is one of the most populous islands found within the Caribbean Sea. Just under 11,000 square kilometres in size, it is also one of the largest. As of 2015, it is estimated that just under 3 million individuals live here. It is famous for its capital of Kingston, a rich culture influenced by the United Kingdom as well as the United States and naturally, its stunning beaches. A large portion of its economy is based around tourism, and for good reasons. Millions of travellers from the United Kingdom, the United States and other portions of the world enjoy what this country has to offer each and every year. Let's take a closer look.
Most travellers will arrive through Norman Manley International Airport. In 2015, it served just over 1.5 million passengers. It serves the major metropolitan area of Kingston as well as other nearby locations. There are currently 130 airlines which utilise this hub. A few examples are:
The airport experienced a major overhaul over the past ten years and the final phase is expected to be completed by 2022.
Montego Bay is likely to be the most famous beach due to its comparatively protected nature. However, there are other great spots and most of these can be accessed by a motorway which circles the entire island Some stretches of sand worth noting include Doctor's Cave Beach, Seven Mile Beach, Treasure Beach, Boston Bay Beach and Reggae Beach (yes...you will find live music here).
There are a host of natural scenes of beauty which should never be missed during your stay. As the island is relatively small, it is usually possible to book guided tours on a daily basis. Some locations to experience are the majestic Blue Mountains, the mysterious Green Grotto Caves and Rio Grande (a large river famous for whitewater rafting). In terms of sheer beauty, you cannot match the scenic environments found within Mayfield Falls and Dunn's River Falls (both picturesque waterfalls).
This country is perfect for the entire family thanks to sites such as the aquarium at Dolphin Cove (you can swim with these wonderful creatures), the Bob Marley Museum and the National Gallery of Jamaica.
There are two main advantages associated with avoiding the summer months. First, the temperatures here can be quite hot and the prices for travel and accommodations may likewise burn a bit of a hole in your pocket. Secondly, the summer and early autumn are the height of the hurricane season. The location of Jamaica has made it a prime target over the years and some of these storms can pop up rather quickly. So, consider a holiday during the late autumn, the winter or the spring, Prices will be cheaper, the weather more amenable and there will be noticeably fewer tourists.