There are 14 parishes in Jamaica - Kingston, St Andrew, St Thomas, Portland, St Mary, St Ann. Trelawny, St James, Hanover, Westmoreland, St Elizabeth, Manchester, Clarendon and St Catherine - and each one has something to offer to residents and Tourists alike. Some of the most beautiful scenery can be seen throughout the Island. My parish is St. Mary, borderd on the west by St. Ann, on the east by Portland and on the south by St. Catherine & St. Andrew. Pick any of the parishes and take a tour - you will be delighted.
The Major Tourist destinations in Jamaica are: Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril, Mandeville, Kingston(The capital) and Port Antonio. The blue mountains which rise more than 7,000 feet above sea level across the eastern half of the island, host enchanted inns nestled into hillsides and the famed Blue Mountain Coffee plantations are something to see on the island.
Nightlife: Sunset cruises are a wonderful way to end the day in Jamaica, as are popular weekly theme events. Jamaica's cultural life thrives after dark in Kingston, with performances by the internationally-acclaimed National Dance Theater as well as Jamaica folksingers, the Jamaica Philharmonic and the National chorale. Popular nightclubs such as Pepper's, Asylum and the Countryside club offers dancing to reggae, jazz or rock as do the music street sessions that spring up spontaneously.
Montego Bay, or Mo Bay as it is popularly known, is deservedly one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world, considered to be the Jamaican Riviera. Over the years it has attracted the rich and the famous, and been the haunt of royalty. Many of their luxury villas still grace the hills with fabulous sea views. The bay offers wonderful beaches and the town has lots to offer. The town of Montego Bay is divided into two distinct areas, the residential and the tourist. The former is largely to the south of Sam Sharpe Square and west of St. James Street until its junction with Barnett Street. The main tourist part of town, paced with vendors, stall, higglers and hustlers, is east of Sam Sharpe Square nearer the waterfront, and most of the main resorts and hotels are to the north, between the town and the Sir Donald Sangster International Airport.
Ocho Rios, or "Ochee" as it is known locally, is the second major tourist town on the north coast with a wide range of accomodation, excellent beaches, airstrip and modern cruise facilities. Each year it attracts more than 700,000 tourists. Ocho Rios is the second major tourist town on the north coast with a wide range of accommodation, excellent beaches, airstrip and modern crusie facilities. Each year it attracts more than 700,000 tourist, about 350,000 of these from cruise ships, and a major initiative is under to way to upgrade visitor facilities with information booths, toilets, more signs and guides, and a promenade from Reynolds Pier to Dunns River. Dunns River is one of the island's well known attractions with a dramatic 600 ft drop of cascading water. There has been a crack down on hustlers and illegal vendors, and residents and businesses are being encouraged to plant flowers and trees and properly maintain properties.
Negril was 'discovered' by the hippies who set up a colony in the 1960s. This town has a laid back attitude, which is complemented by some of the world's most beautiful beaches. Its waters offer world-class diving and a wealth of watersports.
Mandeville is the chief town of Manchester parish, Jamaica's mountain resort, the island's largest hill town and the fifth largest urban centre. Only 64 miles away from Kingston, Mandeville has a charm - and a climate - all of its own, as if it has been sheltered against all developments in the capital.
Kingston is the capital and the commercial, administrative and cultural heart of the island. It is the largest English speaking city in the Caribbean, has the seventh largest natural harbour in the world, and lies on a wide plain with the sea to the south and the St. Andrew Mountain as it backdrop to the north.
Port Antonio is on the the island's northcoast and is a charming blend of old and new. also known as the most exquisite port on earths' nestled between twin harbors on the island's northeast curve, where mist-shrouded mountains drop down to the sea. It was Jamaica's first tourist resort, and is a favourite resort for writers and artists. Robin Moore is said to have written the 'French Connection' while sitting under a mango tree in his yard.
Come Warm your Body and Soul . . .
Come Soak up some sun.
Come to Jamaica and Feel allright!