Tourism in the Caribbean is a major component of the regions economy. Many of the island nations governments invest heavily in attracting tourists to their beaches, resorts and attractions, more so than some invest in the infrastructure of their countries. Extensively large all-inclusive hotels are built by foreign investors and the governments welcome new carriers opening new routes of travel to their islands.
According to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Caribbean Basin is the most tourist-dependent region in the world. The region’s tourism dollars exceed gross exports by about a third of total receipts, and about a million workers… Continue reading
With its beautiful beaches, lush rain forests, spectacular waterfalls, and green mountains, Jamaica is one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands.
Dunn’s River Falls (Ocho Rios)
Despite the crowds, climbing Dunn’s River Falls is a must-do. Cascading 600 feet to the sea, this waterfall tumbles over a series of protruding rock ledges that act like natural stair steps. Follow your guide, join hands with your fellow visitors, and ascend the slippery rocks or stay at the base and swim in the pools. To miss the busloads of people, avoid the falls on cruise ship days, and at the summit, be… Continue reading
Travel Alert: While the government-declared state of emergency in some parts of Kingston due to civil unrest has now been lifted, violent crime is still an issue so caution is advised when travelling. For further information see Safe Travel for updated government warnings and the BBC for the latest news updates.
Despite its location almost smack in the center of the Caribbean Sea, the island of Jamaica doesn’t blend in easily with the rest of the Caribbean archipelago. To be sure, it boasts the same addictive sun rays, sugary sands and pampered resort-life as most of the other islands, but… Continue reading
Jamaica has an area of 4, 411 square miles of 11,424 square kilometers. The island is 146 miles (235km) long with widths varying between 22 (35km) miles. She is the third largest of the Caribbean islands and the largest of the English speaking islands.
Jamaica is a very mountainous country. Almost half of the island is above 1,000 feet (305m). Blue mountain Peak, the highest point, is 7,402 feet (2,256m) above sea level. The annual average rainfall is 78 inches (198cm). Because of the effects of the mountains, rainfall is fairly evenly distributed. Some hilly areas get nearly 300… Continue reading