18 July 2017
Take a journey to a place where unforgettable memories are made. Where you’ll connect with the people and feel welcomed and at home. Where it’s small enough to explore but big enough to tick the boxes on your travel to-do list. In Jamaica, you’ll discover unexpected treasures, remarkable experiences and a culture that will keep you coming back. Marvel at interesting art, sample delicious cuisine, feel the music and dance with the people of Jamaica; there’s a Jamaican vibe for everyone.
From sculpture to pottery and painting, Jamaica has some of the most talented artists around. Not only is the island bursting with colour, from the misty mountain cliffs to the tropical rain forests and sky blue sea, but so are the people who live there. Coming from all around the world, they bring together different customs, traditions, and stories and this shines through in the art they create. The artist’s work in a variety of styles, modes and forms, and their art is everywhere you turn. From traditional galleries and museums to roadside sports and inner city walls, the art is everywhere you turn so look around and take it all in.
With influences from all over the world, and their own natural produce and spices, Jamaica is a real treat for any foodie. You’ll taste so many different flavours; Cassava from the native Arawaks, pickled meat and fish from the Europeans, yams and bananas from Africa and curry from the East Indians. Combined together with Jamaica’s own local flavours, these dishes are unique and delicious. Immerse yourself in the delicious cuisine and make sure to sample some Jamaica’s famous dishes: jerk chicken, curry goat, fried dumplings, rice and peas, and Jamaica’s national dish, Ackee and saltfish.
Jamaica is known for its passionate and infectious folk music. With origins from the villages in Africa, where forefathers mourned the passing of an ancestor, welcomed a son into the family or celebrated the end of the harvest, folk music has been a big part of their lives. Used as a tool to express themselves, these beats are full of history and stories of freedom, and the music still thrives in many modern communities. Hear and feel the music, and you’ll struggle to sit still.
The people of Jamaica have been telling stories and celebrating special occasions through the art of dance for centuries. To mark important events and momentous changes in history, everyone comes together with good food and drink to sing and dance to the sounds of the good ol’ days in remembrance. Jamaican dance forms have evolved over the years; from early folk rhythms like the ‘jonkonnu’ practiced at Christmas time, to the post-Emancipation ‘bruckins’, the liberating ‘ska’ of the newly independent nation to the vibrant reggae moves Jamaicans enjoy on nights out today. Once you experience it, you’ll feel the vibe of the island and understand why music and dance is such a huge part of Jamaican culture.
To find out more about this vibrant destination and read our guide on Jamaica, click here. To book your next holiday to Jamaica, get in touch with your Travel Counsellor.