Landmarks of Jamaica
According to simplyyellowpages, Kingston became the capital of Jamaica in 1872. Now it is not a very wealthy city and is an area of old buildings, many of which are in a dilapidated state. Only in the northern part of the city there are more modern buildings. To the south of the modern part is the old city, represented mostly by old colonial buildings. There are not very many sights in the capital, but still there are places of interest for tourists: the National Gallery, which exhibits the largest collection of local artists, the Institute of Jamaica, the Royal House, which used to be the governor’s residence, the Museum of the Armed Forces, as well as the Bob Marley Museum where his house used to be. Not far from Kingston is the country’s most famous mountain resort – Mandeville. The hallmark of the city is the museum of vintage cars. The city itself is very beautiful and from any place you can see picturesque panoramas of expensive villas and first-class sports grounds. You should definitely visit the Kokpi Country limestone plateau, located a little west of the city. The second largest city in the country and the resort center is Monte Bay. This place is the concentration of the country’s most popular resorts, first-class hotels and clean sandy beaches. In addition to ideal conditions for recreation, there are also attractions here: Montegro Fort, the ancient Cage prison, the Indian Art Gallery and much more. Fans of outdoor activities can take part in rafting on the Martha Brae River and excursions in the Blue Mountains. In addition, Monte Bay has good conditions for surfing and diving. In the western part of the country there are also resorts, the most popular and rapidly developing of them is Negril. This place is popular with tourists due to its nature and local color. To date, Negril is one of the most environmentally friendly resorts in the world. Houses here should not exceed the height of trees, there are no industrial enterprises in this area, and the locals themselves make every effort to maintain a positive environmental situation. Popular places of this place are the Yas Falls, the local caves, the Roaring River Park and, of course, the pearl of Negril – the seven-mile beach of Calico Jack.
National cuisine of Jamaica
The local cuisine has absorbed the culinary traditions of many peoples, among which Indian, Spanish, English and African cuisines stand out. Many spices, vegetables and pork are used in local dishes. A typical breakfast is usually scrambled eggs and bacon or toast with the local akki fruit. Of the meat dishes, the most popular Creole pork, fried chicken with rice, charcoal-grilled goat meat with beans. Fruits are very common in Jamaica, no meal is complete without fruit. In addition to eating fresh fruits, they make independent dishes: a variety of salads, cocktails, fried bananas and pineapples, fruit juices, etc. Of the drinks in Jamaica, rum is the most popular, the most famous brands of rum are Appleton and Myres. Based on these rums, liqueurs are made. Coffee is the subject of national pride, the best variety is Blue Mountain, which is also exported to other countries. Usually, coffee is brewed very strong and sometimes rum is added to it.
The main transport for moving between cities are buses, which are very often worn out. The schedule, such buses practically do not comply, so tourists are strongly advised to travel only on the routes provided by hotels. In cities, public transport consists of buses, express buses that run according to a certain schedule and a specific route, and fixed-route taxis. The fare is low, but only buses of large companies follow the schedule. Local taxis are not metered, but there are specific fares between certain points. In tourist areas there are special taxi ranks. You can also order a taxi in the case of an intercity trip.