The first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Jamaica” is Bob Marley. His face is on posters everywhere, and his music pours out of every nook. Even his house in Kingston is akin to a temple, where visitors need no cue to burst into song. But today’s Jamaica is about a lot more —soca music (soul calypso), dance hall, ragga, dub and thousand-watt sound systems make people move. Looking to update your playlist? You know where to go.
With their lush tropical vegetation and white sand, Jamaican beaches are to die for. They are so sumptuous that they’ve even become the stars of Hollywood movies, from multiple James Bond titles to Knight And Day (2010). South of the island is where you’ll find snorkelling and surfing spots, cute bars, and even horse riding.
Jamaica is a real cultural mix, and nowhere are its many influences more visible than in its food and at its markets, which are always brimming with local fruits and vegetables. Rice with beans, chicken curry and chilli prawns are just some of the many delicacies you’ll find on every other menu. Absolutely don’t miss out on Jamaican patties (pronounced pa’ies) that are stuffed with meat or vegetables, or the jerk-barbecued smoked pork or chicken. Stop by Pork Pit at Montego Bay fo