One of the largest landfalls in the Caribbean, Jamaica is ringed with some of the world’s most spectacular beaches. But there are plenty of other ways to amuse oneself in paradise. Adventure sports from mountain-biking to diving to fishing abound. The tropical vegetation attracts a stunning array of exotic birds (and bird-watchers). A food renaissance has elevated island cooking into a compelling nouvelle cuisine, albeit one that retains a traditional local flavor. And, of course, the inimitable range of musics pioneered here—from ska to reggae to dub to dancehall—endure and echo down every lane and on every fragrant ocean breeze.
Cooling off at Treasure Beach, the Blue Lagoon, and other secluded swimming holes around Port Antonio, where the likes of Errol Flynn and other celebrities frolicked in the 1940’s.
Tasting Jamaican jerk where it was invented, at Boston Bay. The fiery, tangy meat is best enjoyed on the sand in front of one of the shacks lining the shore with a Red Stripe in hand and reggae beats in the background.
A boat ride through the Black Mountain Morass swamps, Jamaica’s answer to the Everglades, where native crocodiles lurk and tangy pepper shrimp is the local delicacy.