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Tour Jamaica


[ Kingston / Montego Bay / Ocho Rios / Port Antonio / Negril ]
[ Runaway Bay / Falmouth / Mandeville / St. Ann's Bay ]
[ Overview / History / Activities / Events / Timesharing / Tourism Services ]

MainTour Jamaica Vacation Guide has been recognized by Exes.com, The Travel Search Engine, as an excellent providor of travel related content and resources.

The MainTour Vacation Network presents coverage of the best area destinations, attractions, resorts, recreational activities and special events. We greatly appreciate your support by making us your first choice for booking all of your vacation plans - lodging, travel, gift shopping, guided tours and more. More tourism profiles are being added every week.

Region Overview

Jamaica (pop. 2.5 million) is a former British colony that gained independence in 1962. This tropical rain forest island is full of pirate hideouts, plantation houses and sacred indian sites.

It is also the birthplace of reggae and homestage for various annual music festivals. Caribbean calypso music is also very popular. Mingle with fire-eaters and limbo dancers.

Popular Destinations on Jamaica:

Jamaica Area Code is 809.

Grand Lido Braco
Rio Bueno P O, Falmouth, ,

Hilton Kingston
77 Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston, , 5

Coyaba Beach Resort
Mahoe Bay Ironshore, Montego Bay, ,

Doctors Cave Beach Hotel
Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay, , 9

Gloustershire Hotel the -RB
Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay, ,

Half Moon
Rosehall, Montego Bay, ,

Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort Montego Bay jamaica
PO Box 480, Montego Bay, , No postal code

Sunset Beach Resort & Spa
P.o. Box 1168, Montego Bay, ,

The Gloustershire Hotel
Gloucester Avenue PO Box 86, Montego Bay, ,

Wexford Court Hotel
Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay, ,

Wyndham Rose Hall Beach Resort
Box 999, Montego Bay, ,

Couples Negril
St Marys PO Box 330, Negril, ,

Grand Lido Negril
Negril, Negril, ,

Negril Cabins Resort
Norman Manley Blvd P O Box 118, Negril, ,

Swept Away Resort
Norman Manley Blvd, Negril, ,

Couples Ocho Rios
Tower Isle, Ocho Rios, ,

Crane Ridge Suites
17 DA Costa Drive, Ocho Rios, ,

Fdr Pebbles Resort
Main Street Falmouth, Ocho Rios, ,

Renaissance Jamaica Grande Resort
Post Office Box 100, Ocho Rios, ,

Sandcastles
103 Main Street, Ocho Rios, ,

Sandcastles Resort
Main Street, Ocho Rios, ,

Franklyn D Resort
Main Street, Runaway Bay, ,

Club Ambiance
PO Box 20 Runaway Bay, Saint Ann, ,

Tour Runaway Bay

Minor resort area located just west of Ocho Rios on the North Coast.

Tour Falmouth

Minor resort area located on the north coast just 23 miles east of Montego Bay.

Tour St. Ann's Bay

St. Ann's Bay is a major historical area located ten miles west of Ocho Rios.

This is site of Seville - Great House and Heritage Park. Columbus was shipwrecked here on his forth and final expedition in 1503. He and his crew lived here for a year before being rescued at the largest Arawak settlement on the island.

The first spanish capital was here (1509-1534) before being moved to to Spanish Town on the south side of the island. In 1655 British conquerors resettled the area. A major sugar plantation and great house was built in 1754 and is today the basis of a 300-acre estate and small museum overseeing the ruins from early Arawak, Spanish and British residents.


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Tour Mandeville

Sitting on a 2,000 ft plateau in the interior is this colorful town. Mandeville is home to a large North American expatraite community primarily engaged in bauxite mining. This region is generally cooler than the coastal resorts.

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History

Jamaica was discovered by Columbus in 1494. First settled by the Spaniards in 1509 at St. Anns Bay, it was captured by the English in 1655. In the 17th century it gained notariety as a haven for pirates. In 1692 a massive earthquake hit the island.

A large black slave population was gathered in the 18th century to work the many sugar plantations at which time Jamaica was the leading sugar producer of the world. After the abolition of slavery in 1838, poverty and British racial policies led to many years of civil unrest.

During 1958-62, Jamaica was briefly part of the West Indies Federation before becoming a independent member of the Commonwealth.


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Recreational Activities

  • Watersports - Jamaica has some of the best diving waters in the world. Visibility is normally 60-120 feet and the average depth is 35-95 feet. Many underwater parks have been created to protect local coral reefs.

  • Sailing - Many resorts and public beaches around the island offer sailboat rentals.

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