Jamaica is one of the largest islands in the Caribbean, and visitors have a wide range of destinations to choose from once they make the initial decision to vacation in the land of reggae and jerk.
Named for its black cliffs, Negril was a sleepy fishing town for most of its 500-year history until the 1960s and 70s, when tourists began coming for the laid-back lifestyle, reggae music, freely available (if still illegal) local ganja, and the splendors of beautiful Seven Mile Beach.
This onetime banana port brought some of Jamaica’s first international tourists to the island -- via banana boat from the U.S. in the 1890s. Despite its long experience with tourism, however, Port Antonio remains relatively unspoiled, and a stroll through its historic downtown and the ruins of circa 1729 Fort George offer an authentic glimpse into Jamaica’s past and present.
The capital of Trelawny Parish on Jamaica’s north-central coast is renowned for its well-preserved Georgian architecture, home to several big resorts, and is the location of Jamaica’s newest cruise port.