Welcome to Jamaica
Jamaicans define enthusiasm. Whether the topic is track and field or politics, the spirit of this island comes out in every interaction. Although the country is well known for its tropical beauty, reggae music, and cuisine, you may find that your interactions with local residents are what you truly remember. The island is rich in beauty. Where vacationers opt to stay in Jamaica depends on factors ranging from vacation length to personal interests. With its direct air connections to many U.S. cities, Montego Bay (or Mo'Bay) is favored by Americans taking short trips; many properties are just minutes from the airport. Other parts of Jamaica can be reached from Montego Bay in 60 to 90 minutes, while eastern areas may be more accessible from the other major airport—in the capital, Kingston.
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Some of the island's earliest residents were the Arawak Indians, who arrived from South America around AD 650 and named the island Xaymaca, or "land of wood and water." Centuries later, the Arawaks welcomed Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World. Later, when the Spanish arrived, the peaceful inhabitants were executed or taken as slaves. As home of the north-shore airport and a busy cruise pier west of town, Jamaica's second-largest city is the first taste most visitors have of the island. Travelers from around the world come and go year-round, drawn to the bustling community's all-inclusive resorts and great beaches. Montego Bay’s relative proximity to resort towns like Ocho Rios and Negril also make the town a popular choice. Adventures and one-of-a-kind experiences, not to mention interesting colonial sights, await in surrounding areas.