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Jamaica Travel Guide:
Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica   by Clint Leung
General Facts About Jamaica   by Dottson Bando
Honeymooning in Jamaica   by Diane McCalley
Jamaica - A Tropical Paradise   by Denny Phillips
Jammin' in Jamaica   by Caitlin Moore
Montego Bay Makes Mondays Bearable    by Caitlin Moore
Natural Wonders In Ocho Rios, Jamaica   by Mark Freeman
Negril Jamaica Vacation   by Harvey J. Williams
Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Shore Excursion Tips   by Lamar Jayden
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General Facts About Jamaica   by Dottson Bando

The country of Jamaica is a beautiful island in the Caribbean just south of Cuba. With a population of over two and a half million and even more tourists visiting every year, there is a wide assortment of activities and places to visit within Jamaica. Aside from tourism, there are a number of facts about Jamaica that you are probably unfamiliar with.

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To inform you of some basic facts about Jamaica, the capital of the country is Kingston. There are a number of other notable towns scattered across Jamaica whose names you may recognize. These are Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio.

You will notice the colour of the country's flag, which is green, black, and gold. The flag has two diamond green triangles facing each other with gold trim, and two black triangles on the left and right of the flag.

Each color on the flag has a meaning behind it. The black stands for hardships to be overcome and to be faced, the gold stands for natural wealth and beauty of sunlight, and green stands for hope and agricultural resources.

The head of state in the country is the governor-general, who is appointed by the monarch of England. As for the government, it is the Prime Minister that has control over the decisions of the country. The Prime Minister, who is elected by the people of Jamaica, is the leader of the majority party in the House of Representatives.

A surprising fact about Jamaica to most is that a majority of the people are Christian. It is a very open country regarding faith, unlike what many other countries have become. Children in Jamaica learn about God and the Bible at public school, and even have prayer in public school as well.

Because it is an English speaking country, it attracts a number of tourists from the United States. Another language that is widely spoken across the country is Patois, which is a dialect. If you do intend on traveling to Jamaica from the states, the exchange rate is approximately $68 Jamaican dollars to $1 US dollar. This will come in handy when it comes to purchasing those souvenirs.

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What attracts so many tourists to this beautiful country is the warm climate and the ocean waters. The climate is hot and humid being that it is amidst the tropical Caribbean, but it is not too hot to enjoy. With an average temperature of just 82 degrees Fahrenheit, it is the perfect temperature to enjoy the oceanic waters of the Caribbean on vacation.

Jamaica has come to be known as a hot-spot for tourism, but to over two and a half million people it is home. With a few of the facts about Jamaica stated in this article, you now have a general understanding of this beautiful country that is a home to many and a tourist location for many more.

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Coyaba Beach Resort, Montego Bay
The Coyaba Beach Resort & Club is located five miles east of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and less than five miles from Sangster/Montego Bay International Airport.  The Coyaba Beach Resort & Club boasts a private beach running the full length of the property, non-motorized watersports, a tennis court, pool, fitness center and spa tub. A full-service health spa offers massage and body treatments, facials, reflexology, paraffin hand treatments, waxing and nail care, and guests may opt for a massage in a beachfront gazebo. Children can play table games in the open-air wood hut or build sand castles in the two sand playgrounds. Roundtrip shuttles take guests to Montego Bay several days each week.
Doctors Cave Beach Hotel, Montego Bay
For a truly unforgettable Jamaican vacation, visit the intimate Doctors Cave Beach Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica. An enchanting little resort in a storybook setting where smiles and laughter fill the air and warm memories fill the soul, this resort is an awesome getaway. The property is serenely secluded and yet strategically located in Montego Bay. Just a short hop from the airport, mere steps from world-famous Doctors Cave beach and moments from tennis, golf, horseback riding and Jamaica's colorful markets and duty-free shopping.  The sunny accommodations are modern and impeccably clean. Guests will fall in love with their own private havens of tranquil beauty and relaxation.
El Greco Resort, Montego Bay
The El Greco Resort is adjacent to the "Hip Strip" and Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Sangster International Airport is just over one kilometer from the resort and less than one kilometer to shopping, dining and entertainment.  The resort features an outdoor pool and two illuminated tennis courts. Also on site is a sundries shop and the Marquee restaurant, which serves Jamaican and international cuisines in a tropical, open-air environment. Continental, American and Jamaican breakfast choices are complimentary and offered each morning, with brunch available on Sundays. Guestrooms feature balconies and kitchenettes with refrigerators and cooktops.
Half Moon, Montego Bay
The Half Moon is surrounded by 400 acres of palm trees, fragrant gardens and a wetland reserve on Jamaica's northern coast in Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica. The resort offers private, white-sand, crescent beaches. This secluded, Georgian style resort has welcomed guests for over 50 years. Gourmet dining is featured at 6 restaurants, including Italian cuisine, formal high tea, Indian and Thai fare, an English pub and beachside barbecues. The Seagrape Terrace is shaded by almond trees overlooking Sunset Beach. The Sugar Mill features al fresco dining, contemporary Jamaican cuisine and live music. All accommodations feature cable television, dial-up internet access and refrigerated mini bars. Select rooms offer wireless internet access.
Relax Resort, Montego Bay
Relax Resort is nestled on a hilltop overlooking lush gardens and the waters of the Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Rolling hills, jagged estuaries and sandy beaches lined with palms make up the fertile landscape of this popular tourist destination. A business and cultural center, Montego Bay is the most cosmopolitan of all the Jamaican resort areas. Duty-free shopping, fine restaurants and plenty of nightlife options exist in the area. Ocho Rios is just up the coast, offering even more by way of entertainment and shopping. Food stands offer traditional Jamaican fare, such as jerk pork, lobster and, of course, red stripe beer. Recreational possibilities include snorkeling, golfing, sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, horseback riding and water sports.
Royal Decameron Montego Beach All Inclusive, Montego Bay
Positioned on the north end of Montego Bay's Hip Strip, Royal Decameron Montego Beach All Inclusive includes two small beaches. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, a favorite Jamaican haunt, is located less than two kilometers from the hotel, as are casino and entertainment venues at coral cliff. The resort offers contemporary- tropical ambience, with Mexican pottery and Indonesian influences and an open-air, sea-view lobby. On-site restaurants include the open-air Passa Passa that prepares buffet selections. Souk provides sea views and dinner service, while the Beach Grill is a casual beachfront hangout that serves fast food. A restful pool and an activities pool with swim-up bar are bordered by cushioned teak lounge chairs.
The Wexford Hotel, Montego Bay
Located on the southern perimeter of Jamaica's Hip Strip shops, restaurants and nightlife, the Wexford Montego Bay stands across the street from Fletcher Beach in Montego Bay. Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville and Doctor's Cave Beach are less than a one- kilometer walk from the hotel.  The Wexford Grill is open for all meals, although its reputation for dinner-menu choices such as grilled shrimp, five varieties of pork ribs, and curried lobster and goat have established its reputation. The lobby bar welcomes patrons from morning until late at night. Secluded between two buildings is an outdoor pool with a raised sundeck furnished with padded lounge chairs and umbrella tables.
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