Jamaica – that land of records, breathtaking landscapes, beautiful beaches – and the birthplace of Reggae Music – is full of “Irie.” That’s the Jamaican phrase that means “the whole thing’s incredible, and after a per week-long journey to this sun-baked hotspot, I’m glad to report that the island is full of captivating charm. Is it any marvel, then, that Jamaica, in 2019, has been ranked through Trip Advisor because of the Number One Caribbean destination and the Number 14 Best Destination in the World?

Also, the International Council of the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) named Jamaica because of the “Destination of the Year.” At the same time, TravAlliance Media has lauded it as Best Culinary Destination, Best Wedding Destination, and Best Honeymoon Destination. (All it takes is one observe the overwater bungalows at Sandals Royal Caribbean in to look why.

Overwater bungalows, to be sincere, are one of the international’s maximum seductive sanctuaries!) But it’s far from Jamaica’s pleasant humans, which can be considered one of the largest motives for all the acclaim. Jamaican human beings, I have located, are some of the sector’s friendliest people, who virtually wish to look you revel in their local usa. For example, we took a beautiful raft experience down the Martha Brae River (greater on this in a minute)

Our guide couldn’t have been extra-warm, down-to-earth, and actual. You could just inform us that he turned into happy with his island and wished to share all of its splendor with us. He became proper off of a picture-postcard of the island, and regardless of what we asked him about Jamaica, he instructed us the answer and gave us an enthusiastic, “Yamana.

But I’ll come up with a good, better example. We spent one whole day journey across the island with our first-rate driving force, Willie Burgess. A wonderful instance of humankind, Willie couldn’t be more expert, beneficial, and courteous – proper down to getting us a few reef shoes so that we ought to climb Dunn’s, River Falls. (More on that during a minute, too).

When all changed into said and accomplished, he went off-itinerary to take us to a unique region that he became proud of. It was to the parish of St. Ann, home to the Puddin’ Man. This excursion – which he paid for out of his pocket — became a delightful wonder – and a scrumptious one – and now we yearn to revisit this special location on our subsequent go to Jamaica. The puddings are made using the hand in a nondescript save right off the principal road, and they’re extra like a pound cake than pudding, however similarly yummy.

My preferred became a hot, sweet potato, which is tasty. It has, as they say, hell on top, hell on the bottom, and a hallelujah within the middle. You can even see, outdoor, the Caribbean steel drums, blanketed with hot charcoal, wherein they bake the puddings. A ought to-see – and a must-flavor. Jamaica is also well-known for its genuine sports past the seaside. Dunn’s River Falls is a fifty-five-foot waterfall with terraces of cascading water alongside a 600-foot-long spring. Geologists describe it as a dwelling phenomenon, as it maintains to shape terraces from sediments in its water, making it a “travertine waterfall.

It is also one of a few inside the global, and the only one in the Caribbean that empties into the sea. My word of advice? Bring your reef shoes from domestic because you’lonwant them at the slippery rocks. Our guide became tremendous as he held my hand to assist me, pulled me up the rocks, and additionally took photographs – while surrounded with the aid of oceans of waterfall waters!

Again, our manual couldn’t be greater gracious and extra keen to expose us to an excellent time. My husband Bill and I cherished this journey, and it’s miles truly a hobby all own family contributors would enjoy. Don’t forget your towel!

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