Jamaica Resorts and Friendly People

Jamaica History and Culture

The Jamaica history and culture is fascinating. My husband and I had an opportunity to visit Jamaica for a wedding about two years ago. The people were so accommodating and friendly that it made the vacation such a pleasure.Flying into the airport you see this gorgeous turquoise water and a luscious green, mountainous island.

We found the of beauty of Montego Bay to be breathtakingly. We stayed at a Sandal's Inn, where we had a room right on the bay. If you are there for the water and the beach, they have every the water sport available and plenty of clear, beautiful blue ocean. The rooms are huge with wonderful amenities.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Montego Bay My photo.
Montego Bay My photo.

Bob Marley & Raggae Music

Jamaica Facts

Jamaica is made up of coastal lowlands, a limestone plateau, and the Blue Mountains, plus a group of volcanic hills in the east. They have a Constitutional parliamentary democracy. Jamaica became independent on Aug. 6, 1962 from England. Michael Manley, of the socialist People's National Party, became prime minister in 1972. There is a lot of poverty in the country, but the country has made much progress since they gained their independence. They are known world wide for their rum and blue mountain coffee. Some of their industry includes mining bauxite and gypsum, and an oil refinery to name just a few.

Pictures of Beautiful Jamaica

Lounging on the Beach - my photo
Lounging on the Beach - my photo
Back view from patio - my photo
Back view from patio - my photo
Old slave jail - my photo
Old slave jail - my photo
Driving to Beautiful Bay -my photo
Driving to Beautiful Bay -my photo
Another view from walkway behind Sandal's Inn my photo
Another view from walkway behind Sandal's Inn my photo

Jamaican Music

Jamaicans speak English and the people are delightful. They are laid back, friendly, usually smiling and wearing beautiful bright colors. We felt instantly comfortable in Jamaica.

You can't talk about Jamaica without mentioning Bob Marley, the father of Raggae music. He was a Jamaican lead singer, song writer and guitarist born Feb. 6, 1945 and died May 11,1981. He died from a melanoma. He had 12 children, 3 with his wife, 2 adopted and the rest with various women. He was known as Bob Marley and the Wailers from 1974-1981.

Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited for helping spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience. We were told by the locals that Bob Marley was generous to all, particularly the children.

Stir iIt Up by Bob Marley

I Shot the Sherriff by Bob Marley

Conk Shells and Surprises

We did have one event that now makes me laugh. My husband has had a stoke. He can walk with a cane, but he is slow. We were walking along the beach of the resort to one of the restaurants. I had noticed a man in little canoe type vessel occasionally and he was selling jewelry, or so I thought. He was up at the shoreline and holding out a necklace, so I went to look at it. My husband apparently was calling me back, but it was a little windy and there was music, so I didn't hear him.

I went to look at the necklaces and he also had conk shells for sale also which surprised me as there are many places where it is illegal to sell them. I decided I didn't think the necklace was a good deal, so I walked back over to my husband. I was telling him about these neat conk shells. He told me that the man had been around that afternoon and tried to sell him a conk shell as they are full of pot. I am so naïve as I didn't have a clue. Of course, my husband was laughing at me! According to Jamaican law if the man steps on the land with the pot he can be arrested, but as long as he stays in the water they can't arrest him. He kept calling me back to the boat as I tried to hurry my husband toward the restaurant.

Drugs and drug paraphernalia is very easy to come by when visiting Jamaica. I found that out the next day when we went shopping. Bongs adorned the upper shelves and T shirts, along with souvenirs on the lower racks.


Jamaica

Longing to Return - Summary

Jamaica is a beautiful place to visit. I would like to go again and rent a villa with some family members. We were told you can rent a villa that is big enough to hold 6 or sometimes more people for a $1000 for a week, which includes a cook and a maid. Doesn't that sound like a great vacation?

If you are not into renting a villa, there are some wonderful hotels with fantastic island food, entertainment and gambling. The water sports are too numerous to list here. The colorful clothing of the people matches their cheerful personalities.

© 2009 Pamela Oglesby

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Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pamela,

I can see why you enjoyed your trip to Jamaica. It is truly a beautiful place. The plan of renting the villa seems reasonable enough if the cost can be split into enough even portions.

(It may be I have a browser problem I can't see all of your pictures.)


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DiamondRN 7 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

Jamaica is a great place, Pamela.

You might enjoy the HubPages article I wrote about Jamaica a while back: "Bullets, Cuban Cigars and Flooding in Jamaica"

http://hubpages.com/travel/Bullets--Cuban-Cigars-a...


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Pamela99 7 years ago from United States Author

Tom, yes our idea was to split the cost and it will take a little saving up and planning. The pictures look okay on my side of the fence. Diamond, I will check out your article. Thank you both for stopping by.


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breakfastpop 7 years ago

Dear Pamela,

Great hub.The only experience I had in Jamaica was an excursion from a cruise. We were driven into the rain forest by a cabbie from Newark and I am forever grateful we made it out alive!


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Pamela99 7 years ago from United States Author

Pop, That's pretty funny. Going to Jamaica and getting a cabbie from fro Newark. Thanks for stopping by.


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ehern33 7 years ago

Great photos! It is a beautiful place to enjoy life's pleasures. Glad you enjoyed it..


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Pamela99 7 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Ehern.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for the journey, Pamela. The photos are excellent. I enjoyed this Hub.


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Pamela99 7 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for visiting my hub James.


callmesplash7 6 years ago

Ha ha ha I'm laughing so hard at your first paragraph that's a very TRUE statement about the alcohol and the tourists lol! My husband and I went to Sandals Ocho Rios, jamaica this year and were married. AMAZING :O)


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida

Ah.. you transported me back there! Well written hub ~ a villa, cook and maid hmmmm...I can come along if you need to make up the sixth person??


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Pamela I can't wait to make it there. I read somewhere that mainstream Jamaican's consider reggae to be "mountain man" or backwoods redneck kind of music, did you find that? I've also heard there are also a lot of resorts that are heavily fortified. I'm glad to hear you say they have made progress in their country. I want to go to Montego! Fun article.

Ben Zoltak


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Ben, They do warn your about going out in groups as there is still a lot of crime. I loved the country however, and the people were so friendly. We want to return as we didn't see some of the things we wanted to as we were tied up with a wedding. I like the raggae music. Of course, Bob Marley is their hero.


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

I'd love to visit - thank you for those wonderful pictures and of course, those Bob Marley all time favourites!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Shalini, Thanks for your comments. I liked Bob Marley and I really enjoyed Jamaica.


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia

I travel to Jamaica at least once a year and love the island. Negril is my favorite of all the places I've visited. Great people and gorgeous scenery.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Randy, Thanks for your comment, I can't wait to return for another visit.


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Entourage_007 6 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

Wow those are beautiful pictures. One day I plan to go to Jamaica, but first I need to start saving for the trip. Great article Pamela.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Entourage, It is a beautiful place and the people are so friendly. Keep saving! Thanks for the comments.


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rose56 6 years ago

Nice place to go . I would love it. Thanks for the hub.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Rose, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for your comments.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

A friend of mine stayed at the Sandal's Montego Bay last year and absolutely loved it. Great scuba diving, I hear.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Cloverleaf, There are great water sports in a gorgeous setting. Thanks for the comments.

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