Reasons Why People Can’t Stop Visiting Jamaica
The Jamaican tourist industry is far from troubled. The island has long been, and will undoubtedly long remain, one of the ‘dream holiday’ destinations for people all over the world.
It is an economic big-hitter, pulling in billions of dollars, and employing huge numbers of people. All in all, tourism in Jamaica is robust and thriving.
There are some reasons why people don’t visit Jamaica – safety is a concern for some (as a consequence, all but the best insurance companies tend to charge more for a trip to Jamaica – meaning that even those who aren’t scared of the media hype around the supposed ‘dangers’ of Jamaica may opt for a cheaper destination). Pushy vendors also routinely get complaints from tourists, and some even complain about the heat!
However, these niggles pale in comparison to the many joys and delights which keep people flocking to this island! Let’s have a look at some of the reasons why people simply can’t stop visiting Jamaica:
1 – The Cuisine
Not for nothing has Jamaican food become popular all over the world. You can find Jamaican restaurants everywhere, from London to Tokyo. But it’s always best to experience a cuisine in the country it originated in. The allure of ackee and saltfish in a beachfront restaurant, washed down with a generous helping of Jamaican rum, while the quintessential Jamaican vibe thrums all around is hard to resist!
2 – The People
Jamaican people have a well-deserved reputation for warmth, friendliness, and a laid-back attitude. We make everyone feel welcome, and always show an amicable interest in our tourist guests. Oh, and while we’re at it, Jamaican men and women are pretty easy on the eye! Who wouldn’t want to visit a country full of good-looking, friendly people who will make you feel right at home?
3 – The Climate
Sure, the year-round heat is a bit much for some people. But others absolutely revel in it. The sun is good for us – soaking up all that Vitamin D makes us happier, healthier, and more content. If you’re from more northerly, rainy, overcast climes, the prospect of a sunny island like Jamaica is simply irresistible.
4 – The Music
Jamiacan music, like Jamaican cuisine, has gone global – and influenced more than a few other music styles along the way. The international heartland of reggae, Jamaica draws music fans from across the globe. As any music historian knows, this island punches way above her weight in musical terms. The origins of not only reggae but also rap, grime, jungle music, mento, ska, rocksteady, and many more genres can be found in Jamaica. Little wonder that music lovers adore coming here, to revel in this melting pot of musical creativity.
5 – The Beaches
Let’s face it, if asked to picture Jamaica, most people from outside the Caribbean will picture a beach in some form or another. Our gorgeous beaches (and the beach culture which thrives upon them) are a huge attraction for many people. And, in fairness, what could be better than soaking up that famous sun from a bed of soft sand, with the perfect, clear waves of Jamaica lapping nearby? Bliss.
6 – The History
Jamaica has a long and fascinating history, and there’s plenty to show for it! The island’s association with pirates once made it feared and derided – but now brings fascinated people from all over the world to see our piratical legacy! Jamaican history, and the evidence it’s left in the form of archeology, architecture, artefacts, and even Jamaican culture brings a lot of interested travellers every year.
Of course, there’s never any one reason that keeps bringing people back. It’s the blend which is important. All of the above factors (and more!) combine to make the Jamaican experience an unforgettable one, which keeps people coming back year in, year out!
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