The island's historical residents have included South Americans, the Spanish, and the English, but despite Jamaica's geographic location, its roots point more towards Africa than the Caribbean. As a central point for trade from Africa to America, Jamaica has retained many of its links to Africa, as well as its more recent traditions associated with Rastafarianism and reggae music.
But this island is about more than just the music and ganja. Jamaica is a paradise where you can swim with the dolphins, ride horses on the beach, and try your hand at rafting, windsurfing, or fishing. Runaway Bay and Treasure Beach also offer excellent diving and snorkelling facilities. Away from the coastline, Jamaica's picturesque Blue Mountains are filled with hidden waterfalls and vast plantations, where you can sample some of the country's famous coffee or kick back with a large measure of Appleton Rum. In the cities, there are plenty of great bars, clubs, and restaurants where you can try the national dish made of Ackee fruit or bammy, a cassava pancake. Local Jamaicans are quite sociable, and there's every chance you could walk away from here with a few braids and some new friends.
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There are two international airports in Jamaica — one at Kingston (KIN) in the South, and another near Montego Bay (MBJ) in the North. Most international flights land at Montego Bay, from where you can connect to domestic flights. Negril (NEG) and Ocho Rios (OCJ) also have small airports for charter and private planes. Air Canada and Air Jamaica both have direct flights to Kingston. Other airlines flying to Jamaica include American Airlines, US Airways, and Northwest Airlines. For cheap fares to Jamaica, book well in advance. It is a popular destination for tourists in the summertime and for students during spring break.
Jamaica has a tropical climate with hot, humid summers and frequent heavy rains. On the coast temperatures average between 26-30°C all year round, but fall to approximately 18°C in the mountains. The rains fall mainly from May to June, and again from September to November. Additionally, there is an annual hurricane season between June and November. December to April is the peak season, so book before or after to avoid paying high fares for flights or accommodation.