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Explore Jamaica’s Cultural Heritage On Your Next Vacation

August 30, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Travelers visiting Jamaica can explore the island’s rich cultural heritage during their next vacation. 

With its lush foliage, breathtaking scenery and wide range of historical attractions, visitors can make their next vacation an adventurous and memorable experience as they discover the distinct culture of the island.

More and more visitors are looking to go beyond sun, sand and sea and explore the history and culture of a destination,” said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “With a diverse range of attractions available islandwide, we are eager to welcome those visitors to Jamaica who want to learn more about our rich cultural heritage, aptly referred to in our motto, Out of Many, One People.”

From the capital city, Kingston, to the tourism mecca of Montego Bay, tourists can take a cultural journey and discover the history of Jamaica through a sampling of these offerings.

Devon House, Kingston

image002Sitting on 11 lush acres in the capital city, the stately Devon House mansion, built in 1891, was the home of Jamaica’s first black millionaire, George Stiebel. Furnished with a collection of 19th-century antiques from Jamaica and the Caribbean region, the house tells the tale of privileged West Indian society in the Victorian era. The ballroom still has the original English chandelier purchased by Stiebel for the room. Visitors to the historical site can go back in time with a tour of the Georgian-style great house.

Today, the old stables, kitchen and other buildings on the property host some of Jamaica’s finest restaurants, confectioneries and souvenir shops. Devon House I Scream, makers of Jamaica’s premier brand of ice cream, has its flagship store at the location, and has been named among National Geographic’s Top 10 Places to Eat Ice Cream. www.devonhousejamaica.com 

Great Huts, Port Antonio

image004On a visit to Great Huts either for relaxation or for the culturalexperienceguests will notice the hotel’s commitment to detail.The property embraces the local Jamaican culture and her African roots with enthusiasm. Throughout the resort, authentic crafted works of art made by Jamaican sculptors, woodcarvers, clay-potters and painters are on displayThere’s a regular program of cultural activities in which interested persons can participate. All guests are invited to the Safari Deck Restaurant every Saturday night for its Cultural show, where they can enjoy a performance by the local dance group showcasing the African music, dance and drumming, brought over to Jamaica by the ancestors. www.greathuts.com

image006Montego Bay Cultural Centre

On a visit to the tourist capital, arts enthusiasts, won’t want to missthe Montego Bay Cultural Centre located in Sam Sharp Square.Formerly the Montego Bay Civic Centre, the facility which underwent major refurbishing, is now the site of a permanent art gallery. The centre also houses a museum, a space for the performing arts, a bistro, an artisan village and a gift shop.

Meet The People

image008What better wayto learn about an island’s culturethan through itspeople? TheMeet the People program, organized by the Jamaica Tourist Board, allows visitors to be matched with Meet the People Ambassadors who share a common profession, hobby, or interest that will enhance their enjoyment of another side of Jamaica. Participants get to join in a wide range of activities, such as hiking, visiting a church, a school or farm, or conversing over a cup of Jamaica’s famous Blue Mountain coffee.Whatever the focus, these activities are uniquely Jamaican, providing an island experience that only the people can create. www.visitjamaica.com/feel-the-vibe/people/meet-the-people-program

For information about booking your next vacation to Jamaica, check out www.visitjamaica.com or speak to your local travel specialist.

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