Caribbean Tourism

Diving & Marine Life

Spanish Town

Spanish Town, the former capital founded in 1534, some 14 miles west of Kingston (bus from Half Way Tree and from Orange Street ), is historically the most interesting of Jamaica’s towns and in desperate need of funds for renovation. Its English-style architecture dates from the 18th century. Well worth seeing are the Cathedral Church of St James, the...

Port Royal

Port Royal,the old naval base, lies across the harbour from Kingston. It was founded in 1650, captured by the English and turned into a strategic military and naval base. Merchant shipping developed under naval protection and the town soon became prosperous. It also attracted less reputable shipping and in 1660-92 became a haven for pirates such as Henry...

Montego Bay

About 120 miles from Kingston, situated on the northwest coast, is Montego Bay,Jamaica’s principal tourist centre with all possible watersport amenities. Known familiarly as Mo’ Bay, it has superb natural features, sunshine most of the year round, a beautiful coastline with miles of white sand, deep blue water never too cold for bathing and gentle winds...

Mandeville

After Bamboo Avenue, the A2 road goes through Lacovia and Santa Cruz, an expanding town on the St Elizabeth Plain, and on up to Mandeville,a peaceful upland town with perhaps the best climate on the island. It is very spread out, with building on all the surrounding hills and no slums. In recent years, Mandeville has derived much of its prosperity from...

Diving & Marine Life

There are now marine parks in Montego Bay, Port Antonio and Negril, which are resulting in increased numbers of fish and other marine life. Although established in 1989, the Montego Bay Marine Park was officially opened in July 1992. It stretches from the east end of the airport to the Great River and contains three major ecosystems, seagrass bed, mangroves...