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'Heartbeat of the Caribbean'

Everybody knows Jamaica as the home of Bob Marley, but there's more to it than just reggae and Rastafarians. The third largest island
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in the Caribbean has everything - wonderful white-sand beaches, mountains, waterfalls, wildlife and the best coffee in the world. Kingston is its lively capital, surprising visitors with elegant, old colonial houses against the stunning backdrop of the Blue Mountains. Jamaica has gained a reputation for violence, and there certainly are no-go areas in Kingston, but most Jamaicans are overwhelmingly friendly and fun-loving.

The two main tourist resorts are Negril and Montego Bay - known to one and all as Mo' Bay, Jamaica's second city. Negril boasts one of the longest beaches in the country, some 11km (7m) of it, with all the watersports you'd expect in a lively resort. But venture a little way along the coast and you'll find 'the real JamaJamaica, Caribbean pictureica' with fishing villages like Treasure Beach, Port Antonio and Oracabessa providing quieter retreats.

Tourism grows, encouraged by the governing People's National Party that won its third successive victory in the 1997 elections. Many visitors return as they succumb to Jamaica's charms, the beautiful scenery, the warmth of the people, and of course wherever you go there is always music, music, music.

 

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