Jamaica is a magical, fascinating, mountainous and beautiful island that we Jamaicans love and many visitors fall in love with at first sight.
Come visit, explore and discover our island with it's white sandy beaches, fantastic music, rich history, unique culture and heritage, spectacular championship golf courses, lots of indigenous fauna and flora, very special cuisine, wide variety of natural attractions, and our very friendly, helpful and laid-back people.
Climb or cycle in the Blue Mountains, raft our rivers, go caving, birdwatching, deep sea fishing, swimming with the dolphins, or whatever ... this will be your dream tropical holiday destination.
is the best of the Carribbean Islands (yes, I am prejudiced), and ...
The great Harry Belafonte, one of the most talented artists of all times, was born in Brooklyn.
But his mother was from St Ann, his father from St Elizabeth, and he spent his early childhood in Abukkah, in the hills of South St Ann.
He later moved to Kingston, where he lived until he moved back to the US.
Enjoy these three great men - Harry Belafonte, Andrew Young, and Hugh Masekela - reminiscing about our island in this short video.
... has grown out of my desire to introduce all aspects of our island's life to the many visitors who never see anything of this beautiful island when they visit us, and who stay within the confines of their hotel or resort for the duration of their stay.
Our island offers a rich history, and numerous natural attractions for those who want more than an All-Inclusive Resort and a beach.
Community Tourism offers visitors to our island the opportunity to explore and experience the history and the natural beauty of our small towns, villages and communities, in a manner that is safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Therefore, I am happy to support on this website, any organization engaged in preserving and protecting our environment, promoting the development of sustainable Community Tourism within our island, and providing a superior service to make sure that our visitors feel welcome and satisfied.
CCTN runs the "Villages as Businesses" program, which introduces tourism to selected villages and communities around the island (such as Beeston Spring Village a few miles from Sandals Whitehouse in Westmoreland) ... trains villagers in tourism etiquette (how to welcome and entertain visitors) ... and helps to set these communities up as natural tourist destinations.
Our all-inclusive resorts were born when Abe Issa converted his then world renowned Tower Isle Hotel into the first Couples All Inclusive Resort near Ocho Rios in 1978.
Abe's son Lee, and family, now operate 4 all-inclusive resorts on the island.
Businessman, Gordon "Butch" Stewart, started his chain of Sandals All Inclusive Resorts shortly after, and today has 20 resorts, including several in other islands.
Both these organizations, and others such as the Rockhouse Hotel in Negril, and New York tycoon James Goren, are active in helping and supporting communities in Jamaica through their organizations.
Community Tourism and All-Inclusive Resorts are both very Jamaican in origin, and although they may appear to be at opposite ends of the scale both work closely together for the betterment of Jamaica and her people.
Butch (in black), with Diana McIntyre-Pike of Countrystyle Community Tourism, finds the time to visit Resource Village in Manchester, the home of the annual Marcus Garvey Fair held every February.
Have a browse, and hope you enjoy our website.
Like good wine it will get better with age.
And if you have any valuable and interesting information about our island that you wish to share with our other visitors please do so.
Jamaicans, this is your home ... join in and help us to tell our prospective visitors why we think our island is the "BEST", and make them feel welcome.
Or are you a visitor who has fallen in love with our island?
Share your memories of a Jamaica that was.
If you fancy your cooking share your recipes.
Your contribution will provide valuable help to other visitors to our site, and potential visitors to our island.
We look forward to receiving, and will value all YOUR contributions.
in early 2010.
I fell in love with and was captivated by
The Magic of CTPM
Nine months later in November 2010
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Gallery and Garden
offers a free shuttle service from in and around
Black is for the Strength
and Creativity of Our People
Gold is for
the Natural Wealth of Our Island
and the Beauty of Sunlight
Green is for Hope and our Agricultural Resources
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An endemic species of Hummingbird
The Red Billed Streamertail
called the "Doctor Bird" in Jamaica
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