We Love Jamaica

Jamaica Independence Giveaway

To mark the 59th year of Jamaica Independence, the Culture Club Shop has partnered with the Jamaica Tourist Board to celebrate everything we love about Jamaica and the culture. From 1-6 August we will giveaway daily prizes and invite everyone to share what they love most about Jamaica and Jamaican culture.

Win Daily Prizes
To have a chance of winning one of our daily prizes which include: Jamaica Goodie Bags, T-shirts, Flag Sliders and Jamaica food products; simply follow Culture Club Shop on Instagram or Facebook and post what you love most about Jamaica and the culture. Use hashtags #weloveJamaica #fortheculture and tag @cultureclubuk and @visitjamaica

We can't wait to hear all the amazing things you love about Jamaica and the culture.

Jamaica Culture

Why We Love Jamaica
On the map, JAMAICA is a dot in the Caribbean Sea. But its impact on the world’s culture is the size of a continent. Contained in a mere 4,244 square miles, is a cultural giant that continues to leave an indelible footprint on the world’s food, music, sport, and literature.
Everyone you will meet in JAMAICA carries outsized pride and outsized swagger.
That’s why there is no such thing as an average visit to JAMAICA.

Show pride in your Jamaican heritage, check out our Jamaica Collection for a range of Jamaica Flag Fashion and authentic Jamaican products,

Jamaicia History
On 6 August, Jamaica celebrates its independence from the British Empire, which took place on that date in 1962.

Jamaica was long inhabited by Arawak and Taino peoples, but the Spanish wiped out most of them within 50 years of making Jamaica a Spanish colony in the early 1500’s. After the local Indian labour was depleted in this way, the Spanish imported African slaves to take their place. However, Jamaica remained mostly an outlying military base for the Spanish rather than a “major” colony.

The British invaded Jamaica in 1655 and seized it from Spain. In all the confusion, large numbers of slaves escaped and fled to the forests and mountains of the interior, where they joined up with and intermarried with surviving Taino Indians. This was how the “Maroons” came to exist. It took two wars before raids by Maroons were finally put to an end by the British rulers.

Later, in 1834, slavery was abolished in the British Empire. However, it took decades more before black Jamaicans gained equal rights. After World War II, an independence movement sprang up, which culminated in the granting of independence by the British on 6 August, 1962.

On Independence Day, Jamaicans take part in huge street parades, don clothing coloured like the Jamaican flag, and put on all manner of cultural displays.

Jamaica Music

Visit Jamaica

This winter, escape to JAMAICA, the heartbeat of the world. From nature to culture to music to cuisine, JAMAICA has unparalleled, larger-than-life experiences and activities that will satisfy any and all interests. From peaceful days on the beach, to exhilarating adventures in the mountains, you’ll never be bored and you just might fall in love. That’s right. Nowhere else comes close to the inherent romance of a week spent in Jamaica. Hey, we told you we’re the heartbeat of the world, didn’t we?

Romance

When it comes to love, there’s no better place in the world than JAMAICA. From intimate private dinners in the caves of Negril, to sweetheart swims in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon, Jamaica is known as “the heartbeat of the world” for a reason. Our beautiful resorts and beaches are perfect for destination weddings, unforgettable honeymoons, and marriage renewals. Prepare to fall in love all over again, with your partner and our amazing island.

Jamaica Nature

Nature

In JAMAICA, you will experience the most exquisite natural beauty on the planet. When it comes to the outdoors, we are so much more than just a pretty Caribbean beach. After your swim in the crystal clear water, make time for a hike in the Blue Mountains or a journey into the Green Grotto Caves. In JAMAICA, you can take a safari tour, play under waterfalls and visit the botanical gardens, all in a single vacation. Where else in the world can you do that?

Music

JAMAICA is known for being home to the most influential music and artists that have ever lived. And you can experience it first-hand on a trip to JAMAICA by checking out a reggae festival, or a dance hall in Kingston. Just listen for the beat of the drums and follow your feet, in JAMAICA it’s all about the rhythm. You’ll never be far from a dance party calling your name, so join the other locals and visitors, and remember to have fun with it!

Cuisine

Anyone who has visited JAMAICA will tell you that there’s no shortage of flavours to experience. We’re big, bold, and intense when it comes to our food. Start with breakfast at Smurf’s cafe, but save room for jerk chicken, our world-famous classic. From farm fresh fruit to fresh seafood that you can catch yourself in Montego Bay, prepare for a full culinary immersion. Hopefully you’re not scared of a little spice!

Jamaica Beaches

Adventure

Everyone knows JAMAICA knows how to chill out, but we also know a lot about adventure. In fact, there’s a whole world of adventure on the island. Thrill-seekers will have a tough time deciding between spending the day catching waves at Cable Hut Beach, or flying through the rainforest on a zipline tour. But it’s ok, you can do both, and more! You can raft the Martha Brae, take an ATV ride in Ocho Rios, or set out on foot for some of the islands most beautiful waterfalls. Still want more? How about trying your hand at bobsledding in Mystic Mountain! Your next adventure is waiting for you.

Wellness

Need to seriously relax? You’ve come to the perfect place. When it comes to treating yourself, JAMAICA does it best. Indulge in a spa day at the Trident Hotel, spend the day on Seven Mile Beach, or go all in at a multi-day retreat in a secluded villa at GoldenEye Resort. Whether it’s a relaxing massage and dip in the pool, a truly relaxing beach day, or a peaceful yoga session - you’ll understand the true meaning of irie after a trip to JAMAICA.

For further information on holidays in Jamaica: www.visitjamaica.com

 

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All images courtesy of Jamaica Tourist Board