"No Woman No Cry", "I Shot The Sheriff" or "Buffalo Soldier" - with these legendary songs, Jamaican musician Bob Marley became famous starting in the 1970s and brought both reggae and the Rastafarian movement to other parts of the world. Even today, most people think of "Jamaica" primarily in terms of the catchy groove of reggae songs and the dreadlock-wearing Rastafarians - who, however, contrary to the cliché, as a religious community mostly reject drugs and alcohol. Jamaica has become known primarily for its music, but the third largest island of the Greater Antilles has much more to offer - also, but not only in the cultural field. Jamaican cuisine, for example, is famous worldwide. The Captain Morgan rum, which is also popular in Germany, also comes from Jamaica. The island is located about 145 kilometers south of Cuba the Central American mainland is 635 kilometers away. The tropical climate is influenced by the northeast trade wind, which makes it quite humid. However, the amount of precipitation varies greatly from region to region. On the south coast, in and around the capital Kingston, it is quite dry with an average of 800 milliliters of precipitation per year, while in the mountains up to 5000 milliliters can fall annually.
Of course, the capital - and at the same time the only city with over a million inhabitants - of Jamaica, Kingston, is definitely worth a visit. Here you will find the Bob Marley Museum, a must for all reggae fans. From here, a ferry regularly departs for the former pirate town of Port Royal. Above all, Jamaica's fascinating nature captivates many visitors. On the south coast is the largest swamp area on the island, the Black River Nature Reserve. Here are unique mangrove forests, also numerous free-living crocodiles can be observed here. The Dunn's River Falls and dream beaches such as Frenchman's Cove and Mahogany Beach are also world-famous.
Over the year, the temperature differences are very small. It gets as warm as 30 °C throughout the year, although it can get very hot, especially in the months of June to August, with temperatures as high as 32 °C. The climate is quite humid, although - depending on the region - comparatively drier climates can also be found. There are two rainy seasons in Jamaica: Especially from May to June and from September to November, increased rainfall is to be expected. Hurricanes can occur from August to November. The best time to travel for Central Europeans are the winter months with comparatively mild day and night temperatures.