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Jamaica is something of a paradise island. Situated in the middle of the Caribbean, it is the third largest island in the area and remains one of the most famous tourist destinations in the globe yet retains a unique style that keeps its heart authentic. The laid back attitude of the locals, coupled with the African influence of the culture, means that a holiday here is a wonderful alternative. The main attractions for tourists are Montego Bay, Negril, Mandeville and The South Coast, Kingston, Port Antonio and Ocho Rios. Ocho Rios is the major port for cruise ships but is also privileged with some wonderful beaches and bay areas. Montego Bay is particularly popular for water sports lovers, from sailing and scuba diving to parasailing. Gloucester Avenue is a recommended area for shopping as it is lined with duty-free shops, souvenir arcades, restaurants and bars. Negril is particularly popular with backpackers, and the west end has some stunning cliff views. Visit the many plantation great houses such as Rose Hall and Greenwood Great House. Kingston, the capital, is a mixture of contemporary design although the poverty in the area is still apparent. The timber buildings that dot throughout the city are a reminder of the country’s past. The New Kingston area is particularly popular for shopping, and is also home to some fine, world class restaurants. Kingston Street is another recommendation for shoppers. You should also be sure to check out the music scene in Kingston – as the home of Rastafarianism, it has a stellar scene and some very inviting bars to enjoy the music in. A ‘must’ on a visit to Jamaica is visiting the old plantation houses. You can also sample some excellent rum – which is another thing that Jamaica is well known for producing.
Jamaica was also immortalised in the first James Bond movie; Dr No for the beach scene with Ursula Andress which was filmed at the Dunn's River Falls and Ian Fleming the creator of the James Bond novels once had a house there called Goldeneye.