Jamaica Travel Guide: Home of Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
By Mark Ramos
If you are a lover of coffee and want to travel to a beautiful locale, Jamaica is the perfect destination. Not only is it breathtaking, but you can celebrate your love of authentic Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee while you are there!
Jamaica has quite a few places to visit while you are there, starting with Kingston. Kingston is a major hub in Jamaica, making it the perfect vacation spot for cultural and art enthusiasts. Kingston is actually the political, economic, and social capital of Jamaica. If you want to see authentic Jamaican art, you can check out the Mutual Life Gallery to begin. There are exhibitions that change on a monthly basis, and there are also long-term exhibitions available for viewing. Kingston also offers authentic dining in the form of Thai and African food to satisfy your palate while you are there.
If you want to get closer to the beach and sparkling blue water, you can check out Negril, where you will find it crystal clear water, black cliffs, and a mellow and relaxing location. This is the perfect vacation spot to see natural beauty and the true culture of Jamaica, off of the beaten path. There is a Sandals Resort at that location if you want to stay in an all-inclusive hotel, or you can also visit Cousins Cove, a small inlet on the coast that doesn't see many tourists.
Last of all, you can conclude your time in Jamaica by hiking to the peak of the Blue Mountains, which is where the exclusive coffee of the same name is grown. As a lover of coffee, you are probably already familiar with expensive and exclusive Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee that is grown at the high altitudes of 7000 feet in fertile and lush climates. This gives the coffee beans the opportunity to cultivate deeper flavors by growing slowly, which are reflected in the delicious taste of your cup of Joe.
For a truly memorable experience in Jamaica that integrates your love of coffee, you can hike 7 miles to the Blue Mountain peak at an altitude of 7402 feet. This is the highest peak on the island of Jamaica, and the hike itself is narrow and steep. On a completely clear day, you will be able to see it Port Antonio?s Navy Island, Bath Bay, and Kingston from the top of the mountain. You may even be able to make out the small shadow of Cuba, located 90 miles north of Jamaica. This 14 mile trail should take about seven hours, and it is best to started early in the morning so that you can reach the beautiful view at the top of the mountain by sunrise. After that, you are welcomed to finish up your day sipping on an authentic and delicious cup of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee while you are there. Traveling to this gorgeous country that exports coffee is a wonderful way to spend your vacation.
Mark Ramos is a coffee geek. For a great selection in all things coffee, espresso machines and Bodum French Presses, check out The Coffee Bump.
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