Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Small Island ... Big Reputation; Travelling around withCorey BertalliCourtesy of Grafton Travel

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Small Island ... Big Reputation; Travelling around withCorey BertalliCourtesy of Grafton Travel

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HOW does an island in the middle of the Caribbean Sea produce some of the world's best athletes? I don't know but I'm sure Usain Bolt is not going to relocate anytime soon. The island of Jamaica has a lot to offer; not only does it lay claim to fine sportsmen and women, it can also claim some of the best beaches in the world. Take a holiday to Jamaica and you will appreciate all it has to offer; the more you embrace the island's unique character and the inherent CyAfrican-ness' of its population the more you will want to stay longer. Aside from its people, Jamaica has much to offer, the curious, thirsty or weary traveller. Nowhere else in the Caribbean is the connection to Africa as keenly felt as it is in Jamaica.

Kingston was the centre for the barbaric trade that brought slaves from Africa and carried sugar and rum to Europe, and the Maroons. Little wonder many Jamaicans still claim a stronger affinity for Africa rather than for neighbouring Caribbean islands. It's a melting pot of cultures and some fantastic spicy foods.

The weather you guess being a Caribbean island lures tourists from all around the world. It's an idyllic tropical, maritime climate. Coastal temperatures average a near-constant 26A[degrees]C to 30A[degrees]C year round. Temperatures fall steadily with increasing altitude but even the Blue Mountains average 18A[degrees]C or more. The best times for a visit weather-wise are really all year round with winter usually warm by day and mild to cool by night, and the summer months are hot. The rainy season extends from May to November, with peaks in May, June, October and November. Rain usually falls for short periods (normally in the late afternoon), and it's quite possible to enjoy sunshine for most of your visit during these months.

The island is full of many attractions. A week in Jamaica would not be enough there are that many things to do. …

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