One of the things that is critically important to the Jamaican economy is the tourism industry and in Jamaica, they take that fact very seriously. Jamaica is an ideal vacation destination for singles, couples, families, or retirees, offering something for everyone.
Every year, approximately two million tourists visit Jamaica. Some are first time visitors, but travel agencies report that more than half of these are return visitors, returning because they love and appreciate everything that Jamaica has to offer as a total relaxation vacation destination. It is no wonder that Jamaicans cater to the tourist industry because tourism contributes almost $1.5 billion dollars into the Jamaica economy each year, and that number continues to grow.
One of the many things that people love about Jamaica is the never-ending list of things to do and activities that appeal to almost anyone. You have mountainous terrain for the hikers and adventurers who like to do mountain climbing and hiking in the mountains in the center of the island. The cultural center has a mixture of many cultures yet still maintains its own identity that is unique to Jamaica. The golf courses in Jamaica are some of the best in the world. The weather is temperate and mild year round. And of course being an island, you have miles and miles of pristine beaches and crystal clear waters of the Atlantic ocean in which to frolic.
Jamaica is home to the “all-inclusive resort”, where this type of resort got its start. In this type of resort, everything is included at one price, so you know how much you need to spend before you even leave home. Many people go directly to the resort and have no need to step outside the resort until it is time for them to go home! In these resorts, you have many activities like swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing, lounging by the pool, shopping, even golfing. Some of these resorts have bike tracks with bikes that can be rented if you wish to get a bit of exercise on your vacation.
Couples and teens will enjoy the Jamaican nightlife, which are hopping every night with reggae music and live performers. For younger children, there are a variety of activities also, including nature trails, hikes, and beach fun. In fact, some of the all-inclusive resorts can provide a baby-sitting service with licensed and trained baby-sitters who can keep your children occupied and entertained for hours, including a pirate treasure hunt!
It’s no wonder that once you have tried Jamaica, you will want to come back time and time again, since it is one of few destinations that offers something for everyone, and it really takes more than one vacation to even have time to do everything that Jamaica offers for the family vacation!