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Where to Learn about Jamaican Art and Culture

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Jamaican history, art, and culture are an essential part of everyday life, even in the most touristy parts of the island. But aside from daily Jamaican scenes, there are numerous ways to immerse yourself in and learn about this diverse country. Spend a peaceful afternoon in a garden gallery. Learn about Jamaican history by visiting a Maroon community or a Rastafarian village. And, for reggae fans, make an excursion to the Bob Marley Museum and the Peter Tosh Memorial.
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Lot one Fairfield Road, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Nestled in the hills of St. James about 2,000 feet above Montego Bay’s white sand beaches, its frenetic Hip Strip, championship golf courses, and historic great houses is Ahhh…Ras Natango Gallery and Garden. This beautiful oasis with its terraced...
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Accompong Maroon, Jamaica
You won’t regret a visit to Accompong Town, an authentic Maroon village in the hills of Cockpit Country. The Maroons, descendants of enslaved West Africans first brought to Jamaica by the Spanish, fought British slaveholders—by...
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Belmont, Jamaica
Peter Tosh, the reggae artist and cofounder of the Wailers, was born in the scenic coastal village of Belmont, and it's here you'll also find his tomb and memorial. Fans can visit Tosh's burial site on sprawling property maintained...
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6, 56 Hope Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
Though few tourists venture to Kingston, the capital and hub on the eastern coast of Jamaica, music fans should make the day trip to visit Bob Marley's former home, now a museum dedicated to  Marley's life and impact on the...
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Montego Bay, Jamaica
A popular and new cultural attraction in Montego Bay, the Rastafari Indigenous Village offers a fun and insightful day of Rastafari history, music and food to anyone interested in immersing and learning about this unique group. The day begins with...
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Rose Hall Road, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica
While Jamaica has several "great houses"—former plantation houses—the Rose Hall Great House, outside Montego Bay, is one of its most visited. Set on beautiful grounds towering over the Caribbean, this 19th-century Georgian home was...
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Discovery Bay, Jamaica
Directly off the northern highway is Columbus Park, overlooking the scenic harbor at Discovery Bay, where Columbus was thought to have first anchored—although recent indications are that he sailed there from St. Ann’s Bay. The park is the only...
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Jamaica
Listed as a National Monument, this 100-feet tall lighthouse—located on the island’s easternmost point—dates back to 1841 and is the oldest in Jamaica. Built of cast iron in London, it was erected with the help of African laborers, who were...
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Port Royal, Jamaica
Port Royal, once known as the wickedest city on earth and the Sodom of the New World, revels in its pirate past. The once-great city, now a fishing port, was at its height in the 1600s, when numerous brothels and drinking establishments...
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When in Kingston, make time for a stop at Devon House, a grand 1891 Georgian mansion that was built for George Stiebel, Jamaica's first non-white millionaire. The lovely upright house and its 11 surrounding acres are now...