Ocho Rios Jamaica

Ocho Rios

Little park in Ocho Rios

Jamaica, a Caribbean island nation, has a lush topography of mountains, rainforests, and reef-lined beaches. Many of its all-inclusive resorts are clustered in vibrant Montego Bay, with its British colonial architecture, and Negril, renowned for diving and snorkelling. Jamaica is famed as the birthplace of reggae, and its capital Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to it's most famous son.

photo of a hemp store in Jamaica

Hemp store in Ocho Rios

Long legalized in Jamaica, hemp stores are seen almost everywhere.

photo of Island Village in Ocho Rios Jamaica

Island Village in Ocho Rios

Inhabited by the indigenous Arawak and Taino peoples, the island came under Spanish rule  following the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1494. Many of the indigenous people died of disease, and the Spanish imported African slaves as laborers. NamedSantiago, it remained a possession of Spain until 1655, when England  conquered the island and renamed it Jamaica. Under British colonial rule, Jamaica became a leading sugar exporter, with its plantation economy highly dependent on slaves imported from Africa.


photo of island village sign in ocho rios

Margaritaville in Jamaica

With 2.8 million people, Jamaica is the third-most populous country in the Americas (after the United States and Canada), and the fourth-most populous country in the Caribbean. Kingston is the country's capital and largest city, with a population of 937,700. Jamaicans are of predominately African descent, with significant European, Chinese, Indian, and mixed-race minorities.

photo of shoppers buying native gifts in Ocho Rios

Island shopping








In today's world, sugar cane and tourism are two of the largest industries on the island.


The blogger has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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