The Top 10 Items of Jamaican Pride (In our opinion)
It goes without saying that the country of Jamaica is one of the most beautiful places on earth, full of treasures. Jamaica has its own stereotypes and people usually know us by the way we talk, eat and dress. Yeah mon. (smile) We hope that you enjoy some of the things that which Jamaica is known best.
10. Always Summer
Jamaica is located in the tropics so our weather conditions are limited to sun, rain and storm. You could say that Jamaica experiences one season. Though it gets very cool in December and January, there is no real autumn or winter. Because there is no winter there is no real spring, though we do get some amount of rainfall during the months of April and May.
Jamaica basically has two seasons, which are “dry” and “wet”! For the most part it is mostly sunny here. You can always enjoy our beaches and get a tan.
9. Jamaican Rum
Jamaican rum is known to be one of the strongest around the world. The white overproof rum, used in cocktails, is the only liquor that cannot be drunk without a chaser. You can’t drink it in shots or you run the risk of damaging your throat. Neither can you drink it on the rocks. The most popular rum chaser is Coke or Pepsi.
The red rum can be had in shots and on the rocks. It’s smooth and goes down like a whiskey. The most popular red rum is the Appleton brand.
8. Our Coffee
Rated # 9 in the world by Espressocoffeeguide.com, our Blue Mountain coffee is one of the best you can find anywhere. Grown in the cool of the Blue Mountains and harvested just at the right time, Jamaica’s Blue Mountain coffee is a dream come true.
There are different flavours depending on the roast or age. Your coffee comes in granules, instant or percolator ready. Whatever your choice, you know know you are getting the best.
Patois is the official name for the Jamaican dialect, soon to become an official language. The language is so pleasing to the ear that many people across the world want to learn it or have learned the basics.
Patois is influenced by Spanish for the most part. It is really a mixture of the African languages which the slaves brought here with Spanish and English. Because different African tribes were brought here as slaves, there were different languages. The Africans in an attempt to please their mastesr tried to speak Spanish, and what came out was a new language which was a mixture of Spanish and African.
When the British took over the dialect changed once more, and new words were added to make it what it is today.
6. Sandy Beaches and Beautiful Waters
One of the most famous beaches in the world is Seven Mile Beach, seven miles of golden sand located in Negril. According to Trip Advisor it’s ranked number two for attraction in Negril and rated 4.5 stars by over one thousand reviewers.
Jamaica is the home of Jerk, and most famously, Jerk Chicken. It’s not the method of cooking that we are known for but the combination of spices that our jerk is known for.
We have an annual jerk festival where you can get anything and everything jerk. Most popular jerk foods are chicken, fish and pork. However, in recent times we have jerked lobster, beef, goat and lamb.
The jerk spice comes in spicy and mild flavors. You also have a choice of the wet marinade or the dry spice rub.
4. Track and Field
More specifically, Track!
Everyone one knows that the fastest man in the world comes from Jamaica. What they probably don’t realize is that Usain is only one in a long line of track stars.
Currently, Jamaica boasts the three fastest men in the world and the fastest female.
3. Reggae Music
Reggae was born in Jamaica in the 60s. What preceded it were ska, rocksteady, folk, mento, and kumina.
The reggae sound was created to parallel the faster dance music from the US. What the musicians did was to combine several genres to create one unique sound, and it worked.
Some of the people who made reggae popular were Dennis Brown, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, and many others.
2. Bob Marley
The number one thing Jamaica is known for is the Legendary Bob Marley. Not only is he the one people associate with Reggae, he is the only Jamaican icon who has reached almost every corner of the world with his music. People who have never spoken a word of English know of Bob.
If you go somewhere and ask someone if they have ever heard of Jamaica, and they say no, ask them if they ever heard of Bob. I guarantee they’ll say yes. For some, the only association they will have with Jamaica is Bob Marley.
1. Our Winter Sports Prowess
Jamaica is the only snow-free country to have a bobsled team entering the Winter Olympics. Jamaica is also known as the first snow-free country to participate in ice hockey in the Winter Games as well.
As you can see there are several really wonderful things that Jamaica is known for. Our sport, food, and rum are just a few. And fortunately, you can catch all three, Yeah mon, at Jamaican Breeze Sports Bar and Grill.