+ WELCOME TO THE ISLAND FOR REJUVINATION
Crossways Travel & Tours now proudly escorts customized Tours and Cruises to Jamaica. Jamaica has been a tourist hotspot for decades now primarily attributed to it's beaches, warmth, culture and off course the traveling special deals that are constantly ciruculating and being offered. With our very own Sandals Resort specialist on our team we are confident we can get you the best deals among the most populer, prestigios and well rated Hotels, Villas and Cruises. We at Crossways pride ourselves not only the accomodations we provide, but also in providing the most included in your trip at the lowest cost to you.
"Jamaica's tourism had its beginning in the latter part of the nineteenth century when invalids started coming to Jamaica to escape the cold winters in England and North America. The first tourist hotels were built in Montego Bay and Port Antonio. The now defunct Myrtle Bank Hotel in Kingston was built in 1892. In those early days, tourism was limited largely to the rich, the old, the few.
Tourism began to prosper in Jamaica after World War I, when improved methods of transportation made it easier for people to get from one country to the other. Indications are that in the early 1920s the number of tourists visiting the island annually probably did not exceed a few thousand. By 1938 the figure had risen to 64,000, and in 1952 the number of arrivals almost doubled to over 104,000; in 1966 the number exceeded 345,000, and in 1970 nearly 415,000. In 1982 it exceeded 600,000. Since the 198788 season, the number of visitors has exceeded one million a year and has continued to grow, partly as a result of the great increase in the arrivals of cruise-ship passengers. Total arrivals for 1993 were 1,616,430.
Mainly because of the white-sand beaches and pleasant weather, Jamaica's north coast has become the island's tourist centre, the main points being Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio. Many tourists visit Kingston, but this city is most important as a commercial centre and the seat of the Government.
Today, tourism is considered Jamaica's second most important earner of foreign exchange. Stores, restaurants, transportation, and many other activities that cater to tourists also provide direct employment in the industry.
Many other Jamaicans in every sector of the economy earn part of their income from tourism. For example, farmers supply food to the hotels and restaurants, and skilled carpenters make furniture; but there is no available estimate of this indirect employment. The centre of the tourist industry is the Jamaica Tourist Board. Originally created in 1922 by Government as the Jamaica Tourist Trade Development Board, the present Board was reorganised in 1963 and a full-time Director of Tourism appointed. There is also a Ministry of Tourism.
A notable change in Jamaica's export economy since Independence has been the development of non-traditional exports. These include flowers and ornamental plants, specialised tropical fruits, art and crafts. New growth industries include garment manufacturing, particularly as a result of the Caribbean Basin Initiative, data processing, music and entertainment."
+ THINGS TO DO IN NEGRIL & SURROUNDINGS
"Voted as the Best Happy Hour by Caribbean Travel + Life readers, Rick's Cafe is a Negril cliffside classic for two reasons: the island's best sunset views and the breathtaking daily performances of daredevil divers, who plunge from heights of up to 100 feet into the turqoise waters below."
DOLPHIN COVE NEGRIL, NEAR LUCEA
This 20 acre property is the largest natural dolphin lagoon in the world. Visitors have the opportunity to interact and "Swim With" dolphins in their natural sea environment. Open 8:30 am - 5:30 pm.
KOOL RUNNINGS WATER PARK, NORMAN MANLEY BOULEVARD
The only state-of-the-art water park in Jamaica with 10 amazing super-sized water slides and a 1/4 mile lazy river. Open Tues to Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.
+ THINGS TO DO IN MONTEGO BAY & SURROUNDINGS
‘Swim ‘n Ride’ combines an equestrian experience with a chance to explore the countryside and the ‘Trail Mix’ tour lets you enjoy Trelawny’s magnificent scenery on foot and bicycle. Available daily: 10:30 am and 2:30 pm.
A historic tour of the famous 18th century Great House combines history, mystery, suspense and steaming love stories. Daily tours start at 9:15 am.
Romantic rafting trip that allows you to experience true tranquility on this peaceful downstream journey. Open daily 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
The cultural experience is a blend of music, art, dance, film, drama and authentic Jamaican cuisine. Open Wed, Thurs, Fri from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, Sat - Tues groups 50 and over.
The longest zipline tour on the island begins with a 6x6 Jeep Off Road Safari followed by thrilling glides through the jungle on 4 zip lines onto a 250-foot Jungle Bridge that takes you to the 1,600-foot grand finale zipline. Open daily 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Book 24 hrs in advance.
Award winning nature adventure operator offering un-spoilt nature; Zipline Canopy, Horseback Swim, River Tubing, ATV, Dune Buggy, 4x4 Off-road Safari and much more. Open daily 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Good Hope closed Sundays.
Experience true tranquility on this 3-mile, romantic bamboo-raft river ride. This very enjoyable and peaceful journey rejuvenates mind, body and spirit. Open daily 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
+ THINGS TO DO IN OCHO RIOS & SURROUNDINGS
Enjoy the open-air jitney ride, horseback rides, camel safari, hikes and bicycle tours while you explore the 1000-acres of the Prospect Plantation. Open Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
"The Blue Hole and Secret Falls is probably the most sought after tourist attraction in Ocho Rios. There are many unknown waterfalls in Jamaica, but the secret in Ocho Rios is the most accessible one. Travel east of the Ocho Rios town for approximately 4 miles, pass through local communities and then head into the rural hills until we get to the remote Irie Blue & Secret Falls attraction. The Blue Hole is deep and a lot of fun for good swimmers and divers of all ages. The White River’s blue hazy water adds to the beauty of the surroundings. Included in this attraction for thrill seekers is a Tarzan Rope swing after which you can jump in the river pool, you may explore small caves, climb behind the water falls, go cliff diving into the river, hike alongthe river and get covered in clay from the river bank. Bask in the sun, enjoy the cool breeze in the hills, and spend a day in the Jamaican bush enjoying the beautiful surroundings away from the crowds associated with larger tourist attractions. This is an off the beaten track attraction that supports the local economy, you will be assisted with guides and trained life guards as you go through the property, they are eager to help you enjoy this one of a kind attraction. Bathrooms facilities and changing rooms are also available at the Secret Falls. We guarantee that you will enjoy this experience, consider it to be your #1 attraction and go away with many memories of adventure and fun.
Climb the cascading, 600 feet limestone waterfalls of Dunn’s River Falls, the famous film location for movie stars Sean Connery, Ursula Andress and Tom Cruise. Open daily 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.
One of the most recommended tours on island, which combines nature, culture and exercise with the beautiful scenery. Visit the highest point of the Blue Mountains accessible by vehicle, before you embark on a thrilling, downhill bicycle ride. Available daily 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
The hottest new destination in Ocho Rios. Experience our Sky Explorer, Bobsled, Zipline Tours, Waterslide and Educational Pavilion at Mystic Mountain. Open daily 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
View a biographical video of Noel Coward's life and achievements, a photographic exhibit of his many celebrated guests, and displays of Sir Noel's paintings and belongings. Mon–Thurs and Sat 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
+ THINGS TO DO IN SOUTH COAST & SURROUNDINGS
|Nightlife||Bars, Grand Venues, Landmarks, Astronomy, Ritual, Night Clubs, Night Scenery, Live Theaters, Movie Cinemas|
|Climate||Tropical Wet, Tropical Wet and Dry, Semiarid, Desert, Humid Subtropical, Tundra , Highland|