Here's How to Experience
The Real Jamaica

start_here_if_new_image_link
Custom Search




Experience the Real Jamaica
By Norman Fleming

the real jamaica

There are many who believe that the glitz and glitter of the tourist industries and the accompanying commercialization of both the areas around the tourist centers overshadows the 'Real' Jamaica. 

And in fact, the people and culture that exist beyond the tourist centers, is the true heart of Jamaica.

This has led to the creation of a variety of opportunities to visit the other side of Jamaica, to see people and life beyond the often stereotypical vision of Jamaica that most visitors see.

The Meet The People Program  is one of these interesting, non-typical experiences. It is run by the Jamaican Tourist Board, and has more than 500 local participants.

These local volunteers come from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds, and their interests and skills are listed in a database. Tourists who sign up for the program provide the same type of information, and then locals and tourists are matched up.

Amazingly, this is a free program and provides unparalleled social and cultural exchange. Aside from social engagements, such as family style meals in the local host’s home, the matched groups together explore their shared interests in Jamaica.

Country Style is a similar program; bring tourists and residents together for more natural interaction than would happen in the usual tourist scene. After all, spending time with someone on an equal footing, as opposed to with someone who is paid to see to your comfort, is a different experience all together.

Based in Mandeville, Jamaica, visits are arranged with interested and interesting residents throughout the island.

Jamaica For Real is the creation of Oliver Foot. His family has been in Jamaica for generations. In fact, he is the son of the last British governor to rule Jamaica. He provides what could be called reality tours of Jamaica.

His goal is to share his love for Jamaica, a love that includes those qualities that may not be attractive to those who treasure Jamaica for the tropical pleasures of the island, for the stunning array of creature comforts and entertainment, and for its majestic beauty.

With his Jamaica For Real tours, Foot shares the special beauty to be found in struggle, the social struggles against oppression that resulted in the rich ‘real’ culture of Jamaica. Visiting such sites as the Borderline, once a highly charged area between two politicized neighborhoods during the social unrest of the 1980’s.

He tours Trench Town, an area notorious for its poverty, one that received international attention through the reggae music that spoke of the desperate conditions to be found there. He shows the beauty of the countryside and its people, and offers a vision of the beauty to be found in the ordinary life. He presents an amazing and enlightening vision of Jamaica in a tour that shouldn’t be missed.

These types of experiences are a wonderful way to explore Jamaica. Aside from the wonderful people you’ll meet, you’ll gain an insight into Jamaica that few outsiders rarely acquire.

Once you have a view of the Real Jamaica, the island will never look the same again.

See also: Real (Unadulterated) Jamaica Visitor Stories

Pages Related To The Real Jamaica

About The Author: This article 'The Real Jamaica' was provided courtesy of http://www.cruise-shoppers-guide.com

Originally Posted 9/20/07

Return to Articles about Jamaica from The Real Jamaica
Return to My Islnd Jamaica Homepage from The Real Jamaica

Recommended For You

P.S. Didn't find exactly what you were looking for? Still need help?

Click Here to try our dependable and effective Site Search tool, It works!

Or, simply click here to ask me the questionI'll do my best to get back to you within 24 hours!

And, Before You Go!

Here (below) are some sweet deals on great Jamaican products at Amazon that you might have otherwise missed.

Amazon.com, by the way, is the internet's most reputable retailer and usually showcases only the best products from their inventory.

As an ardent customer and affiliate I earn a small commission from your purchase, at no extra cost to you. So thanks in advance.

Note: If link does not show, please click here to be redirected to our page at Amazon.com.


Great Articles You Might Have Missed

data-matched-content-rows-num="2" data-matched-content-columns-num="3"

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Please help me get the message out by sharing this article with your friends on social media (links below). Thnx ;-)

Ready To Vacation?
Please Book With Us...

wellesley gayle - booking link

Was the information helpful to you?
Here is a great way to support our effort.

All you need to do is book your vacation via the reputable HotelsCombined.com search box below.

It can be for travel to Jamaica or anywhere else on earth.

They combine the best deals from across all major booking sites and shows you only the very best!

Not quite ready to book?  Start by searching (below) to get some amazing ideas now.

You are also welcome to join my special friends list and receive exclusive updates (like this), tips, trivia and stories from lovers of Jamaica! Just enter...

Also connect with My-Island-Jamaica.com on Social Media: 
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

Thank You!

copyscpe
Top Of Page
Wellesley Gayle

What's New? Click Here And See

SEARCH THE SITE



Trending Now

My Gift To You!

101 FACTS ABOUT JAMAICA
EMAIL IT PLEASE

Site Sponsors

jamaica_click_down_here_visit_our_sponsors

Our Preferred Sponsors  & Friends (below)

(Our Sponsorship Policy)

Photographers in Jamaica
Wedding Photographers
Jamaican Souvenirs
Best Jamaican Souvenirs Cars For Sale In Jamaica
Cars For Sale

JamaicaSunshine Tours.com

Click Here to Visit Our Sponsors' Page

Top Articles

What's New?

Below is a list of the very latest articles I posted on the site.

Recent Articles

  1. Jamaica Pictures - Memorable Pictures From Jamaica!

    Feb 19, 18 09:50 PM

    If you are looking for a collection of Jamaica pictures, check here. From Sunsets and nature to food and culture, we have them all here.

    Read More

  2. Mackerel Run Down Jamaican Style - Yum Yum

    Feb 18, 18 09:19 PM

    If you love it like I do, I bet you can't wait to get your hands on this, the authentic Jamaican recipe for Mackerel Run Down.

    Read More

  3. Dogs And Cats Are Now Welcome To Jamaica

    Feb 17, 18 10:44 PM

    Sometime in 2009, Stephanie asked me this question: Can I bring my dog to Jamaica with me?. My answer created a stir I tell you! The following are

    Read More

  4. Driving Around Jamaica As A Tourist

    Feb 17, 18 07:24 PM

    QUESTION about: Driving Around Jamaica As A Tourist Hello Wellesley My husband, Me, and my brother and sister in law are coming to Jamaica on February

    Read More

New!  I've created a Welcome Audio. Just click the Play button below to listen.

Please subscribe here to get my latest updates.