“British Invasion” Reaches Jamaica

Now, we’re not talking about the Beatles or The Who. This is a different type of British Invasion. The history of Jamaica might surprise you. While the Brits didn’t stay long in Jamaica, they certainly made an impression on their way of life. For starters, Jamaica is the largest English speaking island in the Caribbean. Little known facts about Jamaica may inspire you to visit the island sooner than later.



The Manchester Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world. It was established in 1868. The nine-hole course encompasses a rolling 55 acres over 2,000 feet above sea level. With its grand location, the course affords a variety of breathtaking scenery in addition to tricky sand traps and bunkers. If the landscape didn’t provide the course a unique feel, the clubhouse assuredly does. While the original structure was torn down, a new clubhouse was built in the 1990s with similar historic touches in order to compliment the historic documents held within. Take a look at the plaques and awards dating back to the 1920s or flip through the guestbook dating all the way back to 1910.


Bond, Jamaican Bond

Interestingly enough, aside from rum being the national drink, Jamaica has inspired many things. Ten of which being James Bond novels. That’s right. Author Ian Fleming wrote ten of the James Bond novels at his home “Goldeneye” in Jamaica. If you’re an uber fan of James Bond, or you are looking for a private getaway, then the Fleming Villa is right up your alley. Not only do you have your own space and private beach, but Fleming’s “Goldeneye” has been turned into a spa with an adjoining bar for drinks and a gorgeous gazebo for dinner. Writers and Bond fans are sure to love the transformation, and those looking for a quiet getaway won’t be disappointed either.


All Aboard!

In 1845, Jamaica was the first Western country to build a working railroad. Interestingly enough, while the railway was meant as a form of public transportation – in addition to aiding the sugar industry – it was also converted to assist in war efforts during WWII. While the Jamaican Railway Company closed its doors in 1992, it was brought back in 2011 for a year and a half without success. While the railway system may not be in operation, the history of the rails can be seen at the Kingston and the Montpelier stations.


If the allure of the beaches and island life doesn’t inspire you to visit Jamaica, then let the history and cultural significance of Jamaica draw you in. Find great rates and travel destinations for Jamaica today at TravelSpan.com. Be sure to check back for more information and exciting details about all Jamaica has to offer for your next trip!

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