The island in the Sun

8 Jan 2018 - News

Ever since Errol Flynn and other Hollywood actors played in films set in Jamaica in the 1930s and ‘ 40, travelers have considered this island one of the most attractive in the Caribbean. Its beaches, mountains and red sunsets regularly appear in tourist leaflets around the world and, unlike other nearby islands, is democratically suitable for all types of tourism: You can camp on the top of a coral cliff; Choose a villa with private beach; Have fun in a party tourist resort; Immerse yourself in the life of the island or experience the three ‘ R ‘: Reggae, reefer (joint) and rum. But behind the familiar clichés of the country from the ‘ tropical ‘ scenery and the ‘ shimmering ‘ beaches there is a different Jamaica, whose character comes from its complex culture, which aspires to be African in spite of the geography of the island and its history Colonial. The Jamaicans have the joke and the smile always ready, but this is not the carefree island of Bacardi’s advertisements and Harry Belafonte’s shows. The sad past is linked to the economy of sugar plantations and the period of slaves still weighs on national psychology. For someone the rastafarianismo can simply mean moving to the rhythm of reggae music, but its confusing expression of love, hope, anger and social discontent is a bit of the emblem of modern Jamaica-a densely populated and poor country that seeks to Get rid of his addiction and debt.


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