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Appleton Estate is authentic Jamaican rum that is made in the Cockpit Country Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a unique, lush and fertile terrain that is nestled inland, in JamaicaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s beating heart. The beautifully complex and aromatic Appleton Estate rums are produced on our estate, which makes it one of the few rums in the world to claim a terroirÃ¢â‚¬â€and the only rum in the world that has a terroir as unique as the Nassau Valley. Ã¢â‚¬Å“TerroirÃ¢â‚¬Â is a set of unique weather, soil and geographic demarcations that impart a unique quality to all of our rums. Proof that it really does matter where your rum comes from.
At the Appleton Estate, the production of our rums is a craft. Every step in the process is carefully managed, from the selection of the varieties of sugarcane that are grown on the Estate, to the natural culture of yeast used in fermentation, to our unique distillation and blending methods. Appleton Estate has the distinction of being the oldest sugar estate and distillery in Jamaica in continuous production, crafting this delicious rum with the warmth, passion and unique spirit of Jamaica for more than 265 years.
On May 4, 1494, Christopher Columbus arrived at the island of Jamaica. The Columbus Park in Discovery Bay marks the spot where Columbus is said to have put his foot when he first came to Jamaica.
Decorated with cannons and maritime artefacts this small park is a heavy touristÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gatherer from all places interested in the history of Jamaica. Columbus Park is an attractive three-acre (1.2-hectare) garden in scenic Discovery Bay in the St. Ann area.
One of the most scenic natural harbours in the Caribbean, Discovery Bay was renamed in 1947 to commemorate the place where it was once thought that Christopher Columbus first made his mark on Jamaican soil.
Dunn's River Falls is one of Jamaica's national treasures. Globally, it is as well-known as Reggae and equally stimulating. There are few places where the Arawak name "Xayamaca" - land of rivers and springs - is more apt. The Spaniards called the area "Las Chorreras" - the waterfalls or springs - and it is truly one of the most beautiful spots on the island. A stone's throw from Ocho Rios, one of Jamaica's fastest growing resort centres, Dunn's River Falls is unique. Described as a living and growing phenomenon, it continuously regenerates itself from deposits of travertine rock, the result of precipitation of calcium carbonate from the river, as it flows over the falls. The small dome-shaped cataracts are usually associated with thermal spring activity found in limestone caves. This, combined with its location near to the sea, gives Dunn's River the distinction of being the only one of its kind in the Caribbean, if not the world.
One of the most romantic drives in Jamaica takes you just outside Ocho Rios and onto the A3 highway, through "Fern Gully": a stunning three-mile gorge surrounded by sky-scraping, 30-foot fern trees. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll feel as if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re on a completely different island as you pass through this natural, green tunnel, once a riverbed. Pull off to the side where possible to stop and take in the views, and even a walk. Because this is a road often taken by visitors and is one of Jamaica's natural wonders, there are vendors lining up the road, but not so many that it spoils the view. Keep an eye on the road at all timesÃ¢â‚¬â€there might be a man on leaf-adorned stilts appearing before you. Never a dull moment in Jamaica.
Our capital city, Kingston, is difficult to pin down; you just have to experience it for yourself. Here are a couple of things to know; from facts to handy tips, what clothes to pack and what you shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t leave without seeing.
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One of the most iconic harbours in the Caribbean â€“ Port Royal on the south coast of Jamaica near Kingston â€“ is a historic site that includes a sunken city dating back to 1692.
In 2018, Port Royal is to be made accessible to cruise ships for the first time with the installation of floating pier system called SeaWalk. This will allow cruise vessels to berth in the 300-year-old harbour without impacting its fragile environment, and offer visitors to chance explore Port Royal and its environs. The first ships are expected to call in early 2019.
Under the direction of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust, a sunken pirate ship has been identified and thousands of artefacts recovered, with plans for a new museum to showcase them. Unesco designation is pending for the Underwater City of Port Royal. Outside of Port Royal itself, there is plenty of scope for cruise passengers, with Kingston just the other side of the huge natural harbour. A short ride by bus or water taxi will take them to the Jamaican capital with its many visitor attractions including the National Gallery of Jamaica, the Bob Marley Museum and tours of the Blue Mountain Coffee plantation.
And, thanks to Jamaicaâ€™s newly completed north-south highway, passengers arriving at Port Royal will be able to reach north coast attractions like Dunnâ€™s River Falls in just an hour and a half â€“ less time than it takes to drive between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.
Rich in pirate lore, Port Royal was once called â€˜the wickedest city on earthâ€™. An earthquake in 1692 swallowed two-thirds of the town, forming an underwater city that is now being actively investigated and preserved by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.
The spit of sand that later became Port Royal was first used by the Taino people as a fishing camp. When the British invaded Jamaica in 1655, they realised its strategic importance and began to put in fortifications. During the 17th century it was the de facto capital of Jamaica as well as a convenient spot for buccaneers and pirates to discharge looted treasure.
By 1692 Port Royal was a key trading port, but in the summer of that year it was destroyed by an earthquake. The houses and fortifications of Port Royal were rebuilt, before a fire destroyed the whole town in 1703. Hurricanes in 1712, 1722 and 1726 followed, causing major devastation. In the course of the same century, Port Royal acquired new status as a naval base, however after the Napoleonic wars, it declined in importance, and suffered an earthquake in 1907 and Hurricane Charlie in 1951.
Today, with its sunken city and Naval remnants, it is considered one of the most important historical sites in the Western Hemisphere. In fact, it is the only sunken city in the entire Western Hemisphere, making it a truly unique and iconic Caribbean harbour.