Definitely the coolest and coolest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica is not only the cradle of reggae but also a favourite destination for James Bond as it has been chosen 3 times as a filming location. While there is no shortage of luxury villas and white sand beaches, Jamaica offers something that other destinations lack. A vibrant culture all its own, it has a strong sense of freedom that has been shaped over the centuries during its struggle for independence. This national pride is reflected in the music, dance, cuisine and literature that originated in Jamaica, but have since influenced people around the world. Bob Marley’s legacy is inextricably linked to the image of Jamaica, leaving an indelible mark on the country and the world. For author Ian Fleming, it was his creative haven. Travellers can now walk in the footsteps of these titans of creative expression by touring 56 Hope Road in Kingston, Bob Marley’s former home and other enchanting locations through the book “Jamaica Vibes” which is due for release in September. Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, contributes a foreword to the book presenting an intimate, inside portrait of this vibrant island nation and its enchanting power.
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