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Jamaica is a pretty island with 350 miles of coastline and an abundance of natural harbours. The Montego Bay Yacht Club, the Royal Jamaica Yacht Club in Kingston and the marina in Port Antonio are the favourite places for yacht charters on the island.
Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea. It has a land area of nearly 11,000 square kilometres, making it one of the largest in the Greater Antilles. The island lies about 191 kilometres west of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. To the north lies Cuba, 145 kilometres away.
The indigenous Arawak and Taíno people lived here for hundreds of years until Christopher Columbus spotted Jamaica´s green and fertile land in 1494. Subsequently, the Spanish imposed their governance and took over the island. Sadly, many of the indigenous people died of disease as they had no defences against the new germs brought in by the settlers.
The Spanish transplanted slaves from Africa to make up the shortfall in labour. The island remained in possession of Spain until 1655. At this time, England (later the UK) defeated the Spanish and renamed the island, Jamaica.