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For a long time something of a hidden gem thanks to its noisy neighbors, Jamaica is one of the most vibrant, exciting, and culturally rich areas in the whole of New York. Part of Queens, Jamaica is home to a brilliant melting pot of theater, art, and music and a lively student population. With global influences on its shops, cuisine, and nightlife making you feel like you've traveled the globe even if you only hit the main avenues.

Things to see

One of the most significant and fascinating of Jamaica's many cultural attractions is the King Manor Museum which provides a chilling, but essential, insight into the anti-slavery work of Rufus King and other pioneering champions of emancipation. With archives and artefacts stretching back to the Civil War, this landmark does a fine job of educating schoolchildren, but is just as powerful a resource for grown-up visitors. One of the region's seats of learning is St. John's University, and while its stone buildings aren't quite a match for some more ancient dreaming spires, the athletics facilities and community projects carried out by the University are impressive, and the student population a guarantee of inexpensive drinks and a buzzing nightlife in the region. The baseball stars of the college play at Jack Kaiser Stadium which is the perfect place to experience game night, with all its beers, hotdogs, and drama, up close.

Hotels in Jamaica

While the area might be less affluent generally than its Manhattan neighbor, that doesn't mean you can't find plenty of hotels in Jamaica where you can pay to be seriously pampered. At the top end of the hotel food chain you'll find world-renowned brands offering on-site health clubs, steam rooms, luxury restaurants, and even indoor tennis courts and swimming pools. There's something for every budget however, and if you want to stretch your budget you'll find that the mid-range and inexpensive hotels and bed and breakfasts usually offer complimentary WiFi and flat-screen televisions as standard.

Where to stay

Staying in Jamaica means opening yourself up to some of the most diverse and pulsating shops, nightlife and eateries you'll encounter in any corner of a city. Thanks to the influx of people from communities across the globe this is no longer the predominantly African-American region it once was, these days getting its influences, tastes and flavors from Asia, Latin America and Europe too. From Caribbean restaurants to Bangladeshi specialty stores and South American eateries, the buzzing streets are packed with competing smells, exotic produce and unique experiences. Throw in convenient links via the Subway system with the rest of New York and you've got an eclectic, well-connected, melting pot.

How to get to Jamaica

The best way for international visitors to arrive in Jamaica is via John F Kennedy Airport which is located in Jamaica and has a range of shuttle and transfer options available whether you're staying very close by or heading further afield towards Manhattan or beyond. Trains, buses and subway links ensure getting to your hotel will be straightforward and inexpensive. One of the main transport links between Jamaica and Queens at large is Archer Avenue Station, from where you can navigate the area with speed, and ease. Another key hub is Jamaica Center Parsons - Archer Station, which sees buses and trains running towards Manhattan.

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