To read some fascinating trip reports in anticipation of your own trip, pick up a copy of  Roland  Reimer's  Walk Good: Travels to Negril, Jamaica .  The author's stories touch on the local culture, food, music and history.  After your trip, rereading this book will help to bring back great memories.

Get ready for some great food on your trip.  For a preview of what to expect, look through Food of Jamaica: Authentic Recipes from the Jewel of the Caribbean , by Demers and Benghiat.  If you have a favorite dish when you're there, you'll always have a recipe to make it at home.

Janice Hamilton's Jamaica In Pictures is sure to get you excited for your upcoming visit.  The book is full of beautiful pictures of this scenic island, and you'll be ready to see it in person.

Fodor's Pocket Jamaica, 4th Edition : All the Best of the Island with Beaches and Shopping   is a handy guide to take with you.  Find your way to the best beaches and shops.  It also contains great advice on dining, nightlife and activities like scuba diving, horseback riding and bird watching.