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Some unknown facts about Jamaica… August 30, 2010

Filed under: History,Information,Jamaica — carter8613 @ 7:23 am

Below are some facts about Jamaica you may not have known or heard before…a little more information about the wonderful country of Jamaica…enjoy!

Jamaican Flag

  • Had electricity before the United States
  • Had running water before the United States
  • Had phone cards before the United States
  • Their phone system was so sophisticated it was copied by AT&T
  • Jamaica has the most “churches” per square mile of any country in the world. Source-Guinness Book of World Records. Over 1,600 “churches” all over Jamaica . That number is growing.
  • Jamaica was the first country in the Western world to construct a railway, even before the United States ! This was only 18 years after Britain !
  • Jamaica is the first Caribbean Country to gain Independence .
  • Jamaica is the first team from the English-speaking Caribbean to qualify for the Football (Soccer) World Cup. This was the 1998 championship.
  • Jamaica stands strong in 3rd place on the list of countries to win the Miss World titles the most! [Hmmm!] The only countries to have won it more than Jamaica is India , Venezuela and the UK , but considering the size of Jamaica , you have to say that this achievement is monumental!
  • On his second voyage to the New World in 1494, the tip of the Blue Mountains in Jamaica was the first land sighted by Christopher Columbus.
  • Jamaica was the first commercial producer of bananas in the Western Hemisphere .
  • Jamaica also was the first island in the Caribbean to produce rum on a commercial basis.
  • The Manchester Golf Club in Jamaica , established in 1868, is the oldest in the western hemisphere!.
  • Apart from the United States , Jamaica has won the most world and Olympic medals.
  • 2006-2007: World Fastest man and woman- you bet, are Jamaicans [Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson].
  • 2008/2009 – Olympic/World fastest man and woman – Usain Bolt and Shelley-Ann Fraser
  • Jamaica has more multiple (two or more) live births than anywhere else in the world.
  • Jamaica was the first country to impose economic sanctions against the apartheid regime of South Africa .
  • Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean .
  • Jamaica was the first Caribbean island to enact legislation, “The Motion Picture Industry (Encouragement) Act” to promote the making of films.
  • Jamaica is the first country to sign a Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grant agreement.
  • Jamaica was the first tropical country to enter the IOC Winter Olympics. The bob sleigh team’s efforts inspired the film ‘Cool Runnings’.
  • Jamaica was the first colony England acquired by conquest. This was in the year 1655 when the Spanish were driven from the island.
  • We have the second largest butterfly in the world? (The Giant Swallowtail).
  • Another of the interesting facts on Jamaica is that it was the first British colonial territory to establish a postal service (in 1688).
  • Jamaica was the first Caricom country to liberalize the telecommunications sector. Since then, other Caricom countries have opened up to competition.
  • Another one I found to be one of the most interesting facts on Jamaica is that Jamaica was the first country in the Caribbean region to launch a web site, jamaicatravel.com. This was in 1994!
  • And if you know none of the above, (which is fine) I expect you at least know that Jamaica is the birth place of Robert (“Bob”) Marley [smile]
  • that the Jamaican Flag is the ONLY flag in the world, that doesn’t share any of the colors of the American flag?
 

Honeymoon Spotlight: Couples Negril August 25, 2010

Couples Negril Suite

On 18 acres of lush greenery and touting a playful personality, this couples-only resort is a brilliant balance of elegance and eclectic.

Rekindle your spirit on the 2.5-mile crescent-shaped beach, and have an exhilarating  marine life encounter while scuba diving.

Travel+Leisure named it #8 on their “Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean, Bermuda & the Bahamas” list in 2008.

Couples Negril view from a Suite

Honeymoon Package:

* Bottle of Sparkling Wine

* One his & hers half hour massage

When you are ready to book your Honeymoon at Couples Negril give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

 

Honeymoon Spotlight: Couples Tower Isle August 20, 2010

Couples Tower Isle and Private Island

Part grand Jamaican estate and part 1950s Hollywood hangout, the island’s original all-inclusive resort for couples recently underwent a $30 million makeover.

Couples Tower Isle Suite

New amenities include a wedding gazebo, veggie and juice bar, spa with 10 treatment rooms, dive pool, and a floating dock at the resort’s own private island.

Couples Tower Isle Bedroom Suite Bath

The suites are so airy and bright, I love the color scheme that is used all over the resort and you will as well.

Honeymoon Package:

* Bottle of sparkling wine

* One his & hers half hour massage

When you are ready to book your Honeymoon at Couples Tower Isle give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

 

Honeymoon Spotlight: Couples Swept Away August 16, 2010

Couples Swept Away Suite

An intoxicating tribute to intimacy, this couples-only resort unfolds across a splendid 27-acre property along the western coast on a pristine stretch of Negril’s Seven Mile Beach.

Couples Swept Away Dinner for Two

Snorkeling excursions, couples massage lessons, tennis clinics, glass bottom boat rides, nature tours, and “martini mixology” classes are just some of the activities offered from morning until night.

I know you can see yourself in this photo, having across from your sweetheart who has just become your spouse for life and staring into their eyes, enjoying the cool Caribbean breeze from the ocean. Aw!

When you are ready to book your Honeymoon to Couples Swept Away, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

 

Honeymoon Spotlight: Iberostar Rose Hall Suites August 13, 2010

Iberostar Rose Hall Suites Entrance Staircase

This former sugar plantation is now an ideal all-inclusive vacation spot and the perfect place to enjoy your Honeymoon. Imagine walking into the lobby and seeing this wonderful staircase in person.

Iberostar Rose Hall Suites

Vibrant, modern decor makes its way from the bold lobby to the spacious guest rooms – all with private balconies or terraces and concierge service, who is there to make sure you have the most memorable honeymoon at Iberostar Rose Hall Suites.

Iberostar Rose Hall Suites

Outside the lazy river offers the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. Head to the Shoppes at Rose Hall, try a new water sport and take in a live show for the evening. Close your eyes and see yourself laying next to your new spouse as you enjoy the cool Caribbean breeze from the ocean.

Honeymoon Package:

* Bottle of wine & fruit basket in room upon arrival

* T-shirts for the couple

* Special turn-down service

* Room upgrade (subject to availability)

When you are ready to book your Honeymoon at Iberostar Rose Hall Suites, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

 

Honeymoon Spotlight: Couples San Souci August 9, 2010

Couples San Souci

Known as “The Jewel of Jamaica,” this couples-only, luxury resort is set along opal sand and is nestled in a tropical garden, with a backdrop of emerald mountains.

The spa draws upon a natural spring on the grounds to feed its mineral pool and whirlpool.

The clothing-optional Sunset Beach dares you to drop your inhibitions.

Honeymoon Package:

* Bottle of sparkling wine

* One his & hers half hour massage

When you are ready to book your honeymoon to Couples San Souci, please give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

 

Honeymoon Spotlight: Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay August 6, 2010

Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay Resort view

This all-suite Unlimited-Luxury oasis is actually two adults-only contrasting yet complementary resorts in one.

This resort takes its inspiration from the islands with warm, neutral tones and indigenous art.

Oceanfront massage cabanas will allow you the opportunity to luxuriate on the sandy-white beach just steps away from the Caribbean Sea.

Honeymoon Package:

* Champagne upon arrival

* Private beachfront dinner

* Couples massage

* Champagne breakfast

* Fresh flowers and exotic fruit

* Free nights on a return anniversary stay

When you are ready to book your honeymoon at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com