Destination Jamaica

The Beautiful Island of Jamaica in Style…Once You Go, You Know!

Why Visit the Island of Jamaica… June 8, 2011

Jamaica...Once you Go, You Know!

Everyone knows Jamaica as the home of Bob Marley and as the honeymoon capital of the Caribbean, but there’s more to it than just reggae and romance! The third largest island in the Caribbean has everything – wonderful white-sand beaches, magnificent blue mountains, waterfalls, wildlife, grand old plantations and great coffee.

Blue Mountains in Jamaica

Jamaica is also famous for its outstanding all-inclusive resorts, most of which are virtually self-contained beachfront vacation villages with an abundant array of included amenities and dining options. Jamaica hotels come in all shapes and sizes from ultra-exclusive, award-winning resorts with gourmet cuisine, stunning pool-scapes and impeccable accommodations and service to lively hotels with high-energy “entertainment staffs” that will keep you hopping all day and night. You’ll find Jamaica hotels that cater to couples only; some that are designed with families and children in mind; and some that welcome all ages to just kick back and relax on the beach with a good book and an umbrella drink!

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort in Lucea

The main beach resort areas are Montego Bay, also known as Mo’Bay, Jamaica’s second largest city; Negril, boasting one of the longest beaches in the country with all the water sports you can imagine; Ocho Rios (Ochi), on the north shore, where you’ll find “the real Jamaica’ with picturesque fishing villages providing quieter retreats; and the South Coast offers a secluded and romantic hideaway.

Lounges at Iberostar Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica

The beautiful scenery, the wide variety of hotel choices, the friendly spirit of the people and, of course, the music…all contribute to Jamaica’s popularity and worldwide appeal.

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Milk River Bath Resort & Spa, Kingston Jamaica April 7, 2011

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Milk River Bath Resort and Spa

The orgins of the bath is very interesting, rooted in Jamaica’s slave history.

The story begins with a slave owned by a man named Jonathan Ludford.

He was beaten by his master and ran away into the forest .

The slave came upon the Milk River Bath and washed his wounds. The bath soothed his wounds and they began to heal.

Upon returning to the slave village his slave master agreed not punish him if he told him the location of the spring.

The area was then fenced off and this slave was given the duty to guard it. The property that the springs were on, were later willed to the government.

The Milk River baths in Jamaica is said to have one of the highest radioactivity levels of any mineral bath in the world.

Analysis of the mineral spring shows it is more radioactive than the leading European spas, Baden in Switzerland and Karlsbad in Austria.

The bath is reknowned for curing many ailments including – Sciatia, Lumbago, Gout and Liver disorders. The Milk River Bath has 6 public baths and a small hotel of 20 rooms.

The standard time for a baths is 15 minutes in one of the beautifully tiled rooms.

On the compounds you will also find a cocktail bar and restaurant serving some of the island’s wonderful Jamaican specialties.

The Milk River Bath spa is one of nature’s gift to us which should be explored whenever possible.

 


 

Jamaica Overview June 29, 2009

   
Everyone knows Jamaica as the home of Bob Marley and as the honeymoon capital of the Caribbean, but there’s more to it than just reggae and romance! The third largest island in the Caribbean has everything – wonderful white-sand beaches, magnificent blue mountains, waterfalls, wildlife, grand old plantations and great coffee. 

Holiday Inn Sunspree

Holiday Inn Sunspree

Jamaica is also famous for its outstanding all-inclusive resorts, most of which are virtually self-contained beachfront vacation villages with an abundant array of included amenities and dining options. Jamaica hotels come in all shapes and sizes from ultra-exclusive, award-winning resorts with gourmet cuisine, stunning pool-scapes and impeccable accommodations and service to lively hotels with high-energy “entertainment staffs” that will keep you hopping all day and night. You’ll find Jamaica hotels that cater to couples only; some that are designed with families and children in mind; and some that welcome all ages to just kick back and relax on the beach with a good book and an umbrella drink!

 

Sandals Private Island at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Sandals Private Island at Sandals Royal Caribbean

The main beach resort areas are Montego Bay, also known as Mo’Bay, Jamaica’s second largest city; Negril, boasting one of the longest beaches in the country with all the water sports you can imagine; Ocho Rios (Ochi), on the north shore, where you’ll find “the real Jamaica’ with picturesque fishing villages providing quieter retreats; and the South Coast offers a secluded and romantic hideaway.

 

Caribbean Sea at Half Moon Rose Hall

Caribbean Sea at Half Moon Rose Hall

The beautiful scenery, the wide variety of hotel choices, the friendly spirit of the people and, of course, the music…all contribute to Jamaica’s popularity and worldwide appeal.

 

Dunn’s River Falls and Park June 18, 2009

Entrance to Dunn's River Falls

Entrance to Dunn's River Falls

Dunn’s River Falls is one of Jamaica’s national treasures. It is one of the most popular attractions in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  The Spaniards called this area “Las Chorreras”, the waterfalls or springs and it is truly one of the most beautiful spots on the island.
Group getting ready to climb the Falls

Group getting ready to climb the Falls

Dunn’s River Falls is described as a living and growing phenomenon, it continuously regenerates itself from deposits of travertine rock. Dunn’s River Falls had the distinction of being the only one of its kind in the Caribbean, if not the world.
The wonderful Dunn's River Falls

The wonderful Dunn's River Falls

 

Dunn’s River Falls Park is the perfect environment for fun and relaxation for the entire family. There is a delightful new discovery around every corner.

 

Group making their way up the Falls

Group making their way up the Falls

Visitors climb the Falls in a human chain led by an experienced Falls Guide. You will pause at the “massage parlour” and experience the soothing effects of the water as it cascades to the sea.  If you decide not to climb the Falls, you can follow along at the safe vantage point of the terrace or deck on the side of the Falls.
The view of the beach from up near the top of the Falls

The view of the beach from up near the top of the Falls

Beautiful flowers along the side of the Falls

Beautiful flowers along the side of the Falls

 

For those who love mother’s nature’s gifts you can lose yourself in lush tropical foliage – ferns, bamboos, ginger lilies, crotons, orchids and a variety of palms and breadfruit trees.

 

Appleton Estate Rum Tour June 16, 2009

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Entrance of Appleton Rum Estates

Entrance of Appleton Rum Estates

Come and take a timeless journey through the soul of the finest rums in the world.

The Appleton Estate has been blending rums since 1749 and the Rum Distillery is sited beside the Black River in one of the most beautiful valleys in Jamaica, south of Montego Bay.

 

You can savior these award-winning rums after you tour the distillery and learn the details of the distilling process from sugarcane, molasses, sugar, to wine and rum.

 

There is a Bar, Gift Shop, souvenirs and snacks at the Estate. 

Donkey working at Appleton

Donkey working at Appleton

This little guy will show you how the cane is crushed and the juices from the cane is then used for the rum. He no longer does all the work, that is now done by machines but long ago that is how the rum was produced. 

Old Cane Mill

Old Cane Mill

 

Barresl in the Aging Room

Barrels in the Aging Room

These are the barrels in the Aging Room, and they are store here until they are ready to be put in the bottles for sale.

 

We were told during the tour that the employees are really not allowed in here because after a few hours, your body will adsorb the fumes from the barrels and you can become drunk. 

Aged Rum display by the Years

Aged Rum display by the Years

Every visitor to the Estate will receive a small complimentary bottle of Rum and each guest is given the opportunity to sample the various rums that are produced on the estate in a air-conditioned lounge. 

Lunch at Appleton after our tour

Lunch at Appleton after our tour

After the wonderful tour and the sampling of the different rums, you can have a great lunch as well. There is a small charge for lunch for it is worth the price. 

 

Outameni Experience June 10, 2009

Outameni Experience Entrance

Outameni Experience Entrance

 Travel through the many eras of Jamaica’s rich culture and gain a first hand feel of the Jamaican experience…from the Taino Indians to Rasta Today.

 

This attraction is one of the BEST ways to truly learn the history and culture of Jamaica. It lasted about 90 minutes from start to finish but I have to tell you that I did not want it to end. It took us from the very first people that landed on Jamaica up to the Jamaica we are so honored to share today.

 

 

 

Outameni Guide and Character

Outameni Guide and Character

Explore a Taino cave and communicate with thier gods. Worship in a Spanish church then get seduced by a Flamenco dancer. Africa comes alive as you dance in a spiritual trance.

 Visit an English town square and text your skills in the Maypole whirl, (this was really fun). Get mesmerized by Indian tradtional architecture of the Tazia then visit a picturesque Chinese shop where time stands still. 

Taino Indians

Taino Indians

 

And if that is not enough, lose yourself in a real reggae dance session where music will send your pulse racing and your hips swaying before you end up at the beach for a beach party! 

Jamaica Today Mural

Jamaica Today Mural

 

The Outameni Experience will take you away and make you a Jamaican for a day. The cost of the attraction include food sampling and a complimentary drink. You can also take home some elements of your experience by visiting the Outameni Experience Gift Shop.

This attraction is less than a hour from Ocho Rios or Montego Bay in the town of Coopers Pen, Trelawy, Jamaica. 

 

Prospect Plantation June 9, 2009

Fresh Fruit Display at Prospect Plantation

Fresh Fruit Display at Prospect Plantation

This great plantation is located not too far from Ocho Rios in Jamaica.

You can take a open-air jitney tour of this wonderful 100-acre working plantation that grows bananas, sugar cane (which we sampled and I must say was VERY good), cocoa, coffee, limes, pineapple (some of the best I have had and I LOVE pineapple), coconuts (which was hand picked for us by Farmer John- see his photo below) and breadfruit.

Farmer John at Prospect Plantation

Farmer John at Prospect Plantation

Farmer John getting us a coconut

Farmer John getting us a coconut

You can visit the Great House that still sits on the plantation to this day. It includes all of the original items that the owners purchased for the home in the 1800’s. ( I have a ton of pictures from inside the house, way too many to post in a blog). You get a chance to walk through history and it gives you a great feeling to learn about the past in a very up close and personal way.
Prospect Plantation Home (Museum now)

Prospect Plantation Home (Museum now)

On the plantation you can take horseback rides on trails (including one to White River Gorge), you can explore the exotic butterfly aviary, you’ll have the opportunity to feed the beautiful ostriches that are living here. (a little side note, Farmer John showed us how strong a ostrich egg is by standing on one with his full weight and the egg did not crack at all!)
You can have your picture taken with the camels.
View from the rear of the Plantation Home

View from the rear of the Plantation Home

Come spend the day reliving history by touring a working plantation in the outskirts of Ocho Rios.