Destination Jamaica

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

Getting Married in Jamaica October 4, 2010

Seaside Wedding at Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay

A marriage in Jamaica is easy and legally recognized in the United States.

We will share some of the legal guidelines for getting married in Jamaica – be sure to give yourself plenty of time to prepare all of your documents, and work closely with not just me (your travel professional) but also the resort’s wedding coordinator to make sure everything is in order before the big day. We don’t want anything to disrupt your extra special day.

These requirements apply to American citizens;  if you are a citizen of another country, be sure to check with your country’s embassy for any special requirements you may need to get married in Jamaica.

Marriage License

Visitors can be married just 24 hours after arriving in Jamaica, providing prior arrangements has been made for a marriage license. The cost of a license if 4,000 Jamaican dollars (approximately US $60 – US $65).  To apply for your marriage license, call the Jamaican Ministry of Justice at 876-906-4923 ext 31 or email: customerservice@moj.gov.jm

Required Documents

In order to get legally married by an officer recognized by the Jamaican government, the following documents should be sent via courier (example: FedEx) to your wedding coordinator at least four (4) weeks prior to your arrival in Jamaica:

* Proof of citizenship – certified copy of birth certificate, which includes father’s name

* Notarized copies of the bride and groom’s official ID (Passports)

* Proof of divorce if applicable (original certificate of divorce)

* Notarized copy of death certificate for widow or widower

* Parent’s written consent if under 18 years of age

When you are ready to plan your Wedding in Paradise on the beautiful island of Jamaica, give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

Congratulations to you both

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Jamaica aims to boost image May 31, 2010

The Island of Jamaica

As reported by Travel Weekly on May 31, 2010

The Jamaica Tourist Board plans to launch a campaign to bolster the destination’s image, which has been damaged by recent violence in sections of Kingston, where military and security forces have hunted for alleged drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke.

The operation resulted in the deaths of more than 50 civilians and some security personnel and was featured prominently on news and cable stations around the world.

The situation has eased and Jamaica’s police have regained control of Tivoli Gardens, the West Kingston ghetto where Coke has a loyal following.

John Lynch, director of tourism and chairman of the JTB, told Travel Weekly that cancellations in the resort areas of Montego Bay and Ocho Rios “have been a small percentage of our bookings.”

“We continue to advise of the distance between Kingston and the resort areas on the north coast,” he said. “Our travel partners are assuring us that bookings are remaining relatively stable with few cancellations.”

Kingston is approximately 62 miles from Ocho Rios and 112 miles from Montego Bay.

Although Lynch did not provide specific details on the new campaign or give a timeline as to when it would launch, he said that content would emphasize that the airports in both Kingston and Montego Bay are open and cruise ships have continued their schedules.

“The majority of the travelers and groups who have long-standing plans to visit Jamaica are still moving forward with their scheduled travels to Jamaica,” Lynch said.

The JTB “is communicating with our travel agents on a daily basis, who continue to reassure current and potential travelers to Jamaica that visitors have not been affected by the disturbance. Hoteliers advise that tourists are enjoying Jamaica’s attractions and facilities,” said Lynch.

Personal Thought: I have clients ( three young ladies celebrating their 30th Birthday)  that arrived on the island about 3 days after all the trouble started and I wanted to make sure they were okay, so I was in contact with them for the first three days they were on the island and they were having a ball. They returned home today (May31st) and they are already planning another visit to the island. This was their first time leaving the US and they are ready to return to Jamaica alread!

I enjoy traveling to Jamaica and will always continue to travel and vacation on this beautiful island. The people, the vibes, the food and the history of a great people is what makes it a true love for me. Every country has problems and Jamaica is no different so that is why I will continue to support this great country of beautiful loving people. Like the saying says:

Jamaica Once you go You Know

 

Some of the beaches in Jamaica November 23, 2009

Treasure Beach

Treasure Beach

YS Falls

YS Falls

Doctor's Cave Beach

Doctor's Cave Beach

Reach Falls

Reach Falls

Somerset Falls

Somerset Falls

Rio Grande

Rio Grande

Green Grotto Caves

Green Grotto Caves

Boston Bay Beach

Boston Bay Beach

Seven Mile Beach in Negril

Seven Mile Beach in Negril

These are just a very small sampling of great beaches you will visit when you visit Jamaica! And as the saying going, “Everything is Irie” There is nothing like sitting on the beach in Jamaica and feeling the cool Caribbean breeze caress your skin…Awww

 

Seaford Town September 30, 2009

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Seafood Town Welcome Sign

Seaford Town Welcome Sign

Seaford Town– Westmoreland

Seaford Town, also know as “German Town” has the most unusual history of all communities in Jamaica.

Abolition of slavery

The history of Seaford Town begins with the abolition of slavery on 1 August 1834. Many landowners were concerned that the abolition would leave them with insufficient labour to tend their fields. There was also a concern that abolition of slavery would tip the balance of power towards the black majority and a rebellion may occur. As a result, immigration of indentured labourers from Europe was encouraged. Labourers were sought from European countries, most notably Germany and Ireland.

 

Historical building in Seafood Town

Historical building in Seaford Town

The establishment of Seaford Town

As part of this initiative, Lord Seaford donated 500 acres of land for the establishment of a German settlement in 1835. The settlers were promised cottages to occupy and an allowance to be paid to them until they were able to support themselves. However, when the Germans arrived there was insufficient accommodation and many had to build their own homes. The working conditions were also very harsh and long hours were demanded.

 

House in Seafood Town
House in Seaford Town

The early years

Many of the settlers died within weeks. Over the forthcoming years many more settlers died of tropical diseases and malnutrition, others emigrated to North America. Those that remained had to adapt to the harsh conditions of rural Jamaica, learning how to plant hardy crops such as yam, bananas and cocoa.

 

Development of the town

In the last half of the 19th century development began to happen in Seaford Town. Land titles were distributed, a priest was sent from Austria and a church was built. However, unlike other European settlements, the residents of Seaford Town did not integrate with the black community. As such, the community remained entirely Caucasian for many years.

Seaford Town today

Eventually, the German settlers began to integrate more with the black population. However, evidence of German heritage exists to this day. Many of today’s residents have noticeable Caucasian features such as light skin, blonde hair and blue eyes. There is also evidence of the German archaeological style with many traditional German cottages still existing. Nowadays around 160 residence of Seaford Town claim direct German lineage and several German words feature in the speech of older residents.

The story of Seaford Town is told in the Seaford Town Historical Museum.

 

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa August 17, 2009

Grand Palladium View

Grand Palladium View

The Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa is set on a magnificent stretch of beachfront, bathed by the gentle turquoise waters of a small bay near the village of Lucea, approximately 25 mins. west of Montego Bay.

 The modern design and luxury facilities are in perfect harmony with the attractive natural surroundings characterized by the turquoise blue sea and the relief of the verdant landscape.

 Guests staying at the all-inclusive Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa are able to use the facilities of the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, located in the same complex.

Grand Palladium Entrance

Grand Palladium Entrance

 

Grand Palladium Lobby

Grand Palladium Lobby

 

Grand Palladium Suite

Grand Palladium Suite

Two double beds or one king and queen-size pull-out sofa; Jacuzzi tub in bathroom; balcony or terrace; view varies. Max Occ: 4 adults/teens or 2Ad/2Ch

Grand Palladium Suite Sitting Area

Grand Palladium Suite Sitting Area

 

Grand Palladium Spa Pool

Grand Palladium Spa Pool

* Main Pool with built-in Jacuzzis and swim-up bar
* Roselle quiet pool located at the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort
* Children’s pool located at the mini-club. Separate and enclosed
* Coral pool located at the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton for Adults Only with built-in Jacuzzis. Open until midnight
* Pool at the Spa with built-in Jacuzzis

Grand Palladium A La Carte Restaurant

Grand Palladium A La Carte Restaurant

Resort guests enjoy breakfast and lunch in one of the three buffet style restaurants and dinner featuring buffets or a la carte service in one of the seven specialty theme restaurants. Dinner reservations are required for the a la carte restaurants, and men are requested to wear long trousers. Children’s menus are available. Drinks are served in the 13 bars located throughout the complex and snacks are served at the Beach Bar or at the Sports Bar.

All the guests staying at the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa are able to use the facilities of the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, located in the same complex. 24 hour all-inclusive service is available.

Grand Palladium Terrace

Grand Palladium TerraceChildren's entertainment is offered throughout the day and shows for children at night and a mini-disco guarantee fun for the younger set. Everyone will enjoy lively shows and games every night at the theatre, and the air-conditioned Disco Bar Bobsled is open from 11:00pm to 2:00am for the adult guests 18 and over. Grand Palladium Beach Chairs and Straw Hut

Guests of the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa enjoy a complete, daily program of sports activities and entertainment on the beach and at the pool including aerobics, aquatic gymnastics, ping pong, basketball, beach volleyball, pro-soccer field with artificial turf, tennis, Petanque, waterpolo, darts, archery, a nine hole mini-golf course, group games and a paddle court.

 

RIU Montego Bay August 10, 2009

The memorable color of RIU, Lilac

The memorable color of RIU, Lilac

 Just a short drive from downtown Montego Bay, and nearby a wide variety of local shops, golf courses and dining options, this appealing resort offers a relaxing setting for families and couples seeking fun in the sun.

 Surrounded by a beautiful stretch of white-sand beach and lush tropical gardens, guests enjoy a fetching selection of restaurants and bars, a night club, modern fitness facilities, a game room complete with slot machines, a pampering menu of services at the resort’s upscale spa, daily and nightly entertainment and family-friendly amenities including a playground, supervised children’s activities program and kid’s pool.

Room at RIU Montego Bay

Room at RIU Montego Bay

 One king or two double beds; bathroom with bathtub and double sinks; electronic in-room safe (laptop size); balcony or terrace; garden view.
Max. Occ: 3Ad/1Ch or 2Ad/2Ch
Please Note: Connecting rooms are available. Connecting rooms include a small hallway with an external door which gives access to the two doors of the same room.

Swim-up Pool Bar at RIU Montego Bay

Swim-up Pool Bar at RIU Montego Bay

 A wide variety of activities is available, so whether your idea of a perfect vacation includes lounging on the beach or by the pool or something a little more active, there’s something for everyone!

Main Pool Overview at RIU Montego Bay

Main Pool Overview at RIU Montego Bay

 

Relaxing pool side at RIU Montego Bay

Relaxing pool side at RIU Montego Bay

 The Riu Montego Bay offers a spa with assorted body and facial treatments, massages and salon services … all available for an additional charge. The fitness center, sauna and Jacuzzi access are complimentary.

Room view at RIU Montego Bay

Room view at RIU Montego Bay

Great for Families of Five!
The ideal accommodation for families, the new Triple Rooms with a king-size bed plus a double bed comfortably set in the same room, will accommodate up to 3 adults and 2 children.

 

Hot off the Press-Travel Special !!! August 7, 2009

FDR Fall Family Sale

FDR Fall Family Sale

60% off Rack Rates
 
Booking Window: August 7, 2009 – August 31, 2009 – New Booking Only !!!
 
Travel Dates: August 7th, 2009 – December 20, 2009
 
The Family Fall Sale can not be combined with other promotions.
 
To Book your Vacation for the Fall, call us at 888-213-7815
 
For more information about the Resort, please click here: FDR