Destination Jamaica

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

Top 10 Reasons to Vacation in Jamaica February 15, 2011

Beach in Jamaica

 

1. Jamaica is most famous for the sprawling luxury all inclusive resorts that flourish there and are a great option for newcomers to Jamaica.

2. Jamaica’s glistening white-sand beaches are one of the main reasons to take a trip.

3. Shopping is a good reason to visit Jamaica. Craft markets dot the entire island, featuring everything from art and specialty foods to unique Jamaican handicrafts. Tourists find duty-free goods like perfumes, watches, jewelry and designer clothes, as well as local crafts – all for good prices.

4. Water sports are prolific in Jamaica and visitors can indulge in various water related activities. They can choose from surfing, diving among the coral reefs, river rafting on Martha brae, and so on.

5. Jamaica is an excellent place to understand the culture of the Caribbean. It provides for a lot of historical sightseeing and there are many buildings on the island that’s till bear testimony to its colonial past.

6. Golfers will be delighted by the many wonderful courses, primarily in the Montego Bay area.

7. Jamaican cuisine is not for the faint of heart, it is piquant and sometimes very hot. However, with the influx of visitors, the locals have altered the traditional dishes to suit a wider palate. Most of the food is Caribbean in essence, however the national dish, Ackee and saltfish, is uniquely Jamaican.

8. Jamaica is a popular destination for weddings. The tropical climate and the exotic locale make for a very memorable location to exchange wedding vows.

9. Families will enjoy the many activities, great beaches, and many child-friendly resorts.

10. Nature lovers will be sure to be astounded at the variety and abundance of flora and fauna in Jamaica, as the island sits across a number of ecosystems. Jamaica is known for its bird-life in particular, with some of the most exotic colorful species adorning the many trees on the island.

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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

 

Morgan’s Harbor January 14, 2010

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Welcome mat at Morgan's Harbor

Welcome mat at Morgan's Harbor

 This Kingston Jamaica hotel is aptly described as the old meeting the new between the galleria of Port Royal and the Kingston docks. The Morgan’s Harbour hotel guests are already in full view of the old cannon standing guard in the Jamaican hotel with a façade preserving the historic appeal in the way that only fine red brick can, you can see the reception area.

The Captain is waiting to welcome you to Morgan's Harbor

The Captain is waiting to welcome you to Morgan's Harbor

Reception area at Morgan's Harbor

Reception area at Morgan's Harbor

Room 117 at Morgan's Harbor

Room 117 at Morgan's Harbor

Bed in room 117 at Morgan's Harbor

Bed in room 117 at Morgan's Harbor

Entertainment area in room 117 at Morgan's Harbor

Entertainment area in room 117 at Morgan's Harbor

Lamp in room 117 at Morgan's Harbor

Lamp in room 117 at Morgan's Harbor

Main pool at Morgan's Harbor

Main pool at Morgan's Harbor

Decor around Morgan's Harbor

Decor around Morgan's Harbor

The Morgan’s Harbor  hotel has also gone into gaming in its varied forms of Roulette, Royal Ascot Horse Racing and the familiar Slot Machines, using the apt title of Pirates’ Gold. The newly opened Old Goal Gaming Lounge is located in the eastern end of the property. Patrons 18 years and over are welcome seven days a week, from 12 noon until the last patron leaves. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages are served as a matter of course.
The bay at Morgan’s Harbor,  Hotel Port Royal will excite the palate, lift the spirits, and invigorate the senses. The ideal spot for yacht travelers, Morgan’s Harbor hotel offers  travelers space in their marina. The Jamaican hotel was once in colonial style hotel has recently renovated to ensure visitors with a maximized level of comfort and simplicity. The  hotel is located on the Palisadoes peninsula, with a breath taking view. The Jamaican hotel overlooks the Blue Mountains and the well known Harbor.
 

Special Report: Rachel Manley July 21, 2009

Lula Carter and Rachel Manley

Lula Carter and Rachel Manley

Rachel Manley is known not only for her poetry, but for her non-fiction trilogy about one of Jamaica’s most influential families-her own. Manley was born in Cornwell, England, on July 3, 1947.  She was the first child of Michael Manley and Jacqueline Kamelard Gill. Michael Manley was a charismatic man who served as Jamaica’s prime minister between 1972 and 1980, and then again between 1987 and 1992. Her  parents divorced when Manley was two, and she was sent to Jamaica to live with her grandparents at Drumblair, the family estate.

Michael Manley was married five times, providing Manley with several step-mothers and siblings. Her grandparents, who were prominent citizens and led extremely active public lives, managed to provided Manley with the only family stability she had while she was growing up. As she told Maclean’s, “They were all mine.” Forced to share her father with several different families and his demanding political career, Manley often felt very distant from him.

Books written by Rachel Manley on display

Books written by Rachel Manley on display

Manley’s grandfather, Norman Washington Manley, was the founder of the People’s National Party, and one of the key figures in the Jamaican struggle for independence. An athlete and a Rhodes Scholar, Norman was also a World War I hero. After the war, he returned to Jamaica to practice law. Rising to the post of Jamaica’s chief minister in 1955, he became prime minister when Jamaica gained full independence in 1962. Manley’s grandmother, Edna Swithbank, a well-known sculptor, was also a prominent figure in Jamaica’s culture life. Edna and Norman were first cousins, and this fact caused much public discussion. To make things even more complicated, Norman was from the “brown” side of the family, while Edna was from the “white” wide of the family, thus producing a mixed marriage. Adding to family turmoil was the fact that Norman’s cousin, Alexander Bustamante, led a rival political group, the Jamaican Labor Party.

My personal autographed copies of Rachel Manley books

My personal autographed copies of Rachel Manley books

For Manley, it was not easy to be part of a family that was under so much public scrutiny. Nevertheless, most house visitors were Norman’s supporters, friends of the family, or Edna’s fellow-artists. In 1969, when Manley was 22, Norman Manley died. Three years later, in 1972, Michael Manley was elected prime minister of Jamaica, a position that he held three times over the following twenty years. In 1975 Manley moved to Barbados, and eventually settled in Canada.

Although Manley always perceived her father as a distant, elusive figure, in the 1990’s she moved back to Jamaica to be at his side after he became terminally ill with cancer. She wrote in Slipstream, according to The Antigonish Review, “After a lifetime of chasing my father’s attention like a fleeting phantasm, I needed to be with him now.” When her father died in 1997, Manley was devastated.

 

Rootz Underground July 15, 2009

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Lula Carter promoting Jamaica at ReggaMuffin Festival in Long Beach CA

Lula Carter promoting Jamaica at ReggaMuffin Festival in Long Beach CA

Leon from Rootz Underground

Leon from Rootz Underground

Recently while promoting the Reggae Sumfest in Long Beach , California, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet some members of the Reggae group: Rootz Underground. I have to admit as much as I love Reggae music (I have more reggae on my IPOD than any other kind of music) I had missed learning about this wonderful group of young men.
Since I met them I have fell in love with their music and the message each one of their songs express to us.
I met three of the members but only had a chance to take pictures with two of them.
Charles from Rootz Underground

Charles from Rootz Underground

 

If you ever get the chance to see them perform live in your area, please don’t miss them, you will be glad that you didn’t!

Please take a moment to visit their website for more information about them and their wonderful music.

Rootz Undergroud is giving away free music downloads, click here

 

For more information about Rootz Underground, click here!

 

Much Respect!

 

Meet the People Program in Jamaica June 12, 2009

Hammock at Breezes Montego Bay

Hammock at Breezes Montego Bay

This is a wonderful program brought to you by: The Jamaica Tourist Board
 
Share in the Jamaican Experience
What better way to experience the culture of a nation than through its people? For travellers seeking insight into the Jamaican experience and the warm welcome of a Jamaican friend, the island’s Meet the People Program provides an ideal option.
Launched in 1968 by the Jamaica Tourist Board (better known as the JTB), the Meet the People Program reaches out to visitors curious to explore the culture of  this vibrant Caribbean island, taking them beyond the traditional resort and beach setting into the colorful realm of Jamaica’s lifestyle, traditions and customs.
View from the top of Strawberry Hill

View from the top of Strawberry Hill

An Enriching Experience of Hospitality
 
Visitors wishing to take part in the Meet the People Program are teamed up with Jamaican hosts or volunteers who share a common profession, hobby or interest, free of charge. In true Jamaican fashion, these volunteers offer a hand of friendship and hospitality to visitors who genuinely want to know Jamaicans and the Jamaican way of life.
Meet the People Program allows the visitor to meet a Jamaican who can enhance their enjoyment of the real Jamaica. Guests may get to meet a family or know a fellow musician, doctor, photographer, nurse, teacher or artist, or participate in a wide range of activities, such as hiking, shopping at a local craft or food market, visit a church, tour a facility or have a chat over Jamaica’s famous Blue Mountain Coffee.
Beautiful Oceanview in Montego Bay

Beautiful Oceanview in Montego Bay

Whatever the focus, these activities are uniquely Jamaican, providing an island experience that only locals can create, and a pathway to the unique aspects of Jamaica’s rich endearing heritage in people, culture, music, cuisine and natural landscape. The Jamaica Tourist Board will make all the arrangements for you to participate in the Meet the People Program!  Once you have confirmed your accommodations and your travel dates, simply sign up online. We are waiting to welcome you!
What many vacationers love most about Jamaica is the warmth of our people. Which is why you are invited to join our Meet the People Program. Meet the People is made possible by ther generosity of Jamaicans eager to welcome you to our country and delighted to share with your the sounds and sights or our island paradise.
Remember it’s our treat…so sign up today!