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

 

SUPERCLUBS GOES AFTER LARGER MARKET WITH REBRANDED RESORT IN JAMAICA May 20, 2010

Breezes Resorts

Hedonism III to Re-Launch as SuperFun Beach Resort & Club, October 2010

HOLLYWOOD, FL, May 19, 2010 – SuperClubs, the world’s only Super-Inclusive resort group, goes after more fun under the Jamaican sun this Fall.  To appeal to more travelers based on customer and industry feedback, Hedonism III in Runaway Bay will re-launch as SuperFun Beach Resort & Spa on October 14, 2010.  Couples and singles (18 and over only) will enjoy fun-tastic amenities as well as more affordable rates, starting at $110 per person, per night, double-occupancy.  While the property is being re-vamped (August 22 to October 14), bookings will be honored at the legendary Hedonism II in Negril.

“With the successful Breezes re-branding in 2009, we’ve listened to our guests and travel partners yet again, and to meet their needs and to further support Jamaica’s growing tourism sector, we’re welcoming SuperFun Beach Resort & Spa to the SuperClubs family,” said Paul Pennicook, president of International Lifestyle, Inc., the worldwide representative of SuperClubs Resorts.

Located on Jamaica’s famed north coast, the SuperFun Beach Resort & Spa will boast 210 rooms and 15 suites with expansive ocean and pool front views, multiple dining options including Japanese, Italian and authentic regional cuisine, the world’s only see-through-bottom Jacuzzi, a four-story waterslide, three freshwater pools, a clothing optional beach, and spa facilities.

An all-inclusive SuperFun Beach Resort & Spa getaway will continue to include: accommodations, all meals, unlimited local and international brand cocktails, myriad land and non-motorized water sports including equipment rental and instruction, entertainment, weddings, recreational activities, and hotel taxes.  Tipping is not allowed.

 

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

 

Thursday’s Travel Special – 10/22/09 October 22, 2009

Beaches Negril Resort & Spa
Beaches Negril Resort & Spa

Beaches Negril Resort & Spa 

INCLUDES round-trip airfare, 4 nights, Beaches Negril Resort & Spa, The Luxury Included® Family Vacation. BONUS save up to 55%.

Situated on the widest stretch of Seven-Mile Beach, this 210-room beachfront resort offers a range of amenities from a water park with slides and a lazy river to gourmet dining at 5 restaurants; from unlimited land and watersports including water-skiing and scuba diving to themed character activities with the Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street®; from a full service Red Lane® spa to 6 bars serving premium brand drinks including Beringer house wines. Top-tier suites include Butler Service. Beaches exclusive exchange program allows guests to experience all the amenities and services at nearby Beaches Sandy Bay. 

Package Includes:

Round-trip midweek air to Jamaica (except for land only packages)
Accommodations for number of nights selected
All meals, snacks, beverages
Activities & non-motorized watersports
Hotel tax & service charges 
Save up to 55%

Book by December 14, 2009

Pricing Samples:

01 Jul 09  –  18 Dec 09 Baltimore from $1129.00
01 Jul 09  –  18 Dec 09 Denver from $1145.00
01 Jul 09  –  18 Dec 09 Kansas City from $1169.00
01 Jul 09  –  18 Dec 09 Los Angeles from $1225.00
01 Jul 09  –  18 Dec 09 Pittsburgh from $939.00

We have pricing from other gateways as well, give us a call at 310-722-3099 to book your winter getaway!

Terms and Conditions:

Prices are per person (unless otherwise noted), based on double occupancy accommodations (subject to change). Air-inclusive packages are based on round-trip midweek coach air (unless otherwise noted). Cruise rates are per person (unless otherwise noted), double occupancy, cruise only in US Dollars. Government fees/taxes are additional. Single, triple, and children’s rates, if available, on request. Prices are valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, may change without notice, and are not retroactive. Blackouts, peak period surcharges, cancellation charges, and other restrictions may apply. Air fuel surcharge is included in pricing. September 11th Security Fee of up to $10 is additional. U.S. departure taxes for international travel of up to $96 and PFCs of up to $135 may be additional and payable prior to departure. Foreign departure taxes of up to $41 may also be additional and payable directly to the appropriate foreign airport authority or prior to departure depending on destination. Advertised prices already reflect savings and free nights when applicable. Some package prices are based on the lowest available airfare at the time of pricing and may be subject to availability and change. Not responsible for errors or omissions in the content of the offers displayed here. Prices valid from U.S. departure cities only.

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Carter Elite Travel – 310-722-3099 – Email: Info@carterelitetravel.comwww.carterelitetravel.com

 Vacation Code#MB-75082

 

Thursday’s Travel Special – 9/17/09 September 17, 2009

RIU Palace Tropical Bay

RIU Palace Tropical Bay

RIU Palace Tropical Bay

All-Inclusive, relaxing, Victorian-style resort on the beach – Surrounded by more than 20 acres of lush rainforest vegetation, this Victorian-style All-Inclusive attracts couples, singles, and families looking for a lively yet relaxed atmosphere. A popular destination for both North American and Europeans, the property opens onto the palm-fringed sands of Bloody Bay, a calm, crescent-shaped cove named for its storied past as a whaling harbor

INCLUDES round-trip airfare, 4 nights, RIU Palace Tropical Bay, all-inclusive & hotel transfers. BONUS guaranteed room upgrade & save 20% on spa services

Round-trip midweek air to Jamaica (except for land only packages)
Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel
Accommodations for number of nights selected
All meals, snacks, beverages
Activities & non-motorized watersports
Hotel tax & service charges
Guaranteed room upgrade
Save 20% on spa services

Book by October 25, 2009

Travel Dates: August 21, 2009 – October 30, 2009

Accommodations: The guest rooms and suites are housed within a series of 2- and 3-story coral pink, colonial-style buildings. Each features a private balcony or ground-floor terrace with views of the gardens or ocean, and suites have living areas and dressing rooms. Amenities include air-conditioning, satellite TV, phone, mini-bar, liquor dispenser, in-room safe, and iron/ironing board. Spacious marble baths feature hairdryers and bath amenities. There are some interconnecting rooms.

Dining & Entertainment: Negril Restaurant is open for all meals, and serves a buffet with cook-to-order stations. Themed dinner buffets are served 3 times a week. For a la carte dining, there is Sir Anthony, serving gourmet cuisine; Hakuchi, a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant; and Bloody Bay, which doubles as a poolside grill and a steakhouse. All require reservations for evening meals, and enforce a dress code. There’s also a pizzeria, and a beachside spot specializing in Jamaican jerk cooking. Snacks and beverages are available 24 hours a day, and drinks are served in 4 bars, including the sports bar and Reggae lounge bar. Live shows and entertainment are performed nightly, there’s a game room with slot machines, and drinks and dancing at the Pacha nightclub 6 nights a week.

Recreation: Loungers are set poolside and on the beach, palm trees provide natural shade, and a swim-up bar serves drinks and cocktails. An array of water sports includes snorkeling, boogie boarding, windsurfing, sailing, and kayaking. The 2 tennis courts are lighted for night play, and you can also join a game of volleyball, get a workout at the gym, and follow it up with some time in the Jacuzzi and sauna. Kids have their own daily activities program, a playground, and a safe, supervised recreational environment.

Sample Pricing:

Boston     $725.00 per person

Albany     $825.00 per person

Denver     $959.00 per person

Los Angeles      $855.00 per person

Seattle     $959.00 per person

Pricing from other gateways are available

Terms and Conditions:

Prices are per person (unless otherwise noted), based on double occupancy accommodations (subject to change). Air-inclusive packages are based on round-trip midweek coach air (unless otherwise noted). Cruise rates are per person (unless otherwise noted), double occupancy, cruise only in US Dollars. Government fees/taxes are additional. Single, triple, and children’s rates, if available, on request. Prices are valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, may change without notice, and are not retroactive. Blackouts, peak period surcharges, cancellation charges, and other restrictions may apply. Air fuel surcharge is included in pricing. September 11th Security Fee of up to $10 is additional. U.S. departure taxes for international travel of up to $96 and PFCs of up to $135 may be additional and payable prior to departure. Foreign departure taxes of up to $41 may also be additional and payable directly to the appropriate foreign airport authority or prior to departure depending on destination. Advertised prices already reflect savings and free nights when applicable. Some package prices are based on the lowest available airfare at the time of pricing and may be subject to availability and change. Not responsible for errors or omissions in the content of the offers displayed here. Prices valid from U.S. departure cities only.

Call today to book your great vacation to RIU Palace Tropical Bay at 888-213-7815 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

 Vacation Code# MB-78647

 

Ted’s Custom Mats in Negril September 9, 2009

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                                     Welcome the wonderful world of “Ted’s Custom Mats” 

  
 

 

 

Ted Braiding the grass for the mats

Ted Braiding the grass for the mats

 

 

 

Drying grass that Ted uses

Drying grass that Ted uses

Pile of grass after it dries

Pile of grass after it dries

 

Mat size 4 by 6 for my bathroom

Mat size 4 by 6 for my bathroom

Round Mat for sale

Round Mat for sale

 

Ted is located in the Craft Mart in Negril, Jamaica and you will not find a better craftman in Jamaica.

Ted take the grass that is grown in Jamaica (he has a secret location that he finds it, not just any grass) and he braids the grass to make a very nice and neat braid, he then proceeds to make any size and shape mat that you would want.

Once you place your order, your mat is usually ready within 48 to 72 hours, so make sure you place you order early so that it will be ready when you get ready to leave Jamaica.

He also have some already made mats that are ready to go when you arrive at his booth at the Craft Mart.

So, do yourself a favor and stop by his booth and treat yourself to a custom designed mat for your home, you will not be disappointed.

Ted has supplied some of the resorts on the island with some beautiful mats for their hotels.

~He is known in Jamaica as “Ted” the Mat Man~

Ted can be reached at 876-407-6618 

“Partial photo credits to Kristi Keller – www.jamaicamyway.com