Jamaica Volunteer Vacations: A New and Growing Travel Trend
One of the fastest travel trends in the world today is volunteer vacations, sometimes referred to as voluntourism. Travelers not only want to visit foreign countries but also want to get involved with the indigenous people through community service. Jamaica, an exotic island known for its beautiful white sandy beaches and sunny weather, is the perfect place to sample this unique experience.
Jamaica’s Top Event Every Summer
Jamaica’s top event, the annual Emancipation and Independence Celebrations is held during the week of August 1 – 6. Jamaicans all over the world celebrate the emancipation of slavery and our independence from England. The most popular cultural activities are music, dance and poetry.
Who Says You Can't See Kingston Jamaica like a Tourist - Day 3 & 4: Shopping, Hellshire, Party, Club and Spanish Court Hotel
We were up early that morning as we had a lot to do. My cousin was coming for us later that morning to take us to see some relatives I have in Portmore. First we wanted to do some shopping. My wife’s aunt was taking us to a few places to get some Jamaican shirts. I love wearing my Jamaican colors, especially when I travel to other countries. It’s an icebreaker as most people see the flag and ask about Usain Bolt, Bob Marley, Reggae or something Jamaican. Our first stop was at Sovereign.
Who Says You Can't See Kingston Jamaica like a Tourist - Day 2: Country side tour and Blue Mountain walk
We asked for a wakeup call after a long day yesterday. It was early in the morning. Our host is Maureen Wright –Evans the owner of Jamaica Adventure Secret and Smokey Manor, a bed & breakfast in Smokeyvale. Maureen is a Jamaican gem. She is passionate about Jamaica and very energetic. The energy is infectious especially early in the morning.
Who Says You Can't See Kingston Jamaica like a Tourist - Day 1: Port Royal
We took a late AirJamaica flight. It was the flight that everyone always complaints of being late. Well the flight arrived on time. In fact we got in early and had to call to say we were at the airport. This is the second time we took Air Jamaica this year and it was on time. We arrived at my wife’s aunt house to Escovitch fish waiting for dinner.
Procedures To Apply For A Marriage Licence
Getting Married in Jamaica? Confused on what documents you need? Here is the procedure to apply for a Marriage Licence in Jamaica.
Jamaica Travel Events Calendar February & March 2010
Jamaica continues to be the hottest destination for Spring Break, and Spring Break 2010 kicks off from February – March 2010. The exciting party season takes place in Montego Bay and Negril.
The gentle blue waters of Cornwall Beach on the western coast of Jamaica offer the perfect getaway for those who want to get away from it all. While not the most secluded beach on the island, Cornwall Beach is a place where visitors can succeed in escaping the bustle of urban life while still enjoying the opportunity to meet new people.
Cardiff Hall Public Beach
The mix of beautiful natural setting and unique atmosphere makes Cardiff Hall Public Beach a great destination for travelers looking for a taste of Jamaica. Not too far off the beaten path, Cardiff Hall offers a middle ground for tourists desiring a little seclusion, as well as easy access to an urban experience. Cardiff Hall Public Beach is notable for its tropical, yet metropolitan feel. It’s a good choice for families and groups of friends who want to be on the beach without having to fight the crowds.
Boston Bay Beach
When traveling, there’s nothing better than finding a place that hasn’t been overrun by tourists. When that place is an island beach, secluded enough for letting your fantasies run wild, yet close enough to major cities and attractions, you’ve found Boston Bay on the eastern coast of Jamaica.
Jamaica’s Luminous Lagoon – A Natural Wonder
A visit to Jamaica’s Montego Bay area would not be complete without enjoying a trip to the Martha Brae River and its spectacular Luminous Lagoon. The river is in Falmouth, Trelawney, and according to local legend, it is associated with Spanish Conquistadores.
Jamaica to Cuba - Part 3
Today is our last day in Cuba. As usual we went to breakfast. After breakfast I had to change some Euros at Cambio before leaving. While in line I was questioned by a German tourist who asked if Jamaicans are prejudice. He was afraid to go because someone in Germany told him Jamaicans are prejudiced. I assured him we were not and that it was safe to go to Jamaican.
Jamaica to Cuba - Part 2
We awoke at 7.00am to get an early start before our city tour. Our package included breakfast so we headed to the hotel’s main restaurant. The restaurant was packed. It was a buffet style continental breakfast except for the eggs. One of the things we enjoyed was the gentleman who cooked our eggs. He seemed so contented in what he did and had a great smile on his face. He was one of the few people who seemed really happy while we were in Cuba.
Jamaica to Cuba Part 1
We got to the airport very early. The check-in process to Cuba was complicated. The boarding passes and documentation were for Cubana airlines even though we would be traveling Air Jamaica. There seems to have been some mix-up with our itinerary so the ticket agent had to reprint all our documents. The ticket agent reminded us to be sure that we had our all important visa card. This is the document that Cuban immigration would stamp for entry and exit from the country. They would not stamp your passport as long as you have this card. You can buy the visa card in Jamaica through the Airline or travel agencies that provide service to Cuba.
Kool Runnings Water Park - Negril
The Kool Runnings Water Park was established in early 2007, and since then, it offers a welcoming family-friendly entertainment option in Jamaica. The park is located in Negril – the island’s “Capital of Cool” – on Norman Manley Boulevard. Kool Runnings is a state-of-the-art water park that features attractions for visitors of all ages, locals and tourists alike.
Make Your Wedding Dream a Reality in Jamaica!
Jamaica is the most popular site in the Caribbean for weddings – and no wonder! It makes the perfect setting for your wedding day – a day that will be remembered for the rest of your life. The island of Jamaica offers a wide variety of venues to accommodate any wedding desire, from a small and quiet ceremony to a large elaborate event – and everything in between. Let your imagination run wild in a place where fantasy and reality meet!
Trip Report Part 4: Family Vacation Negril
This is the last installation from a trip report by Jamaicans.com webmaster. It includes day 8 thought day 11. This trip report includes a photo gallery and videos. There is a video tour of the Whistling Bird cottages in Negril.
Prospect Plantation - Ocho Rios
The 1000-acre Prospect Plantation, which dates from 1721, is full of surprises and an attraction suitable for visitors of all ages. You can make friends with parrots and owls and take a variety of guided tours to learn about the plantation’s history and greenery.
Sandals Dunn's River Reunion Week
For the past 16 years, Sandals resorts have celebrated Reunion Week at each of their Sandals properties during Easter week. All the stops are pulled out for this special week for returning guests. While Sandals is famous for its gourmet food and “Luxury Included” ambience, they go far beyond the expectations for the average guest. Two of the main features are an off property excursion and a specially prepared meal fit for a king. Most of the trips have been to tourist attractions near the resorts. Besides the abundance of food and drinks, special activities and entertainment are the order of the day.
My visit to "Fi Wi Sinting" - Somerset Falls in Portland, Jamaica
On Sunday April 15, 2008 I travelled with a friend to Somerset Falls in Portland, Jamaica to attend the Fi Wi Sinting event. I heard about this festival when Pauline Petinaud (aka Sista P) was being interviewed on Junior Jawara Blake’s 93.5 wvip radio program. I was so impressed by what I was hearing that I made a promise to attend the culturama in Jamaica.
The Green Grotto Caves
Located on Jamaica’s north coast between two towns with the romantic names of Runaway Bay and Discovery Bay, lies the Green Grotto Caves. Named for the green algae that cover its walls, the caves have a long connection with Jamaican history.
The Best Vacation I've Ever Had
enjoyed myself in Jamaica. It was the best vacation I've ever had & I've been on many vacations, but Jamaica is truly one of my best. In 2006 I was planning to go to vacation in Jamaica...looked to where I wanted to go...
Trip Report Part 3: Family Vacation Negril
Previously I wrote about the 5 days of my family reunion. The next 5 days after that was my family days vacation. Here is my trip report of the 5 days family vacation in Negril. This report includes pictures. I tried to capture some of the high points of the trip.
Places to See: Devon House
Devon House stands in the heart of Kingston, Jamaica, in the area formerly known as “Millionaire’s Corner” at Trafalgar and Hope Road. It was the architectural dream of George Stiebel, Jamaica’s first black millionaire. This celebrated historical site currently serves as a museum, park, shopping, and dining center for visitors and locals alike.
Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain
The hottest new destination in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, the attraction capital of the Caribbean! Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain boasts over 100 acres of land stretching from the coast road entrance near Dunn’s River Falls to over 700 feet above sea level at the peak of Mystic Mountain.
Jamaican Tourism Moves Towards Going Green
What is this Hotel’s carbon footprint? Is that beach blue flag certified? Are there any eco-friendly attractions available? What is a Jamaican tour operator to do when faced with these questions?
Trip Report Part 2: Ocho Rios Family Reunion
Recently, I spent 10 days in Jamaica. Five days were for my family reunion and the other five days vacation. Below is part 2 of my trip report with pictures. I tried to capture some of the high points of the trip.
Holywell Recreational Park - Jamaica
Holywell Park is one of the hidden natural gems of Jamaica perfect for those interested in eco-tourist attractions. A three hundred area “park in a park” is the gateway to the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park (BJCMNP) and has protected status over all other areas.It is located 3,500 ft above sea-level in the cool Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. It is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of life. With lush vegetation everywhere the park is often bathed in tropical mist.
Trip Report Part 1: Ocho Rios Family Reunion
Recently, I spent 10 days in Jamaica. Five days were for my family reunion and the other five days vacation. Below is part 1 of my trip report with pictures. I tried to capture some of the high points of the trip. I will have more details on some of interesting discussions, hot topics and some random thoughts on my blog.
Rasta Stan's Jamaica Trip Report
Jamaicans.com forum member Rasta Stan takes us on his Jamaica trip with photos from around the island. Check out his trip report today !!!
April 2008 Photos & Jamaica Trip Report
Going to Jamaica soon? Would you like to see pictures, hear what others are saying, ask questions or reminisce about your last visit? Get real information and interact with real people, check great photos and information trip reports in our Travel forum.
Jamaica Wedding Resource
Want to Get Married in Jamaica? Wedding and Jamaica are synonymous, not many people know this but Jamaica is ranked among the top 10 destinations worldwide, consistently for Weddings and Honeymoons. Here is a resource with wedding coordinators, pastors and more to help you plan that special day.
Smashing a forehand in Jamaica - Tennis
It is an interesting fact that resorts offer the best tennis courts in Jamaica. These courts, with their unique locations and intrinsic style, are without doubt the best you will encounter in the Caribbean.
Sex and Jamaica Travel
While tourism brings desperately needed foreign income, it has many potentially negative side effects. One of the scariest such effects has to do with sexual exploitation.
Negril & Legends fit the bill once again - Jamaica Trip Report
We just got back on Sunday from another awesome Negril trip. I hate to say it but we had no mishaps, delays, disappointments, etc, etc. Everything thankfully fell into place and we all agreed that this was 110% better than last year's trip.
Don't Teach Your Garbage To Swim - Jamaica Trip Report
This last visit was very different for me, but not in a bad way...I've been having a hard time trying to explain it, so the best I can do for now is to say that it wasn't so much a vacation as it was my moving my life, my day-to-day existence, from New York to Jamaica...I've never felt uncomfortable there, but I reached a level of comfort that really surprised me....for example, there were entire days that we didn't take pictures, in fact we have no photos from our first two days...
My Trip in the Blue Mountains... - Jamaica Trip Report
Jamaicans.com "boardite" Mrsbcruz provides with some stunning pictures and a trip report on her visit to the Blue Mountains in Jamaica. Check out this trip report and the awesome pictures.
Shopping, Jamaica Style
Shopping in Jamaica can be described in one word…divine. Get ready to select some serious treasures during your shopping excursions on the island, and be prepared to bring home an extra suitcase to hold it all.
A Spring With Healing Powers: Jamaica’s Mineral Bath
Legend has it that a “Runaway Slave” who lived up in the hills of St. Thomas Was whipped by his ‘Master’ and while running through the bushes he saw this pool Of water where he started washing his wounds… A strange thing occurred the next Day… his wounds started to heal… This spring now became his medicinal
St, Bess & Beyond... - Jamaica Trip Report
This past April, a group of us left Toronto on a mission trip to Southfield, St. Elizabeth. Our first eight days on the island was extremely busy, and so the pictures in this report are of the two days we had to ourselves, plus some from the week I spent in Kingston.