Jamaica Trip Report - Ice Cream & Auto Parts "Is this your first time to Jamaica?" - With just a hint of a smile tugging at the corners of her mouth, the young lady at the Immigration desk asked me this as she flipped through page after page of Jamaican entrance stamps in my passport.....with a similar smile and a brief shake of my head, yet another stamp was added to the passport....Other than a brief wait for our luggage, the airport was a breeze; in fact, we probably waited longer for our bags than we waited at Immigration and Customs combined....less than an hour after wheels down, I had a cold Stripe in my hand....
Jamaica Public Holidays 2011 - 2012 Here is a list of Jamaican Holiday for 2011 and 2011. During the Jamaican Public holidays, expect all government offices and most retail establishments to be closed.
Find Your Happy Place in Kingston, Jamaica Jamaicans on a whole do not always participate in "happy hours" unless they are celebrating a special occasion or sporting event. For those who have families, they would rather rush home to spend the evening with them as opposed to spending the night hours at a watering hole. Jamaica's single population and the more cosmopolitan crowd can be seen at many of the trendy locations in the New Kingston area. If one is interested in socializing with the natives and experiencing a local "happy hour" the following places are more than happy to oblige.
Jamaica Trip Report - Negril Pictorial The Negril Pictorial is a trip report by our forum member "JamaicanMe" has some stunning images of Negril and the surrounding area. The pictures are from JamaicanMe's latest trip, starting out with some beach scenes in Negril and includes The Negril River, the Great Negril Morass, Rick's Cafe and Bluefields Bay. It is a must see if you are visiting Negril, Jamaica.
Jamaica Trip Report - Tasting Negril The Tasting Negril is a trip report by our forum member "Roots" has over 30 amazing images of Negril. Take a pictorial journey around Negril. It is a must see if you are a first timer travelling to Negril, Jamaica.
Jamaica Trip Report - Jamaica Snaps Take a journey on the roads of Jamaica with our forums members. This pictorial takes you along the Jamaican country side displaying sites you may see during your trip to Jamaica.
Jamaica is beautiful if you know where to go Safety has become a concern in regards to traveling to Kingston, Jamaica, however, it doesn't have to be, if travelers tread carefully. Some people may view Jamaica as another typical Caribbean island, however, it is much more than a simple Third World country. Jamaica possesses a charm all its own, primarily because of the openness and warmth of its people and their generosity.
Jamaica Trip Report - March At Home It’s taken me a full week to recover in getting back. As soon as I got to NY, I had to go to work the next day and of course, I was completely slammed. Just coming up for air. This aint really a true, true trip report at all tho, suh mek mi wahn oonu fram no! I don't have any pictures of plates of food and I wish I didn't have to go to the 2 unexpected funerals that came about. The trip was primarily for work – the first week and a half was anyway – a Stolzoff documentary that’s being made ... and that’s all I can say about that for now. Afterwards, I managed to finagle another couple weeks out of my job to let me stay longer.
This week we feature the North coast "living" trip report by Jamaicans.com member Ja. Jewel. This trip report includes photos of Jamaica's beautiful foliage, old buildings and people.
A Jamaica Volunteer Vacation I’ll Never Forget My students and I had arrived very late at the Norman Manley International Airport on a balmy Wednesday evening. After traveling by bus and winding our way through the busy night time streets of Kingston, we finally arrived at our Smokey Manor vacation site way up in the mountains.
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 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.
Cornwall Beach 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.