The Budget Traveller’s Guide to Exploring Jamaica Pure white sands, clear blue water – Jamaica is a jewel within the Caribbean ocean that attracts thousands of visitors every year. However, no matter how beautiful Jamaica is, there’s no denying that a destination this beautiful is going to be expensive.
Jamaica Trip Report: Day 3 – The Blue House, Mystic Mountain We were up in time for the 9:00 am breakfast at The Blue House. Breakfast consisted of Ackee & Saltfish, Fried Breadfruit, toasted hardo bread, pak choy and freshly squeezed orange juice. Coffee and tea was available in the dining area. We had breakfast close to the balcony where there were 2 bird feeders parallel to each other. Humming Birds (Doctor birds) were going back and forth from the trees to the feeder. I kept trying to get a good picture of the birds.
Jamaica Trip Report: Day 2 – Emerson Paradise Villas, Meeting Family, The Blue House I woke up at 7:00 am and walked outside to see the sunrise. It was a great quiet time as I watched the sunrise with a cool breeze from the sea behind me. Milton and Patricia brought breakfast to the villa at 9:30 am. It was nice breakfast of steamed cabbage with carrots, pick-up saltfish, boiled white & yellow yam and boiled green banana. We had Blue Mountain coffee and fruit juices.
Jamaica Trip Report - Road Trip To Negril To say that the last 2 weeks have been stressful is an understatement. So, not one to wallow in unhappiness and stress and strain, I hastily planned a weekend doing some of the things I enjoy best! The yells of joy when I informed Little Master and Miss World confirmed that I had made the right decision. ROAD TRIP! Yep, I absolutely love a good drive out, and the state of our roads notwithstanding, the Jamaican countryside is soooooo beautiful. I decided to head west to my all time favourite place on the island: Negril.
Jamaica Trip Report: Day 1 – Montego Bay, The Fish Hut, Emerson Paradise Villas After a hectic second-half of the year it was time for a vacation. I was pleasantly surprised at the customer service provided to us by the Air Jamaica/Caribbean Airlines representatives who greeted us at the ticket counter, at the gate and on the plane. The pleasant greeting may also be because it was the Christmas Season. The flight left on time and arrived into Montego Bay early.
Review: The Knutsford Bus In Jamaica where public transportation between the south coast’s Kingston and the north coast’s Montego Bay is relegated between an overpriced taxi or an overcrowded bus, the Knustsford Express is a welcome reprieve for travelers. The bus goes express between Kingston, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Reservations can be made on phone or internet in both Jamaican and US dollars. On my last vacation in Jamaica, I reserved a seat on the phone. The reservation process was hassle free.
Review: Too Brief The Wonder - Flying Across the Island With Jamaica Air Shuttle The equipment/facilities: Our “bird” looked nice and shiny on the outside, but on the inside, it was different. Several sizable cracks easily visible throughout the interior of the shuttle cabins, as well as frayed/torn upholstery (both trips) told an unpleasant tale of less-than-demanding maintenance. Having once worked inside the maintenance department of the “former” national airline (and seen an airplane stripped down to the frame and painstakingly reassembled), it would be nice to see the cabin looking… well, spiffy. Would you re-hire a limo/tour bus company if the test model had stripped upholstery?
JAMAICAWOOD: A Tinsel Town Tour of Movie Locations in Jamaica Jamaica may be considered a third world country, however, it boasts some of the most creative and intelligent talent in the world. From playwrights to producers, actors and actresses, Jamaicans have a strong foothold in the entertainment industry.
Jamaican Themed Wedding Located in the heart of the Caribbean, it isn’t difficult to understand why anyone would want their wedding to have a Jamaican theme. Pristine beaches, an exotic culture, locals and food bursting with flavour and vibrancy, what more could you ask for?
Our Picks: Top 5 Beaches in Jamaica Here are our picks of the top 10 movie picks of all times based on popularity and world market penetration. Be sure to add your favorites to this list. During the year leading up to Jamaica’s 50th Independence on August 6, 2012, each week we’ll be compiling a list of things celebrating Jamaican foods, music, culture, people and more.
Jamaica Trip Report - Girlfriend Tours 2011 Check out the trip report by Girlfriend Tours. The ladies provided some great commentary and amazing photos from their annual trip to Jamaica. Enjoy the Girlfriend Tours 2011 Jamaica Trip Report.
Island Proposition: A Guide to Proposing in Jamaica Planning the perfect proposal? Jamaica could be the perfect location for it. Jamaica may be in the Caribbean but it offers so much more than just pampered resorts, cotton wool sands and dazzling blue seas. Of course, it has all of these things, but what really sets it apart from the rest is its distinctly African feel.
Etiquette advice for taking Photographs of People in Jamaica We asked our facebook fans to help answer a question submitted to us by email: I love taking pictures of people when I travel. In some countries people do not want you to take their picture or they ask for money. What is the etiquette in Jamaica?
5 Reasons To Visit A Jamaican Supermarket On Your Vacation For many who vacation they never get the true experience of a culture and it's people. If you are locked anyway in an all inclusive resort this is one of the best way to experience a culture. The supermarket is a culinary and cultural classroom to learn aboutJamaicaand Jamaicans. Here are 5 reasons to visit a Jamaican Supermarket
Surf's Up in Jamaica! Jamaica is one of the islands that have made great strides in surfing. Since it is an island located in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba, Jamaica has the ideal conditions and climate for surfing enthusiasts. Although it has a prominent heritage of surfing, many people are unfamiliar with Jamaican athleticism in regards to the sport. Jamaica is well known for its cuisine, music, track stars and bob sledding teams, however, very little is usually mentioned about Jamaican aquatic sports.
Jamaican Arts and Crafts – Wood Sculptures Jamaica exports more than just bananas! Wood Carvings including Art Sculptures, along with other Arts and Crafts are definite exports of Jamaica. Jamaican arts and crafts are typically exquisite, thought given, and well cultivated.
Top 5 Foodie Spots in Kingston, Jamaica There is much more to Jamaica’s food scene beyond Jerked Chicken and Escoveitch Fish. “Out of Many, One People” is not just our national motto but also the best way of understanding the island’s approach to food. Thanks to settlers such as the Jews, Indians, Chinese, Syrians, Spanish, and of course, Africans & Europeans (among others) our food is truly anything but stereotypical.
Jamaica Trip Report - Not sure what to call it..a quickie I'm doing this first part live from the veranda at the Wexford in Montego Bay....All of this talk about Jamaica and tourism gave me a JOnes that I could not fill, so I had two days with nothing to do and wanted to see what it was like to fly over for one day and come right back.
Jamaica Trip Report - Soon come.... Am in Jamaica (Negril) and having an amazing time....right now it is pissing down - or raining heavily, in normal parlance....and was checking my email, so now I'm kinda hanging out at the internet cafe, waiting for the rain to ease before moving on. I am on the cliffs and am walking down, hmm, may end up jumping in a taxi....Last night went to a place in the country near here, where they had a sound system, speakers hanging in the trees, blasting out reggae, it was great.
Five Ways to Save on Your Wedding in Jamaica When getting married a lot of couples are surprised at what a wedding cost or what their dream wedding may cost. Due to rising costs and the stress associated with planning and having a wedding for many it may seem like eloping is the answer, but there are ways that couples can make that special day less costly and very memorable
Jamaica Trip Report - Feeling De Evening Breeze & More Another year, another mission trip. July 11th was circled on our calendars from the start of the year, and after months of planning and putting things together, the day had finally arrived. The group of six was extremely excited because without much deliberation we have agreed to bypass the "tourist" stuff we usually do in the days and use the time for mission purposes. We agreed that we would hold 4 days - Monday to Thursday - of Vacation Bible School (VBS), this in addition to nightly pre-service ministry meetings for women and five nights of services. We had a packed agenda. I would be on the island for 12 days; a week in St. Bess and the rest of the time primarily in Kingston.
Jamaica Trip Report - Here and There in Kingston Town As is customary, there was very little sleep the night before I left. Airport check-in was a breeze. I saw familiar faces at the check-in desk. They announce a full flight and begin the boarding process. Everyone was on board, so we left 20 minutes early!!!!
Jamaica Trip Report - May 2010 travels There were 3 of us for 5 days in Negril. We stayed at Bar B Barn. We totally enjoyed that property and already have my next trip booked. We did a lot "off the beaten path adventures" this trip, just driving different roads...
CARNIVAL: It’s party time in the Caribbean Carnival celebrations in the Caribbean are the best parties in the world and come from a long and honored tradition. Carnival originated in Italy hundreds of years ago when Catholic Church members participated in costumed festivals before the first day of Lent. The word 'carnivale' originates from a Latin phrase that means 'put away the meat,' indicating that Lent is a time of fasting and sacrifice of material pleasures.
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.