To many, Jamaica is the heart of the Caribbean, and it certainly is. 🙂 The birthplace of reggae icon Bob Marley and the fastest man on earth Usain Bolt. Jamaica is known for its reggae and dancehall music. The Rastafari movement, picturesque beaches, food, all-inclusive resorts, unique culture are some of the reasons why many travellers are anticipating a visit to the island.  Most who travel here don’t leave the comforts of their all-inclusive resort; those who do typically don’t venture too far outside their immediate area. And that is sad because there is a lot of uniqueness about Jamaica that they don’t get to experience. For example, Portland and St Elizabeth is pack with so many hidden gems that will leave you wanting to remain on the island forever.  As the third-largest island of the Caribbean, Jamaica is hard to cover in one trip. Instead, it’s best to choose your activities and vacation priorities, then make your hotel plans accordingly.  Jamaica is a destination the is the most loved and perhaps most misunderstood. A simple remedy for clearing the confusion! Come to the land of Sugar Cane, Blue Mountain Coffee,  Red Stripe Beer, Jamaica Rum, Majestic Waterfalls and limestone, and form your own opinion.  Your new ideas are bound to be shrouded in white sand, clear water, cool breeze, the luscious rainforest and delicious food. Bordered by the rugged Blue Mountains and anchored in foamy waterfalls.


Jamaica’s peak season runs mid-December through mid-April. The tourist crowd is at its highest from December through February, thanks to the coolness of nights and plenty of entertainment options. Discounts abound during summer and hurricane season when crowds are few and temperatures are only slightly higher. Room rates can get slashed up to 50 per cent during this slow season, and it is such a fun time to visit.  Whatever time of year you choose to venture to Jamaica, you simply can’t go wrong because Jamaica is the island that never sleeps, always pack with some sort of entertainment. 


There are three international airports in Jamaica Thus, very convenient to travel by air and land close to your chosen destination. 

1. Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay:  Most tourists land here. It’s the better entrance port if you’re headed to Montego Bay, Ocho Rios or Negril. This airport also has a domestic terminal with local flights that depart regularly to Kingston, Negril, Port Antonio, and Ocho Rios. Taxis, hotel shuttles and car rental companies are available there to help you get to your final destination.

2. Norman Manley International Airport: Located in the country capital of  Kingston. It is best to use this airport when visiting the capital city, Port Antonio, or head to the beautiful Blue Mountains. Also available are car rentals, taxi services and tour operators located in the Arrivals Ground Transportation Hall to help you get to your destination safe and happy. 

3. Ian Fleming International Airport in Ocho Rios:  This is the newest international airport on the island. It is a convenient entry point to Jamaica’s north coast that is suitable for small aircraft. Many of Jamaica’s renowned villas and resorts are only minutes away, and car rentals, taxi services and shuttles for your convenience are easily arranged.


All visitors must have a national passport or other acceptable travel document establishing nationality, identity and bearing a photograph.  Your passport or other travel documents must be valid for at least six (6) months from the intended date of travel.  Visitors are also required to show evidence of sufficient funds to support themselves during their stay and have a return or round trip ticket to another country to which they are admissible.


Jamaica is English speaking country in the Caribbean. But we like to mix it up with our island dialect call patois. Many foreign nationals love to hear our dialect and are willing to take a try at it. The primary phrases visitor try to say is “Wah Gwaan Jamaica.” It takes a little getting used to, but you’re sure to have lots of fun trying out a few of our expressions.


Jamaica Carries a hot and humid tropical climate all year round, which is precisely what you want for a relaxing vacation.  The temperatures typically range from 19 degrees Celsius (66 Fahrenheit) to 32 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit). Even though this small island is known for its sunshine, Jamaica does have two rainy seasons a year, from May to June and September to November. Hurricanes may pass over the island during the month of June to November, so keep an eye on the news for the weather update. 


Jamaican Dollar is the official currency. You can exchange your currency for Jamaican currency before arrival. Don’t worry, as Licensed Cambio centres and commercial banks are accessible in all resort areas if you don’t get to do it. The exchange rates vary daily, so it’s advisable to shop around for the best rate before converting your cash. Most of our ATMs accept international bank cards with Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, and Plus logos. Banks also give credit card advances, change traveller’s checks and other financial services.


The three main tourist hubs on the island that most visitors venture to are: Negril, the western part is famous for its beaches and upscale accommodations;  Montego Bay, the north coast is well-liked by golfers; and Ocho Rios in the northeast appeals primarily to adventurous types who might be interested in climbing waterfalls like Dunn’s River. Some (but not many) visitors choose the eastern area of Port Antonio to try the top-notch surfing at Boston Beach, the hiking along the Blue Mountains and the river rafting along the Rio Grande. If you want to explore the island’s authenticity not often seen by tourists, plan your trip to Port Antonio and St Elizabeth. Here you will enjoy the absolute authenticity, uniqueness and culture of Jamaica.   


Ackee & Saltfish

You can not visit Jamaica and don’t try the Country national dish. It is usually served with boiled food such as dumplings, yam, green bananas, or pumpkin.  It is also great with roast breadfruit and fried dumpling.  It is something that you must try if you never tried it before, it is super good. You will love it.

Curry Goat

Curry goat is a dish with Indian influence, and if you never had goat before, this is probably one of the best dishes to be introduced to it. Curry goat was a dish prepared only on special occasions, but now you can enjoy it any time. This meal can sever with anything, but Jamaican love it with white rice. Nothing says curry to Jamaicans if it is not served with white rice.   


There is no oxtail like Jamaican oxtail. The oxtail was considered scrap meat, and only low-income families would eat it. Now, it became an expensive delicacy all over the world with its delicious taste.


Jerk Pork 

Jerk Chicken is one of the most known Jamaican cuisines worldwide, but nothing can compete with the natural, authentic Jerk Pork you will get in Jamaica. Though the Jerk Chicken is good, it is the Jerk Pork for me. If spicy food is not your thing, Jerk Pork is not for you as it is not for the faint-hearted. The best place to eat Jerk pork in Jamaica is Boston Bay in Port Antonio, but it is still just as good as anywhere else on the island. 

Boiled Corn 

There is only one way to cook a typically tough Jamaican corn, and that’s to boil it. It became tender by long periods of cooking in seasoned water with thyme/green onion/scotch bonnet peppers or my favourite, in a soup – served in its sheath – costing less than a dollar – you’ll go through at least three ‘til you’ve had enough.

 Conch Soup 

I love Jamaican soup, especial Mannish Water and Conch Soup. Any kind of soup in Jamaica are great, but these two are my favourite. You can typically get this the same thing with the boiled corn. 


Roast Fish   

You will not thoroughly enjoy Jamaican street food until you tried the Roast Fish. It is wrapped in a foil paper roast and stuffed with veggies, usually Calaloo. You can enjoy it just as it is or serves with two Festivals or Crackers. 

Fried Fish and Bammy

You would best enjoy fry fish and bammy on the coastline where the fish is fresh and typically cooked to order throughout the day – so it doesn’t sit and get cold. Lovely drench in vinegary escovitch sauce, hot peppers, and all soak up. Serve with the fried bammy made from cassavas. You can grab a cold red stripe beer to go along with it. 

Iced Cold Jelly Water 

Young coconuts have the sweetest water. Make sure to ask the vendor to cut it open so you can scoop out the flesh (jelly) inside for dessert!

Enjoy your stay in Jamaica and comment your experience of Jamaica below 🙂 🙂



Mistake To Avoid While Travelling In During Covid-19

The travel industry has been dramatically impacted by the pandemic, and travelling internationally or otherwise is not the same as we used to. There are so many changes and new norms that we must adopt.  While we were all locked up in our respective homes in 2020, we all hoped that 2021 would be more generous to travellers. Although the vaccination drives are in full swing, and more than 774 million people worldwide have received their first doses, the uncertainty encircling international travelling is still prevalent. Therefore, mistakes and missteps are bound to happen; knowing what to expect can help ensure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible. So, here is a few Mistakes to avoid while travelling in this pandemic. 


1. Not Familiarizing Yourself With New Rules And Requirements

As the COVID-19 pandemic is fluid, so are international, national, and local rules, regulations, and responses. Most or not all the destinations around the world borders are open up to accept only vaccinated tourists. Make sure you are familiar with each destination requirement before booking a flight. 


2. Choosing Your Destination Too Hastily

Now that things are taking their time to return to a little light of normalcy and most destinations now open their borders accepting vaccinated tourists, and with your travel bucket list of specific places you eagerly want to visit. But now is not the right time to make hasty choices! It’s essential to check with your government or state department website for the latest information on travel bans, coronavirus safety and security, and entry requirements before making any decisions for international travel. As a traveller, you have enough time to make conscious decisions that positively impact. For example, you can consider visiting countries hard hit by the pandemic, where tourism makes up 10% or more of the nation’s GDP, like Peru, Sri Lanka etc.


3. Adding Numerous Countries to Your Itinerary.

Country hopping is something we love to do as travellers especially travelling to Asia, Europe or Africa. However, with the pandemic still lingering around and still rising in certain countries, it is best to stick with one destination. Please spend more time in one place – as that would enable you to make a practical impact, connect with the locals profoundly and soak in their culture. Consider this as your chance to take the time to get to know a place and embrace the art of slow travel while considering volunteering for a meaningful cause. 


4. Not Checking Cancellation or Change Policies Before Booking Flights & Insurance.

You don’t want to join the losing crowd that are losing money on travel during Covid -19. There are stories where many travellers lost all or part of their payment despite seeking a refund. Travel insurance might not help for trips called off due to coronavirus.   Pick the right airline, visit their website and look for the COVID-19 resource page for more information.  And if you are planning a budget trip and booking budget flights, always inquire about seat-filling protocols, especially on budget airlines. It’s essential to check the insurance policies while purchasing them during the pandemic, as many programs do not cover claims arising from COVID-19.


5. Lack Of Adaptability

While this is a relatively broad “mistake,” it’s a critical one. Many of us are eager for the world to return to normal. Unfortunately, the best we can expect at this time is a “new normal”  that is constantly evolving. The more flexible and adaptable we commit to while travelling in these times is the less stressful your experience will be.


6. Not Filling Prescriptions In Advance

In everyday life, filling a prescription is not a big deal. In Coronavirus times, however, there are extra considerations. From limited staffing at doctor’s offices to reduced hours at pharmacies, it may be harder to fill a prescription while you’re travelling. Plus, why go into a store when you don’t have to? By making sure you’re travelling with enough medication for your whole trip, you avoid the hassle and headache of trying to do it on your trip.


7. Travelling Without Hand Sanitiser And Disinfectant


Despite the cleaning and sanitizing protocols from Airlines, Hotels, Retail Stores and other businesses in protecting customers, you still do your part in protecting yourself and others by travelling with your hand sanitizer and disinfectant to minimize germs in your environment. Packing your own ensures that you’ll have them if you need them, as these make not be available at your destination. 


8. Travelling Without Enough Mask

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is firm in recommending that people wear face coverings in public settings to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. While this is very uncomfortable, it is for your safety and the safety of others. You want to ensure that you have as many masks with you as possible for regular changing and to abide by the protocol of the destination.   Having as much on hand can also prevent you from the frantic scramble around trying to get one. 


Best All-inclusive Resorts In Jamaica

Jamaica is blessed with some of the most impressive beaches globally, and where there are gorgeous beaches, you have lovely hotels.  Jamaica all-inclusive resorts are among the best in the Caribbean, from family-friendly to Couple resorts. Jamaica has an all-inclusive resort to suit all types of travellers.  So, here a list of the best all-inclusive resort in Jamaica to help you get started your getaway to Jamaica: 


1. Sandals Royal Caribbean(Over-the-water suite)

Sandal Royal Caribbean resort is an all-inclusive paradise for couples. Nestled in the tourist hub of Montego Bay sits on 15 acres of beachfront decor in traditional British colonial style.  These innovative luxury over the water villas are changing the all-inclusive game. 

It is perched on a deck floating above turquoise waters with spectacular accommodation feature see-through glass floor for ocean viewing, a tranquillity soaking tub for two, an overwater hammock for two and a private infinity pool to enjoy the water with total privacy. 

The water features at Sandals Royal Caribbean are its most significant selling points, from the private sandy beach to the many swimming pools scattered throughout the property.

Eight restaurants are on the property, serving Thai and traditional Jamaican Jerk to grilled burgers and romantic French cuisine.

Activities are abundant at the resort, including unlimited scuba diving to snorkelling, sailing, and paddleboarding. Activities also include volleyball and tennis courts, and billiards.


2.  Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa

Jewel Grande Montego Bay is an upscale, Family-Friendly all-inclusive resort in Jamaica. It is a 129 room resort that offers an outstanding beachfront, top quality restaurant and soothing spa. 

 The property focuses on relaxation and light-hearted fun, with complimentary non-motorized water activities such as kayaks and Hobie Cats and an excellent spa with a mineral pool and a Himalayan salt lounge. Guests here get unlimited access to all six restaurants along with premium liquor and fresh juices in the spa. It also provides a playground and kids clubs.  Also, if you are looking for somewhere to get married, Jewel Grande is a popular wedding spot, with special packages for ceremonies big and small.

3.  Hideaway at Royalton Negril Resort Spa

It is perched on the white sands of Negril Jamaica; Hideaway at Royalton Negril and Spa is a boutique resort within a resort. The Adult only Hideaway is an exclusive part of the larger family-friendly Royalton. Here, singles, couples and groups can have a quiet time out all to themselves as the property caters to travellers who like a good time alongside their relaxation.  You’ll also find direct access to popular snorkelling spots and plenty of daytime activities (plus a nightclub for those who don’t want to rest).

It consists of 166 Rooms overlooking the main pool and two beach areas. The rooms are sophisticated, bright, and modern, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, furnished balconies, and views over the ocean. Ground-floor rooms are swim-out suites. Tip: Book Diamond Club rooms for private check-in and other exclusive amenities like lounge access.

Several restaurants are on the property, but most are open to guests of the entire resort complex. Hideaway guests have exclusive access to Ocean Point Bistro, a French eatery at the next-door Grand Lido resort.

Other amenities include a spa; fitness centre; tennis courts; and beach cabanas, which can be rented for a fee.


4. Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa

Located along the stretch of Negril famous seven miles beach is the island icon Sandal Resort and Spa, a laid back, easygoing vibe couples-only all-inclusive resort in Jamaica.  With 266 rooms, this Caribbean elegance is one of the top resorts on the island. 

The rooms are elegant, with plush couches, fire pits, and a subdued overall tone. Higher category rooms have neat perks like whirlpool tubs, while swim-up suites come with butler service. Other rooms have multiple floors or private pools.

Seven restaurants are available to guests, serving everything from Jamaican cuisine to Italian and Japanese. The main pool is the heart of the action, with activities and music. Two other pools offer a more tranquil vibe. Of course, there’s also Seven Mile Beach, and Sandals Negril’s location is one of the best.

5 Azul Beach Resort Negril by Karisma

Another Negril’s famous Seven Mile Beach location, Azul Beach Resort Negril by Karisma, the hip and funky family-friendly resort,  has 285 fresh, modern, and fun rooms.  The resort’s 285 rooms are sharp and spacious, with furnished terraces, sea views, and swim-up suites. 

You’ll also find four pools, great dining options, a pretty stretch of beach, and a top-notch spa and fitness centre.  And also a kid-friendly pool plus a kids’ club and other activities.  There is also an adult-only section if you can’t deal with the energy of the if children. 

Several restaurants are on-site serving a wide range of cuisines, from local Jamaican fare to Thai, and there’s excellent nighttime entertainment as well.

Here,  guests will not spend most of their time in the rooms, as the pools and beach are truly world-class. Seven Mile Beach is one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, known for its bleached white sand and genuinely spectacular turquoise water.

6. Beaches Negril Resort & Spa

Beaches Negril Resort and Spa was built for a fun, family getaway. Packed with activities and amenities from the waterpark, kids’ camp, teen hangouts and speciality activities, children have plenty to keep them busy. Adults can enjoy the spa or candlelit dining for two. 

Located right on Negril’s Seven Mile Beach, it puts the resort a short drive away from the town centre and several shops, boutiques, and craft markets, as well as restaurants and bars. Since most guests are families, the resort can get noisy, but the hotel is so large that it’s possible to find quiet.

The most eye-catching feature at Beaches Negril is, in fact, the beach. Seven Mile Beach is one of the most beautiful in the world, and the resort has one of the best pieces of real estate. But families may prefer the three pools, as well as the 1,800-square-foot Pirates Island water park.

7.  Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

The Secrets Wild Orchid is one of the more luxurious adult-only all-inclusive resorts in Montego Bay. It has a  list of excellent features, including eight restaurants and five bars, plus a host of activities: a theatre, a spa, a water sports and dive centre, a shopping centre, and a casino. Keep in mind that the resort shares virtually all of its amenities with the next-door Secrets St. James, but top-shelf liquor is the norm throughout both properties. However, you’ll score more excellent rooms at the Wild Orchid, along with a more luxurious vibe.

8.   Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club

The  Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club is a kid-friendly all-inclusive hotel consist of 123 rooms.  The 223 rooms have upscale Caribbean style. This Beaches property has a private beach, unlike Beaches Negril Resort & Spa that only has access to a public one.

It offers a video game garage for teens, a great water park, and babysitting services. There is also Camp sesame that is filled with sesame street characters. Activities are also available for adults, with golf and scuba lessons, a lovely spa, and an adult-only piano bar. 


9.  Secrets St. James Montego Bay

Secrets St. James is slightly less luxurious than its sister property, Secrets Wild Orchid, but it’s still a great option nonetheless. It also happens to have slightly lower rates. The property features ten restaurants, eight bars, an expansive spa, nearly half a mile of beach, and tons of activities: a theatre, dive centre, shopping plaza, casino, and game room. You could upgrade to Preferred Club status that will score you tons of extra perks, like upgraded minibars, separate check-in, and an exclusive pool.


10. Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa

The Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa is an all-inclusive resort found just a 15-minute drive from Montego Bay’s Hip Strip.  Pack with an excellent list of amenities, including an immaculate private beach, a spa, and plenty of adults- and kid-friendly features.  The resort consists of  488 rooms that are sharp and contemporary, with large flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and private balconies. 

There are numerous dining options, ranging from buffets to Italian and local fare.  Top-shelf drinks can be scored at many of the bars.

11.  Couples Swept Away

As you could tell from its name, the Couples Swept Away is restricted to couples ages 18 and up. And while it’s not tiny, this 312-room, the all-inclusive resort manages to stay peaceful and is on one of Jamaica’s best beaches (Seven Mile Beach, in Negril). Modern rooms, quality food, and a low-key atmosphere make this an excellent choice for honeymooning couples or any couple for that matter celebrating a special occasion.

12. Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall

Located to the east of Montego Bay, Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall is one half of a two-resort beachfront Hyatt compound. Along with its sister property, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, the two collectively offer a long list of mutual amenities, including nearly a dozen restaurants, two large pools, and an oceanfront spa. The quiet, elegant vibe is what most guests would expect of an adult-only Jamaican resort. 

Each of its 234 rooms features a spacious floor plan and bright, modern decor. Amenities include fully-stocked minibars, free Wi-Fi, luxurious marble bathrooms, and private balconies or terraces, many with ocean views.  Very sophisticated and stylish. 

If you want the same level of service and style but are travelling with kids, the Hyatt Ziva is a perfect alternative.


13. Excellence Oyster Bay

Nestled in Falmouth, west of Montego Bay, Jamaica, this adults-only all-inclusive resort is a relaxed, romantic alternative to the party scene in Montego Bay. Nonetheless, it still offers plenty of entertainment options, from evening theatre shows to a lively Martini Bar. The resort’s location on its peninsula overlooking the sea gives it a sense of seclusion.  

Excellence Oyster Bay rooms are spacious and welcoming, with a variety of floor plans and views available. Junior Suite Oceanfront units have front and centre views over the Caribbean Sea.  Facilities open to all guests, with various restaurants serving everything from Asian fusion to steak, plus excellent wellness facilities with a full spa menu and a well-equipped gym.

14. The Caves

The caves are Jamaica’s most romantic adult-only escape.  The upscale resort has 11 private cottages and suites atop dramatic seaside cliffs. However, the entire property feels bohemian and undiscovered;  make no mistake, it is still a popular resort in Jamaica. The Caves also has one of Jamaica’s best all-inclusive liquor selections. While dining here is exceptional, and menus are crafted from local, seasonal ingredients.

Meals are served in the breezy lounge during breakfast and lunch and in the cliffside restaurant for dinner. However, for no extra cost, you can arrange dinner by candlelight in a private cave (five courses; reservations required). Just note that there is no sandy beach here (in fact, the Negril region can often be rocky). You’ll find The Caves hard to beat in the Negril area.

15.  Iberostar Grand Rose Hall

The best of the three Iberostar resorts in Montego Bay, this 295-room all-suite hotel is lit beyond its neighbours in decor, food, and features. While some elements remain shared with the lesser Iberostar Rose Hall Beach and Iberostar Rose Hall Suites — for instance, the spa, fitness centre, casino, nightclub, and shops — guests at Iberostar Grand Rose Hall get the pick of the litter with free access to all three resorts’ restaurants, bars, pools, and beaches. The rates might be higher, but for a good reason. It is also adult-only kids are not allowed. 


Enjoy your Staycation, Vacation and Baecation at any of Jamaica’s lovely resorts. You will not be disappointed.  🙂 🙂


Guide to St Elizabeth

St Elizabeth is the perfect place to take a break, go off the grid and be at peace while lavishing in the depths of a genuine appreciation for nature. White sandy beaches, rich savannahs, a spectacular safari, an unblemished scene of nature and a signature area of true love are a few breathtaking features that define the beautiful parish of St Elizabeth. Now, here is a few things to experiences and must-visit in St Elizabeth: 


 YS Falls

Enjoy a fresh rejuvenation at the glorious waterfalls, with lots of fun activities you will enjoy, from Zipline, river tubing, to swimming in the natural pool. You can immerse yourself in the refreshing water at one or all of the seven falls.  There is also plenty of picnic area that you can have a picnic with your family. 

Black River Safari

If you’re a nature and adventurers lover, you will find the Black river safari interesting, pleasing, and peaceful.  As you cruise down the Black river, nature will captivate you, from some two-legged egrets, whistling ducks, herons, red-footed coots and other gifts from Mother Nature.


Treasure Beach

Swimmers, Snorkel and Surfer lovers treasure beach; the gem along the south coast is one you would delight in.


Lover’s Leap

Gladstone Taylor / Photographer

Lover’s Leap, a historic attraction that gains its name from two lovers separated by slavery, leapt to their death over these cliffs.  Great ambience in a quiet place with a breathtaking view overlooks the Caribbean sea.  Excellent for love birds (couples). It consists of outdoor seating that is very picturesque and romantic. And also spacious inside dining and offer comfortable seating and great meals. 

 Appleton Estate Rum Experience

Taking the Appleton Estate rum tour, you will definitely have a deeper appreciation for rum and love for Jamaica excellence. Here’s your chance to treat your taste buds to a plethora of delectable drinks while learning a little history and weaving unforgettable memories.

Floyd’s Pelican Bar

Exceptional outdoor vibes, in the middle of the sea. Just take a short boat ride to Floyd’s Pelican bar to chill and relax. Enjoying a nice meal and drink a Red Stripe beer.  There are boats just down from the black river safari to take you to the rustic looking wooden hut, which shows that you are a part of something real and natural.

Jack Sprat

Jack Spart is a bit rustic and a lovely chilled spot to enjoy some of the best-tasting pizza and freshly caught seafood prepared with local herbs and seasonings. If you stay at Jakes hotel or visit Treasure Beach, you must eat here. You will not be disappointed as the meal is delicious. 


Accompong Village

A place that is rich in historical facts. Accompong is a rustic Maroon village and is located in the gorgeous Cockpit Mountains. Maroons are the descendants of escaped slaves who fought the British and won their independence in 1738, and Accompong is still an autonomous polity within Jamaica today. There is a small museum there that is a must-see for anyone interested in African heritage. 


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