TRAVEL GUIDE TO JAMAICA

WHY TRAVEL TO JAMAICA?

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.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO JAMAICA?

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. 

HOW TO GET TO JAMAICA?

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.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY INTO JAMAICA

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.

LANGUAGE 

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.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN JAMAICA? 

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. 

BANK / CURRENCY:

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.

TOURIST HUB

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.   

THINGS TO TRY IN 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.   

Oxtail 

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.

JAMAICAN STREET FOOD

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. 

 

Leave a comment sharing your experience of this beautiful Island 🙂

 

 

The Ultimate Portland Guide

Portland is one of the parishes on the island that is often overlooked. Most travellers, when visiting Jamaica, mainly head to the tourist hub in Montego bay; some might even venture to Negril or Ocho Rios. But can I tell you they are missing out! Portland is the ultimate relaxing getaway consist of stunning white sandy beaches, natural lagoons, great Jamaican cuisines, and beautiful places to stay.  Here is a Guide to Portland: 

How to get Portland

Portland is on the east side of the island that takes about two and a half hours from Kingston. Coming from overseas, you can fly into Kingston Norman Manley International Airport from any of these airlines American, Jetblue, Spirit, Delta, Caribbean airline, Air Canada, British Airway, Cayman Airway, Copa and Westjet. 

You can rent a car from the airport or hire a private shuttle. However, if you plan to drive to get there, I recommend that you land when it is daylight, as the road is pretty dark after sunset and plenty of potholes on the road.  To get to Portland from Kingston, you can take two parts: St Thomas and St Mary. You can turn on your GPS to help you get to your final destination. 

Where to Stay in Portland

Portland is one known for not receiving many tourists and simple not the tourist hub of Jamaica; therefore, you won’t find any all-inclusive. Your options for luxury hotels are limited.  

Luxury Hotel 

If you are looking for luxury, you’ll want to stay at Trident Hotel. It is a luxurious five-star property in Portland, Jamaica, with 13 villas, consisting of a private backyard, huge bathroom, shower, and outdoor tub. In addition, there is also an infinity pool that overlooks the ocean, spa, movie theatre, gym, and playground. Furthermore, the property has two restaurants that you can get delicious meals.

Small Villa 

If you want somewhere comfortable and not expensive as The Trident, you can hop for  Moon San Villa. The villa is a two-minute walk from the Blue Lagoon, where you can take a raft or go swimming.

It is more of an old fashioned villa with free wifi connecting to every room and a breathtaking view. It is a lovely relaxing getaway villa with pleasant and hospitable staff.  

Geejam

It’s a  property located at the foothills of the Blue Mountain, providing you with tropical vibes.  If you’re someone who loves to connect with nature, then this fantastic place you would enjoy. It is a fabulous boutique hotel with beautiful cabins nestled in the rainforest with a magnificent view of the Caribbean seas. In addition, you can take a tour of the recording studio that made lots of great hits.

Airbnb

There are plenty of Airbnb to chose from in Portland; you can try this Airbnb.  It located in San San, the exclusive neighbourhood of Port Antonio, surrounded by the green jungle and turquoise water, just about ten mins walk from Frenchman’s Cove. It is well kept with lovely scenery, great ambience, very spacious and comfortable. 

What to do in Portland

 Swimming at Frenchman’s Cove

This is one of the best private beaches on the island. You cannot think of Portland without thinking of going to Frenchman’s Cove. But, if you love beaches where the river meets the sea, this is a beautiful spot: white sand, clear water, cool breeze and lovely food.  Plus, a swing in the river that’s the perfect photo spot.

Rafting on the Rio Grande  

Rafting at the Rio Grande is another must-do when visiting Portland, a very peaceful and scenic adventure. Just grab some Red Strip Beer at the launch point and gentle float down the river on a bamboo raft. You can also add in some swimming in the river along the way. 

The most romantic thing about this adventure is passing through  Love lane where you and your significant other can Kiss and Make a wish 🙂 really excited. 

Reach Falls 

A very beautiful and cosy falls with lovely clear water. A hidden wanderlust gem on the island that will exceed your expectation. It is a gorgeous place to enjoy with your family, as a couple or just you.  There is also a nature hike to the rabbit hole where you can take that leap and jump off into an underwater cavern. 

Hiking at Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain is the highest mountain in Jamaica and the home of Blue Mountain Coffee. It is considered both a hiker’s and a camper’s paradise because of its exceptionally magnificent scenery. So if you are looking for a way to mediate amongst nature fern, springs, birds and others, then here is where it all can happen.  Coffee lovers, you will enjoy the best tasting fantastic coffee ever. However, it is frigid up there, so you may want to bring all the gears.

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is an excellent Lagoon with sea turtles and clear pristine water for all the enjoy. You can enjoy rafting or a boat ride to Monkey island to play and snorkel or swimming at the lagoon and enjoy the mineral pool. It’s a great way to relax and unwind. 

Winnifred Beach

Winnifred Beach is an exquisite public beach to visit during your adventure through Portland. The North Coast of Jamaica is not the only part of the island with beautiful beaches; Portland has its fair share of amazing beaches you’ll enjoy, with clean, clear, blue water and white sand. 

Where to eat in Portland 

Boston Jerk Centre

Enjoy Jamaican succulent Jerk Chicken, Jerk pork, Jerk Sausage here at Boston Jerk centre. It has some of Jamaica’s best jerks in Portland; you won’t be disappointed. In addition, there is other stuff you can enjoy such as Fish, Lobster and Conch. 

Geejam Bush bar Restaurant

Kick back and enjoy lunch or early dinner of Jamaican fusion dishes and cocktails in one of the sexiest backdrops in Portland. Great Ambiance and lovely ocean view with exceptional meals. 

Anna Bananas 

If you are a seafood lover, then here is where you would want to grab something to eat. Anna Bananas specialises in seafood cook to order in a range of Jamaican style. However, if you don’t like what you see on the menu, you can ask, and the chef will accommodate you.

Trident Anchovy

If you are looking for more high-end dining, the trident hotel provides that. The trident has two restaurants on-site, and whether you are staying there or not, you can enjoy the mouth-watering meals there.

Please share your experience of Portland in the comment. 

Have a wonderful time in Portland 🙂

Schengen Visa Process For Jamaican

What is a Schengen Visa?

A Schengen visa is the most common visa in Europe. It is a short-term stay visa that allows persons to travel to any member of the Schengen area, which comprises 26 European countries that share similar interests and laws. 

 

Where to travel on a Schengen visa? 

There are twenty-six European countries in the Schengen zone, and the same visa works for all.  These countries are France, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Iceland, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Sweeden, Switzerland, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Czech Republic, Malta, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein and Luxemburg.  

With the Schengen visa, you are permitted with 90days per visit. So once you are granted the visa and the embassy is aware of your travel plans, you can visit all 26 countries in one go using the same visa, as long as your stay does not exceed 90 days. 

Where do I apply for a Schengen Visa in Jamaica?

Applying for a Schengen visa to visit a country in the Schengen zone, you will need to apply for a visa at that embassy. However, not all countries have their embassy or consulates in Jamaica, but not to worry, other embassies or consulates act on their behalf. 

If you are visiting Germany, you will go to the Embassy of Germany in Kingston, Jamaica, to apply for the visa, which also processes the visa for Estonia, Finland, Iceland, and Italy. 

The Embassy of Spain in Kingston, Jamaica, process Spanish Schengen visa. They also do for Austria, France, Greece, Hungary, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia and Switzerland. If you are planning on visiting any of these countries, you will visit the Embassy of Spain in Kingston to apply for the visa, 

The Embassy of Belgium in Kingston, Jamaica, process visa for Belgium. Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and Netherland.  

If you plan to visit three countries in the Schengen Zone for 30 days, then the country you will spend most of your trip visit the embassy for that country to apply for the visa.  For instance, you will be visiting Iceland, Greece and France, but you will spend most of the 30day in France; you will visit the German Embassy in Kingston to apply for the visa. 

 

What are the requirements to apply for the Schengen Visa as a Jamaican?

The following list of documents are required for any short-term Schengen visa application: 

1. A completed and signed application form 

 

2. Financial proof 

You will need to provide a bank statement from your bank showing figures and details for your account over the last three months. In addition, if someone sponsors your trip, you must submit a sponsorship letter from your sponsor stating that they will be taking care of your expenses.

3. Travel Insurance 

 You can get travel insurance for a Schengen visa from these local provider Guardian life, Sagicor life, Grace Kennedy insurance and Key insurance. It should be a minimum of 30,000 euros courage.  Or you can easily purchase travel insurance for Schengen purposes online and print your policy at home from a provider such as AXA Insurance.

When buying insurance, choose a period that generously covers the length of your stay. For example, if you’re staying for 20days, think about 40-day coverage. The range of your insurance coverage can have an impact on the length of the visa you’re issued.

4. Proof of Accommodation and itinerary

You will need a printout from the airline website showing the date and price (do not purchase a ticket until you receive the visa).  Hotel/Hostel reservation

information is also required ( you may want to book places with no upfront charge and free cancellation, which you can cancel after your interview!). 

If you’re travelling to multiple countries, think about carrying printouts showing plane, train, or bus tickets (again, don’t purchase) indicating how you intend to get around. In addition, some embassies might require you to present an itinerary prepared by a travel agent.

If you are staying at someone’s home, you need a signed letter of invitation along with a copy of your host’s passport information page.

5. Proof of your intention to return

You will need an official job letter showing your date of employment, your role in the company, your salary, and the number of vacation days. Self-employed people need to bring an original and a copy of their business registration certificate. Students should submit a letter from the school.

6. Valid passport

Your passport must be valid for at least three months past the date you plan to leave the Schengen zone. If you plan to exit the Schengen zone and return, your passport must be valid for three months after you plan to leave the area permanently. For example, you plan to leave France on 15 July to visit Spain. You intend to return to France before going back to Jamaica on 15 August; then, your passport must be valid for at least September 15.

7. Photo

You’ll need to submit a recent passport-sized photo. Check the website of the embassy you’re applying to for dimensions.

8. Visa fee

A Schengen Visa for Jamaica costs 80 euros for adults and 40 euros for minors. Some embassies accept exact change in cash only; others accept major credit cards (Visa or Mastercard) but require US dollars if paying in cash. Please be sure to check the payment options before the interview.

 

Happy Travel ……….. Travel safe!! 🙂

9 Adventurous and nature-friendly things to do in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

The beautiful island of Jamaica, known for its warm tropical weather, breathtaking beaches, tasty food, music and unique culture, are some of the many reasons visitors love to experience this tiny island. With attractions such as Dunn’s River Falls and Mystic Mountain, Ocho Rios may very well be considered Jamaica’s outdoor adventure hotspot. Here are 9 adventurous and nature-friendly things to do in  Ocho Rios, Jamaica  

 

1 Climbing Dunns River Falls 

Dunn’s river falls, discovered by the Spaniards, is one of Jamaica’s top attractions in Ocho Rios and the most visited.  You can take a guided climb to the top of the fall wearing water shoes to keep your footing and spend as long as you want to float, hike a trail alongside it or recline and relax on the beach at the bottom. 

2. Mystic Mountain Adventure

Mystic Mountain packs with great adrenaline rush adventure from Bobsled, sky explorer, raggamuffin, zipline, wall climbing, water slides and more. You can take a tropical forest adventure tour up to a 700-foot Mystic mountain peak via a chair lift and experience exhilarating excursions.  After which, you can cool off by the pool or grab a bite by the restaurant.  Don’t forget to stop by the Mystic Treasure gift shop and take a piece of history with you. 

3. River tubing through the Tropical RainForest

Picture yourself afloat on a river, spending an hour surrounded by lush tropical forest.  Whether you seek something more relaxing, mellow tubing adventure, the white river is the thing to consider. Or, if you are looking for a more exciting adventure, there is a halfway stop through the river with rope swings for you to jump off in the river and cool off.  Be sure to take cash with you to grab a few Red Stripe Beer. 

4. Swimming with the Dolphin

Visit Dolphin Cove, the fantastic nature park located on the north coast of Jamaica. If you are a nature lover, you will have an incredible encounter as you enter the world of these gentle Dolphins, getting the opportunity of kissing and hugging them. You will learn about the dolphin while having fun. You will never regret this adventure. 

5.  Turtle River Falls and Garden

So stunning and peaceful. You can walk through 14 acres of tropical gardens with spectacular falls. So lovely! And there is also a koi pond and friendly parrot that you can take a picture with—a nature lover’s paradise. 

6. Exploring Shaw Park Botanical Gardens

Shaw Park Garden is a lovely botanical garden located high on a hill above Ocho Rios. The setting is excellent, with a stunning view of the town and plants that will interest you. It truly is one of the most attractive, serenely calm and peaceful places to visit.

7. Konoko Falls and Park

This hidden paradise in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, is a great place to relax with its natural, earthy, nature experience. Climb the waterfall, enjoy the animals and take a picture. It is also great for families with small kids. 

7.  White river rafting

Begin your thrills boarding a 2-person bamboo raft for a beautiful once in a lifetime ride down the white river. Relax and enjoy the ride while changing scenery; take in the breathtaking view as you glide down the river.  You will have the opportunity to stop for refreshments that you can bring on your raft and enjoy as you continue on your ride. There is also a shopping centre that you can visit after completing your ride and grab a piece of Jamaica to take with you. 

8. Yaaman Adventure Park

 The Yaaman adventure park is pack with fun-filled adventure and nature right in the middle of the rainforest. Here are some of the things you can do here: 

Jitney tour: this is where you get to ride on an open-air tractor around the 1000 acre property while learning about the plantation’s history. 

Camel ride: I am not aware of any other attraction on the island that provides camel ride. Here at adventure parks, you can get to experience it first hand.

Horseback riding:  this takes you throughout the 18-century property, where you get to experience a stunning view of the white river. 

Wet n Dirty ride:  you will experience an adrenaline-pumping ride through the countryside.  There is also a Segway ride and culinary tour. 

9. Green Grotto Cave tour 

The Green Grotto Cave is a journey into an underworld charm, a slice of Jamaica’s history.  You will this safe tour fully clothed with sneakers and protective headgear and learn about its rich history.  Green Grotto Caves is surrounded by thick vegetation and supplied with pristine waters flowing from its secret depths. Such privacy and solace you will find in the Green Grotto Caves.

Stopping over from a cruise ship? Spend the day and enjoy a little bit of Ocho Rios Jamaica. 

 

15 Visa-free Countries To Visit On Your Jamaican Passport

 

You don’t need to go to the consulate, gather your documents or pay any fee to get into these countries. So you don’t need to worry if your application rejected. You only need to buy a ticket and pack your bags.  

1. Singapore 

Singapore is one of the few island cities that Jamaicans are allotted 30 days to visit without a visa, and one of the few first-world countries Jamaican can see with just a passport.

Singapore is known for its glitz and glamour. Often described as one of the cleanest and most orderly cities globally, the island city-state is undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular visitor destinations. There are so many things to do in Singapore from shopping frenzy, delectable culinary delights, awe-inspiring museums, adventurous theme parks, exotic gardens – Singapore has something for everyone.

Since Singapore is physically halfway around the world, visiting directly from Jamaica is possible but personally not recommended. Instead, try to fit in 1 or 2 more countries on your itinerary and country-hop.   A visit is ideal when you have a few other Southeast Asian countries on the lineup, such as Indonesia and Malaysia, which are also Visa-free.

Booking Details from Jamaica to Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia

Flight 1: Montego Bay (MBJ) or Kingston(KIN) to Panama (PTY)

Flight 2: Panama (PTY) to Mexico City (MEX) 

Flight 3: Mexico City (MEX) to Seoul, South Korea (ICN)

Flight 4: Seoul, South Korea to Singapore (SIN)

Note: There is a cheaper and more accessible route, but you will need a visiting visa or transit visa. 

2. Peru 

Each year, Jamaican are given 180 days (6-months) to roam around the South American country of Peru visa-free. In addition, Jamaicans can now fly directly to Peru.  Panama was once the ultimate gateway to Latin America; now, we can add Peru to the list. We have options, guys. Jamaicans with just a passport can fly directly from the Montego Bay Airport to Lima, Peru. No visa required, no stop-overs, and no connecting flights, yeah. Isn’t that lovely?

You can visit Lima with plenty of things to do, such as hitting up its gorgeous beaches and seeing rich its Circuito Magico del Agua (Water Fountain Park), which is very magical at night. You can also go around Lima on one of Mirabus’ panoramic buses and enjoy the view of the city while learning about its history and enjoy some of the country’s traditional cuisine.

BOOKING DETAILS FROM JAMAICA TO PERU

Flight 1: Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) to Lima, Peru (LIM)

3. Chile 

Chile is a destination that has become popular among nature lovers and adventure seekers. Located on the west coast of South America, travellers can enjoy stunning sightseeing, from the tall peaks of the Andes, beaches to lush temperate forests, ancient volcanoes.  You can also enjoy trekking, hiking, climbing, river rafting, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Guess what? As Jamaican, we can enjoy this beautiful destination visa-free for 90 days. 

BOOKING DETAILS FROM JAMAICA TO CHILE

Option 1:

Flight 1: Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) to Lima, Peru (LIM)

Flight 2: Lima, Peru (LIM) to Santiago de Chile (SCL)

Option 2:  

Fight 1: Montego Bay Jamaica (MBJ) or Kingston (KIN) to Panama (PTY)

Flight 2: Panama (PTY) to Santiago de Chile (SCL) 

4. Colombia

Colombia’s cities hold plenty of attractions. The capital Bogotá, with its mountains and museums, the flower-filled plazas of Medellin, Cali the world’s salsa capital and Cartagena, the jewel of the Caribbean coast. Once again, Jamaican can visit visa-free that allow 180 days roaming the beautiful cities of Colombia.

You can also travel to these other South American destinations visa-free. Guyana, Suriname and Uruguay.  

BOOKING DETAILS FROM JAMAICA TO COLOMBIA

Option 1:

Flight 1: Montego Bay (MBJ) or Kingston(KIN) to Panama (PTY)

Flight 2: Panama (PTY) to Bogota, Colombia (BOG)

Option 2:

Flight 1: Montego Bay (MBJ) to Lima, Peru (LIM)

Flight 2: Lima, Peru (LIM) to Bogota, Colombia (BOG)

5. Mexico 

Mexico truly is a tropical treasure trove with fabulous beaches, fascinating culture, dynamic cities brimming with colonial architecture, and feisty mouth-watering cuisine.  There is so much to see, eat and do in Mexico, and Jamaicans can visit for 180 days visa-free to traverse this magical place. 

 BOOKING DETAILS FROM JAMAICA TO MEXICO

Option 1:

Flight 1: Montego Bay (MBJ) or Kingston(KIN) to Panama (PTY)

Flight 2: Panama (PTY) to Mexico City (MEX)

Option 2:

Flight 1: Montego Bay (MBJ) to Lima, Peru (LIM)

Flight 2: Lima, Peru (LIM) to Mexico City (MEX)

6. South Africa

South Africa, known for its beaches, mountains and savannas, is a trendy place for tourists. Its most famous attraction is Durban, a huge Indian-influenced harbour city and a popular surfing spot. With warm beaches, safaris, and botanical gardens, it’s a place you don’t want to miss out on travelling.  Jamaicans are granted 90 days to enjoy the most affluent indigenous culture of South Africa visa-free.  

BOOKING DETAILS FROM JAMAICA TO SOUTH AFRICA

Flight 1: Montego Bay (MBJ) to Lima, Peru (LIM)

Flight 2: Lima, Peru (LIM) via Sao Paulo (GRU) to Cape Town, South Africa (CPT)

7. Kenya 

If you love fun and adventure, Kenya is a melting pot with an endless array of activities and destinations that promise pure joy. It is the world centre for animal safaris and active adventure holidays. Enjoy wildlife safaris, bird watching, windsurfing, horseback riding, golfing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, mountain biking, snorkelling, scuba diving, hot air ballooning, mountain climbing, hiking, water skiing, fishing, and many more great activities.

Which Jamaican granted 90 days visa-free around this destination. So, it is a vacation filled adventure that one must experience.

BOOKING DETAILS FROM JAMAICA TO KENYA

Option 1:

Flight 1: Montego Bay (MBJ) or Kingston(KIN) to Panama City (PTY)

Flight 2: Panama City (PTY) to Amsterdam (AMS)

Flight 3: Amsterdam (AMS) to Kenya (NBO)

Please note that a transit visa is not required for Amsterdam if your layover time is less than 12hrs.

Option 2:

Flight 1: Montego Bay (MBJ) or Kingston(KIN) to Panama City (PTY)

Flight 2: Panama City (PTY) to Sao Pablo (GRU)

Flight 3: Sao Pablo (GRU) to Nairobi, Kenya (NBO)

 8. Brazil

 

Brazil became visa-free a right before RIO 2016, which grants Jamaicans the opportunity to visit for 90 days without a visa.

Brazil is a massive country of 8.5 million square km, so expect a lot of diverse places. But, of course, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo are top priorities. The city of Christ the Redeemer is a cultural hub with some of the biggest attractions in the world, such as NP Tijuca, Copacabana Beach and much more. There is so much to do and see in Brazil, and getting from Jamaica is easy 1. 2.

BOOKING DETAILS FROM JAMAICA TO Brazil

Option 1:

Flight 1: Montego Bay (MBJ) or Kingston(KIN)  to Panama (PTY)

Flight 2: Panama (PTY) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG)

Option 2:

Flight 1: Montego Bay (MBJ) to Lima, Peru (LIM)

Flight 2: Lima, Peru (LIM) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG)

9.   Argentina

Argentina: the destination that is known for its fine wine, art and magnificent landscapes. From Patagonia to Buenos Aires, this beautiful country from South America is one of the most inspiring in the world.  Do you love the Andes, incredible scenery, experience new culture, gastronomy or a crazy good vino (wine in Spanish)? Then Argentina is the place to soak it all in.  

Jamaican got the opportunity of visiting this lovely destination for 90 days in one visit visa-free, yes visa-free. So here is how you can get there from Jamaica: 

Option 1:

Flight 1: Montego Bay (MBJ) or Kingston(KIN) to Panama (PTY)

Flight 2: Panama (PTY) to Buenos Aires (EZE)

Option 2:

Flight 1: Montego Bay (MBJ) to Lima, Peru (LIM)

Flight 2: Lima, Peru (LIM) to Buenos Aires (EZE)

10. The Bahamas

The Bahamas, with some of the most stunning beaches, is a direct flight from Kingston Jamaica Norman Manley Airport. So are you looking for a tropical getaway?  Jamaican are allow to visit the Bahamas for 3 months without a visit.

You can book with Caribbean Airlines. Be sure to search directly from the airline’s website as opposed to using search engines.

11.  Panama

Panama is probably the most accessible country to visit on this list as it relates to visa-free. It is one of the gateways to Latin America and a central hub for many countries beyond that. In addition, it is a country that links Central America to South America. To put things into perspective, it is the escape route to almost all countries if we should go the visa-free way. 

You can book directly from Kingston or Montego Bay with Copa Airlines; make sure to search and book directly through the airline’s website.  Avoid using search engines such as Kayak, Expedia.

12. Tanzania

Tanzania is a country found in the Eastern part of Africa.  It shares borders with  Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, which is also visa-free to Jamaican; therefore, you can country-hopping and enjoy the Motherland.

Jamaican are allowed to visit Tanzania for 3 months without a visa.  Here are the booking details from Jamaica:

Option 1:

Flight 1: Montego Bay (MBJ) or Kingston (KIN) to Panama City (PTY)

Flight 2: Panama City (PTY) to Sao Pablo (GRU)

Flight 3: Sao Pablo (GRU) to Dar es Salaam (DAR)

Option 2

Flight 1: Montego Bay (MBJ) or Kingston(KIN) to Panama City (PTY)

Flight 2: Panama City (PTY) to Amsterdam (AMS)

Flight 3: Amsterdam (AMS) to Dar es Salaam (DAR)

Please note that a transit visa is not required for Amsterdam if your layover time is less than 12hrs. 

13. Curaçao

Jamaicans are allowed 90 days to roam around Curaçao without a visa. So, if you’re looking for the ideal Caribbean getaway, visiting Curaçao will be a vacation well spent. One of the three ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao), Curaçao is a Dutch-Caribbean paradise located just off the coast of Venezuela. Guess what you can add Venezuela apart of your trip as it is also visa-free to Jamaicans for 90 days. So, you can spend a few days in Venezuela and make some memories before heading back home.

Here is how you can get to Curaçao for Jamaica:

Flight 1: Kingston (KIN) to Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (POS)

Flight 2: Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (POS) to Curaçao (CUR)

14. Belize

There is so much one can do in Belize from swimming with the Manatees, diving in the Gladden Spit, Snorkeling, visiting the Caracol Mayan ruins, and much more. 

Jamaican can visit Belize for 6 months without a visa. Here is how you get can there visa-free:

 Flight 1: Montego Bay (MBJ) or Kingston (KIN) to Panama City (PTY)

 Flight 2: Panama City (PTY) to Belize City (BZE)

Note: Please use Copa Airline search and book directly from the airline website. 

15. Dominica

Dominica is a mountainous Caribbean island with natural hot springs, tropical rainforests, towering mountains, majestic scenery, waterfalls, bird watching, hiking trails, and national parks.  It does not have the beaches that other Caribbean islands are known for, but you will love it here if you are nature lovers.  Jamaicans are allotted 6 months visa-free to enjoy the nature of Dominica. Here is how you can get there with 2 options:

Option 1

Flight 1: Kingston(KIN) to Antigua & Barbuda( ANU)

Flight 2: Antigua & Barbuda( ANU) to Roseau, Dominica( DOM)

Option 2:

Flight 1: Kingston (KIN) to  Bridgetown, Barbados (BGI)

Flight 2: Bridgetown, Barbados (BGI) to Roseau, Dominica (DOM) 

Note: When booking for any of these visa-free trips, please search and book directly from the airline website, LATAM, Copa or Caribbean airline.  It is also essential to have enough funds for your travel as well as emergency funds, a printout of your travel itinerary and confirmations of where you’ll be staying.

Royal Caribbean sets 2021 cruises in Florida, Texas, Alaska.

white cruise ship

 

A Welcoming step toward normalcy for millions of avid cruisers___Royal Caribbean International announced Friday that six of its ships would sail from major US ports in Florida and Texas beginning in July.

Vaccines are not required for passengers, but all ship crew members will be vaccinated. Unvaccinated guests “will be required to undergo testing and follow other protocols,” according to a news release from the company.

The company’s first cruise since the coronavirus pandemic began will launch on July 2 in Miami, more than a year after the US Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention’s (CDC) no-sail order brought cruises to a halt, said the release.

“This is it. Vacationers can finally plan to take their precious time off this summer and truly get away after what has been a challenging time for everyone,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.

According to Bayley, as of Friday afternoon, “90% of vacationers booking with Royal Caribbean are either vaccinated or planning to get vaccinated in time for their cruise.”

By the end of August, 12 Royal Caribbean ships will be cruising in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Alaska, and Europe. Be sure to get your packing tips. 

The news release said people 16 and older sailing from Seattle to Alaska must be fully vaccinated, and those 12 or older must be vaccinated as of August 1. In addition, travellers departing from an international port must meet that nation’s travel requirements.

Celebrity Edge, part of the Celebrity Cruises line owned by Royal Caribbean Group, announced in late May that it had been cleared to sail from Fort Lauderdale with paying passengers in June.

8 Types of trips you may want to consider taking in your lifetime.

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1.      Weekend Getaway

Travelling does not require a week for you to enjoy yourself properly; you can fulfil your wanderlust by taking a weekend trip.  A weekend getaway relaxes, releases stress, unwinds you while escaping your hectic life, and recharge you for your Monday week task. It is a craft to be mastered.

Tips: Look out for cheaper flights and resorts deals; travel domestically; Pack light.

2.      Road Trip

Pack a bag, pick out your favourite tune, grab a few friends and family, buckle your seat belt, and head on the road for an exciting road trip. Whether renting a car or driving your own, head out and make this a thrilling adventure. You discover new places that you haven’t travelled to, stumble across beautiful routes, and meet interesting people.

3.      Adventure Travel

Life is for living, and what better way to live life than to be adventurous. If you are an adventure lover, then this type of trip is perfect for you. Adventure travel loaded with different kinds of fun activities such as going camping, mountaineering, trekking, Zip-lining, or doing water sports at any destination you wish to travel to.

4.      Romantic Travel

Couples, this one’s for you; planning a trip to an exotic location with your partner is such a fantastic way to spend quality time together, rekindling your romance while experiencing thrilling adventures together. Whether you are engaged, married for years or newlyweds, romantic travel strengthens relationships and brings couples closer together. Select a destination that interests you both and make memories that will last a lifetime.

5.      Family Vacation

A family vacation is one of the best ways to relax and connect with your family.  With the hassle of our everyday life, spending quality time with family becomes rare. With work, home chores and school, parents and children go through their daily routine without bonding. Plan a family vacation with no cellphone, iPod or tablet, build incredible memories, and strengthen the family bond.  

6.      Sole Travel

A solo trip is the most self-discovery experience and by far the best type of travel.  It is one that most people would not want to go on, but this is where you get to discover yourself and be life-changing and rewarding. When travelling solo, you get to plan your trip and adventure to your liking, eat whatever, go wherever or do whatever without thinking of anyone.

7.      Backpacking

It is one trip that you should think about doing at least once in your lifetime.  Backpacking like no other gives you freedom and commitment. So take your camera set sail through a country, be it long or short, with you and the world to explore and enjoy.  Capture great stories to share with friends and loved ones.

8. All-Girls/All-Boys Travel

Think about heading off with your girls or boys to a crazy adventure, a fantastic vacation spot and having ultimate fun.  It is a perfect way to catch up with your crew, unwind, create new memories, and strengthen friendship.