The rebranded Breezes Resort and Spa in Rio Bueno, Trelawny promises a potpourri of Jamaica’s rich cultural tradition, vibrant history and eclectic culture at its celebrated eighth annual ‘Best of Jamaica’ event from 2010 November 2 – 7 at the resort.
The week-long celebration of the diverse culture, food and heritage of Jamaica (which runs from Tuesday to Sunday) will see chefs not only rolling up their sleeves to join cooking demonstrations, but the unveiling of the secrets of rum blending from the experts. During the festival, guests are encouraged and invited to walk through the daily marketplace where local artisans will showcase their wares, nightly music and entertainment, explore the power of herbs with a Jamaican bush doctor and learn island lingo in a patois class taught by the resorts’ social directors.
Jamaica is well known for it’s vibrant night life and with street dances on every other corner on almost every night of the week it is easy to find yourself in the middle of one. However, though there is also a huge live music presence in Jamaica, if you’re looking for live jazz, blues, dub, reggae or otherwise you might want to know exactly where to find it. With that in mind here is a list of 5 Live Music Spots in Jamaica.
Martinis and jazz music are the order of the day at Blue Beat located right next door to Margaritaville on Montego Bay’s “Hip Strip”.The only bar of its type in Jamaica, Blue Beat serves up live jazz and blues music in a cosy setting with atmospheric lighting and cool blue decor to help set the tone. Since its opening in 2004 it has become a well established watering hole (not to mention the extensive menu). A decidedly more upscale place, elegant, with comfortable couches and lounge chairs to the side and a small, crowded patio out back overlooking the harbor. The outside lounge area is the best place to be on a typically hot, humid Jamaican night, a patio with couches and chairs just a handrail away from the dark ocean below.
This year’s Grace Tropical Rhythms Port Royal Seafood Festival in Jamaica was a splendid mix of savory seafood and entertainment for the entire family. The annual event was held on Heroes Day Monday October 18th at the Port Royal football field and featured an array of delicious seafood, kid-friendly attractions, competitions and performances. Not to mention a host of prizes and giveaways in between.
Once known as the ‘Wickedest City on Earth,’ Jamaica’s famed Port Royal is undoubtedly one of the island’s most captivating historical sites still standing and during the late 17th century was one of the largest towns in the English colonies. Due to its prime geographic location in the middle of the Caribbean, the town was once a haven for buccaneers and pirates, including the infamous Sir Henry Morgan. From Port Royal, these privateers preyed upon and plundered the heavily laden treasure fleets departing from the Spanish Main. Now one of Jamaica’s major fishing villages the location is ideal for a seafood festival of this magnitude.
There’s never a dull moment when Stephen and Calee are on the loose, they just can’t get enough of Jamaica’s wide range of exciting attractions. When we last saw them they were sliding down the waterslides at Kool Runnings Water Park in Negril, the only one of it’s kind in the Caribbean. Now, on the brink of tomorrow’s premiere of Pon Di Road webisode #14, here’s the roundup of “Pon Di Road #13 – Rick’s Cafe”!
Rick’s Cafe in Negril is famous for its great food, its unrivaled view of the sunset and above all it’s cliff diving. You can either watch the professional cliff jumping displays or participate yourself if you’re feeling the daredevil spirit. Countless visitors and locals have jumped or dived from the cliff and into the crystalline water below. The highest platform jump is 35 feet and ensures the thrill of a lifetime, though some choose to jump from even higher points from tree limbs. Let’s watch how far these two go.
Remember to tune in to our My Jamaica YouTube Channel tomorrow at 5pm for the premiere of the latest Pon Di Road webisode to see where Stephen and Calee will take us next!
Swimming, sunbathing and partying on Montego Bay’s “Hip Strip” are not the only things Jamaica’s second city has to offer. The island’s first Marine Park invites visitors to see the dazzling marine life that dwell under the sea and if you’re looking for an exciting way to see it all then the Calico Sailing and Undersea Tour is the way to go. With free unlimited rum punch, mixed drinks, beer and soft drinks, complete with music, and dancing to boot be prepared for loads of fun!
Climb aboard this authentically reproduced schooner and go back 300 years as you cruise the beautiful waters of Montego Bay in a pirate ship, complete with captain, mates and lots of reggae music. First stop off at the finest snorkeling spot in the Montego Bay Marine Park (equipment is provided and there is instruction for beginners). After your underwater excursion with the colourful fish, you’ll go to the famous Doctor’s Cave Beach and to Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville for a ride down an enormous waterslide and some extreme watersports fun. Get a great view and a wonderful insight into the undersea world all while the storyteller recounts Calico Jack’s fascinating life.
WESTERN BUREAU: For the fifth consecutive year Jamaica copped the coveted Leading Caribbean Destination award, while taking home 15 additional sectional prizes at the World Travel Awards on Friday night.
In a sweeping victory, dubbed ‘Jamaica’s Night at Tourism’s Oscars’, the island kept the rest of the region at bay claiming, for the fourth consecutive year, the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board. more
October 24, 2010 at 6:07 pm | News & Updates | No comment
Jamaica is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean for scenery. The island has white-sand beaches, lush foliage, rivers, mountains and spectacular waterfalls. Watersports are quite popular and you’ll often find a variety of them being done along Jamaica’s coastlines. Snorkeling and scuba diving are long time favourites but increasingly windsurfing and kiteboarding are also becoming popular. Jamaica is a popular destination for kiteboarding due to its dependable northeasterly trade winds and warm winter climate.
Kiteboarding is a sport whose practitioners attach themselves to kite-like sails and skim over the water on boards. Windsurfing lets you catch some waves in a whole new way. If you’ve never before experienced this dramatic water sport, there’s no better place to begin than here. Most of the large beach hotels in Jamaica have a good selection of watersports equipment on hand for use, usually free of charge (mostly for non-motorised sports) and will direct you to the best spots for these activities, this includes windsurfing and kiteboarding. However, if you’re not planning on relying on the resorts it is suggested that you bring your own equipment. To make it them easy for you to find here is a list of the Best Beaches for Windsurfing & Kiteboarding in Jamaica!
Located in the small mountain town of Lethe about 30 minutes from Montego Bay Zipline Adventure Tours is one of the most exciting (above ground) attractions in Jamaica even for people who are afraid of heights. Soar above the trees and take in the beauty of the jungle canopy that surrounds you, the sights and feeling of this adventure are almost indescribable, from start to finish the rush is exhilarating. The experience is one you’ll talk about even years after you’ve tried it.
Starting off with a fun off road ride to the top of the mountain while being given a detailed description of the local flora and fauna, the tour boasts the longest zipline in the Caribbean, one of 5 ziplines, varying in length from 250′ to the amazing 1,600′ Big Timba. The staff is friendly, entertaining and well trained. Your safety is taken very seriously, one guide helps you gear up and launch, while the other helps you stop at the other end. Upon arrival at the top visitors are instructed on how to use all of the equipment. Once you’re all geared up and strapped on simply step off the ramp and glide through jungle. It might sound scary at first but the moment you’re in the air the excitement will dissolve your fears.
The Inaugural Caribbean Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange (CMITE) ended on a high note in Jamaica on Sunday, October 10, at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall. The invitation-only, appointment-based event, organized by Questex Media Group LLC in collaboration with the Society of Incentive Travel Executives (Site), served to bridge 50 Caribbean suppliers with 50 top meeting and incentive buyers from North America and China.
“With Jamaica serving as host for the inaugural Caribbean Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange, this was an ideal opportunity for A-list buyers who book the Caribbean to witness the destination’s growing tourism product and our ability to cater to the needs of groups of all sizes,” said Marcia Bullock-Jobson, the Jamaica Tourist Board’s Regional Director, Groups & Conventions. “An event of this nature also helps to position the entire Caribbean region as the epicenter for meetings and incentives groups.”
Many participating buyers were impressed with the format of CMITE, which enabled them to explore the destination’s meeting facilities, especially in light of the anticipated opening of the Montego Bay Convention Centre. The event allowed buyers to schedule daily one-to-one appointments with suppliers, as well as participate in optional site visits to Jamaica’s hotel and resort facilities. Suppliers included hotels, resorts, spas, destinations, tour operators, destination management companies and cruise lines from the entire Caribbean.
Travel junkies Calee and Stephen are still on the move, on their mission to each week show the world just a few of the stunning sites and exciting activities Jamaica has to offer. If you haven’t seen last week’s webisode then this roundup is for you. After doing some shopping on Montego Bay’s Hip Strip the two move on to Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril for a stop at the Kool Runnings Water Park and Anancy Village – home to the Caribbean’s most diverse and invigorating fun park experience!
Boasting 10 amazing waterslides, a quarter mile of lazy river, Captain Mikie’s Coconut Island for the kids, great food and games galore Kool Runnings is a ‘must do’ for anyone looking for an adrenaline rush on their vacation. Watch as Calee and Stephen soak up the sun while enjoying the spills and thrills (and not to mention the food) of the park. Don’t forget to tune in to our My Jamaica YouTube Channel tomorrow at 5pm to see where they’re off to next. Can you guess what adventures await them?