Jamaica’s breathtaking scenery creates the perfect backdrop for a relaxing retreat, one that engages your mind, body and soul. The turquoise of the ocean, rolling emerald hills and white sand paint a picture of repose. All this and more are just within reach at the Caribbean Yoga Conference (CYC), set to take place from February 2-5, 2012 in Montego Bay.
The conference will bring together yogis from around the world to learn from renowned artists, healers and yoga aficionados. At the Hilton Rose Hall resort yoga enthusiasts will take part in a series of workshops and keynotes geared at celebrating ‘sun, sadhana, sand, seva and sangha’. The conference is led by Bella Luna Yoga whose aim is ‘to celebrate a global ever-expanding yoga consciousness’.
January 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Jamaica Events | No comment
Thousands of people from across the globe are now in Jamaica anxiously awaiting the start of the 2012 installment of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. In addition to the amazing experience of witnessing legendary local and international musicians perform live the Jamaica Tourist Board has a special treat for those in attendance.
Patrons at the festival will have the chance to win hourly prizes during all three nights courtesy of the Association of Jamaica Attractions Limited (AJAL), Dolphin Cove, Dreamer Catamaran Crruises, Mystic Mountain, Captain Hook, Scotchie’s Jerk Centre, The Pelican Restaurant, Prospect Plantation, Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours and Half Moon Equestrian Centre. To be eligible for a chance to win contestants must follow @VisitJamaicaNow on Twitter and be present at Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2012 at Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny at the time of the contest.
January 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm | News & Updates | No comment
Jamaica is one of the most sought after romantic destinations in the world, let alone The Caribbean. Whether old or young, eccentric or laid back, couples from across the globe travel to the island’s shores to experience its seductive charm. When you’re looking for a cozy, private place to stay try this list of 5 Intimate Hideaways:
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Scattered on the cliffs overlooking Boston Bay, Portland (on the North east point of Jamaica), Great Huts is an oceanfront ecotourism resort described by many as “the perfect place to see the real Jamaica”. The uniquely built huts on the property create an African styled beach-jungle-cliff habitat village that presents a pleasant hideaway for the back-packing ecotourist as well as the easy-going romantic.
This year (on August 6, 2012) Jamaicans all over the world will celebrate the 50th anniversary of our nation’s independence. We at the Jamaica Tourist Board invite you to celebrate with us, as we recognize this truly significant moment in our history.
Join us each week as we count down the top authentically Jamaican things to do, eat and experience in over 50 categories during Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence. This week we continue our special feature withe Jamaican Artists. Masters of colour, material and textiles, these Jamaican artists championed the translation of Jamaica’s natural beauty onto works of art.
January 20, 2012 at 11:20 am | News & Updates | No comment
Each week the adventurous trio Calee, Stephen and their baby Nyla invite us to join them on their journey across Jamaica with another exciting webisode of Pon Di Road in Jamaica . Now, as we look forward to today’s premiere of a brand new webisode, let’s take a look back at last week’s “Pon Di Road (Season 2) #20 – Bob Marley Museum”.
The King of Reggae music and still to this day the most influential musician to come out of Jamaica is the legend, Bob Marley and a trip to Kingston is not complete without a visit to Bob Marley Museum. The museum is located on the site of the legendary musician’s home, which he purchased in 1975. This house, featuring 19th-century architecture, was Marley’s home until his death in 1981. It was converted into a museum six years later by his wife, Mrs Rita Marley. Watch, as Calee and Stephen enjoy this famous spot!
January 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm | News & Updates | No comment
News & Updates: “Pon Di Road in Jamaica” voted 1 of 5 Travel Brands Inspiring Wanderlust on YouTube!
The Jamaica Tourist Board’s hit travel webisode series Pon Di Road in Jamaica has been voted the number 3 travel brand inspiring Wanderlust on Youtube by Mashable! The series (now in it’s second Season) takes you from the ritzy to the roadside following an eccentric couple and their baby girl on an island wide adventure across Jamaica. Inviting people across the globe to experience Jamaica without leaving their seats.
The article states: What’s Jamaica really like? The Jamaica Tourist Board sought to answer that question in 2010 with a web series called Pon Di Road that featured Calee and Stephen, a couple that takes a somewhat ritzy view of the island nation. Like Undercover Tourist’s channel, the videos here aren’t slickly produced, but provide a decent view of what it would be like to take a trip to Jamaica.
January 17, 2012 at 10:55 am | News & Updates | No comment
Jamaica was a big winner at the prestigious 2011 World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony, held on January 11 at Katara Cultural Village in Doha, Qatar. In addition to winning the award for World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination, Jamaica was recognised for the sixth consecutive year as the World’s Leading Cruise Destination.
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The destination also won for World’s Leading Boutique Group (Island Outpost), World’s Leading Villa (Round Hill Hotel and Villas), World’s Leading Family All-Inclusive (Beaches Resorts) World’s Leading Caribbean Attractions Company (Island Routes), World’s Leading Tourism Development Project (Port Authority of Jamaica – Port of Falmouth) and World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company (Sandals Resorts).
January 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm | News & Updates | No comment
Jamaica’s six resort areas will be abuzz with activity in 2012 as the country celebrates its 50th anniversary of Independence. The list of “Jamaica 50” branded events span cultural festivities, culinary and sporting events galore, all in celebration of this special milestone. Here’s what you can take part in for the months of January and February.
Standing tall as a pioneering roots festival, the organizers of Rebel Salute have managed to build and maintain a product that aims to promote and preserve the healthier aspect of reggae music. As a result, this event has captured the adoration of roots reggae lovers worldwide; magnetically pulling thousands of people to areas of Jamaica’s South Coast not traditionally famous for live music festivals. It serves a strict vegetarian menu complimented by a diet of cultural roots Reggae from Jamaica’s finest performers.
January 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Jamaica Events | No comment
Our favourite travel trio is still on the move! Exploring, enjoying and sharing with us just a taste of all there is to do, see and taste in Jamaica. Each week fans await the next webisode of Pon Di Road in Jamaica for a chance to live vicariously through them. So far in Season 2 we’ve seen them do everything from enjoy secluded natural hideaways in Portland to camel riding in Ocho Rios.
As we look forward to today’s premiere of a brand new webisode let’s take a quick look back at “Pon Di Road (Season 2) #19 – Knutsford Court Hotel”! Calee, Stephen and baby Nyla return to Jamaica’s capital Kingston and check in to the lovely Knutsford Court Hotel. Here, they enjoy a bit of rest an relaxation and take a dip in the pool. Remember to tune in today at 5pm (EST) on Facebook and on our My Jamaica YouTube Channel for the premiere of a brand new webisode to see where these three will take us next!
For 16 years Rebel Salute has brought thousands of roots reggae lovers from across the globe to Jamaica’s South Coast for a night of some of the finest reggae performances you’ll ever see in just one night. Set for January 14, 2012 this annual festival will feature several local and internationally acclaimed reggae artistes. Among those set to grace the stage this year are Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel, Luciano, Stephen Marley, Maxi Priest and Tarrus Riley among a host of other talented performers.
Standing tall as a pioneering roots festival, the event will also showcase Jamaica’s ital cuisine and positive vibrations. It serves a strict vegetarian menu complimented by a diet of cultural roots rap from Reggae’s finest. In tandem with this, is the concept of a drug-free, violence-free and non-alcoholic event. Combined with the warm hospitality and abundant culture of the Jamaican people, this event is not one to be missed. Hailed today as a spiritual renaissance, it has become the bedrock for the exposure and celebration of Jamaican roots music. If you are a true reggae fan, then this event cannot be missed. Join us on Facebook and Twitter for our LIVE coverage of Rebel Salute 2012!
January 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Jamaica Events | No comment