One month of the New Year has passed but it’s not too late to get started on those New Year resolutions. Pack your bags and head to Jamaica for a range of year round activities and events to help you fulfil your goals.
Committed to getting fit in 2013? Work up a sweat under the Caribbean sun at these upcoming running events:
- Kingston City Run-March 8-10, 2013: The inaugural Kingston City Run presents a weekend of pure adrenalin and fun incorporating two race events: a ½ Marathon 5K race/walk. The weekend will kick off on Friday March 8, 2013 with a Welcome Carnival Party followed by a health fair and expo, a pre-race warm-up session on Saturday March 9 and race day on Sunday March 10.
- Fat Tyre Festival- February 17-23, 2013: This is a 7 day mountain biking event designed to highlight Jamaica’s vibrant culture, unique geography and great riding trails! Over the years, the event has featured some of the world’s top mountain bikers – Cam McCaul, Kyle Ebbett, Katrina Strand and Kathy Pruitt. Are you up for the challenge? The Jamaica Fat Tyre Festival takes place in the hills of Jamaica’s north coast.
Reggae Marathon 2012 is just 3 days away!
Join us in Negril on December 1, 2012 for Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k, Jamaica’s highly anticipated running event. Marathoners from 30 different countries will journey to Jamaica’s most western point this weekend for an unforgettable run in the sun. Named as one of the world’s best marathons, Reggae Marathon gives runners the winning combination of Negril’s 7 mile beach and laid back attitude, the rocking rhythms of reggae music and an unending push towards healthy lifestyles.
Kicking off the 2012 festivities is the JHTA World’s Best Pasta Party on November 30 at Couples Swept Away where participants can also make final registrations. Race day starts at 5:15 am and will see runners endure the looped course ending at Long Bay Beach Park with the Reggae Marathon Beach Bash.
Won’t be able to make it to Reggae Marathon? No problem! Follow the happenings of the day with your virtual running shoes via @VisitJamaicaNow and @ReggaeMarathon on Twitter. Get an exclusive look at this spectacular event with live tweets of the 10k via hashtag #rm12. Run with us in Negril at Reggae Marathon 2012.
For more information on Reggae Marathon visit www.reggaemarathon.com
Imagine running along a tropical coastline propelled by the earthy sound of drums and the view of the ocean. Every year Reggae Marathon offers that and much more for one day only in Negril.
This year however Reggae Marathon caps off an exciting calendar of running events in Jamaica, following on the heels of several 5k, 10k, and triathlon events for amateurs and sports enthusiasts alike.
Jamaica is no doubt the place to come and run, having produced the fastest men and women in modern history. Whether in the capital city Kingston or the laid back fishing village turned tourist town Negril, open road, perfect climate and memorable experiences await you in Jamaica.
Check out these upcoming running events in Jamaica and gear up for the biggest of them all, Reggae Marathon in Negril.
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Jamaica has a unique combination of adventurous activities, breathtaking locales and the most exceptional spirit in the world, perfect for spring breakers. Plan for these top Spring Break experiences on your next trip to Jamaica during this our most festive year, Jamaica 50.
The daring challenge of plummeting over 30 feet into crystal clear ocean blues has attracted revellers year after year to Rick’s Cafe in Negril. Started as one of the only modern entertainment facilities in 1974 Negril, Rick’s Cafe is located on the West End Road, near to the famed Rockhouse Hotel and Pushcart Restaurant. Rick’s mixes Negril’s laid back vibe with tasty cuisine, live music and a panoramic view of Negril’s world famous sunsets. Whilst thrill seekers can enjoy the cliff jumping, spectators will be entertained by the skilled local jumpers who up the ante, tending to jump from points higher than the 35 ft platform. For a more romantic experience visit Rick’s After Dark to dine beneath the moonlight to the sound of crashing waves below.
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.
From November 9-13, 2011 The Jamaica Tourist Board invited 9 Bloggers from across the US and Canada to experience the “softer” side of adventure travel in Jamaica. Bloggers Stephen Barrymore of The Wanderer Cynthia White of Johnny Jet, Lindsey Davis of Go Nomad Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil of The Planet D, Michael Ortiz of Smart Women Travelers, Robert Lloyd of Stop Having a Boring Life, and Teresa Plowright of About.com were those selected to enjoy these 5 days exciting action.
Upon arrival on the evening of the 9th, our bloggers (now guests of the Iberostar Grand Rose Hall in Montego Bay) were ushered my a bellhop and almost immediately introduced to their very own personal Butler who ensured that they were comfortable and connected to the internet so that they could share the journey they were about to embark on with the world.
Looking for heaven on earth? The warm azure waters of The Caribbean Sea have a magnetic pull that very few (if any) can resist. Just looking at the ocean will tempt you to dive right in and Jamaica has some of the best beaches for you to enjoy the beauty of the sea and the shore. From the laid back to the energy-packed there are enough beaches here to suit just about any test. Here is a list of 5 of the best beaches in Jamaica:
Doctor’s Cave Beach
Energetic, stunning and exciting, Montego Bay on Jamaica’s north coast embodies a spirit that invites us all to come out and play. A definite favorite among travelers in search of a good time, the second city is a great place to have your fill of relaxation and revelry. World famous white sands and crystal clear waters fed by a mineral spring combine at the beautiful Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay. Founded in 1906, Doctor’s Cave is nestled between the Marine Park and the Hip Strip. The translucent water is known for its mineral content and its golden sands and turquoise water provide the perfect place to enjoy the tranquil warmth of the Caribbean Sea. Visitors can even watch brightly colored tropical fish swimming close to the surface.
Located at the main entrance to Long Bay Beach Park on Negril’s famous seven-mile beach Cosmo’s is a steadfast beach favourite for anyone visiting Jamaica’s “Capital of Casual” and a great alternative to its busier counterpart for anyone looking to escape the crowds.
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The beach is private so visitors need to pay a small fee to enter (about the cost of one bottle of beer). The beach is usually less crowded and attracts a mainly local crowd. Cosmo’s is comprised of three thatched bars and dining areas. Diners can sit inside or dine on outdoor tables with their feet in the sand. Both indoor and outdoor tables offer a view of the ocean. Best of all, hammocks are strung up on the beach outside the restaurant so you can sleep off your meal in the sun.
Looking for heaven on earth? The warm azure waters of The Caribbean Sea have a magnetic pull that very few (if any) can resist. Just looking at the ocean will tempt you to dive right in. Negril, Jamaica’s casual, laid-back pace and natural beauty make it a favorite escape for locals and visitors alike. Here, anything goes and everyone is welcome.
Outrun your cares on seven miles of white sand beach on the island’s western-most point. Stake out a blanket-sized spot of paradise or meander along soft white sand. By day, funky eateries serve ice cold drinks. By night, sizzling hot Reggae. Frequently flocked to by thrill-seekers and sun-worshippers alike, Negril’s Seven Mile Beach boasts turquoise, see-through waters hugging a coastline of rocky cliffs and white sands that seem to trail on forever. If you’re seeking a vacation experience heavily based on relaxation and uninterrupted hours of one on one time to enjoy the majestic beauty of the Utopian coastal environment then a day spent on this beach is ideal.
With more nude beaches than any other Caribbean island, Jamaica is the perfect place to bare it all. Our au naturel beaches range from sedate and relaxing, to wilder and more self-indulgent. So it’s just a question of packing a towel and some serious sun block, and then picking a patch of sand that’s right for you.
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Nude tanning is permitted on private beaches island-wide. Find a secluded spot to slip out of your suit at Oracabessa’s James Bond Beach or at Negril’s Bloody Bay. Or take a boat ride to an island shared only by fellow nudists, Negril’s Booby Cay. Ask for a little more privacy at Reggae Vibes, Ocho Rios, and the managers will corner off a section of the beach just for you. In Trelawny, Time & Place’s deserted white sand offers quiet seclusion that’s perfect for wearing nothing at all.