The Caribbean Yoga Conference is back for 2013 with even more outstanding presenters, uplifting workshops and special events all in celebration of sun, seva and sangha. This ultimate in yoga conferences takes place from January 31 to February 3, 2013 at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay.
The lush landscape and warm climate of Jamaica set the stage for music concerts, wellness events and historic commemorations in the month of January. Start your New Year off by delving into Jamaica’s vibrant culture at any of these upcoming events.
The 274th Accompong Maroon Festival
The Accompong Maroons celebrate the 275th anniversary of the historic Treaty of 1738 on January 6, 2013 on Jamaica’s south coast. Signed between the Maroons (Africans who were formerly enslaved by the Spanish) and the British after 83 years of failed re-enslavement and battles, the Treaty of 1738 granted the Maroons their own land and governing rights to the nation of Trelawny Maroons. The Maroon Festival will feature traditional dance, music and food as well as Maroon ceremonies at Accompong located in the rugged limestone mountain range called the Cockpit Country.
Little Ochie Seafood Restaurant is an off-the-beaten-track local favourite located in Alligator Pond on the black sand of Jamaica’s south coast. The beachfront eatery offers fresh from the sea lobster, shrimp and fish and also allows guests to select their meal in the kitchen before it is prepared.
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.
Known to be one of the most romantic getaways in the world Jamaica’s landscape is filled with stunning waterfalls, streams, rivers, forests, mountains and plains promising endless activities for couples to engage in. It is for this very reason that the island
For couples looking for more than tropical beaches and luxury resorts, Jamaica’s sleepy South Coast is an ideal location for a laid back, semi-secluded romantic honeymoon getaway. Travelling on the magnetic South Coast, you’ll discover a treasure chest of coves and bays, where the Caribbean meets the island’s sandy and sometimes rocky shores. A mixture of dark and white-sand stretches, rocky coves, fishermen’s enclaves and secluded swimming spots, the South Coast’s shores promise a range of possibilities off the beaten path of Jamaica’s more popular North Coast.
Jamaica’s South Coast is a destination well known for its untouched beauty and natural wonders. Complete with charming fishing villages, miles of untamed beaches, excellent food, magnificent panoramic views over deep blue sea, wooded valleys and old plantations (to name a few) this rustic piece of paradise has immense appeal.
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Nestled within a secluded valley on the less traveled South Coast, YS Falls is one of the most beautiful and pristine natural attractions in Jamaica. On this nature-based attraction located on a working cattle and horse farm vacationers are invited to enjoy an intimate experience with a spectacular 7-tiered cascading waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation, exciting canopy rides which carreen you down the alley high above the falls, river tube rides and spectactular views. A tractor drawn jitney takes you through a working thoroughbred horse and cattle farm to the hidden valley – home to the waterfalls.
Jamaica is among the most romantic islands in the Caribbean, not only for its sensuous green landscape and turquoise waters but also for its fascinating history. 450 years of magical fables, stately estates, rich traditions and natural charm await you here. For the history buff looking for the top historical sites to visit in Jamaica, here is a list of 5:
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.
Travelling on Jamaica’s South Coast, you’ll discover a treasure chest of coves and bays, where the Caribbean meets the island’s sandy and sometimes rocky shores. A mixture of dark and white-sand stretches, rocky coves, fishermen’s enclaves and secluded swimming spots, the South Coast’s shores promise a range of possibilities. Lined by a string of sleepy fishing villages and colourful roadside stands is a “treasure” of a beach off the beaten path of Jamaica’s more popular North Coast.
A favourite beach community of both locals and visitors alike, Treasure Beach is a spot that surely lives up to its name. Set against a background of lush greenery, this charming hideaway is a six-mile stretch of coral-coloured and sometimes black sands, private coves and rocky shores. For travelers who want to discover the South Coast’s vibrant local culture and people and are in search of untrodden beaches, a visit to one of Treasure Beach’s four main bays – Billy, Calabash, Great and Frenchman’s– is a must. In Calabash Bay, the largest of the four main bays, friendly fishermen dock their brightly painted canoes and unload the day’s catch.
Whether you dream of love by the sea or on the steps of a historic great house, Jamaica has the perfect spot for you to celebrate your nuptials with a destination wedding. From its tranquil oceanfronts, to its majestic waterfalls Jamaica is packed with settings simply ideal for a wedding even the angels would envy.
The island’s many resorts also offer an assortment of wedding packages, some with complete wedding coordination services and discounts for the bridal party. Hotel staff and professional planners can help you plan your special day to perfection. So you can let your imagination run wild in a place where fantasy and reality meet. If you’re not choosing to go the resort route one alternative is to plan your own Jamaican wedding. Rent a private villa, hire a local wedding planner, and plan your own wedding!