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The Trident Hotel:
If you are looking for the epitome of elegance in Jamaica, then you cannot miss booking your next stay at The Trident Hotel. This hotel in Port Antonio boasts 13 villas, each with a private Terrence overlooking the ocean. You can find your meals á la carte right on The Veranda carrying both Jamaican and international cuisine. Be sure to order the goat cheese and Jerk catch or try the fruit bowl.
- Moon Palace:
Set right on a private beach in Ochos Rios, the Moon Palace is exactly that. This all-inclusive palace comes with 705 rooms and four outdoor pools, a water park, spa and an opportunity to swim with dolphins; of course at a bit of a fee. You can also enjoy the divine cuisine offered in-house and an array of drinks to pick right from the mahogany lounging area.
An apparent celebrity hub with just 12 cabins located among the Cliffs of Negril. This is an unlikely all-inclusive hotel built majorly on straw. You will find in your room, some homemade toiletries and some candles on the terrace to provoke the atmosphere of ultimate relaxation. And as for dinner, how does a private dinner on a secluded cliff sound? Well, that is on the menu. Of course along with some decadent bean stew or a lighter carrot and beet salad.
Entertainment or Unique Tours:
Being the third largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica has a lot to offer for any traveler. Whether you are seeking a modernistic vacation or are one for the old world style, the sunny shore of Jamaica will not disappoint. Here is our list to help you fill out your itinerary.
- Bob Marley Museum: of course you cannot go to Jamaica and not here of its music icon Mr. Bob Marley. Here you can learn about a man who sang for a brighter tomorrow and a stronger Jamaica. With exhibits showcasing his life and career, you are sure to learn something about the famed singer you didn’t know before. You can even enjoy a Jamaican lunch onsite.
- Rose Hall Montego Bay: Let me start with, this historic mansion is said to be haunted. Why? Built in the 1770s, the walls are said to hold in them the darkness of slavery, family turmoil and loss. If you want to learn what happen in the surrounding grounds, then visit the mansion that became a museum.
- Dunn’s River Falls: A stunning waterfall that you can climb through and relax in, makes this spot very popular with tourists. You will get to enjoy the scenery around you, meet the locals (once it is safe to mingle) and feel like you are in your own tropical oasis. Just make sure you have your water shoes!
- Blue Mountain: Hiking and coffee? Yes please! The mountain has trails that are just waiting to be trekked, birds that want to be watched and of course the famous Blue Mountain Company that is believed to have among the best beans in the world. So sit and buy a cup or get an entire bag to take home.
Before your Jamaican vacation ends, pick up a piece of paradise. The satisfaction of inspecting a product before you purchase it—feeling its durability, smelling the ingredients, and seeing the true quality—is enhanced in Jamaica with the knowledge that many items are handcrafted and made locally. With just about everything from trinkets to high-end products, shopping in Jamaica will leave you with souvenirs of many kinds
- Kingstonians flock to the strip malls in Half Way Tree and the bargain blocks of downtown. Attractive product displays, blasting speaker boxes, and promoters on microphones beckon shoppers inside.
- The grounds of 17th-century Fort Montego has the artisan shops of Old Fort Craft Market; and the Montego Bay Cultural Centre offers exhibitions on a 20th-century site.
- Harmony Hall Gallery shares works by over 100 Jamaican artists. Whether you’re staying in Ocho Rios or visiting after docking at the port, picking up souvenirs is easy. Ocho Rios Craft Market, Pineapple Craft Market, and Coconut Grove Market are surrounded by accommodations and attractions to make supporting local vendors simpler.
- Negril : Stall collections like the Negril Craft Market and decades-old Rutland Point are respectively located on both the sandy and craggy sections of the city. For additional variety, Time Square Shopping Mall is stocked with duty-free purchases.
In Jamaica, you will certainly see Europe in the public institutions, Christian worship, medicine, etc. while you see Africa in the art; music and dance, proverbs, languages etc. these mixes in culture have been a founding force in what Jamaica is today.
- Bob Marley Week: you heard that right, an entire week of celebrations. The residents of Jamaica take time to celebrate the life of reggae musician Bob Marley, during February.
- Portland Jerk Festival: food, music and some more food. This jerk festival is exactly what you think it is, an all round jerk. Jerk chicken, jerk pork, jerk sausages, the list goes on relying on the different “jerk “food you can find during this festival. This festival is held in June in the Port Antonio resort area. Did we mention that there is also a fun village for your kids to join in on the fun?
- Reggae Sumfest: this is precisely as the name suggests, an epic summer festival all about reggae, the beloved genre of Jamaica. The excitement bubbles early on in July, with a Friday beach party and blazing on with nights of different performances, you are sure to have the time of your life.
Lime & Dine:
Ackee and salt fish—sautéed lightly together, with peppers, onions, and spices—is Jamaica's national dish. It's usually referred to as a breakfast food, but it'll honestly work anytime of day. Some folks eat ackee and codfish alongside rice and peas, or with boiled green bananas, or just on plain white rice.
Jamaica has a number of beaches but only 50 are public beaches free for you to visit. And just as beautiful beaches beckoning your feet to come on. Here you will find a list of our favorite Jamaican beaches:
- Pellew Island Beach in Port Antonio
- Low Cay Beach in Ochos Rios
- Aqua Sol Beach in Montego Bay
- Fort Clarence Beach in Kingston
- Puerto Seco Beach in Discovery Bay
- Burwood Beach in Falmouth
Set sail in the Montego Bay Marine Park, Jamaica’s National Park comprising 17 miles of lush coast line and abundance of marine life for you to explore. Beautiful snorkeling area, for Snorkeling, jet skiing, sailing or Swimming pleasure.
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Bike & Scooter Rentals:
Many options available in the city along with tour maps
Checkout the site for taxi services https://www.roadaffair.com/getting-around-jamaica-in-route-taxis/
Public transportation in Jamaica consists of buses, minibuses and route taxis; they run between Kingston and every point on the island.
There are accessibility challenges, there are still many accessible Jamaica shore excursion options including an island driving tour, swimming with the dolphins, or visiting a historic plantation.
Getting to Jamaica is quite easy. There are several international airports in Jamaica, many connecting in resort areas like Montego Bay, Kingston and Ochos Rios. Or you could get a cruise which will land in the ports in Falmouth, Ochos Rios or Montego Bay.
Currency: Jamaican Dollar
Language: English and locals also speak Patois
Way back when, the Arawaks; from South America, settled in Jamaica. They called it Xaymaca, meaning “land of wood and water”. After the Spanish invasion Arawaks were overworked and tortured so they diminished slowly. Later in 1655, the island was conquered by the English. With the boom of the sugar industry in Jamaica, the slave trade became the prominent source for the labour force.
Way back when, the Arawaks; from South America, settled in Jamaica. They called it Xaymaca, meaning “land of wood and water”.
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