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I have stayed at several locations in Jamaica and Silver Sands has the best beach of all.
Stephanie Edwards (MD, USA)

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All your girls on staff were warm and wonderful to me as always... I truly feel part of the family when I am there.
Shelley Westin (NC, USA)

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The Silver Sands community was awesome.  I felt at ease letting the children walk around on their own - it gave them a great sense of freedom.
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Jamaica Villas Happenings  - Jamaica Events, News and More             

Silver Sands Jamaica Beach Cabanas Refurbished
The beach cabanas at SIlver Sands Villas Jamaica have been refurbished and painted in bright colours. More:
Silver Sands Beach Cabanas Refurbished

03 December 2012: Jamaica Reggae Marathon in Negril 2011
Another successful Reggae Maraton in Negril Jamaica was held on 3 December 2012. Competitors did the 10K, half marathon and full marathon. More:
Jamaica Reggae Marathon in Negril 2011

25 November 2011: Celine Dion For The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2012
The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Art of Music Festival will be held at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium near Silver Sands from 26 to 28 January 2012. More:
Celine Dion Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2012

11 October 2011: Compelling Reasons To Book With Mysilversands
Andrew Beedle & Family are return visitors. Here is what they have to say about their reasons for booking with Mysilversands year after year. More:
Compelling Reasons To Book With Mysilversands

04 October 2011: Awesome Adventures In Jamaica 2011
You can enjoy many awesome adventures in Jamaica. Al Jackson teamed up with Jessica and Alex Williams to show you some of these exciting things that you can do on a visit to Jamaica. More:
Awesome Adventures In Jamaica 2011

12 September 2011: Captain Hook Pirate Cruise And Dinner Dance Show In Jamaica
Jamaica’s waters will once again witness the activities of Calico Jack, and his favourite cronies, including Jack Sparrow, Anne Bonny and Mary Read. Captain Hook, was officially unveiled in the country's 18th-century commercial capital, Falmouth, at the historic pier in Trelawny. More:
Captain Hook Pirate Cruise And Dinner Dance Show In Jamaica

06 September 2011: Now Introducing Free Weddings At Silver Sands Villas Jamaica
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Free Silver Sands Villa Weddings

30 August 2011: Stir It Up Annual Film and Music Festival to be held in Montego Bay
The annual Stir It Up film and music festival will be held from 31 Aug to 3 Sep 2011 at Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay. The events will include performances, screenings, workshops and conferences on film, music and other topics related to Caribbean culture and world music. More:
Stir It Up Film and Music Festival

05 August 2011: Jamaica Independence Celebrations August 2011
The week long celebrations see the nation come alive with music and dancing with costumed locals depicting different aspects of Jamaican culture through the centre of Kingston during the gala parade. Celebrations run up to 6 August, when traditional Junkanoo dancers recall the days of slavery and modern day Jamaican culture is celebrated in all its glory. Aside from Kingston, festivities take place through out the island. More:
Jamaica Independence Celebrations August 2011

28 July 2011: Mo Bay Jerk Festival For 1 August 2011
The first day of August will kick start with the Gleaner-sponsored MoBay Jerk festival. The festival will also stimulate the entertainment appetite of the people and see the participation of Chris Martin and the newly crowned Magnum King Hurricane at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre. The 'Paper Loving' reggae sensation will spearhead the festival. More:
Mo Bay Jerk Festival August 2011

28 July 2011: Solving The Mystery Of Mystic Mountain In Jamaica
My first impression was that this is undoubtedly a slick, polished tourist attraction. Right from the start it is clear that at Mystic Mountain they’ve focussed on getting the little things right. More:
Mystic Mountain Jamaica

25 July 2011: Jamaica Fights Lionfish Invasion With "Let's Eat It To Deplete It" Campaign
Natural predators such as groupers, moray eels, and sharks have proved ineffective in checking the lionfish spread and this has led to a national campaign under the theme 'Let's Eat It To Deplete It' to get Jamaicans to consume the lionfish with a vengeance. More:
Jamaica Fights Lionfish Invasion

21 July 2011: Reggae Sumfest 2011 Launched at Devon House
Reggae Sumfest opened with a high-energy start on 13th July at Devon House. The performances at the19th staging of the 'greatest reggae festival on Earth' gave those in attendance an idea of what to expect. The festival takes place between July 17-23 in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay. More:
Reggae Sumfest 2011 Launched at Devon House

27 June 2011: Bigga Little Ochie Seafood Carnival, Alligator Pond in Jamaica 2011
Come the second Sunday of July and the sleepy fishing village of Alligator Pond will come alive to the Bigga Little Ochie Seafood Carnival. The village has been hosting the festival for the past thirteen years and this year will be even bigger. More:
Bigga Little Ochie Seafood Carnival

13 June 2011: Stand Up Paddleboarding in Jamaica
Paddleboard enthusiasts visiting Jamaica may be stumped by the similarity between rafting on the rivers, like the Martha Brae, and SUP. Both activities feature a person standing on a flat, floating craft with a long pole in hand. Of course the raft captain drives the pole to the bottom of the river and pushes off to propel the raft, while the paddle has a flat end which is used to push back the water, thereby allowing the paddle board to glide forward. More:
Stand Up Paddleboarding in Jamaica

08 June 2011: Surfing in Jamaica
For the last five years, Jamaica has been hosting the international Makka Pro surfing contest. This year the Makka Pro will run from the 29th to the 31st of July at the world famous Makka surfing beach at Southaven in Yallahs Saint Thomas. More:
Surfing in Jamaica

30 May 2011: How Pregnant Women Can Enjoy Dunn's River Falls Park in Jamaica
Pregnant women can visit Dunn’s River Falls and enjoy its natural beauty, swim in the river, and get a shoulder massage under the falls without putting themselves in any danger. More:
How Pregnant Women Can Enjoy Dunn's River Falls Park in Jamaica

27 May 2011: Are Villa Vacations Just For The Newlywed And The Nearly-Dead?
As I lounged on a lovely white sand beach, eyes closed enjoying the refreshing sea breeze in the shade of a thatched cabana, I overheard a bunch of teenagers complaining as they walked by. One of them ranted, “Villa vacations are for the newlywed and the nearly-dead!” More:
Are Villa Vacations Just For The Newlywed And The Nearly-Dead?

13 May 2011: Cruise With A Cause Jamaica 2011
The sounds of the gospel music will ring out in Montego Bay as PraiseFest Ministries’ Cruise With A Cause arrives via cruise ship Carnival Destiny. More:
Cruise With A Cause Jamaica 2011

10 May 2011: Reggae Film Festival in Jamaica
The tradition of the festival was established three years back by the Jamaica Film Academy. Since its inception, the event has grown in popularity and every year attracts productions from all over the world. More:
Reggae Film Festival in Jamaica

02 May 2011: Visit Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica
One of the greatest attractions in Jamaica is the Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios and it is not just the water cascading from a height of 600 feet that captures the imagination of the visitors; more than that it is the fact that you can wade right into the water, be part of a human chain and climb the natural staircase leading right to the top of the waterfall. So how to make the most of your visit to the Dunns’s River Falls? More:
Visit Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica

19 April 2011: Discover Bun and Cheese, an Easter Tradition in Jamaica
Over time, this Easter tradition developed into an important part of Jamaican culture, but the small, light, English bun morphed into a large, wholesome, dense, fruit-filled bun, shaped like a loaf of bread, that is a meal in itself especially when eaten with a chunk of that “red” cheese which comes in a tin. This “tin cheese” is a pasteurized, processed cheese with a somewhat salty, cheddar taste which complements the sweet bun. The bun is cut into thick slices and the cheese is cut into triangular slabs. The two together are a marriage made in heaven.
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Discover Bun and Cheese, an Easter Tradition in Jamaica

18 April 2011: Chukka Blue Adventure Tour
Enjoy the natural beauty of Jamaica with Chukka Blue Adventure Tour in the Montego Bay area. More:
Chukka Blue Adventure Tour

12 April 2011: PATWA Tourism Award for Jamaica
PATWA is the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association. And PATWA has awarded Jamaica the 'Best Emerging Tourism Market'! More:
PATWA Tourism Award for Jamaica

01 April 2011: Chukka Adventures River Kayak Safari in Jamaica
The kayaking trip is down Jamaica's Great River, famous for its lazy pools and thrilling rapids. After this, test your Tarzan skills on our river swing and if that is not up to your taste, simply relax and have a swim before paddling downstream to the end of your river experience. More:
Chukka Adventures River Kayak Safari in Jamaica

25 March 2011: Bacchanal Carnival in Jamaica 2011
This year the coveted carnival costumes are portraying the theme “Once Upon a Dynasty” bringing to life the greatness of historical kingdoms, legends and dynasties associated with the island. More:
Bacchanal Carnival in Jamaica 2011

18 March 2011: Jamaica Carnival 2011 Theme: Birds of a Feather
From mid-March to early-April, the carnival festivities are in full swing in Jamaica. It is again the time of the year for vividly costumed, eye-catching revellers to caper to the pulsating beat of soca music. More:
Jamaica Carnival 2011 Theme: Birds of a Feather

17 March 2011: How Salt Fish Became Part Of The Jamaican Diet
Visitors to Jamaica may not realize it, but many of the dishes that they grow to love during their stay in
Jamaica rentals will have been made or served with salt fish, at one time the food of the slaves and the poor. More:
How Salt Fish Became Part Of The Jamaican Diet

13 March 2011: Fun In The Son 2011 In Jamaica
Fun in the Son is labelled as 'The Premier Christian Festival in the Caribbean'. This exceptional event has an impressive line up of activities including a stellar music program. This year the festivities take place from 13th to 19th March. More:
Fun In The Son 2011 In Jamaica

04 March 2011: Today Travel Votes Jamaica a Leading Budget Destination for 2011
Jamaica is already one of the most affordable Caribbean destinations, with some Jamaica rentals offering more facilities and amenities at costs much lower than hotels and all-inclusive resorts. The country is on track to become even more wallet-friendly thanks to a new international airport that opened near Ocho Rios in December. More:
Today Tavel Votes Jamaica a Leading Budget Destination for 2011

25 February 2011: Warm Welcome Greets Voyager of the Seas on its Maiden Voyage to Falmouth, Jamaica
Jamaica and Falmouth were at their best when the Voyager of the Seas came calling on its maiden voyage to the newly constructed pier. The 3,000 cruise-ship passengers couldn’t have asked for a more unique experience when they saw hundreds of persons waving and cheering as they came into the port. More:
Warm Welcome Greets Voyager of the Seas

21 February 2011: Voyager of the Seas Makes History - The First Cruise Ship To Dock At Falmouth, Jamaica
Falmouth, in the parish of Trelawny, Jamaica, erupted in a carnival-like atmosphere as hundreds of locals turned out to greet the arrival of the first cruise ship to dock at the newly constructed pier. The cruise liner, Voyager of the Seas, made history as it pulled into port at about 8:00 AM on Thursday 17th February 2011, kicking off the business of cruise shipping in this small Jamaican town. More:
Voyager of the Seas Makes History In Falmouth

17 February 2011: Cruise Ship, Voyager of the Seas, to Call at Falmouth Jamaica Today, 17 February 2011
Tourism in Jamaica will get a further impetus when the newly constructed Falmouth pier welcomes Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas cruise ship on its maiden call today. More:
Cruise Ship, Voyager of the Seas, to Call at Falmouth Jamaica Today, 17 February 2011

14 February 2011: Celebrate Valentine's Day in Jamaica 2011
Jamaica is the ultimate romantic destination and if you are already there on the island, here are some ways to make your Valentine’s Day celebrations extra special. More:
Celebrate Valentine's Day in Jamaica 2011

11 February 2011: Jamaica Carnival Starts 18 February 2011
Jamaica has been hosting the carnival once a year for the last 15 years. The carnival takes inspiration from Trinidad but has been suitably modified to local tastes. Each year the carnival gets bigger and better and attracts more than 100,000 participants including locals and visitors. More:
Jamaica Carnival February 2011
 

10 February 2011: Jamaica Craft Vendors
Meet and shop with a Jamaican Craft Vendor. These men and women can be found all over the island, especially near the tourist resorts and attractions. In the craft markets, they tend to be aggressive, hustling for business as there is a lot of competition among themselves. In more remote areas and when found on their own or in small groups, you can get to know them and enjoy their company with no pressure to buy anything. Follow this link to meet Ringo, craftsman who plies his trade at Blue Lagoon, near San San villas in Port Antonio.
Jamaica Craft Vendors - Ringo at Blue Lagoon, San San Villas, Port Antonio

07 February 2011: Jamaica Vacations - When to Go and Where to Stay
Jamaica is a leading tourist destination in the World, attracting all kinds of visitors. The natural beauty, rich heritage, attractions and activities, and dynamic popular culture have attracted explorers, adventurers, couples, singles, families and groups of all kinds. In Jamaica, there is something for everyone. This may make you decide to leap into action and plan a trip to this exotic island, but before you do, here is some help with deciding when to go and what kind of accommodation to book. More:

Jamaica Vacations - When to Go and Where to Stay

04 February 2011: Jamaica Carnival in February 2011
Reggae and soca music give Jamaica Carnival, known as Bacchanal, its true Caribbean flavour and electric atmosphere. Jamaica Carnival is strongly influenced by Trinidad's world-famous street party. Top Trinidadian soca acts, steelband ensembles and Mas (costume) designers play a central part in the festivities. More:
 
Jamaica Carnival in February 2011

29 January 2011: Jamaica's New International Airport - Why Name It In Honour Of An Englishman?
To say I was shaken by the news of the opening of another international airport in Jamaica would be an exaggeration. But my interest was certainly stirred when I noticed that it was not named after some local son of the soil, like a deceased politician or sports champion. More:

Jamaica's New International Airport

28 January 2011: Bob Marley Week in Jamaica 2011
Come February, Jamaica comes alive to the beats of the Reggae. The beautiful Caribbean nation celebrates the birthday of the reggae legend Bob Marley, which falls on February 6. This year the celebrations will commence on February 2 and will continue till the 8th of the month. More:

Bob Marley Week in Jamaica 2011

21 January 2011: Upcoming Events in Jamaica 2011
There is no time like now to visit Jamaica especially if you want to celebrate its legendary music. The last few days of January will see the celebration of the globally popular events, the Jazz & Blues Festival (Jan. 23 - 29, 2011) and Lime All-Island Carnival (Jan. 29 - April 29, 2011). More:

Upcoming Events in Jamaica 2011

13 January 2011: Jamaica Entertainment Lineup for Caribbean Marketplace 2010
The Caribbean Marketplace will be held from January 16-18, 2011 at the newly constructed Montego Bay Convention Centre, and going by the impressive lineup of top quality entertainment, it seems that the country is all set to outshine the event which it last hosted in 2005. More:
Jamaica Entertainment Lineup for Caribbean Marketplace 2010

07 January 2011: Jamaica Welcomed More Than 1.9 Million Visitors in 2010
Jamaica welcomed more than 1.9 million visitors in 2010, registering a year-on-year increase of 4.7 percent. This was disclosed by Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett. More:
Jamaica Wecomed More Than 1.9 Million Visitors In 2010

30 December 2010: Jamaica Holiday Weekend Tourist Arrivals Record
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is leaving no stone unturned to bring in the tourists during the current winter season and has among various initiatives, launched an aggressive public relations and advertising campaign in the United States to boost travel. More:
Jamaica Launches Aggressive Tourism Marketing Campaign in USA 2010

29 December 2010: Jamaica Holiday Weekend Tourist Arrivals Record
Tourism in Jamaica seems to be going from strength to strength, despite adverse weather conditions and cancellation of flights operating in Europe and the North-Eastern United States. More:
Jamaica Holiday Weekend Tourist Arrivals Record

27 December 2010: Jamaica to Promote Medical Tourism
Jamaica is aiming to promote medical tourism in the rural regions of Jamaica which is rich in medicinal plants. As part of the efforts, two volunteer ambassadors for the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Meet the People programme, Tony and Wendy Freckleton, are enthusiastically promoting plans to construct a number of Jamaica villas in the community to accommodate those visitors who are interested in learning more about the over 120 wild medicinal plants scattered throughout the lush vegetation in the area. More:
Jamaica to Promote Medical Tourism
 

23 December 2010: Severe Winter Conditions In Europe - Good For Jamaica
The extreme weather conditions in Europe have increased the interest in Jamaica and many Jamaican rental communities are witnessing a rise in the number of enquiries for booking accommodation. More:
Severe Winter Conditions In Europe - Good For Jamaica

22 December 2010: Jamaica Tourism Minister Appoints New Advisory Team
Jamaica's Tourism Minister, Ed Bartlett, has appointed a nine member Tourism Advisory Council comprising the country’s most successful tourism and business professionals to shape and implement policies for the tourism industry. More:
Jamaica Tourism Minister Appoints New Advisory Team

21 December 2010: Jamaica - Travel Weekly's Best Caribbean Destination 2010
Jamaica was voted the leading beach destination in the Caribbean in the World Travel Awards Ceremony held at London in November. Further consolidating its position, it has now been voted as the ‘Best Caribbean Destination’ at the annual Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards at the New York Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. The island outpaced close competitors Aruba, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, St Lucia, and the US Virgin Islands to walk away with the coveted award for the second consecutive year. More:
Jamaica - Travel Weekly's Best Caribbean Destination 2010

20 December 2010: Jamaica - New Member of the World Travel and Tourism Council
Jamaica has been formally invited to be part of the executive board of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which is headquartered at London. Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, who disclosed this news said that this was the first time Jamaica had received this honour and that he would be joining this prestigious position in January this year. He also informed that he would be representing South and North Central America, as well as the Caribbean. More:
Jamaica - New Member of the World Travel and Tourism Council

15 December 2010: Jamaica Voted Top Honeymoon Destination In The Caribbean By Canadian Travel Agents
Jamaica, which was voted as the leading destination in the Caribbean, and the leading beach destination in the world at the World Travel Award ceremony held at London in November, added more feathers to its cap by being voted as the leading honeymoon destination in the Caribbean by the Canadian travel agents. More:
Jamaica Voted Top Honeymoon Destination In The Caribbean
 

14 December 2010: Jamaican Airports Role In Tourism
Jamaica yesterday launched the week long celebrations 'Tourism is our mainstay: Everyone has a role to play' to officially welcome the high season and focus on the travel products of the country. As part of the celebrations, various stockholders who have played a pivotal role in improving the tourism infrastructure are also being acknowledged. More:
Jamaican Airports Role In Tourism

13 December 2010: Jamaica Tourism Awareness Week To Launch High Season
Jamaica launched its tourism awareness week on 13 December 2010 to officially start the winter tourist season which began on Wednesday. The week will be observed under the theme: “Tourism is our mainstay; Everyone has a role to play”. The week’s activities will focus on the contribution of the tourism sector and the role it has played in the development of the country’s economy. More:
Jamaica Tourism Awareness Week To Launch High Season

08 December 2010: Jamaica Urged To Tap Into Heritage Tourism
Jamaica’s ambassador to the USA, Pamela Bridgewater, has urged the stakeholders of the tourist industry on the island to tap into the culturally rich heritage tourism market. Addressing journalists from Jamaica at the US Consular Agency in Montego Bay she said that the island has a rich history and this is a message that the country should focus upon while marketing the island abroad. Stating from her own example she said that when she went to another country, she first wanted to sample its history. More:
Jamaica Urged To Tap Into Heritage Tourism

07 December 2010: 2010, A Good Year For Jamaican Tourism
Jamaica recorded an impressive rise in the number of visitors to the island in 2010. Tourism is one of the top three foreign exchange earners for the country and a major employer. Stakeholders in the tourism industry, including private Jamaican rental communities, are happy with the visitor turnout and the steps taken to market the nation’s innovative travel products worldwide. More:
2010, A Good Year For Jamaican Tourism

06 December 2010: Jamaica Begins High Season With Attractive Deals
Jamaica is the leading destination in the Caribbean and attracts an enviable number of visitors to its shores every year. In fact, the last quarter, July to September witnessed an impressive increase of 7.7 percent in visitor turn out as compared to last year. With the High Season ready to start, the numbers are likely to go up much higher. The key drivers to the island are its vibrant culture, easy accessibility and diverse attractions. More:
Jamaica Begins High Season With Attractive Deals

05 December 2010: Massive Fun At Reggae Marathon 2010 In Negril, Jamaica
Then another heavy shower started and the competitors could do nothing but bear the cold rain and hope that the race would start soon. Some started to dance to keep warm. Then the drumming stopped and the starting official asked the crowd, “People are you ready?” It was clear from the loud roar in the affirmative that the rain had not dampened spirits and after a blast of the starting horn at 5:15 AM, Bob Marley’s Jammin’ filled the night air as the race got on the way. More:
Massive Fun At Reggae Marathon In Negril, Jamaica

04 December 2010: Jamaica Tourism Registers 7.7 Percent Growth
Tourism in Jamaica recorded an impressive growth in the three month period from July to September 2010 with visitors increasing by more than seven percent when compared with the same period for the previous year. More:
Jamaica Tourism Registers 7.7 Percent Growth

03 December 2010: Dolphin Cove Raises $240 Million
Dolphin Cove, the premier marine park in Jamaica, is going public to raise $240 million to pay down the expensive debt and further upgrade its facilities. The company will be listed in the junior market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange. More:
Dolphin Cove Raises $240 Million

02 December 2010: Jamaica To Focus On Health And Wellness Tourism
Jamaica is investing heavily in health and wellness tourism. In fact, the island’s investment and export promotion agency, JAMPRO, has secured technical assistance from the Commonwealth Secretariat to undertake the development of a road map for the growth of health and wellness tourism to facilitate the country's entry into the multi-billion dollar global medical tourism industry. More:
Jamaica To Focus On Health And Wellness Tourism

01 December 2010: Ocho Rios Welcomes New Cruise Ship Ventura
Then another heavy shower started and the competitors could do nothing but bear the cold rain and hope that the race would start soon. Some started to dance to keep warm. Then the drumming stopped and the starting official asked the crowd, “People are you ready?” It was clear from the loud roar in the affirmative that the rain had not dampened spirits and after a blast of the starting horn at 5:15 AM, Bob Marley’s Jammin’ filled the night air as the race got on the way. More:
Ocho Rios Welcomes New Cruise Ship Ventura

30 November 2010: Jamaica Woos Visitors From India
A recent report published in the newspaper, The Times of India, states that many international tourism boards, including the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) are queuing up at India’s doorstep to offer exotic locales to the Indians who are now willing to spend lavishly on their holidays.  More:
Jamaica Woos Visitors From India

29 November 2010: Jamaica Embraces Digital Media To Promote Tourism
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has positioned itself as a tourism innovator and in keeping with this image has made great strides in using the digital media to its advantage. Indeed, the island became the first ever country to promote itself as a destination using 3D technology. More:
Jamaica Embraces Digital Media To Promote Tourism

25 November 2010: Jamaica's Montego Bay Convention Centre To Open In January 2011
Jamaica continues to enhance its tourism infrastructure, the latest addition being the development of the Montego Bay Convention Centre which will make its highly-anticipated debut in January 2011. The Convention Centre is located in close proximity to major Jamaica accommodations, attractions and the Sangster International Airport. More:
Jamaica's Montego Bay Convention Centre To Open In January 2011

24 November 2010: Chukka Caribbean Adventures Comes To Falmouth, Jamaica
Anticipating great visitor turnout, Chukka Caribbean Adventures, which won the World Travel Awards Caribbean's Leading Nature Adventure Excursion Operator in 2010, the fourth consecutive year, is offering exciting tours in Falmouth, including the Chukka horse and buggy ride through historical Falmouth and the Falmouth historical highlights, beach break and lunch tour. More:
Chukka Caribbean Adventures Comes To Falmouth

23 November 2010: Mysilversands New Accommodation Comparison Tool
Recently the use of comparison web sites has skyrocketed as savvy consumers look for the best deals online. People have become very aware that the same or similar products are available at vastly different prices from different suppliers. Research has confirmed that today's customers hate to pay more than they should for any product or service, so it is no surprise that comparison web sites have mushroomed. More:

Mysilversands New Accommodation Comparison Tool

22 November 2010: Falmouth Pier Ready For January 2011 Cruise Ship Arrivlals
The ships were originally scheduled to arrive this year. However, there were construction delays partly due to the heavy rains during the fall. But as of now, Bartlett is confident that Falmouth will be ready in time for several ships now scheduled to arrive in January and a Grand Opening scheduled for March. More:

Falmouth Pier Ready For January 2011 Cruise Ship Arrivals 

18 November 2010: Is It Fair That The "Green" Tax To Fly 8000 Miles From The UK To Hawaii Is Less Than That To Fly 4000 Miles To Jamaica?
A group of leading tourism ministers have stepped up pressure against the UK to reconsider the damaging Air Passenger Duty (APD) it has imposed on the Caribbean countries. More:

"Green" Tax To Jamaica Unfair

17 November 2010: Couldn't Find A Flight? American Airlines Boosts Seats To Jamaica
American Airlines has launched three new weekly services from Chicago’s O’Hare to Jamaica’s Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, taking the number of round-trip flights to five per week. More:

American Airlines Boosts Seats To Jamaica

16 November 2010: Jamaica Targets Emerging Markets To Grow Tourism
Jamaica attracts more than one million visitors to its shores every year and a majority of these are from developed economies such as the USA, UK, Canada and several European countries. The country has now set a target of attracting two million visitors every year. To promote tourism on the island, the Jamaica Tourist Board now plans to tap the emerging economies of the world. This was made clear by Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett in the annual World Travel Market which was held in London between 7 and 10 November. More:

Jamaica Targets Emerging Markets To Grow Tourism

15 November 2010: Caribbean Tourism Damaged By British Air Passenger Duty
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has produced a detailed report on the damaging effect on tourism that the British government's controversial Air Passenger Duty (APD) is having on the islands. However, more important is the fact that the report also suggests measures on restructuring the tax in a way that is beneficial to Britain and the Caribbean nations. More:
Caribbean Tourism Damaged By British Air Passenger Duty

12 November 2010: Jamaica Awarded Best Beach Destination In The World
The nominations for the events featured 5,000 companies in 1,000 categories across 162 countries. The winners were selected based on the online votes received from thousands of industry professionals and consumers worldwide. More:
Jamaica Awarded Best Beach Destination In The World

11 November 2010: World Travel Awards 2010: And The Winner Is . . .
Jamaica was voted the leading destination in the Caribbean. It was also recognized as the world's leading cruise destination. Montego Bay was voted the world's leading beach destination. More:
World Travel Awards 2010: And The Winner Is . . .

10 November 2010: Jamaica Is The First Country To Showcase Destination In 3D
Jamaica became the first country in the world to showcase the island as a tourism destination in 3D format. The film was showcased during the 2010 World Travel Market (WTM) being held in London from November 7 to 10 at ExCel exhibition centre. More:
Jamaica Is The First Country To Showcase Destination in 3D

09 November 2010: Will It Be The Ian Fleming Airport?
In May 2010, when Jimmy Buffett flew the first flight into the new Boscobel Aerodrome in Jamaica he hinted that the island will name this, its newest airport, after Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond. The $300 million airport, due to open in December 2010, will cater for private jets. More:
Will It Be the Ian Fleming Airport?

08 November 2010: Team Lipstick USA To Participate In Annual Jamaica Reggae Marathon 2010
Team Lipstick is northeast USA’s largest and most successful all-female triathlon team, with chapters in New York City, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey. It will be in Jamaica for a week-long training camp that culminates with the Reggae Marathon, Jamaica’s premier international marathon event. More:
Team Lipstick USA To Participate In Annual Jamaica Reggae Marathon 2010

04 November 2010: Jamaica Horseback Riding Tours Growing In Popularity
Horseback riding tours are proving to be a popular way of experiencing the great outdoors of Jamaica. So once you have enjoyed the facilities offered by the villas and cottages in Silver Sands Jamaica, you can consider exploring the famed north coast of the island on horseback. There are many companies that offer horseback tours and the three really famous ones include Chukka Adventures, Braco Stables and Hooves. More:
Jamaica Horseback Riding Tours Growing In Popularity

03 November 2010: Higher UK Airfare Taxes Boost Jamaica Villas Bookings
Jamaica has witnessed a huge growth in the number of visitors from Britain who flock here for the winter getaways. Staying in self-catering villas not only gives them a sense of privacy and independence but also helps to bring down the costs dramatically. More:
Higher UK Airfare Taxes Boost Jamaica Villas Bookings

01 November 2010: Jamaica Launches World's First Destination 3D Film
In order to promote tourism on the island and provide a ‘real picture’ of the island, the Jamaican Tourist Board has launched the world’s first destination film in 3D. The film has been created by eXposure4 and will first be showcased at next week’s highly anticipated World Travel Mart in London, England. The film spans one day in the life of Jamaica. The first premier will be held on 8 November at 3.30pm. More:
Jamaica Launches World's First Destination 3D Film

29 October 2010: Jamaica Reggae Marathon Set To Be The Biggest
The Reggae Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10k event will start at the Long Bay Beach Park situated along Negril's famous Seven Miles Beach. The course will pass through the town of Negril and then heads towards the town of Green Island. More:
Jamaica Reggae Marathon Set To Be The Biggest

28 October 2010: 2011 To Be A Very Good Year For Jamaica Tourism
Smith also appreciated the tourism product in Jamaica and said that it was the reason for its popularity with the visitors. He said: "I think Jamaica continues to have the appeal, the atmosphere, the relaxed culture, the friendliness, the beaches, the warmth, the sand. Everything that Jamaica is famous for I have seen here." More:
2011 To Be A very Good Year For Jamaica Tourism

27 October 2010: Jamaica Tourism Grows In 2010
Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, said that for the six-month period, January to June, earnings from stopover tourists hit US$1.009 billion, registering a 2.4 per cent increase on the half-year intake of 2009. More:
Jamaica Tourism Grows In 2010

26 October 2010: Massive Art Mural For Sangster International Airport Jamaica
An art mural measuring 72 feet by 8 feet and titled, 'Amongst the Living' was recently unveiled at the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay by Artist Fiona Godfrey and officials of the Ministry of Tourism and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB).  More:
Massive Art Mural For Sangster International Airport Jamaica

25 October 2010: Jamaica Wins Top Tourism Awards 2010
For the fifth consecutive year Jamaica brought home the coveted Leading Caribbean Destination award along with 15 additional sectional prizes at the World Travel Awards on Friday night.  More:

Jamaica Wins Top Tourism Awards 2010

23 October 2010: Jamaica Tourist Board Partners With International Insurance Organizations
The Jamaica Tourist Board has entered into a strategic partnership with the Metropolitan Benefit Group, International Warranty Administration Services, and The Veratis Group, USA, to provide marketing and administrative support for a variety of insurance and non-insurance programs globally, and offer travel-related benefits to visitors to this island paradise.  More:
Jamaica Tourist Board Partners With International Insurance Organizations

22 October 2010: Jamaica Welcomed More Than One Million Visitors In The First Six Months Of The Year
Jamaica is upbeat about its tourism figures and is celebrating the latest in a series of exciting milestones, that latest being that it has recorded more than one million visitors who came here during the first six months of this year.  More:
Jamaica Welcomed More Than One Million Visitors in The First Six Months Of The Year

21 October 2010: Dolphin Cove in Jamaica to go Public
Owners of the tourism attraction, Dolphin Cove, Jamaica’s premier tourist attraction, plans to raise equity financing through the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) to expand the company in line with the anticipated growth in cruise tourism. More:
Dolphin Cove in Jamaica to go Public

20 October 2010: Jamaica Tourist Board Wins Two Flight Center USA Awards
The awards were based on the results of a survey of the more than 1,000 travel agents in Flight Centre’s network. JTB was recognized with Best Customer Service for a Tourist Board and Best Marketing Campaign. JTB Regional Director, Airline & Tour Operator Anthony King was on hand to accept the awards. More:
Jamaica Tourist Board Wins Two Flight Center USA Awards

18 October 2010: Jamaica Vacation Offers for Rescued Chilean Miners
The Jamaican government has extended an invitation for a free vacation to the 33 Chilean miners who were rescued from their 69-day ordeal underground. More:
Jamaica Vacation Offers for Rescued Chilean Miners

15 October 2010: Jamaica In TripAdvisor's Top 10 Island Escapes
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel web site, recently named Jamaica as one of the Top 10 Island Escapes. The list features winners of the 2010 Travelers' Choice Destinations Awards, with results based on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travellers on TripAdvisor.com. More:
Jamaica In TripAdvisor's Top 10 Island Escapes 

13 October 2010: Jamaica Beauty Queen To Promote Tourism On The Island
Former beauty queen, Nicole Haughton has realized her dream to work in the tourism sector by landing a job with the Jamaica Tourism Board. More:
Jamaica Beauty Queen To Promote Tourism On The Island

08 October 2010: Tourism Conference Boosts Interest In Jamaica
Reports are suggesting that Kingston and the rest of the island of Jamaica has greatly benefited from hosting the 19th Caribbean Media Exchange conference. More:

Tourism Conference Boosts Interest In Jamaica

07 October 2010: More Flights From Canada To Bring In Tourists To Jamaica
The number of visitors from Canada have recorded an impressive increase in Jamaica something that is obvious when you consider that many airlines have launched new services to cater to the tourists making a beeline to the island. Recent reports state that a variety of airlines and tour operators have launched new services coast to coast to vacation hot spot Montego Bay. More:

More Flights From Canada To Bring In Tourists To Jamaica

06 October 2010: American Travel Agents Throng To Jamaica
American travel agents, from all across the United States descended in Jamaica this week as the island continues to bolster its international profile. Even today there are some 500 agents visiting the island as part of the “Wish You Were Here” familiarization program organized by the Jamaica Tourist Board and private sector partners. More:

American Travel Agents Throng To Jamaica

05 October 2010: Kingston Jamaica Gains From Staging The 19th Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx)
The staging of the 19th Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) in Kingston has worked in Jamaica's favour, according to Bevan Springer, the organiser of the annual tourism conference. The event negated the perception of Kingston as the crime capital of Jamaica. When the four-day conference ended Sunday, more than 60 delegates from throughout the region and North America were all praise for the city. More:

Kingston Jamaica Gains From 19th Caribbean Media Exchange

04 October 2010: International Tourism Revenue Registers An Increase
According to Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) chairman John Lynch, statistics from the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) have shown that international tourist arrivals went up by seven percent during the first half of this year, 2010. More:

International Tourism Revenue Registers An Increase

30 September 2010: Jamaica's Tourism Facilities Operating Normally Despite Heavy Rains According to the Jamaica Tourist Board, the island’s tourism facilities are operating as usual in spite of storms and heavy rain today. Both airports, Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, also remain open and operational. More:
Jamaica's Tourism Facilities Operating Normally Despite Heavy Rains 

29 September 2010: Jamaica Enjoys Phenomenal Growth In Tourists From Canada
"Three years ago, we were welcoming 163,000 Canadians to Jamaica, and last year we were just a few visitors shy of 300,000 Canadians," Mr. Bartlett told a packed room of over 200 Canadian travel agents, tour operators and airline partners, attending a Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) trade show and reception on Wednesday (September 22, 2010), at the Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver, Canada. More:

Jamaica Enjoys Phenomenal Growth In Tourists From Canada

27 September 2010: Jamaica To Invest In Health And Wellness Tourism
Jamaica’s investment and export promotion agency, JAMPRO, has revealed that it has secured technical assistance from the Commonwealth Secretariat to undertake the development of a road map for the growth of health and wellness tourism in Jamaica to facilitate the country's foray into the multi-billion dollar global medical tourism industry. More:

Jamaica To Invest In Health And Wellness Tourism

23 September 2010: Jamaica Tourism Best Growth Market - Canada
According to the Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica will see more flights from Canada than ever before during the upcoming winter season. The island will be receiving a total of 69 flights weekly from January 1 to April 30, 2011, which is an increase from 55 from last year. More:

Jamaica Tourism Best Growth Market - Canada

22 September 2010: Jamaica To Host Americas' 2010 World Travel Awards
Graham E. Cooke, founder and president, World Travel Awards, said: “Jamaica is the perfect location to host this year’s Americas Event. We look forward to working with the team at Jamaica Tourist Board for what I know will be an exciting evening for the tourism industry.” More:

Jamaica To Host Americas' 2010 World Travel Awards

21 September 2010: World’s Foremost Environmentalist Will Chair Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx)
Jamaica`s Dr. Noel Brown, former director of the United Nations Environment Programme (North American Regional Office) and an accomplished diplomat, thinker and international civil servant, will chair the proceedings of the media and tourism conference in the Jamaican capital, from September 30 to October 4, 2010. More:

World's Foremost Environmentalist Will Chair Caribbean Media Exchange

20 September 2010: Jamaica Tourism Convention Draws International Media Interest
International journalists are increasingly showing interest to participate in the events. Apart from the journalists, people enthusiastic about agri-tourism, faith-based tourism and other tourism linkage initiatives are also upbeat about the event which is due to take place in Kingston. More:

Jamaica Tourism Convention Draws International Media Interest

17 September 2010: Water Square in Falmouth to be Pedestrian-Only Zone
As part of the plan, vehicular traffic will not be allowed from the square and some adjoining streets. The parish council is also trying to shift the centre of commerce to the Market Street area, which will undergo major re-development to complement the construction of two First-World piers at the entrance to the town. More:

Water Square in Falmouth to be Pedestrian-Only Zone

16 September 2010: Construction for Harmony Cove to Start in 2011
The construction of the ambitious Harmony Cove is finally expected to go underway in 2011.  Though the project has been delayed by two years by the global meltdown, the construction of the mega-sized casino resort in Trelawny on Jamaica's North Shore will start next year. John Brady, who represents the project's senior partner, John Lewis' Tavistock Group, said in an interview "Subject to the timing of financing, construction is expected to begin in 2011." The group is estimated to have already put US$100 million into the project. More:

Construction for Harmony Cove to Start in 2011

15 September 2010: Tourism Back on Track in Jamaica
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has expressed satisfaction with the progress of the tourism industry in Jamaica and has said that tourism sector is back on the path of growth in record time, following the downturn that resulted from the unrest in Western Kingston in May when attempts were being made to capture Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke. More:

Tourism Back on Track in Jamaica

14 September 2010: Treasure Beach Community Promotes Jamaica
Tourism is one of the most powerful industries in Jamaica and though the government continues to make efforts to promote it worldwide, the people too are doing their bit to attract visitors to the island. One recent example is the people of Treasure Beach who have made special efforts to make the area a major tourist destination. More:

Treasure Beach Community Promotes Jamaica

13 September 2010: Jamaica Leads Caribbean Out of Tourism Recession
The tourism industry in the Caribbean is well on the path of recovery driven by Jamaica. Despite the global drop in the number of travelers, Jamaica not only managed to keep afloat but also posted a rise in worldwide visitors, registering a rise of 3.6 per cent earlier this year. The island welcomed approximately 1.3 million visitors between January and August in 2010. More:

Jamaica Leads Caribbean Out of Tourism Recession

09 September 2010: Jamaica Youth Theatre to Present Graffiti on the UWI Campus
Jamaica Youth Theatre (JYT) will present the production for 2010, Graffiti, at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts (PSCCA) on the UWI Mona Campus from September 10 to 12. More:

Jamaica Youth Theatre to Present Graffiti on the UWI Campus

07 September 2010: Jamaica Tourism Benefits From Western Air
According to the Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica is working towards marketing itself as a hub for regional travel and so there is a lot of emphasis being placed on attracting and maintaining sufficient airlift to and from the island. More:
Jamaica Tourism Benefits From Western Air

06 September 2010: Jamaica Tourism: The Only Certainty Is Uncertainty
In the face of the recent world economic crisis, tourism has taken its toll in many tourism dependent nations. However, Jamaica's tourism continues to compete with the world's best and can safely claim the title "vanguard of tourism initiatives" in the English-speaking Caribbean. More:
Jamaica Tourism: The Only Certainty Is Uncertainty

03 September 2010: Growing Interest in the Sustainable Tourism Meet to be Held in Kingston

With a month to go before Jamaica's hosting of the 19th Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) on Sustainable Tourism, the event is evoking great interest from top-level media from across the region, North America and Europe who wish to be part of the discussions regarding Caribbean's primary industry. More:
Growing Interest in the Sustainable Tourism Meet to be Held in Kingston

02 September 2010: Majority of Jamaica's Tourists from the USA

The United States’ new envoy to Jamaica, Pamela Bridgewater has pointed out that many Americans spend their vacations in Jamaica yearly, accounting for 65 percent of Jamaica’s tourism, while 160 Peace Corps volunteers live and work across the island. More:
Majority of Jamaica's Tourists from the USA

01 September 2010: Jamaica Hosts February 2011 Regional Under-17 Football Championships

The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) received a huge boost yesterday when the sport's regional governing body, CONCACAF, announced that the country would be hosting February 2011 regional Under-17 Championships. The event is expected to give a huge boost to the already flourishing tourist industry in Jamaica. More:
Jamaica Hosts February 2011 Regional Under-17 Football Championships

30 August 2010: Jamaica Welcomes One Millionth Visitor in August 2010

Jamaica continues to live up to its reputation of being the most sought out tourist destination in the Caribbean. More:
Jamaica Welcomes One Millionth Visitor in August 2010

29 August 2010: Jamaica Festivals and Fairs

If you know anything about reggae, you know that Jamaica is the home for the reggae event of the summer. Reggae Sumfest, short for Summerfest, includes an array of parties and gigs in Montego Bay and other areas. Throughout the week world-renowned performers, who run the plethora of styles and conscious vibes throughout the country, are featured. More:
Jamaica Festivals and Fairs

28 August 2010: New Bog Walk Bridge to Boost Tourism in Jamaica

The  new Bog Walk Bridge was officially opened last Thursday, 26th August 2010, and it is expected to give a great impetus to trade and travel in the St Catherine community. The bridge now closes the distance between the market and the town’s nucleus. More:
New Bog Walk Bridge to Boost Tourism in Jamaica

27 August 2010: Silver Sands Jamaica - Take Advantage of Best Deals Now

If you want to save money and make the best of your stay in Jamaica, you can consider traveling at a time when everyone isn’t. The high season in Jamaica is from just before Christmas and New Year to mid-April, when people descend on the island to spend quality time together with their families. More:
Silver Sands Jamaica - Take Advantage of Best Deals Now

26 August 2010: Jamaica Hosts Conference on Sustainable Tourism

In order to discuss sustainability issues and promote economic development in the country, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Ministry of Tourism will be hosting the 19th CMEx conference on sustainable tourism between September 30 and October 4 this year in Kingston. More:
Jamaica Hosts Conference on Sustainable Tourism

25 August 2010: Faith-based Tourism to Jamaica

The Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) on Sustainable Tourism is targeting the development of faith-based tourism to Jamaica and the Caribbean in order to capitalize on the more than US$18 billion global industry with more than 300 million estimated annual travelers. More:
Faith-Based Tourism to Jamaica

24 August 2010: Biopic on Reggae Legend Bob Marley

British director, Jenny Ash, has announced her plans to make a biopic about reggae music legend Bob Marley. More:
Biopic on Reggae Legend Bob Marley

23 August 2010: Jamaica Voted Best Caribbean Country to Line In

Jamaica has been voted the top Caribbean country to live in terms of health, quality of life, and political environment, according to rankings by Newsweek. According to the magazine's first-ever Best Countries special issue, Jamaica ranked 47th of 100 countries and the best in the Caribbean countries. More:
Jamaica Voted Best Caribbean Country to Line In

20 August 2010: Reggae on the Beach in Jamaica Wins 2010 Lonely Planet Awards for Greatest Cultural Experience

Readers of Lonely Planet Magazine and web site voted Reggae on the beach in Jamaica as the Greatest Cultural Experience. The award was announced in August 2010. Reggae on the beach in Jamaica placed first, ahead of ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, salsa dancing in Havana, opera in Italy, and authentic blues in Chicago. More:
Reggae on the Beach in Jamaica Wins 2010 Lonely Planet Awards

13 August 2010: Port Antonio - Introduction

The rugged and scenic parish of Portland is home to one of the most beautiful towns in Jamaica – Port Antonio. With a lively market and an interesting collection of Georgian buildings mixed with tin-roofed houses, ‘Portie’ is lively by day and peaceful by night. More:
Port Antonio - Introduction

10 August 2010: Dolphin Cove Jamaica Expanding to Hanover

Dolphin Cove, the winner of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association’s (JHTA) Best Attraction Award for 2010, is expanding its operations to cater to both local and foreign visitors. As part of the expansion, a new Dolphin Cove will be opened at Point in Hanover and is expected to create employment for many people in this area. More:
Dolphin Cove Jamaica Expanding to Hanover

09 August 2010: JCDC/NGJ Visual Arts Competition Opens Sunday 15 August 2010

The JCDC/NGJ National Visual Arts Competition & Exhibition 2010 will open this Sunday at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston. As part of the ceremony, 153 awards will be presented to 103 artists. More:
Jamaica Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition 2010

06 August 2010: Happy Independence Day Jamaica 2010

It was exactly forty-eight years ago, on August 6, 1962, that the British Union Jack was lowered inside the National Stadium, and for the first time, the Jamaican flag was hoisted signaling the birth of an independent nation. More:
Happy Independence Jamaica 2010

05 August 2010: Jamaica Are You Ready? 48th Independence Celebrations

Jamaica will come alive with exciting cultural activities and visitors to the island will get the opportunity to celebrate with locals as costumed groups parade the streets and march to the sounds of traditional rhythms. More:
Jamaica 48th Independence Celebrations

04 August 2010: Nightlife in Jamaica

Hours after the sun goes down on the beautiful landscape of Jamaica, the island comes alive with music, dance and more. There is something for everyone: from the tame to the raw, from nightclubs to street dancing pulsating with the infectious beats of Reggae, from restaurants serving up platter after platter of delicious foods to street vendors doing brisk business selling the jerked meat delights. More:
Nightlife in Jamaica

03 August 2010: Festival Week Marks Jamaica's Independence Day Celebrations 2010

Jamaica is celebrating its Independence with great fanfare and visitors to the island can enjoy the seven days of festivities from August 2 to 6, 2010. More:
Festival Week 2010

02 August 2010: Season of Dance 2010 with the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica

NDTCJ, Jamaica’s internationally celebrated dance company specializes in creative dancing and explores all traditional and modern dance forms. It blends together the folklore music and dance of Jamaica, Africa and the American South with modern and classic dance forms to present a colourful celebration of the West Indian culture. More:
Season of Dance 2010

29 July 2010: Dining in Negril, Jamaica

If you are staying in
Jamaica villas, the cooks will certainly spoil you with the most sumptuous of local delights. However, should you wish to enjoy a day trip to Negril, here are some restaurants you can consider. More:
Dining in Negril, Jamaica

28 July 2010: Take a Day Trip to Negril

Visitors look for plenty of relaxation, fun and a unique vibe. Negril is the place where they find it all. For some, Negril is not a place but a state of mind. A favourite with the hippies in the early 70s, Negril is where you shed your cares and your clothes – shorts, swimsuits and sandals are the unwritten dress code here. More:
Take a Day Trip to Negril

27 July 2010: Visit the Attractions of Kingston, Jamaica

Kingston, the capital of Jamaica is also the country’s art and culture hub. Home to numerous dance troupes, theatres, and museums, Kingston reflects the best of Jamaica—wonderful cultural mix—more aptly than any other place on the island. As the Jamaicans put it, "You don't really know Jamaica until you know Kingston." More:
Visit the Attractions of Kingston, Jamaica

26 July 2010: Jamaica Celebrates Independence Day on August 6

Jamaica comes alive on Independence Day, August 6, with music and dancing to commemorate the anniversary of its independence, which took place in 1962. The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Honourable Olivia Grange, MP, has announced that this year's Independence Day celebrations will be staged under the theme "I Believe in Jamaica". More:
Jamaica Celebrates Independence Day

23 July 2010: Jamaica Celebrates Emancipation Day on August 2

History has it that many slaves journeyed to the hilltops on Friday, August 1, 1838 to witness the sunrise as a symbolic gesture to the new beginning in their lives. In the morning, large congregations joined in the Thanksgiving services, which were held in several chapels and churches across the island. More:
Jamaica Celebrates Emancipation Day

22 July 2010: Jamaica Reggae Marathon, 4 December 2010 - Training for it yet?

Marathon fever is all set to hit the island of Jamaica this December with the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K. The marathon, Jamaica’s premier International Marathon Event will take place on December 4, 2010 with marathoners, sports enthusiasts and beginners alike, converging on Negril, Jamaica’s capital of casual, for great fun and even greater reggae music. More:
Jamaica Reggae Marathon

21 July 2010: Dining in Kingston, Jamaica

The comfort of your Jamaica villas and apartments may tempt you to remain indoors, but since you are in Jamaica, you might wish to explore the best of what the island has to offer. Aside from its beaches and great outdoors, Jamaica is also well-known for its cuisine. If you are in Kingston, here is a list of restaurants that you can check out for local and international cuisine. More:
Dining in Kingston Jamaica

20 July 2010: Dining in Ocho Rios Jamaica

Although the chefs of your Jamaica villas will pamper you with the choicest of food, there may be times when you would want to dine out. If you plan to dine in Ocho Rios, here are some restaurants that you can consider. More:
Dining in Ocho Rios Jamaica

19 July 2010: Jamaica, an Affordable Long-Haul Destination, Gains More British Visitors

As Britain's Post Office named Jamaica as one of the most affordable long-haul destinations to visit, more British visitors are coming to Jamaica. The Jamaican Tourist Board (JTB) has reported that the island grew in popularity among people from the United Kingdom between 2008 and 2009, even though UK outbound travel fell at its fastest rate in the last three decades. More:
Jamaica, an Affordable Long-Haul Destination, Gains More British Visitors

16 July 2010: Discover the Distinctive Cuisine of Jamaica

Jamaica’s chefs, amongst the best in the Caribbean, serve sumptuous meals of elegant French, Italian, and Continental dishes. Flavourful and varied, Jamaican culinary ideas are used by fine fusion restaurants around the world. However, ingredients are more authentic and fresher on the island. More:
Discover the Distinctive Cuisine of Jamaica

15 July 2010: Sumfest 2010 - The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth
According to the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), approximately 6,000 visitors to the island are expected to attend this year's event. This number of visitors, coupled with thousands of Jamaicans also expected to come to the event, provide the groundwork for a fantastic Reggae Sumfest 2010 over the four-day period. More:
Sumfest 2010 - The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth

13 July 2010: Kingston, the Heartbeat of Jamaica

Knocked off its feet by earthquakes, epidemics, hurricanes and fire, vibrant and lively Kingston has always bounced back. Where pirates once reigned, today the arts are king. Kingston is the heartbeat of Jamaica, rocking to its own beat as also to the rhythm of reggae. More:
Kingston, the Heartbeat of Jamaica

12 July 2010: Why You Should Not Go to Jamaica Villas for Sex
This true story (the names and places have been changed to prevent those involved further embarrassment) is not isolated. Research has uncovered the fact that sex tourism in Jamaica is growing rapidly. Too often Melissa’s story is repeated when visitors go to stay in Jamaica villas for vacation sex with new acquaintances. Unlike hotels and resorts, guests can more easily take people they have just met back to their Jamaica accommodation rentals. More:
Why You Should Not Go to Jamaica Villas for Sex

09 July 2010: Attractions in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Ocho Rios or Ochie, call it by any name, but the fact remains that it has captured the hearts of visitors since 1494 when Columbus first stopped here. Seduced by the warm tropical weather and natural beauty, many visitors make Ocho Rios the setting for their wedding and honeymoon. That being said, it is perfect for a family holiday and promises activities and interests to suit all tastes and age groups. If you are planning a trip to Ocho Rios here are some attractions you can see and activities you can consider. More:
Attractions in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

08 July 2010: Ocho Rios, Jamaica - So Much to See and Do

Ocho Rios is described as the centrepiece of Jamaica given the fact that it boasts a wide array of things to see and do and attracts more visitors annually than any other place on the island. From climbing waterfalls and rocks, to cavorting with friendly dolphins; from lazing away on the beach, to exploring grottos, and rainforest trails; you can do all this and more in Ocho Rios, known by both locals and frequent visitors as "Ochie". More:
Ocho Rios, Jamaica - So Much to See and Do

07 July 2010: Destination Jamaica

Jamaica is the third largest of all Caribbean Islands. It was discovered by Christopher Columbus during his second voyage when he first stepped on the island at Discovery Bay. In his words, the island was “the fairest land that eyes have beheld; mountains and the land seem to touch the sky…all full of valleys and plains." More:
Destination Jamaica

06 July 2010: How to Avoid the Foreign Transaction Fee Added to Your Charge
What a lot of credit card customers do not realize is that some of the providers of these cards are charging a Foreign Transaction Fee for their own account. The customer sees the charge and thinks it is Mysilversands that is the beneficiary but it is the card provider that is the beneficiary.

In recent times, the card providers have modified their terms of use and advised their customers in the usual manner, but it seems that hardly anyone reads these pages and pages of fine print. So card users are not aware that their cards will attract this additional  charge. More:
How to Avoid the Foreign Transaction Fee

05 July 2010: Port Royal - Next Big Tourist Attraction in Jamaica

Think of Port Royal and the images that would immediately strike the mind are of swashbuckling buccaneers drowned in rum, followed by those of the earth opening up in fury eating and spitting out mice and men. Port Royal is nothing less than a time capsule ensconced in the sea and the gems that lie in its waters. More:
Port Royal - Next Big Tourist Attraction in Jamaica

02 July 2010: Starbucks to Add Blue Mountain Coffee to its Menu

The Wallenford Coffee Company Limited, a state-owned enterprise, is finalizing a deal with Starbucks Coffee Company according to which Jamaican coffee will be added to the menu in 55 of the international chain's 'high-end' stores.
Starbucks to Add Blue Mountain Coffee

01 July 2010: Jamaica Wins with Canadians 2010

The Jamaica Tourist Board has been voted as the Favourite Tourist Board in the Canadian Travel Press and Travel Courier's 11th annual Agents' Choice Awards for the fifth consecutive year. Jamaica was also voted Favourite Honeymoon Destination for the second time in a row, ahead of Mexico.
Jamaica Wins with Canadians 2010

30 June 2010: Canadian Arrivals Jumped in Winter 2009/2010

According to the latest figures, over 130,000 Canadians visited Jamaica during the 2009/10 winter tourist season, reflecting an increase of some 11 per cent over the same period of the previous season.
Canadian Arrivals Jumped in Winter 2009/2010

29 June 2010: Jamaica Tourist Board Europe Marketing Campaign 2010

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is all set to launch an extensive marketing programme in key United Kingdom (UK) and European cities, as part of the strategy to ensure a strong winter tourist season. Some £2 million will be spent on a series of events and travel agent workshops.
Jamaica Tourist Board Europe Marketing Campaign 2010

25 June 2010: Book Early for the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, January 23 - 29, 2011
The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, a three-day musical event, attracts over 30,000 patrons each year. The 2011 festival will be held from January 23 to January 29, with concerts in Kingston, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.
Book Early for the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, January 23 - 29, 2011

24 June 2010: New Cruise Ship Pier to Open in Falmouth, Jamaica November 2010

The $7.5 billion cruise ship pier in Falmouth, set to open in November, spells good news for the tourism industry in the town and the parish of Trelawny.
New Cruise Ship Pier to Open in Falmouth Jamaica November 2010

23 June 2010: Jamaica Tourist Board Wins TravelAge West WAVE 2010 Awards

TravelAge West Editor-in-Chief Ken Shapiro, said: “This year’s ‘Tourist Board Providing the Best Travel Agent Support’ vote confirmed what we have seen and heard from our readers in the past — that the Jamaica Tourist Board stands by agents and helps them grow their Caribbean business.”
JamaicaTourist Board Wins TravelAge West WAVE 2010 Awards

22 June 2010: Jamaica Makka Pro Surfing Event to be held July 16 - 18, 2010

Preparations are well under way for the JSA/CSN/WAPSS Makka Pro according to the JSA President Billy Wilmot. In his words, “Things are looking bright with top pros from around the region and from as far away as the US west coast, Trinidad and Barbados already confirming their participation in Jamaica’s biggest Pro surfing event.”
Jamaica Makka Pro Surfing 2010

21 June 2010: Millions for Jamaica Tourism Marketing Campaign
It goes without saying that the violence did impact Jamaica’s tourism image but people continued to visit resort towns such as Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril, given the fact that they are miles away from Kingston and were in no way affected by the events which unfolded in Tivoli Gardens in the capital.
Jamaica Tourism Marketing Campaign

18 June 2010: Kingston on the Edge (KOTE) Art Festival Begins Today
Ever since its inception, KOTE has gained world-renowned status and attracts participation of award winning artists from four different continents.
Kingston on the Edge (KOTE) Art Festival Begins Today

17 June 2010: 'Experience Jamaica Programme' Reintroduced

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has reintroduced its ‘Experience Jamaica Programme’ in a bid to encourage more tourism in the country.The 'Experience Jamaica Programme' provides discounts of up to 50 percent to generate consumer interest in local tourism facilities.
'Experience Jamaica Programme' Reintroduced

16 June 2010: Reggae Sumfest 2010, Montego Bay July 18 - 24
Reggae Sumfest was incepted in 1992 and in the years that followed gradually rose in prominence to take centre stage in the world’s music scene. This year the event will take place between July 18 and 24 in Montego Bay and will see acts by international celebrities such as Chris Brown, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, and many others.
Reggae Sumfest 2010, Montego Bay July 18 - 24

15 June 2010: Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica
Reggae Sumfest attracts top musical performers from Jamaica and around the world, including some of the biggest names in reggae and dancehall. If you like reggae music, this is the very best of Jamaican festivals. Be sure to plan in advance as Jamaica villas, cottages and apartments are booked well ahead of time for Reggae Sumfest.
Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica

14 June 2010: Jamaica Vacations Okay
The Jamaican capital of Kingston became a battlefield following an order by the government for the arrest of a reputed drug and weapons trafficker. As a result, the USA and UK issued travel advisories to their citizens, recommending avoiding travel to the country. However, most tourist towns of Jamaica remained far removed from the recent conflict.
Jamaica Vacations Okay

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