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A taste of island living with a trip to Jamaica

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

There aren’t very many tourists on my flight from New York to ­Kingston – it’s mostly ­Jamaicans going home. The tourists usually favour the trip to ­Montego Bay, from where they’re immediately shuttled into carefully cloistered resorts and served a jolly medley of reggae and other clichés of island life along with the necessary TVs, [...]

Forever loving Jamaica: Travel Weekly

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Artist, photographer, film director, musician. Lee Jaffe has comfortably inhabited all these roles in many parts of the world, but his attachment to Jamaica, where he was, for a period, a member of Bob Marley’s band, the Wailers, led him back to the island more than 200 times over the past 40 years. His photography [...]

Wowed by wild Jamaica

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

We grip the sides of the rickety fishing boat as it slams against the crests of the Caribbean waves. My husband and I try to ignore the fact that we are not wearing life jackets.The dreadlocked boatman is perched perilously at the bow. This is a feat, given that the ride is bumpier than Jamaica’s [...]


Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Returning to Nigeria, 22 years after his first visit, reggae music icon, Don Carlos, recounts intimate experiences with his Nigerian fans. Nseobong Okon-Ekong reports Not customary with the character of entertainment star of his stature and fame, reggae music icon, Don Carlos, real name, Ervin Spencer, was alone in his hotel room in Lagos. He [...]

How Reggae Defeated Mambo

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Havana in the 1950s was Las Vegas with beaches. Affluent North Americans escaped to Cuba to indulge in cigars, sex, rum, and affordable luxury. Leading hotels and casinos boasted of dance halls and large orchestras. Modeled after popular New York orchestral combos, these tourism-generated bands infused popular music from the United States with the instruments [...]

Jamaica’s best live music venues

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Music flows through the veins of the Jamaican people and their love for reggae and jazz is instilled almost from birth. Live music is a popular feature at many of the venues across the island and tourists who want to enjoy authentic Jamaican jamming won’t be disappointed. After spending all day exploring the island, eating [...]

Jamaica’s best beach hotels and accommodation on a budget

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

The Rockhouse, West End, Negril If you’re after the cliff-edge drama of the West End, but don’t fancy slumming it, the Rockhouse is probably for you. Some of the West End’s most upmarket hotels are so antiseptic and uptight you’d hardly know you were in Jamaica, but the Rockhouse has managed to combine modern boutique [...]

It’s Jamaica, mon … where you go to really get away

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

I’d been to Jamaica a few decades ago, when we could barely afford the airfare. We did what most tourists do: stayed at all-inclusives in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril. At Rick’s Café we drank too much rum and watched the sunset as maniacs dived off the cliffs. This time I wanted to go [...]

Staying safe on your Caribbean trip

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

When you think of a Jamaican family trip, you imagine aqua waters, pristine white beaches and tropical drinks. But without the proper safety precautions, your dream vacation can quickly become a nightmare. Like many Caribbean destinations, Jamaica lacks many of the safety precautions considered standard in the United States, making it easier to experience an [...]

Family Travel: Jamaican resort includes nanny service so parents can truly relax

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

A friend describes vacationing with her family as housekeeping in a different environment. She’s constantly chasing after the kids with a bottle of sunscreen, picking up after them, and worrying about snacks and the next meal. But I’m sitting on the circular balcony of my split-level, two-bedroom, Mediterranean-style suite, listening to the waves and the [...]