Archive for the 'Travel' Category

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 [...]

Jamaica Travel: Jakes Hotel a real treasure at Treasure Beach

Friday, March 9th, 2012

I’m on a boat ride from Jakes Hotel to The Pelican Bar, a slapdash, ramshackle, barely held together joint that rests on a sandbar nearly a kilometre from Jamaica’s quiet south shore. The Caribbean is all silver-green and the surf is gently rolling three passengers and a guy who calls himself Captain Joseph. As he [...]

From resorts to the real thing

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Five days. Eighteen resorts. One travel agent; now full of knowledge on the best Jamaican getaways. Taking “familiarization trips” is an important part of what Stacey Hachey does. The travel expert said experiencing far-off destinations firsthand allows her to help travellers make the most informed decisions before boarding a plane. via From resorts to the [...]

The ups and downs of regional aviation

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

“Up, down and across” is probably the only way one can properly describe the aviation and travel sectors in the Caribbean for the year 2011. Fares were up and down; planes were up and down and politics played a subtle role across the archipelago In the middle of the second quarter, the region saw the [...]

Jaunell launches travel ‘app’

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

In the fashion industry — today you’re in, tomorrow you’re out. With that in mind, Jamaican supermodel Jaunel McKenzie is taking no chances, and is making plans even before she hangs up her stilettos. The leggy starlet, who hails from St Catherine, is launching a travel guide application (app) at the end of January, with [...]