Friday, July 31, 2020

Haiti (HAY-tee)

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Why visit Haiti?
Appeals to the adventurous traveler with interest to a developing country known for their African influenced dance, beaches, casinos, fine arts, folk paintings, historic sites, nightclubs, rugged landscape, shopping, voodoo culture and water sports.


Abaka Bay & Resort, La Hafte, Haiti. Photo Credit:  Claudia Altamimi/Pixaby


At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Copper jewelry, hand embroidered clothing, mahogany carvings, music, oil paintings, wrought iron sculpture, and voodoo goods.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Achards (pickled vegetables). Bouillon (soup). Djondjons (rice dish). Grillot Cochon Avec Banane Pesee (pork chop dish). Griyo (fried pork). Pâté Haïtien (snack). Pois du Riz Coles (rice dish). Poul Lakay (spicy chicken). Soupe au Jiroumon (pumpkin soup). Taso (grilled goat).
  • Local Drink to Try: Akasan (soft drink). Clairin (spirit). Cola Couronne (soft drink). Cola Lacaye (soft drink). Prestige (beer). Rhum Barbancourt (rum).


Photo Credit: Donna Wickerham/Pixabay 



History
  • In 1789, slavery was abolished. Former slave, Toussaint Louverture crowned himself King Henri Christophe I.
  • In 1802, Napoleon sent troops to retake the island. Captured by the French, Louverture was taken to France for trial.
  • In 1803, Louverture died of exposure and TB.
  • In 1804, the first Caribbean country to gain their freedom.
  • In 1914, British, German, and U.S. entered forces, the U.S. Marines stationed until 1934.
  • In 1957, Francois Duvalier (Papa Doc) was elected president. Upon his death his son, Jean Claude (Baby Doc) was the predecenter. 
  • In 1886, Jean Claude (Baby Doc) was driven out of the country. Seeking refuge in France.
  • During 1980, Jean Aristide, President was thrown out of power by the military.
  • Late 1994, the U.S. forced the military to give up power and stayed to help the country establish order.

Photo Credit: gamble34/Pixabay 



Fun Facts
  • Voodoo is a highly developed ritual estimating nearly half the population practice: elements of magic, dance, music and drumming. Open ceremony consisting of three drums: boula, mamman and segon.
  • The flavor to Grand Marnier and Cointreau liquors is sun drying orange peels.
  • Rhum Barbancourt Distilleries use sugarcane juice instead of molasses.
  • Birthplace (1969) to Nel Ust Wyclef Jean (aka: Wyclef Jean), Actor & Musician. A member of the New Jersey hip hop group the Fugees.
  • One of the highest unemployment rates in the Western Hemisphere (around 70%), its people are known for their work ethic and were instrumental in the building of the Panama Canal. 
  • Prestige is brewed by Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti and owned by Heineken.
  • Labadee is Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCI) private beach on the northeast coast.


Citadelle Laferrière (aka: Citadelle Henri Christophe or Citadelle), Nord, Haiti. Photo Credit: Pixabay 



Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (January) Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, Rara, (February) Carnival, (March) Krik? Krak! Festival, (July) Jacmel Film Festival, (August) Carifesta, and (November) Paris Rum Fest & Festival. 
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Ancestry Day, Shrove Tuesday, Good Friday, Agriculture & Labor Day, University Day, Haitian Flag Day, Feast of Corpus Christi, Feast of Assumption, Dessalines Day, All Saints' Day, All Souls Day, Battle of Vertières Day, Discovery Day, and Christmas Day.



Photo Credit: smattern/Pixabay



Good to Know
  • Political upheavals and natural disasters have kept them off of Tourism mainstream.
  • Tropical storms with floods and mudslides have killed many locals.
  • Literacy levels are low, around 50%.
  • The best beaches are on the South Coast along the Southern Peninsula and North Coast. Otherwise, dark volcanic sand.
  • To inspire you, read Lydia Bailey (1947) and The Comedians (1966).
  • A movie that may inspire you The Comedians (1967).
  • Prone to beggars, frequent delays, poor roads and power outages.
  • Doux doux (pronounced doo-doo) means Sweetheart in Creole.
  • Don't expect world-class snorkeling and scuba diving, as the country's reefs have been devastated by overfishing.
  • Iron Market (Port-au-Prince) offers a wide selection of local goods.


Labadee, Haiti. Photo Credit: kbmars/Pixabay 



This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport with six months of validity upon return and one blank page for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA not required for visits under 90 days.

                               Hurricane Season is June - November, Haitis impact usually around August - October.

  • Coolest Season: December
  • Humid & Hottest: August
  • Peak Season: November - March
  • Shoulder Season: April - June

Your Must-See & Do
  • Historical Sites:  Bassin Bleu, Cathédrale de Milot, Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Cap Haitien, Champ de Mars, Citadelle Laferrière, Fort Picolet and Grotte Marie Jeanne.
  • Museums:  Bureau d'Ethnologie, Haitian Heritage Museum, Musée du Panthéon National, National Museum of Art and Sans-Souci Palace.
  • Popular Attractions:  Cap Haitien, Cascade Touyac, Citadelle, Iron Market, Kokoye Beach, Port-au-Prince and Wynne Farm Ecological Reserve.


Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo Credit: David Mark/Pixabay 



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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Cayman Islands (KAY-muhn)

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Why visit the Cayman Islands?
Ideal island destination for the luxury traveler seeking a beach lovers, deep-sea fishing, diving, duty-free shopping (George Town), fine dining, glass-bottom boat tours, golf, horseback riding, low crime rate, friendly English-Speaking islanders, marine life, seclusion, snorkeling, sport fishing, and water sports. 

As the "Underwater Capital of the Caribbean", undoubtedly a premier diving destination! Underwater weddings, couples must have a proper Ceremony above water to make it legal.


Photo Credit: Bob Spicer/Pixabay 


At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Caymanite, collector coins, crochet goods, jewelry, paintings, pepper sauces, rum, sculptures, semi precious stones, sketches, and wood carvings. 
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Turtle Stew (delicacy).
  • Local Drink to Try: Buca Kiss (cocktail). Caybrew (beer). Cayman Lemonade. Jager Bomb (cocktail). Macabuca Punch. Mudslide (cocktail). White Tip Larger (beer).

History
  • In 1503, during his fourth voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus discovered Grand Cayman's two sister islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
  • In 1586, Sir Francis Drake changed the islands' names to "Caymanas".
  • In 1670, Spain ceded the islands to the British under the Treaty of Madrid.
  • In 1794, a group of ten merchant ships struck a reef and ran aground. Rescued by Caymanians it's rumored that one of the ships had a member of King George III England's family. Tales of "Wreck of Ten Sails". In appreciation and gratitude, King George III promised not to impose taxes. 
  • In 1834, slavery was abolished. Most slaves were brought from Africa.
  • In 1959, Cayman Islands got their first constitution.
  • Until 1962, governed as part of Jamaica to become a Crown Colony.
  • In 1994, Cayman Islands revised their constitution.
  • On April 29, 2012, the well-known Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales & Miss Catherine Middleton reported an official gift from the island was the local stone of Caymanite.

Fun Facts
  • Grand Cayman is the largest of the three coral islands; separated by easterly sister islands, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.
  • Cayman Trough is a massive subterranean ridge that rises 8,000 ft from the seafloor and is the deepest part of the Caribbean. 
  • Do not levy an income tax, capital gains tax, or estate and death tax.
  • "Las Tortugas" (The Turtles) was named by Christopher Columbus considering how many were in the surrounding waters.
  • Local stone, Caymanite occurs as a fine-grained or vug filling a variety of the mineral dolomite CaMg(CO3)2. It occurs as white to red and black filling in fossil molds, small cavities, and caves. It is used as a semi-precious stone.
  • Considering there's no direct taxation, the Cayman Islands are a mecca for banking, with about 500 registered banks and trust companies, including more than 40 of the world's largest banks. Which is impressive given their size.
  • Birthplace (Rum Point Club's Wreck Bar) of the popular cocktail Mudslide.


Photo Credit: Hans Schwarzkopf/Pixabay 



Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (January) Cayman Cookout, Cayman Islands Cancer Society Stride Against Cancer Walk, (February) Agricultural Show, Coco Fest, Light Up the Night Breast Cancer Beach Walk, Mercuryman Triathlon, Super Bowl, (March) Cayman Islands Orchid Show, Rundown (April) Batabano Carnival Junior Parade, Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament, Kaibo Kitefest, Red Sky at Night, (May) Batabano Adult Parade, Cayman Carnival Batabano, Furball Gala, Taste of Cayman, (June) Flowers Sea Swim, (July) CayMAS Carnival, Summer Moonlight & Movies, (September) Oktoberfest, The Big Shave, (October) Cayman Cocktail Week, Cayman Restaurant Month, The Cayman Islands Breast Cancer Foundation Gala, (November) Cayman Islands Triathlon, Gimistory, MOvember,
    Pirates Week, TBC, Tree Lighting, (December) Cayman Islands Marathon, Christmas Evening Market, New Year’s Eve Fireworks, The Pink Ladies Annual Tea & Bazaar, and Walkers Cayman Islands Marathon.
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, National Heroes' Day, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter, Discovery Day, Whitsunday, Queen's Birthday, Constitution Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.

Good to Know
  • A premier diving destination with 160 unique dive sites!
  • Read Caribbean, written by James Michener 1989.
  • Boasts a high standard of living, service, and amenities.
  • Car Rental Drivers must be 21 and need a temporary Driver's License.
  • Choose a weekday to best enjoy a golf non-crowded course.
  • Cayman Carnival Batabano is a salute to Cayman's Turtling Heritage. Parades with music and dance for the Batabano tracks left in the sand by turtles dragging themselves onto the beach to nest.
  • The island restricts the number of passengers visits per day.
  • The famous Seven Mile Beach sustaining significant hurricane damage is currently only 6 miles long, now.
  • Prevalent Diseases: ChikungunyaDengue Fever and Zika Virus. 
  • Little criminal activity.
  • Traffic moves on left hand side of the road.
  • Captain's Table (Cayman Brac) is a popular restaurant.
  • The Turtle Farm is the world's only commercial green sea-turtle farm, housing more than 16,000 endangered sea turtles.
  • Alexander Hotel (Cayman Brac) and Brac Reef Beach Resort (Cayman Brac) known for their outdoor bars.
  • Legal drinking age is 18.
  • Avoid open containers of alcohol in your car or any public area that isn't zoned for alcohol consumption.
  • Halloween is a very popular event.
  • There's been many rumors that a Pirate Treasure is buried in the caves on Cayman Brac.
  • The USA, Canada, and the UK have signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, therefore it is illegal to buy turtle products and import them.

This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport and one blank page for entry stamp.

Hurricane Season is June - November.

  • Coolest Season: November - April
  • Humid & Hottest: July - September
  • Peak Season: December - April
  • Shoulder Season: May - October

Your Must-See & Do
  • Historical Sites: Camana Bay Observation Tower, Mission House, and Pedro St James National Historic Site.
  • Museums: Cayman Maritime Treasure Museum, Caymon Island National Museum, Cayman Motor Museum, and National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.
  • Popular Attractions:  Bioluminescent Bay, Black Pearl Skate Park, Bloody Bay Wall, Blowholes, Cayman Crystal Caves,  Cayman Ridge, Dart Family Park, East End, Hell,  George Town, Cayman Spirits Co Distillery, Cayman Turtle Farm, Dolphin Discovery, Jackson Point, Mastic Trail, National Trust for the Cayman Islands, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, Rebecca's Cave, Red-Footed Booby Bird Nature Reserve, Seven Fathoms Rum,  Seven Mile Beach, South Hole Sound Lagoon, Stingray City, The Pirate Caves, and Wreck of the Ten Sails Historic Park.


Photo Credit: Heidi Kiss/Pixabay 



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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Dominican Republic

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Why visit the Dominican Republic?
Best known for their baseball games, beautiful beaches, casinos, caves, cigars, colonial architecture, Columbian art, golf courses, historical sites, kiteboarding, latin nightlife, merengue dancing, mountain scenery, national parks, natural beauty, reef and wreck diving, windsurfing and warm tropical waters.



Photo Credit: falco/Pixabay 



At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Amber, art, carnival masks, ceramics, cigars, coffee, larimar jewelry, perfume, soapstone carvings, straw goods, and wood carvings.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Aguají (soup). Almibar de Frutas (dessert). Bandera Dominicana (national). Bizcocho Dominicano (cake). Casabe (flatbread). Chimichurris (burger top). Habichuelas con Dulce (bean dessert). Lambi (conch). Mangu (plantain dish). Mero (grouper). Pan de Coco (coconut bread).  Pastelón (casserole). Pescado con Coco (fish dish).
  • Local Drink to Try: Mama Juana (cocktail).


Photo Credit: Rita/Pixabay 



History
  • December 1492, Christopher Columbus came upon the island of Hispaniola.
  • In 1493, Christopher Columbus established La Isabela upon his second voyage. 
  • In 1844, Juan Pablo Duarte led them to the movement as an independent nation.
  • In 1877, a box of bone fragments was found marked Columbus' in Santo Domingo. However, DNA tests reveals not to be his DNA.
  • In 1916, U.S. Marines were stationed in Santo Domingo.
  • In 1930, General Rafael Trujillo seized power.
  • In 1961, General Rafael Trujillo was assassinated.
  • During the 1970s, a group of investors developed Punta Cana as a beach resort destination.
  • In 2003, every fours they hosted the Pan American Games.


Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Photo Credit: falco/Pixabay 



Fun Facts
  • Cordillera Central is the largest mountain, Pico Duarte reaching 10,417 feet.
  • Amber Coast derives from the Amber gem known to have rosin of an ancient tree. The tree exuding sap upon injury, spa globules failing to earth over millions of years ago. These rosin chucks collected plans and insect material, hardening to the gem we appreciate today. The islands is transparent with a higher ratio of fossils, Baltic Amber.
  • Dictator Trujillo, commanded musical groups to compose merengue (dance music) to praise him.
  • Birthplace to major league baseball players: David Ortiz, Sammy Sosa and Pedro Martinez.
  • Three sisters: Patria, Minerva and Maria Mirabal were leaders to the movement to overthrow Dictator Trujillo. Said, to have been found, tortured and murdered by Trujillo's secret police. Today, they're honored as national heroes, "Las Mariposas" (The Butterflies).


Las Galeras, Dominican Republic. Photo Credit: Eve/Pixabay 



Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (February) Carnival, (March) Santo Domingo International Book Fair, (June) Mango Festival, Seafood Festival, (July) Cabarete Kite Festival, Festival del Merengue, (October) Dominican Baseball Tournament, Puerto Plata Festival, Santo Domingo Restaurant Week, and (November) Dominican Jazz Festival.
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Epiphany, Altagracia Day, Duarte Day, Independence Day, Good Friday, Easter, Labour Day, Feast of Corpus Christi, Restoration Day, Our Lady of Mercy Day, Constitution Day, and Christmas.


Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Photo Credit: Abel Ojeda/Pixabay 


Good to Know
  • The most tranquil beaches are along the southern coast of the island.
  • Not all resorts accept credit cards.
  • Celebration & Events: Carnival (Late February-Early March) and Merengue Festival (Late July - Early August).
  • You may wish to read: In the Time of the Butterflies (written by Julia Alvarez 1995) and Feast of the Goat (written by Mario Vargas Llosa).
  • Movies that may inspire you to visit: In the Time of Butterflies (2001) and Road to the Big Leagues (2008).
  • Many travelers consider Dominican Republic cigars to be the best in the world, surpassing even the Cuban cigars.
  • Blackouts are frequent, known to last up to 14 hours or more. Most hotels and restaurants have generators.

                   Hurricane Season is June - November, their impact usually occurs between August - October.

  • Coolest Season: November - January
  • Humid & Hottest: June - August
  • Peak Season: December - April
  • Rainy Season: November - January & May - November
  • Shoulder Season: May - November


Altos de Chavón, La Romana, Dominican Republic. Photo Credit: photosforyou/Pixabay 



Your Must-See & Do
  • Activities: Cave exploring, deep-sea fishing, golf, hiking, horse back riding, jeep safaris, parasailing, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, whale watching and zip lining.
  • Historical Sites: Alcazar de Colon, Boca de YumaCasas Reales (Royal Houses), La Isabela and Zona Colonial (Colonial Zone).
  • Museums: Amber World Museum, Aromas Museum, Casa Museo Hermanas Mirabal, Cathedral Museum, Larimar Museum, Memorial of Dominican Resistance, Museo Carnaval Vegano, Museo de la Altagracia, Museo de la Porcelna, Mundo King Art Museum, Museo de Arto Moderno, Museum of Dominican Man and Museo Histórico y Arqueológico Doctor Estrada. Torres, Museum of Natural History, Museum of Royal Houses, Natural Museum of Natural History, Trampoline Children's Museum and Wax Museum.
  • Popular Attractions: Agua Splash, Brugal Rum Distillery, Cathedral of Santa Maria, Columbus Lighthouse, Gallery of Modern Art, Los Haitises National Park, Macorix House of Rum, Manati Park, Mt Isabel de Torres, National Library, National Theater, Ocean World, Parque Central (Central Park) and Santo Domingo's National Zoo.


Photo Credit: Faustino Medina/Pixabay 



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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Jamaica (juh-MAY-kuh)

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Why visit Jamaica?
Offers miles of coastline white sand beaches, caves, hiking, horseback riding, mountains, river rafting, scuba diving, reggae and snorkeling. Rich in history, stunning landscapes and influential culture. Well known for all-inclusive resorts, honeymoon and wedding destination.



Emancipation Park, Kingston, JamaicaPhoto Credit: Graka M/Pixabay



At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Art, coffee, embroidery goods, fabrics, gemstone jewelry, leather goods, mahogany goods, musical instruments, reggae music, rum, shells, spices, and woven straw baskets.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Bammy (flatbread). Bulla Cake (molasses cake). Callaloo (vegetable dish). Escoveitch (fish). Gungo (soup). Janga (soup). Jerk Spiced Meats.
  • Local Drink to Try: Pimento dram (liqueur). Tia Maria (liqueur). Real Rock (beer). Red Stripe (beer). Sangster's (rum cream). Tia Maria (liqueur). Ting (soft drink).

Photo Credit: morrisync/Pixabay 


History
  • In 1494 Christopher Columbus claimed the island for Spain.
  • In 1655, English took control of the island after many battles with Spain (since 1660).
  • In 1782, the first mango plants were introduced to Jamaica after being captured on the high seas on their way from India to the West Indies by Lord Rodney's ship H.M.S. Flora.
  • In 1807, slavery was abolished.
  • In 1871, United Fruit Company was established by Yankee Skipper, Lorenzo Baker.
  • In 1946, actor Errol Flynn purchased hundreds of farmland acres.
  • In 1962, they won full independence from Great Britain.


Photo Credit: 12510kid/Pixabay 



Fun Facts
  • Tourism is the largest island industry.
  • A leader in sugar exporting.
  • Highest point, Blue Mountain Peak (7,402 feet).
  • The third largest island of the Greater Antilles.
  • Many Jamaicans are "Ras Tafari", a religious and political movement known for dreadlocks, reggae music, vegetarianism and belief ganja (marijuana) is sacred.
  • Much of the island is capped by limestone.
  • Gasoline is expensive.
  • Doctor's Cave Beach earned it's name after a physician donated his beach property to form a Swim Club.
  • Goldeneye is the former residence of Ian Fleming. While you may not recognize his name, you will know his accomplishment; the creator of James Bond.
  • Firely former home to British author and actor, Noel Coward. Famous guests like Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother and Winston Churchill have stayed there.
  • Movies which may inspire your visit20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Blue Lagoon, Clara's Heart (featuring Whoopi Goldberg and Neil Patrick Harris) filmed at Trident Villas (1988), Cocktail, Cool Runnings (1993), Dr. No, Island in the Sun, (1990) Live and Let Die, Lord of the Flies in Frenchman's Cove, Mighty Quinn, Return to Treasure Island, The Black Swan (1942), The Harder They Come (1972), The Mighty Quinn (1989) and Wide Sargasso Sea.
  • Books to read: Book of Famaica (written by Russell Banks 1996), Captain Blood (written by Rafael Sabatini 1996), How Stella Got Her Groove Back (written by Terry McMillan 1996), Wide Sargasso Sea (written by Jean Rhys 1992).
  • Harry Belafonte, singer of Banana Boat Song (Day-O) is said to be inspired by the chants of men and women as they loaded bananas onto boats at Boundbrook Wharf in Port Antonio.
  • Cinnamon Hill, (North Coast Highway near Greenwood) was the home of country singer, Johnny Cash.
  • Listed in Guinness World Records as having more churches per square mile/kilometer than any other country. 
  • National motto, "Out of Many, One People" reflects the island's rich and diverse heritage.


Negril, Jamaica. Photo Credit: ScalexCZ/Pixabay 


Special Holidays/Occasions
  • Annual Events: (January) Accompong Maroon Festival, Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, Sprint Triathlon, (February) Bob Marley Birthday Bash, Bob Marley Week, Reggae Summerfest, (March) ISSA Boys & Girls ChampionshipsJamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival, Kiteboard World Cup, March Spring Break, (April) Carnival, Cycle Jamaica Runaway Bay, Montego Bay Yacht Club's Easter Regatta, Treasure Beach Off Road Triathlon, (May) Calabash International Literary Festival, StyleWeek Jamaica & Fashion Block, (June) Caribbean Fashion Week, Kingston on the Edge Urban Art Festival (KOTE), Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, (July) Little Ochi Seafood Carnival, National Dance Theatre Company's Season of Dance, Reggae Sumfest, (August) Absolute Temptation Isle, National Independence Float Parade & Grand Gala, Red Stripe Dream Weekend, (September) Falmouth Blue Marlin Tournament, (October) Port Antonio International Fishing Tournament, and (December) Motor Sports Championship Series.
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Labour Day, Emancipation Day, Jamaican Independence Day, Heroes' Day, Christmas, and Boxing Day.


Black River, Jamaica. Photo Credit: Fitzroy Chedda/Pixabay 


Good to Know
  • Annual Events: Accompong Maroon Festival, Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival (January), Carnival, Celebrating Bob Marley Festival (February), Oco Rios Jazz Festival (June) and Raggae SumFest (August).
  • "Sleeping Policemen" are referred by locals but best known to travelers as speed bumps.
  • Unless you're a member of the military, do not wear camouflage clothing; it's illegal!
  • Given their manta "no problem, mon" do be mindful you're on island time.
  • Avoid walking or driving at night.
  • Tourism industry is unevenly regulated and inspections do not commonly occur.
  • Avoid public buses.
  • Strictly forbids importing or possessing firearms.
  • Carrying knives, mace, and/or pepper spray without authorization will lead to arrest.
  • Homosexuality is forbidden and punishable of up to 10 years in prison. 
  • Medical care is limited and does not meet our Western standards.
  • EpiPens are not available anywhere on the island.
  • Prevalent Diseases: Dengue & AIDS/HIV.
  • Seat belts are mandatory.

Hurricane Season is June - November.

  • Coolest Season: January
  • Humid & Hottest: June
  • Peak Season: Mid December – Mid April
  • Rainy Season: May - June and September - November
  • Shoulder Season: Early November - December and Mid April

Dunn's River Falls, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Photo Credit: neufal54/Pixabay 


Your Must-See & Do
Historical Sites: Devon House, Port Charles, Port Royal and Rose Hall Great House.
Museums: Archaeological Museum, Bob Marley Museum, Hanover Museum, National Museum Jamaica, Natural History Museum of Jamaica, People's Museum of Craft & Technology, Peter Rosh Museum, Reggae Walk of Fame & Museum, Trench Town Culture Yard Museum and Turtle Museum. 
Popular Attractions: Blue Mountains, Doctor's Cave Bathing Club, Dolphin Cove Ochos Rios, Dunn's River Falls, Green Grotto Caves, Hope Botanical Gardens, Jamaica House, Martha Brae River, Montego Bay, King's House, Mayfield Falls, Negril, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio, Rick's Cafe, Rose Hall Plantation, Royal Navy Hospital, Seven Mile Beach, Shaw Park Gardens, Treasure Beach, Treasure Hunt Gaming and YS Falls.



Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Photo Credit:  Ivan Zalazar/Pixabay 



My industry designation earned as a Caribbean Specialist combined with our local connections with Cruise Lines, Tour Operators, Hotels, Resorts, Airlines, Villa Rental Companies, Adventure Travel providers and Limo companies will offer you Exclusive Benefits that you won't be able to achieve on your own. Such as: Complimentary Breakfast for Two Daily, Dining or Resort Credit, Spa Treatment, Airport Transfer, or other privileges. Even Room Upgrades, Early Check-In and Late Check-Out when available



Ready to embark on custom and personalized services, your journey begins with Louvet TravelYour one stop source: Accommodations I Air I Car Rentals I Cruises I Disney Excursions I Tours I Transfers I Travel Insurance I Villa Rentals


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