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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Laidback Luxury In The Caribbean by Eleanor Ramsay

Experience luxury Caribbean holidays in Jamaica. Think white sandy beaches, great music, exotic food, unique history and an endless multitude of activities to keep you entertained. A visit to Jamaica is a holiday like no other.

Scuba diving and snorkeling are amongst the most popular activities on the island. Visitors are also given the opportunity to absorb in the rich history of Jamaica, dating back to the days of plantations and slavery, on various cultural tours and guides.

The main cities of interest on the island are Kingston, Ocho Rios, Negril and Montego Bay. Montego Bay was visited by Columbus in May 1494 and named Montego Bay "El Golfo de Buen Tiempo," or Bay of Good Weather. Home to wealthy planters and still visited by the rich and famous today, it has remained one of the most famous destinations in the world. The Bay has some fantastic beaches with superb sea views from the hills. The main tourist areas of the town are east of Sam Sharpe Square whilst the main resorts and hotels are to the north conveniently located between the town and the Sir Donald Sangster International Airport. Montego Bay has the best collection of golf courses in Jamaica. Tyrall an 18 hole Golf Course being one of the best in the Caribbean. Many tournaments are held here, the course originally built on a 19th Century sugar plantation. Reggae worshipers will want to visit the Bob Marley experience, a 68 seater theatre celebrating the life and works of the great artist.

Ocho Rios is also located on the northern side of the island and is the second major tourist town. Attracting more than 700,000 tourists each year Ocho Rios offers excellent accommodation, beaches and lush vegetation. Described as the garden center of Jamaica, in particular the area of the Dunn's River Falls is a sight to behold. A series of waterfalls cascade from the mountains towards the sea and can be experienced first hand as Jamaican guides navigate groups to climb their way up the falls. 007 fans can delight in visiting the James Bond Beach in town of Oracabessa, just West of Ocho Rios and take a helicopter tour or go horseback riding along the beach.

Kingston is the capital of the island, lying on a wide plain, the sea to the South and the St. Andrew Mountain at its backdrop in the north. The town was built on the waterfront and has the seventh largest natural harbour in the world, here you will find people enjoying the sunshine, conversing and buying the local produce. A modern and bustling city Kingston never sleeps and there is a wealth of facilities from restaurants to gift shops for tourists.

Lose yourself in the rhythm and experience of Jamaica...it's what sets it apart from other luxury Caribbean holidays.


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