Friday, February 12, 2010

Jamaica: The ideal Valentine’s Day destination

Love is in the air and there is no better destination than Jamaica to rekindle the romance in a relationship or connect with your loved ones. John Lynch, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism, sums it all when he says, “From our tranquil waters to the lush tropical surroundings, couples will find Jamaica presents an ideal getaway to escape the everyday and celebrate their relationships.” And with the added increase in airlift, thanks to new services from JetBlue Airways and AirTran Airways, reaching this exotic destination has become easier than never before.

Jamaica is all set to spice up its appeal by offering a great selection of romantic activities and getaway packages and what with the Valentine’s Day falling over the long President’s Day weekend, the timing is just right to whisk away your loved one to this idyllic paradise.

Romantic retreats

If you are in Jamaica, you simply have to stay in an all-inclusive holiday resort encompassing beautiful villas, cottages, condos and apartments to suit all tastes and budgets. If you are on a romantic vacation, you would definitely need all the space and privacy to rediscover each other and add spark to your relationship and this is exactly what makes the Jamaican villas so appealing. These homes also have kitchenettes/kitchens where you can prepare your own meals, enjoy a candlelight dinner or dine, in the terrace accompanied by the gentle winds and music of the waves washing ashore. To make your trip convenient and hassle-free, these vacation homes also take care of the necessities including airport pick up and transfers, tour arrangements and transfers, child care facilities etc.

Destination weddings

There is no time like the Valentine’s Day to say the magical ‘I do’ and again no better destination than Jamaica to say it. Perfect weather and perfect locales, you could not ask for more for a fairytale wedding setting. The wide range of wedding locations in Jamaica includes beaches, mountains, rivers, country, gazebos and stunning waterfalls. Resorts in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Kingston, Negril, and Port Antonio provide the best of services and locations. Guests can hire the services of an on-site wedding coordinator to help plan the special day including decoration for the ceremony, arranging flowers for the bride and groom, reception dinner including wedding cake for the wedding group etc.

Special tours

While in Jamaica, you can take advantage of various tours that are arranged entirely for your benefit. For example, there is the Dunn's River & Ocho Rios Special arranged by the Silver Sands resort that takes you to Columbus Park in Discovery Bay, followed by a drive through the 2 mile Fern Gully above Ocho Rios and then a stop in Ocho Rios for lunch and shopping. After lunch, the tour continues to Coyaba Gardens in Ocho Rios and then Dunn's River Falls, where you have enough time to climb the Falls.

There are special packages for special days and so for Valentine’s Day, Dolphin Cove, Jamaica’s premier amusement park, offers couples an up close and personal experience on the Dolphin Encounter. Couples who book a select encounter together can take advantage of a 50 percent discount on one encounter on purchasing a full-priced encounter.

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