Monday, June 21, 2010

Why you should travel back to Jamaica

Jamaica has lately been in the news for the violence that erupted in Kingston resulting from the clashes between the government forces and a drug gang. However, the resort towns that attract vacationers are miles away from Kingston and remained unaffected by the violence. Though tourism suffered some set back, things are normally returning to normal and visitors are flocking back to the island as never before. And to welcome back, some Jamaica accommodation rentals such as the Silver Sands villas are offering special discounts on some of its properties. Here are some of the places you can visit while on the island.

Ocho Rios: The beach town attracts more visitors than any other place on the island. It is home to Dunn’s River Falls and Dolphins Cove on Treasure Beach. While here, do try out the Chukka Caribbean Adventures which offers adrenaline pumping inner tube rafting and horseback riding in the sea. For the island’s best jerk cuisine, visit Scotchies at Drax Hall, which is about 10 minutes west of Ocho Rios.

Montego Bay: Jamaica’s second largest city is where most vacationers to the island fly into. The city is home to the Doctor's Cave Beach on the "Hip Strip", close to restaurants and night life. While here, you can also visit Rosehall Great House of the infamous Annie Palmer (The White Witch of Rosehall), who was known for her murderous ways to both husbands and slaves and the Greenwood Great House, the former plantation home of the Barrett family. You can include Rocklands Bird Sanctuary in your visit. It is home to numerous varieties of birds including the Streamertail Hummingbird, the National Bird of Jamaica. Also check out the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival that features jazz, R&B, pop, rock, souka and salsa artists.

Negril: The town is home to the Seven Miles Beach that is counted amongst the world’s best beaches. The sea here is calm and you can float here on can an air mattress. The town is famous for its sunsets and there is no better place to enjoy them than at the Rick’s CafĂ©.

The month of July sees the celebrations of the world-famous Reggae Sumfest and so if you are a reggae fan there is no better time to make your travel plans than now. Also, you can take advantage of the special discounts being offered by rentals such as Silver Sands villas, conveniently located on the north coast near Ocho Rios, Runaway Bay and Montego Bay.

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