Friday, October 29, 2010

Record number of countries to participate in Reggae Marathon in Jamaica

The high season in Jamaica is about to begin and the Jamaica rentals are all geared up to provide the visitors a unique and memorable stay on the island. This season is expected to get a huge boost from the staging of the 10th Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K events set for December 4 this year.

Last year 21 nations participated in it and this year the number is expected to be much higher. Diane Ellis, director of sponsorship, of the event said that the "entries are still coming in" and anticipation is high that last year's figure will increase.

The Reggae Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10k event will start at the Long Bay Beach Park situated along Negril's famous Seven Miles Beach and then pass through the town of Negril and then heads towards the town of Green Island.

Sports Tourism is one of the island's fastest growing sectors and is attracting a plethora of sponsors who wish to cash on its popularity. John Lynch, chairman and director of the JTB, affirmed that the event would give a major boost to the already flourishing tourism industry in the country. In his words: "It promotes Jamaica in all markets. This is a great event for Negril, the start of the Winter season and the timing could not have been better."

His views found resonance in the words of Minister of Sports, Olivia Grange who felt that the Reggae Marathon will bring more visitors to the island. "I truly believe that the world of sports respects and has fallen in love with Jamaica. If we organise our events the way we know how to, and if we invite the world, they will come," she said.

With the high season of tourism fast approaching, Jamaica rentals comprising private Jamaica villas, cottages and apartments are in great demand as they are affordable and provide unique and personalized experiences in terms of freedom, space, and services. If you are planning a trip to Jamaica, you could browse through the Silver Sands Jamaica listings for a great bargain on accommodation.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Jamaica the ultimate travel destination

Jamaica is the ultimate tourist destination in the Caribbean attracting more than one million visitors annually. It is usually seen as a romantic destination but contrary to this image, it has much to offer for families and has something to suit all age groups.

In fact there are special Jamaica rentals that cater specially to families and facilities such as childcare services, play area for kids, CD/DVD, Internet, TV, books etc in case they want to stay indoors and spend some time together.

If you want a slice of the island’s history, you can head to Kingston, the island’s capital as also its cultural and commercial epicentre. If you are a reggae fan, you can check out the Bob Marley Museum that brings alive the legend’s musical journey.

Jamaica is famous for its beaches and a favourite destination is Negril, which is home to the Seven Miles Beach. Then there is the Frenchman’s Cove and Boston Beach that are well worth a visit. Negril is also famed for its beautiful sunsets.

For shopping and dining, head to Montego Bay. The second largest city in Jamaica is home to the ‘Hip Strip’ booming with shops, restaurants, bars and clubs and promising a nightlife ranging from the tame to the wild. Montego Bay also boasts some of the best golf clubs in the Caribbean. The natural scenery combined with man-made luxuries make Montego Bay a heady combination and a much sought out tourist destination.

Nature lovers can explore Ocho Rios with its waterfalls, rivers and beaches. You can see the Dunn’s River Falls with water cascading down from a height of 600 feet over a series of limestone rocks. More than just seeing, you can jump right into the water and climb up the rocks right to the top of the falls. Just a few kilometers away from Ocho Rios, you can check out Stingray City, the most beautiful site for stingray watching.

Port Antonio attracts the rich and the famous and is the favourite vacation spot of the Hollywood stars. It is also home to the misty Blue Mountains and the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, the largest conservation area in Jamaica.

Visit Jamaica once and you would want to come back time and again. Apart from the hotels, you can also consider staying in Jamaica rentals that are more affordable than hotels and all-inclusive resorts and offer you more privacy, freedom and space than either of the two other options.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Jamaica sweeps away many travel awards

The 2010 World Travel Awards Americas Gala, held on October 22 saw Jamaica walk away with many top honors in several key categories. Jamaica was recognized as the Caribbean’s Leading Destination for the fifth consecutive year, while the Jamaica Tourist Board was recognized for the fourth consecutive year as the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board.

Jamaica also won accolades in other categories specifically Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination, Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port (Ocho Rios), Caribbean’s Leading Airport (Sangster International Airport) and Caribbean’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre (Jamaica Conference Centre, Kingston).

Commenting on the felicitation, Tourism Minister, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said that the awards further highlighted that brand Jamaica towers in the Caribbean region. He also felt that the recognition achieved by the World Travel Awards was a matter of pride and it reflected the excellence and service quality assurance that visitors can expect when they visit Jamaica.

Jamaica’s Director of Tourism John Lynch said “We’re thrilled to again be recognized as a top Caribbean destination. These awards reaffirm that our tireless efforts to promote destination Jamaica, coupled with continued growth and refurbishment of our tourism infrastructure, have proven a successful strategy in positioning Jamaica as a tourism leader.”

Tourism is Jamaica’s main industry. The island welcomes more than one million visitors a year, a figure which the Jamaica tourism board is focusing on taking to two million annually. The nation welcomed its one millionth visitor in August and with the high season approaching, it seems likely to achieve its goal. In fact countries like Canada and the USA have increased the number of flights to cater to the people who plan their winter getaways to the island.

Jamaica believes in providing unique and personalized experiences to its visitors and accordingly offers a wide range of Jamaica accommodation rentals comprising private Jamaica villas, cottages and apartments for all tastes, group sizes and budgets. These rentals provide several value-added services such as airport transfers, transport to places of interest, arrangement of tours and so on.

Jazz and Blues Festival in Jamaica

Fifteen years ago, Walter Elmore and St Lucia's director of tourism Allen Chastanet got together to discus the idea of staging a major music festival in Montego Bay, Jamaica's tourism capital. Within five months the idea became a reality and a three-day event featuring the biggest international stars, complemented by the lure of a Caribbean getaway was held in Montego Bay in Jamaica.

The inaugural event saw the participation of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers and George Benson. Since then, there have been five venue changes, but Elmore says the primary focus of the show - attracting tourists to Jamaica - is intact.

"It is held to help fill Jamaica accommodation options and stimulate the economy and I think we've accomplished that," Elmore said.

The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is held in late January. It is a time of year when tourist arrivals are usually down, following the traditionally bustling winter season.

This year alone Jazz and Blues event attracted over 20,000 patrons to the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium, just outside the town of Falmouth.

Tourism minister, Edmund Bartlett, commented on the importance of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival to the local leisure industry.

"It is a valued product that drives tourism in a slow period," Bartlett said. "Businesses get a decided boost, with as much as US$3 million in circulation over the three days."

The Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival was held three years after the St Lucia Jazz Festival. These shows have never catered to straight-ahead jazz lovers or blues purists, rather contemporary and classic rhythm and blues acts capable of drawing hip and mature audiences.

Elmore said booking high-profile acts has become less difficult in 14 years.

"Jamaica is an easy sell, they love coming here for the beach and the sites," he explained. "Of course, once their money is sure that makes things even easier."

During the festival, Jamaica rentals such as Silver Sands Jamaica are in great demand not just for their rates and services but also because of the proximity they offer to various venues where the festival is held.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Traveling in Jamaica

Traveling within Jamaica can be an adventure in itself. However if you are traveling with kids, you can consider setting base in family-friendly Jamaica rentals that arrange for safe and secure transport for its guests and also provide free child seats in case you are traveling with small kids.

Most visitors prefer to take tourist buses to go around. Otherwise you can rent cars, bikes and mopeds. With that said, remember driving in Jamaica is not like driving in the first world and you can find the roads to be treacherous and narrow with stray animals and donkey-carts adding to the chaos. All this definitely adds color and uniqueness to the experience.

You can also hire private cabs that serve you and your family exclusively. Needless to say this will be an expensive option. You can also take ‘route taxis’ which are the main
means of transportation and they operate on designated routes. But if you are looking for comfort then avoid this option for the drivers usually exceed the number of passengers allowed by law.

Depending on the mode of transportation and the length of the journey, rates can vary from a few US dollars to over a $100. It goes without saying that route taxis and buses are much cheaper than chartered taxis and rentals.

The conditions of the roads are improving and you will find modernized highways on the north coast of the island. In fact most attractions are concentrated here and so setting base in Jamaica accommodations in this part of the island can prove to be a good option.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A day in Kingston

Kingston has often been seen as dangerous and violent by the Western press, mainly by people who have not visit the capital of Jamaica in the first place. However, ask the people who have visited it and you will see that they all have been captivated by its charm and contrary to its reputation have described it as safe, urbane and sophisticated.

Settle in your Jamaica accommodation and then get set to tour the cultural and commercial hub of Jamaica. You can start with witnessing the Changing of the Guard ceremony which takes place every hour and then pay homage to the nation’s icons such as Sam Sharpe, Paul Bogle, Alexander Bustamante and Norman Manley. Also visit the Redemption Song statues in Emancipation Park, which commemorate the end of slavery in 1838.

Once you have done with the historic sites, you can discover its rich art and culture. For this visit the National Gallery, situated in tranquil surroundings by the waterfront. Some of the interesting exhibits here include The Conversation by Barrington Watson, a lyrical, evocative testament to the nobility of Jamaican women and the arresting works by Albert Huie and sculptures by Edna Manley.

Proceed to Devon House, a colonial mansion built in 1881 by George Stiebel, Jamaica's first black millionaire. The house is set in extensive grounds and is surrounded by beautifully manicured lawns.

Next visit the Bob Marley Museum at Hope Road, the home the global reggae icon. Wander through his spartan bedroom, the kitchen where his vegetarian meals were prepared and the room, complete with bullet holes in the wall, where he survived an assassination attempt in 1976.

Finally, visit Port Royal, which was some 400 years ago described as “the most sinful city in the world”. Today, the debauchery and the pirates are not there, however the tales of the bygone era are still alive.

After a fun filled day, return to your Jamaica villas, cottages and apartments and be treated to the most sumptuous local delights prepared by your chef.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Jamaica features in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Island Escapes

Jamaica features prominently in TripAdvisor’s list of the top ten island escapes. TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel web site. The list it has compiled features winners of the 2010 Travelers' Choice Destinations Awards. The results are based on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travellers on

Some of the tourist towns on the island also featured in various categories. Negril and Ocho Rios, were voted by travellers for inclusion in the Top 10 Relaxation & Spa Destinations in the Caribbean & Mexico. Negril was also included in the following Top 10 lists: Top 10 Beach & Sun Destinations in World; Top 10 Beach & Sun Destinations in the Caribbean & Mexico; Top 10 Nightlife Destinations in the Caribbean & Mexico; and Top 10 Romance Destinations in the Caribbean & Mexico.

The launch of the list is perfect timing for travellers planning their winter getaways. For visitors who are planning a trip to the island, there are on offer a wide range of Jamaica rentals comprising private Jamaica villas, cottages and apartments for all tastes, group sizes, age groups and budget. These rentals combine the best of what a home has to offer with the facilities and services of a hotel, thereby providing visitors a unique experienced and a personalized trip.

If you are travelling to Jamaica, you can consider staying in Silver Sands Jamaica that provides the best facilities at the most affordable rates. These Jamaica rentals are at a convenient distance for day trips to Negril, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Places to visit in Jamaica

Jamaica, the idyllic Caribbean holiday destination, needs little introduction. This beautiful West Indies Island is home to stunning beaches, rainforests, Blue Mountains, reserves and parks. Blending perfectly with the sparkling blue waters of the Caribbean Sea is the warm tropical weather forming the perfect backdrop to a relaxing holiday complete with great food, great rum and ofcourse, the beats of the reggae. The island that is best explored at leisure and if you want to soak up its spirit and culture, you can consider staying in Jamaica accommodation rentals comprising private villas, cottages and apartments that cater to all group size and budgets and offer you more services, more facilities and more value for money than hotels or all-inclusive resorts.

Runaway got its name from the slaves who tried to escape their colonial masters using the sea route from here. Also, history has it that it is Runaway Bay that Christopher Columbus first spotted when he made his way to the island.

The bay is relatively calm and is perfect for those who wish to be away from the crowds. Nonetheless the place offers plenty of water activities. The coral reef is very near the shore making it perfect for snorkelling. The waters abound in tropical fish and deep sea fishing is another popular activity here. There are some areas that are out of bounds for fishing boats as they are home to a magnificent coral reef. These dive sites also house sunken boats and a large underwater canyon.

There are also a number of land activities you can indulge in, notably horseback riding. Besides, you can explore the Columbus Park and visit the 18th-century Seville Great House. The Green Grotto caves noted for their stalagmites are also nearby. Bob Marley's birthplace is also an easy day trip from Runaway Bay.

As already stated above, to make the most of your holiday, you can choose to stay in Jamaica accommodation rentals and if you want to set base in the north coast, you can consider Silver Sands Jamaica, conveniently located between Montego Bay and Runaway Bay.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Silver Sands Jamaica guide: Falmouth

If you are planning a visit to Jamaica, you can consider setting base in Jamaica villas and cottages on the north coast of the island where Falmouth and other tourist attractions are located. Falmouth is one of the lesser known gems of Jamaica however the place has much to offer.

You can start by visiting the old courthouse which is a gracious Georgian building dating to 1815. It was destroyed in a fire in 1926 but was restored to its former glory.

You can then stroll through the lively old town and relax in its old world charm. Most buildings here date back to the 18th century and reflect the architecture of the age.

Also visit the Falmouth parish church that dates back to 1795. The oldest public building in the town, it is made of brick and stone and is a good illustration of vernacular architecture derived from classical forms.

Also visit the Good Hope Plantation spread across 2000 acres. This coconut and cattle plantation is best explored on horseback. The plantation dates back to the 18th century and the greatest attraction here is the 18th century Great House named Good Hope rising majestically against the dramatic blue–gray mountains.

Finally visit the Luminous Lagoon at Glistening Waters. The lagoon gets its name from the bio–luminescent micro–organisms that inhabit the waters and emit a phosphorescent light when the water is agitated. Enjoy a boat ride after dusk and you’ll be able to see the ethereal phenomenon.

Falmouth is located on the north coast of the island and at a convenient distance for day trips from Silver Sands Jamaica.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Jamaica a popular destination

If you are planning a family trip to Jamaica, you couldn’t have asked for a better holiday destination. This beautiful Caribbean island of the sun, sand and the sea promises fun, activities, adventure and leisure for all age groups. And to make your visit to the island all the more special, you can choose to stay in Jamaica accommodation comprising private villas, cottages and apartments that are not only more affordable than hotels but also provide you all the privacy and space you require to reconnect with your loved ones and spend quality time together away from the crowds.

Most tourist attractions in Jamaica are located on the north coast of the island. These include places such as Ocho Rios, Negril, Port Antonio and Montego Bay. There are numerous accommodation rentals that allow you to be as near or far away as you want. For example, you can choose to stay in Silver Sands villas that cater to families and groups of friends. These villas encompass a private beach and have separate play areas for kids. If you want to go out for some activities meant for adults, the staff will arrange childcare facilities. Should you wish to stay indoors, you can watch the TV, catch your favourite movie on the DVD, listen to some music, or simply lounge in the porch reading your book or enjoying the views of the Caribbean Sea.

As already stated, promises fun for all age groups. Take the case of the Dolphins Cove in Ocho Rios. Here you can enjoy a number of water activities including swimming with the dolphins. There is also a rainforest trail that you can explore and enjoy a picnic within the grounds.

You can also visit the Kool Runnings Park a man-made water park will numerous water slides catering to the adventurous and to the kids.

Then there is the Royal Palm Reserve spread across over 300 acres and home to about 300 species of animals, reptiles, birds and butterflies and over 114 species of flowers.

You can also visit the Luminous Lagoon which gets its name from a rare phosphorescent microbe known as dinoflagellate that is present in the water. The movement of the water causes the microbes to glow and emit a neon green light which gives the lagoon its luminosity.

Vacations today are all about discovering new places as also spending quality time together with your family and loved ones and there is no better way of doing this than by staying in family-friendly Jamaica accommodation rentals.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

How to find vacation rental accommodations in Jamaica

By staying in Jamaica villas, or Jamaica accommodation rentals, as they are also known, you can make your stay unforgettable. You wont have the attention of poolside waiters or hotel servers but you’ll be able to relax in peace in your own space and experience the real Jamaica.

So how to find a Jamaica villa that best meets your requirements?

Step 1

You can read about different areas in Jamaica on the internet or in travel books. Research thoroughly and you will find Jamaica accommodation rentals in Montego Bay Ocho Rios, Negril, Discovery Bay, and other resort towns. If you want to be away from the crowds but near the attractions, you can consider Silver Sands villas, conveniently located between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. These Jamaica villas are perfect for couples, families and large group of friends.

Step 2

Browse through the listings on various Jamaica villas sites and compare the nightly or weekly rates for properties located in many different areas. You can also read client testimonials and even ask for references so that when you book your villa you are sure that you won't be the victim of a scam.

Step 3

Determine how much you intend to spend on your vacation villa. You'll find both inexpensive and luxury accommodations in Jamaica, making vacation home rentals affordable for any traveler. You might want to factor in plane fare, expenses while you're gone (such as pet-sitting or child care services), car rental costs and fees for any activities you're planning.

Step 5

Contact the owners or the marketing agents of the Jamaica villas and see if the property is available or has already been booked. You can also ask to see more photos of the property and whether you can speak with past customers. Ask questions such as whether you need a deposit, what amenities the house has and how you obtain the key.

Step 6

Rent the vacation villa, cottage, studio or apartment that appeals to you and fits your budget. Make the booking with a credit card rather than with cash or check in case of any problems down the road. If you find the property was misrepresented, you can leave and dispute the charge.

Why Jamaica rentals are perfect for a family holiday

Many people who go to Jamaica prefer to rent a home rather than stay in a hotel. Renting a home on the island means reserving accommodation in Jamaica villas and cottages because these offer the visitors many facilities that are not offered by hotels. Take for example the case eating meals. In Jamaica accommodation rentals, you can cook your own food and eat out when you like without missing set meals that you have already paid for.

It can be a bit tricky booking accommodation rentals in Jamaica as compared to making a hotel reservation. But then it is well worth the effort. The problem basically is of finding the right villa to suit your needs and requirements. Search the net and you will be bombarded with choices. So how to make the right choice?

One, you may see the photos of the properties and be carried away. But are you sure what you are seeing is what you get? Then again, you have to consider various other factors. Cost is definitely one of them. It is important to point out here that Jamaica villas can really help you save money, especially if you are traveling in a large group and you are there for an extended stay. Again, take the case of meals. You can well imagine the costs that will pile up if you have to eat out all the time not to mention the toll that it can take on your stomach. In Jamaica accommodation rentals you have your kitchen/kitchenette where you can prepare your own meals or have the cook come in to prepare traditional dishes for you. So when you rent a property make sure it has a well equipped kitchen and the services of a maid and cook are included in the costs. Otherwise, you may end up doing household chores which is something you really wouldn’t want as part of your holiday itinerary.

Then again, if you are traveling with your family, lets say kids and grandparents, you would want that you stay in a place which caters to all ages and all needs. For example, you may want to go out for river rafting, then the grandparents can watch TV or catch their favorite film on the DVD. Or may be they would like to relax and take in the beautiful views of the Caribbean from their balcony. Do the rentals have separate play areas for children or even a special pool for the kids? All these may seem small, but little things like this can make all the difference to your trip.

So basically it is not about choosing a villa but the right Jamaica accommodation rental that can make all the difference to your trip. So if you are planning a trip to Jamaica and don’t know which accommodation to choose, you can browse through the Silver Sands villas, a secure community of cottages and villas surrounding a serene white sands beach. These villas cater to the needs of families and accordingly each and every detail and requirement is taken care of. If you are still not convinced, you can read the reviews of the satisfied customers listed on their website and you the number of repeat visits that are recorded. With Silver Sands villas, you get the best of services at the most affordable costs.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Adventure holiday in Jamaica

If you are into active adventure sports, then you must take a trip to Jamaica. One holiday trip in Jamaica and you are guaranteed to return time and again. This beautiful island, boasting a number of natural attractions, offers the ultimate in thrill and excitement. From challenging biking tour on the mountains to diving into the depths of the sea, Jamaica offers a plethora of interesting activities and experiences.

An ideal adventure itinerary would include a visit to the various beaches followed by some diving and snorkeling tours and finally winding it up with a trek or a cycle tour through the countryside.

The fresh and invigorating air coupled with beautiful vistas and scenery form a perfect backdrop for some great adventurous activities. You can either start your adventure expedition with a bike ride through the challenging terrain of the majestic Blue Mountains. There are a number of professional cycle tour operators that offer full day mountain bike excursions. These companies take you on a joy ride through the lush tropical woodlands and usually at the end of the tour, you can take a dip in a waterfall. These tours promise you fun, frolic and excitement.

The region of Ocho Rios is also home to the famous Dunn’s River Falls. This magnificent 600ft waterfall cascades downwards and then bounces over the stony steps to finally join the waters of the blue sea. Here you can climb up the little stony steps to enjoy the gushing cascades or even swim in the little whirlpools.

Diving enthusiasts have much to look forward to since there are a couple of popular diving sites around Jamaica. The region of Ocho Rios has three important sites including Wreck of the Katryn, Top of the Mountain and Jack’s Hall. Dive 60-foot under at the Top of the Mountain diving site to view a variety of corals and gorgonians while a 140-foot former minesweeper can be viewed at the Wreck of the Katryn. If you would like to explore one of the sunken ships, you can visit the diving site of Park Royal, situated conveniently near the airport.

You can roundup your adventurous journey with a bamboo-rafting trip on the Rio Grande River in the Port Antonio Area. You can make your visit all the more memorable by staying at the upscale and luxurious vacation rental community of Silver Sands. Silver Sands offers a range of accommodation in Jamaica that are designed to suit travelers of all kinds. So if you are on an adventure sojourn in Jamaica, add that extra bit of excitement by staying in Jamaica rentals that are very like your home in terms of comfort and yet very different in that it allows you to experience a new way of life altogether.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wedding venues in Jamaica

Wedding venues in Jamaica can accommodate a quiet ceremony for couple alone or a pull-out-stops extravaganza for hundreds of guests. Regardless of size you can choose from an array of Jamaica accommodation options ready to accommodate your needs.

From barefoot seaside ceremonies to lavish, flower-strewn gazebos, your dreams for a perfect wedding in Jamaica will become a reality.

Yearn for a sunset ceremony at the water’s edge? Many rentals such as Silver Sands villas offer this option, as well as gazebos overlooking out to sea. Make a few simple choices and the marriage coordinator you hire will do the rest. Professional wedding planners eliminate much of the hassle and guesswork in your arrangements. These coordinators handle paperwork and find the perfect clergyman, decorator, caterer and musicians for your ceremony. Spacious Jamaica villas have rooms for wedding guests to stay on and continue celebrating. Compare the costs of accommodations for your guests, and you will find renting private Jamaica villas will be quite economical.

Perhaps you’ve been dreaming of a sunset ceremony on a deserted beach. Negril, with its seven miles of pristine white beach awaits your pleasure. You can also go further out into the waters. Sailboats offer sunset ceremonies in the waters of Negril, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.

Some catamarans are large enough to accommodate 25 to 100 persons and a band comfortably, with room to dine as well. You may want to wed in a cool and mountainous verdant setting with spectacular views. What about taking your vows in the mist of a waterfall? Several spectacular cascades in Jamaica include Dunn’s River Fall in Ocho Rios, Reach Falls in Port Antonio and YS Falls on the south coast. If it suits your mood, you can wade right into the falls.

Dream of yet another picture-perfect venue. Begin your life together walking through gardens sloping down to the sea at Frenchman’s Cove in the Port Antonio area.

Then there are Jamaica’s botanical gardens, which are so extensive that some say this island must be made of flowers. Several of the most extraordinary gardens are Hope Botanical Gardens in Kingston, Cranbrook Flower Forest outside of Ocho Rios and Shaw Park Gardens and Coyaba River Gardens in Ocho Rios.

What ever your idea of a dream wedding, be sure that it would become a reality in Jamaica.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Jamaica attractions: Spanish Town

If you are visiting Jamaica, you can consider setting base in Jamaica rentals comprising private villas, cottages and apartments that are at an easy distance for day trips to Spanish Town.

Spanish Town is a World Heritage Site that traces its roots to the time of the Spanish occupation. It was the center of the Spanish community till it was uprooted and the island taken over by the British in 1655.

Spanish Town was the former capital of Jamaica. It is home to many fascinating buildings such as the Cathedral Church of St. James, which dates back to 1714, the King’s House, the House of Assembly, and the Court House. Then there is the Taino Museum which houses the relics of the Arawak Indians, the original inhabitants of the island.

Also see the Rodney’s Memorial built in tribute to Lord Rodney who is believed to have saved Jamaica from a combined invasion of the French and English in the Battle of the Saints in 1782.

For golf enthusiasts there is the Caymanas Golf and Country Club. This 72-par, 18-hole championship course has been in operation since the 1950’s and is known for its elevated tees and challenging 12th hole.

Browse through the lively market, shop for local crafts and haggle for the best prices. If all these activities leave you tired, realize that you can go back and relax in your Jamaica villas, cottages and apartments and be treated to a sumptuous meal prepared by your very own chef.