One of the Caribbean's largest islands famously has its problems, but also plenty of rewards, from the cliffs of Negril to the waterfalls near Ocho Rios and Port Antonio.

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The tropical, enduring appeal of Montego Bay

  Grahampurse Served by its own very nearby airport (the Caribbean's biggest and busiest), the third largest city in Jamaica (as well as the English-speaking Caribbean, with a population of around 110,000), MoBay has since the 1960s been an anchor of Jamaica's tourism industry, and one of the island's most visited spots, as well as a very popular cruise port of call. Located in the island's northwest, the city's main draw remains the gorgeous, white-sand beaches with tranquil, aquamarine…

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2 Jamaica properties in '9 of the Most Romantic Hotels for Valentine's Day in the Caribbean'

Palm Island Resort     These tropical isles usually rank high on the list of V-Day getaways, and offer an embarassment of riches when it comes to hotels and resorts. So this year a writer for USA Today put together a list of nine for couples to consider for a romantic Valentine's weekend. You may not agree with all of them - and, indeed, I find the list skews too much toward bigger resorts and largely ignores charming smaller inns, but I can attest to one, Palm Island (above) in the Grenadines…

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A Jamaica property that's one of '4 of the Caribbean's Top Luxury Rental Villas'

In the market for a nice place to call your own on a warm-weather vacation getaway this winter, for example in the Caribbean? Instead of the usual resort, give a thought to renting your very own luxury Caribbean villa, which can be as or more affordable while providing unparalleled privacy and comfort. Here are examples on five islands, marketed through Caribbean Escape, that you'll surely fall in love with! read post

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4 of the best all-inclusive resorts in/around Montego Bay

  Franklyn D. Resort   You have every right to have a stress-free vacation. An ideal vacation is free from the hassles of matching the best hotels with cheap air tickets. It should allow you to make savings even as you enjoy some time in the Caribbean sun. All-inclusive resorts are a cheaper, hassle-free, and fun way to holiday. They help save time as everything is planned and catered for and effectively match your holiday needs with the budget. If you are planning a holiday in Jamaica, the…

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  • I'd say it obviously depends on what the reader wants to know about - a quick round-up of amenities from each location based on the fact that they're already shopping for an all-inclusive holiday anyway - and really don't care at all about any of the backstory or ongoing buisiness model of the owner - or maybe just a reader who wonders about the actual history of how these places all came into existence, and how they operate to maintain their own prominence or edge in the market. In a nutshell - different awarenesses often based on the reader's connection or not to that destination or part of the world. As one writer said long ago..."A sunny place...with shady people":) - although there are some I actually admire for some minimum integirty or "ethics".
  • Forbes recently chimed in with its own "best of" list of Jamaica all-inclusives. Any you disagree with? Or were left off?
    The Best All-Inclusive Resorts In Jamaica
    Many fine Jamaican resorts wrap everything into one reasonable rate including gourmet cuisine, refreshing cocktails and live shows. Here are the best…
    • "Disagree with"? Oh if only it were such a simple matter as that. In fact there's a very intricate and dark backstory there going back to the the present day.
    • Well, I'm sure you're right, but isn't that the case with almost any destination - especially in the Caribbean, where there are so many fraught economic and cultural issues intersecting with tourism? So how about enlightening us a bit on that front? And in any case, this item from Forbes is not about the inside baseball of the tourism industry but stuff which is more of relevance to prospective visitors.
  • I always enjoy reading these "off the beaten path" articles - I've never been one for big resorts
  • Wow, it looks like Jamaica (along with a number of other countries) is really on a tear with all the pent-up post-pandemica travel demand:
    This Tropical Caribbean Island With Amazing Culture Sets New All-Time Tourist Record - Travel Off P…
    Coming off a record-breaking 2022 of welcoming 3.3 million visitors, Jamaica just had its busiest winter season in history.
  • I'm familiar with the south coast's Treasure Beach, but not this town, Black River, 40 minutes away. An under-the-radar gem, it seems, as Condé Nast Traveler reports:
    An Insider's Guide to Black River, Jamaica
    Named after the longest river in Jamaica and largest wetland in the English-speaking Caribbean, the seaside town is home to mangrove forests of croco…
    • Kind of interesting, and maybe not in a good way, for the typical cultural dynamic of competing - here, the south coast is "better" than the "north coast". Why even compare? There is more in the way of both accommodation and points of interest than this article includes as far as the south coast. Swaby used to be on the north coast at Swaby's Swamp Safari near MoBay before he migrated to the Black River. I would never mention all-inclusives in an article that also wants to focus on sustainable tourism. Just not. Specially not the one she mentions:)
  • Jamaica's tourism areas have remained fairly stable over the years, but now the country has created a new one, the "Revere Zone," covering the north coast from Oracabessa to Port Antonio and including the likes of Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay. According to this piece, The idea here is to appeal to "high-end" visitors, although the detail this post mentions is a bit vague. Check it out at
    Jamaica Creates New Tourism Area On Island's North Shore To Attract High-End Travelers
    Jamaica is hoping to protect a portion of the island nation from high-density development and make it attractive to high-end tourism.
    • Hi Helen - you're right, it's vague and I'd also add the whole description is misleading. I have more to say on all that and from a first-hand perspective, if it's okay to post on your site at travelawaits?
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