|Jamaica Island Honeymoon/Vacations Overview
Foliage covered mountains, soft breezes, waterfalls cascading into beautiful white sand beaches, and colorful flowers make Jamaica a tropical paradise! Jamaica has a beautiful mountain range that runs east and west across the lush interior, the island of Jamaica is known for their famous gourmet Blue Mountain coffee, Rum and Bananas. Jamaicans are friendly, outgoing people and very proud of their nation. They enjoy humor, swapping stories (or liming as they call it), can be opinionated and are very talented. Jamaican artwork is highly sought after and the Reggae music that originated on the island is world renown. Though English is the official language it is fascinating to listen to "Jamaican Talk", or the local dialect spoken in a musical lilt- a mixture of English and African words (and some slang thrown in as well!). Jamaicans keep a positive and care-free attitude toward life, answering many questions or inquiries with a "No Problem Mon" or an "Irie" - believing that it's all going to work out and everything is OK! If you want to experience the culture and the people first-hand, nothing beats a vacation package to Jamaica. Jamaica also runs a very successful and popular 'Meet the People' program that matches up families of similar interests. Contact the Jamaica Tourist Board at 800.233.4582. No Problem mon!
Here are a few basic questions to discuss....
- Do we want to get married in the same place we honeymoon?
- Do we want to go around the corner or around the world?
- Do we want to save or splurge?
- Do we want to be lively or lazy?
- Do we want to learn something new that we can enjoy together?
- Do we want a cruise, a honeymoon package, an all inclusive resort or a trip tailored just for the two of us?
- What are your honeymoon dreams and fantasies?
Your honeymoon is a trip of a lifetime. Discussing those basic questions can make sure it will fulfill your dreams.
Many couples choose to marry in the same place that they honeymoon. This can save a considerable amount of money and hassle. Some couples bring a few members of the family or a small wedding party whose members might stay in the same resort for a weekend, then leave the couple alone for the rest of the week. For those getting married for a second time who would like to bring their children, there are resorts which arrange the wedding, then provide supervised day long activities for the children and private areas where adults can enjoy beach and sports activites.
You will find warm temperatures all year round in the beach areas of Jamaica. In the mountains, it can be a bit cooler in the weather, which can be a nice break from the sometimes highs of 90's. Jamaica has two rainy seasons from May to June and September to November. The hurricane season is from June to November. The last hurricane that hit Jamaica was in 1988 and before that was in 1952. Mid December to April is Peak season.
Jamaica is the third largest Caribbean island. Jamaica has a mixture of mountains, plateaus and plains. The mountains are mostly located in the center of the island and extend for many miles. Jamaica's official language is English, however you will find that they also speak a patois of many different languages. Most common phrases: Yah Mon, Every ting Irie, One Love, and many, more. The U.S. Dollar is widely accepted throughout the island of Jamaica. Ganja is illegal and you could get arrested if caught.
SNORKELING & DIVING
Negril is very popular for water sports as the water is more "calmer" on this side of the island. Those snorkeling or diving might be able to get a glance at loggerhead turtles, rays, eels, and other marine life. Scuba diving and snorkeling will be included at Sandals Resorts, Couples Resorts, Grand Lido Resorts, Royal Plantation Resort, Beaches Resorts, and Breezes Runaway Bay Resort. Night diving can be arranged for an additional charge at your resort.
There are many golf courses to enjoy on the island of Jamaica. In Montego Bay, you can choose from Ironshore Golf and Country Club, Tryall Golf Club, the Wyndham Rose Hall Country Club, or Half Moon Golf Club. In Runaway Bay, you can enjoy the Breezes Golf Club. In Ocho Rios, there is the Sandals Golf and Country Club and in Negril, the Negril Hills Golf Club.
There are flights to Jamaica that leave Milwaukee with only one to two connections, depending on the airline that you choose to fly on. Out of Chicago O'Hare, there are daily nonstop flights on Air Jamaica. There is a Departure Tax of approximately $22.00 per person that must be paid in cash at the ticket counter in Jamaica prior to your return to the United States. Jamaica is in the Eastern Time Zone.
Visitors from the United States need a passport or Original Birth Certificate with a Government issued photo I.D.
Jamaican foods vary from chicken, fish, beef, pork, fresh fruits and vegetables. Depending on the dish if it has the word "Jerk" in it, be prepared to have a glass of water nearby, for it will be a very "hot" and "spicy" meal. Red Stripe is the local beer and there is also a grapefruit soda called "Ting" that are both worth trying while in Jamaica. One of the most popular dishes is Ackee and Salt fish, which is a salted cod. This can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You may also find "goat" or even "oxtail" on the menu. Pepperpot, Pumpkin, and Red Pea Soups are very tasty and easily to find throughout Jamaica.
TOURS AND ATTRACTIONS
There are so many tours and excursions to choose from in Jamaica. In our seminar, we will be showing you a video, which will show just a few of the most popular attractions to do. Here is just a sample:
- Appleton Estate Tours of the rum factory
- Bob Marley Experience and Theatre
- Chukka Blue Safari Adventures
- Doctor's Cave Beach Martha Brae Rafting-bamboo rafting trip
- Montego Bay Marine Park
- Mountain Valley Rafting
- Rose Hall Great House
- Deep Sea Fishing
- Day and Sunset Cruises
- Horseback Riding
- Mayfield Falls
- Negril Lighthouse
- Rick's Café (cliff diving)
- Deep Sea Fishing
- Ocho Rios
- Calypso Rafting-bamboo rafting trip
- Coyaba River Garden and Museum
- Dunn's River Falls Park (where you can climb a 600 foot waterfall)
- Fern Gully
- Horseback Riding
- Chukka Cove-Swim with Dolphins
- Blue Mountains Bicycle Tour
- Deep Sea Fishing
WEDDINGS IN JAMAICA
For those who would like to get married in Jamaica, you will need the following:
- Notarized copies of both birth certificates
- Notarized copies of divorce decree if applicable
- Notarized copies of death certificates if widow or widower
- Can be married within 48 hours after arrival on the island (Sundays and Holidays excluded).
You will need to pay the Government fees of $150.00 to be married on the island of Jamaica.
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