Vacations in Jamaica


Vacationing Jamaican style


(NC)-Jamaica - the 3rd largest island in the Caribbean - is on a roll! More and more Canadians succumb to its spicy charms. What's the attraction? There are many: go there for a honeymoon to frolic along the expansive beaches, indulge in ecotourism, enjoy a unique environment with the family, plan a golfing trip or just kick back and party in an all-inclusive hotel where there's always something going on. In Jamaica, there's something for everyone!

For outdoor adventurers, head out on a guided trekking tour in the Blue Mountains National Park - a 800-km2 playground whose highest peaks rise to 2250 m of altitude. It is on these mountain slopes that Jamaicans grow the best coffee in the world. And aficionados of soft adventures - with strong sensations - can go rafting on the Rio Grande. a sport invented by actor Errol Flynn back in the 1950s! For culture seekers: 2005 is the year of Bob Marley, the father of reggae, who would be 60 years old today. His museum in Kingston is a must-see. A James Bond junky? Go on a short pilgrimage to Oracabessa, on the island's north coast, to visit Goldeneye, the former residence of author Ian Flemming, now transformed into a chic hotel.

Jamaica is not a destination just for the well-to-do. You can find very comfortable resorts at competitive rates, such as the new Royal Decameron Montego Beach (4*), a hotel that offers an all-inclusive package in Montego Bay. A elongated, low-rise complex, it blends perfectly into the environs and is located only five minutes from the airport along a beautiful, white-sanded beach. It's ideal for young couples who crave the night life of "MoBay" and duty-free shopping! Another great choice: the Riu Tropical Bay (41/2*), a small palace located along the Bloody Bay Beach just outside of Negril, the western region that is renowned for its superb beaches and scuba diving. You can look these hotels up in the Transat Holidays, available at your travel agent's.

Before packing your bags, take the time to surf the Tourist Bureau's site: to get all your information, and to get into the laid-back pace of Jamaica!

- News Canada