jamaica 2018

YA MAN!... I AM BACK FROM JAMAICA.

“Jamaica never gets worse or better, it just finds new ways to stay the same.” Marlon James

I have just spent a few days in Jamaica. That was my fifth trip to the Taino land formerly known as Xaymaca.

Getting to Jamaica is a worthy sinecure.  Flights are numerous and affordable. Flying time is 3 and ½ hours from New York, and only 70 minutes from Miami. Hardly enough time to read your political magazine.

JAMAICA, LAND OF SPRINGS

“Jamaica is probably the most dominant island as far as influence goes…” Joey Badass

Ask this question to any citizen of one the 28 Caribbean island nations, “What is the best island in the Caribbean?”.  The answer is most likely to come as the island they were born on. Yes, every Caribbean person is absolutely convinced that his island is the best. Jamaicans, of course, are no exception.

JAMAICA, FACTS & NUMBERS:

“Jamaica Land We Love” is the national anthem of Jamaica.

In the Caribbean Basin between North and South America, and across Central America, there are 7,000 Caribbean islands. Among the 27 that are inhabited, one (Hispaniola) is shared by two countries: Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

WHAT TO DO IN JAMAICA…

From the American East Coast, 10 daily flights land in Kingston and Montego Bay. Therefore, getting to the island is not a problem. The challenge starts with choosing a destination. Where do you go?   Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, has the reputation of being unsafe for foreigners. That may not be true, but unless you are involved in investigative journalism, you have no need to test the theory and

JAMAICA & ITS LEGENDS

Marcus Garvey

Born in Jamaica in 1887, Marcus Garvey came to age in the 20th century, as the first nationalist African.  He founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), whose goal was to promote civil rights and equality for the Negro.  His approach was separatist, modeling the American apartheid.

DESTINATION WEDDING

Of course, you may choose to get married in Jamaica. Destination wedding is a growing option. Jamaicans have become perfectionists at it. No more stress, no more headache. Hand your guest list and your choices for the Big Day to your event director; everything will be taking care of, with a wealth of details and suggestions. The average 3-night all-inclusive stay at a magnificent palace costs an average of $1,000.

SO LONG JAMAICA

In the Caribbean Sea, at longitude 18° N, latitude 77° W, lies the island of Jamaica.  It offers, at a reasonable fare, the paradise you are looking for, with all-inclusive magnificent palaces, pristine beaches, a wide range of outdoor activities, a fun-filled night life, a premier musical tradition, a fascinating historical fresco, a delicious cuisine and more. Less than two hours from each other, three touristic towns offer you their