JAPEX 2011- JAMAICA “Once You Go You Know” Yeah Mon!

What can I tell you about Jamaica but then also, what can I not say about Jamaica?? hahahaha! Oh Jamaica, I have loved this beautiful Island of Bob Marley since I was a kid; cried when Bob Marley died, love reggae music, bought too many reggae songs on itunes, dance reggae better than most poeple, crowned Raggae Queen at the Raggae Sunslpash in College, love jerk chicken and the friendly people of this “Land of the Rising Sun”; that is the third largest island in the Caribbean; and I have had the previlage and pleasure of visitng Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril!


To visit Jamaica is to fall in love with her! The friendly people, the beautiful Resorts like Half Moon, RIU, Iberostar, Sandals, Beaches Resort by Sandals, Sunset Grand, Holiday Inn Sunspree, etc. You get to experience excursions and activities like the OUTAMENI Experience, Dunns River Falls, Catamaran Cruise, Visit the home of Bob Marley, Ricks Place to experience one of the best and perfect sunsets ever. But Jamaica offers more than beautiful resorts,  lovely beaches and crystal clear water. As wonderful as those things are, Jamaica is much more. She has rich history and culture, deep emerald green rainforests, waterfalls, mountain streams and exotic birds.



My recent visit to Jamaica was on a JAPEX FAM (Jamaica Product Exchange Familiarization Tour), after which I realized I have never blogged on this Paradise Island; so here goes! THe JAPEX was a FAM for Travel Professionals by the Jamaica Tourist Board, and this year they invited about 500 of us from Europe, United States, Canada and the Caribbean to experience Jamaica first hand, to thank us for our business (80% of bookings to Jamaica are made by Travel Agents) and mostly to see upgrades and new developments that will allow us to continue to recommend Jamaica as a Vacation destination for our clients. There was also a Trade Show with all the suppliers, where we met one-on-one to discuss the various needs of our clients. By the way, this was my second JAPEX and I was delighted to be there and happy for every client I have ever sent there, because I know they had a Yeah Mon time!! lol! We stayed at the RIU Montego Bay, an all-inclusive beach resort with beautiful grounds, water sports and excellent restaurants!


We toured and inspected Resorts and the Island, dined on excusite island and international cuisine consisting of rice, beans, corn, coco bread, sea food, vegetables, ackee and saltfish with roast bread, native fruits, my favorite jerk chicken (the jerk marinade is created from island spices and is added to fish, pork, chicken and beef), lamb chops, sushi, pasta, jamaican patties… oh God!! my mouth is watering already.. I should stop! You get the idea right?? simply good delicious food and considering that most of the resorts are all-inclusive, you will be having a yeah mon time too when you visit Jamaica! Remember for a real adventure opportunity, do not be afraid to engage the people beyond the boundaries of the hotels and resorts.


If you are a Cruise client like a lot of our clients, on the Western Caribbbean itinerary, there is now a new cruise port in Falmouth, a developing place with very rich history and home of the OUTAMENI Experience, a travel into time to the history of Jamaica and its people including the coming of the English, the Spanish and Slave Trade. The Falmouth Cruise Port is big, beautiful and has a lot of amenities including world class and local shopping for clients and it is a joint effort of the Jamaican Government and Royal Caribbean International; which allows ships like Oasis and Allure the biggest ships in the world to dock easily. As a Cruise client, you can enjoy excursions into Falmouth, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, which are the three cities closest to the Cruise Port!



Ahhh! did I not tell you there is a lot to say about Jamaica? Yeah mon! There is also alot to see and do whether you are looking for adventure, romance, some me-time, spa retreat, island wedding, honeymoon, you name it, Jamaica’s got it!! Did I mention the fruit punch?? Well so as not to get me going again, all I can say is, water becomes second best when I am in Jamaica! ummmm… and if Mark, Angela and a couple of others from my group read this, they might also confess to you that I had eight sweet saps at the farewell dinner! hahahaha! So sue me! I love this exotic fruit because we also have it in my place! They might also tell you that I am crazy on the dance floor when it comes to reggae!


Now to really see Jamaica, there is only one thing left for you to do after reading this blog! Call or email me and I will hook you up to one of the best island experience! Did I just say that and you bougth it? Nay!! Don’t call me just because I have been to Jamaica and wrote a piece about it, but you need to call me because I am a Destination Specialist and a Cruise Counsellor, who is knowledgable enough to advise and recommend the best product for you and your family; and one of the best at what I do, that is to you selling travel but to me, turning your Dreams into Priceless Memories!

My sincere thanks and gratitude to the Jamaica Tourist Board, Mr. Mack McDermoth & Margaret A. Murray both of the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Manager and staff of RIU Montego Bay and RIU Negril, The Manager and staff of Beaches Resort for an excusite Thai/Teppanyaki lunch, Sandals, for a fantastic Jamming Reggae night, My Big Mama, Ms.Brenda Cole (National President PTANA), my friends Angela Chapelle-Brooks, Christine, Paula and my friend and dancing partner who does an excellent job trying to keep up with me on the dance floor when I loose it, Ms. Angela Bartee Wheeler! Much love, always!

PEACE, ONE LOVE, JAMAICA “Once You Go You Know” Yeah Mon!

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