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How to Visit Jamaica Right Now

 The island of Jamaica first reopened its borders for tourism on June 15, and now the destination has put in place some revised measures for travelers.  Most notably, Jamaica is now requiring all travelers from what it deems “high-risk” areas, …

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Sandals Reopens More Caribbean Resorts

 Sandals Resorts International has reopened another three of its Caribbean resorts, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The company has officially reopened its all-inclusive Sandals Emerald Bay resort on Great Exuma in The Bahamas, along with the Sandals Grande St Lucian resort …

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Jamaica Is Now Open for Tourism — Here’s What to Expect

 Some of Jamaica’s most prominent resorts reopened today as the country reopened its borders for international travel, and more hotel reopenings are on the near horizon along with steady increases in flights from the U.S. to Jamaica. Crucially, Jamaica will …

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 In a move to “enhance” its liquidity, all-inclusive company Playa Hotels and Resorts has closed on the sale of two of its resorts in Jamaica.  The company has sold the Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort and Spa in Ocho Rios …

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 For many people, singer Jimmy Buffett and his signature tune perfectly capture the island vibe they crave while slogging away at their busy lives the rest of the year. That’s even more true right now, as we all dream of …

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 Jamaica is looking to reposition its historic town of Falmouth, a town that is coming to its own as a full-fledged travel destination. Jamaican tourism officials say they’ll be marketing the capital of the Trelawny parish “in its own unique …

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 The best Jamaica resorts set the standard for the Caribbean travel experience; since the dawn of the jet-set age, Jamaica has been a haven for rarefied, elegant, character-filled hospitality, and that’s even more true today.  Few islands boast as diverse …

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 The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal subscriber Hamish Stewart, who sent in this stunning shot of a perfect sunset at the Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  Have you taken a great photo in the Caribbean?’ Send it …

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 Carnival Cruise Line has brought its completely transformed Sunrise ship for a season of new Caribbean cruises out of Fort Lauderdale.  Carnival Sunrise officially launched its season of four and five-day Caribbean cruises this week. Each four-day cruise will be …

 Nearly 15 years after opening as Sandals Whitehouse, the Sandals South Coast resort is the only major hotel development on the south shore of Jamaica. And as long as that remains the case, this all-inclusive hotel will remain a special …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff Riu Hotels and Resorts has officially relaunched its Riu Ocho Rios all-inclusive resort, the company announced this week. The property, which first opened in 2005, has undergone a dramatic refurbishing project, one that included what …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff Spanish hotel giant Riu Hotels and Resorts is reopening one of its all-inclusive hotel properties in Jamaica. Riu will be reopening its Riu Ocho Rios resort this month following a “complete refurbishment of the property.” …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff The Couples Sans Souci resort in Jamaica is planning a major renovation, Caribbean Journal has learned. The Ocho Rios-area all-inclusive property will be launching a $7 million renovation project that will begin May 1, 2020. …

 Whether you’re on your honeymoon or just want a tranquil getaway for you and yours, the Caribbean is filled with terrific adults-only resorts, many of them of the all-inclusive variety. That combination has proven to be particularly popular with travelers, …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff As Jamaica plans to expand its tourism footprint beyond traditional poles like Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, it’s looking to cultivate new destinations — and that includes what could be one of Jamaica’s next niche …

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 The Caribbean’s rum-soaked reputation to the contrary, it’s not always “anything goes” in the region. But when it comes to nude beaches, you can find what you’re looking for across the wider Caribbean, from the French Caribbean to the coast …

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 Whether you’re traveling with your kids, your extended family or some other combination of relatives, going all-inclusive makes the family getaway significantly easier. And the best all-inclusive family resorts manage to combine the ease and comfort of the all-inclusive experience …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff Montego Bay. Ocho Rios. Negril. They’re some of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean — not just Jamaica. But Jamaica is now looking to expand beyond its traditional tourism hubs with the creation of what …