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Hedonism II Launches a Threesome Promotion

Where: Negril, Jamaica
July 15, 2015 at 12:14 PM | by | ()

Shed your threads, it’s National Nude Recreation Week! To celebrate being in the buff, Hedonism II is offering birthday suit lovers a brand new Threesome Your Way deal. The Negril, Jamaica nudist resort is widely considered the granddaddy of clothing-optional destinations, a place where adults are free to shed their inhibitions. Or not. How naked you want to get is totally up to you.

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Boozy Day Trip: 250,000 Rum Barrels Await at This Historic Jamaican Distillery

Where: Jamaica
May 6, 2015 at 10:10 AM | by | ()

Booze and numbers don’t mix. If we were better at doing math while drunk, would we still agree to all those outrageous Uber surge prices after a night at the bar? (Well, probably. But that’s beside the point.)

No arithmetic is required to follow along with our latest adventure, though. While traveling in Jamaica (checking out some dapper Ralph Lauren-decorated rooms at Round Hill Hotel and Villas) we took a daytrip to tour Appleton Estate, a rum distillery in the Nassau Valley of Saint Elizabeth Parish. Our Round Hill-chartered driver took us through winding roads, past street-side fried fish stands and trinket-selling shanties to the distillery, where a guided tour — and most importantly, tasting — awaited. The Appleton guide was enthusiastic and informative, and covered the rum distilling process from top to bottom. But along the way we socked away some particularly interesting facts about this famous Jamaican distillery that were worth sharing. Here are a few that globetrotting spirits aficionados should note:

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One Love, Two Bob Marley Museum Experiences in Jamaica

April 15, 2015 at 2:38 PM | by | ()

Something you’ll undoubtedly notice while in Jamaica is that Bob Marley is gone but not forgotten – he is everywhere. His music, his likeness, his lyrics decorating random buildings.

There are also two distinctly different museums where fans can pay their respects: Nine Mile, Marley’s childhood home in St. Ann and the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston (where President Obama recently took a pit stop while in Jamaica on official business).

Here’s a closer look at both stops:

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United Got Us to Montego Bay Safely, Albeit Without WiFi or Custom Forms

April 14, 2015 at 3:22 PM | by | ()

It's time for another juicy Flight Review. Contributor Linda Marsicano was underwhelmed with her recent flight to Jamaica on United. Agree or disagree? Sound off in comments below!

Let me preface this review by saying that, these days, when an airline gets my family and I safely to our destination, it was a successful flight and I’m deeply grateful. Get me there on time to boot and bonus points ensue.

But, we do have the choice about which airlines to fly and one can’t help comparing the amenities that are offered and extra fees that are charged when spending hundreds of dollars (or valuable airline miles) on flights.

That said, we flew United Flight 1251 to Montego Bay from Chicago O’Hare April 4 - which arrived safely and on time so the major tenets of a good flight were, indeed, accomplished - and the WiFi wasn’t working, the crew ran out of immigration forms, there were no free snacks (no surprise here), and the ones they were selling ones were rather overpriced (Pringles for $3.99, for example).

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What to Do and Not Do When Visiting Jamaica

Where: Jamaica
April 10, 2015 at 1:35 PM | by | ()

Runaway Bay is up there with Negril as far as pretty beaches

All week long, contributor Linda Marsicano will be reporting from Jamaica. Got a question about traveling to Jamaica or what to do when you're there? Put it in comments below and we'll answer it for you!

Two trips to Jamaica does not make us experts by any means but we have picked up a few tips that might help first-time visitors. Based on our experiences, here are some lessons learned (some of which we learned the hard way).

DO go off the resort. Jamaica is full of all-inclusives and while it's easy to sit back snd drink the day away at the beach or pool, don't miss out on what's outside of the cushy resorts. One of our favorites so far was our lunch at Leon's Lobster Hut. That said, do be careful. Yes, go off the resort but it's a good idea to ask shuttle drivers or resort staff before you wander off not knowing where you might be heading.

While our visit to Leon's was a blast, we had a less pleasant experience when we tried to visit another local establishment later in our trip. There was a much more aggressive tone in trying to sell us drugs (among other things) that was a bit uncomfortable. And, hey, it was broad daylight and we had kids in tow.

When we recounted the experience to a local at the resort, they said they would have warned us not to frequent that particular establishment (and told us a better option for some local fare which we plan to explore tomorrow).

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Easter in Jamaica: Bunnies, Rum and a Cheesy Jamaican Treat

April 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM | by | ()

All week long, contributor Linda Marsicano will be reporting from Jamaica. Got a question about traveling to Jamaica or what to do when you're there? Put it in comments below and we'll answer it for you!

Give me the gift of travel over a present any day (unless of course the present is an airline ticket). I’m hoping to instill similar priorities in my kids -- that “things” are much less important than experiences. But talking my family into skipping traditional holiday celebrations in favor of a vacation isn’t without challenges. ("But how will the Easter Bunny find us??!!")

This year I won and we spent Easter in Jamaica – and as it turns out celebrating a holiday away isn’t all that different from home, although it’s warmer, more fun and it features a strange but tasty delicacy called bun and cheese.

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Last Call for Lobster in Jamaica: Leon's Lobster Hut Has You Covered

April 7, 2015 at 12:35 PM | by | ()

All week long, contributor Linda Marsicano will be reporting from Jamaica. Got a question about traveling to Jamaica or what to do when you're there? Put it in comments below and we'll answer it for you!

Lobster mating season is upon us in Jamaica, which means no lobsters can be caught between April 1 and June 30. Until April 21, lobsters that have been frozen can still be served so that leaves exactly two weeks to get your lobster on. Which we did yesterday on the beach near Falmouth at a tiny shack called Leon’s Lobster Hut. Owned by, as one might suspect, a fellow named Leon.

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Tips for Arriving at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay

April 6, 2015 at 6:13 PM | by | ()

All week long, contributor Linda Marsicano will be reporting from Jamaica. Got a question about traveling to Jamaica or what to do when you're there? Put it in comments below and we'll answer it for you! And to get you in the mood, we recommend a taste of Shaggy's "Sugarcane."

We recently reported on leaving the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, recommending the use of the Club Mobay Departure Lounge. We hypothesized that while the departure service practically pays for itself, fast-tracking travelers through security and into the plush all-you-can-drink-and-eat lounge, the Club Mobay arrival service probably isn’t worth the heftier fee at $50 per adult and $25 per child.

Well, now we got all scientific about it and timed it. It took our family of four, which did not use the Club Mobay arrival service, one hour and 23 minutes to get through immigration. (Keep in mind that was on a very busy travel day, smack in the middle of spring break and the Saturday before Easter -- in November we breezed through more quickly.)

Club Mobay customers were escorted to a special line – but they still had to wait. Not as long as us common folk, but a good 30 to 40 minutes. So you do the math: if cutting wait time in approximately half is worth it, then go for it. If you travel at a non-peak time, we wouldn't recommend spending the money.

Here are a few more tips on arriving at Sangster Airport:

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Jamaica Decriminalizes Marijuana...What Does It Mean For Tourists?

Where: Jamaica
February 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM | by | ()

This week was a big one for marijuana advocates.

Alaska joined Colorado and Washington and became the third state to legalize pot, adopting similar legislation to what we've seen develop in Denver. At about the same time that news was breaking, another destination announced that it too was going green: Jamaica.

Jamaica has a long history with marijuana, both in practice and in pop culture. Despite that, it's always technically been illegal. Now, the country has decided to decriminalized - not legalize - ganja. According to reports, the island nation's resistance has been associated with concerns over how the United States would view such a move, but now that many states are beginning to change their stances, Jamaica feels it can benefit by getting involved in the cannabis industry.

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Is The Club Mobay Departure Lounge at Sangster International Airport Worth It?

January 12, 2015 at 3:24 PM | by | ()

If you’ve ever flown out of Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay, Jamaica, perhaps you’re still traumatized by the long, slow and sometimes chaotic security screening process. We were and wished we could zip right through the line and continue swilling rum and chilling out before heading back to reality.

So we tried out the Club Mobay Departure Lounge, billed as a service that expedites travelers through security and into a 14,000 square foot “first-class sanctuary” where snacks, booze and relaxation await. For a price that is: $30 per adult and $15 per child.

At the airport, we checked in at the Club Mobay desk and were escorted to security, where we (naively) assumed Club Mobay would have its own fast-track screening area. Instead, our guide ushered us to the front of the regular line and loaded our luggage onto the conveyor belt, cutting right in front of some understandably disgruntled passengers. We received varying degrees of glares as we mumbled apologetically and scurried through the scanner.

Two minutes later, however, we were ensconced in cushy seats with a stiff Mai Tai and a very drinkable chardonnay, surrounded by goodies and quite over any feathers we may have ruffled.

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Travel Contest Roundup: Five Island Trips to Win This Winter

December 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM | by | ()

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!

Here are five vacation contests to enter right now that might just have you adjusting to island time:

Levo League – Jetset to Jamaica

The holidays will soon be over and done with, and the cold harsh winter will move in forever. That’s why you need to look forward to a trip to Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay. The big winner will get three nights in an ocean front room along with breakfast, airfare, and a couple of massages—around $2,200 in free prize value.

Allure Access – Present Perfect

For a chance at this one you need to enter sooner than later, as things will close to entries on December 23. Here you’re entering for a shot at a five-night stay down in St. Croix, as you just might be staying—along with a pal—at the historic Buccaneer Resort. Other goodies include airfare, spa treatments, and daily breakfast.

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Travel Contest Roundup: 6 Ways to Win a Free Trip to the Caribbean

October 17, 2014 at 9:20 AM | by | ()

We realize travel budgets may be limited, but it’s free to dream. This is where contests come into the picture, and there's always the chance that you could be the big winner—just don't forget to tell us if you are!

Here are six vacation contests to enter right now that will get you some island fun in the sun:

Atlantis Adventure Dive Into Paradise Island

The folks over at Copa Airlines want you to check out the Bahamas, and to do so they’re giving away a four-day and three-night trip over to Atlantis on Paradise Island. Swim with the dolphins, enjoy the water slides, and soak in the sun—just enter today, as things close to entries on October 17.

The Sandals Suites Sweepstakes

Ever been to Grenada? If not, enter for a chance to win a trip to the island thanks to the folks over at Sandals LaSource Granada. They are picking 25 lucky winners, and if you’re one of them you’ll be enjoying seven nights in one of the Skypool Suites—enter by November 30.

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