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

Where: Jamaica
February 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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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Add Voluntourism in Jamaica to Your Winter Travel Options

Where: Jamaica
July 30, 2014 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that summer is on the cusp of winding down, it's definitely time to start thinking about winter getaways while the getting's good.

Travel To Do Good is currently booking a December trip to Montego Bay Jamaica with the goal of balancing relaxation with making a difference in the community.

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Yes Virginia, Affordable Volunteer Trips to Jamaica Do Exist

Where: Jamaica
March 20, 2013 at 2:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Jamaica Volunteer Programs has announced a summer program that combines adventure with the chance to make a difference for local children.

Volunteers will work with orphans and create activities for them to do during the day including arts & crafts, reading, play games, and learning basic computer skills. When not helping kids, volunteers will participate in their own adventures like exploring Holywell, visiting the hills where blue mountain coffee is grown, and spending a day at Dunn’s River Falls.

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Coachella Jumps the Shark, Lands on a Cruise Ship

July 18, 2012 at 10:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Whoa. Okay it's official. The live music festival Coachella has jumped the shark so hard it's landed in the deep end of the ocean.

Just yesterday, Coachella promoters Goldenvoice announced that they'd be packing up the popular desert-held music event and adding some water—by theming two cruises after it. The S.S. Coachella will set sail for two consecutive weekends during the notoriously slow weeks of the year for cruising—those right before the Christmas holiday. Brilliant timing if you're a cruise line looking to make a buck, horrible timing for attendees, who will likely have to chose between taking work time off for S.S. Coachella or heading home for the holidays.

And it won't be cheap; no camping or crashing on a stranger's couch possible on this ship. The 2,886-guest Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Silhouette is all staterooms and suites, with packages starting from $500 per person and maxing out around $2,000 per person (of their published prices, "email to inquire" for pricier suites). Remember those amounts do not include booze, soda, taxes & gratuities, shore excursions or travel to and from Fort Lauderdale.

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Three Last-Minute, Tropical Getaways to Grab for Memorial Day Weekend

May 23, 2011 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

We managed to avoid the apocalypse this weekend and we can't think of a better way to celebrate life—at least until the Mayan end-of-days prophecy of 2012—than to spend it frolicking on a tropical beach somewhere. Thankfully, there are a number of Memorial Day deals available so that you can get away this weekend for a doomsday-free vacay.

Here are our top three last-minute Memorial Day weekend getaways.

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Scarlett Johansson is Single and in Jamaica

Where: Jamaica
December 16, 2010 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

So Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds are dunzo after two years of marriage. What's a pretty 26-year-old movie star to do then to recover? Take a trip to warmer climes, naturally. ScarJo has gone straight down to Jamaica with her friends, and though it's not yet apparent exactly where, her visit comes just in time to entice people to book trips to Jamaica for the post-Christmas dulls.

Will Scarlett get her groove back while in Jamaica? Hopefully not; she's still got a good-girl images and it's only like two days after she announced the end of her marriage. Regardless, a tropical trip does signal a few things, like the fact that she's going to be frolicking in a bikini under the sun while Ryan is stuck filming (and potentially moping) in Atlanta.

Related Stories:
· Scarlett Johansson Jets to Jamaica Post-Split [JustJared]

[Photo: Splash/JustJared]

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How Safe is It to Travel to Jamaica Right Now?

May 24, 2010 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

Reports of gunfire, Molotov cocktails and drug-related violence are not what you want to hear about happening somewhere you're about to go to for vacation, but that's the case right now in Kingston, Jamaica, where gangs are clashing with police in protection of a notorious drug lord.

The Jamaican government declared a state of emergency in Kingston yesterday, due to such serious occurrences in Tivoli Gardens and Hannah Town, a slums in downtown Kingston that have barricaded themselves off while hiding Christopher "Dudus" Coke, a "Jamaican 'don' charged in the U.S. with drug and arms trafficking." The Jamaican government is attempting to capture Coke and extradite him to the United States, and the gangs of these towns aren't too happy to be losing their leader, who provides security and stability for their otherwise dangerous community.

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Hit the Beach at These Top Three Memorial Day Seashore Destinations

May 13, 2010 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)


Since Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff for summer, it brings barbecues, sandals and most importantly, warm beach weather. There's no better way to welcome the extended Memorial Day weekend than roasting on a beach somewhere. If you want to spend your day off, and maybe call in to work to get a few more days, now's the time to book your Memorial Day surf-and-sand getaway. Don't wait too much longer, or else you'll be back stuck tanning and BBQing on your fire escape.

Check out our top three beachy Memorial Day vacations after the jump.

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American Airlines Plane Overshoots Kingston Runway, Lands On Beach With Injuries

Where: Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston, Jamaica
December 23, 2009 at 9:04 AM | by | Comment (1)

A planeful of people headed down to Kingston, Jamaica for the holidays got the shock of their lives last night when their flight, American Airlines 331 from Miami, overshot the runway during a horrible rainstorm. The plane bounced on the runway, crashed through the fence at the end of the tarmac, skidded across the roadway and lost some landing gear and at least one of its engines before coming to rest on the beach, just short of the ocean.

All 154 passengers and crew survived, but some 91 injuries have been reported, including broken bones and more minor scratches. Since this was technically a crash, the airport closed and other Kingston-bound flights were diverted to other Jamaica airports.

This incident, and the general scary island-y nature of Kingston's Norman Manley airport and its one sea-bordered runway adds it to our ever-growing list of the World's Most Dangerous Airports. To check out a picture of the American Airlines accident, head here.

Related Stories:
· American Airlines Flight Narrowly Avoids Sea on Landing In Jamaica; Injuries Reported [NPR]
· Light injuries as plane overshoots runway [National Post]
· Travel Accidents [Jaunted]

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