Riding the Roads of Jamaica

I have many clients who stress concern about the road conditions in Jamaica.

I just returned from a two week trip to Jamaica and I rode nearly every road from Montego Bay to go Ocho Rios, back to Montego Bay, onto Negril and then back to Montego Bay again. I found the roads to be well-paved and much of the scenery to be very pleasant as you can see in the pictures below.

You pass many scenic vistas, pass by local Schools and churches, as well as small Parrish centres.

Many resorts include complimentary transportation and often the driver will stop midway to your destination so you can grab a cold beer and try some local jerk chicken. Or if you prefer to be a VIP, you can get a private transfer in a luxury sedan equipped with cold beverages and snacks. I had the privilege of enjoying this on my arrival into Jamaica on the drive from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios.

If you are staying in Whitehouse, the roads are a bit precarious, but the drivers are very skilled and knowledgeable.

Overall I believe the roads in Jamaica are very well suited for tourists and the shuttle and private drivers are very skilled at getting you to your destination.

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Categories: Beaches, caribbean, Family vacation, honeymoon, Jamaica, Ocho rios, travel, vacation | Tags: , , | 1 Comment

Trip Insurance- Get It!!

Clients often ask, “should I get travel insurance?” My advice, “yes!!!”

You never know what can happen when you are on vacation. It may not be hurricane season, or your credit card may cover lost luggage, but crazy things or accidents may happen.

I was once on vacation in St Lucia. It was hurricane season and a hurricane had just passed through St Lucia,but it not effect the island. It did however impact Miami. Many people who fly in and out of St Lucia have layovers in Miami. The storm was severe enough to close the Miami airport, thus, impacting travel plans as passengers were delayed in leaving St Lucia or arriving to St Lucia. The travel insurance helped to pay for accommodations that where not a part of the initial trip.

A trip to a public hospital in a foreign country or shelling out huge amounts of money because a storm alters your trip is not something I recommend for my clients. However, getting trip insurance is something I do suggest- to protect you from unforeseen circumstances when you travel.

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Couples Resorts in Ocho Rios

Today I toured the two Couples Resorts in Ocho Rios, Couples Tower Isle and Couples San Souci.

These resorts are very different, but equally beautiful.

I was warmly greeted at San Souci. The lobby is bright and cheerful with lush tropical views to the sea below. The resort is built into a cliff, so if you choose this resort, be prepared to walk up and down lots of steps. The resort is already lovely, but they are undergoing some renovations and will be updating their rooms. These changes will certainly add to the charm and ambiance. There is an entire section of the property with a beach, pool, bar, etc for nude sunbathing as well.

If you prefer to sunbathe in your swimsuit, the main beach is very private. In fact, you feel like you are on your own little corner of paradise or your own deserted island. I was also surprised by the size if the resort (as in the number of a acres on which it sits). I was also surprised by the lily pond. There were countless turtles and it seemed like a tranquil alternative to the beach. The lush tropic landscaping and scenery reminded of Hawaii.

Tower Isle is just five minutes down the road. I was immediately struck by the incredible breeze and marvelous vistas you encounter as soon as you enter the open-air lobby. The resort was the place to be in the 1950s and it still maintains that vintage charm.

There are two pools, the more active pool and the quieter pool (which feature the iconic diving platform waterfall). There is a nice stretch of beach with many water sports. If you choose to partake in au natural sunbathing, there is a small boat that will transport you to the island, just across the cove.

I really liked the outdoor dining here as well- great way to enjoy tasty cuisine and beautiful scenery.

I will also add that in addition to abundant activities, scuba, Dunn’s River Falls excursion and more, these Couples Resorts have really high quality food and drinks even the cheeses and fruits were superior to many other all-inclusives. Truly stupendous!

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Beaches Ocho Rios

I’ve stayed at several Sandals Resorts, but never their family-friendly counterpart, Beaches.

I have to say, the service had been stupendous and I’ve only been here a few hours. Before I even left the airport, I was given VIP treatment. A rep from the Jamaican Tourist Board met me at the airport terminal and escorted be through customs and baggage claim before taking me to the Beaches welcome lounge. Once there, I was informed I would have a private transfer, in a luxury car, courtesy of Island Routes. This was amazing- cold drinks, snacks, and a friendly driver.

About two hours later, I arrived to the resort and was promptly greeted by a friendly bellhop, with a scented cold cloth and tropical beverage. I was then walked to the VIP check-in and I was told I have been put into a Concierge room- yay!! Upon my arrival, the front desk staff was nothing but friendly and helpful, m as was the management.

I am staying in the Greek Village at Beaches Ocho Rios. My room is equipped with a minibar, a private patio with lounge chairs, and a view of the Sea.

The staff has been very friendly and accommodating. In fact, the bartender at the Beach Bar, where I watched the end of a World Cup match, even created a special pineapple Mojito for me.

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Jamaica, here I come!

I am sitting at the airport waiting to board my flight to Jamaica. During my two weeks, I will stay at 4 different resorts and tour a total of 15! I am so excited to learn more about these properties so I can share my knowledge with my clients.

So far, everyone is really excited for me (well, my Mom is a little nervous). The one thing that is throwing people off is the fact that I am traveling by myself. That’s right- I’m tripping it solo!

I am sure there will be a few awkward moments, but I will soldier through and have a fabulous and educational trip!

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Jamaica Mon

In just a few short days I depart for a two-week adventure in Jamaica. While there I will visit 15 different resorts, meet interesting people, float down the lazy river, go snorkeling and swimming the sea and enjoy amazing Jamaican cuisine.

This trip will be a good test run for my journey later this summer when I will be out of the country for 10 weeks.

Stay tuned as I will be posting photos and writing about my travels.

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Saint Lucia- Simply Beautiful, Simply Perfect

I feel so proud and very fortunate to have another article published in Beautiful Bride magazine. This issues focuses on honeymoons on the stunning island of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean.

Thank you to all the resorts that provided me friendly tours and wonderful hospitality during my stays. I would also like to thank my Editor. English is his second language, but his grasp of the English language is far superior to most native speakers. Grazie mille :)

I hope you enjoy the words I’ve written as well as the imagery that showcases some of Saint Lucia’s highlights.

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Ciao Bella! Honeymoons & Romantic Holidays in Italy!

Thinking or a honeymoon or a romantic getaway to Italy? Here are some highlights from Melissa at My Traveling Panda. Whether you visit this amazing country by land or sea, this article talks about some must visit destinations.

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This is Melissa’s most recent article, which can be found in the Winter 2013 issue of Beautiful Bride magazine. You can find your copy at bridal shops and news stands in Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, Atlanta and Southern California. Here is the link for the PDF of the story! Honeymoons in Italy

Ciao!

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Glamping- Enjoy the great outdoors in STYLE

Hello Friends-

Have you ever consider Glamping? If I go camping, I think I would much prefer glamping to traditional camping. Which destination in my latest article, published in the Fall 2013 issue of Beautiful Bride Magazine, most appeals to you? Here is the full article Glamping Honeymoons & Vacations

You can find this magazine in bridal shops and venues as well as newsstands in many US cities including Las Vegas, San Diego, Cincinnati, Atlanta and Orlando.

Fall 2013 Cover

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Honeymoons for Brides from Every Region of the USA

Good afternoon and Happy Spring!

I have been a very busy travel agent, booking loads of honeymoons for happy brides and grooms. I am very honored to be a part of such an important vacation for all these wonderful couples. With that, I want to thank Jessie, the Editor-in-Chief at Beautiful Bride for giving me the opportunity to write another honeymoon article. It was great fun to write about honeymoon destinations that are inspired by the cities where the magazine is published (Las Vegas, San Diego, Central Valley, Cincinnati, Orlando and my town of Atlanta).

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Look for it at your favorite bridal boutique, on newsstands at Albertsons, Vons, Smiths, Target, Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, Borders, CVS, or Walgreens, or click here to read it now :)HoneymoonDestnations

Happy Travels!

Melissa
My Traveling Panda

The Beautiful Bride, Summer 2013 covers

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