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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMAICA!
THE SUN SHINETH, THE LAND IS GREEN AND THE PEOPLE ARE STRONG AND CREATIVE
An icon of national pride, the green, yellow and black flag has connotations embedded in history and heritage.
Designed by a bi-partisan committee of the Jamaican House of Representatives, a golden Saint Andrew's Cross
is at the core of the flag, dividing it into two black and two green triangles, but at the same time connecting
all the components.
The official description of the Jamaican flag is; "The sun shineth, the land is green and the people are strong
While black symbolizes the strength and creativity of the Jamaican people, a widely held belief is that it also
reflects the historic hardships of it's black population. The golden color represents the country's sunlight and
natural wealth, while the green represents agricultural richness and hope for the future.
Ask a Jamaican about the significance of the flag's colors, and most islanders will give you their own, personal
interpretation of the official version. An object of immense national pride that evokes strong emotions of
identity, the banner has become a popular symbol and
in the typical, creative way of the Jamaican, the flag is
used to make strong fashion statements on clothing,
shoes, bags and other accessories. Sport the island's
most important national symbol and wear it with pride!
Learn more about the beautiful island and it's people in
this issue of the JAMAICA TOURIST, highlighting the
latest and greatest of Jamaican attractions, dining,
nightlife, shopping spots, golf, real estate and lots more.
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MEET THE PEOPLE CREATE LIFELONG FRIENDS
Friends can be made anywhere, but genuine lifelong friends are hard to find. For some visitors, it is important
to explore what is beyond the resort's walls to gain an insight in the Jamaican lifestyle, tradition and customs.
Don't miss out on the very unique program the Jamaica Tourist Board makes available to visitors, helping to
bring nations closer together while adding a unique touch to the Jamaican vacation experience.
Free to visitors, the Meet the People program matches visitors with locals that share the same interests or
professions. Spending time together can be as simple as accompanying the person on their day to day chores,
driving into the countryside or going for dinner: the Jamaican way! Says Norma Taylor, Sr. PR Officer at the
Jamaica Tourist Board: "Meet the People is well supported by visitors from all over the globe, but mainly from
the US and Europe".
Started in 1968 by Inga Rice and her husband, who were familiar with the warmth and hospitality of the
Jamaican people, the popular program lives on exclusively through the time and efforts donated by volunteer
ambassadors from the island.
Sign up to meet like-minded locals by visiting the JTB website: visitjamaica.com, where you will find an entire
section on the program. Alternatively, you can contact one of the local JTB offices on the island. Kingston tel.
929-9200. Montego Bay tel. 952-4425. Port Antonio tel. 993-3051.
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TUFF GONG STUDIO
lives on at the Tdff Gong
Studio As you drive by ^ V ^
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ingstion, you cannot even begin to imagine the hist that lies b i the
fences Acquired by Rita t olarby t honour her late htsband, the Tdff % g
St~i \was formerly 0wred by Ken Khori and knw as Federal Becordings.
As a young man, Bob Marled adored the studio owner and tried to convince
him his aen s.
Today the state of the art Tuff Gong Studio is the premier live recording studio in the Caribbean. From digital
to analog production, digital re-mastering, CD and record distribution, or pressing vinyl, Tuff Gong does it all.
The studio has seen many tracks laid down by both local and
international superstars. The Marley family has personally used the
studio to record hits like Damian Marley's "Educated Fools", Rita
Marley's "One Draw" and Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers' Joy &
Blues". Others hits produced at Tuff Gong are Maxi Priest's "Message
in a Bottle", Richie Spice's "In Your Eyes", Jah Cure's "Situation" and
most recently "Heathen" by Shaggy.
With both digital and an analog master studios on site, Spiderman
from the analog department explains how you get from performance
to vinyl: "The music is recorded on tape, put on acetate, transferred
to a stamper, and then pressed into one of two sizes of vinyl records,
Mixing Studio (Photo.:Heidilech) LP's and 45's."
The vinyl press looks like it belongs in the museum, not in everyday use. "It only takes 21 seconds to make
a vinyl record," says Delroy from production, as he takes a copy of Beenie Man's yet to be released "Show
Me", hot off the press!
Tuff Gong houses a record shop where CDs and vinyl are available for
sale among memorabilia of the many artists who have passed
through their doors. Numerous awards are displayed in the studio.
The Diamond Award, given to Bob Marley, is only one of two ever
given to a Jamaican artist.
Says Mitzy Evans, General Manager at Tuff Gong; "To
commemorate Bob Marley's Birthday, inner city
students are given free studio tours under the
theme "Making the Music". Apart of from the
Bob Marley Foundation, Tuff Gong
makes significant contributions
to the Bob Marley Trust,
whose aim is to award
scholarships to outstanding
The CEO and the 49 staff
continue to preserve the
musical culture and legacy of
Bob Marley. For more information,
call 923-9380 or visit www.tuffgong.com.
Delroy shows off freshly pressed vinyls. (Photo: Heidilech)
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
JAMAICANS KNOW HOW TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. EVEN DURING A SHORT VISIT TO THE
ISLAND YOU CAN HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE. CHECK OUT SOME OF THE EVENTS
HAPPENING DURING YOUR STAY.
NOVEMBER 2-6 JAMAICA INVITATIONAL PRO-AM TOURNAMENT MONTEGO BAY
NOVEMBER 3 _PINEAPPLE BALL MONTEGO BAY
NOVEMBER 4 JGA/UWI GOLF CLASSIC K INSTON K
NOVEMBER (TBA) SORREL FESTIVAL KINGSTON
NOVEMBER 7 FESTIVAL OF THE WRITTEN WORD KINGSTON
NOVEMBER 10 OUR HERITAGE IN ARCHITECTURE KINGSTON
NOVEMBER 10-17 KINGSTON RESTAURANT WEEK KINGSTON
NOVEMBER (TBA) JAMAICA OPEN a PRO AM KINGSTON
NOVEMBER (TBA) ST ELIZABETH HOMECOMING ST ELIZABETH
NOVEMBER 27 JNBS OPEN LEAGUE OPENING CEREMONY & JO WIGGMAN RALLY KINGSTON
DECEMBER 1 BOOYAKA KINGSTON
DECEMBER 1 REGGAE MARATHON NEGRIL
DECEMBER 6 FLASH POINT FILM FESTIVAL NEGRIL
DECEMBER 8 JMMC ALL STAGES RALLY JAMAICA KINGSTON
DECEMBER 23 KUMBA MI YABBA CRAFT FAIR KINGSTON
DECEMBER 29 RED LABEL WINE EAST FEST KINGSTON
DECEMBER 27 LTM NATIONAL PANTOMIME STARTS KINGSTON
DECEMBER 31 HARBOUR FEST & FIREWORKS ON THE WATERFRONT KINGSTON
JANUARY 6 ACCOMPONG MAROON FESTIVAL SOUTH COAST
JANUARY 12 REBEL SALUTE SOUTH COAST
JANUARY 22-26 JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL MONTEGO BAY
JANUARY 27 HIGH MOUNTAIN 1OK/5K ROAD RACES SOUTH COAST
FEBRUARY 2 FLUTES & FLAMES KINGSTON
FEBRUARY 6 JAMAICA FAT TYRE FESTIVAL OCHO RIOS
FEBRUARY 17 FI W SIBNTIN PORT ANTONIO
FEBRUARY 18 GLOBAL REGGAE CONFERENCE KINGSTON
MAY 19 CLIPPER ROUND THE WORLD YACHT RACE PORT ANTONIO
AUGUST 3-13 IMFSA 57TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY KINGSTON
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Rose Hall has summer like weather year round. The topography is first-rate for golf, with land stretching from
the windswept seaside to the densely wooded country hills. As a result, the three courses in Rose Hall present
a wide variety of challenges and scenery that can be enjoyed time and again. The experience at each of the
three courses is exactly what you would expect from one of the world's top tourist destinations.
White Witch Golf Course Par 71, 6,719 yards
USGA rating 74.0/Slope 139
The 6,719-yard course plays to a par of 71 and
boasts views of the Caribbean Sea on 16 holes.
The design of Robert Von Hagge and Rick Baril
takes advantage of the shifting winds, which provide an ever changing challenge and make the 600-
acre course both mysterious and exciting every time you tee it up. The facility's "Caddie Concierge"
program includes trained forecaddies with extensive knowledge of the course, one of the many golfer
friendly services offered by the White Witch staff. And you'll want to listen to your caddies, especially
on some of the tricky blind shots. Many holes are designed with elevated tee boxes, giving you the
chance to watch your shots sail out over your beautiful surroundings against the backdrop of the
Caribbean Sea. The White Witch is also no stranger to top players, as it has hosted a match between
PGA Tour stars Hal Sutton and Notah Begay for Shell's Wonderful World of Golf, as well as the 2000
World Junior Golf Championships.
Half Moon Golf Club Par 72, 7,119 yards
USGA rating 73.7/Slope 127
Half Moon Golf Club was designed by the
legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr. The layout
became a renowned resort course and the host of
several professional tour events, including the Dunhill Cup and the European PGA Seniors Tour. Thanks
to a $2 million renovation project, the par-72, 7,119-yard course has reclaimed its place as one of the
world's most beautiful and challenging courses, and has been named Best Caribbean Golf Resort by
Caribbean World Magazine. The recent two-year renovation project has brought new life to Half Moon
Golf Club, modernizing the course while respecting the natural flow of the land. The results are
spectacular and easily seen throughout the course. The signature fourth hole provides a beautiful
example. Architect Roger Rulewich reshaped the hole to highlight the dramatic view of the Caribbean
Sea in the background. Throughout the course, newly aligned tee boxes and repositioned bunkers have
increased the challenge for better players while enhancing the experience for more casual golfers.
Cinnamon Hill Ocean Course
Par 71, 6,637 yards
USGA rating 72.4/Slope 133
The spectacular Cinnamon Hill Course has
amazing views, starting along the beach and
moving up into the green mountains and valleys, is the sister course to the White Witch. The lush layout
runs through the ruins of the 18th-century sugar plantation that used to stand on the property, including
aqueducts, tombstones and above-ground tombs. The par 71, B6,637-yard layout is a solid test of golf
and a picturesque site for enjoying the natural beauty of Jamaica and is familiar to James Bond fans
as the site of the movie "Live and Let Die.' The front nine is open and wind swept along the water,
tempting players to hit driver and play aggressively. The back nine presents a completely different
challenge, as the Cinnamon Hill Ocean Course turns inland toward the Blue Mountains and turns
tighter through the dense foliage of the Jamaican hills. The experienced caddies are on hand to guide
you around the stellar layout, and you'll want to listen closely on the greens, which are fast and feature
plenty of breaks. Barron's has named Cinnamon Hill one of the top three courses in the Caribbean, and
Golf Digest has ranked it as one of Jamaica's top courses.
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U.S. AMBASSADOR TO JAMAICA LENDS SUPPORT
TO HRH PRINCE CHARLES' ROSE TOWN PROJECT
Mrs. Micneie HoillnS ano u.5. AmDassanor Latirange Jonnson meets HHH Ie UUcness or uornwall during a special event ait t. James's
Palace in London. (Photo: Contibuted bythe Office of the US Ambassador, Kingston)
The Rose Town project looks at revitalizing one of the poorest districts in West Kingston, by offering a range of
high quality affordable housing options, in addition to nurturing a strong sense of community. Says Hank Dittmar,
Chief Executive of The Prince's Foundation: "We believe that successful towns old and new share certain
design characteristics which result in enduring, thriving neighborhoods that don't damage the environment:'
Dittmar explains that by building towns that include a network of inter-connected streets that encourage people
to walk; a mix of homes, shops and workplaces that allow people to source their daily needs within a short
walk; the community benefits from livelier and safer streets, increased public health and a more affordable
lifestyle for families and individuals. Explains Dittmar: "We believe that neighborhoods which exhibit these
sustainable characteristics will increase, rather than decrease, in value over time:'
Howard Johnson, Mrs. Michele Rollins and U.S. Ambassador LaGrange Johnson meet HRH Prince Charles at St. James's Palace, London.
(Photo: Contributed by the Ofice of the US Ambassador Kingston)
U.S. Ambassador LaGrange Johnson with her husband Howard Johnson at St. James's Palace, London.
(Photo: Contibtuted by the Office of the US Ambassador, Kingston)
The foundation's Projects & Practice Team collaborated with architects and urban planner DPZ and the
Kingston Restoration Company last year for the proposed regeneration project, aiming to create affordable
housing options that keep the distinctiveness of character derived through the use of local craft and building
traditions and a range of different house types and prices.
Says Dittmar: "Plans for the regeneration of Rose Town, one of Jamaica's most deprived, inner-city
neighborhoods, focus on a range of affordable housing types that reflect local tradition, a mix of land uses,
and on giving people the opportunity to own their own home.
Continues Dittmar: "Our job is to fulfill the Prince of Wales's aspiration for Rose Town's residents to live in
decent, affordable accommodations within an enduring, thriving neighborhood. The answer lies in the dual
notions of a mixed use, walkable community and a commitment to local building traditions which naturally
respond to local culture, identity and to climate. We aim to create simple, clear contracts that will give people
what they really want a place of their own. In this case, a place that can evolve and grow organically to suit
individual means and needs:
In connection with the Rose Town project, U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica, Brenda LaGrange Johnson and her
husband Howard Johnson were invited to join HRH Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at a special
event in London in June 2007 The couple was joined by Mrs. Michele Rollins from Rose Hall, Jamaica.
Says U.S. Ambassador LaGrange Johnson, who has taken a personal interest in the project: "I am devoted to
the Rose Town project because it is a project involving the public and private sectors, including the Jamaican
government and the opposition party all working together with HRH Prince's Trust to bring a suitable
environment to the tenement area of Rose Town'.
Finishes the U.S. Ambassador: "Both HRH Prince Charles and the Queen have visited Rose Town and vowed
For more information about the Rose Town Project, visit www.princes-foundation.org
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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK:
EXPLORE A DIFFERENT SIDE OF JAMAICA
OCHO RIOS & DUNN'S RIVER FALLS
Available from: Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios
Duration: 9:00 am 5:00 pm
Days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
No trip to Jamaica is complete without visiting Jamaica's main attraction,
Dunn's River Falls. Enjoy a leisurely ride along Jamaica's scenic north coast
to Ocho Rios, the shopper's paradise and home to the world stunning
waterfalls made famous by the Tom Cruise movie Cocktail'. Spend the
Dunn's River Falls (Photo: HeidiZech) morning browsing through the town's many craft markets, before you climb
the cascading waterfall, then splash around in the crystal clear pools at the base of the falls and to come away
feeling refreshed and relaxed.
SPIRIT OF REGGAE: THE BOB MARLEY EXPERIENCE
Available from: Montego Bay, Negril & Ocho Rios
Duration: 7:00 am 6:00 pm
Days: Tuesdays & Fridays Montego Bay
Wednesdays & Fridays Ocho Rios, Fridays only Negril
The Legend of Bob Marley comes alive as you walk through the village of
Nine Miles, his birth and final resting place. Feel the spirit of "The King of
Bob Marley Reggae Music" as you are expertly guided through the very house where
(Photo: Bob MrleyFoundation) Marley lived as a young boy. Get first hand knowledge of the life and times
of this great musician, from the people who lived there with him. Learn about his culture, his passion, and the
unique religion of Rastafarianism which made him the man he was. And of course, no Reggae Tour is complete
without indulging in a lavish Jamaican Jerk lunch to punctuate your day.
NEGRIL DAY & SUNSET TOUR
Available from: Montego Bay and Ocho Rios
Duration: 9:00 am after the sunset
Days: Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from Montego Bay.
Wednesday and Saturday from Ocho Rios
Sunset at the Cliffs in Negril (Photo:Andre hanpaul)
Experience the beauty and tranquility that is Negril Beach, where time stands still and a laid back attitude is
a way of life. Explore seven miles of uninterrupted white sandy beach as you savour the sun and cast away all
your inhibitions. At the end of the day, watch the sunset and spy on local cliff divers at the famous Rick's Cafe.
COCKPIT COUNTRY HIKING & CAVING TOUR
Available from: Montego Bay & Ocho Rios
Days: Please contact your Hotel Tour Desk or Jamaica Tours for days
and times. Take nothing but pictures, Leave nothing but footprints, Kill
nothing but time.
Less than an hour from the glistening blue water and sparkling white sand
beaches of Jamaica's North Coast lies the area known as Cockpit Country.
A nature lover's paradise and photographer's dream, the region is rich in
Hiking in the Cockpit Country
(Photo: Heidi ech) history and culture and riddled with towering cliffs, limestone caves,
underground rivers and flowing waterfalls. The dense, wet limestone forest, crisscrossed with hiking trails, is
home to exotic plants, birds and reptiles, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Enjoy a leisurely
walk or a more adventurous hike through the beautiful hills of Cockpit Country. Emerge wet and dirty, ready
to relax and swim in the cool pools of the Mouth River cascades. An experience for all energy levels!
THE ULTIMATE COFFEE TOUR
Available from: Montego Bay & Ocho Rios
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Montego Bay: 7:30 am 3:30 pm
Mondays & Wednesdays, Ocho Rios: 8:00 am 3:00 am
Jamaican High Mountain coffee is rated as one of the best in the world and
The Ultimate Coffee Tour of the Baron Hall Estate will give you a hands-on
experience to last a lifetime. Located 2,000 ft above sea level, this
enchanting tour of the largest coffee plantation in Jamaica will reveal the
our atcoffeepicking production secrets behind this world famous coffee. The tour of the
property includes an exciting jitney ride where you will pick your own coffee beans and sample the full bodied
taste of the Estate's famous Jamaican Coffee.
MOBAY SHOPPING TOUR
Available from: Montego Bay
Duration: 9:00 am 1:30 pm
Days: Mondays Saturdays
For the ultimate in shopping and to
experience the friendly city of
Montego Bay, take the Montego
Bay Shopping Tour. Start by
visiting Montego Bay's newest
luxury shopping and entertainment
addition, The Shoppes at Rose
Hall, located by the Caribbean
Sea on the famous Rose Hall
Estate for brand name Duty Free
shopping, amazing discounts
and first class service. You will
enjoy the stress and hassle free,
simply breathtaking atmosphere.
For your best buys take a ride
across town and visit a wholesale
outlet store for a wide range of
souvenir items or a T-Shirt. Continue
your shopping mania at the world
famous "Tortuga" Rum Cake factory a9
tantalize your taste buds with assorted
samples. Watch the chefs' performance
and get first-hand experience of the
manufacturing of this renowned
commodity. Souvenir items and liquors
are on sale at incredibly low prices.
Shrimp Lady (Photo:JTB)
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SWIM WITH THE CROCS
BLACK RIVER SAFARI AND YS FALLS
Available from: Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios
Duration: 8:00 am 7:00 pm
Days: Thursdays & Fridays Montego Bay, Tuesdays Ocho Rios, Thursdays & Sundays Negril
As you board the bus, you can sense the excitement of
going on a great adventure. You are about to explore some
of Jamaica's natural beauty on the Black River Safari and
the YS Fall tour, and your guide welcomes you to an
experience that will be both entertaining and educational.
Traveling through Montego Bay destined for St. Elizabeth,
you learn the essentials of Jamaican history, good
sightseeing spots and other must do tours. An extensive
patois lesson is an added bonus that will leave you feeling
After winding through the lush country side, you enter the
small town of Black River, once a thriving sugar port. From
there you board your boat and begin the one hour drift down
Jamaica's longest river, the Black River, which originates in
the mountains of Manchester and meanders its way down to
The Black River Lower Morass is a complex of shallow, Visitors petting Charlie the croc (Photo.:Heidiloch)
brackish lagoons, limestone islands, tidal marshes, mudflats, extensive freshwater marshes, with peat formations
and mangroves near the coast. The 14,085 acre swamp environment exhibits the greatest biodiversity in the entire
Caribbean. The YS, Broad, Grass and Horse Savannah rivers are tributaries to the 53.4 km Black River, which is
navigable for about 40 km. Over the years, thick layers of decomposing vegetation has lined the river bed, causing
the dark, almost black hue to give the river the spooky, mysterious look that explains the name Black River.
The main reason most people take this Safari, is to look for crocodiles. Salt water crocs have patrolled these
waters forever, but unlike their cousins to the north, these crocs only get angry when troubled. Normally, they
are very calm and when spotted, brave visitors get a chance to pet and even swim with the aquatic reptiles.
Back in the harbour, you pass various displays of wood carved crocodiles and birds on your way to a
scrumptious Jamaican lunch at Cafe 0le.
Now rested, everyone is looking forward to the next part of the trip, the cool
waters of the YS Falls, and a stop at the largest Orchid supplier in Jamaica
to see thousands of beautiful orchids in various colors and species.
The YS Falls opened its doors as a nature-based attraction in 1990.
Flora and fauna can be enjoyed while climbing the stairs to the top
of the seven waterfalls, which cascade 120 feet down into natural
turquoise pools, suitable for children who want to wade in the
A short jitney ride later, guest are invited to chill out,
swim, swing from a rope like Tarzan, watch the
Hummingbirds at the feeding stations or
take a ride down the Chukka Blue
Adventure Tours zip line.
Changing rooms, restaurant and a
playground are available at this
family friendly attraction. For a
wide variety of Jamaican
books and unique craft
items, be sure to have a
look in the gift shop at
both jitney stops
YS Falls (Photo: eidi lch)
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THROUGH GREENERY AND HISTORY
Today, this former sugar estate grows bananas, cassava, coffee, allspice, coconut and
many other crops but no longer for commercial use. After we made friends with a couple
of parrots and a brown owl, we climbed into the jitney, which quickly dipped us onto a
lush jungle lined path. Over the years, people from all walks of life have planted trees
at Prospect Plantation, including former Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson
i and even Sir Winston Churchill who planted a Mahogany tree in 1953 in front
of the great house. Commemorative plaques documenting all plantings
are displayed behind the front desk and mark the trees all over
We drove past sugar cane plants and a 17th century sugar
cane mill, before stopping at the White River Gorge where we
had a magnificent view of two parishes, St. Ann and St. Mary
and also got a look at Jamaica's first hydroelectric power plant.
Then, the yet-to-be-discovered fastest coconut tree climber,
Donald, was waiting to give us ample demonstration of his skills,
topped by a lesson on Jamaican fruits and vegetables which
included a piece of coconut with brown sugar, a delicious treat. His
lecture was filled with lots of straight faced humor which lead us
to believe that this man has a variety of other yet-to-be-discovered
talents. Right next door is the ostrich farm where these giant birds
greedily snatch greens right out of one's hand.
Mahogany tree planted by Winston Churchill (Photo: Heidilech)
The magnificent view from the
Gimat Hnise fPhntn: Hlili Zlah)
Sir Harold's View poses another great lookout ove
plantation and is said to have been his favorite spot
the farm. Prospect Plantation has had three owner
prior to Sir Harold Mitchell, who purchased the farm
in 1936. Since his passing in 1983, the plantation
is owned by his son-in-law and grandchildren.
The great house, which was built in the early
1800's, boasts lots of antiques, paintings and
artifacts from days gone by and is surrounded
by beautiful gardens, in which visitors may
lose themselves and feast their eyes on
the stunning view.
And then, tucked away in the woods,
The Great House (Photo: Heidilech) you might think your eyes are fooling
you. Yes, camels! These guys and girls can be considered 'yardies' sincu
they were working hard on Jamaica's sugar cane plantations during th
1800's. Nowadays though, we have the choice between taking a ride or
a photo with 'Cindy' and the crew.
A variety of tour options are available, such as the Camel Safari & P
Tour, Plantation Tour on Horseback, Horseback River Ride plus Picnic Lun
Safari, Hike & Cycle. The Jamaica Tourist Team
participated in the complete Plantation Tour by Open
Aired Jitney and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Prospect Plantation is managed and operated by
Dolphin Cove Limited.
For more information call 974-5335 or visit
www.prospectplantationtours.com. Cindy cooling
JAMAICA TOURIST 08
FROM GERMANY TO
Seaford Town Residents Miss Vera and Mas Willie museum and a lot of passion by our guide Delroy Hacker, a
(Photo:Heidiloech) 4th generation German, explained how Germany made its
With the emancipation of slaves in the 1830s, Jamaican plantation owners were faced with a shortage of
abor. In search of cheap and reliable abor, they encouraged European, ndian, Chinese and African American
workers to immigrate to the island. Some of the European immigrants originated from Germany.
The immigration drive that was to establish Seaford Town was led by
Wilhelm Lemonius, a Prussian serving in the British Army, who recruited
German workers from Westphalia and Waldeck. After a 2 month
journey, the immigrants disembarked in the ports of Rio Bueno,
Montego Bay idand Reading, and a group of the new Jamaican s s
After being registered by the authorities, each immigrant was
required to complete a 5 year industrial residency and work 9 hours
every day, except Sundays and religious holidays. The strict rules
marked the beginning trof a harsh existence for the erman immigrants
and surviva in the new country turned out to be a cha1830's, Jamaenging task
Unfami ar with tohe language and the climate, life was made even
harder by the fact that the immigrants had no experience growing
food in tropical soi Wieth isolation of the small district being the
worst hardship of a, the erman immigrants n ts acquired the
necessary surviva sking, ands through sheer determination,
earning how to survive the hurricane seasons and
treat tropical maladies from the local population
and other immigrants.
Today, strong traces of German ancestry
continue to p tlay a prominent roe in the life
of the residents of Seaford Town. Legends
and folklore, architectural style as well
Young Seaford Town Descendants
Micah and Alyssa. (Photo: Heidilech)
as customs and beliefs are obvious examples of the heritage, and the
elders still use words like 'hundert' in stead of hundred and 'golash' in
stead of work shoes. The number of people with fair complexion and blue
eyes is also eye-catching to most visitors. In the movie 'Papillion', largely
filmed in Jamaica, many of Seaford Town's residents were part of the
French Colonial cast due to their blond complexions.
If you visit some of the 3rd and 4th generation residents of what is locally
nicknamed 'German Town', you will be amazed by the welcoming spirit of
their inhabitants. Delroy Hacker at the museum
(Photo: Heidi lech)
85 year old Willie Hacker and his wife Vera invited us into their home like
we were long lost family. Said Mrs. Vera; "I have welcomed many tourists
into my home so they can experience our culture first hand:'
"This is our history," said our guide Delroy describing the town's
hospitality. And the experience did not end there. Food preparation is a
mouthwatering part of the German legacy and every Saturday, people
come to taste a piece of the famous roasted pork sold at Lambs River
Square, a five minute drive from Seaford Town. "I receive orders from all
The famous roasted pork of Lambs River over the island," explained Grace Clark-Reid with pride. "The pork is
(Photo.Heidieoch) stuffed with a mixture of rice and herbs and roasted in a brick oven,
said the popular cook. Several pigs are usually prepared and sold out by 4:00 pm.
Historical facts are courtesy of Delroy Hacker, based on the research
of Rev. Fr. Francis Freisen, a Dutch priest who served the
community from 1970 1986 and is still fondly
remembered as Father Francis.
For a personal tour of Seaford Town, call
Delroy on 872-0573. To get to Seaford Town,
arrange a personal driver with your Hotel
Tour Desk or go by rent-a-car.
Historical house built in the 1800's
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ENTER THE TIME MACHINE OF OUTAMENI
And they are right this is a true experience. "Outameni" comes from Jamaica's motto, "Out of Many One
People", and this new offering truly allows visitors to understand why this saying is true.
First, traditional Jonkanoos playfully lead visitors to the welcome
area where a time traveler then awakens the 'rainbow spirits', who
all then accompany you on your journey throughout the villages.
And this was when I first got goosebumps. From the very
beginning, this experience is illustrated and acted so well that
visitors learn historical facts by actually living through the most
important periods in Jamaican history. A trip through time which
felt like a walk through a theatrical play, performed by some of
the finest actors. In the Taino Village (Photo: Heidilech)
"Follow back a mi, you haffi follow back a mi..." almost hypnotized by the sweet
voice of Wasimpi (aka Beverly), we stepped into the first time period, the era of
the Tainos. Jamaica's first inhabitants arrived on the island between 600
and 900 A.D. from Asia, and, in front of our eyes, a skit unfolds
portraying their peaceful lives, and describing their
traditional customs and behaviors in a colorful setting.
We then entered the Spanish era, which has you
finding yourself in the time of the conquistadors. A
young Spaniard explains Christopher Columbus's
importance to Jamaican history while enchanting with an energetic
Traditional Jonkunnu (Photo: Heidilech)
"Follow back a mi, you haffi follow back a mi...., the lyrical patois
leads the way to the stormy seas of the Middle Passage which
echoes painful screams of the brutal, and for many slaves, deadly
transportation from Africa to the Caribbean. This then, gives way to
a glimpse of the inhuman life of the slaves during this period.
"Follow back a mi, you haffi follow back a mi...", her voice invites
you on to learn about the English colonists who invaded the island
in 1655 and the lives of indentured servants and Indian and
Chinese laborers who were brought to the island after the slave
trade was officially abolished. In the English Village (Photo: H
Last, but not least, you witness the vibrant experience of today's Jamaica with descendants of the many
people from different nations, followed by the finale of a tropical island beach party.
Beyond the live scenarios which allow you to live through each transition, the
experience is further enhanced by 3 minute films in each village along with the
tasting of foods typical for the time period and ethnic group.
There is also a gift shop for traditional craft items and authentic "Outameni
merchandise, which will allow you to remember this grand, historic
experience. Lennie Little-White, Executive Chairman and creator of the
"Outameni Experience" says, "I saw a need to bring our unique culture
and history alive through interaction". The management is proud to have
created an experience which educates visitors and residents alike.
The Outameni Experience is nestled in the hills 5 minutes off the highway
of Trelawny which makes it central to the resort towns of Montego Bay and
Ocho Rios. The journey is available, regardless of weather and is offered by
all major tour operators on island.
For more information, please contact your hotel tour desk, Join the beach party!
or call 954-4035 or visit www.outameni.com. (Photo: Heidilech)
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Explore the coast by boat, interact and snorkel with stingrays, discover the fascinating underwater world by
glass-bottom kayak, watch the hilarious shark show or discover the Jungle Trail Walk.
To most visitors, the major attraction at Dolphin Cove is still to experience the thrill of interacting and
swimming with the amazing bottlenose dolphins. Visitors can also fulfill their dream of being a dolphin trainer
through the challenge of acting as a "Sea Keeper" for the day.
Located on a magnificent natural, white sand cove and surrounded by lush tropical rain forest, it is not
surprising that Jamaica's number one marine attraction was nominated in the category 'Caribbean's Leading I
Nature Adventure Excursion Operator' at the 2007 World Travel Awards. The nomination is a huge victory for
both Dolphin Cove and Jamaica.
For further information on Jamaica's number one marine attraction,
please visit www.dolphincovejamaica.com or call 974-5335.
Dolphin Cove at Treasure Reef
Nominated for the
World Travel Awards
Dolphin Cove is proud to be nominated for The Exclusive 2007
"Caribbean's Leading Nature Adventure Excursion Operator"
award by the World Travel Awards. Winning a World Travel
Award has become one of the highest accolades a Travel
Share ih a rof on Product can achieve and this award is hailed by the Wall
he a pah t he Street Journal as the Travel Industry's equivalent to the Oscars.
on the property, the very educational tour takes you across the lazy river
Sse the many fruits n t te Dolphin Cove at Treasure Reef is the largest and most beautiful
ain he dish, gaa, Marine attraction in the Caribbean. Swimming with the dolphins
j e plm, and in the Caribbean Sea is one of our feature attractions.
See the Annatto Tree (Bixa Orellana), grown throughout the Caribbean, Central America and Africa and used
by our ancestors as a curry substitute. The seeds of the prickly red-orange pods, which are just a bit larger D n C g t o s c a
than a pea pod, are used both for food coloring and medicinal purposes. Dolphin Cove gives thousands of school children and isitors
Half way through the tour you meet 5 year old David, the famous, 4 foot tall, pig! Don't be deterred by his size,- a unique opportunity to learn and observe live animals,
he is a charming as the proverbial prince. Bird lovers will take pleasure in on site sanctuary that has birds increasing public awareness and appreciation of the
from Africa, Asia, China and Canada, including budgies, golden pheasant, geese, guinea fowl, parrots and doves. importance of conserving our marine and natural wildlife.
By now the stirring smell of something cooking is tickling our noses and has captured our sense of smell. We Come and have an experience of a lifetime!
make our way to the Cool Vibes Restaurant at the top of the hill to experience how jerk is done from scratch.
Enjoy a mouth-watering meal of jerk chicken or jerk pork served with roasted breadfruit, while relaxing on the
swings. Be sure to get a taste of the John's Hall Punch, guaranteed to put back any energy you may have
lost on the adventure, and pick up a souvenir from the craft market.
David the famous (Photo: Heidi lech) Book at the hotel
a tour desk or call tel.
Z, 971-6958 or 971-7776. P
Tour available: Mondays,
Wednesdays, Fridays &
Saturdays 9:00 am
Says Andrew Issa, Managing Director of Coldwell Banker Jamaica; "In my
opinion, Jamaica offers the number one real estate value in the Caribbean
today. Due to a relatively dormant real estate industry, the island's real
estate has been undervalued, but times are rapidly changing.'
Real estate prices are expected to increase following the island's many
infrastructural improvements that include brand new airports, highways,
power and telecom infrastructure, among others. Additionally, the island's
plentiful water supply is a major advantage.
Andrew Issa, Managing Director,
Coldwell Banker Jamaica The island-wide improvements have not escaped the attention of foreigners,
(Photo: Coldwell Banker Jamaica) who are realizing that Jamaica has a lot going for it and are snatching up
property at a heightened pace. Importantly, financing and mortgage brokering are now available to foreigners
at competitive rates, putting the purchase of a second home within reach for many, and the number of
overseas vacation home buyers has skyrocketed.
At the forefront of the high-end resort market is The Palmyra Resort & Spa in Rose Hall, Montego Bay. This
luxury development is marketed to the international jet-set crowd with prices that start in the USS450,OOOs.
Says Issa; "Compared to the rest of the Caribbean, The Palmyra is a steal. A suite in the Ritz Carlton
development in the Cayman Islands sells for USS745 million.
Specializing in real estate of USS300,000 and upwards, the international
real estate brokerage has experienced an overwhelming response to The
Palmyra. "As we help buyers make informed comparisons by showcasing a
wide range of available properties, potential investors gain strong
confidence in The Palmyra." says Sales Executive Dawn Ruddock.
Many have discovered the wonders of soaking up the relaxed vibes of the
gorgeous island and bought their own tropical 'pied-a-terre' on the sunny
island. Ruddock explains that the 'Jamaican factor', which lures people back
Dawn Ruddock, Sales Executive, to the island's shores time and time again, is part of the reason people
Coldwell Banker Jamaica purchase a little piece of tropical paradise.
(Photo: Coldwell Banker Jamaica)
"Two years ago," states Issa; Coldwell Banker Jamaica Realty hosted its Caribbean franchise conference in
Montego Bay. The attendees, who included the President of Coldwell Banker, were all overwhelmed with the
beauty of the island and saw the great potential Jamaica had to offer compared with Bermuda, Bahamas,
Cayman Islands, US Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic." Continues Issa; "A few months later, the
General Manager of the Island Affiliates franchises returned to Jamaica that same December to celebrate his
thirtieth wedding anniversary. Here was my boss, who has traveled the Caribbean for many years, choosing
Jamaica to celebrate such a milestone event in his life."
No question, the cultural aspect is an important reason people decide want my little piece of the rock.' But
price plays another crucial role, favoring Jamaica in the competitive Caribbean market place. States Issa;
"From a regional price perspective, Jamaican real estate is the best buy currently out there. At the moment,
you will get more property for your money in Jamaica that any other Caribbean island, but I'm not sure how
much longer this will last.'
At prices up to 30% lower than the rest of the Caribbean islands, the local real estate market is heating up.
States Issa;- "At Coldwell Banker, the number of international buyers has increased steadily and today, foreign
property buyers account for more than fifty percent of our sales The demand for vacation properties continues
to grow and with a wide selection of property listings, we are extremely optimistic about the future.:
For more information contact Coldwell Banker Jamaica at
tel. 946-0007 or www.cbjamaica.com
Casa de Verde
Beautiful, new 6 bedroom, 6 1/2 bath home at the luxurious Rose Hall Estate in Montego Bay.
Casa de Verde sits on the grounds of the renowned White Witch Golf Course with stunning views of
the Caribbean Sea. This sophisticated villa has 4 bedrooms in the main house and 2 bedrooms in the two
storey guest cottage by the pool. All bedrooms are air conditioned and have fans. Travertine and hard-
wood flooring throughout.
Bathrooms are finished with Kohler fixtures and marble counters. Modem kitchen with solid wood cabi-
nets and granite counter tops, The spacious cut stone verandah is surrounded by wood decking ideal for
Set in a secure community, this prestigious location offers all the conveniences including restaurants, 3
golf courses, the exclusive Shoppes at Rose Hall, Palmyra Resort and Spa and The Ritz Carlton Hotel.
10 minutes from Montego Bay's International Airport.
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PALMYRA FOUNDATION PROVIDES 15,000
TEXTBOOKS TO 2,000 SCHOOLKIDS
L. The event was attended by 150 persons, including former
From the launch ceremony of The Palmyra Foundation Minister of Education Maxine Henry Wilson, the recently
(Photo :Heidilech) appointed Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, as well as
scores of representatives from the business community, schools and the media. The event's highlight was
provided by some of the school children who will benefit from The Palmyra Foundation, who entertained the
crowd with dance and drumming performances.
The milestone day began with a live radio broadcast of 'The Breakfast Club' on talk 93 FM, hosted by veteran
journalist Anthony Abrahams and former Miss Jamaica Universe Dr. Sapphire Longmore, highlighting the
magnitude and impact of the undertaking.
In it's first year, The Palmyra Foundation provided textbooks to approximately 2,000 four and five year old
school children enrolled in all 11 public infant schools and infant departments in St. James parish.
The distribution of 15,000 books started at the Montego Bay Infant School on August 30, putting
smiles on the faces of around 500 children, parents and teachers. With the help of volunteers
from Bryan's Book Store and volunteers from the community, 11 more distributions followed
in the following days.
Said the principal at Cambridge Infant School describing the significance of the new
textbooks in her job;- "For the first time in the history of the school, when a teacher asks
the class to open their books, EVERY child in the class will have a book to open."
The Palmyra Foundation is spearheaded by the inspiring Kathi Constanzo, wife of
the President of the Palmyra Resort & Spa, Dennis Constanzo. Her contagious
enthusiasm and passion for the children of Jamaica has been transmitted
to everyone involved in the project. Says
Constanzo, the Chairperson and
driving force of the foundation;-
"I believe that every child has a
success story to live, as long
as they have the basic
tools:' Constanzo says that
the immense satisfaction of
experiencing first hand
that you can make a difference is only diminished by the heartache of not being able to help every single one.
"We are starting by helping 2,000 children today. Tomorrow we will help many more. Our ultimate goal is to
provide textbooks, uniforms and school lunches to all the 40,000 plus children in St. James parish."
The Foundation Chairperson commended its partners from the private sector who have generously participated
to make this year's book distribution a reality. "With the help many sponsors such as Billy Craig Insurance,
Deloitte and Touche, National Commercial Bank and Miami based SB Architects and the many volunteers who
have contributed both time and money to the foundation, we were able to raise our target of JAS4.4 million.
Additionally, The Palmyra Resort & Spa has generously absorbed all operational expenses."
Help The Palmyra Foundation's efforts by participating in the wr
December 8th Fundraiser in Montego Bay, hosted by The
Honourable Prime Minister Bruce Golding. Call 953-9787 for
tickets to the event.
For further information about The Palmyra Foundation,
email email@example.com or visit
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FROM DONKEY CART
The island businesswoman has never been afraid of new ventures and
took Bay, and has big chance when she purchased a property to bud her 75 room
IHotel Glorianna' in 1992. States Gloria proudly. I built the hotel from
Says Ms. Eugennie -inte; "The journey of a thousand miles begins
scratch with the hep of my oyal M as ltyis a ell
to oria's efforts have paid off and the entrepreneurial ady has won
but when I succeed in the end, the same people applaud me:.
RI The island businesswoman has never been afraid of new ventures and
l took a big chance when she purchased a property to build her 75 room
'Hotel Glorianna' in 1992. States Gloria proudly. "I built the hotel from
several awards over the years, including the Trade Leaders Club Golden
Trophy, an Award for Excellence in Hospitality, as well as a nomination
for Jamaica Observer's Business Leader of the Year.
"As always, I followed my instinct and went ahead with the hotel, despite
what people said.' says Gloria. am now operating a good, small hotel
for the traveling people of the world and for my own Jamaicans.'
Her book, 'From Glory to Glorianna', is used as syllabus by The Faculty
of Social Sciences at the University of the West Indies for the course
Cover of Gloria's Book 'Gender in Caribbean History and Political Thought'. In her book, Gloria
describes her childhood as a naive country girl from the remote district of Coopershop, St. James, selling
oranges in the Montego Bay market. As a young woman, Gloria's challenges included finding a balance
between having several children, working and bearing the abuse of her cocky spouse. However, people who
recognized her ambition encouraged her to purchase a bar, to which she later added a fabric store and a
fashion design business. Experiencing several ups and downs, Gloria
was swindled several times in her bid to succeed, but says that; "In
the end, the rewards were worth the struggle.'
Her next major step was the production of the movie 'Glory to
Glorianna', directed by Lenny Little-White and cast with well recognized
Jamaican actors including Carol Campbell as Gloria, Winston 'Bello'
Bell and dancehall artiste Ce'cile. Says Gloria; "You will laugh and you
will cry when you watch my movie.' The movie starts and ends with
the opening ceremony of Hotel Glorianna, which has become one of
the leading budget hotels between Montego Bay airport and the
Gloucester Avenue 'Hip Strip'.
Gloria, who religiously wears white since the day her father told her to
follow the example of his striving friend Anna, has reached another step
in her ambitious life. After her struggles, she has become a proud Cover of Gloria's Film
owner of a beachfront condominium.
Says Gloria; "My father appeared to me in a dream and told me that I should aim to purchase a beachfront
property:' For years, she had been thinking about striking a deal for a piece of land. Then, she read about The
Palmyra Resort & Spa in the
Jamaica Tourist and decided to
indulge in a luxury oceanfront
community. She deserves it!
Gloria & Mas Alty
(Photo. Hi1di Zloch)
SHOW ON EARTH
Mr. Lover, Shaggy Reggae Sumfest 07
(Photo: Heidilch) In celebration of the 15th anniversary, tributes were presented to Lloyd
Parks & We The People Band and Fab 5 for their long standing contribution to the Jamaican music scene.
Thursday night, popularly known as Dancehall Night, this year was themed 'Xplosion', and it certainly did just
that with top acts Beenie Man, Bounty Killa, Movado, Munga Honourable, Macka Diamond, Vybz Cartel, Baby
Cham, Gyptian, Vegas, the queen of dancehall herself, Lady Saw and a host of other upcoming talents. The
promoters say this was largest turnout in the history of the event.
Friday night was indeed an 'Evolution' with multi platinum and Grammy
winner, 'Mr. Lover Lover' himself, Shaggy, performed hits like
"Boombastic" and the crowd favorite "Heat".
Hip Hop legend, LL Cool J, has named his 10th release and latest
album 'G.O.A.T- Greatest of All Time'; he had the ladies yearning for
more with his mesmerizing performance. Then the Queen of Soca,
Allison Hinds had the crowd moving and screaming for more with her
hit "Roll It". Morgan Heritage and the "driver" himself Buju Banton gave
the crowd their money's worth. Alaine, Da'ville, Cherine Anderson, Iley
Dread, and Christopher Martin all gave soulful performances along with
Chaka Demus & Pliers, Frankie Paul, Admiral Bailey, Gem Myers, Pluto
Shervington and Ernie Smith with a tribute to Fab 5.
Hip Hop Legend LL Cool J Sumfest 07
(Photo.: Heidi lech)
The crowd erupted on Saturday night, with the awe-inspiring performance from R&B queen Mary J Blige.
Taking the crowd back with "What's the 411" then through to today with hit singles like "Take Me As I am"
and "Be Without You". Her performance was an emotional rollercoaster that saw her near to tears at the end.
Not to be outdone, was the ladies favorite Beres Hammond, who had the crowd screaming for more. Other
dazzling performances came from Richie Spice, Tanya Stephens with her rendition of "These Streets" and
Taurus Riley who delivered a hypnotic performance. Zenith night also saw the return of Tiger, Pinchers, Mighty
Diamonds, Half Pint, and Leroy Sibbles with a tribute performance to Lloyd Parks & We The People Band.
Other popular talents included Tessane Chin, Rootz Underground, Mackie Conscious and Bonafide, while
popular entertainer Beenie Man was spotted among the crowd enjoying performances by his peers.
Sumfest has been enjoying unparalleled success for the past 15 years and this year was no different, judging
from the stellar performances and the crowd reaction to them. The
Beres Hammond had
contribution that 'Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest' has made to the ladies screaming
the tourist and music industry has been unrivaled and for more at Red
the reggae industry has yet to see "the greatest Stripe Reggae
reggae show on earth" outdone. (..Photo: ufs in ch)
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THE SILENT TELECOM REVOLUTION
This is chiefly a result of the privatisation of Jamaica's telecom
industry, which has lead to an explosion of activity in a sector where
enterprises are now clamouring for market share. Growing demand and increased availability of new
technology, including fibre optic cables and wireless solutions, are expected to put further downward pressure
on prices and drive sector growth.
Jamaica became one of the first Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries to liberalise its telecom industry.
Starting in 2000 and ending with full liberalisation in March 2003, the sector attracted over USS900 million
in investments by private companies who have since revolutionised the country's telecom industry.
Mobile telephony, in particular, has experienced a remarkable boom since the market was opened to
competition. Incumbent telecom provider C&W Jamaica launched the island's first mobile network in 1988
and remained the only licensed mobile operator until December 1999, when Cellular One Caribbean and Irish
holding company Mossel (Digicel) won two new mobile licences auctioned as part of phase I of the
government's liberalisation process. The licences were offered countrywide on the 800, 900, 1800, or
1900MHz bandwidth and stipulated that, within a five-year period, licensees must cover 90% of the country.
Rapid growth continued as the operators extended their networks to meet licence requirements.
As a result, the proliferation of mobile phones in Jamaica has
been remarkable. After paying USS47 million for the licence
to set up service in Jamaica, Digicel first launched GSM
mobile services in Jamaica in 2001, something that must be
considered a milestone for the country. Said David Hall, CEO
of Digicel Jamaica: "When Digicel entered the market it
brought "value" to the table and monopolistic prices became
history. Digicel slashed all rates and introduced 'per second'
billing when entering the market. In response to Digicel's
rates, the major competitor has cut its calling rates by as
much as 50% in some instances.'
The entrepreneurial company has enjoyed spectacular growth
in its subscriber base, borrowing billions of Jamaican dollars
David Hall, CEO Oigicel Jamaica (Photo. Digicel) to build out its infrastructure and keep up with demand. With
an initial 125 cell sites, the island's first GSM network offered coverage to more than 80% of the population.
By early 2002, the number of mobile users had overtaken the number of fixed-line connections, and by April
2003, Digicel had achieved island-wide coverage with more than 460 cell sites.
Said David Hall; "Digicel offers a simple and convenient alternative to a residential landline, which combines
the features of a mobile and a landline. This has offered a welcome solution to numerous communities across
the island, previously unable to access landline services. Scores of small entrepreneurs claim to owe their
success to their Digicel phone, especially in areas where landlines were non-existent and there were previously
no mobile signals. Many taxi operators, farmers, plumbers, hairdressers and vendors have commented on how
their lives have changed positively because of their Digicel phone"
There is no question that Digicel's success TO AY, JAMAICA HAS MORE
can be attributed to their creativity in JAMAI A HAS MORE
adapting their products to the local market SUBSCRIBERS COM PARED TI
needs. Low income subscribers can rely on
incoming calls to keep their subscriptions A MOBILE HOUSEHOLD PENE
active through the CPP charging scheme
(Calling Party Pays), used by over 90% of
local mobile customers. Jamaicans living overseas can also add credit to their friends and family's Digicel
phones back home from the UK, USA and Cayman through CaribFLEX.
Other innovative Digicel products include Dual Accounts, a service which allows Digicel post-paid customers
to have two types of accounts on the same phone, loyalty incentives such as monthly free JS100 credit when
topping-up credit the first time each month and unlimited VIP services for business customers with the latest
in wireless technology. In 2006, the company also became the first mobile provider to offer all live, all local
TV programming through the Digicel Mobile TV Service in 2006. Said Hall; "Digicel is renowned for competitive
rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services, and state-of-the-
JAMAICA TOURIST 18
art handsets, which did not exist before entry into the market:'
Following its 2001 success in Jamaica, Digicel has proceeded to launch mobile networks across the Caribbean
region, soon becoming the region's fastest growing mobile operator. Additionally, Digicel has recently
announced a partnership with Vodafone to offer new roaming capabilities across it's regional markets. For the
2006 financial year, the wider Digicel Group reported record growth, and as of today, the company accounts
for a total investment in the Caribbean region exceeding USS1.9 billion, operations in 22 markets and more
than 5.2 million customers, representing subscriber growth in excess of 100%. Digicel Jamaica accounts for
more than 1.8 million subscribers.
Fibralink is another pioneering telecom company making it's mark in Jamaica. After being granted a license
to build and operate a submarine fibre-optic network linking the island with North America and the rest of the
world, the company is another introducing new and innovative telecom solutions to the local market. FibraLink's
owner; Columbus Communications, is a 95% proprietor of the 109,000 km of ARCOS submarine fibre circling
the Caribbean that was originally constructed for $450 million in 2001. The group provides telecommunications
solutions to 21 Caribbean countries, managed 7/24 from monitoring centres in Miami and Curacao.
At a capital investment of USS45 million, FibraLink completed a 1,000 km submarine fibre system linking
Jamaica with USA, Central America, South America and the rest of the Caribbean in March 2006 and the
company is currently building a second submarine fibre-optic link to Jamaica, scheduled to be in service in
the second quarter of 2008. Said Richard W. Pardy, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Flow; "By bringing
a brand new fibre systems to Jamaica we have opened up huge opportunities for data centres, call centres
and web hosting facilities.
Under the local brand name Flow, the group invested USS58
million in Jamaican infrastructure last year to provide voice,
video and data services to the local population. In addition to
three cable stations and one telecommunication hub in
Jamaica, Fibralink has completed the roll-out of one
undersea fibreoptic cable that links Ocho Rios to Montego
Bay, as well as constructed a fibreoptic link across the
mountains, linking Kingston to Ocho Rios.
Marketed with slogan 'Watch, Talk, Click', Flow offers ultra
highblazing speed Internet, telephone service, digital cable TV
with 250 channels, pay TV and video on demand to both
business and residential customers, accessing residential
homes through a pole attachment agreement with local
Richard W. Pardy, Director and CEO of Flow (Photo: Flow) power provider JPS. (Jamaica Public Services)
With the number of Jamaicans accessing the Internet escalating monthly, island internet use has grown from
less than 3% to over 43% in the last six years and the current number of internet users is estimated to be
1,2m. At the end of 2006, household penetration was amongst the highest in the region at over 25% or
202.500 residential households, out of an overall internet penetration of approximately 40%.
In a 2006 survey commissioned by the The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), the majority of Jamaican
households still use dial-up connections (54%o), DSL broadband (260%), wireless (17%) and finally cable
modem (30 ). In comparison, the survey found that the majority of business connections were via DSL (480/),
followed by dial-up (36%), wireless (10%) and cable modem (6% ).
With continually increasing demand, Jamaica's broadband market is exhibiting signs of solid growth and
competition for future market share is heating up. According to industry observers, the number of broadband
subscribers has increased from 4,000 in
ONiE 2004, to 23,500 in 2005 and approximately
AN 2,6 M ILLION CELLPHONE 100,000 in 2006. The most forward thinking
49,800 I 20 2, IGNIFYING companies are investing heavily in broadband
49800 IN 2002, SIGNIFYING infrastructure to enable the launch of new
ION OF 91% products and services ahead of the
As an example, 850% of Flow's 2006 infrastructure investments have been pored into the development of the
company's broadband network on the island, which will provide a minimum of 38 megabytes per second to
every house in the country.
Digicel, who was awarded a licence to offer broadband services in the 3.5Ghz band in 2006, is investing JS2
billion dollars to upgrade its network and facilitate the rolling out of WIMAX wireless broadband. The company
intends to erect a WiMAX wireless antenna on its existing cellular masts, which covers around 98% of the
island. Said Digicel CEO Daivd Hall; "We are looking at the latest technology and aim to bring Wimax to
Jamaica... the world is becoming wireless and Jamaica should be at the forefront!"
In response, the country's dominant broadband provider C&WJ has commenced a JS200 million upgrade to
its ADSL network to improve reliability and bandwidth. The company, which for years enjoyed a monopoly
status on the island, has been unable to stem the decline in landline revenues due to switching from fixed
lines to mobile phones and wireless services.
Although C&W reported a 180% increase in broadband revenues in 2006, the telegiant has been marred by
frequent departures in it's management tier, and the company has experienced a hard time adapting to the
new market conditions. In a bid to change its fortune, C&WJ has recently hired Australian Phillip Green to
consolidate it's operation and strengthen the firm's weakening position in the market place. According to
Green, who took up his position as CEO in September 2007, the company aims to focus on excellent customer
service, servicing the needs of small and medium sized enterprises and repositioning the brand image of Cable
& Wireless Jamaica. "We have to make this company a true full-service provider of choice", said Green.
To ensure the continued growth and fair competition in the sector and stimulate the provision of broadband
access services, the government has been under strong pressure from industry operators to implement a Local
Loop Unbundling (LLU) for Cable & Wireless Jamaica. LLU enables other service providers to access a
customer's line in order to offer broadband products in competition with incumbent C&W, thus stimulating the
growth of smaller ISP's who cannot compete without purchasing unbundled network elements from the
dominant network operator.
Said Flow CEO Richard Pardy; "Given the slow regulatory response to network unbundling and other critical
components of network infrastructure, Flow simply could not take the risk of waiting for the C&W to provide
access to it's network. Out strategy is to build a network completely independent of the incumbent monopoly
operator; that way our destiny is in our own hands and not that of our competitor and a bureaucratic regulator".
The flourishing of local, smaller ISPs has played a pivotal role in revitalizing the
market in most countries in the Americas, leading to increased internet penetration
and improved domestic content. As an example, InfoChannel, C&WJ's main
competitor in the broadband market and one of the first companies to provide
Internet access on the island in 1995, has significantly increased its
customer base, but through mergers and acquisitions rather than
through competitive growth. A decision on this policy is still
under review, but it is likely that the change in
government will accelerate any adaptation of the
LLU policy following their promise to create
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JAMAICA TOURIST 19
M ore than 1t88[} people witnessed the swearingoin ceremony of the
ree rue o ing, leader o he Jamaica Labor Pary (JLP), o
was sworn in by GovemoroGeneral Professor Kenneth Hall on the lawns of
Kings~ E)USe In September 11th, 200(}7.
A new chapter began in the country's
history as Jamaica's eighth Prime Minister
and his wife Lorna descended the steps at
the historic King's House, to the tones of
Bob Marley's 'Coming In From the Cold', a
fitting song for the man whose 18 years in
opposition had just ended. Pledging to "do
what, in my best judgment, is right for
Ai Jamaica," Mr. Golding was sworn-in as the
country's leader by Governor-General
Professor Kenneth Hall, in front of a
Following the swearing-in ceremony, the
The Honourable Prime Minister Golding
addresses the many supporters and
Jamaica's eighth Prime Minister is sworn in by Governor General Professor dignitaries who had come to witness he
Kenneth Hall on the lawns of King's House on September 11th, 2007.ies who had come to witness the
(Photo: The Gleaner Company Ltd 2007) historic moment. A brilliant orator, Mr.
Golding's inaugural speech was flavored with his usual, passionate rhetoric, but the new PM did not ignore
the social and economic problems facing his new government. Inviting out-going PM Portia Simpson Miller to
join hands with him to build a nation that was strong, just, peaceful and prosperous, Mr. Golding said; "Let's
talk about Jamaica. Let's talk about a dream that I believe we share for Jamaica whose people are at peace
with each other, where equality and justice reign supreme.:
Calling himself a "chief servant of the people" the new PM vowed to construct a social and economic ladder
to enable the poor and ignored to climb their way out of poverty. Mr. Golding promised immediate action in
the form of a number of initiatives to reduce crime, protect people's rights, create an educated and productive
workforce, attract investments that create jobs, as well as eliminate unnecessary government bureaucracy and
waste. The Prime Minister also reiterated his government's firm commitment to fulfill its campaign promise to
abolish tuition fees up to secondary schools and hospital fees starting next April. Furthermore, the PM gave
his assurance that Jamaica would remain firmly committed to it's Caribbean Community partners (CARICOM).
On assuming the mantle of the Prime Ministers office,
Mr. Golding said to the crown of spectators; "The task
before me is enormous. But the Lord is the strength of
my life. Of nothing shall I be afraid."
Born in Clarendon on December 5, 1947, Mr. Golding is
the third of four children to Tacius and Enid Golding, both
schoolteachers. A second generation politician and
member of the JLP, Mr. Golding has enjoyed a long and
Prime Minister Golding and his wife Lorna have been married illustrious career in politics, beginning in 1969, when he
for 32 years andare the proud parents of three children; was selected by the JLP as their candidate or Western
Steven, Sherene and Ann-Merita. was selected by the JLP as their candidate for Western
(Photo: C The Gleaner Company Ltd 2007) St Catherine at only 21 years of age. After winning the
seat three years later, at age 24, Mr. Golding became the youngest person ever in Jamaica's history to be
elected to Parliament, a record that still stands.
Growing up in a political environment, Mr. Golding was only 2 years old when his father, Tacius Golding, was
first elected as a Member of the House of Representatives for West St Catherine, a seat he retained for 22
years until his retirement in 1972. Mr. Golding started traveling with his father to political meetings during the
1961-62 general election campaign at the tender age of 12, taking on responsibility for setting up and
operating public meetings. Said The Prime Minister about his father Tacius, former JLP member of Parliament;
"He always supported my being in politics, he was my mentor.:
In 1977, he was appointed to the Senate. In 1980, he was appointed Minister of Construction in the cabinet
of the Most Honorable Prime Minister Edward Seaga, a position he held for nine years. Leaving the JLP in
1995 to found the National Democratic Movement, serving as its first President, Mr. Golding made a highly
publicized return to the Jamaica Labor Party in 2002. Following the retirement of Edward Seaga in 2005, Mr.
Golding was elected leader of the JLP, Member of Parliament for West Kingston and appointed Leader of the
The 59 year old labor Prime Minister took office as the country's leader following the closest ballot in the
country's history, ending eighteen years of unbroken rule by the People's National Party (PNP), considered to
be more to the left.
On the inspiration of his political hero Nelson Mandela, Mr. Golding has said: "We are a very polarised country,
politically, and this has been the bane of some of the problems we have had. Nelson Mandela demonstrated
in a country that was so fractured and polarised how you could build around a set of national objectives; I
think he's a tremendous example to the world:'
GENERAL ELECTION OBSERVED BY OAS
A host of dignitaries attended the ceremony including (L-R) former Prime Minister The Honourable Portia Simpson-Miller, former Governor
General Sir Howard Cooke, former Prime Minister The Honourable PJ Patterson & Mitzy Seaga sitting beside her husband and former Prime
Minister, The Honourable Edward Seaga. (Photo: C The Gleaner Company Ltd 2007)
The Jamaican election process was independently observed by the Electoral Observation Mission of the
Washington based Organization of American States (OAS), whose 38 member team was deployed to 53 of
the 60 constituencies throughout the country, to witness the electoral preparations, opening and closing of
poll voting, and counting of ballots firsthand.
A razor edge voting rivalry to the end, preliminary results indicated a slim victory for the opposition JLP labor party
in the September 3rd general elections, in which ballots were cast by 808,240 islanders, or about 60 percent
of the roughly 1.3 million eligible voters. Following official recounts, the labor party's lead grew by an additional
two seats, resulting in a final vote that awarded the JLP 33 of the 60 parliamentary seats, against PNP's 27
405,965 constituents (50.23%) cast their vote for Mr. Golding and his green clad JLP supporters, who
campaigned under the slogan "Jamaica needs a change now!" in a crusade that effectively ended a streak of
four consecutive election victories for its political opponent.
A total of 402,275 voters (49,77%) Jamaicans celebrate after it was announced Bruce Golding
cast their ballot in favor outgoing Prime and the JLP had won the election. (Photo. Roeuoters)
Minister Portia Simpson Miller from the
PNP, who lost her bid for a second term as
the country's leader by a mere 2,940
votes. Jamaica's first female PM was
chosen by party delegates for her post in
March 2006 when her predecessor, The Most
Honourable P.J. Patterson, retired after 14 years
as the helm of the country.
Assistant Secretary General of the OAS and Chief .
the Electoral Mission, Mr. Albert R. Ramdin, lauded thi
for being held in a professional and transparent man d
congratulated the people of Jamaica who demonstrated h
commitment to democracy through their peaceful and orderly
participation. Said Ramdin; "These elections were extremely
well organized, transparent and every effort was madet
promote the participation of all citizens:'
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PRIME MINISTER TO HOST PALMYRA
The Prime Minister has agreed to support the Foundation's
effort in keeping with his own commitment of ensuring
better educational opportunities for all Jamaicans.
Promising to be the social event of the season, the event
will be a combination of top rate entertainment and
gastronomic delights from around the world.
Climaxing with an auction loaded with desirable items,
people may bid on; 5-nights at The Palmyra's sister
property Castello del Nero, in Tuscany, Italy; 5-nights at the
Kathi Contanzo, Palmyra Foundation Chairperson with The
Honourable Prime Minister Bruce Golding, who will be the soon to be open Palmyra Resort & Spa; a range of luxury
keynote speaker at the Foundation's December 8 fundraiser goods from the shop owners at the duty free Shoppes at
Rose Hall and much, much more. Sponsored by the Palmyra Resort & Spa at Rose Hall, Montego Bay, who
underwrites all the Palmyra Foundation's expenses, all proceeds from the auction, sale of items throughout
the day and sponsorships, will go towards the purchase of textbooks and school supplies for infant and primary
school children throughout the parish of St James.
The members of the Palmyra Foundation are excited about the upcoming December 8 auction and fundraiser.
Notes Chairperson of the Foundation, Kathi Constanzo; "We are blessed to have the Prime Minister speak at
this event that ties in so closely with his own commitment to the education of the Jamaican people. The
Foundation's goals and objectives are in keeping with
Prime Minister Golding's promise to work diligently to
use education to change the future of Jamaica:' Adds
Kathi Constanzo; "We join hands with Prime Minister
Golding and the people of Jamaica in investing in the
young people of this country as we play our role in both
the economic and human development of Jamaica."
JOIN US AT THE DECEMBER 8 FUNDRAISER!
Join us for the Palmyra Foundation fundraiser on
December 8th, hosted by The Honourable
Prime Minister Bruce Golding. The
event will be featuring some of
Montego Bay's top entertainers.
For tickets or information on
or call Kathi Constanzo or
Samara Daswani on
Kathi Contanzo delivering books
at Providence Height Infant School.
(Photo: Suki Kapahi)
JAMAICA TOURIST 21
Children from Providence Height Infant School
with their new books. (Photo: Suki aphi)
A member rof
Located on 16 acres of pristine oceanfront next to the famed Ritz-
Carlton, Rose Hall, The Palmyra Resort & Spa offers luxury island style
resort living with private butlers at real estate prices far below those of
other Caribbean islands. The ultra-luxurious second home getaway has
played a major role in the real estate renaissance that is taking place along
the northern 'Gold Coast' of Jamaica, and buyers are lining up to get their
very own slice of tropical paradise. One of two swimming pools at The Palmyr
Designed by Miami-based SB Architects, the private sanctuary is breaking new ground in resort creation by
incorporating the latest in modern conveniences with the natural beauty of its location. With fully furnished
condos, penthouses and villas within the confines of it's private tropical village, second home owners can
purchase a piece of paradise for their personal enjoyment and enjoy the benefits of rental management when
not in residence, options that are becoming even more attractive with the resort's membership to The Leading
Hotels of the World.
The high quality of the resort and it's amenities were key reasons The
Palmyra Resort & Spa was accepted as members of the prestigious
hospitality organization, which represents the world's finest hotels and
resorts. Says Dennis Constanzo, President of The Palmyra Resort & Spa:
"We are absolutely delighted to be affiliated with The Leading Hotels of the
World.' States Constanzo; "From the start, our ultimate goal was always to
create a 5-star retreat rivalling the world's best hotels in every aspect and
put Rose Hall on the map as a true luxury destination. Our membership to
The Leading Hotels of the Worlds, confirms that we have been successful
in our mission:'
With more than 430 members in 80 countries, The Leading Hotels of the
World, Ltd. offers the largest global brand of luxury hotels, resorts and spas
-from grand palaces, to intimate city hideaways, from luxury tent enclaves
to expansive self-contained resorts and private island retreats. Said Paul M.
McManus, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Leading Hotels of the
World, Ltd; "Our guests are looking for unobtrusive delivery and great
service. They are too smart, too sophisticated, too successful to settle for
ate sanctuary (Artist Rfndoing) anything ess. Our track record proves we consistently meet and often
exceed their highest expectations:'
The Palmyra boasts the added luxury of Jamaica's first destination spa, designed by global spa guru Susan
Harmsworth, CEO and Founder of spa company ESPA. Organized around a beautiful garden courtyard with
private outdoor areas for treatment and relaxation, terraces, water gardens and connected courtyards, The
Palmyra ESPA offers the latest in spa experiences and holistic treatments performed by European trained
therapists. The spectacular 30,000 sqft. sanctuary comprises 16 treatment rooms, 2 VIP suites, aromatic
Caldarium and Laconium steam rooms, portico covered vitality pools with ocean views,
lifestyle showers and ice fountains areas for the ultimate in relaxation.
Two swimming pools overlook the sea, swimming cove and private white sand
beach where guests can enjoy lounging on Ball beds under the palm trees with
a tropical drink. More than USS3 million is being invested in the creation of a
magnificent white sand beach along The Palmyra's oceanfront, giving residents the
luxury of a swimming beach with the powder white sand and calm, turquoise waters.
Btt fish, Angelfish, Parrotfish and Doctorfish are only some of the tropical species that
n t the sea in front of The Palmyra, where water sports include snorkeling, windsurfing,
kayaking and more. Beach concierge as well as bar & snack service will be
available at the beach.
Residents may choose from four on-site restaurants. The
Palmyra's gourmet al fresco restaurant and nightclub,
Hemingway's Hideaway, will prepare nightly savory
Caribbean & Cuban cuisine paired with fine wines, while
Sugar & Spice will serve a la carte breakfast, lunch and
dinner favorites. Additionally, two poolside Beach Bar-
Restaurants will provide residents and guests casual fare
and drinks. Pre-dinner drinks and signature Cosmopolitan
Martinis can be enjoyed at The Bango Bango bar, located
at the resorts Colonial Clubhouse. Personal Butlers and
Chefs are available for private parties, or residents can order
in-room dining 24 hours. Special food and drink requests may
e delivered prior to a resident's arrival.
Aerial shot of The Palmyra and coast line (Photo: Heidiloch)
JAMAICA TOURIST 22
World class amenities include state-of-the-art fitness center, business center, gourmet food shop, 11,000 sq.
ft. of divisible ballroom and meeting space with WI-FI, strategically located in Palmyra's Colonial Club House.
Services include Personal Concierges, on hand to help fulfill all residents' needs whether it is arranging
activities, transportation, restaurant reservations, tee times or babysitters or participation in the Children's Club.
A beachfront events area and a romantic seaside wedding gazebo are available for special events.
Call Jamaica Toll Free: 1 888 PALMYRA or 953 9787 visit The Palmyra Sales Center at The Palms',
adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton and only a mile from Half Moon resort. Transportation will be arranged.
FOR VT WWW.THEPALMYRA.COM
SALES CENTER 953 9787
View of The Palmyra from the Half Moon Golf Course (Photo:Heidilech)
Residents enjoy preferred access to three excellent championship golf courses, all within a one mile radius of
The Palmyra;- the White Witch, Half Moon and Cinnamon Hill. Through The Palmyra's membership in the Rose
Hall Golf Association, residents can enjoy preferred privileges, tee times and rates.
The Palmyra provides a unique real estate opportunity to purchase a fully furnished second home. The project
consists of three direct oceanfront towers with 288 residences built along the beachfront promenade, ranging
from studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom condominium apartments to penthouses and stand alone villas.
Says Debra Derrick, Director of Sales for The Palmyra Resort & Spa; "People are rediscovering the island,
particularly because it is so easy to get to from most major US cities. The introduction of attractive mortgage
financing to foreigners has also played a vital role in the real estate renaissance we are experiencing, as
foreigners wishing to purchase real estate in Jamaica now can get an International Mortgage from First
Caribbean National Bank.:'
While exteriors are built in the timeless, grand tradition of British
Colonial architecture, the inspiration for the residences
interior decor have been taken from the natural
palette of adjoining shores, ocean, mountains and
greens. Generous balconies and open framed roof
areas extend the living space outside, allowing
Palmyra's residents to fully enjoy the wonderful
climate. Fully furnished and beautifully decorated,
residences enjoy the latest in connectivity,
including premium cable TV and high speed
Selected to Travel + Leisure's 2007 Top
Ten list of the 100 most exciting real
estate developments in the world, The
Palmyra is the recipient of the 2007
CNBC International Property Award for
Best Caribbean Development. Says
Derrick; "The exceptional combination
of weather, beauty, location, amenities
S..and culture has The Palmyra, Rose Hall
poised to become a top second-home
destination for years to come.'
Only 15 minutes from the brand new MBJ
Sangster International Airport, and it's
own private jet center, Derrick states that
the convenient location is another key
factor for people. "Remember, a trip to
Jamaica is not complete without a visit to
The Palmyra. We invite you to come and
visit us while you are on the island:'
INiT lERN TION
INSSC.TITJ T H3I^TH
The Palmyra Resort & Spa took home two awards for Best Caribbean Development
and Best Property Marketing at the awards, which distinguish the highest levels of
achievement in the global real estate industry. Award winners are selected by an
expert panel of highly respected judges, handpicked for their expertise in a variety
of disciplines relating to the design, development and marketing of property. The
panel was Chaired by Eric Pickles, Minister of Parliament (MP), British Shadow
Secretary of State.
SThe CNBC International Property Awards are supported by five media partners and
no less than nine professional bodies, their aim being to identify the very best in
the residential property market. Winners earn the right to display the CNBC
International Property Awards logo, a recognized symbol of excellence, on their marketing materials, helping
discerning property buyers get an independent review of the properties they seek to buy. Commented Frank
Perolli, Director of Marketing at The Palmyra Resort & Spa; "Our two CNBC International Property Awards gives
The Palmyra Resort & Spa the independent stamp of approval that property buyers are looking for."
One of the six highest scorers of all the entries worldwide in the category of Best Property Marketing, the
Palmyra is also nominated for the global title of Best International Property Marketing. Said Stuart Shield, founder
and MD of the CNBC International Property Awards;- "The Palmyra Resort & Spa has been nominated for one
of the top awards in this competition, and I would like to extend my personal congratulations on reaching this
level of achievement.' Held at the famous Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas on November 16th, The Palmyra will
compete against five other nominees for the title of best global marketer.
The Palmyra Marketing team,
nominated for Best Property
Marketing in the world by the
CNBC International Property
Awards. Frank Perolli,
Director of Marketing,
Heidi lech, Marketing
JAMAICA TOURIST 23
FOR AN ELEGANT NIGHT OUT
AKBAR AND THAI GARDENS
Location: Half Moon Shopping Village
CUISINE: INDIAN & THAI
If you are in the mood for Asian food, we recommend a visit
to Akbar & Thai Gardens. Located in the Half Moon
Shopping Village, both an Indian and a Thai menu are
available. Akbar's Indian dishes are prepared by expert
chefs Singh and Rana and include appetizing Tandoori
,- breads and meats, Kebabs and Masala dishes. Native Thai
1 ~ chefs Ma and Natoo, serve up equally delicious Thai cuisine
such as Lobster Phad Ka Prao, Thai Curry and Khao Phad
Khai. In addition, the very friendly service team ensures a great dining experience for all.
Open daily from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm for lunch and 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm for dinner. Complimentary
shuttle service. Tel: 953-8240
THE HOUSEBOAT GRILL
For a romantic dinner on the water, the Houseboat Grill
continues to be another favorite choice. Moored in the calm
waters of the Montego Bay Marine Park Fish Sanctuary, the
Houseboat offers a unique setting for an intimate, one of a
kind, dining experience. You can even choose your own lobster
from a glass covered lobster trap in the deck! Enjoy dinner
downstairs in the cozy dining room or on the upper deck. High
heels are not recommended as the only way to visit the
Houseboat is on a little tow-ferry that brings you across. We highly recommend a visit to this unique restaurant.
The food is excellent, the atmosphere magnificent, the service great everything you need for a perfect
Open 7 nights a week: 6:00 pm 10:00 pm. Tel: 979-8845
WINE WITH ME
Location: Altamont Court West Hotel, Gloucester Avenue
Wine with Me is the latest and most stylish addition the
Montego Bay fine dining arenas. Owned and operated by
Cecile Levee, the restaurant offers and extensive wine
selection and outstanding menu complemented by friendly
w Open 6:00 pm until late. Closed Mondays.
DAY-O PLANTATION RESTAURANT & BAR
Location: Fairfield Montego Bay
CUISINE: JAMAICAN & INTERNATIONAL
Operated by well known Jamaican Musician, Paul Hurlock and
his wife Jennifer, Day-O Plantation Restaurant offers an
elegant setting with a touch of Old World Plantation
atmosphere. Enjoy cocktails at the bar lounge followed by
exceptionally delectable Jamaican & international dishes
cooked to perfection and served in verandah style dining area
or poolside. While you dine, host Paul Hurlock serenades with
live music to complement the mood. Free shuttle service
Open Tuesdays to Sundays 12.30 pm to 10.30 pm. Tel: 952-1825,
SUGAR MILL RESTAURANT
Location: Half Moon Golf Course, Rose Hall
CUISINE: JAMAICAN & INTERNATIONAL
For romantic terrace dining at its best, try the Sugarmill. Guests can enjoy
live music by a local duo while dining indoor or outdoor on the patio. The
kebab of lobster, meat and fish is a favorite, as is the lobster and the
tenderloin. A minivan can be sent to most area hotels to pick you up.
Open daily: 7:00 pm -10:00 pm. Tel: 953-2314
DRAGON COURT RESTAURANT
Location: Fairfield Shopping Center
Serving authentic Chinese cuisine daily; open for lunch and dinner. Lunch is served between 11:30 am &
6:00 pm; delivery service is available for lunch. Dinner is served from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Tel 979-8822/ 882318824
MARGUERITES SEAFOOD BY THE SEA
Location: Gloucester Avenue
CUISINE: CARIBBEAN SEAFOOD
Marguerites is known as the top seafood restaurant on the north coast. Originally
formerly owned by a succession of expatriates, including a US senator, this
elegant and sophisticated water edge bistro, specializes in fresh, creatively
prepared seafood. Enjoy a romantic and intimate dinner served on the
oceanfront terrace by attentive staff, while you watch the fish swim in the
turquoise ocean below. Caribbean seafood specialties include
Cognac Lobster, Pimento Smoked Blue Marlin
and Tijuana Shrimp. Flambe specialties
are prepared at your table.
Open for dinner only. Complimentary
shuttle service is provided in the
Montego Bay area. Reservations are
recommended. Tel. 952-4277
built in the fifties and
ELEGANT NlIGHTSOUT IN MOINTEG BAY
JAMAICA TOURIST 24
THE RUINS AT THE FALLS
Location: 17 DaCosta Drive
One of the most romantic spots on the island,
dinner at The Ruins is an experience that will
leave a lasting impression. Enjoy the
spectacular view of a 40 feet cascading
waterfall, while dining to the backdrop of soft
music and gracious service. The menu
features a healthy mixture of Jamaican,
Chinese and international cuisine, blending the
finest ingredients with spices and herbs.
The Ruins is open daily from 12:00 pm 3:00 pm for lunch and from 6:00 pm 10:00 pm for dinner.
Tel: 974-8888. Website: www.ruinsjamaica.com
ELEGANT NIGHTS OUT IN OCHO RI'I
Best Sunset on the y
Exotic Tpical Cocktails.
Fntstc Panoramic View
JAMAICA TOURIST 25
I ELEGANTNIGHTS OU IN NEGRI
FOR A CASUAL MEAL
PIER 1 SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & BAR
Location: Howard Cooke Blvd
One of Montego Bay's hot spots boasting a
stunning view of the bay's turquoise water and
the Cruise Shipping Pier. Famous for
outstanding seafood but also tasty chicken
dishes, steaks and burgers. Highly
recommended for the entire family is Pier l's
'Seafood Sundays from 5:00 to 11:00 pm.
Select fresh seafood from the open air market,
and have your 'catch' cooked to order. Join the
'Happy Hour', every weekday from 5:00 to 7:00
pm. Great music and cool vibes.
Complimentary dinner pick ups from most
area hotels. Lunch: 11:00 am 4:00 pm.
Dinner 4:00 pm midnight. Call 952-2452 or
JERKY'S BAR & GRILL
Location: Alice Eldemire Drive
Not 'Just another Jerk Hut'. Jerky's is a unique addition to the
AR&GRI Montego Bay area and the perfect spot for casual dining.
Enjoy elevated service and decor while the vibes and the taste remain authentic. There is no other way to
spend an afternoon enjoying spicy jerk chicken and pork, conch, foil roasted fish, soup and cooling by the bar
with you favorite drink. Stop by Jerky's "the best jerk in town". Open Sundays to Thursdays from 11:00 am -
11:00 pm and Fridays & Saturdays 11:00 am 1:00 am. Call 684-9101 /9102
SCOTCHIE'S JERK PIT
Location: ROSE HALL
Named the BEST
jerked chicken by
LL Cool J on stage
at Sumfest 2007,
Scotchie's is the
favorite hang out spot for locals and island
visitors to eat Jamaican Jerk, have a cold Red
Stripe beer and enjoy the reggae music. Opening
hours: 11:00 am till you say when. Tel: 953-8041
ISLAND SPORTS BAR & CAFE
Location: Parkway Plaza, Rose Hall
The Island Sports Cafe is famous for its no sugar
no water all natural fruit and vegetable juices and
health shakes. The restaurant serves soups, stews
complemented by whole wheat roti, rice
specialties or steamed bammy, salads and bakery
items including delicious vegetable patties. Open
Monday Saturday 10:00 am 7:00 pm and
Sundays 10:00 am 4:00 pm. Call 953-3009
HUMMING BIRD CAFE
Location: Half Moon Shopping Village
The Humming Bird Cafe is adjacent to the Village
Commissary and serves delicious coffee
specialties in the quiet, tastefully decorated inside
area or on the breezy patio. Tel: 953-2292
Location: Ritz Carlton, Rose Hall
Mango's is a
perfect choice for a
more casual dining
experience or an
exotic cocktail in a
relaxing beach setting. No reservation is required
and the attire is casual. Lunch is served from
12.00 pm to 5.00 pm daily and dinner from 6:30
pm to 10:00 pm. Tel: 953-2800
Location: Hotel Gloriana Plaza, Sunset Blvd
Situated on Sunset Boulevard at Hotel Gloriana
Plaza, between Toby Inn and the airport, Dolly's
customers come from all the area hotels to enjoy
personalized service and Jamaican-style cuisine.
THE PORK PIT
Location: Gloucester Avenue
The Pork Pit is famous for
its authentic Jamaican
pork, chicken, shrimp, ribs,
fish and other delicacies and you can observe the
'jerking' process at this local spot.
CASUAL DINING IN OCHOI I'I
MAMA MARLEY'S JAMMIN' BAR & GRILL
Location: Main Street, Opposite Jamaica Grande
Come jam the 'Roots-Rock-Reggae" Sports Bar or
dine in for lunch or dinner and enjoy Mama
Marley's delicious mouth watering Jamaican
treats. See exclusive Marley videos! Tel: 974-0197
SCOTCHIE'S JERK PIT
Location: Orax Hall St. Ann
Scotchie's, the favorite Jerk spot in Montego Bay
is now available near Ocho Rios. Meet friends,
have a cold Red Stripe beer and enjoy the reggae
music. Opening hours: 11:00 am till you say
when. Tel: 794-9457
Location: Island Village
With seating for 450 diners and drinkers, this is
one of the largest restaurants ever constructed on
the North Coast. Attractions include a rooftop
whirlpool tub, a 30m-long (100 ft.) water slide,
and a freshwater pool along with three bars and
a Trading Post. Enjoy world-famous tropical
margaritas and "Cheeseburgers in Paradise".
Open daily 8:30 am 11 pm. Tel: 675-8976
LITTLE PUB RESTAURANT
Location: Main Street
Located in a redbrick courtyard with a fishpond
and waterfall in the center of town, this pub is the
town's most popular. Enjoy a drink in the pub and
proceed to one of the linen-covered tables for a
great meal. Tel. 974-2324
HARD ROCK CAFE
Location: Main Street
New to Jamaica, the cafe seats 180 and offers a
delectable array of meals guaranteed to tantalize
your taste buds, all offered in a relaxed setting.
Stop by the bar and rock to the beat of reggae
jammin music. Opened Mondays-Thursdays &
Sundays 11:00 am-11:00 pm, Fridays & Saturdays
11:00 am midnight. Tel: 974-3333
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Location: West End
Rick's Cafe opened its doors in 1974 and has become world famous for
sunset watching and cliff jumping. After a day at Negril's seven mile
beach, it is almost mandatory to be seen at Rick's Cafe for the sunset
watching and, of course, the excellent restaurant and bar service.
Specialty drinks include "Rick's Famous Planter's Punch" and a
"Category 5 Hurricane", drinks which will turn even a coward into a cliff jumper. Menu items range from pasta
to surf & turf along with outstanding appetizers and desserts. Open daily: 12:00 pm till late. Tel: 957-0380
COSMO'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & BAR THE HUNGRY LION
Location: Norman Manley Blvd Location: West End
Authentic Jamaican Food, the perfect location
with a rustic and pleasant atmosphere where
Seafood and Jamaican style cuisine is served
daily for lunch and dinner with choice of inside or
outside dining, beach view and music.
THE SANDS AT THE CAVES
Location: West End
Located on the most western point of the island,
the Sands offers an offbeat, cool-out spot with
loads of style and tasty grilled fare. Boasting
Negril's original 'beach on the cliffs'; feel free to
suntan, cliff-jump, swim, snorkel, lounge, eat,
drink and basically lounge away the afternoon.
Excellent vibes, food, music and art can be
enjoyed at The Hungry Lion, a restaurant that has
maintained its reputation as one of Negril's
premier dining and drinking spots since its
startup in the mid 80's. Tel: 957-4486
ALFRED'S OCEAN PALACE
Location: Norman Manley Blvd
A family owned & operated seaside restaurant &
bar located on in the heart of Negril's famous
seven mile white sand beach and known for
service quality and local / international country
style cooking. Specializing in locally caught
seafood such as: lobster, conch, mahi mahi, blue
marlin, tuna, kingfish and calamari.
Tel: 957- 4669 / 4735
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PARTY PARTY PARTY
Location: Howard Cooke Blvd
Pier 1 has developed into as another shining star on the Montego Bay
night spot sky and is considered the place to be' on a Friday night. This
weekly happening is affectionately called 'Pier Pressure' by its many
devotees. Wednesday nights are reserved for musical newcomers as well
as more experienced entertainers who show off their talent life on stage.
Tropical drinks are the bar's specialty, and the musical events sometimes
draw more than 1,000 people. Jamaicans and visitors alike enjoy the fabulous setting with view of the bay,
which gets you in the mood to dance the night away. Tel: 952-2452
Location: Gloucester Avenue
With its central location on the Hip-Strip, The Brewery is very popular with locals and
visitors. This spot is a combination of restaurant, bar and night club with a relaxed,
casual atmosphere. Meet your friends to and gossip over your favourite brew and good
food. Regular theme nights include Disco, 7's/8's music, Reggae, Dancehall, and Karaoke. The bar area
features a large TV screen showing sports event. Tel: 940-2433
JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE CARIBBEAN BAR & GRILL
Location: Montego Bay, Negril Ocho Rios
This trendy day and nighttime spot has oceanfront locations in Montego Bay, Ocho
Rios and Negril. Margaritaville is the perfect place for anyone looking for exciting
entertainment, a lively atmosphere and delicious food by day and night. In-house DJ
as well as entertaining, themed party nights featuring Karaoke', 'Latin' and 'Pajama'. Tropically flavored
Margaritas and signature 22 ounce bongs of beer are served up by the always busy bar which is famous for
its Cheeseburger in Paradise, Key Lime Pie and Mango Cheesecake. Open every day from 11:00 am till late.
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Location: Gloucester Avenue
This popular jazz club on the hip strip opened its doors in 2004. Since then; Montego
Bay has been treated to the most eclectic jazz and blues selections available in
Jamaica. Both Jamaicans and visitors alike are mesmerized by the unique decor,
warmth and vibrant colors. They are entertained by Blue Beat's exclusive house band "Scotch" while enjoying
a variety of hors d'oeuvres and "perfect" martinis, hand shaken or stirred. With special monthly events such
as Latin Parties, Comedy Shows and the signature summer event "South Beach Sundays", Blue Beat keeps
the vibe going by finding new ways to entertain their guests. Blue beat is open nightly at 6:00 pm until...
and is a subsidiary of Island Entertainment Brands.
Location: Gloucester Avenue
As a new entertainment location on the "Hip Strip", Zinc Shack provides live music on Saturday nights and a
Grand Latin Fiesta party every third Friday of the month. Showcase your talent or learn the latest moves in
Latin dance from an experienced Cuban instructor during dance class, held just before the fiesta kicks off.
Also an excellent spot for parties, private functions, and non themed nights. Check out the gift shop open
Mondays to Saturdays from 10:00 am 6:00 pm. Call 383-6089 for further information.
CORAL CLIFF ENTERTAINMENT RESORT
Location: Gloucester Avenue, Montego Bay
Coral Cliff Entertainment Lounge is the island's pioneering gaming lounge
located on the Gloucester Avenue 'Hip Strip'. This jungle themed
entertainment mecca is open 24/7 and has a 'Gaming Lounge' with
more than 120 slot machines, tempting you with the chance to win
the US$50,000 jackpot! Win cool prices at the 'Chillin Lounge' where
over 50 exciting arcade and virtual reality games are available. With
over 100 rums from around the world to choose from and an incredible
list of specialty drinks, Coral Cliff's 'Rum Jungle Cafe & Bar' adds an
exciting twist to Montego Bay's nightlife. There is no cover charge and
free transport from your hotel can be arranged upon request. Talk
to your Concierge or call tel. 952-4130 to arrange a night out.
WHERE THE QUAINT CHARM OF
"YE OLDE ENGLAND",
MEETS THE IRIENESS OF "DI JAMAICAN VIBES!"
PRIME STEAKS, SEAFOOD AND
TRADITIONAL PUB FARE
wrH FINE SPIRITS AND ALES IN A
FUN AND FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE.
ALL MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS VIA SATELLITE.
The Half Moon Shopping Village, Rose Hall, St. James
in a Tropical Paradise!
* ESCAPE 0 INDULGE 0 SATISFY YOUR DESIRES
It is with great pleasure that we welcome
you to the Shoppes at Rose Hall. Nestled
in this idyllic tropical setting lie the most
luxurious retail stores, offering the finest
selection of premier designer jewellery
and watch collections plus an amazing
array of perfumes, unique souvenirs,
world famous cigars cal clothing
and so much mor
Casa De Oro
Coff e &
co, Gear Kids
Flig of Fantasy
Gol n Nugget
Jewels & Time
Jewels in Paradise
* Resort Properties
* Rose Hall
* Shade Shack
* Shady Daze
* Sun Island
* Swiss Stoes
SThe RoyalI Shop
* Tina's Art & Craft
For more information, please visit your Hotel Tour Desk or call
Office: (876) 953-3245 / 878-2861 I 578-7494
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SCENT OF THE CARIBBEAN
search of Jamaican aromathera py products that create a spark, the
kindled our spirits. The company creates pampering, relaxing experiences
for the soul through products that incorporate unique spices ofJamaica and
What started as a kitchen project in 1995, became a registered company with one staff member in 1996.
Today, Starfish Oils employs 29 staff members who help create the instantly recognizable products. Managing
Director Kynan Cooke credits his "young, creative team" with "lots of energy and complete belief in what we
were creating" for the success.
Starfish Oils candles are made with premium-quality waxes, mixed with superior undiluted fragrance oils that
are made from natural ingredients such as nutmeg, sweet orange, ginger, Blue Mountain coffee, mint and
brown sugar. Not only is the gentle blending of scents important,- keeping customers satisfied also means
producing candles that burn longer. Therefore, the wax used to make candles is dense and burns slowly,
resulting in more enjoyment of the deliciously aromatic experiences.
"We focus on using Jamaican and Caribbean raw materials in our products," explains Kynan. In addition to
candles, Starfish Oils make a wide array of scented body oils, soaps, incense and bath salts. Their gift
packages are wonderful indulgences for any occasion, and a great way to take the scents of the island with
you on your journeys.
Jamaican Tea Candle (Photo: Starfish Oils) "Our most popular selling products are the 'Blue Mountain Coffee
Candles', 'Jamaica Ginger Tea Candles' and our signature
Scents 'Love', 'Tranquility' and 'Jamaica'. Each scent also
has body oil, incense, soap and bath salts," says Kynan.
Other popular choices include the 'Bob Marley Coconut'
and 'No Mosquito Aromatherapy' all natural candles.
Shop directly from the Starfish Oils website or visit one of the
island stores at the MBJ International Airport Montego Bay, Island
Village Ocho Rios, Devon House, Manor Park Plaza and NMIA International
Airport in Kingston that carry their line exclusively. www.starfishoils.com
UNIQUE EARTHEN ART
Ipha Arts is the dream of Angela Clarke,
'it: gory through the mind and hands of
Alpha Arts employs potters and artists from around the island to
create its unique pieces. Expertly handcrafted, it is the colorful island
sceneries that set their pottery apart from the rest. Angela Clarke says
that her company frequently attends Earthen Art ware depicting Jamaica
the Caribbean Gift & (Photo: Heidilech)
Craft Show, attended
by more than 200
of the region's top artisans and trade buyers, who are
looking to feast their eyes on new and innovative products.
Visitors to Alpha Arts can
watch the creation and
hand painting of mugs, tea
and coffee sets, vases,
bowls, plates and statues at
the workshop, located in a
beautiful location on the
Montego Bay waterfront between Reading and Great River
at Wind Swept. We particularly loved the very unique
pumpkin tea set.
Alpha Arts pottery is available in the gift shops of most major
hotels in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril, at the
Tortuga Rum Cake Factory Gift Shop in Reading
or at the Alpha Arts showroom. For more
information, call 979-3479.
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MONTEGO BAY, 42-44 City Center Tel. (876) 952 6982 21 Half Moon Village Tel. (876) 953 2242
NEGRIL, #4 Time Square Mall Tel. (876) 957 9530
OCHO RIOS, B 14 Island Village Tel. (876) 675 8774 # 3 Tajmahal Shopping Center Tel. (876) 974 2928
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As you arrive at the new retail store in Reading you will note the picture perfect location over looking the sea
across from Montego Bay. The store resembles an old Caribbean cottage with a large veranda perfect for
relaxing with a cold drink, gelato, sorbet, bruschetta, a sandwich, pizza or coffee and tempting rum cake. 'We
try to keep it as Jamaican as we can. says Simonetta Maffessanti, the owner. Entering the store you are greeted
with amazing smells of baking that stir childhood memories of Grandma's kitchen and Christmas baking.
Tortuga Rum Cakes are made from the same secret family
Simonetta. "Fans know the difference between a regular
and a Tortuga Rum Cake; a generous amount of premium
five-year old, barrel aged Tortuga Gold Rum and a hefty
brush of rum glaze applied right after the cakes come hot
from the oven. We produce around 1,200 cakes daily".
Behind Simonetta Maffessanti stands an enthusiastic and
loyal team of 20 employees underscoring the enterprise's
success. Cakes are produced in 8 flavours, original,
pineapple, Blue Mountain coffee, banana, coconut,
chocolate, key lime and the latest addition, orange.
recipe dating back over a hundred years, says
Gift Shop at Tortuga in Reading (Photo: Heidilech)
The full Tortuga product line is available in Reading as is the perfect Gelato made in the Ice Cream kitchen,
Calypso Gelato 'Real Italian ice cream, with a taste of Jamaica', is the slogan. Over 50 flavors are freshly
made from natural ingredients and fruits in season. You will find soursop, mango, strawberry yogurt and
classics like chocolate, rum & raisin and vanilla. Fresh, cool, fruity, creamy and simply delicious! And the best
part free samples are given to visitors.
Tortuga cakes are available in most supermarkets and gift shops all over the island. The Tortuga Rum Cake
factory and Calypso Gelato store are open from 8:00 am 7:00 pm on weekdays and 11:00 am 8:00 pm
on weekends and holidays. Call 979-9381 or visit www.torugarums.com.
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The company which began in 1985, with the
groundbreaking efforts of Dudley W. Eaton, who
formulated all the products himself. It started with the
original hot pepper sauce and has expanded its line to
16 products from the flagship Jamaican Jerk Seasoning,
to Jamaican Jerk Tomato Ketchup, Boston Bay Style
Jerk Seasoning, Jamaican Jerk Sauce, West Indian
Mango Chutney, West Indian Papaya Chutney, West
Indian Mango Jam, West Indian Guava Jam, Crushed
Team hard at work stripping scallion used to make jerk Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce, Jamaican Crushed
seasoning (Photo:H eidi ech) Peppers, Jamaican Hot Pepper Sauce, Jamaican Hot
Mustard Sauce, Jamaican Rum Barbecue Sauce and Jamaican Jerk Barbecue Sauce.
Over seventy-five percent of the goods produced are for export, mostly to the USA, Canada and the UK,
while a small amount is exported around the Caribbean. Locally, the delicious sauces and seasonings can
be found in supermarkets island wide in a range of sizes; they are also available directly from the factory
We buy produce from over 200 local farmers, to support our local industry as much as possible," states
Christine Wong, Managing Director. In addition, King Pepper, which is the manufacturer of Eaton's, does
private labeling for a number of local and international companies. Christine points out that private labeling
account for a good percentage of their business.
Introduced in 1990, Eaton's Jerk Seasoning has captured the market and is to date the key selling product.
An average of 650 cases of Jerk Seasoning are produced and packaged per day; all by hand. A blend of
scallions, hot peppers, thyme, garlic, pimento (allspice) and other natural ingredients are used to create
this favorite, used to marinate meat and poultry over a slow flame.
Christine attributes the company's success to their staff of seventy-five and the emphasis that is placed
on quality. She further emphasizes that Eaton's products meet the highest global standards of taste, quality
and presentation, keeping their customers coming back for more.
We could not leave without viewing the production of their guava jam first hand, the sizzling scent
permeating the air, was an invitation impossible to resist. After the spices and fruits are received, they are
weighed and washed. Only those of premier quality are sent to be crushed.
Each process has a separate area for handling, in keeping with HACCAP standards. Before the products
are bottled, one critical thing must happen; the products are sent to the lab for testing. After the products
receive the stamp of approval from the lab, the bottles are filled, labeled and packaged by hand, at this
point ready to be savored by all.
Don't simply take our word for it, however. Pick up an 18 oz. bottle of Eaton's Rum Barbeque Sauce and
experience the taste sensation for yourself.
An array of Jerk seasoning from Eaton's (Photo. Heidi lech)
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WHEN A TIMEPIECE IS NOT
A TIME PIECE!
If basically, a timepiece should tell time, but the
opanio A beautiful tieiece is often the
The latest addition to the Rolex family of professional watches, the Oyster
Perpetual Yacht-Master II Regatta Chronograph, fits the bill for what a watch
was and what it has evolved into. This beautiful timepiece perpetuates the
supremacy of the Oyster and is designed to resist water and conquer the elements; featuring an unprecedented
horological complication and programmable countdown memory signal with a new generation that draws on
a wellspring of know-how and innovation.
Today, total autonomy in research and production grants Rolex the freedom to create, design and manufacture
resolutely innovative watches while rigorously adhering to the demands of quality.
Visit Swiss Stores: In Kingston at The Mall Constant Spring Road tel: 926-4861 and the Jamaica Pegasus
Hotel tel: 929 8147. In Ocho Rios at Island Village tel: 675-8975 and Montego Bay's Hip Strip Gloucester Ave
tel: 952-4274 or Shoppes at Rose Hall tel: 953-9274. Visit www.SwissStoresJamaica.com
PABLO PALAIR FASHIONS
blddig fasnea designer Pf Pabl Palal,
Deigner Pablo Palair (Photo: Heidi och) for and has
there as far back as he can remember. The fashion designer is making his mark
with his own men's clthing line called Pabe Palair Fashion.
Pablo started sewing fresh out of high school. In his bid for success, he rented a shop on 14 Strand Street
and began designing and sewing for individual customers. The building was later ravaged by fire; but that did
not deter him. Only a few months later, he opened his doors once more at his current location, 2 Barnett
Street. Determined to succeed, Pablo rebuilt his clientele and began to spread his wings.
The young designer has since emerged on the scene of many fashion shows, and his designs are often seen
on entertainers such as Roots Underground, Taurus Riley, Ebony, Mr. Vegas, and the vibes master Jerry D.
while working their magic on the stage.
Today, the designer employs 6 persons and his clients include hotels, banks, tour
companies and any individual who walks into his store. "Ask anyone about the 'dread
that sews"', says Pablo, "and they will know me or have heard of me:
His trendy new clothing line, Pablo Palair Fashion, features formal and casual
wear for fashionable males, mostly using linen and cotton. The pieces from
his collection are produced according to client demand, with only one or
two pieces of a particular design. In addition, Pablo has put out a stylish
T-shirt line and is planning to open a wedding center catering
exclusively to men, as he feels the market does not offer enough
variety to grooms.
Don't be fooled for a minute by the scale of his vision; this emerging
designer is vigorously involved in every stage of the production of his
line. Not only is he responsible for the conception of ideas, he sketches
the designs, cuts and sews them himself. His designs can be found both
Alwin's Fashion on Harbour Street, Montego Bay or at the fashionable
Monique's Collection in St. Kitts.
Keep an eye out for Pablo Palair Fashion or better yet, get a piece designed
uniquely for you! Pablo himself can be reached on, tel: 979-1255
Pablo Palair Fashions.
(Photo courtesy of wwmRunwayNews.com taken by www.JoeClarkePhotography.com)
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Located at 82 Hope Road, St. Andrew, Jencare caters to the pampering and
grooming needs of two thousand ladies and gentlemen, who visit the facility
each week. With private treatment areas for each customer, Jencare is able to
accommodate 65 clients at any given time. Clients can lounge on leather
couches in a relaxing atmosphere prior to their treatment, which can be
anything from a facial, mani- or pedicure to a body wrap, scrub or massage.
"The most popular massages are the deep tissue, aromatherapy and
physiotherapy massages," explains proprietor Jennifer Samuda.
Samuda, who describes herself as a Jack of all trades, spent over 20 years in
the banking business before starting to manufacture cosmetics in a small room
at home. Since becoming a certified cosmetic chemist, the entrepreneurial lady
is taking the world by storm with her own product line, manufactured in close collaboration with her husband
Lloyd. Jencare's personal care and beauty products include everything from designer soaps, bath gels and
body gels to eye shadows, mascara, powder and make-up brushes that are exported all over the world.
Samuda's latest product line; Jentox, features a proprietary oxygen collagen, produced from marine collagen
and plant extracts. The unique product line includes an anti-ageing serum that promises to erase wrinkles and
provide elasticity with instant results and is Samuda's natural alternative to Botox, the latest rage across the
beauty world. While Botox injections create a more relaxed look by relaxing
the facial muscles, Samuda's serum puts radiance back into the skin with her
innovative oxygen collagen solution. Explains Samuda; "Over time, cells die
from overexposure to sunlight, smoking and menopause, so I made the oxygen
cream to put life back into the skin on a cellular level.'
Over the years, Jencare has expanded and opened branches in Miami,
New York and Trinidad & Tobago and after more than 20 years in the business,
Samuda says that she continues to "train, manage and encourage," her
We recommend visiting Jencare Skin Farm to try out their reasonably priced
products and services. Time in one of their Executive Suites is the perfect way
to spend the day for any Kingston visitor looking for a bit of pampering.
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producing couture swim and resort wear.
Awarded Brazil's Best Designer of the Year' in 2002, Slama's collections
frequent the major runways in Europe, South and North America and his
creations has been modeled by Naomi Campbell and Isabeli Fontana at the
New York Fashion Week. Described as the 'Sun King' by Ocean Drive
Magazine, his creations constantly grace the covers of ELLE, VOGUE,
Harper's Bazaar and Cosmopolitan.
Phot W rouslyhoteach wear Slama's 2007 Spring & Summer collection pays homage to the social,
political and cultural movements that have influenced Brazil. A luxurious
collection of chic, sexy style, intricate attention to detail, original prints and
an eclectic color spectrum includes contrasting light, dark and
smoky tones as well as mellow green and his signature beige. New
fashions were created by transferring sexy dress shirts into
swimwear, constructing free-flowing sashes and glamorous
caftans. Halters, bandeaus, string bikinis and one-pieces are
designed with a 'dare to bare' vision, featuring strategically
placed cut-outs that leave little to the imagination.
Rosa Cha creations are now available at WalkGood Jamaica,
located at the Montego Bay Airport Shopping Mall. To view
their entire collection, visit www.walkgoodjamaica.com
Naomi Campbell wearing Rosa ChA
(Photo: Walk Good Jamaic)
The new favorite shopping spot among fashion lovers and trendsetters in
Montego Bay, Envy welcomes shoppers with fresh scents and music from all
genres. Relax on funky couches, have a drink at the bar and browse through
Envy at Half Moon Shopping Village the extensive line of designer clothing and Caribbean attire, jewelry and
Montego Bay (Photo:l eidiZech) accessories. The store has succeeded in creating a totally distinctive shopping
experience by integrating technology and expertise in a customer friendly and imaginative shopping
environment. Quite simply, Envy is such a unique store; you will not want to leave.
Visit one of their two locations: Shop 7 at the Half Moon Shopping Village and Shop 18 at the Shoppes at
Rose Hall. Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 am 7:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am 2:00 pm.
Tel. 341-5000 or 953-ENVY.
HARLEY DAVIDSON JAMAICA
NOT ONLY FOR BIKERS
If you have ever thought about owning a motorcycle, you must have thought
about buying a Harley Davidson! One of the coolest brands of all time, the iconic
motorcycle company has finally found its way to Jamaica and opened its doors
at the trendy Island Village Shopping Village on the Ocho Rios' oceanfront. Not
Harley Davidson at Island Village only for 'Bikers' and 'Biker Babes', the store offers a wide variety of
Ocho Rios (Photo:Heid ch) merchandising in a cool biker atmosphere that includes jewelry and clothing.
Equally popular among residents and visitors, HD's great designs are just as perfect for casual daytime wear
as they are for hitting the nightly hotspots.
According to HD Jamaica's General Manager Anjalee Mahtani, the store has been well received: "We are
expecting a cruise ship with Harley enthusiasts called 'Hogs on the High Seas' on November 7th. It is
scheduled to dock in Ocho Rios during for their 5th Anniversary Caribbean Cruise.
Says Anjalee: "We are working to expand the HD brand in Jamaica brand and are set to open our next store
at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay later this year.
For authentic HD merchandise, visit the Harley Davison Jamaica store at Island Village, Ocho Rios. Tel: 675-8707.
SInternational newspapers delivered daily to your Hotel, Villa, Office and Residence.
www.paperboyja.com Tel: 1.876.922.5483 Fax: 948.6973
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1892: sold for a boat trip
2006: E 40.000.000*
Rose Hall Montego Bay Negril Ocho Rios Duty Free Shopping
ShO www.theroyalshop.com 876.952.2254
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(Photo: Devon Rouse)
The history of Devon House began in the mid seventeenth century when Devon Penn, part of a 600 acre
property, was awarded to a British minister, Rev. John Zellers. Fifty years later, a rectory was built, segments
of which are thought to comprise a part of today's iconic Devon House mansion.
Yet, it is the story of George Stiebel, which is more commonly known. Born to a Jamaican housekeeper and
a German Jew in the 1820's, his mixed parentage exposed him to harsh treatment from his peers and he quit
the classroom at age fourteen to become a carpenter's apprentice. At the age of nineteen, he was instrumental
in the reconstruction of the famous Ferry Inn between Kingston and Spanish Town.
In the 1840's, this young visionary went into business. With the help of his father, he purchased a ship and
began transporting cargo between North and South America. Eventually, with the addition of two more ships,
he expanded his business to the West Indies. During this time, revolution gripped Cuba and Stiebel, who,
became involved in the lucrative business of gun trading, which eventually landed him in trouble with the law.
Stiebel married his long time sweetheart Magdalene Baker in 1851, who bore him two children; son, Sigismund
and daughter, Theresa. His good fortune seemed doomed five years later when a storm destroyed his ships,
with Stiebel on board one of them. Stiebel survived the storm, with his money belt intact. He found refuge in
Venezuela and wasted no time going into business, purchasing a mule for transporting his peddler goods. It
seemed this gentleman was truly blessed with the 'Midas touch' as he later invested in a goldmine and made
huge profits in 1873.
Tragically, it was the death of his only son that was to bring Stiebel back to Jamaica's shores. Upon his return,
he purchased ninety-nine properties, limited only by a law stating that it was illegal to own one hundred. These
included two sugar estates, a wharf at Church Street, Great Salt Pond and a cattle property named Minard,
by Brown's Town in St. Ann, where he built the family vacation home.
Stiebel was officially recognized as Jamaica's first black millionaire and, during the late 19th century, became
one of three wealthy Jamaicans who constructed elaborate homes at the corner of Trafalgar and Hope Road.
This fittingly grew to be known as 'Millionaires Corner'. Stiebel's home was of course, Devon House.
Over the next ten years, surrounded by his wife and grandchildren, Stiebel lived
happily at Devon House. The family was famous for hosting lavish
parties for friends and family which required a rather large staff. The
servant's quarters were located in the space now used as the
property's commercial complex.
Sewing Room at Devon House (Photo: Devon House)
Stiebel was to continue to suffer personal losses. His wife Magdalene died in October 1892, and he later lost
one of his grandson's and his son-in-law, a Mayor of Kingston.
Devon House was eventually put up for sale, and purchased in 1923 by Reginald Melhado. The Melhados added
their touch to the mansion with their collection of antique furnishings but led a quieter lifestyle. The next family
to call Devon House their home, however, did their best to live up to its legacy. The Lindos brought back vitality
and pageantry to Devon House, including fancy dinner parties, which were widely discussed on the local social
scene. The owner, Cecil Lindo, died in 1960 at the age of eighty-nine and left Devon House to his wife, Agnes.
She, however, opted to live in New York.
Developers, who planned to demolish Devon House and construct condominiums on the property, entered into
negotiations with the widow. The Government of Jamaica discovered these plans and placed a restriction order
on the property under the National Trust Act.
Quote from The Daily Gleaner of August 27, 1965:
"The Hon. Edward Seaga has served an Interim Preservation Notice on the building known as Devon House...
the finest 19th century residence remaining in the island..."
The English architect Tom Concannon, who has worked on the restoration of other national monuments such
as the Naval Hospital in Port Royal and the Rose Hall Great House in St. James, undertook the restoration of
the Devon House Mansion, and Devon House officially opened as a public building on January 23, 1968.
Today, Stiebel's legacy lives on with the beautifully maintained Devon House, which was declared a national
monument in 1990 by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust. It actively promotes the development of authentic
Jamaican arts, craft, education, entertainment and food in a comfortable and safe environment.
Steeped in history, the commercial centre is also a unique experience, and a great way to spend time with family
and friends, continuing the Stiebel's legacy of hospitality. Be sure to try out the following during your visit:
Contact the Devon House Heritage Site at 929-6602 or visit their web site at www.devonhousejamaica.com.
The historical information in the article was provided by the Devon House Heritage Site.
SHPING' DIIN Ai DEO HOS
Devon House I Scream, known island wide for its
27 tempting ice cream flavours. Tel: 929-7028.
Cafd Whats On, internet cafe and piano bar.
The Brick Oven, the ultimate pastry stop in
Kingston. Tel: 968-2153.
The Grog Shoppe, a wonderful blend of local and
international cuisine with daily specials.
Jamaica Juice, a mix of freshly squeezed juices,
herbal juice blends, smoothies, soups, health
snacks and desserts. Tel: 906-9424
Rum Roast and Royals, a wide range of locally
made jellies, preserves, seasoning and spices and
coffee. Tel: 920-9094.
Norma's On the Terrace, where Chef Norma Shirley
creates wonderful dishes with simple elegance
and true culinary brilliance. Tel: 968-5488.
Things Jamaican, decorative and functional items,
sometimes traditional with crossovers into the
modern. Tel: 926-1961.
Wassi Art pottery works, a range of hand-made
functional and decorative ceramic pieces.
Cooyah Rootz Wear, a range of hip clothing
featuring the likes of some of Jamaica's leading
musicians. Tel: 920-6167.
Elaine Elegance, elaborate wedding and evening
dresses, business suits, casuals and daring
swimsuits. Tel: 920-0357.
Starfish Oils, unforgettable Caribbean scents
including aroma body oils, candles, bath oils and
body sprays. Tel: 908-4763.
Ts and Treasures, great selection of T-shirts,
original paintings by various Jamaican artists,
prints, sculptures, ceramic art, books and jewelry.
JAMAICA TOURIST 38
- A MAJOR LANDMARK
EDNA MANLEY COLLEGE OF THE VISUAL AND
The importance of culture in a nation's development was always
-known to Jamaicas leaders and in 1939, Norman Manley
stated: "National culture is a national consciousness reflected
in the painting of pictures of our own mountains and our own
women-folk, in building those houses that are most suitable for
us to live in, in writing plays of our adventures and poetry of
our wisdom, finding ourselves in the wrestle with our own
problems .....around our very eyes are stirring the first shoots
Photograph of Edna Manley in 1937 of a deeply felt national artistic and intellectual life.'
(Photo: Edna Manley College)
Born in England to a British father and a Jamaican mother in
1900, Edna Swithenbank married Norman Manley and moved
to Jamaica in 1922. The marriage was blessed with two sons,
S Michael, who was to become a union activist and eventually
Prime Minister of Jamaica, and Douglas, a sociologist and
minister in his brother's government.
When her husband, Norman Manley, became leader of the
S People's National Party in the wake of the 1938 worker
Albert He, Portrait of Edna Manley, Oil on canvas uprising, Edna evolved into a public figure as a Jamaican artist
x 71.1 cm. Collection: National Gallery of Jamaica.
(Photo: Edna Manley College) and a promoter of culture. Promoting Jamaican literary culture
through her editing work for the journal Focus' in the 1940s and 50s, the social activist also contributed to
the local art scene as a symbolist sculptor. An artist for much of her life, Manley also taught at the Jamaica
School of Art.
The school started as a workshop conducted by Manley in the 1940's at the Junior Centre of the Institute of
Jamaica, and was given full-time status with a Board of Management, its own Charter and its own premises
at 4 Central Avenue in Kingston in 1950.
The next twenty years brought about new departments and an increased student population, which lead to the
school being split between two locations. While the centre of three dimensional studies was based at 4 Central
Avenue, the centre for two dimensional studies was located at 11 North Street. Master painter Cecil Cooper,
ceramist Gene Pearson and sculptor Christopher Gonzalez are just a small fraction of great artists who have
wandered the halls of the famous institution.
In 1976, the Government of Jamaica amalgamated all Schools of the Arts into one campus, which was
designated the Inter-American Centre of Caribbean Cultural Development by the Organization of the American
States (OAS). With the mandate to enrich the aesthetic sensibilities of the entire English-speaking Caribbean,
the school earned recognition as a regional cultural resource institution in 1983.
The school was reclassified as a tertiary institution and renamed the Edna Manley College of the Visual and
Performing Arts (EMCVPA) in 1995, leading to the consolidation of the College under one administrative
structure. Today, the College has a population of 1200 full-time and part-time students, and an academic staff
of 137 highly qualified lecturers.
Study programmes at the School of Visual Arts include
Bachelors Degrees in Fine Arts and Art Education as well as
Diplomas in Fine Arts and Art Education. Areas of study are
painting, sculpture, printmaking, jewellery, ceramics, textiles
and visual communications.
The School of Dance was founded in 1970 by members of the
National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC) and trains
cenes from the student production "Danceworks" performers and teachers in a wide variety of international and
held in February of this year. Caribbean dance forms, theatre education and production.
(Photo:Edna Manley College) Programs include a Bachelors of Arts in General Arts and
several Diplomas and Certificates. Recently crowned Miss Jamaica World, Yendi Phillips, studied here.
Emerging in 1969 as a part-time training ground, the School of Drama operated under the umbrella of the
Little Theatre Movement and became a full-time institution
within the Edna Manley College in 1975. Programs include a
Bachelors of Arts in General Arts and several diploma and
Founded in 1961, the School of Music has established a
reputation of international standards and attracts students and
teachers from around the world, including the Caribbean, North
America, Europe and the Far East. The School of Music Schoolof Drama students have a creative approachto
department offers a Bachelors of Arts in General Arts and fashion for an old Shakespearean play, Hamlet.
several diploma and certificate courses, and the high standards (Photo:Edna Manley College)
of it's teachings were again demonstrated by the engagement of celebrated bass singer Sir Willard White to
the world-wide opera stages.
Managed by a small cadre of educators and overseen by a
lecturer who ensures the implementation of the programs as they
relate to the specific art forms, the Department of Education
and Liberal Studies serves both, students and faculty in all four
schools pursuing a Degree and Diploma in Teacher Education
with its Joint Board of Teacher Education Programme (JBTE).
In addition, the School of Continuing Studies offers part-time
and leisure courses in painting, photography, jewellery, dance,
music and drama. Visual arts, music and drama classes are
offered for children between 6 and 18 years and each summer,
an integrated Arts Programme is provided for children 4 years
to 11 years (Kaleidoscope), teenagers 12 years to 18 years
(Artscope) and adults (over 18 years).
Music School students in their final year performance The school is particularly proud
held in May this year. (Photo: Edna Manley College) of its collaboration with
overseas institutions such as the Ohio State University and the SUNY
Brockport Exchange Programme which was introduced in 1986 to
benefit the students of the School of Dance.
For entry requirements and further information please contact:
The Registry, Edna Manley College of the Visual and
Performing Arts, 1 Arthur Wint Drive, Kingston 5.
Tel: 960-6171/ 920-7400/ 929-2350-2
Lecturers show flexibility during their staff production
"Physical Labrish" held in November last year.
(Photo: Edna Manley College)
inoi me iun, 134, waiercoiour on paper, jj x is.i cm.
Collection: National Gallery of Jamaica. (Photo: National
Galley of Jamaica)
The Prophet, 1935. Wood. Height: 77 cm
(Photo: Edn Manley College)
JAMAICA TOURIST 39
UNIQUE CREATIONS FROM
Natalie Black (Photo: Enhee Design)
Nathalie's original, yet simple designs, exhibit her artistic abilities and high level of craftsmanship to the fullest.
Focusing on a contemporary look, her furniture is made of fine-looking materials supplied exclusively by local
manufacturers, such as bamboo, guango and Spanish elm. "I am inspired by the minimalist style, which places
great emphasis on simple forms. Clean-cut designs enhance and celebrate the quality of the materials that
make up the piece," says the talented architect who has more than 15 years expertise from the areas of
architecture and design to draw on.
Upon arriving in Jamaica, Natalie went through many challenges finding essential contemporary pieces for the
family's home. This led to her discovery of the Original Bamboo Factory in Caymanas Estate in Spanish Town
and O+M Enterprises on Waltham Park Road in Kingston, where she purchased a bed and requested a few
pieces done to her own design. Natalie later approached the Bamboo Factory with a proposal to design a
contemporary furniture collection for them. She soon expanded her collection to incorporate wood pieces, fully
upholstered sofas and pieces that involve composite metal work.
More than 400 visitors saw her creations on display during the recent Contemporary Art & Furniture Design
Exhibition at Kingston's Devon House. "My pieces emphasize comfort:' accentuates Nathalie, who uses local
resources & craftsmanship to create the fine, delicate finishes.
To order one of Natalie's uniquely designed
custom made pieces, visit www.enbeedesign.com,
or call 470-8004 to have a sneak peak at
her Kingston showroom. In the Montego
Bay area, Enbee Designs are on display
at "KERRY Man Woman Home", Shop #
10 Half Moon Shopping Village in
'Slim' Loveseat (Photo: Enbee Design)
T.G.I. FRIDAYS GROWS FROM
STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
ince opening it's de rs to the pu lic in leoemler
f' jP 1^1 Fridiays KainJlin Jamaica has experiencet
l myriad of adventures, from hurricanes, to patrons'
acceptance of a I.S. style road house.
Being the first casual dining restaurant of its kind in the
Jamaican market, it took some convincing for patrons to
adapt to the idea that "dining out can be FUN!!" Three
years later, T.G.I. is established as a favourite venue.
Ever since 2004, T.G.I.E has become a strong community
contributor. Social projects close to T.G.I's hearts include
project donations to YMCA, Police Youth Groups, Special
Olympics, Outreach Programs and Business House Football.
Currently, the T.G.I Fridays Football team is a competing
member of the business league with an outstanding TGI Fridays Football Team (Photo: TGIFridays)
winning record, and continues to perform as a united team as in everything they do.
There is nothing like a T.G.I.F dining experience. However, do not take T.G.I's word for it, go in and see for
yourself. Opening hours are Mondays Thursdays & Sundays 11:30 am midnight and Fridays & Saturdays
11:30 am 2:00 am. Located at 51 Hope Road across from Kings House. Call 978-8443.
OUR PROMISE IS THAT YOU WILL "COME FOR THE FOOD, BUT STAY FOR THE FUN".
JAMAICA TOURIST 40
KINGSTON RESTAURANT WEEK
Scheduled for 10 17 November, 31 high-end
restaurants will be participating with their own unique
three course menu, designed to give the patrons a full
appreciation of the delights offered by the capitals restaurants.
With fixed menus are priced to reflect a minimum 30%
discount, the event is presented by SSCO Event Management
and The Gleaner Company Ltd.
Favorite eateries include Cafe Aubergine, Norma's On The
Terrace, Red Bones Cafe, Jade Gardens, Jewel of India, Rib
Cage Bar & Grill, Morgan's Harbour Restaurant and many,
many more... With fixed menus are priced to reflect a
minimum 30% discount, the package is completed by select
Kingston night clubs, which are offering patrons an after dinner
cocktail to wind down their evening or to kick it up a notch.
The event is presented by SSCO Event Management and The
Gleaner Company Ltd. For more information, contact
Tamara Williams at 978-4718 or
Stephanie Scott at 909-1087
K INSO RETUATLSIG
Location: 11 Holburn Road, Tel: 926-3480
Cuisine: Exquisite Chinese
Location: Sovereign Centre, Hope Road,
CUOOY'Z SPORTS BAR & GRILL
Cuisine: Jamaican and international favorites
Location: New Kingston Shopping Centre.
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Location: 7 Hillcrest Avenue. Tel: 927-8078
12 Hope Road. Tel: 908-4005
MAC'S CHOP HOUSE
Cuisine: Prime steaks, chops, seafood, pastas and
24-26 Trinidad Terrace, Kingston 5.
Cuisine: Jamaican, Italian
8 Holborn Road, New Kingston, off Hope Road.
Cuisine: American themed restaurant and bar
51 Hope Road, Kingston 10. Tel: 978-8443
RED BONES BLUES CAFE
Cuisine: Nouvelle Cuisine
Location: 21 Braemer Ave, New Kingston,
NORMA'S ON THE TERRACE
Cuisine: Caribbean Fusion
Location: Devon House, 26 Hope Road,
Cuisine: Caribbean, Steak & Barbeque
Location: 149c Constant Spring Rd &
12 Braemer Ave., Tel: 969-6223
Cuisine: European & Jamaican
Location: The Market Place, Constant Spring Rd.
AT ROSE HALL
If you've been here before, our
acclaimed White Witch golf
course will lure you back. If you
haven't, you owe it to yourself to
come to Rose Hall and discover
the Caribbean's splendid new
Here, the accent is on community.
Within our gates are vacation home
enclaves like The Greens, with a
limited number of large, wooded,
hillside homesites looking out over
fairway and sea.
(If you're a developer, come
and talk to us. We have several
spectacular sites master planned
for condominiums, commercial
and retail, hotel and marina.
Currently under development
are a new duty-free shopping
plaza and a luxury oceanfront
For information visit our website
at www.rosehall.com, or call our
Director of Sales Krystina Stephens
Toll free at 888-Rose Hall.
US office at 888-910-7673.
These properties shall not be deemed an ofler in any state where prohibited by law. No federal agency has judged the merits or value, if any. of these properties.
JAMAICA TOURIST 41
A WORLD-CLASS GATEWAY
Managed and operated by MBJ Airports Limited, Sangster International Airport is one of the fastest growing
airports in the Caribbean with a recorded growth of 13% in 2006. An ideal hub for the region, MBJ Airports
is prepared for continued growth following the USS180 million re-development project that has turned the
airport into the Caribbeans most modern airport facility.
While the early phase of the modernization included the addition of 7 jet bridges to the existing terminal
building, another 11 jet bridges has been added to the new Eastern Concourse, giving the airport the capability
of handling all types of commercial aircrafts, including B747's. At the completion of the second and final phase
in 2008, the size of the airport will have tripled and the modern facility will be geared up to handle 9 million
Travel through the airport has become more speedy and convenient with the inauguration of the new Ground
Transportation and Arrival Halls in February 2007 While baggage carousels, customs, hotel lounges, tour
operators, rental cars, food and beverage outlets and retail units are located on the ground floor for the ease
of arriving travelers, airline and airport offices are located on the mezzanine floor.
SAn additional 50,000 sqft of commercial space will be added
to the main terminal, which will also house the new Domestic
Terminal and Departure Hall. While the expanded Departure
Hall will incorporate additional check-in facilities, expanded
inbound and outbound immigration, further security check
points, new outbound baggage systems, full CUTE systems
and airline lounges, great care has been taken to provide the
airport's travelers with a premier shopping experience in an
Margaritaville at the MBJ Airport Mall environment that maintains a Jamaican sense of place.
In addition to several new retail outlets in the existing terminal, tourists can enjoy 13,000 sqft of new retail
space in the Eastern Concourse, featuring an array of duty-free shops and recognized national brand names
including the Jamaican Bobsled Cafe, Red Stripe Bar and Kidz Cool Gear.
An additional 32 duty free stores and restaurants including Nickelodeon, Tuff Gong Trading, Cooyah, Walkgood
(Havaianas & GOOC), Harley Davidson, Burger King and Domino's Pizza are set to open in the new shopping
mall, enhancing the vacation experience for the island's visitors, 95% of which are vacationers.
The addition of the outlets will turn the airport into the largest shopping centre in Jamaica, tallying 65 retail
units in the 65,000 square meter locale, appropriately named the "MBJ Airport Shopping Mall.
Visitors are advised to get to the airport early to enjoy all the great shopping and the many restaurant outlets
at the "MBJ Airport Shopping Mall", making it a pleasurable part of the vacation.
PRIVATE JET TERMINAL
Travelers arriving by private jet can also enjoy brand new facilities at MBJ Airport in Montego Bay, with the
2006 opening of a full service private jet centre by International Aircraft Management Inc (IAM). The 4,500
sqft facility features dedicated in-house customs and immigration processing, first class lounge
accommodations, a private meeting room, high speed internet service and covered access to ground
transportation, separate from the main terminal building.
Aerial shot of MJB Airport with view of highway (Photo: Heidilech)
MOBAY HOPE MEDICAL CENTRE NOW OPEN
CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY
T he care for atizens nd vsors of tern anaica,
oBa H e leica entre, is celebrating is 10th anniversary on
r 20 7.
As the leading medical facility in Western Jamaica, MoBay Hope offers 24 hour ambulance service, emergency
room, laboratory and radiology service, cardiac laboratory, general surgery, orthopedic surgery and
immunization services, as well as an on-site pharmacy. Over the years, this state-of-the-art facility has saved
lives of many patients. Says Judy Farmer, MoBay Hope's Administrator; "We do our best to keep in line with
new technology and equipment and continuously train
medical and technical staff. All income goes back into the
institution for the upgrade of equipment and training of staff
training:' The institution benefits from the financial support of
The American Friends of Jamaica, a charitable organization
registered in New York, and grants from nearby hotels such
as the Half Moon Hotel, Rose Hall Resort & Country Club and
the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall. Adds Farmer; -"Subsequent to the
The MoBay Hope Medical Centre many requests, we are pleased to announce the appointment
(Photo Heidi lch) of a consultant plastic surgeon, who will start working with
us later this year:'
Anniversary celebrations include a Walk-a-Ton, a Customer
Appreciation Day & Blood Drive at the Half Moon Shopping
Village on December 5th as well as a Gala Dinner with at the
Half Moon Conference Centre on December 8th.
Open Monday Fridays 9:00 am 5:00 pm and Saturdays
9:00 am 1:00 pm. Call MoBay Hope on 953-3649 or visit
Dr. N. Nuamah attending a patient in the emergency room
JAMAICA TOURIST 42
- LUXURY SHOPPING
AT THE SHOPPES AT ROSE HALL
Tatest addition te lo ntego Bay's shopping arena, The Sheppes at
hunters. Shewo~casing all the premier fine watch and jewelry brands,
fragrances, cosetics, loathing, quality crafts and souvenirs, the new
shopping village is also an ideal place to meet friends or just .
The Shoppes at Rose Hall features the island's top luxury duty-free retailers including Bijoux, Jewels and Time,
The Royal Shop, Taj Mahal, Jewels in Paradise, Casa de Oro, Tropicana, Colours, Swiss Stores and Chulani,
offering the latest in fashionable jewelry and luxury goods.
16 additional shops include designer boutiques such as Deja Vu,
Sheenaz, Island Leisure, Flights of Fantasy, Reggae Walk, Cool Gear,
Colours, Jamaica Jammin and Shady Daze. Jamaican souvenirs can be
found at Casa de Xamayca and Tina's Arts and Crafts, fun items can be
found at Rose Hall Cigar Club, Coffee and Spice and the Shade Shack.
With up to 30% savings on a wide range of designer items, the
shopping village is not only a popular spot for treasure hunting.
Visitors can enjoy Blue Mountain Coffee specialties and an exciting
menu of light and unusual delicacies at 'Cafe Blue', soon to be
complemented by a vibrantly colorful gourmet restaurant and a
Mediterranean style eatery located next to the signature waterwheel.
The shopping village is conveniently located directly across the
road from the infamous Rose Hall Great House, west of Montego
Bay and only a stone's throw away from the Ritz-Carlton and Half
Moon Hotels. For transportation arrangements, please contact
your hotel's concierge desk. You can also call tel. 953-3245 or
Tell them you spent hours hunting for the perfect gift.
It sounds better.
SANGSTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, MONTEGO BAY
One of Jamaica's best-kept secrets is how fantastic the shopping
is and with the addition of 13 new outlets in the East Concourse at the
MBJ Airport Mall, we now have over 60 great reasons for you to reward
yourself. From luxury jewellery in our world-class duty-free stores, to fun
souvenirs, there are many ways to take a piece of Jamaica home with
you. And once you are through with all that retail therapy, savour fine
dining and cool cocktails at our restaurants and bars.
All you need is your boarding pass to get away with great deals and
JAMAICA TOURIST 43
WHAT A GWAAN?
Ihal's up, whatt' slilpening, what'8 gwaaningl It'8 in the Jamaican
culture to keep up to speed, and you can always count on our cdumn
to keep you a breast of current Jamaican happenings at heie and
abroad Let us give you a sneak peak ao seie fameus faces out and about!
THE JAMAICAN VICTORIES CONTINUE
The world's fastest man, Jamaican Asafa Powell, cruised
to victory in the men's 200m race at the Shanghai Golden
Grand Prix September 29th in a time of 20 second flat.
Powell had smashed his own world record at Italian Grand
Prix 20 days earlier, running the 100 meters in 9.74
seconds in the second of two qualifying heats.
Another Jamaican, sprint queen, World Championship
Asafa Powell (Photo: C The Gleaner Company Ltd2007) 100m gold medallist and Olympic 200m champion
Veronica Campbell also registered a first yesterday, when she streaked to the line ahead of American Sanya
Richards in a time of 10.90 in the 100m event. (Source: AFP)
WESTJET ANNOUNCES NON-STOP FLIGHTS FROM TORONTO TO MONTEGO BAY
Canada's leading low fare carrier, WestJet has announced plans to begin a scheduled non-stop service
from Toronto to Montego Bay. Scheduled to begin December 10, 2007, the service will start in time to
capture the tourist season with three weekly B737-00 flights, featuring increased legroom and live seatback
television. "We are pleased to be able to offer our guests another
great sun destination", says Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive
Vice President, Guest Experience & Marketing. "We are confident
that our modern fleet, low fares and award winning service will be
well received in Montego Bay:'
COURTNEY WALSH AT MARGARITAVILLE
Windies cricket star and Ambassador at Large, Courtney Walsh
was recently spotted while hanging out at MoBay's Margaritaville,
enjoying the hotspot's Madagascar party with Margaritaville's
Assistant Marketing & Promotions Manager Germaine Phillips. Courtney Walsh (right) (Photo: Margaritaville)
2008 AIR JAMAICA JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL SET
FOR JANUARY 22 26
The date is set for the 11th Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues
Festival, to be held in Montego Bay from January 22 26,
2008, showcasing a magnificent selection of international
and Jamaican music stars. Since 1996, the Festival's
stage has been graced with performers such as John
Legend, Shaggy, Air Supply, James Ingram, Lyfe
Jennings, Patti LaBelle, George Benson, Roberta Flack,
Michael Bolton, 2007 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival Kenny Rogers, Dionne Warwick, Alicia Keyes, Beres
Hammond, Chaka Khan, Baby Face, Nora Jones, Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club, Jamaica's guitar legend Ernie
Ranglin and Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers just to name a few. The festival this year promises to be even
better! For further information, visit: www.airjamaicajazzandblues.com
rl ( O- T SP* nr oA H--l1
PEACE BOAT DOCKED IN MONTEGO BAY
Peace Boat visitors enjoyed a memorable visit to Brace Stables. (Photo: Braco Stables)
The Peace Boat, a Japan-based non-governmental and non-profit international organization working to promote
peace, human rights and sustainable development, docked in Montego Bay on August 15, 2007 The Boat brought
3,000 Japanese visitors to the island's shores before continuing on their 58th world cruise to the Panama Canal.
-RED BULL SOAP BOX RACE, A CARIBBEAN FIRST
Nearly 50,000 spectators gathered to experience the
Caribbean's first ever Red Bull Soap Box Race at The
Rhoades Sports Club in Discovery Bay, on August 12. 30
4 member teams entered the 0.8 km race, which judged
on team participation, skits, cart design and fastest time
down the hill. When the Pier 1 team rolled out their
lobster design the crowd went wild. Team members
Dwight Crawford, Anna Kaye Russell, Jelani Powell and
The Pier 1 team with their Lobster Soap box. (Photo: Pier !) driver Jason Russell won the race and the day,
maneuvering the lobster down the hill in the shortest time of 1:09. The lobster is proudly on display at Pier
1, in Montego Bay. www.pieronejamaica.com
REGGAE MARATHON & HALF MARATHON RACE DAY
Walk, jog or run for 26.2 or 13.1 miles along the coast to the
pulsating reggae beat of Negril in the Reggae Marathon & Half
Marathon on Saturday December 1, 2007 For further information,
contact Reggae Marathon Limited at 922-8677 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrations are also accepted
online at: www.reggaemarathon.com
REGGAE BOYZ AT SOCCER CAMP
Reggae Boyz members and coaches, together with S.O.S. Children's
Village Soccer Camp organizer, Mark Rollins, took time out to enjoy
a swim & ride at Braco Stables, where they rode horses into the
turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea with the children. The Soccer
Camp is an annual event for the children, organized by volunteers
from Jamaica and the U.S. For information on future soccer camps,
please contact Rose Hall Developments at 953-2456.
Marathon Runners at the 2006 reggae Marathon
in Negril (Photo: Reggae Marathon)
The Reggae Boyz Soccer Team
15TH REBEL SALUTE JANUARY 2008
The Caribbean's largest Roots Reggae Festival, Rebel Salute,
will be celebrating its 15th anniversary at its usual location
at the Port Kaiser Sport Club in St. Elizabeth on January 12,
2008. Since 1983, Patrick 'Tony Rebel' Barrett has used his
impressive catalogue of over 1000 songs as a tool to
educate, entertain and uplift audiences around the world.
Says the Rebel; "So far, we have signed Jah Cure, Queen
7 0 Ifrica, Monti Alexander, Buju Banton and Ernie Wrangling for
Tony Rebel (Photo: Flames Productions) our 15th anniversary Rebel Salute"' In the past, the stage of
Rebel Salute has been graced with greats such as Morgan Heritage, Gentleman, Third World, Gregory Isaacs,
Jimmy Cliff and Maxie Priest. The festival is supported by more than 30,000 annual patrons who continue to enjoy
lyrically clean reggae, strictly non-alcoholic beverages and vegetarian cuisine in a drug and violence free
environment. "Our mission is to promote and preserve Jamaica's Reggae Music as a part of the mandate for nation
building," says The Rebel. For further information, visit www.tonyrebel.com or call Flames Productions at 934-0827
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