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THE ISLAND OF MANY FACES
It is no secret that Jamaica is the birthplace of many popular music genres and it is a known fact that Reggae
was born here. The late Bob Marley's spirit lives on through music, posters, T-shirts and CDs, and you should
consider a walk on the holy grounds of Reggae while on the island. Have a look in our 'Marley Adventures' on
page 39 to see what excursions are available. In addition to Reggae, old and recent music styles from the
island have influenced R&B, Rock 'n Roll, Soul, Calypso, Rap and Hip-Hop all over the world and Jamaica
offers a lively music scene. Visitors are drawn to the many music festivals that take place annually, including
the Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in Rose Hall, the Rebel Salute and the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest.
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There are about two hundred miles of white sand beaches on the island. This dream scenery is appealing to
individuals who are in search of a peaceful and relaxing day or for people who are looking for water activities
such as diving, parasailing and snorkeling, just to name a few. And, don't forget, the beach is the perfect
setting to enjoy an ice-cold drink or a Red Stripe beer, while adding a little color that the winter has faded
away. Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay, the unbeatable 7 mile beach in Negril and the famous Blue Lagoon
in Port Antonio, are among the island's most popular beaches.
Jamaican food has become very popular and today,
almost everybody knows about and enjoys Jerked
Chicken. Jamaican restaurants can be found in most
major cities worldwide, but there is nothing tastier
than a freshly Jerked piece of chicken straight from the
fire or out of the Jerk pan, (a steel drum cut in two that
becomes the perfect smoker), wrapped in tin foil and
accompanied by a slice of roasted breadfruit or yams. Did you know
that a burger from the popular fast food chains has around 30g of fat while a piece
of Jerked Chicken has only 4.5? So, you can eat well and still look good in your swimsuit.
Jamaica has more championship golf courses (13) than any of the other Caribbean islands. Apart from the
ample number of courses, there is a great variety in difficulty levels and course layouts, and let's not forget
the unbeatable scenic views. Once you have teed off at the famous White Witch of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in
Rose Hall, you will understand why it was named # 1, in Best Golf Resorts, Bermuda, Bahamas & the
Caribbean by Travel + Leisure in 2007 and why many golfers 'in the know' rate Jamaica their favorite
THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
The Blue Mountain Peak is 7,402 ft. high and accessible by foot. From this magnificent viewpoint, you can see
both the north and the south coast of the island, although 50 miles apart. On a clear day, the outline of Cuba
is also visible. The average temperature in Jamaica is 25-30 C, but it can dip below 10C on the peaks of
the islands fertile mountain range. Frequently visited by Bird Watching Tours, the Blue Mountains are also home
to some of the best coffee in the world; see our
Ocho article on The Coffee Traders on page 12.
S7-Use your time to go exploring one of the unique
ST.N aspects of the island of 'One Love'.
ST RY Do something different today!
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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.
MARCH 1 CLARENDON FOOD AND CULTURAL FESTVAL MAY PEN
MARCH 4 25 SOUL REBELLION SPRING BREAK PARTY NEGRIL
MARCH 3 24 JAMFEST SPRING BREAK CONCERT SERIES WAVES NEGRIL
MARCH (TBC) PORT ROYAL ANNUAL SEAFOOD FESTVAL -PORT ROYAL
MARCH 7-9 THE ROYAL JAMAI CA YACHT CLUB SPRING TOURNAMENT 2008 KINGSTON
MARCH 15 16 CAR BBEAN VEGGEFEST / HEALTH TOURISM AND SPA CONFERENCE NEGRIL
MARCH 17 TRELAWNY ROAD RACE TRELAWNY
MARCH 24 25 JAMAICA ORCHID SOCIETY SHOW KINGSTON U WI
MARCH (TBC) SOMERSET JERK JAM PORTLAND
MARCH 23 MISS JAMAICA UNIVERSE KINGSTON
MARCH 23 TRELAWNY 50K BICYCLE RACE TRELAWNY
MARCH (TBC) KINGSTON TREASURE ISLAND KINGSTON
MARCH (TBC) ACTOR BOY AWARDS -KINGSTON
MARCH 23 ST ELIZABETH HORTICULTURAL SHOW ST ELIZABETH
MARCH 24 TRELAWNY YAM FESTVAL HAGUE, TRELAWNY
MARCH 29-30 JAMAICA WELLFEST KINGSTON
MARCH 30 BACCHANAL- KINGSTON
APRIL 14-16 MONTEGO BAY YACHT CLUB'S EASTER REGATTA MONTEGO BAY
APRIL 27-29 JAPEX OCHO RIOS
APRL 28 TREASURE BEACH OFF ROAD TR ATHLON ST ELIZABETH
MAY (TBC) FUN I THE SON INGSTON & OCHO RIOS
MAY 2 3LUI S PALAU GOSPEL FESTIVAL KINGSTON
MAY (TBC) JAMACA INTERNATIONAL INVITATIONAL ATHLET C MEET KINGSTON
MAY 9-10 P RATE'S GOLD: RUMS OF THE CAR BBEAN KINGSTON
MAY (TBC) JAMAICA OBSERVER TABLE TALK FOOD AWARDS KINGSTON
MAY 19 CLPPER ROUND THE WORLD YACHT RACE PORT ANTONIO
MAY 26-28 CALABASH INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FESTIVAL ST ELIZABETH
MAY22 262 2 STYLE WEEK INTERNATIONAL KINGSTON
JUNE 25 KINGSTON ON THE EDGE URBAN ART FESTVAL KINGSTON
JUNE 48 CAR BBEAN FASHION WEEK KINGSTON
JUNE 10-17 OCHO RIOS JAZZ FESTIVAL
JUNE 16-17 DIASPORA CONFERENCE KINGSTON
JUNE (TBC) AN ELEGANT AFFAR -WOMEN'S MIND, BODY & SOUL RETREAT KINGSTON
JUNE (TBC) BIK E DE AGAINST DRUG ABUSE (BRADA) NORTH COAST
JUNE 25-29 EPICUREAN ESCAPE NEGRIL
JULY1 INTERNATIONAL REGGAE DAY KIGSTON
JULY 1 PORTLAND JERK FESTIVAL PORTLAND
JULY (TBC) RED STRI PE BEACH FUTBOL COMPETITION
JULY 8 LITTLE OCHI SEAFOOD CARNIVAL BORDER OF ST ELIZABETH & MANCHESTER
JULY (TBC) JAMAICA FESTVAL QUEEN COROATIONS KINGSTO
JULY -AUGUST NATIONAL DANCE THEATRE COMPANY (NDTC) SEASON OF DANCE KINGSTON
JULY13- 19 REGGAE SUMFEST MONTEGO BAY
JULY 23 CARIBBEAN ISLAND SWIMMING CHAMP ONSHP KINGSTON
JULY 25 AUGUST 5 HI PRO LOW/HIGH GOAL FAMILY POLO TOURNAMENT ST ANN
JULY 31 THE EV LLE EMANCIPATION JUBILEE ST ANN
JULY 31 AUGUST 3 ABSOLUTE TEMPTATION ISLE -NEGRL
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The breathtaking and challenging White Witch Golf Course is named after Rose Hall Plantation mistress Annie Palmer. It is said that
her magical charms are replicated on the course, which is alluringly dangerous and unpredictable just like its namesake.
(Photo: The Ritz-Carl#on, Golf& Spa Resort, Rose Hall)
"Concentrate! Concentrate!" Those are the words that run through your head as you stand on the first tee of
the White Witch golf course. You are standing two hundred feet above the landing area faced with the
challenge of placing a drive onto an area that looks like it is twenty feet wide. As you stand poised to strike,
you take in the view of the turquoise-blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. You are in Rose Hall, Jamaica. And
you can't concentrate on your shot. It is a feeling that you won't get rid of on this course, whose stunning
views will never leave you. It is one post card hole after another.
Accompanying you around the course is one of the White Witch's award winning Golf Concierges, or Caddies.
One of the famous stories about these young ladies and gentlemen comes from the golf course's first ever
training program in July of 2000. Says Kenn Depew, Director of Golf at the White Witch, Ritz-Carlton's
renowned golf course, "The vast majority of our budding Golf Concierges had never seen a golf ball. Our very
first training day began with me lifting up a golf ball, explaining: This is a golf ball'. It took a long, five months
to get our Golf Concierges to feel the emotions a golfer feels playing a round at The Witch'. Free golf was
offered to our local clientele in exchange for playing at our pace, as our group of trainers would often stop
the game to explain to our Golf Concierge how to do their job better' In 2004, Conde Nast reader's survey
rated White Witch's Golf Staff/ Golf Service team as the top in the entire Western Hemisphere; the Golf
Concierge had come a long way.
Be prepared to have a great time and engage the Western Hemisphere's best Caddies.
And, one more thing: Concentrate!
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The beautiful park-like layout of the Half Moon Golf Course. (Photo: Half Moon Golf Tennis and Beach Club)
As of November 2007, the overall operation of Half Moon Golf Course has been in the capable hands of it's
new Director of Golf, Ewan Peebles. A qualified PGA-pro since 2001, Ewan has been a professional golfer for
more than 11 years and his broad experience includes working as an assistant professional at one of
Scotland's foremost clubs, the Glenbervie Golf Club. During his 5 years in Jamaica, the golf-pro has managed
various national tournaments and coached Jamaica's national team.
A Scotsman by birth, Ewan is no stranger to Jamaica. His father worked in
Kingston's financial industry for several years. "As you can imagine, the
season is very short in Scotland, so one year I came to Jamaica to play
winter golf at the Caymanas Golf Course in Kingston:' Shortly after, Ewan
was offered the position of Head Professional at Sandals Golf and Country
Club in Ocho Rios, it was only natural for him to say yes. Explains the golf-
pro; "In Jamaica, I'm able to keep my game in shape all year round.'
For the Golf Director, each course in Rose Hall holds a certain charm, but
Ewan Peebles, Half Moon's Director of he describes The Half Moon Golf Course with a special passion: "There are
Golf. (Phot." H id/ ch)
Gof.(Photo: Heidi ech) a number of things I love about the course. To me, Half Moon is the best
designed of the three Rose Hall courses with the fairest test of golf'. The Golf Director is also very excited
about the outstanding teaching and practice facilities at the new Hall Moon Golf Academy, which replaced the
David Leadbetter Academy in January 2008.
As a boy, the golf-pro looked up to Nick Faldo, but is now fascinated by Tiger Wood's game. He proudly holds
up a golf ball signed by Tiger. "This is Tiger's signed practice ball. He gave this to a friend of mine who fixed a
satellite dish at a place Tiger was staying. My friend passed it on to me knowing that I would appreciate it more.
"What I love most about Jamaica? There is so
much to love, but I mostly
admire the culture and
amazing people of the
island:' says Ewan
with a smile.
Half Moon's 18-hole, par-72 golf course features
aligned multiple tee complexes, repositioned fairway and
greenside bunkers. In addition to a driving range, golfers can
practice chipping, pitching and bunker shots at the laser-leveled
teaching tee. Thanks to the traditional parkland course layout,
golfers have the option of walking with their well-trained,
professional caddies or riding in a cart. The course was renovated
in 2006 by Roger Rulewich, protege to the course's original
designer Robert Trent Jones Sr.
Call Half Moon Golf Course on tel. 953-2615
or visit www.rosehallgolf.com for more information.
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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
EXPLORE WATERFALLS, JUNGLES AND OCEAN PHENOMENONS
OCHO RIOS & DUNN'S RIVER FALLS
Available from: Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios
Duration: 9:00am 5:00pm
Days: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
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 morning browsing through the town's many
craft markets before you climb the cascading
waterfall, splash around in the crystal clear pools
at the base of the falls and come away feeling
TL) refreshed and relaxed.
MOBAY SHOPPING TOUR
Available from: Montego Bay
Duration: 9:00am- 1:30pm
Days: Mondays Saturdays
For the ultimate shopping experience, take the Montego
Bay Shopping Tour. Visit Montego Bay's newest luxury
shopping and entertainment addition, The Shoppes at
Rose Hall, for brand name duty-free shopping and
amazing discounts. Enjoy first class service in the laid
back, hassle free atmosphere of this exclusive shopping
village. The tour continues across the city to a wholesale
outlet for T-Shirts and a wide range of souvenir items. Finish
your shopping adventure at the
factory of the world famous 'Tortuga
Rum Cake', where you get to see
the rum-cake Chefs in action
and your taste buds are
tantalized with various
Samples. Souvenir items
and liquors are on sale at
ridiculously low prices.
SPIRIT OF REGGAE: THE BOB MARLEY EXPERIENCE
Available from: Montego Bay, Negril & Ocho Rios
Duration: 7:00am 6:00pm
Days: Tuesdays & Fridays from Montego Bay. Wednesdays & Fridays
from Ocho Rios. Fridays only from 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 Reggae' as you are expertly guided through the very house that
Marley lived in as a young boy. Get first hand knowledge of the life
and times of this great musician, from the people who lived there with Bob Marley's legend lives on. (Photo: Reuters)
him. Learn about his culture, his passion, and the unique religion of Rastafarianism that made him the man
he became. And of course, no Reggae Tour is complete without indulging in a lavish Jamaican Jerk lunch to
culminate your day.
THE ULTIMATE COFFEE TOUR
Available from: Montego Bay & Ocho Rios
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Montego Bay: 7:30am 3:30pm
Mondays & Wednesdays, Ocho Rios: 8:00am 3:00am
In the coffee fields. (Photo:TL)
Jamaican High Mountain coffee is rated as one of the world's best.
Visit Baron Hall Estate, 2,000 ft above sea level, and pick your own
coffee beans on The Ultimate Coffee Tour! This enchanting tour of the
largest coffee plantation in Jamaica reveals the production secrets
behind the famous coffee and includes an exciting jitney tour of the
property, a sample of the full bodied taste of the Jamaican Coffee and
a hands-on experience to last a lifetime.
Available from: Montego Bay & Ocho Rios
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays from Ocho Rios: 6:30pm 9:30pm
Thursdays & Saturdays from Montego Bay: 6:30pm 9:30pm
"A spectacular wonder", is how visitors describe Glistening Waters. See
the incredible, natural wonder of the Luminous Lagoon on a mystical
night cruise in Falmouth. When disturbed, the water glows and creates
a glistening outline of all its in habitants, including the fish. Scientists
from John Hopkins University have used the term 'bioluminescence' to
explain this eerie but beautiful phenomenon, which is produced by tiny The Luminous Lagoon. (Photo :Heidilech)
living organisms known as 'din flagellates'. It takes thousands of these microscopic animals to produce a single
flash of light. Swim in the luminous waters and enjoy dinner at the one of Jamaica's best seafood restaurants,
while watching the bioluminescent show on the water.
NEGRIL DAY & SUNSET TOUR
Available from: Montego Bay and Ocho Rios
Duration: 9:00am after the sunset
Days: Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday from Montego Bay. Wednesday & Saturday from Ocho Rios
Experience the beauty and the tranquility of Negril's beautiful beach, where time stands still and laid back
attitude is a way of life. Savor the sun and cast away all your inhibitions while you explore seven miles of
uninterrupted white, sandy beach. At the end of the day, watch the sunset and spy on local cliff divers atthe
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Climbing the cool waters of Dunn's River Falls. (Photo:.l
ROMANTIC RIVER RAFTING
ON THE MARTHA BRAE
\:: lw te llartta Breae River in Trelawvy on
With great infrastructure in place, the little town of Martha
Brae can be reached in less than 15 minutes from
Montego Bay. After leaving the highway, you can catch a
sneak preview of the inviting deep green waters and
maybe a couple of rafts, before you are greeted by
the 'Martha Brae Rafters Village' sign.
After a walk through the lush tropical garden, our
tour guide Audrey invited us for a welcome
drink at the bar, which is naturally
constructed from bamboo. In fact, bamboo
is everywhere. Audrey educated us about
local herbs in Martha's herb garden,
before taking us to the river bank to
tell us the tale of Martha Brae.
"The river is named after an
Arawak Indian girl, a member of
a the tribe of Indians who were
Jamaica's first known
inhabitants. They called the
Inset: Craft vendor at the Martha Brae Rafters Village. (Photos: el i lech)
island 'Xaymaca', land of wood and water," Audrey explained. "Legend has it that Martha Brae, who had
supernatural powers, was captured by Spanish soldiers and tortured to reveal the location of a secret gold
mine. Finally, she promised to take them there, but upon reaching the river she used her powers to change
the course of the river, drowning the soldiers and herself. It is said that her ghost guards the entrance to the
secret mine to this day," Audrey concluded. It should be noted that another version of this tale claims that the
Martha Brae name comes from a twisted translations of the river's original name, Matibereon.
During the more than relaxing rafting trip, we learned that the Martha Brae is 20 miles (32 km) long. The river
rises in Trelawny's Cockpit Country and flows east and north and eventually into the Caribbean Sea in Falmouth,
which it also supplies with its water. We floated around corners and through waters which seemed to be
standing still, and here, we could see what hard work it must be to keep the raft moving. In faster waters, we
relied on Jarrett's ability to steer us in the right direction, which he mastered skillfully. "When there is a lot
of rainfall, the river is partially up to 20 ft. deep:' Jarrett explained, showing us how the bamboo stick he uses
to move and steer the raft also serves as a measuring instrument. Said Jarrett; "The joints are approximately
1 ft. apart, so I know what depth I am at when I push the bamboo stick into the water.
During the trip, we had the option of swinging in the jungle like Tarzan and drop into the cool waters of the river,
or stop at one of the resting areas for a cool drink. We chose to relax and take in the soothing ride, listen to the
sounds of the water and watch the birds and greenery on the shores.
It was almost sad to reach the end of the journey, but
we did get to watch a couple of guys build a bamboo
raft. "These last about 5 months, so we constantly have
to build new ones:' said Jarrett. "We are lucky to have
bamboo in abundance. It grows approximately 2 inches
per day," he explained.
We highly recommend this tranquil trip, which we also
place very high on the list of 'most romantic things to
do in Jamaica'.
Jamaica Tours offers this trip daily from Montego Bay,
Ocho Rios and Negril. Don't forget your camera,
swimwear and towel.
The romantic and mellow glide down the Martha Brae.
(Photo eidi, Zloch)
VIP LIMOUSINE SERVICE
For those who would like to explore the island in style, Jamaica Tours has a fleet of
private sedans, including Mercedes Benz, Linco~n Town Cars and Toyota Camrys waiting
to take you around the island at your own leisure. Special custom tours to all the popular
island attractions and other destinations can e arranged by your Hotel Tour Desk. Cars
are rented by the hour or by the day. VIP Airort Transers are also available.
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choosing wrhat to do? See our
list: f rec amended activities for
every taste ard age group.
DOLPHIN COVE AT TREASURE REEF
Jamaica's Number One Marine attraction, Dolphin Cove is
located around a natural cove and surrounded by 5 acres
of lush tropical rain forest. Visitors have the opportunity
to interact and swim with bottlenose dolphins, enjoying
the thrill of being close-up and personal with these
amazing mammals. Other activities are abundant. Swim
Enchanting Dolphin Kiss. (Photo: Dolphin Cove) and interact with sharks and stingrays (barb's removed),
have your photo taken with a parrot, captain your own mini-boat or adventure into the Caribbean Sea in glass-
bottom kayaks for a splash in the turquoise water and a closer look at the marine life below. If you are not
in the mood for activity, you can always relax on the pearl white beach. Tel: 795-2074
KOOL RUNNINGS WATER PARK
The Caribbean's most diverse and invigoratingly fun water park
experience! Fill your day with lots of adventures in ten amazing water
slides, a quarter mile long lazy river, the children's Captain Mikie's
Coconut Island, great food and games galore. For an all-round
Jamaican experience, stop over at the adjacent Anancy Village to enjoy
the go-karts, bungee trampoline and carousel rides. Don't miss a visit
with the resident park mascot, Mikie Manatee, doing the "Mikie Skank"
on-stage, a great experience for the entire family. Getting splashed at Kool Runnings Water Park
Tel: 957-5620 (Photo: Kool Runnings WaterPark)
MoBay Undersea Tour's vessel on the blue
waters. (Photo: Heidi lech)
Everybody is having fun riding through
the cool waters. (Photo: Heidilech)
MOBAY UNDERSEA TOUR
Explore the underwater world of the Montego Bay Marine Park;
Jamaica's first and only marine sanctuary, aboard the semi-submarine
the "Coral See". The crystal clear Caribbean water provides spectacular
viewing of underwater life including brilliant coral formations, a variety
of colorful fish and lots of other exotic sea life. Enjoy panoramic views
from the vessel's air-conditioned underwater cabin with live,
educational narration by marine life experts. Convenient boarding from
Pier One, on the Montego Bay waterfront downtown.
RIDE & SWIM
Located 20 mins. from Montego Bay, Braco Stables offers breathtaking
'ride & swim' horseback rides into the heartland of Trelawny, its white
sand beaches and its turquoise ocean. Starting from the Braco Estate
and it's magnificently restored 18th century Great House, the ride
takes you to past an old abandoned airstrip that was built during
World War II, and is rumored to have been used by smugglers.
Ride along to private Braco Beach, where you enjoy the thrill
L of swimming into the Caribbean Sea on
a A your horse. Tel: 954-0185
TAKE ONLY PICTURES, LEAVE ONLY BUBBLES
THE MONTEGO BAY MARINE PARK
The Montego Bay Marine Park, a Jamaican national park, was established in 1992. It encompasses all the
shallow waters of Montego Bay, from Tropical Beach in the East to Unity Hall in the West and reaches from
the high-tide mark to 100m depth. Within this area, the use of marine resources is managed by a non-
government, charitable organization called The Montego Bay Marine Park Trust.
A favorite attraction for tourists, the Marine Park is a highly productive area of mixed habitats for fish, shellfish,
coral, dolphins, birds, turtles, crocodiles and manatees. To the south of the park, The Bogue Lagoon is one of
the highest quality mature mangrove and sea-grass systems on the north coast. Additionally, coral reefs of a
quality rarely seen in the modern Caribbean can be found within swimming distance of the bustling, vibrant
The Trust is currently concentrating its efforts on management of the local fishing industry, sensitizing
and issuing permits to fishermen working within the park. The implementation of no-take zones
within the high-quality reef habitats for large, adult breeding fish is being enforced
throughout the marine park, while The Bogue Lagoon has been appointed a nursery
habitat for smaller, growing fish.
The implementation of this resource management will be of great value to
the tourism product of Jamaica long term, protecting the area's natural
habitat and the many species that create its uniqueness. The park
expects to see a 3 fold improvement in fish stocks by the spring of
2009, judging by similar projects in St. Lucia and Belize. In
combination with the associated coral restoration programmes,
Montego Bay will be a world-class SCUBA and snorkelling
destination by the 2009 winter season.
There are no gates; hence there are no entrance fees to be paid.
However, please remember that fishing or any extraction of
animals, shells or other objects requires written permission
from the Park Trust.
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20 years after bursting onto the global sports scene, the
Jamaican Bobsleigh Team continues to bring their sunny
presence into the white winter climes with their green,
black and yellow uniforms. Armed with the national
colors that represent the overcoming of struggles,
prosperity and sun, their story is ample proof that
anything can be achieved with hard work and
ha determination. Says Nelson Christian Stokes, member of
the original 1988 Calgary team and an active competitor
for 11 years; "On a personal level, being part of the team
has given me a certainty that I can do anything, no
Nelson Christian Stokes, author of 'Cool Runnings & Beyond' matter how intimidating it may seem at the beginning.
Sw. oo erunni V o Stokes was thrown into the midst of the action with less
than one week of bobsleigh training, when one of the original team members. Caswell Allen, fell on the push
track during training. Thus, Christian joined the first-ever team that competed at the Calgary games, consisting
of his brother Dudley Stokes, Michael White, Devon Harris and himself. How did it feel to be on the start-line
that first time? Says Stokes; "In retrospect, it was very scary! However, at
the time I was completely focused on the task that was before me. I
could not allow myself to think of the magnitude of the challenge
because then I would tune into reality, realize that the odds were
against me and I would not have tried. Sometimes ignorance makes
us brave and it pays off'
Stokes was to become a real bobsleigh veteran with four
Winter Olympic Games under his belt.
Their first Olympic Games in Calgary, 1988, were marked
by injuries and crashes. Remembers Stokes; "Calgary,
of course, will always be special. But I'l never forget
smelling fiberglass burn on ice during my first
The squad improved dramatically for the 1992 Winter
Olympic Games in Albertville, France. However, their
existence was finally vindicated at the 1994 Winter
Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, where the Jamaican
4-man team came in 14th, beating favorites that r
included the US, French, Russian and Italians teams. Says
Stokes; heard my brother, the team driver, banging on
the cowling of the sled at the end of our last run, and I
knew we had done really well. It is one of the most
memorable moments of my bobsleigh career' Out of 30 6r
sleighs, Jamaica was ranked 8th nation overall.
Posting a 29th place finish in the 2-man bobsled event
at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, the team went IN
on to take gold in three events at the 2000 and
2001 World Bobsled Push Championships in
Monte Carlo. The Jamaican 2-man team posted
the fastest start time of the games at the
2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, but
disappointingly the teams failed to qualify for the
finals at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
The success of the Jamaica Bobsleigh Team has
been measurable in terms of sports, but
immeasurable in terms of inspiration. They may not
have brought back a medal, but the Jamaican
Bobsleigh Team has achieved fame beyond their wildest
dreams. Says Stokes about the motivational power of the team,
JAMAICA TOURIST 10
Jamaica 1, Winston Watt and Lascelles Brown, compete in
bobsleigh event at the Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games Fel
and the gigantic response the team has received; "The many letters
that we have received from young and old, rich and poor, healthy and
sick confirms to me that we have indeed given some people a reason
to let their light shine and to overcome their fears."
Stokes has documented the remarkable story in his account 'Cool
Runnings And Beyond', which we consider a 'must-read' for both young
and old. The title for the book is based on the Walt Disney motion
picture 'Cool Runnings', which is loosely based on the exploits of the
1988 team and features the late John Candy as the team's coach.
Says Stokes; "The 'And Beyond' part refers to the story beyond the
movie:' For those of us who need a further explanation, 'Cool Runnings'
is a Jamaican expression that essentially means; "No matter what else
is going on, what challenges you may face; take it easy, take it cool
and just keep moving along."
Anyone who has ever tried to accomplish 'the impossible' should read
the story, which has warmed the hearts of underdogs around
the world. One particular tale in Stokes' book has made
an ever-lasting impression on readers worldwide.
Shares Stokes; "Some years ago I got a
request from the Make-A-Wish
Foundation, which seeks to
facilitate the wishes of children
with life-threatening medical
4 conditions, to meet a little girl
called Lindsey. That blessing
Stokes went to meet Lindsey in
Montego Bay, while she was on
a cruise. He recalls the powerful
meeting; Terminally ill, she
inhaled each moment of life
because it was, to her,
precious. She wanted to know
what made us want to
overcome the challenges of
going to the 1988 Games. I could
not answer coherently because I
knew from talking to her that the universal spirit that kept her
taking the next step despite the pain, and kept her parents
hoping for her recovery despite the expert's opinion to
the contrary, is the same spirit that kept us going in
1988. Even at 13, she had a love for life and a flame
in her eyes which left an impression with me.'
Lindsey had become inspired by the true
story behind the movie, 'Cool Runnings', during
her endless hours in the hospital.
Explains Lindsey: "The film is
about four Jamaicans who
overcame enormous obstacles to
achieve their dream of competing
in the Winter Olympics as
bobsledders. Their triumph over adversity
inspired and motivated me to conquer
cancer and face the world, determined to
the two-man return to living a full life:'
bruary 16, 2002.
Stokes book 'Cool Runnings And Beyond' is
available on Amazon.com.
Lindsey's wish was to meet a member of the
Jamaican Bobsleigh team. With Stokes.
Ihe Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfilled Lindsey's
wish to meet her hero.
Today, Lindsey Harris works for the Make-A-
Wish Foundation. Here with her husband Greg.
(Photos: Courtesy of Lindsey Harris)
The Jamaican Bobsleigh Team continues to bring their colorful presence to the world's winter climes.
Continues Stokes;- Some years later I was contacted by her husband who said she survived her cancer and
has always credited that to inspiration from the Jamaican Bobsleigh team. She is now a lawyer and works for
the Make-A-Wish Foundation.' -
Olympic Bobsleigh competitor Wayne Blackwood signs T-shirts Wayne Blackwood at the Bobsled Cafe.
Years after their encounter, Stokes received a letter from Lindsey herself; cannot thank you enough for what at the Bobsled Cafe.
your story of determination over adversity has done, and continues to do, to motivate me.: On her desk at Don't miss the opportunity to visit the 'official' bobsleigh hangout while on the
work, sits a picture from her Make-A-Wish meeting with Stokes. Says Lindsey; "The Make-A-Wish Foundation island, The Jamaican Bobsled Cafe on the 'Hip Strip' in Montego Bay. Get your
provided me with the chance to meet a real hero who challenged me to face everything T-shirt signed by Olympic bobsleigh competitor Wayne Blackwood, who is
life could throw at me with confidence, determination and commitment. Meeting typically there to meet & greet on Wednesdays and Thursday from 11:00am till
Christian in Jamaica was a pivotal moment in my recovery. He is truly 3:00pm. Decorated in the signature colors of the Jamaican flag, the Bobsled
an amazing person and an excellent representative of the kind spirit Cafe showcases the many achievements of the Jamaica Bobsled Teams, the biggest attraction being an
the people of Jamaica possess. authentic bobsleigh. After a couple of signature drinks like the 'Rasta Relaxer' or the 'Bombshell', you can
The Make-A-Wish Sponsorship Marketing Manager says that the close your eyes, climb into the Cafes bona fide bobsleigh and imagine yourself flying down a tunnel of
Foundation's mission is to grant the wishes of children with life- ice at amazing speeds. Satisfy your taste buds with eight different Brooklyn style pizzas, burgers
threatening medical conditions, to enrich the human experience and authentic island dishes like 'pepper pot soup You can also visit the Jamaican Bobsled
with hope, strength and joy. Says Lindsey; The Foundation Cafe and souvenir shop at the MBJ Airport Mall. Open daily from 11:00am to midnight
grants approximately 13,000 wishes a year... that's 41 wishes weekdays /2:00am on weekends. Tel: 940-7009
every minute... and nearly
160,000 wishes granted to
date! But, without a doubt, my Jamaica 1 two-man bobsleigh team push races down the ice at
wish is my favorite wish the the Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games February 16, 2002.
Foundation will ever grant!" t terms)
20 years after the team's first
Olympic Games, the quest to bring
back the ultimate honor continues, and
the Jamaican Bobsleigh Team is set for a
big come-back at the 2010 Winter Olympics
Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. Says
Stokes, who is also a Director for the Jamaican
Bobsleigh Federation; "We plan to send both a 2-
man and a 4-man team to compete and expect to
do very well. Our team is new and young and now in
training in Park City, Utah:'
We wish our inspiring Jamaican Bobsleigh Team:
Jamaica 1 four-man bobsleigh
team push off for their first ever
Olympic finals in Calgary February
20, 1998. (Photo: Reuters)
Nelson Chrstin Stokes 1988 Olympic coimpeisor
Helson Christian Stokes, 1988 Olympic competitor
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THE COFFEE TRADERS
Universally sought after by coffee aficionados,
Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is considered by
many to be the finest in the world. 80% of the
precious brew is exported to Japan where prices
range from USS100 to USS130 per kilo.
Folklore says that in 1723, King Louis XV of
France sent three coffee plants to his colony,
Martinique. Two of the plants died en route and
either the third plant or cuttings from it ended up
a in Jamaica. The plant was brought here in 1728
by former Governor, Sir Nicholas Lawes, who first
grew coffee at Temple Hall, St. Andrew. Jamaica's
climate proved so conducive to coffee production
Coffee beans freshly picked from the fields. (Photo: Hugh Wright) that the coffee industry expanded rapidly from St.
Andrew to the Blue Mountains and the hills of Manchester, St. Ann and Elizabeth. By 1814, there were 600
coffee plantations on the island. With the abolition of slavery in the 1830s came a shortage of labor and close
to 100 years later, the coffee industry had nearly collapsed.
In an attempt to revive the island's struggling coffee industry, the Government created the Coffee Industry
Board in 1953 and the Blue Mountain range was geographically zoned for the production of Jamaica Blue
Mountain Coffee. Much like the zoning system implemented by the French wine industry, through their
appellations of origin', the Coffee Industry Board is the sole exporter of Jamaican Coffee and the ultimate
certification centre of authentic Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee. Jamaican coffee is made exclusively from the
Arabica Typica coffee bean, which is more fragile to grow, but more flavorful and lower in caffeine than the
Robusta Bean grown in many parts of the world. Recognized as a premium quality gourmet bean in its own
right, the Arabica coffee beans must be grown at altitudes between 2,000 and 5,000 feet on selected estates
in the Parishes of Portland, St. Andrew and St. Thomas to earn the right to be named Jamaica Blue Mountain
Coffee'. Other grades of Jamaican coffee made from beans grown at lower altitudes include: High Mountain
Supreme, Jamaica Prime and Jamaica Select.
To understand the uniqueness behind this product, we journeyed into the heart of the Blue Mountains, located
on the eastern side of the island with the Blue Mountain peak (7,402 ft) as it's the highest point. On our journey
through the windy roads leaving Kingston, we stopped at a quaint roadside cafe for a much needed cup of
this magical brew to meet a member of a new generation of coffee entrepreneurs, Richard Sharp.
The coffee merchant had a fascinating story to tell. Twenty-five years after planting his first coffee tree at the
age of eighteen, Sharp is head of Coffee Traders Ltd., Jamaica's largest exporter of Jamaica Blue Mountain
Coffee by a privately owned company.
Sharp operates the family business along with his father, Laurie and brother Jason. The family has a long
tradition in agriculture, started by their Great Grandfather, Wilmot "Worky" Sharp, an engineer who came to
Jamaica in the mid eighteen hundreds to work on a sugar estate. Worky's inventions are still on display at
the Colombus Park Museum in Discovery Bay. The family has been involved in various forms of agriculture
over the years, however it is the world renowned Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee that captured the families
focus and enterprise.
"Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee is the islands most valuable agricultural brand, the true potential of which has
yet to be fully tapped. Coffee producing countries are scrambling to try to replicate the prestigious position
that the Jamaica Blue Mountain brand has established across the world," states Richard, who intends to
maximize on the island brands lofty position.
The family's venture into the coffee business started in 1977, when the family purchased an old coffee farm
from a British couple returning to England. The Clifton Mount Coffee Estate, nestled some 4,500 feet above
sea level in one of the islands most picturesque locations, is ideally suited for growing the Arabica Typica
coffee bean. Dating back to 1732, the estate was one of Jamaica's most prestigious producers, and records
show shipments of coffee to the United Kingdom as far back as 1800.
A freshman at the University of the West Indies in 1983, Richard heard of the initiative by the Jamaican
Government to significantly expand the island's coffee production, which had gone dormant after the abolition
of slavery. Aware of Clifton Mount's rich history, Richard convinced his father to invest in a coffee operation.
"The rest is history," says the coffee merchant. "Today, Clifton Mount is one of the few companies who sell
estate coffee to Japan, Europe and the USA.'
As a coffee producer, Coffee Traders Ltd. realized that coffee farmers were not receiving the full value for the
product they were so diligently and passionately producing. With the recent building of a state-of-the-art coffee
factory to process its coffee combined with marketing strategies that included superior services to coffee
farmers, Coffee Traders Ltd. has become a preferred choice for Jamaican coffee growers.
Coffee Traders Ltd. is now significantly expanding into the coffee shop business, developing a unique Jamaican
coffee experience with its innovative Cafe Blue concept. An essential part of the fully integrated coffee
company, Cafe Blue controls the process from seed to cup. "Every batch of coffee that is served or roasted
in our coffee shops has been made and assessed by me personally to ensure that you our customers always
receive the perfect cup," says Richard. "Coffee is not just our business; it is our passion! Our life is definitely
devoted to the bean!"
The young entrepreneurs already have established two cafe's; one in Irish Town, St. Andrew and the other at
The Shoppes at Rose Hall in Montego Bay, St. James, and intend to establish 4 5 new Cafe Blue's in the
course of 2008 with the next coffee shop located in Sovereign Centre, Kingston. "The expansion of the Cafe
Blue concept is an important part of our company's business strategy", says Richard. "We need to make sure
that the best coffee in the world, freshly roasted, is available to consumers in both beverage and retail form."
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Believed to be one of the oldest organized sports
in the world, the first polo game was recorded in
600 B.C. Today, The King of Games' is played in
60+ countries across the world and watched by
more than 50 million people every year.
Several polo clubs still exist on the island,
including the picturesque Kingston Polo Club and
the St. Ann's Polo Club at Drax Hall Estate, which
has survived for more than 100 years. The club
boasts one of the oldest polo fields in the world
Yellow team on the attack in San Jorge Argentina. (Photo: Melito Crezo) and is famous for its Saturday afternoon polo
complimented by a sumptuous tea. In nearby Priory, The Chukka Cove Polo Club offers a dressage and show
jumping arena, but today mostly concentrates on trail riding for tourists.
For the Chin family, polo is a lifestyle embedded into the daily routine. Says Shane Chin, describing his family's
passion for the game;- As far back as I can remember, polo has been a major part of our lives. We have
been training and breeding polo ponies on our farms forever and play actively at least 3 times per week:'
Giving an insight into the game, Shane describes it as a mixture of
many physical sports, including hockey, combined with the finesse of
chess. Junior, Shane's 67 year old father still plays polo, so does his
brother Paul, a 3 goal handicap, and his brother Kurt, who is one of
the few Jamaicans who carry a 4 goal handicap.
A lifelong polo passionate, Shane has traveled to Argentina, Costa Rica,
Guatemala, Columbia, England, Germany and the USA playing the game.
"Australia and India are still missing from my list, but my
dream trip to South Africa is in the making:' reveals
L Shane, a 2 goal handicap player.
Some members of the Chin family at the San The Captain of Polo
Jorge Tournament. Kurt on the left, Junior in the
middle and Shane in the behind, speaks with pride
(Photo: Meito Cerezo) of the great
players who have influenced his family's polo life.
'Maharaj' Prem Singh, a famous player from India
and evolved polo teacher impressed me
immensely with his wisdom and strategic
view of the game. "I also had the pleasure to
learn from talented masters such as Salvador
Socas, Eddie Junor, Dr. John Masterton and
Alehandro Olmos from Argentina:.
As Captain of Polo, one of Shane's responsibilities is to assess
Jamaican players of the game, who all compete as amateurs and hold
down regular daytime jobs to finance their passion. A player's handicap is
determined on a scale of 'minus 2 to 10 goals' and based on the player's net
worth to the team taking into consideration every skill including horsemanship,
team play, hitting, anticipation and overall understanding of the game. 'Minus 2'
indicates a beginning or novice player, while a '10 goal' rating denotes the highest
handicap a player can achieve. Today, only twelve professionals worldwide are rated '10
goal' players, the majority Argentineans, including the celebrated Adolfo Cambiasso.
Globally, amateur players with a '3 or 4 goal' handicap can be counted on ten fingers, and
it is therefore amazing to note that the island's 2,7 million population has produced a
number of players with the prestigious '4 goal' handicap. Mark Wates, Andy Vernon and Kurt
Chin are considered the nation's top players of the current generation, while only three women
in the world have been rated higher than Jamaican Lesley-Ann Masterton Fong-Yee, one of the world's top
female players boasting a '3 goal' handicap.
Fortunately, te Jamaican climate allows polo to be played all year round, but the main season lasts frn -
January to the end of Aprl. Each season kicks off with the ladies Tournament and is followed by a strinif J
visits from polo playing friends escaping colder climates such as Chicago, Rhode Island and England and visits
from Barbados, Central or South America. The visits are followed by the 'Hi-Pro Family Tournament'.
Some of the prestigious trophies competed for are over 100 years old and include the 'Senior Cup', which was
won by the St. Ann's Polo Club in 2007, the Junior Cup', the 'Hurlingham Cup', the 'Marescaux Cup', the 'Keeling
Cup' and the Jamaica Open'. The 'Fossil Open' at St. Ann's Polo Club, a fun tournament in which only teams
with a combined age of more than 200 years can compete, takes place each August.
One of the bigger tournaments ever played on the North Coast is the Jaipur Polo Challenge which will be held
from May 10 18, 2008. There will be a series of matches at the St. Ann's Bay polo Club and a new facility
at Chukka Blue in Sandy Bay, not far from Montego Bay. The first game is a mixed game so the Indian visitors
can be introduced to the Jamaican players and get used to their horses. "Polo players do not travel with their
horses, they are made available by the hosting team.' explains Shane. "We are like a big international family,
teams visit us and we visit them in return and share our horses.' he says.
On Thursday, there will be a low (4-6 handicap) game and Saturday the high goal match. "Some of our best
players will be selected closer to the time but everybody is very excited to proof our skills to the Indian team."
BASIC GUIDE TO POLO
The game depends 80% on the horses or 'Polo Ponies', also called mounts, which are carefully selected
according to speed, stamina, agility and maneuverability. Each team can be co-ed and consists of 4 players.
Number 1 plays an offensive position and is expected to score goals. Number 2 plays an aggressive offensive
role and tries to break up the opposing team's defense. The pivotal Number 3 is similar to the quarterback in
U.S. football, responsible for hitting long balls, penalty shots and knock-ins. Number 4 is on the field to guard
the goal and to keep the opposition from scoring.
The field is equal to the size of 9 football fields, 300 yards long and 150 yards wide to be exact. It is carefully
maintained and closely mowed to provide a safe, fast playing surface. Goal posts are set 8 yards apart from
each other at each end of the field.
The players' equipment consists of mallets, helmets, faceguards and knee guards. The size of the
mallet, which is made of bamboo cane or poly resins with a willow or maple wood head, is
between 49 53 inches long and selected according to the height of the pony. The ponies
are also provided with protective wraps on all four legs, and the horsetails are braided and
taped or tied for safety. The game commences when one of the two mounted umpires
bowls the ball between the players, who line up opposite each other in the centre of
the field. Depending on the number of horses available, up to eight 7-minute
periods called 'Chukkers' are played with 4-minute
intervals and a 10-minute rest at
halftime. Goals are scored by hitting
the ball, at any height, between the
goal posts. After each goal, teams
change goals to minimize any wind
advantage which may exist. The
ball is made of willow root, poly
resins or leather.
During polo season, spectators are welcome.
Entry is usually free unless there is an
(PKurt Chin going for goal organized tournament taking place. Polo
requires active spectator participation, so
make sure you bring your sporting spirit
along with your garden chairs, picnic basket and
binoculars. In addition to keeping a close eye on the ball
and the horses, you are expected to leave your picnic after the
third and sixth 'Chukkers' to help replace the divots in the playing field.
Get a taste of the exciting, highly addictive game of polo!
CallShane at tel. 383-5586 or Leslie at tel. 381-4660 for more information.
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THE BEST PIECE OF LAND ON EARTH
Known locally by his English name Alan, Manu was born in Hyderabad,
Sindh, in India's western part. The homeland to a 5,000 year ancient
civilization, his birthplace was located in what was then the Indus
valley. In 1947 at the age of 8, Alan and his family was forced to flee
their hometown together with millions of other Hindus, as the British
divided India into British India and the Dominion of Pakistan, which
later became the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Settling with his family in the southern town of Bangalore, today
referred to as the 'Silicon Valley' of India, Alan graduated from high
Alan with The Hon. Bruce Golding, Prime school with an additional accounting course and in 1957, his parents
Minister of Jamaica at the Montego Bay sent him to college. Says Alan;- "I literally spent one day in college
Chamber of Comme.e 15th anniversary ball.
chamber of Commerce 75th anniversary hall and knew right away that it would be a waste of time for me. We are
all traders by nature:' Remembers Alan;- "Most girls go to college after high school, the men go into trading
and approximately 70-800 of Sindhi males leave their mother country at age 16 or 17'
Like his forefathers, Alan was born with the traveling spirit and he too, set sails to a foreign country. Says
Alan;- "My family is spread all over the world. Hong Kong, Singapore and Africa, just to name a few places,
but I visit with each and every one of them from time to time:' Following a 2 year stint gaining trade experience
in Sierra Leone, West Africa, Alan followed the example of his brother Mike and other family members who
had already established duty free businesses in Jamaica, and made the move to the island which has been
his home ever since.
The young merchant established his own business together with his
brother Mike in 1969, after working with his family members for 10
years. "Our first store was at the Royal Caribbean Hotel, which is now
as Sandals Royal' Using their excellent business sense, the brothers
created 'The Royal Shop' with the help of their dedicated staff, placing
1 the successful duty-free store ahead of several competitors.
Recalls Alan;- "We then tried a short stint into the supermarket, beauty
and liquor business, but these proved to be very hard to maintain.
Therefore, we decided to stick to the watch and jewelry business,
Alan and his wife Kamla with former Prime which we know best:' In 1977 Daswani (USV) Inc. was founded and
ni Paterson, at Moon's 50th headed by Mike, who currently resides in St Thomas
However, their ventures into real estate with the construction of luxury shopping centers, along with other
stakeholders, such as Time Square, the major shopping spot in Negril and the prestigious Shoppes at Rose
Hall in Montego Bay, have been very successful. "We are about to start construction of a new shopping center
at the Montego Bay cruise shipping pier", states a proud Alan. The new complex will allow cruise ship
passengers to shop in style in close proximity of the dock. The family at Ravi's wedding two years ago (from
left to right): Kamla, Ravi (with nephew Bay Shaan)
"I am inspired by people with great business minds and people who and his wife Samara, Alan. Standing in the back,
think about giving back to the community. There are two individuals Michelle and Andy.
who have influenced me in a particular way, and whom Ihave
gained great admiration for over the years:' Mr. Carlton
Alexander, a CEO of Grace Kennedy, whose business ethics
and principles has left a positive mark on my life. The next
is Gordon "Butch" Stewart, a great salesman who apart
from promoting Sandals has put Jamaica and thea'p
Caribbean as a great destination.
In addition to being busy at The Royal Shop, Alan is a
Justice of the Peace, Charter Member of the Lions
Club of Montego Bay, Member of the Freemasons
Fraternity and a past Director of the Montego Bay
Chamber of Commerce. "I have battled with quite a
few health issues. Now I keep myself fit with yoga,
which has helped me a lot,' says the businessman.
During our conversation, Alan emphasizes a number of
times how important family values are to him and to,
he believes, a functional society. Married to his wife
Kamla since 1966, the couple has two sons, Andy and Ravi,
who have taken over as the main principals of the family
business. "In 1991, we celebrated 181 years combined years
of marriage between my wife and I, my sister and brother-
in-law, my in-laws and former Governor General Sir Howard
Cooke. Almost 700 people celebrated with us. It was a truly
memorable moment," Alan remembers.
Sbeeved in Jamaica from the day I arrived and know that God
carved Jamaica as the best piece of land on this earth. Who
can, should give our hard working people a chance to grow Ravi, Alan, Kamla and Andy back in 1973.
with dignity, ensure proper education for our children and engrave on every man and woman true family values:
Having learned about Alan, it is crystal clear that the family's success is based upon an understanding of the
importance of excellent customer service. We have studied the behaviors of international customers and
geared our product line and selling techniques to all nationalities. We know that the Hispanic woman will shop
for the family first and for herself last. A German customer tends to buy brands he or she knows from back
home, the Japanese buys in pairs, interestingly enough," Alan explains. "When I started my business in
Jamaica, the island was in full swing and I am happy to see all the major developments that are currently
taking place across the north-coast. Jamaica is on a steep path to success," says Alan.
The Royal Shop is known for it's exclusive collection of precious and semi precious stones and a wide range
of jewelry, including Mikimoto, Kabana and John Hardy. In addition to jewelry, The Royal Shop carries over
100 different lines of cosmetics and fragrances and over 20 different lines of watches, Blancpain, Concord,
ESQ, Glashutte, Hublot, IWC, Longines, Montblanc, Movado, Omega and Swatch.
In Jamaica, shoppers will find The Royal Shop at The Shoppes
at Rose Hall (953-2773), City Center (952-1234) and Cruise
Ship Terminal (979-8438) in Montego Bay, Island Village
(675-8816) and Taj Mahal (974-5311) in Ocho Rios at Time
Square Plaza (957-3239) in Negril. On-line shopping is also
available at www.theroyalshop.com.
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WHY MY MONEY IS ON JAMAICA FOR 2008
By Michael McMorris
Given my far ranging work within the development sector over the last
8 years, it no longer surprises me when people I meet in my travels
express shock at the amazing changes taking place along Jamaica's
North Coast. What still brings a smile to my face, however, is when the
astonishment comes from fellow Kingstonians,- residents of Jamaica's
capital city on the south coast. Such has been the rapidity and depth
of the transformation that even Jamaicans a few hours removed from
the physical evidence are still staggered by it. In fact, I silently take
account of the number of "incredibles" I hear on a weekly basis.
Michael McMorris Usually, the adjective prefaces a description of traversing the brand
new airport facilities in Montego Bay, hopping on the 'under construction' North Coast highway, swinging
through the elegant corridor of Rose Hall past the landmark Palmyra towers, the new Iberostar Rose Hall, and
the other burgeoning hotel sites, to arrive in Ocho Rios within 90 minutes. My weekly "wow" count, as I call
it, tells me just how undiscovered Jamaica's tourism revolution continues to be and how long investing in
related sectors within the Jamaican economy,- including pure real estate investing on the North Coast, will
remain an absolute give-away. Here are the top reasons why my money is on Jamaica for the next decade.
JAMAICA'S ON A ROLL
In the last four years, foreign direct investment (FDI) into Jamaica has registered a total of US$2.8 billion
dollars,- US$400 million more than was invested during the entire 1990s decade. Local investment has also
gotten into the mix as island interest rates continue to fall, and with a boom already initiated on the North
Coast, that's where the smart money is headed. I expect both foreign and local investment to continue the
momentum for some time to come.
JAMAICA HAS DEMONSTRATED A COMMITMENT TO INFRASTRUCTURE AND
Over the last decade, divestment of utilities and airport management, licensing of international telecom
companies and joint ventures for highway development have delivered an unprecedented expansion in national
infrastructure and utility modernization. With plans afoot for a further extension of the highway network both
east and southward underway combined with an increased number of air- and seaports, international
accessibility and cross-island resource movement has never been better, nor had a brighter future.
THERE IS A NATIONAL CONSENSUS TO CREATE GREATER VISITOR DIVERSITY AND A BETTER
Notwithstanding the huge investment in infrastructure, most of the recent FDI has been directed at Jamaica's
tourism industry, partly based on the unequivocal priority awarded to that industry within the national economy.
A consensus exists between the government and private sector to supercharge this industry as the driver for
overall economic growth. As a result, major government efforts are underway to increase our already high
amount of airlift and gateway access from both North America and Europe, to complement the dramatically
increased marketing muscle provided by the new global hotel chains building resorts in Jamaica. Such a
coordinated effort should drive revenues beyond the existing forecasts.
THE JAMAICAN ECONOMY IS DUE FOR GROWTH, CREATING MORE DISPOSABLE INCOME
With a 50 /o (7,000) increase in hotel rooms, either completed or under construction, tourism,- the main driver
for the Jamaican economy, is seeing renewed growth and vibrancy, while national unemployment is at historic
lows and falling. I expect that secondary investment in the many linkage industries related to hotels,- such as
construction of housing, agriculture and professional services, coupled with increased direct employment in
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* Projects with approvals not yet building FIESTAon o E
* Projects recently finished Sa
* Projects designed not yet applied for Greenand
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the tourism industry, will finally spur a period of sustained growth throughout the economy and cause asset
values, especially land, to revalue upwards in line with regional prices.
HOSPITALITY IS ENJOYING A SUSTAINABLE TREND TOWARD LUXURY
Jamaica has always had its share of loyal, global celebrities (not counting our home grown ones, who might
be accused of innate bias) such as Errol Flynn, Noel Coward, Mick Jagger and Ralph Lauren. With the
enormous influence exerted by the rich and famous, the recent surge of interest in luxury condo and hotel
development bodes well for the recruitment of a new generation of influence builders. The elegant Palmyra
Resort & Spa, Chris Blackwell's Golden Eye expansion, the twin Secrets resorts being developed on the
Seawind Peninsula and the Tavistock Group's Harmony Cove all vow to extend the proud tradition of icons like
the Half Moon, Tryall and Round Hill hotels.
THE INTERNATIONAL CAPITAL MARKETS AND LOCAL FINANCE HOUSES ARE POISED TO FUND
Jamaica's sustained rating of B+ (reaffirmed by rating agency Fitch 9/07) in global capital markets does not
do justice to the tremendous goodwill enjoyed by the nation from international financiers. Jamaica,- whose
sovereign debt trades at premiums as high as 20 %,- has never defaulted or delayed creditor payments,
making the country unique as an emerging market fund-raiser. In the realm of commercial financing,
international money centers and banks remain in sharp competition with local financial institutions,- and even
multi-lateral institutions to provide project financing. Jamaica has no exchange controls, no restrictions on
dividend or payment remittances, encouraging healthy international competition and a broad range of innovative
financial products available to borrowers and fundraisers.
JAMAICA IS THE 3RD LARGEST ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRY IN THE AMERICAS
While speaking English is certainly not a requirement for economies in this region to do well, it doesn't hurt
to speak the native language of the largest economy in the world and be producing professionals from three
indigenous universities and numerous offshore tertiary programs. That this fact is not to be underrated is
proved by the many foreign companies, particularly American and Spanish, who are investing in local tourism,
real estate and service related enterprises on the island with the implicit idea that the English speaking island
can become the #1 work and play hub for North America in the 21st century. According to, and probably in
great part thanks to the efforts of the national promotion agency, Jamaica Trade and Invest
(www.jamaicatradeandinvest.org), Jamaica currently ranks 20th in the world as a destination for foreign
investment, 12th in technology transfer and 10th in ease of regulatory processes for doing business.
AND WE CAN DO BETTER
If real estate investment is about location, location, location,- business creation is about people, people, people.
So what is it that propels the Jamaican people into the world rankings time and time again, when you can
barely find the island on a globe? In 2005, when Asafa Powell broke the world record for the 100 meters and
became the first Jamaican to ever hold such a globally coveted position, the first thing he said was; "I can run
faster". This attitude is an essential part of the Jamaican psyche. We all want to do better; be better than
yesterday and, more importantly, we believe we can. For any business investment, that spirit harnessed and
motivated is worth its weight in gold. Just ask Mr. Powell, who has subsequently equaled his own world record
twice and then broken it again.
While there are many other issues to consider, both simple and complex, this is my checklist for why I think
Jamaica is a hot investment destination. I urge you to take a closer look, but quickly, since a tenet of good
investing much like great vacationing is to get there ahead of the crowd. Happy hunting!
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SON OF THE SOIL GIVES BACK THROUGH
PHILANTROPHY AND INVESTMENT
Dr. Dwight McLeod explains that his inspiration to help was ignited
several years ago, when he went to Nicaragua on a mission to provide
free dental care in 1998. He realized that he could do the same thing
in Jamaica, and organized the first mission trip to Jamaica in 1999.
Dr. Dwight McLeod, who leads his mission team to Jamaica every
July;- "That first year, I gave my word that I would return, and I will
ensure that the annual missions continue as long as I am able'.
Since the inception of the program, over 5,500 Jamaicans have
received free medical dental care at a combined value of approximately
D USS3.6 million dollars. "This figure does not include the work done on
Dr. Owight McLeod, Associate Professor at the
Southern Illinois University School of Dental this year's mission trip," he adds. Says Dr. Dwight McLeod; "I love and
Medicine (Photo: amaica Dental Mission) care for Jamaica with a passion, even after being away for almost 30
years. I see a great need for dental care here, and I'm thrilled to be able to give back in a way that helps
improve the quality of life of my fellow Jamaicans.'
SUCCESS OF THE HUMANITARIAN MISSION
What is today a very successful dental mission, did not come about without a few bumps in the road. Still,
with each year it has gotten easier and easier," the US based dentist points out. We have established an
excellent rapport with key members from the local Rotary Clubs. The Montego Bay East Rotary Club and the
Savanna La Mar Rotary Club provide tremendous local support to make sure that each mission trip operates
smoothly and is successful. I am grateful to have their support. Both clubs do a lot of good service for many
Jamaicans, says Dr. McLeod:'
According to Mr. Haresh Ramchandani, Assistant Governor of Rotary Jamaica West, The Montego Bay East
Rotary Club has given invaluable assistance with the practical and logistical aspect of the mission. "We have
taken over the task of submitting the paper work to the Ministry of Health and The Ministry of Finance,
procuring all the necessary approvals and permits," says Mr. Ramchandani. "We also provide transportation
and aid to the various clinics in Montego Bay:' The local Rotary Clubs also secure locations for the free clinics,
ensure that the local communities know about dates and venues and provide access to emergency medical
assistance as needed.
For the last two years, First Caribbean Bank, through its Corporate Social Responsibility programme, has been
assisting with transportation to Kew Park All Age School, the site of the mission's largest dental clinic. Says
Dr. McLeod; "I was raised in an impoverished family in Cedar Grove, 4 miles from Rat Trap, the little community
where Kew Park All Age School is situated.' This sentimental notion fueled the decision to target his hometown
and its environs. "Most of the people living there are quite poor, but I prize the community and cherish the
time I lived there. As a son of this area I want to give back. Eventually I would like to build a modern health
center/dental clinic in the Kew Park area," he explains.
"When we come to Rat Trap, we draw a lot of people from the nearby Parishes of St. Elizabeth, St. James,
The Kew Park Team in 2003. (Photo:Jamaica Dental Mission)
St. Ann, Hanover and even St. Catherine," says Dr. McLeod. "The word is getting out and we like that, because
when we are here, we want to accomplish and as much as we can:' The mission leader explains that the
delegation typically works until the last patient has been seen to. "We have treated numerous patients, both
children and adults, who have been suffering from dental pain for months," says the US based dentist. "It is not
unusual for us to work until 8:00 or 10:00 o'clock at night. We hate to leave anyone untreated and I am glad
that we can draw on so many volunteers, who are able to donate their time and share in this goal," he explains.
The 2007 mission team consisted of 62 volunteers, including 21 senior dental students. The team includes
some graduate students in Dr. McLeod's area of specialty; periodontics, and is completed by other dentists in
private practice, specialists, and faculty members from the Southern Illinois University School of Dental
Medicine. "1 am so grateful and indebted to our volunteers, locally and abroad. Without their commitment and
diligence, the annual dental mission would not be possible. I am glad I have their support, especially those
Jamaicans that consistently donate their time to help us at each clinic and are just as glad to see us each
year as we are to see them. "1 am proud of being Jamaican and I am committed to continue to do my share
to help make Jamaica a better place to live," says Dr. McLeod.
OWNING A HOME 'AT HOME'
Dr. McLeod's hard work over the years combined with a mortgage from FirstCaribbean International Bank
enabled him to purchase an island home for his family; a luxury residence at The Palmyra Resort & Spa in
Rose Hall, St. James. "I knew that acquiring a mortgage would be the only way I would be able to purchase
such an excellent investment property," says Dr. McLeod, "and I did not want to miss out on this 'once in a
life time opportunity' to own a little piece of Jamaica:'
The dentist is thrilled to be able to have a 'foot-hold' on the island he still thinks of as his home without the
hassles of owning a private house. Says Dr. McLeod; "I plan to use my Palmyra residence primarily as an
investment property," he says. The location, for him, was a key factor. "I chose The Palmyra ahead of other
developments, even before it's ground-breaking, because I knew that any property located adjacent to the Ritz-
Carlton in such a well desired location like Rose Hall, is a safe and excellent investment:' Dr. McLeod cites
the management of the property and the rental program as a big advantage, as it allows him to use the
property several weeks a year and rent it with when he is not in residence. Says Dr. McLeod; "I will not have
to worry about who is taking care of my property, or if it is alright or if the value will decrease".
He is married to Dr. Karen Richardson who is also a Jamaican and a big supporter of the annual dental mission.
The couple have three children, Ethan (3 yrs), Lauren (2 yrs), and Ava (1 yr) and are expecting their fourth
child in April of 2008. They were the first to obtain an international mortgage from FirstCaribbean International
Bank for the purchase of a residence at The Palmyra. Explains Dr. McLeod; "We opted for this mortgage
because there were no other institutions in Jamaica
that provided international mortgages. In addition,
Mrs. Linton-Brown from FirstCaribbean International
Bank was very professional, pleasant and
knowledgeable:' Known for delivering first-class
customer service with a smile, Allicia Linton-
Brown visited Dr. McLeod's 2007 dental
clinic in Westmoreland, which the bank
helped to sponsor. She has many
compliments for this 'son of the soil'
who is giving back to his country
Dr. Dwight McLeod treating a patient.
(Photo: Jamaica mental Mission)
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through humanitarian efforts, as well as the investment in a property at The Palmyra. Says Linton-Brown; "We
at FirstCaribbean International Bank are delighted to work with Dr. McLeod to accomplish his personal and
Says Linton-Brown; "Dr. McLeod is one of many investors who have realized the value of owning a Palmyra
residence. For the purchase properties in Jamaica, FirstCaribbean International Bank stands ready to provide
mortgage financing to foreign nationals, Jamaicans in the Diaspora and returning residents. Purchases must
be a 'minimum value' of USS360.000, whether residents are on the beachfront, in the mountains or in any of
Jamaica's many upscale neighborhoods."
With FirstCaribbean International Bank offering International Mortgages in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling, Euros
or Canadian Dollars, the bank is a one-stop shop for anyone considering the purchase of a piece of paradise.
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personality and innate ability to close a sale, has prepared her for the
Allicia Linton-Brown (Photo: Heidiech) high level of performance required in her current role. She is the
recipient of several awards for customer service and performance. "Our International Mortgage is a fantastic
product," says Allicia, "and I am not saying that just because I work here. We offer attractive mortgage
terms, with flexible interest rates, currently ranging in the 7% to 8% p.a. region, up to 70% financing and
a 20 year repayment term, with an interest only option for up to 5 years. This product came at an opportune
time and was long overdue, but what is most satisfying is that we are helping people from all over the
world realize their dream of purchasing their own piece of paradise!"
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Featuring a panel of judges made up of respected professionals from across the real estate
industry, including architects, surveyors and renowned property journalists, the UK
SHomes Overseas Awards aim to provide a seal of approval that offers
prospective second home buyers with peace of mind. Stated Mike Hayes,
Deputy Editorial Director of the Homes Overseas Awards; "The
Palmyra Resort & Spa is already setting new standards in Caribbean
residential property development, and some of the latest
announcements including the membership to The Leading
Hotels of the World will surely place it among the top
resorts in the Caribbean:
Competing exclusively in the category of Best Innovation,
which recognizes developers ahead of current standard
industry thinking in their approach to planning, design or
construction, the luxury development received acclaim for
their approach to the environment. Fully furnished suites,
condominiums apartments, penthouses and private
villas are set in a tropical village environment with
spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. Stated
Sarah Negrin, Editor of Homes Overseas
Magazine; "The judges were extremely
impressed with the ambition shown by the
developers of The Palmyra Resort & Spa, both in terms of the high-quality interior and exterior design, and
the efforts made to lessen the development's impact on the environment.'
Designed by Miami-based architect Joseph Andriola, Vice President of SB Architects, in close collaboration
with Chicago-based interior design firm The Gettys Group, exteriors are built in the timeless, grand tradition
of British Colonial architecture while inspiration for the residences interior decor have been taken from the
natural palette of the adjoining shores, ocean, mountains and greens. Green resort infrastructure includes the
construction of an eco-friendly electric plant, avoiding additional strain on the local power infrastructure; and
the installation of a bio-digester sewage system, creating synthetic fuel from by-products collected in and around
A member of luxury
hospitality company 'The
Leading Hotels of the
World' the resort boasts the
added indulgence of the
spectacular 30,000 sq ft.
Palmyra ESPA. Residents
enjoy preferred access to
three breathtakingly different
golf experiences at The
White Witch, Cinnamon
Construction is moving forward at the island's first luxury residential community.
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Hill and Half Moon golf courses, all within a one mile radius. Residents can relax by one of two swimming
pools that overlook the sea or enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the private, cove off the resort's pristine,
white sand beach. Said Negrin; "A combination of luxury lifestyle facilities and environmental awareness is
precisely the sort of innovation we were hoping to see at this year's awards, and The Palmyra Resort & Spa
is deserving of its recognition in the Best Innovation category.
For elegant or relaxed dining throughout the day, The Palmyra offers four distinct restaurants and bars. The
resort's stylish gourmet restaurant and nightclub, Hemingway's Hideaway, specializes in authentic Caribbean
and Cuban cuisine and fine wines while Sugar & Spice is the resort's round-the-clock dining venue located in
the social hub of the resort,- the Colonial Clubhouse, also home to The Bango Bango Bar. Casual fare and drink
is also available in a tropical atmosphere at two Beach Bar & Grill's, adjacent to The Palmyra's swimming pools.
The prestigious Homes Overseas Award win follows a year of international recognitions from acclaimed sources,
as The Palmyra made it onto Travel + Leisure exclusive 2007 list of 'Top 10 Most Exciting Home Developments
in the World' and was announced 5-star award winner at the 2007 CNBC International Property Awards.
Said Bob Trotta, developer of The Palmyra Resort & Spa;
S"We are incredibly proud to introduce a luxury real estate
product that captures the magical essence of Jamaica. The
Palmyra Resort & Spa offers unparalleled indulgence in a tropical
island setting. Additionally, we have brought the world's most
renowned spa designer to the island to create the Caribbean's
most spectacular spa:'
Additional resort amenities include children's day camp, state-of-
the-art fitness centre, business centre, gourmet food shop,
divisible meeting and banquet facilities, grand ballrooms and a
romantic seaside wedding gazebo. Personal Concierges, private
Butlers and Chefs are on hand to take care of residents' every Bob Trotta, developer of The Palmyra Resort & Spa
need. Continued Trotta; "We recognize that today's second home
buyers are looking for convenience, comfort and pampering, and those are the fundamental elements of our
real estate offer. Our aim was to provide our residents with all the modern aspects of luxury living in a
Jamaican atmosphere, and I think we have achieved that:'
Within its lush, private sanctuary, The Palmyra offers lavish suites, condominiums, penthouses and villas with
premium cable HDTV and high speed internet at prices considerably lower than the other Caribbean islands.
Fully furnished residences include entry-level studios, one to three-bedroom apartments and top floor
penthouses with four bedrooms sized upwards of 2,260 sqft. For the finest in family living, 11 three storey
stand alone villas, featuring 2,646 sqft. of interior space, expansive private terraces, spacious gardens and
plunge pools present another tempting option. Importantly, The Palmyra offers buyers a full service property
management and maintenance program.
The ultra fashionable real estate development has played a major role in the renaissance that is taking place
along the northern 'Gold Coast' of Jamaica. Concluded Trotta; "With an exceptional combination of weather,
beauty, location and culture, Jamaica is poised to become a top second-home destination for years to come.
We invite potential home owners to visit our Sales Center next to the Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort in Rose
Hall while on the island.' The Palmyra offers free transportation to and from their offices in Rose Hall.
The Palmyra is located a short, fifteen minute drive from Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport, a flight
hub with more than 300 international weekly departures, and its International Private Jet Centre.
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.
T VST WWW.THEPALMYRA.COM
SALES CENTER 953 9787
A destination in itself for pampering and rejuvenation, the concept and design of the Palmyra ESPA has been
developed under the guidance of award-winning spa designer Susan Harmsworth, Founder and CEO of world
renowned spa company ESPA. According to Conde Nast Traveler, five of the top 10 spas worldwide are designs
of the global spa-guru, including the spas at the Mandarin Oriental in New York, Miami and London and Sandy
Lane in Barbados.
Susan Harmswo h, Fonder and CEO, ESPA
Artist rendering of the Palmyra ESPA courtyard.
Organized around a beautiful garden courtyard with private outdoor areas for treatment and relaxation, The
Palmyra ESPA features 16 treatment rooms, 2 spacious VIP suites, aromatic Caldarium and Laconium steam
rooms, portico covered vitality pools with ocean views, lifestyle showers, ice fountains and an array of ESPA
signature treatments performed by European-trained therapists.
"Our concept for The Palmyra ESPA is to merge the spa's natural setting and beautiful architecture with our
healing and relaxation practices, providing our guests with an unforgettable experience as they move from
being into wellbeing," said Laura Boss, ESPA project manager.
The 30,000 sqft signature spa's modern, island style reflects the rich architectural heritage of Jamaica with
deep, eaved verandahs, grand staircases, jalousied windows and doors and warm stone walls. Much of the
guest's experience in this two-level spa will take place outdoors on the many terraces, water gardens and
Other spas developed by ESPA include the One & Only Resorts at Reethi Rah Maldives and Cape Town, South
Africa; The Peninsula Hotels in Hong Kong, New York, Bangkok, & Tokyo; Ritz Carlton Tokyo; Four Seasons' at
Bora Bora, Baltimore and The Regent Beverly Wilshire; The Rosewood Acqualina in Florida; Grand Hotel Bahia
del Duque, Tenerife; and the Loch Lomond Golf Club, Scotland.
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LOCAL REAL ESTATE BOOM CONTINUES IN 2008
Seasoned realtor Valerie Levy confirms that although supply was
limited in 2007, demand for housing remains vibrant, resulting in an
increase in prices and a real estate market driven by demand,-
commonly referred to as a sellers market'. A licensed Real Estate
Broker in Florida since 1977, Levy is the President of Kingston based
Valerie Levy and Associates Limited, a company specializing in real
estate brokerage and property sales.
Valerie Levy CIPS CRB CRS GRI. One of the islands most experienced specialists in the sector, Levy has
President of Valerie Levy andAssociates Limited more than 30 years under her belt selling real estate internationally
and is a previous president of the Realtors Association of Jamaica. Says Levy; "The North Coast, and in
particular Montego Bay and its environs, have exploded with a development momentum never before
experienced in Jamaica. Demand for second homes and investment properties has increased steadily over the
years, and Jamaica, with its international appeal for reggae music, warm and friendly people and exotic foods
has emerged as the number one destination to satisfy these requirements."
According to Levy, Jamaican real estate is still undervalued in comparison to that of neighboring island. "Local
resort properties are priced in the region of 20% to 30% below similar properties in other Caribbean islands.
The Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos have emerged as sought after destinations with price tags 20% to
40% above prices in Jamaica.' Levy describes the island's unique culture and beauty as the other reason
people should consider a local real estate purchase. "Few islands can compare in natural beauty to Jamaica
with its glorious mountain peaks, flowing rivers and its renowned blue Caribbean Sea.'
Levy's real estate pick is the island's new real estate development on the northern 'Gold Coast'. "The Palmyra
Resort & Spa offers second homebuyers an unparalleled lifestyle of luxury, VIP suites, a world-class spa,
championship golf courses and two seafront swimming pools. This exciting development is now attracting
international interest and is ear marked to be a winner for 2008:'
Casa de Verde
Beautiful, new 6 bedroom, 6 1/2 bath home at the luxurious Rose Hall Estate in Montego Bay.
Case 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 Carton Hotel.
10 minutes from Montego Bay's International Airport.
Says Levy; As we move into 2008, demand for property remains strong and a true sellers market' prevails' The
property expert confirms that re-sales are attracting multiple offers and new developments are being pre-sold
before construction commences. "The strong demand coupled with an inadequate existing inventory and insufficient
housing, should lead to a further price increase and I predict that this trend will continue well into 2008.
Advises Levy; "International investors would be well advised to take a closer look at what is happening in
Jamaica' A Certified International Property Specialist and an International Section Member of the National
Association of Realtors Washington D.C Levy and her team are always on-hand to guide potential buyers
through the Jamaican market place.
Levy's market analysis is mirrored by that of Deborah Cumming,
Managing Director of Century 21 realtors. Says Cumming; In 2007,
pre-construction sales boomed in all sectors and it was very much a
sellers' market, with many island properties selling in excess of the
According to Cumming, the down-turn in the US market has had very
little effect on the Jamaican real estate market. "The current US
Deborah Cumming, Managing Director recession is impacting the middle of the market rather, than the
CENTURY 21 Heave-Ho Properties higher-priced properties. Although the US dollar is weakening against
major international currencies, it has continued to strengthen against the Jamaican Dollar, making the market
more attractive to investors:' UK buyers, in particular, are in a unique position to purchase property at close
to half price', benefiting from the strong GB 's exchange rate.
Cumming anticipates that the market will continue to be strong in all sectors during 2008, and that prices will
continue to increase. Based on future hotel bookings, Century 21 is expecting a busy tourist season that will
bring many potential buyers from both traditional and non-traditional markets:' Pointing to the relatively low
prices as an important driver for the interest in local real estate, Cumming explains that the current price gap
between Jamaica and some of the other islands is closing. "Demand for waterfront properties continues to be
high on the North Coast, attracting premium prices, but despite island real estate prices increasing
substantially, they have not yet reached the price levels of the Caymans, Barbados or the Dominican Republic.
Similar properties on other islands still sell for much higher prices than in Jamaica," says the Managing
Director of Century 21.
Part of one of the world's largest real estate group, Cumming says that Century 21 has seen an increased
number of enquiries from Jamaicans overseas, many of whom left in the 1970s and now want to come home
to retire in the warm climate. "High-end developments such as The Palmyra, Golden Eye and Half Moon are
attracting a clientele looking for more privacy and luxury. Demand remains strong for quality properties:' The
Century 21 realtor predicts that more competitive mortgage interest rates will provide an added boost to the
market. Cumming credits the continued development of the North Coast for the boom in activity taking place
in the area's commercial sector, where banks, supermarkets, restaurants and stores are popping up. Says
Cumming;- "The commercial market in Kingston and Montego Bay remains very buoyant. However, with vacant
land more readily available on the North Coast, the Montego Bay area saw more commercial development than
Kingston over the past year.'
Finishes Cumming; "Jamaica offers good real estate value, fantastic weather, close proximity to the US and great
business opportunities:' With offices in both Montego Bay and Kingston, Cumming underlines that contacting
a local real estate professional will save you both time and money. "There is no substitute for local knowledge!"
Shop 38 Montego Freeport Tammy Hart
Montegu Bay Email: amnniharta)cbjamaica.com
Jamaica Cel: (876) 881-6869
Phmoe: (876) 953-6099
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In his address, Prime Minister Bruce Golding underscored the importance of improving the education sector,
stating that the new Government has started a series of discussions with international agencies in an effort to
raise the funds needed to improve the educational system. Arguing that a good early childhood education is
the best foundation for all future learning, Prime Minister Golding said that he felt it was his duty to support
the efforts of The Palmyra Foundation. Said the Prime Minister; "There is one thing that we all agree on,
regardless of political conviction, and that is that our children are our future."
Kathi Constanzo and Samara The Prime Minister pointed to the fact that children who receive
Daswani with children of the basic learning tools at an earlier age have shown to do
Catherine Hall Primary School
Infant Department who benefited better in school than others, even under challenging
from the 2007 book distribution. circumstances. Stated the Prime Minister; "Let us
(Photo:SukiKapahi) make sure that every child in Jamaica can go
to a good basic school where there is good
furniture and adequate material and
teachers, where they get a good, sound
and solid education.'
Said the Foundation Chairperson,
Kathi Constanzo; "The Prime
Minister's support for our efforts
made the event a very special
occasion. Our aim was to get off
to a great start for next year's
textbook purchases, and we are
overwhelmed by the support we have received from the local
community. We owe a big thank you to the companies and individuals
who supported us by donating food, drink, labor and auction items,-
making it possible for us to put on the event:'
Bob Trotta, developer of The Palmyra Resort & Spa personally donated
more than US840,000 towards the Foundation's 2007 distribution,
which provided 15,000 textbooks to more than 2,000 infant school
children in the parish of St. James. Said Bob Trotta; "I'm glad to be
able to make a difference to the children of Jamaica. Books create
curiosity and inspire learning, and it gives me great pleasure to be able
Bruce Golding, Prime Minister of Jamaica with to help.' Said Constanzo; "Additionally, The Palmyra Resort & Spa has
Bob frotta, The Palmyra Foundation's main
supporter, alyra generously absorbed all operational expenses:
The Foundation's goal has been expanded to include all public school children throughout Jamaica, increasing
from the distribution of 15,000 books to 100,000 books in 2008. The Foundations five-year goal is to distribute
1,000,000 text books.
Walter Elmore, President of Turnkey Productions and the Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, chose The Palmyra
Foundation as the official charity of the 2008 Jazz & Blues festival. Elmore stated that his organization was
delighted to be associated with a charity that will make a difference to the children of Jamaica. The Palmyra
Foundation continued their efforts at the 2008 Jazz & Blues Festival, where The Palmyra tent was visited by
many supporters, including the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Mr. Bruce Golding, Minister of Tourism, Mr. Ed
Bartlett and Sheryl Lee Ralph, the Tony Award-nominated American actress and singer of Jamaican heritage.
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MEET ME AT MARGARITAVILLE
Patrons arrive by boat, car, bus and foot. Hungry? No problem.
The food is just as good as the drinks, served up by the smiling
staff, who are always on hand to serve up scrumptious
temptations. Part of the Jimmy Buffett brand of restaurants,
Margaritaville offers day and night fun at three spectacular locations in Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios.
Visit one of the island hotspots to enjoy sporting events on big screen TV's or simply lounge in the sun with a
margarita in your hand all to the tunes of favorite music played by the in-house DJ.
'VILLE NEGRIL SPRING BREAK PARTY CENTRAL NUMBER ONE
During the month of March, when spring breakers descend on Negril's seven-mile palm tree lined beach for
some fun and frolicking in the sun, Margaritaville Negril takes on the role as Party Central Number One, leading
the night action with mega parties and events. Simply listen for the music and follow the crowds to find this
local hotspot on the beachfront, where a good time and great company is guaranteed.
Said lan Dear, owner of Margaritaville together with partner
Brian Jardim;- 'Ville Negril has been the island's official spring-
break headquarter for more than 10 years, and we are known
for our huge parties and events. We sometimes put on huge
parties for 4,000 5,000 kids, and it is a lot of fun:' Themed
mega parties include pina colada scented foam parties, Mardi
Gras parties and glow parties, typically organized Monday,
Wednesday and Friday nights.
This season, Margaritaville is planning to incorporate more
music and live bands to get spring breakers and party goers
into the groove'. Schedules will include additional concerts and
events, so make sure you check in with 'Ville Negril for the
latest party schedule upon your arrival. The 'Ville greets new
island visitors with a welcome party every Sunday, an essential
happening not to be missed. Don't forget to ask about the daily
2-for-1 drink specials, part of the ultimate experience at Margaritaville owners lan Dear and Brian Jardim.
Jamaica's undisputed Spring Break headquarters. (Photo: CourtllesyofMargaritavile)
However, night time action and mega parties that will leave even the most resilient party-goer begging for a
respite, is not all 'Ville Negril has to offer. Daytime fun includes a rock climbing wall and on-property hair-
braiding for those who like to live on the wild side an feel the reggae spirit if only for a day!
Said Karim Kuzbari from Sunplash Vacations; "Spring breakers typically choose Jamaica because they would
like to go to a tropical location, and the island offers that Caribbean island feel that you don't get in Cancun
or Mexico. 80% of the spring breakers who come to the island spend their break in Negril.
Visit one of the island hotspots to enjoy sporting events on big screen TV's or simply lounging in the sun
all to the tunes of favorite music played by the in-house DJ. (Photo: Island Village)
MEET ME AT 'VILLE MOBAY
Margaritaville Mobay opened it's doors in 1996, featuring a spectacular waterfront location on the popular 'Hip
Strip'. The island-chains flagship, 'Ville Mobay, is a place for the whole family to relax and enjoy their vacation,
catering to all ages with activities, beverages and food in a great atmosphere.
The 'Ville is certainly a must-do for all extreme Jimmy Buffet fans, also called 'parrotheads'. Said one
parrothead;- "If you like cool bars or if you are a parrothead, Margaritaville is a must-see. Arriving at 'Ville
Montego Bay on a sailboat from a snorkeling trip, we docked and stumbled into this temple of laid-back. The
place was amazing, with a 110-feet water slide from the top deck into the bay, which was a total blast."
SO MUCH FUN, SO LITTLE TIME AT 'VILLE OCHI
Margaritaville Ocho Rios is located in prime position on the beach at the Island Village shopping and
entertainment complex, just steps away from the cruise ship pier.
'Ville Ochi is a high-energy bar & grill,
providing all-day family fun and nighttime
entertainment. Features include a
rooftop whirlpool tub, a cascading
waterslide that goes from the
second floor directly into an
inviting splash in the pool below.
'Ville in Ochi has proven a big hit with
locals, cruise ship passengers and stop-
over visitors, so stop by soon and see
what all the excitement's about!
TRADING POSTS MOST POPULAR
The Margaritaville Trading Post sells exclusive Jimmy
Buffett memorabilia and gifts for the folks back
home; souvenirs, as well as a colorful range of beach f
Stalf from the gift shop (Photo: Courtesy ofMbargaritraile)
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'LAWD, MI FEEL PECKISH'
SUGAR MILL RESTAURANT
Open a ing hour: daily 7:00pm d 10:00pm
The Sugar Mill at the Half Moon Golf Course is one of
dish 'Ackee & %fffish" for breakfasl a patty o availa the wfh bed, chicke&
rthe most romantic restaurants in the Rose Hall area.
Twoo famous landmarks reate the unbday. atably unique
a you fese a litle bn he 17th century waterwheel that
will give you p oenty f local cuisine optiis to help you to satisfy your rges.
Solomon Gardner, Maitre d' at the Sugarmill. creates the restaurants spectacular backdrop, the
other is the welcoming smile of maitre d' Solomon Gardner, a permanent fixture for more than 40 years and a
favorite among all who frequent the Sugar Mill. The seasoned maitre d has welcomed many famous visitors to the
Sugar Mill, including HRH Queen Elizabeth and Prince Rainier of Monaco. Guests can enjoy live music by a local
duo while dining indoor or outdoor on the patio.
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LE PAPILLON RESTAURANT AND THE
Opening hours: Tues Sun 7:00pm 10:00pm
Location: Royal Plantation
Royal Plantation's culinary mastery and white-glove
service restaurant' Le Papillon, has a 5 Star
Diamond Award to its credit and is considered the
Le Papillon Restaurant Royal Plantation. most elegant restaurant in Ocho Rios. The menu
(Photo: courtesy of Sandals & Beaches Rosots) features gourmet cuisine with predominantly French
and Caribbean influences as well as vegetarian options. The Caribbean's finest and Jamaica's only Caviar &
Champagne bar can also be found at this most exclusive property. Reservations are required.
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Opening hours: daily, 7:30am 10:30pm
Location: West End Road
The awarded titles 'Caribbean Dream' by Gourmet
Traveler and 'Best of Jamaica' by Travel + Leisure
speak for themselves. The Rockhouse restaurant
has created a 'new Jamaican cuisine' inspired by
Dining on the cliffs of Negril. (Photo: The Rockhouse) the many cultures that have influenced Jamaica,
resulting in a lighter, modern interpretation of classic Jamaican cooking. Signature dishes include Lobster
Blaze, Crab Turnover and Blackened Mahi Mahi served with mango chutney. Humble, but tasty Jamaican
classics are not forgotten, including Coconut Toast, Ackee & Saltfish, and Jerk chicken spiced with a scotch
bonnet sauce. Meals are complemented by a solid international wine list, island inspired cocktails and Blue
EE AN ANCAUL-EGI
REDOBONES BLUES CAFE
Opening hours: Mon Fri 12:00pm 10:00pm,
Sat 3:00pm midnight
Location: 21 Braemer Ave, New Kingston.
Redbones Blues Cafe provides Kingston's best local
and international jazz and blues entertainment,
while tempting you with an outstanding array of
The Red Bones Blues Cafe. (Photo:JTB) menu items such as 'Soupe de Nuit' and callaloo
strudel for starters. Mouthwatering mains include grilled New Zealand baby lamb chops glazed with guava in
a spicy Jamaican sauce and the signature dish, grilled Redbones Blues Steak topped with pickled onions and
salsa verde. The cafe is located in a former Spanish colonial residence and visitors can dine in two elegantly
furnished rooms, on the terrace or in the courtyard with unbeatable open-air ambiance. Filled with memorabilia
of great jazz musicians, the Bar offers a bar menu, a selection of specialty drinks and a truly unique
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WHERE THE QUAINT CHARM OF
"YE OLDE ENGLAND",
MEETS THE IRIENESS OF "DI JAMAICAN VIBESI"
PRIME STEAKS, SEAFOOD AND
TRADITIONAL PUB FAYRE
wrTH FINE SPIRITS AND ALES IN A
FUN AND FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE.
ALL MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS VIA SATELLITE.
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HUNGRY FOR NEWS?
F7 4r According to Managing Director Geoff Lewis,
Paperboy JA Limited has built up a significant
Geoff Lewis, Managing Director of Paperboy Jamaica. client base in just 2 years of operation. "We
distribute a number of international newspapers including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and
The Miami Herald from the US; The Toronto Star from Canada, the US and UK edition of Financial Times; The
Guardian, Observer, The Daily Telegraph; The Daily Mail from the UK, Le Monde from France, El Pais from Spain
and many, many more.
An adventurous soul, the London-born Managing Director explains that he has suffered from itchy feet from
the age of 11. "Travel and adventure have always been my main goals and I have visited many places around
the world," he says. "Living in a place with consistently good weather is paramount to my daily life." And it
was this restless spirit that would lead him to the island.
Crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a sailboat from the Spanish island of Majorca, Lewis landed in Antigua before
sailing to the beautiful shores of Jamaica on the trip back. He explains; "After staying here for 6 months in
1997, the beauty of the island ingrained itself into my soul.
Lewis kept coming back to the island, trying to figure out a how he could make a living. Explains Lewis; "When
I saw this newspaper business opportunity, I knew immediately that it would give me the possibility of
achieving many of my aims. Also, it was a business that was positive not only for myself, but for the island
as a whole.
The Londoner returned to Jamaica in 2005 with the
sole aim of introducing a first class international
newspaper service. Using publisher's copy
received directly from the publishers, the
company has a license to print and distribute 5
local copies in Jamaica.
In addition to providing a great service to the
tourist industry, Paperboy is a very useful tool to
corporate business and the many expats who reside here.
With online ordering service available to hotels, customers can order newspapers as
late as 6:30pm for next day delivery. "Our company has both residential and corporate
subscribers. A number of hotels also offer our newspaper service to their guests." Customers can use their
web access to subscribe to their favorite publications and manage their own accounts by logging on to
www.paperboyja.com. "You can order the newspapers of your choice on as many days a week you want,"
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. From its inception in 1656, Port Royal
developed into what would become
J.ett)dM .u one of the most important maritime
IT RiOTA commercial centers of the 17th
-'-"" century English colonial empire. By
S 1680, its population had exceeded
-- 2800. A total of 10,000 tons of goods
S. arrived in Port Royal during 1688,
/ making this year the peak year of
maritime commerce. By 1690, Port
S ^ Royals population exceeded that of
j' Boston, making it the largest English
1 town in the New World.
It then became the wealthy city of
merchants, artisans, ships' captains,
Slaves and pirates, who gave it its
.'''" infamous reputation. Notorious for its
gaudy displays of wealth and loose
S" i morals, the town was a popular place
Sfor privateers to bring and spend their
*.. treasure. Pirates from around the
S: world congregated at Port Royal
Sr . coming from waters as far away as
Madagascar on the far side of Africa
and the port town was a haven for
pirates such as the famed Sir Henry
Before and after the Earthquake of 1692 (Source: The NationalArchives, London, UK) Morgan, due to its excellent geographic
location in the middle of the Caribbean. The British actively encouraged and even paid buccaneers to attack
Spanish and French ships. From Port Royal, these buccaneers preyed upon and plundered the heavily laden
treasure fleets departing from the Spanish Mainland. Coinciding with the city's early development between
1660 and 1671, officially sanctioned piracy was a common practice, and nearly half of the 4,000 inhabitants
were involved in this trade in 1689.
The buccaneer era greatly enriched the port, but it was a short-lived and colorful period that England was
supposed to end by the conditions of the 1670 Treaty of Madrid. Piracy, continued in one form or another into
the 18th century and it was the Spanish money flowing into the coffers of Port Royal through trade and plunder
that made the port so economically viable. After 1670, the importance of Port Royal and Jamaica to England
increased due to trade in slaves, sugar, and raw materials and it became the mercantile center of the
Caribbean. Only Boston, Massachusetts, rivaled Port Royal in size and importance. In 1688, 213 ships visited
Port Royal, while 226 ships made port in all of New England.
Fort Charles, Port Royal. (Photo: Heidi ech)
Unfortunately, the glory of Port Royal was short-lived. In 1692, during its peak years of prosperity, the British
merchant city was crippled by a catastrophic earthquake that would plunge over half of the "storehouse and
treasury of the West Indies" into Kingston Harbor. The tremors liquified the sandy peninsula on which the town
was built, causing buildings to slide and disappear beneath the sea, and the death toll would reach an
estimated 5,000 casualties. Houses, shops, markets, and their contents were sealed by a layer of dead coral
and silt until the twentieth century when archaeologists began to uncover the sunken city. Many believed that
the earthquake was an Act of God, retribution for the sinful ways of the city and its inhabitants. Despite many
attempts were made to rebuild the city during the following decades, it never fully recovered.
Though the ancient cities of Pompeii and Santorini are well known sites of catastrophic disasters, the tragedy
of Port Royal is relatively unknown. Termed 'catastrophic sites,' they were created by some disaster that has
preserved both the cultural features and material and the all-important archaeological context. In these
undisturbed sites, time has literally frozen.
Two archeological excavations have explored the submerged site of Port Royal in recent years. Robert Marx
conducted the first of these excavations from 1966 1968. A second, larger scale underwater archaeological
excavation to investigate the submerged portion of the 17th-century town occurred over nine seasons from
1981 1990 and was conducted by the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) in conjunction with Texas A&M
University and Jamaican National Heritage Trust (JNHT) under the direction of Donny Hamilton.
Present evidence indicates that while the areas of Port Royal that lay along the edge of the harbor slid and
jumbled as they sank, the area located some distance from the harbor, sank vertically, with minimal horizontal
disturbance. For 10 years, the Port Royal Project concentrated on the submerged 17th-century remains on
Lime Street, near its intersection with Queen and High Streets in the commercial center of the town.
Together with the vast treasury of complimentary historical documents, the underwater excavations of Port
Royal have allowed for a detailed reconstruction of everyday life in an English colonial port town of the late
17th century. The site yielded an unusually large amount of artifacts including chamber pots, firearms, wood
chisels and tin glazed earthenware. Several firearm fragments were recovered during the two projects including
a pistol contraption, musket fragments and a nearly complete six ft. long musket. Most of the artifacts are
displayed in the Port Royal Archaeological and Historical Museum.
When you visit what was once Jamaica's capital city today, it is hard to imagine that it once was the largest and
most economically important English settlement in the Americas. Now a historical attraction, the fishing village
is home to over 1,800 'Port Royalists" in one of Kingston's most peaceful communities and its unassuming
presence belies the unique and unparalleled archaeological record that lies virtually untouched beneath.
Silent cannons still keep watch over Fort Charles, as they did under the command of Admiral Lord Nelson. The
giddy house is a visual reminder of the catastrophic 17th century earthquake; the building is sunk half way
into the earth and is now held up by beams to prevent further sinking. It is said that when you walk into the
giddy house, you can actually feel like you are sinking.
Recently, Port Royal's commercial role was taken over by the city of Kingston. Current plans are in progress
to redevelop the small fishing town into a tourist mecca by 2015- 16. Archaeological findings will be at the
heart of the attractions, which will include a combination underwater museum-aquarium and restaurant with
underwater views of the marine world.
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The Bigger, Better Network
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The Brazilian "Havaiana" sandals are incredibly durable, still butter soft on
the foot. Available in a surprisingly large range of styles and brilliant colors,
it is not hard to see why the Havaiana is widely acknowledged as "the best
rubber sandal of the world", also worn by supermodels and stars. Available
at Goic, MBJ Airport Mall tel: 880-0046.
A new line of stunning, exquisite and unusual custom-made
fashion accessories has found its way to Jamaica from
Venezuela. Filomena Minucci's line includes necklaces, bracelets
and earrings made from leather, silver and colored stones. The
designer recently created Miss Venezuela's exclusive pieces for
the Miss World Pageant. Accessories are available exclusively by
An exclusive Filomena Minucci necklaces. calling tel: 383-7366.
(Photo: Latoay Foster)
Busha Browne's authentic sauces, jellies and condiments utilize
Jamaica's great variety of exotic fruits and vegetables and are perfect
for traditional Jamaican cookery. All natural and healthy, simply spicy
I 7 Y B and delicious. Busha Brownes products are available in Montego
IIlW UI Bay at the Breezes Hotel Gift Shop, Blue Diamond Supermarket,
Coconut Joe, Hopewell Liquor & Supermarket, Ritz-Carlton Gift Shop, Sunset Beach Gift Shop
at Freeport, The Commissary at Half Moon Hotel and Coffee & Spice Shop at the Sangster t.
Gooc offers the traveling shopper original and unique products featuring reclaimed, recycled and
reused materials. From beach items and sandals made of recycled rubber tires to a wide range
of unisex bags constructed of vintage tarpaulin, Gooc (pronounced "gawk") is quickly becoming
the buzz of environmentally conscious shoppers! Available at Gooc, MBJ Airport Mall tel: 880-0046.
Kariza is the hot new vintage, double-layered wrap skirt
made from a silk-blend and can be worn in 100 different styles.
A fashionable masterpiece, each skirt is hand-made, making
everyone of the 1000 patterns unique. The versatile Kariza skirt
can be converted into beautiful dresses, tops, shawls, and cover
ups achieving every look from simple to sophisticated. Available
in short, medium and long. Look for Kariza at Shady Daze Gift
Shop, Shop #9 at The Shoppes at Rose Hall, tel: 953-2084 and
Shop # 6 Time Square Plaza in Negril, tel: 957-3680.
ArtBeat offers eclectic, island-inspired, work such as hand-made
masks, mirrors, wall-hangings and jewelry created from an
assortment of re-claimed materials such as royal palm stems,
shells, bottle-caps, cork, sand and driftwood. Available at Gooc,
MBJ Airport Mall tel: 880-0046.
One of the 100 different Kariza styles. (Photeo:ariza)
Visit Sheena'z T-Shirt world for the widest selection of exclusive Nickelodeon,
Appleton Rum and Red Stripe merchandise. The store carries a wide variety of
Jamaican T-shirts and resort wear. Located at shop #11, The Shoppes at Rose
Hall, tel: 953-9840 and at shop #54 City Center Building, tel: 979-9052.
Tina's is dedicated to showing original art and crafts from artists throughout the
Caribbean and the world. Find unique bronze ceramics from artist Salomon
Sinclair and fine ceramics from artist Donavon Fairweather, a graduate of the
Edna Manley School of the Visual and
Performing Arts. The store also houses a
wide selection of prints, figurines, Blue Mahoe
carvings, decorative wall hangings, Bellina collection
trays and table mats. Located at shop #12, The
Shoppes at Rose Hall,
. -% Montego Bay,
M tel: 953-8800.
Trawl the latest addition to the Montego Bay shopping scene, The Shoppes at Rose Hall, for bargains
from all the island's luxury goods retailers including The Royal Shop, Tropicana, Casa de Oro, Swiss
Stores and Chulani. The City Center, downtown Montego Bay, is home to several souvenir shops as well
as luxury retailers Casa de Oro, The Royal Shop and Chulani.
The premier shopping and entertainment spot is Island Village offering an open-air, garden setting with
a boardwalk and an array of retail shops. Duty free stores available include Casa de Oro, The Royal
Shop, Swiss Stores, Jewels & Time and Tropicana.
Time Square Shopping Mall on Norman Manley Blvd. has 14 souvenir & duty free stores and cafe.
Reggae music, liquor sampling and basket weaving demonstrations available. Luxury goods stores
include The Royal Shop, Casa de Oro and Tropicana.
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* Bijoux Jewelers
* Cafe' Blue
* Casa de Oro Jewelers
* Casa de
* Chulani Jewelers
* Coffee &
* Color Diamonds
* Cool Gear
* Deja Vu
* Flights of Fantasy
* Golden Nugget
* Habibi Latino
* Island Leisure
* Jammin Jamaica
* Jewels & Time
* Jewels in Paradise
* Reggae Walk
* Resort Properties
* Rose Hall Cigar Club
* Shade Shack
* Shady Daze
* Swiss Stores
* Talmahals Duty
*The Royal Shop
* Tina's Art & Craft
* Tropicana Jewelers
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For more information, please visit your Hotel Tour Desk call oi
Tel: (876) 953-3245 / 878-2861
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Where to find it: Casa de Oro
TAG Heuer has revolutionized chronographic movement by inventing the world's
most elegant, easy-to-read chronograph: the Aquaracer Calibre S. This watch-
making breakthrough is water resistant up to 300 meters and has the attributes
of a unique yachting timepiece including perpetual calendar, fixed aluminum
bezel with countdown scale for Regatta races, a 1/10th second precision,
scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, luminescent hands and markers and a triple-
row steel bracelet with a double safety clasp for full wearing comfort.
Casa de Oro duty free stores are located at the following Montego Bay
locations: The City Centre Building (tel: 952-3502) and at The Shoppes at
Rose Hall (tel: 953-9755). In Ocho Rios at Soni's Plaza (tel: 974-5392) and
Island Village (tel: 675-8999) and in Negril at Time Square Plaza (tel: 957-
3631). Online: www.casadeoro.com
Where to find it: Tropicana
Marco Bicego Jewelry is crafted for the sophisticated, youthful
woman who embodies an effortless, sophisticated style and his
collections blends ancient Italian craftsmanship with a creative
modern spirit. Tropicana selected two outstanding pieces from Marco
Bicegos Jewelry collection for us: From the Aruba Collection, hand
engraved earrings in 18k gold with semi precious stones and pave
diamonds. From the Paradise Collection, a unique hand engraved
ten-strand bracelet in 18k gold with semi precious stones.
The unique hand engraved ten-strand bracelet from the View Marco Bicegos outstanding jewelry collections at Tropicana
Marco Bcego Paradise Collection. Jewelers. In Montego Bay at The Shoppes at Rose Hall (tel: 953-
2242) and City Center (tel: 952-6982), Ocho Rios at Island Village (tel: 675-8774) and Tajmahal Shopping Center
(tel: 974-2928) and at Negril's Time Square Plaza (tel: 957-9530). Online: www.tropicanajewelers.com.
Where to find it: Chulani Jewelers
In 1980, Tamara Asher's inspired artwork combined with her husband Eddie's entrepreneurial skill, created the
high-end jewelry label Asher Jewelry. Today, Asher is one of the leading New York City based jewelry makers in
the world. From the skillful juxtaposition of gold and tanzanite to the interlacing of sapphires and diamonds with
mother of pearl, each piece possesses incomparable persona and innate worth. Pieces are timeless yet fun,
sophisticated yet trendy, colorful yet understated, lavish yet chic, vibrant yet delicate, glitzy yet cool. Chulani
Jewelers highlighted three very special collections for us, The Invisible Sapphire Collection, The Tanzanite & Opal
Inlay Collection and the Inlay Collection.
Available at Chulani Jewelers in Montego Bay at The Shoppes at Rose Hall (tel: 953-2213), City Center (tel: 952-
5171) and at the MBJ Airport Mall (tel: 952-2377).
Where to find it: Swiss Stores
Rolex's new Tudor Classic Collection has been designed with a young, urban lifestyle in mind. This watch is for
people who are passionate about freedom and innovation, and for whom a watch means design as well as
performance. Created in Switzerland in 1926, the watch benefits from two well-known Rolex inventions; the
waterproof Oyster case and the self-winding movement with the Perpetual rotor. With sensual curves and a choice
of pastels or vivid colors, these watches for women and men combine contemporary elegance and stylish glamour.
Dials and bracelets can be combined to provide a choice of watches that is either cutting edge or classic, perfect
for any occasion.
Swiss Stores can be found at The Shoppes at Rose Hall (tel: 953-9274) in Montego Bay, at Island Village (tel:
675-8975) and Main Street (tel: 974-2519) in Ocho Rios and on Harbour Street (tel: 922-8050) and Mall Plaza
Constant Spring Road (tel: 926-6537) in Kingston. Visit ww.swissstoresjamaica.com.
The Aquaracer Calibre S.
The new Tudor Classic Collection from Rolex
Where to find it: The Royal Shop
At the beginning of the nineties, well before the vintage'
rage dominated all the trends, Girard-Perregaux
was working on a collection inspired by the retro
shapes of one of its 1945 Art Deco watches.
The results are evidenced in the magnificent
Vintage 1945 Carree. This unique
timepiece is the first watch equipped
with the GP4500 mechanical movement
with automatic winding. With 190
elements, the Vintage 1945 Carree
presents a number of other innovative
Visit The Royal Shop in Montego
Bay at The Shoppes at Rose Hall
(tel: 953-2773), City Center (tel:
952-1234) and at the Cruise
Ship Terminal (tel: 979-8438). In
Ocho Rios at Island Village (tel:
LEFT Invisible 675-8816) and Taj Mahal (tel: 974-
Sapphire Collection 5311) and in Negril at Time Square
Plaza (tel: 957-3239). On-line at:
CENTRE: Tanzanit & www.theroyalshop.com.
p al I nlay Collectionzanite
Opal Inlay Collection
RIGHT: Inlay Collection
A true masterpiece, The Vintage 1945 Carree from Girard-Perregaux.
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Excerpt from 'Before the Legend' by Christopher John Farley [Harper Collins]:
Island Records was located in a London church. It was fitting, because Bunny liked
to jokingly refer to Blackwell as the Lord. He found the reverence some people in
the music industry had for Blackwell amusing. "The name Blackwell was a known
name to the Wailers... Blackwell had bought the church in the 196's and
converted it into a temple of music. The Island offices were at one end, there were
recording studios in the middle, and Blackwell's apartment was at, the other end.
The company was Blackwell's life. It was where he worked and slept. It was his
personal house of worship. And on the day the Wailers arrived there, his prayers-
and the Wailers'- would be answered.
The week before the Wailers arrived at his office, Blackwell had gotten a call from
Brent Clarke, a music publicist. "I didn't even know him that well:" said Blackwell.
"He just rang me and said, 'Oh, by the way, Bob Marley and the Wailers are in
town. Are you interested?'"
Blackwell had heard stories about the Wailers. Most of them were negative. They
had a bad reputation, in part because they'd had the temerity to start their own
label. The bosses of the Jamaican music industry didn't want them to succeed
and had an interest in trashing their reputation. kind of heard vaguely about
them," recalls Blackwell. "I'd heard that the general reputation about them was
they were unruly people, difficult to deal with impossible to deal with, in fact.
Dishonorable." But the fact that the Wailers had challenged their local record
industry, though it turned off other producers, intrigued Blackwell. He was looking
for artists who were willing to upend tradition. To Blackwell, it was a sign that the Wailers had drive. He could
respect that. Ambition was a component of success. He had started Island with a thousand-dollar investment.
He was a big tree now, but he had started out a small ax. Island Records was well named... Blackwell could
see in Bob the future of Jamaican music.
Blackwell developed a new opinion of the Wailers the moment he saw them. It was a time before the age of
video channels. People heard bands on record or on eight-track, but they did not always know what they looked
like or how they moved. Blackwell was looking up on Bob, Peter, and Bunny for the first time. They were
dressed casually. They weren't' extravagant in their manner. But there was a power that emanated from them.
Gushes Blackwell: "It was like the real character from The Harder They Come walking in the office. The real
revolutionary-type characters.' By then, Blackwell knew a bit about why the Wailers were there. They had been
stranded in London. The Nash tour was over, Bob's single "Reggae on Broadway" had been a flop, and the
band needed money and a new direction. But the Wailers didn't communicate a sense of desperation. They
strode into Island as if they owned the place. They were a reggae band, but they were rock stars. Blackwell
describes their arrival: "They were charismatic. They were down-and-out. They were busted. Completely busted.
And still they walked in the office like they were gods. It was incredible. It's one thing when somebody has a
name or a reputation or you read about them or see them on TV, and when they walk in they exude charisma
because they've been built up. But when they walk in and they're down-and-out and they exude charisma,
that is really something.' The Wailers could sense that Blackwell's opinion of them was changing before their
eyes. Observes Bunny: "He couldn't hold back his opinion that the Wailers weren't the gangsters and killers
that he was made to believe."
The Wailers didn't bring any music to play for Blackwell. This was just a meeting. But it was all Blackwell
needed. It was great timing-another component of stardom. He had been filled with anger at the departure of
Cliff. The Island Records boss had all this drive, and all these plans, and he didn't
know what to do with them. His energy had turned inward and was eating his
gut. He was having trouble sleeping and focusing. And now into his office walks
a man who embodied the image he wanted to manufacture for Cliff. Bob was the
real thing... Bob looked different and he sounded different. He had short locks,
which Blackwell thought made him look "incredibly progressive.' Toots, Cliff, and
Small had all looked traditional. Bob was a new image for Jamaica. His wild hair
evoked Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan-and Albert Einstein. There was an intelligence
and a sex appeal he had, Blackwell thought, that could help his music to reach
a wide audience.
Blackwell and the Wailers sat down at a round conference table. The Wailers
asked Blackwell whether he was the same Blackwell who had acted as the U.K.
distributor for Coxson Dodd. Blackwell answered yes. Bunny remembers him also
saying, "And I gave to Coxson, for the Wailers, hundreds of thousands of pounds
sterling." The Wailers had never received the money. Remarks Bunny: "We nearly
fainted, shocked by this information:'.,,
[! O FBlackwell knew right away that he wanted to make a record with the Wailers.
Remembers Blackwell: said immediately I'd love to do a deal with them. I asked
ML them how much did they think it would cost to do an album? I explained to them
that I think album, I don't really think single, that I think careers. So how much
did they think it would cost to record an album, tell me:'
Book cover and text courtesy of Bob told Blackwell that the group could record an album for 4,000. Bob didn't
Harper Collins. say this next thing, but that was more money than the Wailers had ever spent
on an album before. It was almost seventy times the trio's combined weekly salary under Coxson. Blackwell
wrote Bob a cheque right in the office. "And that was it," sums up Blackwell. "We agreed. Right then and there.
"There was no written contract. Bunny marvels: "[Blackwell] said that he would give us the money and allow
us to produce the album ourselves. He mentioned four thousand pounds with which to finance the album. If
Chris Blackwell the Lord was willing to trust us, the Wailers, without even a piece of paper signed, then we
had to honor the proposal by accepting."
Before Bob left, Blackwell took him aside to have a word. He had never seen the Wailers play. In the rock
scene, live performances were important. It was the key to building a devoted audience. Blackwell had just
given him a large sum of money. "Were the Wailers any good on stage?" he asked Bob replied: "Yeah, mon
we're great.' Was Bob joking or was he that confident? The head of Island Records laughed. He was so taken
with his new artist, he was willing to believe just about anything that came from his lips. He shook Bob's hand
and told him he would be down in Jamaica in a few months to check on their progress.
The Wailers left the building and soon headed back to Jamaica. When people around the Island offices heard
about the deal, Blackwell says, they laughed at him. They predicted that weeks would go by, and then months,
and perhaps years. Jamaican musicians were difficult to deal with and the Wailers were the worst of a bad
lot. They would stall and give excuses and the album would never get done. That 4,000 advance was gone.
But Blackwell was confident he would not be waiting in vain. Reasons Blackwell: "I knew from past experience
that 'difficult to deal with' just meant they wanted to be dealt with fairly. Because in the Jamaican music
industry at that time, people weren't dealt with fairly.
So Blackwell settled in and waited for his album. He wouldn't have to wait long.
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Visit Nine Miles, the birthplace and
mausoleum of reggae legend Bob Marley,
a quaint village in the beautiful mountains of
St. Ann's. It was here the legendary 'King of
Reggae' was born on February 6, 1945, and
it is the very same place he was laid to rest
36 years later. Visit the family home, where
some of Marley's close relatives still reside.
Relive Marley's childhood and get an insight into
his musical career before walking through the
final resting place of the legendary musician. This '
daytrip in the mountains of St. Ann Parish is
available from all the resort areas on the north
coast courtesy of Jamaica Tours. See page 6 for
220 Marcus Garvey Drive, Kingston
One of the largest audio recording facilities in t
Caribbean, Tuff Gong Studio offers both analog
and digital production, digital re-mastering,
vinyl pressing and much more. Located in
the heart of urban Kingston; the studio
was acquired by Rita Marley in honor of
her late husband, Bob Marley. Artists,
musicians, and producers travel from all
over the world to record at this studio and
recent artists to record here include 2002
Grammy Award winner, Damian "Jr. Gong"
Marley, the I-Three, Gilberto Gil, Stanley Beckford
Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers, Capleton Jon B,
Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan and many others. Open
Mon Fri: 9:00am 5:00pm, last tour 3:00pm
56 Hope Road, Kingston
The Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road is
Kingston's most visited attraction. Viewing
Marley's guitar and other artifacts atthe,
reggae superstar's former home is
culturally uplifting experience. Marley's
bedroom, with his star-shaped guitar
sitting by the bed as well as other,
authentic mementos from his li p
highlights for visitors. In th re
of the home you can see blle
evidencing the 1976 assassati
attempt, which left Marley wt
two bullet wounds.
Open Mon Sat: 9:00am -
5:00pm, last tour 4:00pm.
Bob's statue at the Bob Marley
Museum on 56 Hope Road in
Kingston. (Photo. Heidi loch)
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WHAT A GWAAN?
Winner of the Miss Jamaica World pageant 2007 Yend Philips, represented her
country at the Miss Wod pageant in China on sDecember st 2007 Among 107
beautiful Phiips has coected many accedes, including a position as to
the language, gat the expression 'What A Gtaan' means Ihe same
runner up in Miss World Beach Beauty and finas in Miss Word Top Mode a o
YENDI PHILLIPS REPRESENTS JAMAICA IN MISS WORLD 2007
Winner of theSports and Miss Jamaica World pageant 2007 Yendi Philips, represented herpes.
country at the Miss World pageant in China on December st 2007 Among 107
contestants, Phillips made it to the finals of all the events, ending up in the top
16. Miss China 2007, Zhang Zi Lin, was crowned as Miss World 2007 The
beautiful Phillips has collected many accolades, including a position as 1st
runner up in Miss World Beach Beauty and finalist in Miss World Top Model,
Miss World Sports and Miss World Talent. Miss Jamaica Yendi Phillips.
( Thae leaner Eompanyltd. 200)
Ewan McGregor, Scottish born
Hollywood actor with Round Hill's
Managing Director Joseph
Forstmayer and Katrin Casserly,
Director of Sales and Marketing.
The 2008 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues
Festival at Rose Hall featured world
famous singers Diana Ross, Billy
Ocean, Koko Taylor and Yerba Buena.
(Photos: Heidi Zch)
CELEBRITIES CELEBRATE AT ROUND HILL HOTEL
As every year, the prestigious Round Hill Hotel was graced with the presence of
many celebrities over the 2007/08 Christmas and New Year period. Scottish
born Hollywood actor and internationally acclaimed hottie, Ewan McGregor,
known from movies such as 'Star Wars' and 'Moulin Rouge', is a repeat guest
to the property. Other regulars include Paul McCartney and Ralph Lauren with
families and Deborah Schindler, producer of movies such as 'How Stella Got Her
Groove Back' and 'Maid in Manhattan'. The movie producer usually visits with
husband and movie casting director Todd Thaler.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL AIR JAMAICA JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL!
The 2008 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival attracted thousands of patrons who
flocked to the venue next to the historic Rose Hall Aqueduct to witness
outstanding performances by Anita Baker, Jill Scott, Hugh Masakela and the
Queen of Blues Koko Taylor, just to name a few. The much anticipated
appearance of Diana Ross was a disappointment to most of the
festival's supporters as the diva requested limited display and
| recording of her performance, allowing no coverage on the
Ibig screens around the grounds. Thanks to Rastafarian
convert Billy Ocean, who closed the event Saturday night bringing back memories of marvelous songs like 'Get
Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car' and 'Loverboy, the festival concluded on a high note. Supporters look
forward to next year's staging of the annual event, organized by Turnkey Productions.
THE REBEL SALUTE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 15TH ANNIVERSARY
The legendary reggae artist Tony Rebel is all smiles after yet another successful year of the Rebel Salute, the
only one-night Roots Reggae Festival in Jamaica, marking the events 15th anniversary. Held in the ideal
location of Port Kaiser St. Elizabeth, the annual event attracts upwards of 35,000 supporters from all over the
globe. The Rebel Salute serves up a strict vegetarian menu along with music from some of reggae's finest
performers such as Richie Spice, Taurus Riley, Capleton, Jimmy Riley, Sugar Minott, Queen Ifrica, Etana, Pluto
Servington, Chalice, Jah Cure, Luciano, Junior Reid, George Nooks and the Rebel himself, among a host of
other legendary reggae acts.
'NO STRESS EXPRESS' ALBUM RELEASE FROM HALF PINT
Reggae lovers all over the world recognize the melodic songs of veteran singer
Half Pint, especially sound tracks like 'Greetings', 'Level the Vibes', 'Substitute
Lover' and 'Winsome', a song that is even performed by the Rolling Stones.
Nicknamed Half Pint because of his size, the reggae singer was inducted into
the Jamaica Reggae Walk of Fame during his recent album launch party and
recognized by Minister of Culture, Olivia 'Babsie' Grange, who stated; "Half
Reggae singer Half Pint. Pint has made a substantial contribution to conscious reggae music and
(Photo: Heidilech) Jamaica. We are proud of him!" At the event, Half Pint, his Manager Loyal
Haylett and publicist Alkebu-lan said repeatedly that the most important message of Half Pint's music is
'Unity', track number 1 on his new album, 'No Stress Express'. To be released in March 2008, Half Pint's
22nd album is distributed internationally by Universal Music Group. The album is also available on-line
through the reggae distribution network www.reggaeinc.com.
HOLLYWOOD STARS PLAY GOLF AT THE WHITE WITCH
Hollywood star couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones surprised
vacationing golfers when they turned up to enjoy a round of golf at the Ritz-
Carlton's White Witch golf course in Rose Hall, late January. The couple
also enjoyed lunch at the White Witch Clubhouse to the fantastic views of
the Caribbean Sea.
Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas
JAMAICAN DREAMGIRL STAR SHERYL played golf in Rose Hall. (Photo: Reuters)
LEE RALPH AT AIR JAMAICA JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL
Hollywood star Sheryl Lee Ralph, the Tony Award-nominated American actress
and singer of Jamaican heritage was among the overseas visitors who visited
Montego Bay for the three-day Air Jamaica jazz & blues festival, of which the
Jamaica Tourist Board is a major sponsor. Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett
and wife Mrs. Carmen Bartlett (2nd right), pose with Ms. Lee Ralph (left) and
Hollywood star Sheryl Lee Ralph at Kathi Constanzo from the Palmyra Foundation.
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