Although there were snow flurries outside my window today, memories of my recent trip to Jamaica linger. Our virtual tour of Jamaica is drawing to a close (for now) but I thought I would share some super cool places to see and things to do that are off the beaten track in Jamaica. We'll head east and then south and up in the hills. Some are great excursions for corporate events and special events. Others are picture perfect picnic spots and photo stops.
When you take your team or clients to Jamaica for incentive travel, why not ask your corporate event planners to make& your next trip truly memorable. Sure you can lie on the beach and sit at the bar one of the hotels or resorts but there is so much more that Jamaica has to offer. Book an extra day or two and you can:
- Try world famous jerk dishes at their original home, Boston Beach near Port Antonio.
- Explore caves. Take your pick, there are many (e.g. Nonsuch Caves near Port Antonio, Green Grotto - Kanaga's Lair in the James Bond film Live and let Die).
- Go rafting on the Martha Brae near Falmouth or the Rio Grande in Port Antonio.
- Stop for a photo at the ruins at Folly, east of Port Antonio. Legend has it that a lover foolishly built a mansion on sand to express his affection. He then watched it crumble. This will help you separate fact from folly about Folly.
- Sample escovitched fish and bammy (made from cassava) on the south coast where it originated.
- Take in the spectacular view at Lover's Leap in St. Elizabeth (also on the south coast) where, in a Jamaican version of Romeo and Juliette, 2 slave lovers jumped off the 1600 foot cliff to their death rather than being separated.
- Explore Port Royal, the pirate's hideaway that was known as the wickedest place on earth until most of it slid into the sea during an earthquake.
- Head up into the hills of St. Ann for a photo stop at Light Hole, one of the world's natural sink holes.
- Assemble a basket of school supplies or sew or raise funds for school uniforms. Distribute them to a school in a low-income area.
- Ask your hotel to organize a cooking contest. If there are children in your group, they can learn to make patties. Distribute what you create in a rural community through a local charity.
* Brawta: Definitely take the time to explore one of Jamaica's many breathtaking waterfalls. After all, in the language of the Taino, the original inhabitants, Jamaica (Xaymaca) means "land of wood and wate.r"
We've barely scratched the surface. There are mountains to climb (e.g. Blue Mountains, The Cockpit Country), plantations to tour, great houses to visit, historical sites, castles, and even a palace.
* To the first person who is not Jamaican to add a comment or tweet this post and include the meaning of the word "brawta," I will send a photo (soft copy) of one of Jamaica's most beautiful waterfalls. Follow me on Twitter @executiveoasis to share your email address.
Whether you decide to stay at one location or move around as you explore, the Cvent Supplier Network lists many 5 Star hotels, resorts, villas, and event venues in Jamaica.
Photo Credit: mixedeyes