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<div align="center">Jamaica Villa Rentals - Jamaica-General Information</div><div align="center"> </div><br />Villa rentals in Jamaica reveal lush green mountains and palm fringed beaches…river rafting in the moonlight…Plantation House and thatched huts on the beach…reggae rhythms fill the night, no problem man…championship golf and all water sports…luxurious fully staffed villas… <br /><br />Villa rentals in Jamaica by Villas Caribe offer a very carefully chosen selection of private villas in Jamaica. The most luxurious villa experience to be found in the Caribbean awaits you at Roaring Pavilion near Ocho Rios. This ultra deluxe four bedroom private villa is set on an idyllic beach and offers exquisite interiors, a superb staff, private swimming pool and private spa. The Tryall Club just west of Montego Bay offers an impressive selection of fully staffed villas with private swimming pools, all set on the grounds of a championship golf course with private beach club. The Half Moon Club located just east of Montego Bay offers the Royal Villas of the Half Moon, which are fully staffed with private swimming pools and resort all-inclusive options including golf. <br /><br />Continuing further east along the north shore of the island, we offer an exceptional collection of private beachfront villas located on the calm, shimmering shores of Discovery and Runaway Bay. Villas such as Fortlands Point, Sugar Bay and Keelawee offer the guests the ability to relax in luxurious villas complete with their own private beach coves and swimming pools. <br /><br />Jamaica is a legendary destination that has lured adventurous beachcombers and aristocratic jetsetters to its shores for many decades. There is something hypnotic about Jamaica, there is something in the air here. The island has a richness of culture and strength of spirit that we find nowhere else in the Caribbean. For those who wish to experience local color in the extreme, we heartily recommend Jamaica. <br /><br />The interior of the island is primarily lush green mountains while the coastline is dotted with excellent beaches. The dramatic rivers of the island provide an opportunity for “river rafting”, a chance to commune with the natural beauty of Jamaica, to be serenaded under the silver moonlight. Jamaica is seductively beautiful. <br /><br />The island is a garden of exotic tropical fruits and vegetables. The local cuisine is delicious and frequently spicy. You would not be the first visitor who wished they could take their Jamaican cook home with them. The local markets as well as the local bars and restaurants overflow with color and life. <br /><br />This is the home of the Rastafarian and their influence is felt throughout the island in the arts, the culture and the hypnotic beat of reggae music. <br /><br />Jamaica offers great world class golf courses, scenic locations for horseback riding in the mountains and along the beaches, the unique experience of river rafting, all water sports, and there are restored Great Houses as well as botanic gardens and museums to discover. <br /><br />As a Villas Caribe client, we will have pre-arranged for your airport transfers so that you are met just past the customs hall and escorted to your villa in a private vehicle (additional fees apply). Guests can expect the drive from the Montego Bay Airport to villas in the Montego Bay area to take approximately 10-30 minutes, 1.5 hour to villas in the Discovery/Runaway Bay area and 2 hours to the villas in Ocho Rios. <br /><br />Since the driving on Jamaica is so difficult between poor quality roads and overly ambitious drivers, we recommend that our clients not rent private vehicles but instead let us arrange for them to have a private driver along with a private 10-12 seater air-conditioned van. The private drivers are experienced with the Jamaican roads and are knowledgeable on the tourist attractions and local history. Indeed, approximately 99% of our clients take advantage of the van and driver package. The rate of $775/wk. for the van and driver includes one tank of gasoline and airport transfers, so it truly works out to be a better value for our clients than renting their own vehicles. <br /><br />Montego Bay is the second largest city on the island and located on the northwest coast. Montego Bay has the largest airport on the island and the most hotel rooms. It offers the most nightlife (rivaled with Negril) on the island and the Gloucester Avenue area has earned a reputation as Jamaican’s pre-eminent ‘Hip Strip” where tourists and locals mix at the funky and casual bars. Montego Bay is, also, famous for restored plantations and Great Houses, river rafting exceptional water sports and golf and duty-free shopping. Families and groups will appreciate the many villas that we offer that are either located on the grounds of a resort or include resort privileges at a nearby resort enabling guests to have the best of both worlds-a fabulously staffed private villa with a private swimming pool and full staff as well as all of the amenities of a world class resort…Indeed, the villas that include the Wyndham Rose Hall and Tryall Beach &amp; Golf Club Resort privileges continue to be extremely popular with families and many experiencing their first taste of “villa life”. <br /><br />Discovery Bay and Runaway Bay are east of Montego Bay and nestled along the north coast as well. The area offers a dazzling sequence of brilliant blue bays, quaint and colorful fishing villages and soft and sandy beaches. Guests will find quiet and unspoiled fishing and resort areas that are ideally suited for unwinding and enjoying a private villa on a spectacular beach. <br /><br />Ocho Rios offers broad, white sand beaches and lush tropical beauty a 60-mile or 2-hour drive east of Montego Bay. Once a small banana and fishing port, it is now a world class tourist destination. Ocho Rios abounds in natural beauty with the surrounding hills full of glorious gardens, waterfalls and other natural treasures. Indeed, Jamaicans say that Ocho Rios is “the place where heaven spills into the seas”. In the 1940’s and 1950’s, Ocho Rios became a favorite of the glamorous crowd let by the likes of Sir Noel Coward and Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond. The world famous Dunn’s River Falls is but just one of the many attractions found in and around Ocho Rios but without a double is one of the most well known. Ocho Rios truly boasts some of the most beautiful villas on the entire island. <br /><br />Port Antonio is located east of Montego Bay on the northeastern shore of the island offers a quiet place with a special ambiance. It is nestled between twin harbors on the island&#39;s northeast coast where mist shrouded mountains cascade dramatically down to the sea. Originally known as a thriving banana shipping port at the turn of the century and later as a hideaway for the cavorting Eroll Flynn. Indeed, Errol Flynn referred to Port Antonio as “heaven on earth”. Port Antonio has preserved its charm as a sleepy fishing village offering spectacular scenery. Orchids, banana and palm trees grow in profusion and numerous waterfalls drop into fern edged pools. The area is beautiful, unspoiled and removed from eh mainstream of resort and commercial life. Visitors will find charming villas that are tucked into the hillsides overlooking secluded azure coves. Favorite activities include hiking in the Blue Mountains, exploring waterfalls and water sports. <br /><br />Negril is located on the southeastern coast of the island and has been a favorite hideaway for the young including the hippies of the 70’s. It offers an offbeat, barefoot type of no frills holiday as well as a spectacular 7 Mile Beach. Visitors will find casual but colorful cottages and accommodations. <br /><br />All of our private villa rentals in Jamaica are fully staffed and you will find in these Jamaica villas some of the best service in the Caribbean, gracious and sincere. We return to Jamaica again and again to explore the beaches and mountains of this very beautiful island, to relax in the luxury of the villas of Jamaica.<br /><br />Jamaica Airlines: <br />Air Canada <br />Air Jamaica <br />American Airlines <br />British Airways <br />BWIA <br />Cayman Airlines <br />Continental Airlines <br />Northwest <br />US Air <br /><br />Approximate flight times: <br />NY to Jamaica: 3.5 hours <br />Miami to Jamaica: 1.5 hours<br /><br />For all villa rentals in Montego Bay, Negril, Discovery Bay, Runaway Bay and Ocho Rios your destination is Montego Bay, Jamaica (airport code is MBJ). For villa rentals in Port Antonio, the Kingston Airport is more appropriate.<br /><br />Jamaica Area Code: (876)<br /><br />Jamaica ATMS: <br />Few ATM machines on Jamaica accept U.S. bank cards and currency from the machines, of course, is in Jamaican dollars. <br /><br />The Scotia Bank and the National Commercial Bank are part of the Cirrus system, so participating cards will work on their machines. Again, please keep in mind that the ATM’s dispense Jamaican dollars, so you have to request cash in the Jamaican dollar amount.<br /><br />Villa Rentals in Jamaica- Baby-Equipment Rentals: <br />Car seats, cribs, high chairs, and cots and are all available for rental for additional fees. <br />Cribs: $50/wk. <br />High Chair: $35/wk. <br />VCR: $50/wk.<br /><br />Jamaica Banks: <br />Banks on Jamaica are open from 9 AM –2 PM Mon.-Thursday and from 9 AM-4 PM on Fridays.<br /><br />Jamaica Boating: <br />Power and sail cruises are offered on every coast of the island as well as sailboat rentals in the major resort areas. Glass bottom boat tours are popular as well as theme cruises where passengers are able to swim, dance and party on the deck of a huge ship.<br /><br />Villa Rentals Budgeting for Cost of Jamaica villas: In addition to the weekly rental rate for a villa on Jamaica, the additional costs involved include but are not limited to the following: <br /><br />Air Transportation <br />Airport Transfers <br />Groceries &amp; beverages: Generally budget approximately US $185-$200 per person/adult for 3 full meals per week. These charges can obviously vary up or down depending upon the menu selections. <br />Private driver <br />Tip for the staff<br /><br />Jamaica Villa Cancellations: <br />Cancellation penalties are incurred and will vary depending upon the specific villa chosen. Upon confirmation with our company, a written cancellation policy will be issued along with the written invoice for the booking. <br /><br />Generally, cancellations incur a minimum of a 10% penalty on the gross weekly rental rate of the villa if cancelled up until a certain time prior to arrival. More specifically, the following penalties apply for the majority of the villa rentals on Jamaica: <br /><br />Winter: <br />10% penalty on the gross weekly rental rate of the villa if cancelled up until 61 days prior to arrival at the villa. No refunds for cancellations made within 60 days of arrival. <br /><br />Christmas/Holiday: <br />10% penalty on the gross weekly rental rate of the villa if cancelled up until 91 days prior to arrival at the villa. No refunds for cancellations made within 90 days of arrival. <br /><br />Summer: <br />10% penalty on the gross weekly rental rate of the villa if cancelled up until 61 days prior to arrival at the villa. No refunds for cancellations made within 60 days of arrival. <br /><br />Exceptions: Most of our villas in the Ocho Rios area do not carry as strict/severe cancellation penalties. <br /><br />**Cancellation insurance is strongly advised to cover the cost of cancellation due to any unforeseen circumstances<br /><br />Jamaica Capital:<br />Kingston<br /><br />Villas in Jamaica-Car Rentals: <br />We do not recommend that Villas Caribe villa rental clients rent a vehicle for their stay on Jamaica due to the island’s poor roads, bad drivers and generally unsafe driving conditions. We would be happy to arrange for Villas Caribe Jamaica rental villa client’s airport transfers and/or private driver with van service. <br /><br />Full time private drivers with private, air-conditioned vans (10-12 seaters) are available for hire for the rate of $775/wk. or $111 per day. This rate includes airport transfers, anywhere/anytime service, one complementary tank of gasoline and a dedicated driver/tour guide available to guests for approximately 12-16 hours per day (the driver does require time off to sleep etc). It is necessary to prepay for the driver’s services with your villa payment. Please note that it is appropriate to tip the driver 15% for his services. Jamaica is a large island and there are no superhighways, so even distances of 60 miles can take up to 2 hours to travel by car due to winding roads full of banana trucks, goats and pedestrians.<br /><br />Villa Rentals in Jamaica-Check-in/Check-out times: <br />Check-in time is generally after 1:00 PM and checkout time is 11-12:00 noon. Please note that for the Tryall Club villas, check in time is 3:00 PM and checkout time is 12:00 noon.<br /><br />Jamaica Climate: <br />Warm &amp; sunny with temperatures between 75 F and 90 F year round. During the winter, the nights are slightly cooler and so it might be a good idea to bring a cotton sweater.<br /><br />Jamaica Communications:<br />The private villas in Jamaica all are equipped with telephones and guests will be advised of the particular phone number of the property prior to departure. Please do note, however, that the majority of the properties only permit local calls and collect international calls as the homeowner’s retain the codes to make direct dialed overseas calls. Alternatively, phone cards are available for purchase at hotels, post offices, supermarkets and some shops. Certainly, guests may ask their private driver or another staff member to purchase phone cards for them to expedite overseas calls. Please note that Jamaica Telephone may not accept AT &amp; T calling cards and other pre-paid phone cards.<br /><br />Jamaica Currency: <br />The Jamaican dollar is converted at a varying rate-there is no fixed rate of exchange for the Jamaican dollar. Currently (Summer ‘2005), the exchange rate is $60 Jamaican to $1 U.S. <br /><br />The U.S. Dollar is widely accepted as well travelers’ checks, U.S. and Canadian currency. Major credit cards are widely accepted as well.<br /><br />Jamaica Customs &amp; Duty-Free Allowances (for US Citizens): <br />Departing citizens whose stay is in excess of 48 hours may take back, free of duty, articles totaling up to US $400 (based on the retail value of the items in the country of purchase). Two liters of liquor per person are allowed duty-free, if at least one liter is manufactured in Jamaica.<br /><br />Jamaica Deep-Sea Fishing: <br />Vast arrays of big game fish live in the oceans surrounding Jamaica. <br />Several different companies on the island offer guided Jamaican fishing excursions with a focus on big game fish like marlin, sailfish, tuna, dorado, barracuda and kingfish.<br /><br />Jamaica Departure Tax: <br />US $15 (subject to change).<br /><br />Villas in Jamaica- Deposits: <br />A 25%-50% deposit is required to confirm a reservation depending upon the particular villa. <br />Reservations made within 60 days prior to arrival during the winter season and 45 days prior to arrival during the summer/low season must be paid in full. <br /><br />Exception: For Christmas/New Year bookings, deposits are 50% of the total rental fee.<br /><br />Documents for Arrival:<br /><br />A valid passport <br />A passport that has been expired for no more than one year <br />An official birth certificate issued by your local government with a raised seal, plus a driver’s license <br />A notarized copy of a birth certificate plus a driver’s license.<br />Jamaica Dress: <br />Light cotton dresses and light jackets and ties for formal wear and typical tropical wear during the day.<br /><br />Jamaica Driving: <br />Driving is on the left, British style.<br /><br />Villas in Jamaica Driving Distances: <br />Jamaica is a large island and there are no superhighways, so even distances of 60 miles can take up to 2 hours to travel by car due to winding roads full of banana trucks, goats and pedestrians. Please note the following when planning your trip: <br /><br />Montego Bay-Discovery Bay-1.5 hour drive <br />Montego Bay-Runaway Bay- 1 and ¾ hour drive <br />Montego Bay-Ocho Rios-2 hour drive <br />Montego Bay-Negril: 1.25 hour drive <br /><br />Ocho Rios-Kingston-2 hour drive <br />Ocho Rios-Port Antonio-2 hour drive <br />Ocho Rios-Negril-4 hour drive<br /><br />Jamaica Electricity: <br />110 volts/50 cycles-same as in the U.S. <br />No adapters necessary for visitors from North America but European visitors will require one.<br /><br />Jamaica Estates &amp; Plantations: <br />Jamaica was home to many lavish estates and mansions that brim with history. In the past, these homes were often owned by the operators of sugar plantations. Today these beautiful estates and plantations provide interesting history lessons and are frequently situated in the most picturesque locations on the island. <br /><br />Good Hope Estate: Actually located in the hills behind Falmouth around a 40 minute drive east of Montego Bay…Built in the 1700’s and once one of the largest sugar plantations on the island the estate showcases traditional interiors with Oriental rugs over polished wood floors and mahogany furniture. Just below the “bridal suite” was the slave’s prison where they were frequently tortured. The grounds are best seen on horseback. <br /><br />Greenwood Great House: Once the private home of Richard Barrett between 1780 and 1800, it offers a fascinating look complete with authentic furnishings and a collection of 18th century musical instruments. <br /><br />Rose Hall Great House: The most famous Great House and the legendary home of Annie Palmer (the White Witch) who ruled cruelly and murdered three husbands.<br /><br />Jamaica Events: <br /><br />February: Bob Marley Week ‘2003: A week of activities celebrating the legendary reggae musician. <br /><br />March: Caribbean Music Expo/Ocho Rios-concert performances that include soca, rap, Latin &amp; reggae. <br /><br />June: Ocho Rios Jazz Festival ‘2003-Ocho Rios/St. Ann <br /><br />July: Reggae Sumfest ‘2003 held in Montego Bay. Showcases top local &amp; international reggae artists.<br /><br />Jamaica General Information-Government &amp; Standard Of Living: <br />Jamaica achieved its independence from England in 1962. It offers a parliamentary democracy, modeled after that in Great Britain. It belongs to the Commonwealth and the head of state is the governor-general who is appointed by the monarch of England. <br /><br />Unfortunately, there are not much of a middle class on the island but rather two classes; the extremely wealthy and the extremely poor.<br /><br />Jamaica Golf: <br />Jamaica is an exceptional golfing destination, offering world-class courses as well as family oriented par. The championship course at the Barbados Gold Club is open to the public and offers challenges for all levels of play. The Sandy Lane Resort offers players exceptionally lush greens and premier conditions. <br /><br />Negril Hills Golf Club/Negril; <br />18 holes, par 72, 6,333 yards <br />Phone: 876.957.4638 <br />Located in the green hills above Negril, this course is distinguished by its tropical greenery, elevated tees and greens and picturesque water hazards. <br />Green Fees: $58 <br />Caddie-$14 <br />Cart-$35 <br />Clubhouse, restaurant, pro-shop <br /><br />Breezes Resort/Runaway Bay: <br />18 holes, Phone: 876.973.7319 <br />Universally acclaimed by critics as an excellent golf course. <br />Green Fees: $80 all year for 18 holes &amp; $50 for 9 holes <br />Caddie-$14 for 18 holes &amp; $9 for 9 holes <br />Cart: $35 for 18 holes &amp; $23 for 9 holes <br />Golf club rental: $14 <br />Clubhouse, restaurant, pro-shop <br /><br />Half Moon Golf, Tennis &amp; Beach Club/Montego Bay: <br />18 holes <br />Phone: 876.953.2560 <br />Located in the 400 acre Half Moon Resort complex just outside of Montego Bay, it offers a 7,130-yard challenge. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, it an extremely spacious course that is known for the unforgettable challenges of the 570-yard 3rd hole and the relatively short 381 4th hole. <br />Green Fees: $110 for 18 holes, $70 for 9 holes all year. Rates may change without notice. Caddies are mandatory ($17 per 18 holes + tip or $9 for 9 holes + tip), but carts are optional ($35 + tax per 18 holes &amp; $25 + tax per 9 holes). Golf club rentals are available as well and there is a clubhouse, restaurant, bar and pro-shop. <br />Clubhouse, restaurant, bar, pro-shop. <br /><br />Ritz Carlton, White Witch Golf Course/Montego Bay: <br />18 holes <br />Phone: 876.518.0174 <br />Named after legendary Annie Palmer a local figure that was dubbed the White Witch for the men she killed during colonial times, this course is earning accolades throughout the golfing world. <br />Green Fees: <br />$125 for 18 holes and $85 for 9 holes <br />Cart &amp; Caddie included in green fees. Tax &amp; caddie gratuity are extra. <br />Advance booking through the pro-shop is advisable. <br />Clubhouse, restaurant, bar, pro-shop. <br /><br />Sandals Golf &amp; Country Club/Ocho Rios: <br />18 holes <br />Phone: 876.975.0119 <br />Located just two miles from Ocho Rios and 700 feet above sea level, this course is one of the most scenic courses in Jamaica. <br />Green Fees: <br />$100 for 18 holes &amp; $70 for 9 holes all year. <br />Caddie-mandatory: $15 for 18 holes and $12 for 9 holes <br />Carts-optional: $38 for 18 holes &amp; $25 for 9 holes <br />Club rental available as well. <br />Clubhouse, bar, pro-shop <br /><br />Tryall Golf, Tennis &amp; Beach Club/Montego Bay: <br />18 holes, 6920 yards, par 71 <br />Phone: 876.956.5681 <br />Located in a 2,200 acre luxury resort complex just 12 miles from Montego Bay, this course is home of the Johnnie Walker World Championship. <br />Green Fees: <br />Non-Tryall Guests-$115/day all year <br />Tryall Villa Guests: $80 per day during the high season &amp; $40 per day during the low season. <br />Caddies: $12-$15 for 18 holes and $8 for 9 holes. <br />Golf Cart: $27 + 12.5% tax for 18 holes and $16 + 12.5 tax for 9 holes <br />Golf package rates for Tryall villa guests are, also, available-please inquire. <br /><br />Wyndham Rose Hall Resort &amp; Country Club/Montego Bay: <br />18 holes <br />Phone: 876.953.2650 <br />A brand new, par 72-championship course designed by the same team that designed the new course (White Witch) at the Ritz Carlton Resort. <br />Green Fees: <br />$125 all year for 18 holes &amp; $70 for 7 holes for guests staying at villas that include the Wyndham Resort membership (Caribbean Fairways, Endless Summer, Fairway Manor, Thomas House etc.). <br />Cart &amp; caddie: Included in the green fees <br />Club rental available as well.<br /><br />Jamaica Grocery Shopping: <br />Visitors will find the supermarkets in Jamaica well stocked and offering a staggering array of exotic and distinguished specialty foods for the good life. <br /><br />It is recommended that clients secure a pre-stocking of the villa prior to their arrival so that they have food and beverage items upon their arrival. After their arrival, they may sit down with the cook and plan the rest of their weekly menu. Throughout their stay, they may either grocery shop on their own or as we recommend send the cook with their driver to take care of their shopping needs. <br /><br />Jamaica Hiking: <br />A variety of hiking opportunities exist on Jamaica…Some of the most spectacular mountains in the Caribbean are the Blue Mountains of Jamaica with peaks that soar as high as 7,402 feet above the sea.<br /><br />Jamaica History: <br />Christopher Columbus discovered Jamaica in 1494 and called it St. Jago after the patron saint of Spain. Soon, it revered back to its native name of “Xaymaca” as it was called by the Arawak Indians who initially inhabited the island. “Xaymaca” meant the land of wood and water. <br /><br />The island’s history is a tapestry of colorful characters and events…a turbulent story of sugar and slaves…Spaniards against Englishmen…howling hurricanes…crushing earthquakes…pirates and naval heroes… <br /><br />The original Jamaicans were the Arwak Indians who were followed by the Spaniards who built the island’s first town and named it Seville Nueva, near St. Ann’s Bay on the island’s north coast. <br /><br />Jamaica became a British colony in 1655 when the English captured it from the Spaniards. The English turned the island into one vast sugar plantation and sugar became “king”. The English, however, brought Africans to work as slaves on huge plantations. When the slaves were freed in 1838, many deserted the plantations and settled in the hills to cultivate their own land.<br /><br />Jamaica Horseback Riding: <br />Several companies on the island offer guided tours that lead visitors through spectacular scenery as well as riding through the surf on deserted beaches.<br /><br />Discovery Bay/Runaway Bay/Ocho Rios: <br />Chukka Cove Equestrian Centre: <br />Phone: 876.972.2506 <br />A world-class polo and riding facility, it offers hour-long trail rides and three house beach rides… <br /><br />Montego Bay: <br />Rocky Point Riding Stables at the Half Moon Resort: <br />Phone: 876.953.2286. <br /><br />Good Hope Plantation: <br />Offers a variety of different trail rides. <br />Phone: 876.610.5798. <br /><br />Villas in Jamaica-Internet Service:<br /><br />Discovery Bay, Runaway Bay &amp; Ocho Rios Villas: <br />Prior to your departure, call 876.974.7655 or Fax at 876.974.9375 or e-mail at pdadd@cwjamaica.com to establish temporary Internet access while you are in Jamaica. This Ocho Rios based company will come out to the villa, configure your laptop and provide Internet access for a week. The laptop set up charge is $25 while one week of local unlimited Internet access is $75.00. <br /><br />Montego Bay Villas: <br />Prior to your departure, call 876.978.2960 or Fax at 876.929.8086 or e-mail icquery@infochan.com. They will, then, Fax an application to establish temporary Internet access while you are in Jamaica and advise you of the subscription and daily fees (which may be charged to a credit card). Connection will be made upon an agreed upon date but do be sure to bring along with you an extension cord, surge protector and phone splitter if you wish to use a laptop computer and access the Internet. Alternatively, you may contact them locally once you arrive in Jamaica.<br /><br />Jamaica Language: <br />The official language is English spoken with a unique sounding patois dialect. The patois dialect is based on Afro-Caribbean rhythms tinged with an English little. Irish/Scottish lilt. An amazing 98% literacy rate is a sign of the island’s sophistication.<br /><br />Jamaica Local Hazards: <br />Black Sea Urchins<br /><br />Jamaica Location: <br />90 miles south of Cuba<br /><br />Villas in Jamaica-Marriage &amp; Weddings: <br />Getting married on Jamaica is relatively easy and couples may even get married just 24 hours after arriving in Jamaica, providing they have applied for a marriage license at least 6 weeks in advance. <br /><br />The requirements for U.S. citizens the following: <br /><br />Proof of citizenship-certified copy of birth certificate, which includes father’s name <br />Parent’s written consent if under 21 years of age <br />Proof of divorce if applicable (original certificate of divorce) <br />Certified copy of death certificate for widow or widower <br />Fees of approximately $150-$300 in a cashier’s check <br />Also, be sure to include applicants’ full names and occupations, marital status (single, divorced, widowed), date and time of wedding, father’s full names, name of the villa where the ceremony will be held and proposed length of stay in Jamaica. <br /><br />Marriage licenses must be obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs <br /><br />Jamaica Villa Wedding Coordinators: <br /><br />Jewel Marsh:<br />Office: 876.975.7299<br />Mobile: 876.820.5016<br />Fax: 876.994.1729<br />Email: jewelmarsh@hotmail.com <br /><br />Denise Taylor<br />Phone: 876 995 2912. <br /><br />Thelma Warner<br />Phone: 876 952 4050. <br /><br />Norma Ellison (Only for Golden Clouds Villa)<br />Office: 876.975.3268<br />Fax: 876.975.3268<br />Email: catering@cwjamaica.com <br /><br />Tammy Hart (only for Good Hope)<br />Office: 876.798.2377<br />Email: goodhope1@cwjamaica.com <br /><br />Please note that the Amanoka, Sundown and Rio Chico properties DO NOT permit weddings on their premises.<br /><br />Mobile Phones: <br />800 MHX analog or TDMA digital phones: These are the only types of cell phones that work on the island. Be sure to check with your home cell phone service provider to see if they have a roaming agreement with a company in Jamaica (such as Bell South, Cingular Wireless &amp; AT &amp; T Wireless). <br /><br />GSM mobile phones: These do NOT work in Jamaica. If you have a GSM World telephone, consult your mobile phone service before you leave to find out what you need. For more information regarding Jamaica villas, please click here.<br /><br />Jamaica Nightlife: <br />Nightlife is extensive and varied providing a variety of entertainment options for every taste from romantic cruises to fine dining as well as nightclubs. <br /><br />Discovery Bay/Runaway Bay: <br />Visitors would need to drive to nearby Ocho Rios (20-30 minute drive) for nightlife. <br /><br />Montego Bay: <br />Pier I <br />Margarittiaville <br /><br />Ocho Rios: <br />Jamaica ‘N Me Crazy <br /><br />Port Antonio: <br />Roof Club (generally fairly limited nightlife) <br /><br />Negril: <br />Alfred’s Ocean Palace<br /><br />Jamaica Polo: <br />Polo matches are held at Chukka Cove near Runaway Bay during the winter season.<br /><br />Jamaica Population: <br />2.5 million<br /><br />Jamaica Pre-stocking: <br />Since the villas on Jamaica include the services of a staff, it is advisable to have the villa pre-stocked for your arrival at the villa. By pre-stocking the villa for a guest’s arrival, it enables the staff to provide a meal on arrival for tired, weary guests. We request that our clients provide us with some general pre-stocking items (fish or chicken for arrival dinner), snacks and beverages for their arrival. The cook will pre-purchase the first few meals plus any necessary pantry staples and then finish the week’s shopping after meeting with you. Pleas note that upon arrival, guests will be asked to reimburse the cook for any pre-stocked goods. <br /><br />A typical grocery budget on Jamaica is approximately $185-$200 per adult for three full meals per day for the entire week. Obviously, these fees may vary up or down depending upon market prices and menu selections.<br /><br />Private Drivers: <br />Full time private drivers with private, air-conditioned vans (10-12 seaters) are available for hire for the rate of $775/wk. or $111 per day. This rate includes airport transfers, anywhere/anytime service, one complementary tank of gasoline and a dedicated driver/tour guide available to guests for approximately 12-16 hours per day (the driver does require time off to sleep etc.). <br /><br />It is necessary to prepay for the driver’s services with your villa payment. Please note that it is appropriate to tip the driver 15% for his services.<br /><br />Jamaica Resort Privileges: <br /><br />Wyndham Rose Hall Membership: <br />For guests staying in the villas that overlook the Half Moon Resort’s golf course (Caribbean Fairways, Cottonwood, Endless Summer, Fairway Manor, Ladywood, Thomas House &amp; Summerhill), complementary membership privileges are includes to the nearby (5 minute drive) 400 acre Wyndham Rose Hall Resort &amp; Country Club. <br /><br />Membership includes the following: <br /><br />·         Use of the resort’s private white sand beach <br /><br />·         7-million dollar water park with slides &amp; waterfalls (great for children) <br /><br />·         Discounted golf green fees (see section under “golf”) <br /><br />·         Unlimited use of 6 tennis courts subject to availability with a $12 per hour charge for night play <br /><br />·         Volleyball &amp; table tennis <br /><br />·         Open-air fitness center <br /><br />·         Live entertainment by the resort’s pools 3-4 days per week <br /><br />·         Nightly entertainment <br /><br />·         8 restaurants &amp; bars ranging from the casual poolside grill to gourmet dining <br /><br />·         Complementary Wyndham Kids Club: <br /><br />·         4-12 yrs. Old: Complementary daily supervised program from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM including crafts, games, sailing, etc. <br /><br />·         Additional fees apply for the following activities: <br /><br />·         Sailing, snorkeling, fishing, scuba etc. and all other motorized water sports which are offered at another beach located 2 miles east from the resort’s main beach. <br /><br />Tryall: <br />For guests staying at the Tryall Resort Villas.<br /><br />Tryall membership includes the following: <br /><br />·         Beach Club <br /><br />·         Discounted green fees <br /><br />·         Complementary use of the tennis courts with a $12 charge for night play <br /><br />·         Complementary non-motorized water sports <br /><br />·         Fitness room <br /><br />·         Tryall Kids Club <br /><br />·         Complementary supervised program open Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM with toys, games, arts and crafts, nature walks, etc.<br /><br />Jamaica Restaurants: <br />Jamaica features a vast array of restaurants. From authentic island cuisine, especially &quot;jerk chicken&quot; to fine Italian restaurants, Jamaica villa rental guests have many desirable choices. Some of Jamaica&#39;s restaurants are located in swishy hotels, while others are perched cliffside affording amazing Jamaican sunsets. For further information regarding Jamaica and Jamaica villas, please click here to view our entire collection of Jamaica villas. <br /><br />Montego Bay: <br /><br />Marguerites: <br />A lovely spot in the center of downtown Montego Bay, overlooking the water. Formal dining room and next door is the famous Margarittaville sports bar and disco. <br />Phone: 876.952.4777 <br /><br />Round Hill Hotel: <br />Phone: 876.956.7050 <br /><br />Sugar Mill Restaurant: <br />Located just across the street from the Half Moon Resort’s golf course, this restaurant offers a delightful blend of Jamaican ingredients with an international flair. <br />Phone: 876.953.2228 <br />Reservations <br /><br />The Pork Pit: <br />A casual, open-air place with picnic benches that offers fiery jerk pork and chicken. <br /><br />Tryall Great House: <br />Phone: 876.956.5660 <br /><br />Negril:<br /><br />Cosmos Seafood Restaurant &amp; Bar: <br />Located on the East End of the beach, an open air, casual place that offers wonderful conch chowder. <br /><br />Rick’s Café: <br />Phone: 876.957.4335 <br /><br />Ocho Rios:<br /><br />Jamaica Inn: <br />Phone: 876.974.2514. <br />Colonial atmosphere and continental cuisine and dining by the sea under the stars. Beautiful meals served in a romantic setting on the dining terrace under the starts. After dinner, couples dance under the starlight. The former playground to such luminaries as Noel Coward and Elizabeth Taylor. <br /><br />Toscanini: <br />Phone: 876.975.4478 <br />Located at Harmony Hall, a causal Italian restaurant that offers a marriage of traditional Italian cuisine and fresh tropical produce and spices.<br /><br />Jamaica Shopping: <br />Jamaica offers a variety of shopping experiences from art galleries to those searching for exceptional jewelry. The duty-free merchandise is offered at prices 20%-40% less than in the U.S. or Canada. Popular items include fine English china, perfumes, watches, jewelry, tobacco and the island’s famous coffee and rum. <br /><br />Jamaica, also, boasts a thriving artistic community. Visitors will find numerous galleries located throughout the island. Local crafts include mahogany carvings, basketry, locally made jewelry and souvenirs. Hand painted china and local pottery line the craft markets. <br /><br />Rum, is obviously, another great buy on the island. Appleton Rum has been producing fine rum for over three hundred years and a variety of blends are available for purchase.<br /><br />Jamaica Sights/Activities:<br />Jamaica villas offer arguably the most diversity of any Caribbean island. There is immense cultural heritage including: art museums, ruins, rainforest excursions, etc. If you would like more information concerning Jamaica villas, please click here to view our Jamaica villas.<br /><br />Montego Bay: <br /><br />Appleton Express Rum Tour <br /><br />Barnett Estates <br /><br />Belvedere Estate <br /><br />Golf: Tryall Golf, Tennis &amp; Beach Club, Half Moon Golf Club, Ironshore, Ritz Carlton/White Witch &amp; Wyndham Rose Hall Country Club. <br /><br />Greenwood Great House <br /><br />Hilton High End Tour: A day tour through the scenic countryside to a private plantation. <br /><br />Rocklands Feeding Station: Birds gather for their afternoon meal at this bird sanctuary.<br /> <br />Rose Hall Great House <br /><br />Discovery Bay, Runaway Bay &amp; Ocho Rios:<br /><br />Swim with the Dolphins: Visit their website at www.dolphincovejamaica.com <br /><br />Chukka Cove: Located east of Runaway Bay, an equestrian center with a polo field. Riding lessons and trail rides through nearby working plantations are available. <br /><br />Circle B Farm: East of Runaway Bay, tour a small working farm and the ruins of the island’s first sugar factory. <br /><br />Columbus Park: This is where Columbus first set foot in Jamaica <br /><br />Dunn’s River Falls: Expert guides lead up 600 feet up gently terraced cascades –be sure to bring to your camera. <br /><br />Fern Gully: A road built through an old riverbed that winds through a lush valley with thousands of ferns. <br /><br />Firefly: Noel Coward’s house near Port Maria, just east of Ocho Rios. Guided tours &amp; breathtaking views. <br /><br />Golf-Breezes/Runaway Bay, Sandals Golf &amp; Country Club in Ocho Rios <br /><br />Green Grotto Caves: Located west of Runaway Bay, guided tours along lighted paths through a series of unusual caves where there are rock formations. <br /><br />Puerto Seco Beach: Near Discovery Bay-a public beach that offers water sports <br /><br />Harmony Hall: Art gallery with a collection of local crafts, antiques, carvings and collectables. <br /><br />Prospect Plantation Tour: Daily tours in open jitneys of this 900-acre working plantation with coffee, fruit trees and sugar cane. <br />River Rafting on the White River <br /><br />Shaw Park Gardens: Spectacular tropical gardens with hundreds of bird species <br /><br />Negril:<br /><br />Negril Lighthouse <br />Negril River trips <br /><br />Port Antonio:<br /><br />Blue Lagoon: Deep hole with breathtaking shades of water.<br /> <br />Blue Mountain Bicycle <br /><br />Blue Mountain Coffee Plantation <br /><br />Navy Island: Delightful boat ride from the mainland to the bar and beaches of Errol Flynn’s Old Haunt.<br /><br />Nonsuch Caves &amp; Atheny: Rare formations in tropical caverns &amp; the picturesque 16-acre Ahtenry Gardens. <br /><br />Rafting on the Rio Grande: An 8 mile guided trip down the river on a bamboo float. <br /><br />Reach Falls: Cascading waterfalls and exotic plants.<br /><br />Jamaica Snorkeling &amp; Diving: <br />Jamaica offers good snorkeling generally off of its many reefs so that a boat must be taken out to sample the diversity of sea life.<br /><br />Jamaica Sports: <br />Cricket, Cycling and Mountain Biking, Golf, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Sports Fishing, Diving, Parasailing, Sailing, Polo, Tennis, Kayaking and Windsurfing are all available on the island.<br /><br />Jamaica Villa Staff: <br />The villas on Jamaica all include in their rental rates the services of a full staff. At the very least, each property is staffed with a cook/housekeeper. The larger villas include more complete staffs to include cooks, butlers, housekeepers, laundresses and gardeners. The exact staffing for each villa is listed on the descriptive material on our website for the various villas. <br /><br />The staffs on Jamaica are available to clients seven days per week. The general hours of service are 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM. <br /><br />Jamaica Tipping of the staff: <br />It is appropriate to tip the staff approximately 10-15% of the cost of the villa rental on departure day. During the winter/high season, the tip should represent approximately 10% of the cost of the villa rental while during the summer/low season the tip should represent approximately 15% of the cost of the villa rental. <br /><br />Please note that these percentages apply to the entire staff and not to each individual staff member. The tips should be dispersed on departure day, just prior for leaving for the airport.<br /><br />Jamaica Tennis: <br />The majority of the large hotels and resorts on the island have tennis courts that may be booked even if you are not a guest.<br /><br />Many Jamaica villas also feature tennis access including: Tradewinds at Tryall, Summerhill, Villa Lido, Sugar Bay, Silent Waters, Endless Summer, Keelawee, and Rio Chico.<br /><br />Jamaica Time Zone: <br />Jamaica falls in the Eastern Time zone, which is one hour ahead of US Standard time. The island does not observe daylight savings time.<br /><br />Jamaica Topography: <br />Jamaica is a stunning country and island. It is large enough at over 4,000 square miles to offer a full menu of topographical features such as mountains, waterfalls, rivers, forests, plains, caves, bays and beaches. The Blue Mountains run like a backbone down the center of the island from east to west peaking at approximately 7500 feet above sea level. Numerous rivers and cascading waterfalls define many parts of this spectacular island.<br /><br />Jamaica Tourist Board Contact Information: <br />USA/New York Office: 800.233.4582.<br /><br />Jamaica VCR Rentals: <br />VCR units are available for rental and the costs generally run approximately US $50 per week plus the 12.5% general consumption tax.<br /><br />Jamaica Water: <br />The water on the island is pure and safe to drink from the tap.

Restaurants

<div align="center">Jamaican Restaurants</div><div align="center"> </div><p>The island is a garden of exotic tropical fruits and vegetables that make Jamaican food and Jamaican restaurants an absolute treat. The local cuisine is delicious and frequently spicy. You would not be the first visitor who wished they could take their Jamaican food and Jamaican chef home with them. The local markets as well as the local bars and restaurants overflow with color and life that make Jamaican food an unforgettable experience.<br /><br />Jamaica features a vast array of restaurants serving great Jamaican food. From authentic island cuisine, especially &quot;jerk chicken&quot; to fine Italian restaurants, Jamaica villa rental guests have many desirable choices while enjoying Jamaican food. Some of Jamaica&#39;s restaurants are located in swishy hotels, while others are perched cliffside affording amazing Jamaican sunsets. <br /><br />Montego Bay <br />Akbar: Good Indian &amp; Thai restaurant located in the Half Moon Shopping Village.  Gloucester Ave. Montego Bay.  876.979.0113.<br /><br />The Houseboat:  Floating restaurant in Freeport, ferry across from parking area. Pepper shrimp, tenderloin, seafood. Reasonable prices and very good. Call for reservations &amp; be sure to request a table on the outside deck for view! Freeport Rd, Montego Bay.   876.979.8845<br /><br />The Brewery:  Casual bar and restaurant on the Hip Strip. Big screen TV and Karaoke. Wide variety of cuisine. Gloucester Ave, Miranda Ridge Plaza, Montego Bay.  876.940.2433. <br /><br />The Native: Open for lunch and dinner. Outdoor terrace dining overlooking Walter Fletcher Beach and the coastline. Good local food. Gloucester Avenue, Montego Bay. 876.979.2769 or 876.940.4390 <br /><br />The Pelican: Casual Denny&#39;s style restaurant located on the Hip Strip/Gloucester Ave.  876.952.3171</p><p> Marguerites: A lovely spot to enjoy Jamaican food in the center of downtown Montego Bay, overlooking the water. Formal dining room and next door is the famous Margaritaville sports bar and disco. Phone: 876.952.4777 </p><p>Round Hill Hotel: Upscale, excellent alfresco dining by the sea for lunch and dinner.  Also, a piano bar and entertainment two nights each week. Round Hill Hotel, Montego Bay. Reservations.  Phone: 876.956.7050  <br />Round Hill Beach Party:  Every Monday night-beach BBQ buffet with Calypso band.<br />Every Friday night-Jamaica night with Jamaican buffet and Steel or Reggae Band and Jamaican Floor Show.  $49 for dinner &amp; music &amp; 50% discount for children under 12 years of age.  Reservations.  876.956.7050.</p><p>Sugar Mill Restaurant: <br />Located just across the street from the Half Moon Resort’s golf course, this restaurant offers a delightful blend of Jamaican food ingredients with an international flair, creating a great Jamaican restaurant. Phone: 876.953.2314. Reservations </p><p>The Pork Pit: <br />A casual, open-air place with picnic benches that offers fiery jerk pork and chicken, a Jamaican food staple. <br /><br />Ritz Carlton:  <br />Jasmines at the Ritz is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Montego Bay for world class cuisine blending Asian and Jamaican specialties.  876.953.2800.<br /><br />Scotchies: A casual, open air place with picnic tables and bar that offers the BEST jerk pork, chicken, fish, breadfruit, yams etc.  Just east of town and the airport.  <br /><br />The White Witch:  Located high up on the golf course, it serves a good lunch and offers a lovely view.  Restaurant high up on the golf course serves a good lunch that comes with a breathtaking view. <br /><br />Tryall Great House: Continental dining inside or on a terrace under the stars.  Happy hour 5-6:30, sunset<br />cocktails and hors d&#39;oeuvres (ONLY Tryall villa guests). The Tryall Club. 876.956,5660<br /> <br />Negril <br />Chicken Lavish: Low budget eatery located along the West End.  Curried goat is a specialty as the chef&#39;s special Jamaican chicken.  Dining is either on the roofed verandah or take-out.  Phone:  876.957.4410<br /><br />Cosmos Seafood Restaurant &amp; Bar: Located on the East End of the beach, an open air, casual place that offers wonderful conch chowder, another can&#39;t miss Jamaican food.  876.957.4330, 876.957.9072  <br /><br />Da Ginos: Gino Travaini, the Italian born owner, offers specialties such as linguine with lobster, fillet of beef with peppercorns and huge platters of grilled seafood.  Norman Manley Blvd. in the Mariposa Hotel.  876.957.4918.<br /><br />Gambinos: Located adjacent to Margaritaville, the restaurant has a deck that opens onto the sands of the beach.  It features Jamaican and Italian food and fabulous drinks.  Menus include fresh salads, grilled fish, spaghetti Alfredo and a good version of fettuccine with lobster.  Norman Manley Blvd. in the Beachcomber Resort.    876.  957.4170.<br /><br />Hungry Lion: A wonderful casual alfresco spot located on the cliffs offering wonderful seafood and vegetarian dishes as well as a juice bar.  West End Road.  876.957.4486.  <br /><br />Ivan&#39;s Bar &amp; Restaurant: Located at Catcha Falling Star on the West End, well priced and good food.  876.957.0390<br /><br />Normas on the Beach: Located at the Sea Splash Resort, the spot offers romantic wooden decks and pavilions along the 7 Mile Beach.  The menu features many regional products and is seasonally adjusted with items that may include grilled red snapper, jerk penne pasta.  876.957.4041.<br /><br />Rick’s Café: THE place to be at sundown as everyone in Negril heads to the famous Rick&#39;s Cafe for either drinks or dinner at sundown.  Dinner can be romantic with dining alfresco on such specialties as imported steaks and a complete menu of blackened Cajun style dishes.  The fish is always fresh.  The food is expensive.  West End Road.  876.957.0380.<br /><br />Sweet Spice: Authentic Jamaican fare, good food and inexpensive.  Sheffield Rd., West End, Negril.  876.957.4621.<br /><br />Ocho Rios<br />Jamaica Inn:  Phone: 876.974.2514.  Colonial atmosphere and continental cuisine and dining by the sea under the stars. After dinner, couples dance under the starlight. The former playground to such luminaries as Noel Coward and Elizabeth Taylor. <br /><br />Toscanini:  Phone: 876.975.4478.  Located at Harmony Hall, a causal Italian restaurant that offers a marriage of traditional Italian cuisine and fresh tropical produce and spices.<br /><br />Jamaican Food Glossary<br />Ackee: <br />A handful of islands grow ackee as an ornamental tree, but only in Jamaican food is it looked upon as a tree that bears edible fruit. The ackee fruit is bright red. When ripe, it bursts open to reveal large black seeds and bright yellow flesh. The flesh of the ackee is popular as a Jamaican breakfast food. Ackee is poisonous if eaten before it is fully mature. Never open an ackee pod; it will open itself when it ceases to be deadly.<br /><br />Annatto:<br />This slightly musky-flavored reddish yellow spice, ground from the seeds of a flowering tree, is native to the West Indies and the Latin tropics. Islanders store their annatto seeds in oil--giving the oil a beautiful color. Saffron or turmeric can be substituted for this Jamaican food product.<br /><br />Bay Rum:<br />The bay rum tree is related to the evergreen that produces allspice. It is used to flavor soups, stews and other Jamaican food.<br /><br />Blue Marlin:<br />A Jamaican food that offers great variety, the marlin that isn&#39;t immediately devoured as a great steak is delivered to the smoker, where it takes on a milder flavor like salmon.<br /><br />Breadfruit: <br />This useful Jamaican food is served like squash--baked, grilled, fried, boiled or roasted after being stuffed with meat. It&#39;s even been known to turn up in preserves or in a beverage. The breadfruit is a large green fruit, usually about 10 inches in diameter, with a pebbly green skin and potato-like flesh. Breadfruits are not edible until they are cooked and they can be used in place of any starchy vegetable, rice or pasta. <br /><br />Callaloo: <br />This colorful Jamaican food turns up in records as early as 1696. This leafy, spinach-like vegetable is typically prepared as one would prepare turnips or collard greens. <br /><br />Star Fruit: <br />This fruit is a tart or acidy-sweet star-shaped Jamaican food. It is often used in desserts, as a garnish for drinks, tossed into salads or cooked together with seafood.<br /><br />Cassava: <br />This tuber is also known as manioc and yucca. Both kinds of cassava can appear as meal, tapioca and farina and can be bought ready made as cassava, which is used to make bammy. Sweet cassava is boiled and eaten as a starch vegetable. This Jamaican food is a staple.<br /><br />Conch: <br />These gastropods are a beloved part of the cuisine as far north as the Bahamas and Florida. When preparing conch soup, conch salad or, best of all, spicy conch fritters, you must tender the tough conch flesh<br /><br />Escovich: <br />The Spanish word for &quot;pickled.&quot; It usually refers to fresh fish (and sometimes poultry) that is fried and then pickled in vinegar, spices, hot peppers and oil.<br /><br />Goat:<br />Goat meat is eaten with enthusiasm in only a few places in the world, and Jamaica is assuredly one of those places. Some credit immigrants from India who searched in vain for lamb to prepare their beloved curry. Many who try this Jamaican food for a first time find it milder in flavor than lamb. <br /><br />Guava:<br />Tropical fruit that has over a hundred species. The smell and taste are intense and perfumed. Guava is used green or ripe in punches, syrups, jams, chutneys, ice creams and an all-island paste know as guava cheese; a great Jamaican food.<br /><br />Hibiscus, Flor de Jamaica, Sorrel:<br />A tropical flower--not to be confused with the garden-variety hibiscus--grown for it crimson sepal, which is used to flavor dinks, jams and sauces. <br /><br />Jack:<br />A fish family of over two hundred species, these colorful saltwater fish go by a host of variety names such as yellowtail, greenback, burnfin, black and amber jack. These delicately flavored fish tend to be large, weighing a much as 150 pounds, and have become an important Jamaican food.<br /><br />Lobster:<br />In Jamaican food, it&#39;s the spiny or Caribbean lobster that is found. Although the texture of this cooked meat is considered in some to be inferior to that of the Maine lobster, the flavor of the spiny lobster meat more that makes up for the supposedly inferior texture.<br /><br />Okra:<br />This finger-shaped Jamaican food, is fried as a side dish, used as a thickening agent in callaloo.<br />Pimento:<br /><br />Unique to Jamaican food, the more global name refers to the allspice berry, which has the taste of nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper and clove. All but a tiny bit of pimento is grown in Jamaica, the remainder being grown in southern Cuba. Thanks to its embrace by English and Spanish colonist, allspice is used in numerous <br /><br />Jamaican classics, from Escoveitched Fish to Jerk Pork.<br />Plantain:<br />Technically a banana-family fruit, and used as such in Jamaican food, but generally regarded as a vegetable. Inedible raw, cooked plantains are served as appetizers or starchy side dishes. The unripe (green), ripe (yellow) and very ripe (dark) plantains are used in Caribbean cooking.<br /><br />Salt fish:<br />Salt fish is any fried, salted fish, but most often cod. Jamaican food still uses the taste of this salted cod (Italian, Spanish or Portuguese markets have the name bacalao). Ackee and Salt fish is the preferred breakfast of Jamaicans.<br /><br />Scotch Bonnet Peppers:<br />The fiery Scotch bonnet pepper, ranging in colors from yellow to orange to red, is considered the leading hot pepper in Jamaican food. Some peppers are sold whole, others are dried and ground, and still others are processed into sauces, such as Jamaica Hell Fire. <br /><br />Sour sop:<br />Elongated, spike-covered fruit, slightly tart and delicately flavored. This odd Jamaican food is used mainly in drinks, punches, sherbets and ice cream.<br /><br />Tamarind:<br />This decorative tree produces brown pods containing a sweet and tangy pulp that&#39;s used for flavoring everything in Jamaican food from beverages to curries and sauces.<br /><br />Yam:<br />Similar in size and color to the potato, but nuttier in flavor, it is not to be confused with the Southern sweet yam or sweet potato. Caribbean yams are served boiled, mashed or baked.</p>

Golf

<div align="center">Jamaica Golf</div><div align="center"> </div><br />Jamaica is an exceptional golfing destination, offering world-class courses as well as family oriented, laid back par-style Jamaica golf. If your active Caribbean vacation has to involve some tee-time, Jamaica golf offers the experience you are after. There are several world-class Jamaica golf courses, including the Caribbean&#39;s oldest. Many Jamaica golf courses are located in and around resort centers, Jamaica golf courses range in difficulty, so enjoyment can be found from those looking for a championship experience to those who want a casual Jamaica golf course.<br />All prices are quoted in US $ and are subject to change.<br /><br />Half Moon Golf, Tennis &amp; Beach Club/Montego Bay  876.953.2560:<br />18 holes <br />Located in the 400 acre Half Moon Resort complex just outside of Montego Bay, it offers a 7,130-yard challenge. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, it an extremely spacious course that is known for the unforgettable challenges of the 570-yard 3rd hole and the relatively short 381 4th hole. <br />Green Fees: $150 for 18 holes, $90 for 9 holes all year. Rates may change without notice. Caddies are mandatory ($20 per 18 holes +tip or $12 for 9 holes + +tip), but carts are optional ($35 + tax per 18 holes &amp; $25 + tax per 9 holes). <br />Golf club rentals are available as well and there is a clubhouse, restaurant, bar and pro-shop. <br />Clubhouse, restaurant, bar, pro-shop. <br /><br />Tryall Golf, Tennis &amp; Beach Club/Montego Bay: <br />18 holes, 6920 yards, par 71 <br />Phone: 876.956.5681 <br />Located in a 2,200 acre luxury resort complex just 12 miles from Montego Bay, this course is home of the Johnnie Walker World Championship. <br />Green Fees/High Season:  Tryall Villa Guests-$100/per day + 17.5% tax /18 holes<br />Green Fees/Low Season:  Tryall Villa Guests-$90/per day + 17.5% tax /18 holes<br />Caddies<br />18 holes &quot;A&quot; Caddie US $30 plus recommended $20 tip <br />9 holes &quot;A&quot; Caddie at US $15 plus recommended $10 tip <br />18 holes shared Caddie US $45 plus recommended $20 tip <br />9 holes shared Caddie at US $23.00 recommended $10 tip <br />Tipping is not mandatory. If your Caddie is helpful, provides accurate yardage, repairs ball marks, we recommend that you tip him as suggested.<br />Caddie fee and tip may be paid through the Golf Pro Shop and charged to your account.<br />Golf cart: $30 + 17.5% tax for 18 holes &amp; $20 + 17.5% tax for 9 holes.<br />Golf club rental: $40 per day + 17.5% tax<br /><br />Ritz Carlton, White Witch Golf Course/Montego Bay  876.953.4604:<br />18 holes <br />Named after legendary Annie Palmer a local figure that was dubbed the White Witch for the men she killed during colonial times, this course is earning accolades throughout the golfing world. <br /><br />Green Fees: <br />High Season: $185 for 18 holes + 8.25% tax and $109 for 9 holes + 8.25% tax.<br />Low Season:  $130 for 18 holes + 8.25% tax and $99 for 9 holes plus 8.25% tax.<br />Cart &amp; Caddie included in green fees. Tax &amp; caddie gratuity are extra. <br />Advance booking through the pro-shop is advisable. <br />Clubhouse, restaurant, bar, pro-shop. <br />Cinnamon Hill at Rose Hall/Montego Bay  876.953.2650<br />A brand new par 72 championship course, the CINNAMON HILL Course, was designed by the same team who designed the new world-class Ritz Carlton course.  One of the best conditioned courses with a newly redesigned 17th hole being a special treat for returning golfers.  <br />Rates:  All Year:  $169 for 18 holes &amp; $99 for 9 holes <br />Cart and Caddie: Included in greens fees<br />Golf club rental: $35-$60<br /><br />Breezes Resort/Runaway Bay  876.973.7319<br />18 holes universally acclaimed by critics as an excellent golf course. <br />Green Fees: $80 all year for 18 holes &amp; $50 for 9 holes <br />Caddie-$14 for 18 holes &amp; $9 for 9 holes <br />Cart: $35 for 18 holes &amp; $23 for 9 holes <br />Golf club rental: $14 <br />Clubhouse, restaurant, pro-shop <br /><br />Sandals Golf &amp; Country Club/Ocho Rios  876.975.0119:<br />18 holes <br />Located just two miles from Ocho Rios and 700 feet above sea level, this course is one of the most scenic courses in Jamaica. <br />Green Fees: <br />$100 for 18 holes &amp; $70 for 9 holes all year. <br />Caddie-mandatory: $15 for 18 holes and $12 for 9 holes <br />Carts-optional: $38 for 18 holes &amp; $25 for 9 holes <br />Club rental available as well. <br />Clubhouse, bar, pro-shop <br /><br />Negril Hills Golf Club/Negril  876.957.4638<br />18 holes, par 72, 6,333 yards <br />Located in the green hills above Negril, this course is distinguished by its tropical greenery, elevated tees and greens and picturesque water hazards. <br />Green Fees: $58 <br />Caddie-$14 <br />Cart-$35 <br />Clubhouse, restaurant, pro-shop <br />Silver Sands-Super Clubs-Grand Lido/Braco  876.954.0000:<br />9 hole Executive course<br /><br />San San Golf Club/ Port Antonio  876.993.7644:<br />9 hole golf course cooled by sea breezes, 5 miles east of Port Antonio.

Airport

<p align="center">Jamaica Airports</p><p><br />Jamaica has two international airports; one is located in Montego Bay and the other in Kingston.  The majority of visitors to the island, however, will arrive at the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.  Most international carriers fly directly to this airport.  A U.S. State Department issued valid passport must be presented before you will be permitted to board your flight. This requirement applies to all passengers including infants.<br />Jamaica Departure Tax: <br />US $15 (subject to change).<br />Carriers to Jamaica Airports: <br />Air Canada <br />Air Jamaica <br />American Airlines <br />British Airways <br />BWIA <br />Cayman Airlines <br />Continental Airlines<br />Delta <br />US Air <br /><br />Approximate flight times: <br />NY to Jamaica airports: 3.5 hours <br />Miami to Jamaica airports: 1.5 hours</p><p><br />For all villa rentals in Montego Bay, Negril, Discovery Bay, Runaway Bay and Ocho Rios your destination is Montego Bay, Jamaica (airport code is MBJ). For villa rentals in Port Antonio, the Kingston Airport is more appropriate.</p><p><br />International Jamaica Airports<br />Kingston - Norman Manley Airport (KIN/MKJP)<br />Kingston Airport, Jamaica, Palisades, Kingston<br />Tel:  876.924.8452/6<br /> <br />Montego Bay - Sangster Airport (MBJ/MKJS)<br />Montego Bay Airport, Jamaica, PO Box 204, Airport Administration, Montego Bay<br />Tel: 87652-3124, 876. 952.3133<br /> <br />Jamaica Airport Transfers<br />As a Villas Caribe client, we will have pre-arranged for your transfers from Jamaica airports so that you are met just past the customs hall and escorted to your villa in a private vehicle (additional fees apply). Guests can expect the drive from the Montego Bay Airport to villas in the Montego Bay area to take approximately 10-30 minutes, 1.5 hour to villas in the Discovery/Runaway Bay area and 2 hours to the villas in Ocho Rios. We recommend our excellent drivers and their air-conditioned vans. For a villa in the Montego Bay area, airport transfers will cost $70 or $80 round trip; for Discovery Bay $130; Ocho Rios $200 and Good Hope Plantation $100.<br /><br />Since the driving on Jamaica is so difficult between the poor quality roads and overly ambitious drivers, we recommend that our clients not rent private vehicles but instead let us arrange for them to have a private driver along with  private 12, 15 or 25 seater air-conditioned vans. The private drivers are experienced with the Jamaican roads and are knowledgeable on the tourist attractions and local history. Indeed, approximately 99% of our clients take advantage of the van and driver package. The rate of $875/wk. for a 12 seater  van and driver includes one tank of gasoline and airport transfers, so it truly works out to be a better value for our clients than renting their own vehicles.</p>

Communications

<div align="center"> Jamaica Communications<br />|<br /></div>The private villas in Jamaica all are equipped with all the amenities of Jamaica Communications. Jamaica villas are equipped with telephones and guests will be advised of the particular phone number of the property prior to departure. Please do note, however, that the majority of the properties only permit local calls and collect international calls as the homeowner’s retain the codes to make direct dialed overseas calls. Alternatively, phone cards are available for purchase at hotels, post offices, supermarkets and some shops. Certainly, guests may ask their private driver or another staff member to purchase phone cards for them to expedite overseas calls. Please note that Jamaica Telephone may not accept AT &amp; T calling cards and other pre-paid phone cards.<br /><br />Mobile Phones: <br />Your U.S. cell phone will work if your provider in the U.S. is T Mobile or Cingular. but will not work if your provider is Verizon or Sprint.   Be sure to check with your home cell phone services provider to see if they have a roaming agreement with a company in Jamaica.<br />Note: Be sure to enable ROAMING in Jamaica.<br /><br />Alternatively, visit any Digicel store in Jamaica and they&#39;ll set you up.  All of our drivers and staff know where the most convenient Digicel outlets are.  Digicel phones are inexpensive, and phone time cards are available in nearly all shops and gas stations.  Overseas call rates are quite reasonable.  Try your own cell first.  If it doesn&#39;t work in Jamaica, purchase of a Digicel is my strongest recommendation for ease, economy and convenience.<br /><br />Note that several of our villas offer complimentary cell phones during your vacation. Ask your concierge for additional information. <br /><br />Internet:<br />Most of the villas provide complementary ADSL Internet access and some are wireless, so feel free to bring along your laptop.  Check with your concierge to confirm the latest Internet access status in your villa.  Please note that guests in the Tryall Club villas may use the Tryall Internet Room and Round Hill guests may use the Round Hill Internet Room.

Nightlife

<div align="center">Jamaica Nightlife<br /></div><br />Nightlife is extensive and varied providing a variety of entertainment options for every taste from romantic cruises to fine dining as well as nightclubs. For most vacationers, nightlife is found in the resorts, most which feature nightly shows that range from reggae performers and Elvis impersonators to special nights with fire eaters and limbo dancersThose looking for more Jamaica nightlife will find plenty of it, though throughout the major tourist destinations.<br /><br />In Negril, evenings start about an hour before sunset at Rick&#39;s, the most popular sunset spot on the island. This Jamaica nightlife spot is located on the cliffs of the town&#39;s West End. It is an open-air restaurant and bar that is a true favorite among American guests. Much of the action begins with amazing cliff divers who leap from the crags above to the aquamarine depths below. The cheers of onlookers make this Jamaica nightlife spot an original. As the sun begins to set, your attention should turn to the west where couples look for the ‘green flash’, a natural phenomena that only occurs when the sun sets on a cloudless evening, producing an extraordinary experience of magical color.<br /><br />In Montego Bay, a popular Jamaica nightlife excursion is An Evening on the Great River 876.952.5047This night would begin with a pick-up at your hotel. From there, the evening includes a boat ride up the torch-lit river, an open bar, Jamaican dinner, reggae band, and a native floor show with limbo dancers. It is a true Jamaica nightlife experience.  The Coral Cliff Gaming Lounge on the Hip Strip offers live jazz, cabaret and reggae shows and is Montego Bay&#39;s gaming lounge with slots that range from 50 cents to $5 for jackpots.  876.952.4130.  Margaritaville Sports Bar &amp; Disco offers a big screen TV, water slide and casual menu.  It is located on the Hip Strip (Gloucester Avenue)- 876.952.4777.<br /><br />Ocho Rios offers a variety of places to enjoy the evenings...The Island Village is a shopping and entertainment center and there guests will find the Margaritaville Bar &amp; Restaurant complete with water slide, an occasional concert, good food (and generous portions) and drinks.  The Village, also, offers a multiplex digital movie theater, coffee shop and more bars and restaurants.  Jamaica&#39;N Me Crazy (876.974.2201) is a popular club and disco located in the Jamaica Grande Hotel.  For those looking for a more serene evening, an after dinner drink (or dinner under the stars) at the exclusive Jamaican Inn is not to be missed.  Visitors to villas in the Discovery Bay and Runaway Bay areas, would need to drive to nearby Ocho Rios (20-30 minute drive) for nightlife.

Car rental

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mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> <p style="text-align: center" class="MsoNormal" align="center"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'"> Jamaica</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'"> Transportation<br /><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">Villas in Jamaica-Car Rentals: <br /> Jamaica transportation can be very difficult. We do not recommend that Villas Caribe villa rental clients rent a vehicle for their stay on Jamaica due to the island’s poor roads, aggressive drivers and generally unsafe driving conditions of Jamaica Transportation. Jamaica is a large island and there are no superhighways, so even distances of 60 miles can take up to 2 hours to travel by car due to winding roads full of banana trucks, goats and pedestrians.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">We would be happy to arrange for Villas Caribe Jamaica rental villa client’s airport transfers and/or private driver with van service, which we find is a far superior method of Jamaica transportation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">Private Drivers: <br /> Full time private drivers with private, air-conditioned vans are available for hire for additional fees that vary depending upon the size of the van.  Rates are as follows:</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">10-12 seater vans-$875/wk.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">15 seater vans-$1000/wk.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">25 seater vans-$1400/wk.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">These rates include airport transfers, anywhere/anytime service, one complementary tank of gasoline and a dedicated driver/tour guide available to guests for approximately 12-16 hours per day (the driver does require time off to sleep etc). It is necessary to prepay for the driver’s services with your villa payment. Please note that it is appropriate to tip the driver 15% for his services. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">It is necessary to prepay for the driver’s services with your villa payment. Please note that it is appropriate to tip the driver 15% for his services.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">For those that are adventurous in spirit, we are happy to arrange for private car rentals and can even arrange to have the car rental delivered on a complementary basis to the villa for your arrival.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">Jamaica</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'"> Driving: <br /> Jamaica transportation is British style, so driving is on the left.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">Villas in Jamaica Driving Distances: <br /> Jamaica is a large island and there are no superhighways, so even distances of 60 miles can take up to 2 hours to travel by car due to winding roads full of banana trucks, goats and pedestrians. Please note the following when planning your trip: </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">Montego Bay-Discovery Bay-75 minute drive <br /> Montego Bay-Runaway Bay- 85 minute  drive <br /> Montego Bay-Ocho Rios-95 minute   drive <br /> Montego Bay-Negril: 60-70 minute  rive </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Comic Sans MS'">Ocho Rios-Kingston-60 minute drive <br /> Ocho Rios-Port Antonio-60 minute drive <br /> Ocho Rios-Negril-180 minute drive</span></p>

Weddings

<div align="center">Jamaica Weddings<br /><br /></div>Villas in Jamaica Weddings and Marriage: <br />Jamaica weddings offer the opportunity to have spectacular locations, world-class services, and the gorgeous Caribbean surroundings. Jamaica weddings can accommodate large party affairs or Jamaica weddings can be set up as an intimate celebration between families. Weddings in Jamaica promise to be both a beautiful and an unforgettable wedding experience. Getting married on Jamaica is relatively easy and couples may even get married just 24 hours after arriving in Jamaica, providing they have applied for a marriage license at least 6 weeks in advance. <br /><br />A Jamaica wedding provides the perfect and most memorable of settings for such an occasion.   Our villas make the most ideal settings for the special day thanks to the loving and attentive staff and the high level of care that is an integral quality of every vacation and wedding we arrange.<br />Most brides find that holding a wedding at a villa helps to keep reception costs down -whether they want a small intimate affair, a formal seated dinner or a casual poolside buffet.  WE are happy to provide the names of our experienced wedding coordinators who are available to suggest various options from finger food to elaborate candlelit seated dinners.  For very large groups (more than the maximum occupancy of the main villa hosting the wedding), we do require that an outside caterer be employed for food and beverage service.<br /><br />We have been assisting with Jamaican weddings for our clients for over 20 years and have a great deal of experiences organizing the accommodations for wedding parties whether it be a secluded and intimate villa for just the couple or a combination of neighboring villas for a large group of family and friends (50-100+ guests).<br /><br />Minimum Rental:<br />A 7 night minimum rental at the full house rate is required for the villa where the wedding and any other related events are to be held.  Generally, it is more economical to house additional wedding guests in one or more of our villas rather than a nearby hotel.  For any &quot;sister&quot; villas where additional guests are accommodated, a 7 night minimum stay is required during the High Season and a 5 night stay in the Low Season.<br />Special Event Surcharges: <br />Most villas will have a $15 per person surcharge for hosting special events at the villa such as a rehearsal dinner and/or wedding.  Some villas, also, have specific site fees which you will be advised upon inquiry.  Additionally, the majority of the villas will require a refundable damage deposit of $500-$2000 depending upon the particular villa.  <br /><br /> Scheduling the Ceremony:<br />We recommend holding the ceremony close to sundown with the reception starting under a beautiful Jamaican sunset and progressing into a romantic candlelight evening.  During the winter months, sunset is around 5:30 PM so a ceremony at 5:00 would be ideal.  During the summer months, sunset is around 6:30 PM but Jamaican law requires that all marriages take place before 6:00 PM so be sure to schedule your ceremony for no later than 5:30 PM.<br /><br />Wedding Planning/Coordinators:<br />If you are planning a simple ceremony, a wedding coordinator may not be necessary.  If you are planning a larger wedding, however, to include music from either a DJ or a live band, outside catering, a photographer or videographer or a formal rehearsal dinner and full reception than a wedding coordinator is indispensable and a requirement.  <br />Please ask our agents for the phone numbers of the experienced wedding coordinators we use on the island and that reside on Jamaica.  Each coordinator will be happy to quote you a fee and costs for all of your special requests based on the details of your individual wedding.<br /><br />Villas Caribe&#39;s agents and professional concierge team is able to provide guidance and contact numbers which you will find on this page so that you can choose to make your own arrangements if only a simple event but for a typical wedding we recommend that you employ one of our locally based wedding planners who are experienced in arranging Jamaica weddings.<br />We offer guidance and contact numbers which you will find on this page so that you can make your own arrangements for a simple event. For anything larger we recommend you employ one of our locally-based wedding planners who are experienced in arranging Jamaica weddings.<br />Please find following a sampling of villas that we recommend for weddings.  If extra guests require additional accommodations, we recommend rental of neighboring &quot;sister&quot; villas.<br /><br />Other favorite villas to host weddings include, but are not limited to, the following:<br />Belle Abri<br />Calypso Shores<br />Drambuie Estate<br />Eight Rivers<br /><br />Emerald Seas<br />Endless Summer<br />Fairway Manor<br />Fortlands Point<br />Four Winds<br />Frankfort<br />Golden Clouds<br />Good Hope Plantation<br />Great River House<br />Greatview<br />Highland House<br />LimeTree<br />Kai Kala<br />Moondance Villas<br />Pavillion<br />Roaring Pavliion<br />Sea Haven<br />Sea Grapes<br />Silent Waters<br />Spyglass Estate<br />Summerhill<br />Sweet Spot<br />Villa Lido<br />Villas Sur Mer<br />The villa where the wedding takes place requires a minimum one-week rental at full house rate. For &quot;sister&quot; villas where additional guests are accommodated, there is a seven night minimum in High Season and a five night minimum in Low Season.<br /><br />In most villas, a $15 per person surcharge applies to outside guests (in excess of double occupancy per bedroom) who attend a rehearsal dinner, the wedding reception, brunch or any other hospitality event at the wedding villa.<br /><br />Jamaica wedding requirements for U.S. citizens are the following: <br />Proof of citizenship-certified copy of birth certificate, which includes father’s name <br />Parent’s written consent if under 21 years of age <br />Proof of divorce if applicable (original certificate of divorce) <br />Certified copy of death certificate for widow or widower <br />Fees of approximately $250-$500 which vary from a blessing to a full ceremony with all documents and licensenting.<br />Name of villa will ceremony will be held and proposed length of stay in Jamaica. Applicants must be on island at least 24 hours prior to the wedding and apply for license at least 6 weeks prior to wedding date. Marriage licenses must be obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs Please note that the Amanoka, Sundown and Rio Chico properties DO NOT permit weddings on their premises.<br /><br />MINISTER/MARRIAGE OFFICER<br />Pastors of most churches and all priests are licensed officers.<br /><br />Recommended ministers are:<br />Rev. Gordon, Church of God, 952-4616 (church) or 953-3376 (home + fax)<br />Rev. Alexander, Methodist, 952-1613 (church) or 952-2527 (home)<br />Rev. Evans, United Church of Jamaica, 952-2160 (church) or 952-6466 (home)<br />For a civil ceremony, contact nondenominational marriage officer: <br />Rev. Garnett Neathly 952-6253 (phone) 605-9368 (fax) cell 876 990 9498 e-mail garnett@cwjamaica.com<br />Area Code for all Jamaica numbers is 876.<br />If you need information for a Catholic ceremony, please call us.<br /><br />The wedding cake<br />The traditional Jamaican Wedding Cake is dark and rich like a  pudding and usually  made with dried fruits such as prunes, raisins, dates, currants, cherries, etc. The fruits are finely chopped and marinated in wine and rum for weeks. The exquisite blend of rum and fruits forms the base of the cake and a crisp white frosting and fresh flowers complete the picture.  Cakes may have one, two or even three tiers.  <br />Alternatively, traditional American tiered wedding cakes may be ordered from a bakery or you can be submitted to an experienced pastry chef to create.  <br /><br />Another option is to have the cook at the villa prepare and decorate a sponge cake.The costs for the cake will vary depending upon how elaborate the cake is as well as how many guests you wish to serve.<br /><br />Flowers<br />For a simple ceremony, brilliant local flowers may be gathered by the villa&#39;s gardener and serve as lovely bouquets.  For specific flowers for corsages, bouquets, decorations and centerpieces we recommend that you ask your wedding coordinator to order these for you through a local florist.

Shopping

<div align="center">Shopping in Jamaica<br /><br /></div><br />Jamaica shopping experiences range from great Jamaica art galleries to shopping for exceptional  jewelry. Shopping in Jamaica provides duty-free merchandise that is offered at prices 20%-40% less than in the U.S. or Canada. Popular items include fine English china, perfumes, watches, jewelry, tobacco and the island’s famous coffee and rum making shopping in Jamaica a luxury experience.<br /><br />Shopping in Jamaica is a unique experience. A festival of handicrafts and island treasures, while shopping in Jamaica try searching through one of several Jamaica shopping markets that showcase the talent of local island residents. While shopping in Jamaica, Villas Caribe advises our client to attempt to arrange their visits to craft markets so as not to coincide with cruise ships. While the ships are in port shopping in Jamaica becomes competitive. These huge crowds could sour your Jamaica shopping experience. Craft markets can be found throughout Jamaica. Spots such as Port Antonio, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay (Market Street especially), and Negril have great markets. Things Jamaican -- in Kingston at the Devon House and at Sangster Intl. Airport in Montego Bay – is considered one of the best places for shopping in Jamaica. Jamaica’s airports are also good locations to stock up on cigars, Tia Maria liqueur, and fine Jamaican rum.<br /><br />Jamaica shopping clearly boasts a thriving artistic community. Visitors will find numerous galleries located throughout the island. Local crafts include mahogany carvings, basketry, locally made jewelry and souvenirs. Hand painted china can be found while shopping in Jamaica as well as local pottery lines in the craft markets. Rum, is obviously, another great buy on the island. Appleton Rum has been producing fine rum for over three hundred years and a variety of blends are available for purchase.<br />Shopping in Jamaica: Groceries<br />While shopping in Jamaica, visitors will find the supermarkets well stocked and offering a staggering array of exotic and distinguished specialty foods for the good life. <br /><br />It is recommended that clients secure a pre-stocking of the villa prior to their arrival so that they have food and beverage items upon their arrival. After their arrival, they may sit down with the cook and plan the rest of their weekly menu. Throughout their stay, they may either grocery shop on their own or as we recommend send the cook with their driver to take care of their Jamaica shopping needs.<br /><br />Jamaica Pre-stocking: <br />Since the villas on Jamaica include the services of a staff, it is advisable to have the villa pre-stocked for your arrival at the villa. By pre-stocking the villa for a guest’s arrival, it enables the staff to provide a meal on arrival for tired, weary guests. We request that our clients provide us with a list of some general pre-stocking items (fish or chicken for arrival dinner), snacks and beverages for their arrival. The cook will pre-purchase the first few meals plus any necessary pantry staples and then finish the week’s shopping after meeting with you. Pleas note that upon arrival, guests will be asked to reimburse the cook for any pre-stocked goods.  A typical grocery budget for shopping in Jamaica is approximately US $50-$60/per adult/per day for three full meals per day or approximately US $350-$420/wk./per adult for the entire week. Obviously, these fees may vary up or down depending upon market prices and menu selections.<br />If you want to dine on shrimp, lobster, imported beef or large quantities of other food items, this estimate will increase. Your cook will pre-purchase your first few meals, pantry staples and a starter bar.  Please keep in mind that if you chose from the local Red Stripe beer and local rum (from which wonderful rum punches, daiquiris and pina coladas may be concocted) you will be able to keep your liquor/beverage costs down.  Please note that these grocery figures are estimates and what we personally generally spend during our stays at villas on Jamaica.  The costs for groceries will vary depending upon the menus selected and the current market prices.  <br /><br />On your first day at the villa, your cook will meet with you regarding menus for the week, then finish the week&#39;s shopping.  At that time, you will give her cash for your food and drink.  Plan to pay for your groceries and gratuities in cash.  Both US Dollars and JADollars are welcomed.  Alternatively, if one or more of you wish to go to the supermarket with your cook, you may use your credit card.  (Stores will not accept your card from your cook if you are not present with her.)  Roadside vendors of fresh fruits and produce will require cash.<br /><br />If you wish to go to the various markets with your cook, you are welcome to join her. Otherwise, simply review with her your likes and any special dietary requirements and she will handle it all while you stay at the villa and enjoy.  AT the end of your stay, the cook will present you with receipts and reconcile your account. 

Sights

<div align="center">Jamaica Vacations</div><div align="center"> </div><p><br />Jamaica vacations offer an array of things to see and do in Jamaica. Activities in Jamaica range from sun-bathing to involved scuba diving; there is something offered for almost all imagined Jamaica vacations.<br /><br />One of the most popular Jamaica vacations activities involves exploring the island&#39;s beautiful beaches. Jamaica vacations offer the opportunity to explore the country&#39;s over 200 miles of white and black sand beaches. While enjoying Jamaica vacations, most beaches are open to the public, though some will charge a small fee for admission. Many of the beaches on Jamaica vacations, like Cornwall Beach at Montego Bay, have water sport activities on location. Other beaches, like James Bond Beach near Ocho Rios, feature live music, making great Jamaica vacations even more festive. <br /><br />Jamaica vacations offer arguably the most diversity of any Caribbean island. There is immense cultural heritage including: art museums, ruins, rainforest excursions, etc.<br />Jamaica Vacations: Montego Bay<br />Appleton Express Rum Tour <br />Barnett Estates <br />Belvedere Estate <br />Golf: Tryall Golf, Tennis &amp; Beach Club, Half Moon Golf Club, Ironshore, Ritz Carlton/White Witch &amp; Wyndham Rose Hall Country Club. <br />Greenwood Great House <br />Hilton High End Tour: A day tour through the scenic countryside to a private plantation. <br />Rocklands Feeding Station: Birds gather for their afternoon meal at this bird sanctuary.<br /> <br />Rose Hall Great House <br />Jamaica Vacations: Discovery Bay, Runaway Bay &amp; Ocho Rios<br />Swim with the Dolphins: <br /><br />Chukka Cove: Located east of Runaway Bay, an equestrian center with a polo field. Riding lessons and trail rides through nearby working plantations are available. <br /><br />Circle B Farm: East of Runaway Bay, tour a small working farm and the ruins of the island’s first sugar factory. <br /><br />Columbus Park: This is where Columbus first set foot in Jamaica <br /><br />Dunn’s River Falls: Expert guides lead up 600 feet up gently terraced cascades –be sure to bring to your camera. <br /><br />Fern Gully: A road built through an old riverbed that winds through a lush valley with thousands of ferns. <br /><br />Firefly: Noel Coward’s house near Port Maria, just east of Ocho Rios. Guided tours &amp; breathtaking views.</p><p> <br />Golf-Breezes/Runaway Bay, Sandals Golf &amp; Country Club in Ocho Rios </p><p><br />Green Grotto Caves: Located west of Runaway Bay, guided tours along lighted paths through a series of unusual caves where there are rock formations. </p><p><br />Puerto Seco Beach: Near Discovery Bay-a public beach that offers water sports </p><p><br />Harmony Hall: Art gallery with a collection of local crafts, antiques, carvings and collectables. </p><p><br />Prospect Plantation Tour: Daily tours in open jitneys of this 900-acre working plantation with coffee, fruit trees and sugar cane. </p><p><br />River Rafting on the White River </p><p><br />Shaw Park Gardens: Spectacular tropical gardens with hundreds of bird species </p><p><br />Jamaica Vacation: Negril<br />Negril Lighthouse <br />Negril River trips <br />Black River trips<br /> <br />Jamaica Vacations: Port Antonio<br />Blue Lagoon: Deep hole with breathtaking shades of water.<br />Blue Mountain Bicycle <br />Blue Mountain Coffee Plantation </p><p><br />Navy Island: Delightful boat ride from the mainland to the bar and beaches of Errol Flynn’s Old Haunt.<br />Nonsuch Caves &amp; Atheny: Rare formations in tropical caverns &amp; the picturesque 16-acre Ahteny Gardens.</p><p> <br />Rafting on the Rio Grande: An 8 mile guided trip down the river on a bamboo float. </p><p><br />Reach Falls: Cascading waterfalls and exotic plants.</p><p><br />Jamaica Vacations: Deep Sea Fishing <br />Vast arrays of big game fish live in the oceans surrounding Jamaica. <br />Several different companies on the island offer guided Jamaican fishing excursions with a focus on big game fish like marlin, sailfish, tuna, dorado, barracuda and kingfish.<br /><br />Jamaica Vacations: Boating<br />Power and sail cruises are offered on every coast of the island as well as sailboat rentals in the major resort areas. Glass bottom boat tours are popular as well as theme cruises where passengers are able to swim, dance and party on the deck of a huge ship.<br /><br />Jamaica Vacations: Hiking <br />A variety of hiking opportunities exist on Jamaica…Some of the most spectacular mountains in the Caribbean are the Blue Mountains of Jamaica with peaks that soar as high as 7,402 feet above the sea.</p><p><br />Jamaica Vacations: Tennis<br />The majority of the large hotels and resorts on the island have tennis courts that may be booked even if you are not a guest. Many Jamaica villas also feature tennis access including: Tradewinds at Tryall, Summerhill, Villa Lido, Sugar Bay, Silent Waters, Endless Summer, Keelawee, and Rio Chico.</p><p><br />Jamaica Vacations: Snorkeling &amp; Diving <br />Jamaica offers good snorkeling generally off of its many reefs so that a boat must be taken out to sample the diversity of sea life.<br /> <br />Jamaica Vactions: Sports <br />Cricket, Cycling and Mountain Biking, Golf, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Sports Fishing, Diving, Parasailing, Sailing, Polo, Tennis, Kayaking and Windsurfing are all available on the island.<br />Jamaica Vacations: Polo <br />Polo matches are held at Chukka Cove near Runaway Bay during the winter season.<br /><br />Jamaica Resort Privileges: <br />Palmyra Resort &amp; Spa<br />For guests staying in the villas that overlook the Half Moon Resort’s golf course (Belle Abri, Cottonwood, Endless Summer, Fairway Manor, La Casita, Nutmeg, Pavilion &amp; Summerhill),  include complementary membership privileges are includes to the nearby (5 minute drive) Palymra Resort &amp; Spa.  Membership includes the following: <br />·         Use of the resort’s private white sand beach <br />·         Chaises, towels, food &amp; beverage service on the beach<br />·         Complementary Manager’s Cocktail Party every Friday <br />Tryall: <br />For guests staying at the Tryall Resort Villas.<br />Tryall membership includes the following: <br />·         Beach Club <br />·         Discounted green fees <br />·         Complementary use of the tennis courts with a $12 charge for night play <br />·         Complementary non-motorized water sports <br />·         Fitness room <br />·         Tryall Kids Club <br />·         Complementary supervised program open Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM with toys, games, arts and crafts, nature walks, etc.<br /><br />Jamaica Shopping: <br />Jamaica offers a variety of shopping experiences from art galleries to those searching for exceptional jewelry. The duty-free merchandise is offered at prices 20%-40% less than in the U.S. or Canada. Popular items include fine English china, perfumes, watches, jewelry, tobacco and the island’s famous coffee and rum. </p><p><br />Jamaica, also, boasts a thriving artistic community. Visitors will find numerous galleries located throughout the island. Local crafts include mahogany carvings, basketry, locally made jewelry and souvenirs. Hand painted china and local pottery line the craft markets. <br />Rum, is obviously, another great buy on the island. Appleton Rum has been producing fine rum for over three hundred years and a variety of blends are available for purchase.<br /><br />Jamaica Sights/Activities:<br />Jamaica villas offer arguably the most diversity of any Caribbean island. There is immense cultural heritage including: art museums, ruins, rainforest excursions, etc. If you would like more information concerning Jamaica villas, please click here to view our Jamaica villas.<br />Montego Bay: <br />Appleton Express Rum Tour <br />Barnett Estates <br />Belvedere Estate <br />Golf: <br />Tryall Golf, Tennis &amp; Beach Club, Half Moon Golf Club, Ironshore, Ritz Carlton/White Witch &amp; Wyndham Rose Hall Country Club. <br />Greenwood Great House <br />Hilton High End Tour: A day tour through the scenic countryside to a private plantation. <br />Rocklands Feeding Station: Birds gather for their afternoon meal at this bird sanctuary.<br />Rose Hall Great House <br /><br />Discovery Bay, Runaway Bay &amp; Ocho Rios:<br />Swim with the Dolphins.</p><p>Chukka Cove: Located east of Runaway Bay, an equestrian center with a polo field. Riding lessons and trail rides through nearby working plantations are available. </p><p><br />Circle B Farm: East of Runaway Bay, tour a small working farm and the ruins of the island’s first sugar factory. </p><p><br />Columbus Park: This is where Columbus first set foot in Jamaica </p><p>Dunn’s River Falls: Expert guides lead up 600 feet up gently terraced cascades –be sure to bring to your camera. </p><p>Fern Gully: A road built through an old riverbed that winds through a lush valley with thousands of ferns. <br />Firefly: Noel Coward’s house near Port Maria, just east of Ocho Rios. Guided tours &amp; breathtaking views. <br />Golf-Breezes/Runaway Bay, Sandals Golf &amp; Country Club in Ocho Rios </p><p><br />Green Grotto Caves: Located west of Runaway Bay, guided tours along lighted paths through a series of unusual caves where there are rock formations. </p><p><br />Puerto Seco Beach: Near Discovery Bay-a public beach that offers water sports </p><p><br />Harmony Hall: Art gallery with a collection of local crafts, antiques, carvings and collectables. </p><p><br />Prospect Plantation Tour: Daily tours in open jitneys of this 900-acre working plantation with coffee, fruit trees and sugar cane. </p><p><br />River Rafting on the White River </p><p><br />Shaw Park Gardens: Spectacular tropical gardens with hundreds of bird species <br /><br />Negril:<br />Negril Lighthouse <br />Negril River trips <br />Port Antonio:<br />Blue Lagoon: Deep hole with breathtaking shades of water.<br />Blue Mountain Bicycle <br />Blue Mountain Coffee Plantation <br />Navy Island: Delightful boat ride from the mainland to the bar and beaches of Errol Flynn’s Old Haunt.<br /><br />Nonsuch Caves &amp; Atheny: Rare formations in tropical caverns &amp; the picturesque 16-acre Ahteny Gardens</p><p><br />Rafting on the Rio Grande: An 8 mile guided trip down the river on a bamboo float. <br />Reach Falls: Cascading waterfalls and exotic plants.</p>
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