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02 Aug

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Best Reason to Visit Jamaica: Jamaican Food!

August 2, 2018 | By |

Vacations often leave you looking slimmer, from all that on-the-go action and exploration. A trip to Jamaica might not be so kind to your waistline, considering the country serves up some of the best dishes in the Caribbean. Here are our picks of the Jamaican cuisine you need to try!

Jerk around

Jamaican allspice, Scotch bonnet peppers, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg–these are just a few of the ingredients found in the jerk seasoning that defines one of Jamaica’s most iconic dishes: jerk chicken. Sweet and spicy, perfectly grilled, the flavourful meat is traditionally served with rice and beans or bammies, a tasty fried flat bread of sorts. Of course, you can also get jerk pork, jerk fish, jerk…lobster (!). Find jerk dishes anywhere, from street vendors to your resort’s restaurant.

Patty cake, patty cake

What’s not to love about the Jamaican patty? It’s perfectly golden, flaky and filled with delicious, seasoned meat (or vegetables). This sublime snack is actually a product of colonialism: a derivative of the Cornish pasty brought over by the Brits, spiced by Indians with cumin and curry and kicked up by Africans with cayenne pepper. While awesome on its own, you can try it like a local and stuff a patty in some sweet coco bread for a unique Jamaican sandwich.

Feeling fruity

It’s not all starch and meats. Being a tropical island, Jamaica is ripe with exotic fruits you might have never heard of. Most often eaten with saltfish, ackee is the island’s national fruit, an alien-like cluster of black seeds and spongy yellow flesh. Kind of like a tropical potato, breadfruit can be roasted, steamed, mashed or fried and makes for a superb side-dish. There are countless others that sound as colourful as they look: the grape-like, gelatinous guinep, the juicy June plum, heart-shaped sweetsop, spiky soursop, and something called the Stinking Toe. Okay, we haven’t tried that last one, but you can do the honours!

Liquid lunch

You’ll need something refreshing to wash all that down. Try sorrel, a red drink brewed from hibiscus blossoms, often spiced with cinnamon and ginger, or punched up with some of that famous Jamaican rum, if you fancy an extra kick. Savour the soda suited for the sun: Ting, offering just the right amount of grapefruit-flavoured fizz to cool you down. Finally, you really can’t leave Jamaica without trying a hot cup of Blue Mountain coffee, one of the world’s best brews from Jamaica’s highest mountain.

What’s next

Yum, all this is Jamaican me hungry! Any of these dishes can be tasted in the Jamaican destination of your choice. Montego Bay, or “MoBay,” is a hip city and a popular spot for dreamy, waterfront hotels. It’s a great base to explore the spectacular shores and paradisiacal settings of the idyllic resort town of Negril or former fishing village of Ochos Rios. Meanwhile, Kingston is the cultural heartbeat of Jamaica, sitting at the foot of the dramatic Blue Mountains. Hot travel tip: Book your winter vacation to Jamaica with us by September 9 to get $600 off per family and 8 days of free airport parking!

Savour the flavours of Jamaica! 

28 Mar

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Jammin’ Jamaica

March 28, 2018 | By |

Welcome to Jamaica, “the Home of All Right.” With so much to see in Montego Bay, you won’t know where to start! Take a stroll along the resort-lined beaches overlooking the beautiful bay. Set out to discover all that nature has to offer including plantations, verdant mountains and trickling waterfalls. And don’t forget to visit downtown Mo’ Bay for fine dining and the world-renowned reggae-splashed culture!

Resorts

Our pick

Sunscape Splash Montego Bay
Welcome to a child’s dream getaway! Youngsters can play all day at the Pirate’s Paradise Waterpark featuring a pirate ship and fort, 40-foot plank bridge, lazy river and two waterslides. That’s not all! The resort is surrounded by Montego Bay Marine Park, a fully underwater national park with snorkelling and protected swimming areas. Who are we kidding? This is fun for everyone!

29 Aug

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Negril’s Best Activities

August 29, 2017 | By |

Perfect vacations come with perfect memories, which is why we’ve handpicked three of the best activities in Negril.

Lovers Rock Sunset Cruise
Take in the vibrant colours of the setting sun while cruising at sundown. You’ll sail a luxurious catamaran to Rick’s Café, famous for its unparalleled sunset views and named one of the world’s coolest bars by Condé Nast Traveller magazine.

Reading Road Trip
An ongoing partnership between the Sandals Foundation and Scholastic Book Fairs, the Reading Road Trip is a unique opportunity to visit a local school in Negril, read to the children and help promote literacy. Feel free to donate new or gently used books, too!

Survivor Catamaran Cruise
Embark on an exciting adventure at sea inspired by Survivor, the hit reality TV show. You’ll stop at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville to take part in games on the beach, and later enjoy an authentic Jamaican dinner under the stars.

29 Aug

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What to do at Sandals Negril

August 29, 2017 | By |

The Finer Things in Life
Indulge in unlimited dining at seven gourmet restaurants, premium spirits at five chic bars, professional day-to-night entertainment and every activity under the sun, motorized or not. Then retreat to the comfort and privacy of your spacious, beautifully appointed room, suite or loft. Select accommodations even include the services of a personal butler!

Love Is in the Air
Spend quality time with your significant other enjoying a candlelit dinner for two, overlooking the sparkling turquoise waters of Jamaica’s most awe-inspiring beach, or surrounded by the fragrant flowers and lush greenery of the resort’s beautifully manicured gardens. A Red Lane® Spa treatment or couples massage could only add to the romance!

Honeymoon Heaven
Revel in newlywed bliss with a complimentary honeymoon package and a top-tier Love Nest Suite®, offering the ultimate in pampering and privacy. With accommodations conveniently located just steps from the sea, Sandals Negril puts couples closer to the powdery white sands, aquamarine waters and legendary sunsets than any other resort in the area!

Say “I Do” to a Weddingmoon® Celebration
The dreamy design, beautifully manicured gardens and unspoiled beach make Sandals Negril a one-of-a-kind wedding venue with a fairytale-like setting. Couples hosting a destination wedding here can expect professional planning, high-touch service and delectable dining, plus romantic little luxuries reserved exclusively for the bride and groom.

Wedding Groups
Getting married in paradise surrounded by your nearest and dearest is now easier than ever with Sandals Negril’s complimentary Weddingmoon® packages. Book 5 or more rooms for minimum 3 nights and wow all your guests with a celebration fit for royalty!

29 Aug

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Fall for Sandals Negril

August 29, 2017 | By |

Seventh Heaven on Seven Mile Beach
Facing the most heavenly stretch of sand in Jamaica, Sandals Negril invites couples to experience the free-spirited personality of Negril and soak up the blissful ambience of a resort where everything is included, even gratuities. And with complimentary wedding and honeymoon packages, there’s no better place to celebrate love!

Find your perfect vacation now.

27 Jul

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Jamaica’s Top Destinations

July 27, 2017 | By |

Jamaica is truly unique, with its gifts to the world including reggae music, fine rum, exquisite coffee and jerk seasoning. The island is also home to the widest variety of attractions in the Caribbean, with activities ranging from climbing stunning waterfalls to cycling in the Blue Mountains to golfing on some of the region’s best golf courses. Here’s a quick look at Jamaica’s top destinations.

Montego Bay
Mo’ Bay may be Jamaica’s premier tourist destination and the second-largest city, but it hasn’t forgotten its charm. Surrounded by great beaches, grand hotels, all-inclusive resorts and charming small hotels, Montego Bay is renowned for its beauty and range of activities.

Negril
Located at the western tip of Jamaica, Negril is about an hour’s drive from Montego Bay. Known as the “Capital of Casual,” this unspoiled paradise is famous for its natural beauty, free-spirited ambience and ribbon of white-sand Seven Mile Beach flanked by rugged limestone cliffs.

Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay
These gems are located in the heart of the north coast region, defined by fern-clad cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Known as Jamaica’s “playground,” both offer an almost endless variety of things to do. Accommodations vary from opulent resorts known for their privacy and impeccable service, to lavish all-inclusive properties or beautifully isolated inns and hotels.

South Coast
The winding roads through tropical forests seem to go on forever in this beautiful, seemingly untouched area known as the South Coast. Travellers in search of privacy and solitude will enjoy scenic seaside locations and isolated beaches, where the only footprints are their own.

Port Antonio
The quaint town of Port Antonio is a haven for visitors seeking quiet charm, natural beauty and lush surroundings. Port Antonio is where Jamaica’s tourist industry first gained international popularity, with the Titchfield Hotel established in 1905. This hidden gem is also known for its crystal-clear waters surrounded by lush greenery and boasting a backdrop of the Blue Mountains.

Kingston
Resting at the foot of the Blue Mountains and overlooking the world’s seventh-largest natural harbour rests Kingston, Jamaica’s capital city. Kingston is the largest English-speaking city south of Miami and is the cultural heartbeat of Jamaica with its pulsating reggae rhythms, rich cultural history, sophisticated, upbeat nightlife and varied dining venues.

27 Jul

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Welcome to Jamaica!

July 27, 2017 | By |

It’s no secret that Jamaica is the heartbeat of the Caribbean. Alluring seascapes, lush mountain backdrops, friendly people, spicy flavours and island beats make Jamaica the vibrant heart of the Caribbean and one of the top destinations for Canadian travellers. In fact, Jamaica was recently named the #1 destination in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor, and one of the world’s top 15 destinations at the 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards.

View Jamaica’s Top Destinations.

24 Apr

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The Best of Bahia Principe in Mexico and Jamaica

April 24, 2017 | By |

Riviera Maya is home to exceptional beaches and fascinating Mayan ruins, perfect for outdoors adventures on land and in water. The area also features great shopping, delicious Mexican cuisine and a vibrant nightlife.

The resorts

Picture-perfect Runaway Bay is on Jamaica’s northern coast and is considered to be one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful spots. The area offers amazing beaches, warm, clear waters and a charming atmosphere.

The resorts

25 Nov

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This is the All New Jamaica

November 25, 2016 | By |

Sandals® Resorts are constantly innovating the Luxury Included® experience and delivering a vacation beyond expectations. They are one of Air Canada Vacations’ oldest and most successful partners and we couldn’t be more excited because Sandals has done it again with a whole new series of rooms, suites and villas across Jamaica.

 

Over-the-Water Villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean are a first for the Caribbean. Tranquility Soaking Tubs™ for two transform your balcony into a soothing escape with an amazing view. And Sandals Ochi Beach Resort brings the style of the French Riviera to the magic of Jamaica.

 

It’s a bright new world.

25 Nov

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All Included. All Unlimited. All the Time.

November 25, 2016 | By |

Sandals Resorts offers you a Luxury Included® vacation with more quality inclusions than any other resorts on the planet including endless dining, water sports and so much more.

 

5-Star Global Gourmet™ Dining

At Sandals, dine at up to 16 restaurants per resort. 5-Star Global Gourmet™ dining takes you on a culinary adventure around the world. Discover a new experience every day with sights, sounds and tastes representing cultures that span the globe, from the freshest seafood, to Thai, sushi, French haute cuisine and more.

 

Stay at One, Play at All

You get even more for your vacation with unlimited access to the services and facilities of all Sandals resorts. That means nearly endless dining choices, beaches, activities and ways to enjoy your time in paradise. Take advantage of free transfers between Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Inn.

 

Unlimited Land & Water Sports

There’s never a dull moment with every land and water sport imaginable included with top-of-the-line equipment and helpful instruction. Even scuba diving is included for PADI certified divers, and you’re always a member of the club at the famous Jamaica Golf & Country Club in Ocho Rios.

 

Private Offshore Island

At Sandals Royal Caribbean, minutes from the resort’s shoreline, a private offshore island adds secluded beaches, unique spa treatments, themed restaurants and more to your Luxury Included® vacation. Sip a drink at the swim-up pool bar or indulge in authentic Thai cuisine — all part of your offshore island adventure.