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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.

22 Jun

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Posh in Panama

June 22, 2017 | By |

Panama’s sun-kissed beaches, diverse ecosystem and famous Canal offer the ideal blend of fun and discovery at the crossroads of North and South America. Alternate between days at the beach, close encounters with nature in tropical jungles and a visit to the futuristic capital, Panama City, whose towering high-rises dominate the impressive skyline.

Our pick:
Dreams Delight Playa Bonita Panama
Set on Playa Bonita, this resort offers ocean-view accommodations, a fine wine cellar, access to a stunning golf course at Tucán Country Club and a complimentary shuttle to the historic district of Panama City, in addition to the vacation essentials included in the Defined Delights™ program, like free WiFi, unlimited gourmet dining and exciting entertainment.

22 Jun

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Chic in Costa Rica

June 22, 2017 | By |

Costa Rica holds some of the world’s most fascinating natural wonders, including untouched beaches, lush rainforests, therapeutic hot springs and diverse wildlife. Its off-the-beaten-path setting is perfect for hiking, surfing and zip lining, but this volcano-studded country is also a great place to simply unwind on the beach and experience the true meaning of pura vida.

Our pick:
Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica
Set on a sandy beach in the heart of nature, this upscale and sustainable property offers lavish rooms, the ultimate in pampering at Dreams Spa by Pevonia®, no-limit à la carte dining and the largest pool in the Guanacaste region. It’s also the ideal base from which to explore the ecological gems Costa Rica is known for.

22 Jun

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Deluxe in the Dominican Republic

June 22, 2017 | By |

Beyond the sugar-white sands of Punta Cana, the action of Puerto Plata and the historical ruins of Santo Domingo is La Romana, where visitors can laze on the beach, tee off at its world-class golf courses, snorkel off the nearby islands of Saona and Catalina, or explore Altos de Chavon, a replica of a medieval Mediterranean village.

The resorts:

Our pick:
Dreams Dominicus La Romana
This resort boasts an Italian-style setting with unique architecture, beautifully manicured gardens and enchanting decor reminiscent of a seaside paradise in the Mediterranean. With a PADI scuba diving centre, a championship golf course nearby and plenty of other activities to choose from, you can do as much or as little as you like before retreating to your luxurious suite.

22 Jun

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Majestic in Mexico

June 22, 2017 | By |

Mexico is a world of contrasting elements with enough going on to keep everyone entertained. Experience the warm breeze, sapphire seas and lush green mountains of Pacific gems like Vallarta-Nayarit, Huatulco and Los Cabos, or the white sands, Mayan ruins and coral reefs of their Caribbean counterparts, Cancun, Riviera Maya and Cozumel.

The resorts:

Our pick:
Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort
This all-suites resort on idyllic Playa Mujeres enjoys miles of white sand and a breathtaking tropical setting. With complimentary greens fees and access to the Greg Norman-designed Playa Mujeres Golf Course, it’s the perfect place to master your swing. Other highlights include a Temazcal ceremony and a waterpark for all ages.

22 Jun

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Where Vacation Dreams Come True

June 22, 2017 | By |

At Dreams Resorts & Spas, everything has been carefully designed with the discerning traveller in mind. Whether you’re planning a family getaway or a destination wedding, it’s hard to imagine a backdrop more perfect than the immaculate beaches and state-of-the-art facilities of these high-end resorts, providing extra pampering with Unlimited-Luxury®, Preferred Club Privileges and Unlimited Connectivity.

Find your dream vacation now.

25 May

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Where to Stay in The Bahamas

May 25, 2017 | By |

Most accommodation options in The Bahamas are beachfront, and range from boutique hotels to all-inclusive luxury resorts offering every possible amenity. Choose your home away from home!

Sandals Resorts
When exotic luxury is within reach, so is paradise. Find your slice at all-inclusive adult-only properties like the sophisticated, European-style Sandals Royal Bahamian, located on Nassau’s Cable Beach and boasting its own offshore island, or the serene and secluded Sandals Emerald Bay in the enchanting Exumas.

British Colonial Hilton Nassau
Located in the heart of all the action, near Nassau’s port, duty-free shops and downtown attractions, this family-friendly resort features a private white-sand beach, a freshwater pool, WiFi, water sports, bars and dining. It also comes with exclusive added values as part of our Spotlight Collection.

Meliá Nassau Beach
Discover this modern resort on Cable Beach, with features as grand as its design and upgrades to The Level available for extra pampering. Three freshwater pools, WiFi throughout the resort and on the beach, and seven restaurants – one for every day of the week: all the right ingredients for a holiday in the Bahamian capital!

25 May

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What to Do in The Bahamas

May 25, 2017 | By |

Endless Beaches
Imagine powdery white sands caressed by the bluest waters, all framed by towering palms and the Caribbean’s lush greenery… Sound like the perfect beach? You’ll find plenty here that are populated with sun seekers, or secluded and just waiting to be discovered.

City Sights & Cultural Corners
Explore Nassau’s history at Fort Fincastle and the Queen’s Staircase, discover Junkanoo music at Educulture Museum and sample signature Bahamian cuisine at Arawak Cay’s seaside Fish Fry. With chocolate and cigar factories, a history museum and artist studios, Graycliff Heritage Village also makes for a fun-filled day trip.

Paradise Found
Get yourself an Aquaventure day pass and discover the world’s largest marine park, located at Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. It features a thrilling water slide and a mile-long river ride with high intensity rapids, as well as the Atlantis Aquarium, offering rock climbing and encounters with marine animals, including dolphins.

Historic Great Exuma & Little Exuma
Venture to George Town, in Great Exuma, to visit Wenshua Art Gallery, the Straw Market and St. Andrew’s Church. In Little Exuma, see what remains of an old cotton plantation, or head to the Salt Beacon and Tropic of Cancer Beach. The Hermitage and Steventon are home to historic tombstones and the golden statue of Pompey.

Exploring the Exuma Cays
Sail along the beautiful waters of the Exuma Cays. Visit Thunderball Grotto, swim with nurse sharks on Compass Cay, feed iguanas on Leaf Cay, watch the famous swimming pigs on Big Major Cay, and dive for gigantic starfish at Star Fish Bay. Go snorkelling and enjoy a picnic on a secluded beach, too!

25 May

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It’s Better in The Bahamas

May 25, 2017 | By |

One destination, endless possibilities!

The Bahamas’ 700 islands are some of the most beautiful on the planet – even astronauts up in space agree! Choose from two little slices of paradise that are equally stunning yet worlds apart: Nassau and adjacent Paradise Island, offering non-stop entertainment, and Great Exuma, where time stands still and relaxation takes on a whole new meaning.

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