Jamaica Tourist Board 1320 South Dixie Highway Suite 1101 Coral Gables, FL 33146 Sales Contact: Marcia Bullock Phone: (305) 665-0557, x146 (800) 294-7687 Fax: (305) 666-5536 Web address: www.jamaicatravel.com
Vital Statistics Jamaica's climate is tropical, with average temperatures from 77 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter to 83 in the summer. Air Jamaica, American, Northwest, Continental, and US Airways serve Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. Jamaica is on Eastern Standard Time, and its official language is English. The Jamaican dollar is legal tender.
Recent Developments Jamaican properties have seen a flurry of renovations and additions: Jamaica Grande, a Renaissance Beach Resort, in Ocho Rios is refurbishing its second tower; Half Moon Golf, Tennis & Beach Club in Montego Bay has completed a new conference center and added 200 additional rooms in villas; and the Wyndham New Kingston has been redecorated. Pictured here is Barnett Estates, an historic plantation newly available for private functions.
Meeting Venues A number of Jamaica's luxury resorts, small and large, have meeting venues and facilities geared toward incentive groups. Among them are Wyndham New Kingston and Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston; Tryall Golf, Tennis & Beach Club; Wyndham Rose Hall Resort; Half Moon; Holiday Inn Jamaica Inc.; and Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Montego Bay; Breezes in Runaway Bay; Plantation Inn; Ciboney Resort; Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios; Grand Lido Resort and Swept Away Resort in Negril; and Braco Village Resort.
Sights to See Jamaica is home to numerous plantations, many of which are open to group tours. The island's other outdoor attractions include Doctor's Cave Beach, Apple Valley Farm, Dunn's River Falls, Athenry Gardens, and rafting on the Martha Brae. Jamaica's distinctive culture is evident at its many craft markets and art galleries, as well as at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston.
Special Events & Theme Parties Opportunities and possibilities for a theme party in Jamaica are endless, varied, and tailor-made to meet the needs of any group. Ideas for a casual gathering include a Jamaica Pirate Night or a beach barbecue. Corporations looking for a more formal event might host a plantation gala, with dinner and dancing.
Recreation Jamaica offers endless outdoor adventures, such as river rafting on many of its waterways, including the Martha Brae and the Rio Grande. Spelunkers can visit the Nonsuch Caves. Other activities include deep-sea fishing, horseback riding, hiking, scuba diving, and parasailing. The island also has many facilities for tennis, golf, squash, racquetball, aerobics, and croquet. Spectator sports include soccer matches, horse racing, cricket, and rugby.