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Photo Of The Day: Winnifred Beach

Photo Of The Day: Winnifred Beach Aug 16th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Imgur In keeping with yesterday's theme of relaxation, we offer up a tranquil shot of Winnifred Beach, in Jamaica. Where are you relaxing -- or adventuring -- this weekend? We'd love to feature your photos and videos on Gadling, so please add them to our Flickr Pool (with Creative Commons licensing!), tag @GadlingTravel on Instagram or email us at OfTheDay@gadling.com....

Jamaica Bans Smoking Tobacco, Marijuana Is Another Matter

Jamaica Bans Smoking Tobacco, Marijuana Is Another Matter Jul 9th, 2013 at 11:30AM: Project Zaldivar26/Flickr Banning smoking in public places is not all that uncommon as popular destinations worldwide look to promote a healthy environment for visitors to enjoy. But to some in the Bob Marley-induced culture of Jamaica, tobacco smoke is not the issue. The new law of the land goes into effect on July 15, when visitors will no longer "have to involuntarily inhale tobacco smoke,...

Tired Of Caribbean Islands? No Problem: We'll Make More, Say Cruise Lines

Tired Of Caribbean Islands? No Problem: We'll Make More, Say Cruise Lines Jun 27th, 2013 at 5:00PM: breezy421/Flickr After a few sailings in the Caribbean, North American cruise travelers can get tired of going to the same islands. Their cruise vacation may be a great value and easy to do but they want more. The problem is that ships can only go so far before having to turn around and get back in a week, the time most travelers have for vacation. The answer: make more islands. While the...

Adventure Safari Brings Easy Way To Give Back

Adventure Safari Brings Easy Way To Give Back Mar 6th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Traveling almost anywhere around the world, we see people in need. Many struggle to survive in endangered areas or in a place where an earthquake, tsunami or another natural disaster has occurred. But those in need can be located at stops along our way in the Caribbean, South America, Europe or some other areas too. In the past, it has been hard not to feel the need to help, but often more...

International Parenting: Avoiding Stereotypes With 'Rastamouse'

Aug 8th, 2012 at 9:00AM: My son is having an international childhood. His father is a Canadian who lived for a long time in the U.S. and his mother a Spaniard who lived for a long time in England. We divide our time between Santander in Spain and Oxford in England. One effect of this is that he has different associations for different places. England, for example, is a summer place, a small-town place where in the...

Luxury spring break options for the budget traveler

Luxury spring break options for the budget traveler Mar 10th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Do you wish you could afford to relax on a beach in the Caribbean with private butler service, or watch the sunset from the veranda of a luxury villa this spring? Thanks to Jetsetter Home's spring break sale, now you can. Jetsetter Homes boasts properties all over the world, and during select dates this spring, some of their most affluent properties will be on sale. The private villas are each...

Would you get married in the nude?

Would you get married in the nude? Dec 18th, 2011 at 2:00PM: How would you like to win a free wedding in Jamaica and be on national television? Well, now you can. The only catch is you have to exchange vows in the nude. Hedonism II, a resort that is well-known for "shattering inhibitions and provoking the kind of behavior people don't talk about in polite circles", is currently looking for 10 couples to get married in the buff for a major network...

Traditional holiday beverages from around the world

Traditional holiday beverages from around the world Nov 30th, 2011 at 5:30PM: Americans aren't very creative when it comes to traditional holiday beverages (do, however, look for my upcoming story on Boulder's banging mixology scene, which includes some killer contemporary winter cocktails). Historically, though, we're more of an eggnog/mulled cider/hot chocolate kind of society. I'm not knocking our Christmas beverages of choice. Properly made, they're delicious, and...

Family travel: chatting with Poshbrood's Elizabeth Thorp

Family travel: chatting with Poshbrood's Elizabeth Thorp Aug 4th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Childhood vacations have a way of becoming an adult's fondest memories - stories re-hashed time and again at the dinner table, destinations revisited during adulthood to see if they've changed. Of course, these trips become slightly less magical when you, as an adult, manage the wrangling of the entire family onto a plane, train or automobile and attempt the feat of herding the family towards a...

Brits behaving badly abroad

Brits behaving badly abroad Aug 4th, 2011 at 8:30AM: Today the Foreign Office released British Behaviour Abroad 2011, with detailed figures on British nationals in trouble overseas (read: Brits behaving badly abroad). The period surveyed: April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011. There are lots of interesting tidbits in the survey. British nationals request consular assistance in greatest numbers in Spain and the United States, though since both...

Cockpit Chronicles: Eight ways to slow a jet

Cockpit Chronicles: Eight ways to slow a jet Jul 31st, 2011 at 9:00AM: One of my first posts on Cockpit Chronicles was an explanation on how to park a 757. At the risk of catering only to people who have recently acquired their own Boeing jets, I'd like to continue with another lesson. The eight ways to slow a jet When you're driving your 5-speed manual transmission car and you exit an offramp, besides just taking your foot off the gas pedal, there are a couple...

New Jamaica port open for business

New Jamaica port open for business Mar 24th, 2011 at 7:00AM: It's been a long time in the works, plagued by construction delays and setbacks, but the new cruise port in Falmouth Jamaica is finally open for business. To celebrate the much-anticipated event, area schools were closed, local dignitaries and cruise line executives were on hand, Reggae star Shaggy performed and a marching band ended the day giving cruise passengers a royal send-off. The...

New Jamaica cruise port gets their act together

New Jamaica cruise port gets their act together Feb 21st, 2011 at 7:00AM: Long-delayed new cruise port Falmouth, Jamaica welcomed it's first Royal Caribbean ship this week as Voyager of the Seas became the first ship to visit. It's a custom-built port designed to handle mega-ships Oasis and Allure of the Seas. Both have been patiently waiting for months as construction has been dragging on. Early reports from the nearly-complete port indicate full speed ahead on...

Troubled Falmouth, Jamaica cruise port finally welcomes first cruise guests

Troubled Falmouth, Jamaica cruise port finally welcomes first cruise guests Feb 17th, 2011 at 3:00PM: Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas became the first cruise ship to visit the new port of Falmouth, Jamaica which unofficially opened today, months behind schedule. "We are delighted to see Voyager of the Seas make the first-ever ship call at Historic Falmouth," said Craig Milan, senior vice president of Land Operations, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "By partnering with the Port Authority of...

New Jamaica cruise port to open, finally, sort of

New Jamaica cruise port to open, finally, sort of Dec 31st, 2010 at 1:00PM: The first cruise ship will call at the new port of Falmouth, Jamaica next week, months behind schedule and not fully operational. The port construction is a joint effort between between mega-ship maker Royal Caribbean International and the government of Jamaica. Originally scheduled to open last May, ongoing construction delays pushed opening the port back, rerouting giant sisters Oasis and...

Top 3 stupid things to do on a cruise

Top 3 stupid things to do on a cruise Dec 18th, 2010 at 10:00AM: A cruise vacation can be a great way to travel. Once on the ship, you're in a closed environment that is protected from many of the potential dangers that await those traveling some other way. But while cruise lines say things like "Do whatever you want to, it's your cruise", or "You are free to do...whatever!" there are limits. While there are a lot of stupid things to do on a cruise, here's...

Three extraordinary Caribbean hotels for under $150

Three extraordinary Caribbean hotels for under $150 Jul 21st, 2010 at 2:30PM: Yes, the Caribbean is awfully hot right now. And yes, faithful watchers of weather, hurricane season is indeed upon us. But for the next several months, visitors to the Caribbean will benefit from low-season rates that make the region a great value for cost-conscious travelers. With very few exceptions, low season in the Caribbean lasts until mid-November at the earliest and mid-December at the...

Hotel cooking classes let you savor travel memories at home

Hotel cooking classes let you savor travel memories at home Jul 13th, 2010 at 2:30PM: You know what they say..."take only pictures, leave only memories." But what if you want to take it home with you? That searing pad ka prow that leaves a film of sweat on your brow, a fragrant bouillabaisse, schnitzel so thin and crisp it practically floats? What you need is a cooking class, from one of the many resorts, hotels, or cruises offering full or half-day demonstration and hands-on...

Daily Pampering: Go bobsledding in the rainforest

Daily Pampering: Go bobsledding in the rainforest Mar 23rd, 2010 at 5:30PM: Did you enjoy watching the bobsledding in Vancouver this year? Well, why not make the bobsled part of your next island vacation? Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, should be high on your list. You don't need snow to bobsled, and they've got the 3,280-foot track to prove it. Not only will your need for speed be satisfied, but you also get to ride the SkyExplorer...

Daily Pampering: Club-level at the Ritz-Carlton, Caribbean & Mexico

Daily Pampering: Club-level at the Ritz-Carlton, Caribbean & Mexico Feb 18th, 2010 at 4:00PM: You're going on vacation. You're heading to the beach. You've got umbrella drinks and room service on your mind, and you're debating staying one more night... but should you? Could you? Yes, you can! The Ritz-Carlton hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean are offering guests a complimentary night when booking the Club-level room. You'll enjoy the club level and its amenities (including a...

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