The picturesque Caribbean island of Jamaica has long been one of the world’s most idyllic vacation destinations for worldly travelers. Boasting lush topography of mountains, dazzling rainforests and reef-lined beaches, Jamaica offers its visitors a wide variety of activities to enjoy within a relaxed, inviting atmosphere. Scores of visitors come here to relax, rejuvenate, dine on some of the world’s freshest seafood and participate in an abundance of outdoor activities. In fact, the island is now leading the world in terms of demand by travelers searching for destinations, according to Travel Agent Central.
Jamaica is well-prepared to meet the newly announced one-day testing requirement of the U.S. government and assist both international travelers returning home as well as Jamaicans visiting the U.S., effective Dec. 6, 2021. The destination has established ample testing locations throughout the island with both antigen and PCR tests available. In addition to multiple lab facilities and testing capability at both its Montego Bay and Kingston airports, many of the island’s resorts and hotels offer approved testing services on property, making the departure process even more seamless.
Perhaps most important for travelers, Jamaica offers pre-booking for return tests to ensure results are provided in time to meet departure needs. Jamaica already has an established partnership with three approved private laboratories to provide travelers with seamless in-hotel antigen or PCR tests. Tests can be easily scheduled in advance – even prior to a traveler’s arrival on island – through each lab’s dedicated online booking platform: Get Well Labs, TSL and Hospiten.
Travelers will be pleased to know that the famous Jamaican hospitality is once again kicking into full gear, and hotels, resorts and restaurants are rolling out the red carpet for visitors. The true beauty of Jamaica is the mix of people who call this island their home. It is the basis of Jamaica’s national motto, “Out of Many, One People.” When you visit Jamaica you’ll meet friendly smiling faces and a people endowed with an innate spirit of hospitality. Jamaicans are loud and joyful, effervescent and exuberant, with an energy that is felt worldwide through their music and culture.
Friendly, informative guides will help you discover the top places to visit in Jamaica along with the best restaurants. You’ll find every type of tour, from cultural experiences and food adventures to thrilling rides, picturesque sails and luxury indulgences. If your group is large and looking for adventure, consider a jump into the natural pools at YS Falls or see the Lover’s Leap.
Kingston, the island’s capital, is built around the 7th largest natural harbor in the world and the completely rebuilt waterfront has splendid modern buildings which house offices, shops and apartments. The imposing Bank of Jamaica building houses the Central bank as well as the coin museum. Across the road is the unique Jamaican Conference Centre, which is open for tours. Other interesting places in the area are the National Gallery, home of Jamaica’s priceless art collection and one of the best displays in the Caribbean, and the Olympia Gallery, hosting large scale exhibitions.
The average length of stay for visitors from the U.S. is a week, while travelers from other countries often stay two weeks or longer. Jamaica is home to a wide array of accommodations. Discerning visitors often choose Tryall Club, a luxurious retreat featuring villas that can sleep up to a dozen guests and range in price from $4,500 to $50,000 weekly. These spectacular villas celebrate Jamaican architecture and benefit from being on beautiful grounds (a former sugar plantation) that overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Tryall Club is ideal for those looking for the privacy of their own home while benefiting from Tryall Club’s hotel services and access to amenities, including the championship Golf Course and Beach Club. Each of the resort’s 70 private villas enjoy dedicated staff including a butler, chef, housekeeper, laundress and gardener tending to guests and ensuring they have a memorable and safe visit. The Kids Club at Tryall offers youngsters unique and engaging programs that focus on the great outdoors and learning about Jamaica’s traditional games, including cricket and rounders.
Tryall Club has a partnership with XO private jets offering guests priority access to XO’s fleet of super midsize jets, discounts and fixed priced rates. Arla Vernon Gordon, director of sales, marketing and communications, says, “Our VIP guests are always looking for destinations where they can travel with friends and family and stay in accommodations that are exclusively theirs to enjoy. Especially now as the island starts to relax entry requirements for international tourism, we’re seeing an increase in demand for the complete end-to-end journey, with our team coordinating both a private jet charter and villa experience. Through our partnership with private aviation company, XO, we are positioned to offer our guests a safe and trusted journey, where they can have peace of mind that they’ll enjoy the same elevated quality of service that we offer at Tryall Club.”
Your time spent in Jamaica is sure to be filled with an adventure that is hard to duplicate in other parts of the world. Come prepared to be swept off your feet and wowed by a culture that is bursting at the seams with personality.