Adored as the top pick for weddings, honeymoons and otherwise romantic hanky-panky, Jamaica is now making it even easier for couples to enjoy each other under the tropical sun. A new and convenient online service with a concierge the Jamaica Tourist Board has named “Wendy” is up and running for couples who want to organize their nuptials in advance.
The Love Guru is on duty twenty four hours a day at visitjamaica.com/weddings or on Twitter twitter.com/weddingsinja. Matching every couple with a wedding that suits their budget and their style, Wendy is delighted to suggest an array of possibilities from ceremonies on the beach to a lavish affair in one of the island’s grand ballrooms. “While other islands may offer sun and sand, Jamaica presents a fantastic diversity of options for couples in search of rich cultural experiences in addition to a setting of extraordinary beauty,” said John Lynch, director tourism, Jamaica Tourist Board, “the island vibe ensures that travelers have a memorable experience that will last a lifetime.”
Wendy’s High Five for a Magical Wedding
Sunset Beach: Spectacular sunsets are in no short supply from the cliffs off Negril’s Seven Mile Beach to Montego Bay and Treasure Beach on the south coast.
Love Boat: A dreamy ceremony on a sailboat as a reggae band plays traditional tunes and tasty Jamaican cuisine whets every appetite.
Tropical Garden: A top pick is Shaw Park Gardens high in the hills overlooking Ocho Rios. With picturesque vistas of the seaside town below, the gardens are photo-ready for a wedding.
Lovers’ Leap: A dramatic cliff overlooking Cutlass Bay on the rugged south coast is one of the most striking views on the island. Rather than be separated, local legend has it that two young slaves jumped to their deaths from this cliff after their secret love affair was exposed.
Blue Lagoon: In Port Antonio, this secluded water hole is renowned for its vivid blue color and inimitable backdrop for a relaxed ceremony. Accessed via a narrow lane tucked behind the road or on a small boat, the movie-famous lagoon is picture-perfect for couples vying for an authentic island experience.
Wendy’s Trio of Must-Do’s
Hot & Spicy: From jerk seasoning to traditional “festival” bread and the fabulously aromatic Blue Mountain coffee, a wedding chockablock with Jamaican flavors is a must-taste. And for dessert, a fruit salad aptly called “Matrimony “is made with homegrown apples and sour sop and when mixed with condensed milk, makes for a delectable wedding treat.
Reggae Beats: Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’ adds musical flavor to a ceremony while the Reggae Master’s seductive beats are always a big hit with couples celebrating into the night.
Explore, Explore: Jamaica offers more attractions than any other Caribbean island, making it the supreme locale for a romantic excursion. For couples who enjoy snorkeling tours, river rafting, swimming with dolphins, horseback riding and zip line canopy rides high above magnificent waterfalls, Jamaica is a bonanza of fun under the sun.
A Ritzy Affair: The gold standard on the beach in Montego Bay, the Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, is rolling out the regal red carpet for couples who covet unbridled luxury on the beach. The 427-room AAA Five Diamond resort is offering a complimentary wedding ceremony and two-night anniversary stay for couples who book twenty-five rooms through December 20.
Imaginative wedding packages include “Sunset Serenity” that includes a seaside ceremony with all the trimmings from a string duet and massages for the bride and groom to a gourmet brunch for the bridal party. Ritz Carlton Rose Hall
(Courtesy: Sky Juice and Flying Fish: Traditional Cooking )
- 1 ripe pear, peeled, cored & diced
- 1 apple, peeled, cored & diced
- 2 oranges
- 1/4 cup condensed milk
- Grated nutmeg, to taste
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Place the diced pear and apple in a medium bowl, add orange sections and mix.
- Sweeten with condensed milk and nutmeg, and toss to combine.
- Chill one hour before serving.
Save the Date
June 9 – 17: Ocho Rios Jazz Festival www.ochoriosjazz.com
July 15 – 21: Reggae Sumfest, Montego Bay www.reggaesumfest.com
For more information, click www.visitjamaica.com