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The world's continued fascination with Jamaica

Jamaica Gleaner News "It's definitely all about this red-hot island that this column always refers to as destination Jamaica, as from in the early days of travel, Jamaica has been the preferred spot for not only the rich and famous, uber-fab and thrill-seeking, fun-loving explorer, but it continues to be the gem of the Caribbean isles, unequaled in its beauty and above all else, the warmth and hospitality of its people."

Dominica’a Fort Young Hotel

Travel Daily News: "Fort Young Hotel is located on the outskirts of Dominica’s capital, Roseau. The property offers 71 luxurious rooms, superb wine & dining facilities, on premise dive operations, excursion desk, duty free shopping as well as wellness center and conference rooms. The Fort Young Hotel is the perfect getaway for divers and non-divers looking for top service, diving and eco-adventure."

Caribbean dreams at bargain prices

Telegraph: "It's high season in the Caribbean at the moment. Normally, that would mean full hotels charging their highest rates. But this winter, it's an altogether different picture. Recession has resulted in a sharp fall in the number of holidaymakers visiting the region, from both Britain and the United States.

This means not only are there plenty of flights, hotel rooms and villas, but also there are offers galore."

Naomi Cleaver tells why she loves the Caribbean island of Nevis

Times Online: "Nevis was the first Caribbean island that my husband and I visited as a couple in 1994; the airport was then still a landing strip with a blackboard and a hut. We loved the island for being rustic and elegant with all you could want from tropical life, such as rainforest hiking and deep sea fishing, plus cute restaurants and bars, historic ruins and friendly, polite, warm people."

36 Hours in Antigua

NYTimes.com: "TINY Antigua, 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, is one of those famously paradisiacal islands that actually lives up to the hype. Pristine beaches (there are 365 of them, if you can believe the tourist brochures) fleck the coastline, and everywhere you look there is yet another exhilarating view of sea, cliff or tropical landscape. An array of über-luxurious resorts have cashed in on the lush surroundings, and provide their well-heeled guests with so many hedonistic diversions that many never emerge to see what lies beyond the resort gates. Which is a shame, because if you drive from, say, English Harbour in the south to Dickenson Bay in the northwest, you’ll find another, more intimate, Antigua: small towns bustling with activity, a local cricket game in full swing, inland roads lined with “fig” (banana) trees, and everywhere, the stone remnants of windmills, a legacy of the island’s colonial role as one of the Caribbean’s most prolific sugar producers, when Antigua…

Key facts about Jamaica

Xinhua: "Jamaica is an island nation situated in the northwest of the Caribbean Sea. It lies some 190 km west of Haiti and 140 km south of Cuba.

Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean with a total area of 10,991 square km.

More than 90 percent of Jamaica's 2.7 million population are of African descent. Christians make up the majority of the population. English is the official language.

Its largest city, Kingston, is also the capital of the island nation.

The Arawak indigenous people originating from South America settled on the island between 4,000 BC and 1,000 BC.

Spain sent Juan de Esquivel to establish a settlement in 1509, beginning Spain's effective colonization of Jamaica.

It was not until 1655 that the English took over the last Spanish fort in Jamaica.

Jamaica slowly gained increasing independence from the United Kingdom and in 1958, it became a province in the Federation of the West Indies. Jamaica attained full independence by leaving the fe…

Trinidad and Tobago fares from $79

msnbc.com: "As more U.S. airlines are offering impressive low fares and new routes to tropical hot spots, Caribbean Airlines has been giving these domestic carriers a run for their money. The Trinidad-based airline — which also serves Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, Antigua, St. Maarten, Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname — has launched a fare sale on winter travel starting from just $79 each way.

This outstanding sale includes departures from major cities like New York, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Toronto to Trinidad and Tobago for travel through March 12."

Holiday prices for the Caribbean fall

Holiday prices for the Caribbean fall: "Castries, Saint Lucia Holidaying in the Caribbean this winter season has never been so cheap, said Hugh Riley, General Secretary of the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

Riley said internet bookings have proved some of the biggest bargains for holidaymakers.

It is also worth enquiring at hotels and airlines whether they are offering any discounts to their customers."