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Life is 'irie, mon' in Jamaica, the birthplace of reggae

The Province "But on a recent trip south of Ocho Rios to the mountainous village of Nine Mile, where reggae and Rastafarian legend Bob Marley was born, raised and laid to rest, my husband Steve and I meet the genuine article in a beaming tour guide who's been featured in several YouTube videos.

The rich patois that is Jamaica's second language is evident as he keeps up the steady patter of a standup comedian and frequently bursts into song."

10 most romantic honeymoon hot spots

KTNV ABC, "St. Lucia

Why: Towering peaks, lush surroundings and a protected national park make this among the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean.
Honeymoon To-do: Stray from the beach and take in St. Lucia's natural scenery with a stroll in Diamond Botanical Gardens or a helicopter tour booked through St. Lucia Helicopters.

Where to stay in Antigua

MoneyWeek: "The hotel is 'situated right bang in the centre of about the most beautiful bay you can imagine', saysClaudia Winkleman in The Independent. Any hotel built in such a beautiful location would still be 'the most wondrous hotel on earth', but the owners of the Carlisle Bay decided to put in a bit of extra effort anyway."

Jamaica Offers Attractive Holiday Packages and a unique cultural experience this Easter Season

South Florida Caribbean News: "KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s warmth and unspoiled beauty offer travelers a delightful escape any time of the year, but with the coming Easter holiday – one of Jamaica’s biggest seasons for celebration – travelers can enjoy the island’s unique traditions coupled with special holiday savings at resorts, hotels and villas, as well as select attractions."

Sun, sea, sand and stories on Antigua

Easier: "Lions, tigers and bears will be joining pirates and princesses and the odd witch or two this half term as the focus of a new storytelling week being hosted at The Verandah Resort & Spa in Antigua from 29 May (half term week).

The new storytelling week is being hosted in partnership with Virgin Holidays, Elite Island Resorts and Puffin, the number one children’s publishing company in the world which celebrates its 70th anniversary in May this year."

Jamaica’s Negril beach resorts attracting sex trade

NewJerseyNewsroom.com: "NEGRIL, JAMAICA — It's just before midnight, and the music pulsates through the massive speakers perched under the ceiling, scantily clad girls in their five-inch heels moving closer to the iron poles.

To the rhythms of reggae and dancehall music, they sashay onto the platform, grab the poles and dance like molasses sliding down a wooden banister."

Relax in the Old Caribbean

The Montreal Gazette"Roatan, along with Utila and Guanaja, comprise the three main islands of Las Islas de La Bahia (The Bay Islands). Roatan lies 65 kilometres off the northern coast of mainland Honduras.

It's small enough to explore by car or hired taxi in a day (about 60 km east to west and 7 km across at its widest point), but you'll want to stay much longer.

Originally populated by Paya Indians, the Bay Islands were discovered by Europeans in the 13th century, and for almost 200 years British pirates and Spanish conquistadors fought for control of the islands. The Europeans were victorious."

JetBlue Adds 2nd Daily Flight to Kingston, Jamaica

ABC News: "JetBlue Airways said Tuesday it has added a second daily nonstop flight to Kingston, Jamaica from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport starting June 17.

The airline will now run two nonstop flights from JFK to Kingston, two nonstops from JFK to Montego Bay, one daily nonstop from Orlando to Montego Bay and biweekly nonstop service from Boston to Montego Bay."

Going Our Way: Three Caribbean trip ideas for Turks and Caicos, Cozumel or Punta Cana

washingtonpost.com: "Bonaire, for example, is widely considered the best dive destination in the Caribbean, but if you're looking for miles of white-sand beaches, forget it. Turks and Caicos, another highly regarded dive spot, has a laid-back vibe and pretty beaches, but you'd have to scale back considerably on lodging to stay within your budget. Mexico's Cozumel boasts a winning combo of fantastic dive sites and more affordable all-inclusives, but the island isn't particularly known for its beaches. And in the Dominican Republic's Punta Cana, you can have your pick of fancy oceanfront resorts at affordable prices, but the diving isn't as dramatic."