ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - February 10, 2014) - Vacation Express recently announced new service to Jamaica from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). Service to Jamaica starts on May 17, 2014 and runs through June. The flight will be operated by Miami Air International using a B737-400 that seats 150 passengers. The plane has both main and first class cabins and all passengers will get a free first checked bag, snack and limited bar. Flights and vacation packages are offered through vacationexpress.com or by calling 800.309.4717.
Ah, Jamaica. Does the word conjure up relaxed island life and warm breezes? Good, it's supposed to. For years, Jamaica has represented the Caribbean's natural beauty, hospitality and cuisine. There's so much to explore and yet, it lets you take life at a slower pace. A welcome respite that feels just like home.
The calm envelopes you from the moment you land at Sangster International Airport. Flying to Jamaica is literally a breeze with us; we offer exclusive non-stop flights from cities like New Orleans, where you can be in a whole new world in under three hours. Plus with flights that run 4-6 days a week from New York, Cincinnati and Nashville, you could literally customize your trip to your convenience.
Treat yourself to a Jamaican welcome through Club Mobay, the VIP arrivals lounge, where you'll be whisked through customs and immigration, while your luggage is picked up for you. The rock star treatment starts from the moment you get off the plane, right until you're on your way to your resort.
Your trip to this Caribbean treasure is all about you, whether you're seeking adventure, or a blissful retreat. Montego Bay or "MoBay" as locals call it, is closest to the airport and the place to stay if you want to be in the center of the action. Historic colonial buildings surround MoBay, while some hotels occupy the sugar cane plantations of yesteryears. The adventurers can explore the area on ATV bikes or by rafting on the Martha Brae River. The golfers will have ample picks between five world-class championship courses including White Witch Golf Course and Half Moon Golf Club. Can't wait to get in the water? Doctor's Cave Beach Club is just north of downtown MoBay and famous for its translucent waters. Snorkelers will have a field day exploring preserved coral reefs. MoBay's "Hip Strip" is for city-dwellers that need their vacation complete with shops, restaurants and clubs. MoBay is perfect for travelers where everyone in the group has diverse interests.
But if you're among the many thousands of honeymooning couples visiting Jamaica every year, Negril is the place for you. Just over an hour's drive from the airport, Negril offers secluded beaches and lush waters for lovers to enjoy. Whether you want a tranquil swim off the seven-mile beach, or indulge in water sports all day, this island hideaway is like no other. To immerse yourself in the real Negril, don't miss an afternoon of people watching off the cliffs in Negril's West End. Tourists and locals alike flock to Rick's Café for cocktails, cliff-jumping (whether as a participant or spectator) and sunset views.
Then, for a picturesque beach view, head to Bloody Bay. The jury's still out on how it got its name -- some point to pirate battles, others say whales were massacred in the area. But its colorful past doesn't detract from the Bay's white-sand beach front, hosting a variety of resorts. Negril is more laid-back than MoBay, but also great for culture buffs, Negril's town or the 300 year-old Great House -- won't disappoint.
For those seeking an adrenaline rush, a sojourn to Ocho Rios (lovingly referred to as "Ochi") is well worth it. Derived from Spanish for "eight rivers," Ochi is replete with natural beauty. Jamaica's famous Dunn's River Falls are an essential visit. You can vertically climb the lush falls while holding hands with other climbers. The view is spectacular and the camaraderie with nature can't be compared to any other activity. No wonder this is a "must-do" item on most visitor's lists. For an action-packed day, combine the climb with Mystic Mountain. Never bobsledded in a forest? This is your chance to experience incredible views of greenery, as you bobsled down Mystic Mountain. Thrill-seekers shouldn't miss zip-lining across the canopies and riding down a stainless-steel water slide. Mystic Mountain's varied ecosystem includes trees, flowers, birds and insects that enthrall nature-lovers. Afterwards, celebrate your hard work with some reggae music at one of Ochi's many bars or nightclubs!
Vacationers looking to explore the road less traveled should head straight to Trelawny/Runaway Bay. Runaway Bay, a small coastal town, is replete with luxury hotels and private villas. Falmouth, the capital of Trelawny is home to some of the most historic buildings in the Caribbean. Swing by the area to check out the Falmouth Court House, Greenwood Great House and St. Peter's Anglican Church. Grand Lido Resort provides a romantic interlude for busy couples -- where plush all-suites accommodation meets all-inclusive 24-hour convenience. Want to be pampered from head to toe? Indulge in the resort's spa facilities. What was once the heart of Jamaica's global sugar trade is now where many cruise ships dock. Fun fact: Olympic sprinter and world record-holder Usain Bolt is from Falmouth.
Whether you choose Jamaica for a heart-thumping adventure trip, or relaxing on the beach with a loved one, this island escape promises to captivate you from the moment on land. Its incredible culture makes Jamaica entirely unforgettable. Reggae and soca music is so catchy you'll be swaying your hips to the rhythms in no time. Your taste buds will be seduced by local flavors and delicacies you will be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Jerk chicken is an internationally-loved dish, but also try curried goat, escoveitch fish and callalloo. Unique spices and Spanish, Indian and African influences on local cuisine are sure to entice even the most discerning palate. For culinary enthusiasts that love spicy food, don't be afraid to ask for scotch bonnet hot sauce to accompany your meals. Then, put out the fire in your mouth (and belly) with native rum. Locals swear by "Scotchies restaurant," famous for spice-rubbed jerk chicken and pork. A few hours in Jamaica and you'll be tapping along to Bob Marley, chanting "ya mon" and feeling an unexplained sense of calm.
When it's time to leave Jamaica, you'd have left behind your cares…and your heart, wishing for another day in paradise. After just one visit, you'll be itching to go back to Jamaica's azure waters, pristine beaches, unbeatable hospitality and delicious food.
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