Travel & Tourism

August, 15, 2006 - 03:42 PM / ET

Island Paradise Offers a Family Escape Like No Other

--(HISPANIC PR WIRE – CONTEXTO LATINO)--Many tourist destinations are trying to capitalize on the family experience - reinventing themselves to cater to the family demographic. However, some destinations don't need to change at all; they already offer all of the sites, attractions and natural history that perfectly complement a family experience.

Jamaica is one such area of the world. Primarily known as a honeymoon and party hot spot, Jamaica offers so many experiences beyond cocktail sipping at the beach. This country, which is rich in history and culture, is a land bustling with features that can appeal to young and old.

Here is a sneak peak as to what gems Jamaica has to offer:

CUISINE
Budding food aficionados or those who relish in the idea of sampling new tastes and delights can spend days appreciating Jamaican food. Jamaican cooking draws its appeal from an interpretation of East Indian, Chinese, African, Spanish and British influences - all working harmoniously in a style that is uniquely Jamaican.

Jamaican cuisine is often synonymous with jerk cooking. Meat is first marinated for hours in a mixture of peppers, pimento seeds, scallion, thyme, and nutmeg, then cooked over an outdoor pit lined with pimento wood. The low heat allows the meat to cook slowly, retaining the natural juices while becoming infused with the flavor of the wood.

However, there are many other regional specialties one can experience. Some include: bammies- cakes made from cassava root; ackee -a bright yellow fruit; duckunoo-a steamed pudding made from cornmeal and coconut; and meat patties-a spicy pie sold in snack shops or by roadside vendors.

ATTRACTIONS
For families looking for a wide range of activities to keep busy, a world of water parks, water petting zoos and beach and outdoor fun is available for families in Jamaica. Plus, many of the resorts and hotels offer special packages for families with well managed and supervised kids programs designed to delight youngsters and provide parents with worry-free relaxation. Here is a sampling of what the island has to offer:

-- Interact with wildlife: Swim with the dolphins in an intimate and supervised setting at Dolphin Cove, or enjoy the beauty of stingrays while petting these cousins to the shark at Stingray City. For those who want to stay out of the water, The Calico Under Sea Tour in the Montego Bay Marine Park allows visitors to explore unique coral formations and sea-life in Jamaica's first marine sanctuary from the safety of a semi-submarine.
-- Get wet; have fun: Apart from miles of sandy beaches, the island also boasts water and amusement parks that will appeal to the child in all.
Chukka Caribbean Adventures, Kool Runnings Water Park, Captain Mike's Coconut Island and Dunn's River Falls are just some of the places where families can cool off and enjoy themselves.
-- Other activities: Equestrians will enjoy Braco Stables with tours that showcase breathtaking views of the landscape. And those interested in a little shopping and culture can head to Island Village in Ochos Rios to explore shops, restaurants and a museum.

More than just Rastafarians and reggae, one needs to visit Jamaica to truly appreciate the welcoming people who call these shores home. To learn more about Jamaica or to inquire about travel packages, visit Jamaica Tourist Board's Web site at http://www.visitjamaica.com or call toll-free at 1-800-233-4JTB (1-800-233-4582).

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