Jamaica Now! New Laws, Hotels, Decriminalized Cannabis and More.
| Duration 00:39:58 | Posted in by Megan Chapa


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What's New In Jamaica?

The short answer is SO MUCH is new in Jamaica! Thankfully, I was able to get Irene Sauger on the program, Vacation Guru and JJG Group (Just Jamaica Group). Irene, gives us updates on the boring stuff in Jamaica, i.e. bans on plastics, new smoking laws and decriminalizing of marijuana possession. She also gives us the goods on Jamaica’s new resort openings, expansions, culture offerings and more!

Listen before you plan your trip to Jamaica!

Topics Covered in the Podcast:

What’s New In Jamaica?

Ocean Coral Spring (Family All-Inclusive Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica)
~Ocean Coral Spring will open an Adults Only Resort Eden Bay in 2021

RIU Montego Bay will re-open this year as an Adults Only Property

Jewel Runaway Bay and Jewel Dunn’s River were bought (Sandals bought and added them to their collection of Jamaican Resorts)

Beaches Negril expansion (family all-inclusive resort, Negril, Jamaica)

Couples Tower Isle Spa villas

Mystic Mountain – new attractions and upgrades

Cannabis In Jamaica Topics
~ Decriminalized but not legal in Jamaica
~ Possession is legal for Jamaican locals up to 2 ounces. Tourist visiting Jamaica have the same provisions with a Jamaican Medicinal Marijuana Card.

Jamaica Medicinal Marijuana card.
~ There are several medical marijuana dispensaries in Jamaica.
~ Kaya Herb House is the first medicinal ganja herb house in the Caribbean. VERY INTERESTING place to visit and learn about the uses of marijuana.

OTHER Accommodations in Jamaica

Several resorts offering Villas or Vacation Home type of accommodations for large families in a Resort setting.
~ Half Moon
~ Round Hill
~ Jewel Grande
~ Villa Rentals

Budget vs Value

OFF the beaten path locations in Jamaica gaining popularity

Pelican Bar Expansion

Rastafari Indigenous Village:
~ Rastafari History
~ Rastafari Culture
~ Rastafari Culinary Insights

Zimbali Retreat:
~ Organic Farm is one of the most unique places in Jamaica. Tour the Farm, then Return to the specially designed Cooking Studio for an Authentic Demonstration using Jamaican Foods & Fruits of the season.
~ 4 course lunch
~ 5 course dinner
~ Accommodations on site

JAMAICA now has an online app for immigration arrivals cutting the paper out.


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