Jamaica 50 - The Celebration Continues

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August 6th is Jamaica's 50th Anniversary of Independence but Jamaica 50 celebrations and major events are happening through the end of the year. Jamaican expatriates who want to celebrate on their home soil and other travelers who want to take part in the Jamaica 50 festivities can experience some of Jamaica's best events this fall. See event highlights provided by JAVA Reservations, Inc. and visit http://www.villasinjamaica.com for information on accommodations.

Jamaica 50

Celebrating 50 Years of Jamaican Independence

Some of the best events are yet to come, like the Reggae Marathon.

On top of the Olympic fanfare, on August 6th, Jamaica celebrates 50 years of Independence. Jamaica has a lot to be proud of, including a thriving tourism industry with more than just beautiful beaches, status as the reggae capital of the world, and being home to some of the friendliest and most celebratory people on earth. Which is why it is no surprise that the Jamaica 50 celebrations are continuing through the end of the year, along with heightened excitement around other major annual events.

“Some of the best events are yet to come, like the Reggae Marathon, which draws music fans from around the world – and many Jamaicans living abroad want to come home to celebrate Jamaica 50 with family this fall and for Christmas,” says Vicki Cannizo, managing director for the Jamaica Association of Villas and Apartments. “A lot of Jamaican expatriates have children who have never been to Jamaica, so this year is a great opportunity for them, or anyone, to come and enjoy the best of Jamaica.”

A few of the upcoming highlights:

August: Two major events take place on Aug. 11th. In Kingston, The Grand Jamaica Homecoming Olympic Party coincides with the Men’s and Women’s Relay Finals. In Montego Bay, The International Reggae Wine Festival features wine purveyors, some of the best reggae artists, a fashion show, and Jamaican arts & crafts.

September: The Legends of Cricket T20 Carnival Master’s Tournament (Sept 27th-29th) features the world’s greatest cricket legends and players of all time, plus a golf tournament, beach party and music.

October: The Montego Bay Yacht Club Fishing Tournament (Oct. 3rd-7th) is the oldest competitive fishing event in Jamaica, offering all levels, including kids’ competitions, entertainment and food.

November: Restaurant Week (Nov 13th-20th) celebrates Jamaica’s diverse culinary offerings in Kingston, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. Sample cuisine from Jamaica’s best restaurants at prices up to 50% off.

December: The Reggae Marathon (Nov 29th- Dec 2nd) is not just for runners, but anyone who wants to enjoy a celebration of good vibes and lots of reggae music in Negril.

There are dozens of other festivities, from the Grand Jamaica Homecoming and Jamaica Open Pro-Am, the JAM 50 Finale Concert and Fireworks, the Hands of Gold Boxing Series, the Pineapple Ball, and special Christmas celebrations all over the island. For more information on events visit http://tiny.cc/md9eiw and for information on accommodations, visit http://www.villasinjamaica.com.

About JAVA: The Jamaica Association of Villas and Apartments, LTD, came into being in 1967 to represent the interests of the villa, cottage and condominium sector of Jamaica’s tourism industry. JAVA has set strict standards, monitoring the operation of Jamaican villas, apartments, cottages, and condominiums, and marketing them overseas. Today we offer more choices, provide expert advice, confirm reservations, and package the Jamaica villa vacation experience for the greatest of ease.

JAVA Reservations, Inc. is based in Chicago, IL and manages the marketing and sales for the Jamaica Association of Villas and Apartments. JAVA Reservations has over 25 years of knowledge and experience planning villa vacations in Jamaica. http://www.villasinjamaica.com

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