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JTB offers online wedding and honeymoon concierge

Often ranked one of the top places for weddings and honeymoons, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has introduced an online concierge service for couples to utilize when planning their dream trip to the island. The online concierge is called “Wendy”and her role is to ensure visitors receive the best match for every taste and budget. Couples can get to know the Jamaican love guru at http://www.visitjamaica.com/weddings or on Twitter at twitter.com/weddingsinja. The following is a sampling of Wendy’s suggestions for tying the knot in Jamaica: Top Five Places for a Wedding in Jamaica: !!! Sunset Beach: A spectacular sunset from the cliffs off Negril’s Seven Mile Beach is just one of the breathtaking waterfront scenes offered across the island. Montego Bay and Treasure Beach are also great locales. !!! Love Boat: Choose a sunset ceremony on a sailboat bobbing on tropical waters, complete with reggae band and traditional Jamaican cuisine. Several tour companies invite couples to plan their wedding and reception onboard a catamaran. !!! Tropical Garden: Jamaica is home to many gardens with colourful tropical flowers and lush greenery providing a beautiful wedding backdrop. A top garden pick is Shaw Park Gardens – located high in the hills overlooking Ocho Rios with a stunning view of the seaside town below. !!! Lovers’ Leap: A 518-metre cliff overlooking Cutlass Bay on Jamaica’s rugged South Coast offers one of the most picturesque views on the island. Legend has it that two young slaves jumped to their deaths from this cliff after their secret love affair had been exposed, rather than being separated. !!! Blue Lagoon: Port Antonio’s “Blue Lagoon”is a small, secluded lagoon renowned for its vivid blue colour. This location makes for a perfect “tropical paradise”setting for an intimate ceremony, and can only be accessed via a narrow lane off the coast road or by boat. Top Three Jamaican Wedding Must-Dos: !!! Jamaican Flavours: Couples do well spicing up a reception menu with Jamaican flavours – from jerk seasoning and local seafood to traditional “festival”bread and world-renowned Blue Mountain coffee. “Matrimony,”a fruit salad made with otaheite apples and soursop then bound with condensed milk, makes for a well-themed dessert. And no Jamaican wedding would be complete unless spiked with a little island rum. !!! Reggae Beats: Jamaica is the birthplace of reggae music. Once you’re there, you’ll find it’s no wonder that the island inspired Bob Marley’s One Love. Couples can easily add a little Jamaica to their ceremony and reception with some seductive reggae beats. !!! Island Attractions: Jamaica offers more attractions than any other Caribbean island, making it the perfect place for a romantic excursion or great way for entertaining friends and family pre/post nuptials. Snorkeling tours, river rafting, horseback riding, zipline canopy tours and breathtaking waterfalls are all in close proximity to most of the major resort areas.

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