No Place Like Jamaica

Small island, global presence. Jamaica presents a magnificent palette of experiences, breathtaking sights and life giving sounds that you feel as the wheels of the plane touch down.

 

The pulsing beat of reggae. The searing smell of food cooked over fiery coals.

 

No place on earth provides the range of attractions and the cultural diversity that can be found in the likkle island of Jamaica. No place on earth vibes like it, but it provides vibes for the world to feel.

Jamaica is the #14 world’s best destination and boasts being the best destination in the Caribbean. Ocho Rios is in the middle of the island’s long north coast. It is particularly noted for awe-inspiring waterfalls, beaches, busy modern cruise ship piers and delightful tropical gardens. 

Global Getaway Dates: April 16 – 20, 2020
Location: St. Ann, Jamaica

Why Travel with I Love Being Caribbean?
I Love Being Caribbean Global Getaways promise a beautifully unique off the beaten path experience, designed to connect to Caribbean culture and community. Global Getaways are sure to give you memories of the Caribbean to last a lifetime. Book now! 

Pre-Trip Vibe Sessions with the I Love Being Caribbean team!
All Global Getaway guests will be offered a 15-minute initial call to connect with our CEO (Chief Experience Officer). Beyond the call, you’ll have access to ask any and all questions to make you comfortable via email or text. We guarantee a 48-hour response for all Getaway Travelers (response time will be expedited for emergency situations).

Can I bring my kids?
While we love kids (we have some of our own!), this particular getaway experience is for adults 21+.

Is this trip for me?

This is a “relish the moment, feel the rhythm, hold ah vibe, live your life kinda’ experience”!

Global Getaways are for anyone ready to experience a new culture or culture that you already know & love in a new way! Want to meet new friends or travel with old ones? Ready to join an unforgettable and enjoyable experience that you don’t have to plan? Book today!

While we too appreciate an all-inclusive experience, Global Getaways are intentionally not all-inclusive. We work hard to source locally owned or operated hotels and work with Jamaican small business owners to collaborate for the ultimate experience. These 4 days are off the resort, off the beaten path and conscientiously cultivated for our guests.

iLBC Global Getaways are intimate. We’re purposeful in offering small intimate tours to ensure a richer experience for all. Unlike large tour groups, traveling with a small group allows us more flexibility for authentic experiences.

What will we do?

While the official itinerary will be shared with confirmed travelers, here’s a few events/activities that you can expect:

  • Welcome Mixer

  • Delighting in local experiences & indulging in flavorful cuisine in St. Ann, Portland and St. Andrew parishes

  • Rum, Fun & Sun

  • Jamaica Carnival & Road March

Where will I stay?

The Hibiscus Lodge is a boutique hotel in Ocho Rios, lovingly located within lush tropical gardens on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Rooms are of a native décor, contemporary with a chic Jamaican flare. The hotel offers complimentary wi-fi access, daily Jamaican breakfast and walking access to local shopping and dining options.

Room Options:
Double: 2 double beds or 1 queen bed option. When booking, please include roommate name if requesting a roommate. If no roommate preference, please type “please pair me with a roommate”.
Single: 1 queen bed option (please note, single room requests will incur an additional fee)

What is the cost?
Option One: $150.00 deposit  + $1350.00 one-time payment in full

Option Two: $150 deposit + $1450.00 flexible payment plan

*Both options are for a Double Bed (2 person room) Accommodation. Single room requests will incur an additional fee. 

Payment Plan:

You can enroll in our payment plan and relax knowing that your future payments will be made automatically. When you book, we’ll send you a credit card authorization form, calculate an evenly divided automatic billing plan for you and you will know in advance the day of every month that your payment will be processed. Your initial deposit is due at the time of booking, and your future payments will be charged according to the schedule you see on your invoice. 

What’s included?

  • 5 Days + 4 Nights Double Bed Accommodations at Hibiscus Lodge, a boutique hotel located in beautiful Ocho Rios Jamaica (full breakfast included)

  • Welcome Reception & Mixer (inclusive of food and beverages)

  • iLBC Curated Off The Beaten Path Experiences in St. Ann, Portland & St. Andrew Parishes (including private transportation)

  • iLBC Getaway Swag

  • Private Round-Trip Airport Transfers from MBJ*

What’s not included?

  • Tip/Gratuity for Drivers

  • Lunches, Dinners & Beverages

  • Souvenirs/Personal Items

  • Flight to Montego Bay Jamaica (MBJ)  

  • Travel Insurance

What if I don’t want to do all of the activities?

No problem! We just ask that you give prior notice during your booking so that we may plan accordingly. While the fees won’t change based on your choice to opt out, we honor and respect personal choice.

 

Travel Insurance

It is highly recommended that you secure travel insurance. Many credit card companies and other insurance companies (including AAA) include travel insurance as an added benefit, check with yours before purchasing separately. For more info on travel insurance: https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/.

Pack with a Purpose
Pack with a Purpose is a wonderful opportunity to join our strategic giveback efforts and travel consciously! Confirmed travelers will receive an email with an invitation to pack donated item(s). This year's trip donations will be gifted to The Kingston YMCA. The Kingston Y is committed to promoting the welfare of young people through spiritual, social, intellectual and physical activities, geared to the development of spirit, mind and body. 

Helpful Travel Notes:

  • Please make every effort to book your flight to Sangster International Airport (MBJ) before February 20, 2020 so that we can confirm airport transportation. It is recommended that all travelers arrive into Jamaica on April 16 between 1 - 4pm and depart April 20 between 12 – 3pm. Round trip airport transportation is included for attendees that arrive April 16 and depart April 20.

  • Once you purchase your flight, please email details to info@ilovebeingcaribbean.com so that we can ensure that our Global Getaway Team is ready to greet you. 

  • Traveling to Jamaica requires a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates. Please take a look at your passport right now to be sure that you’re not within six months of expiration (as of April 16- 20, 2020).

  • When making your reservations, you can choose to pay in full or select our convenient payment plan. If you select a payment plan, you will be added to our automatic monthly payment plan option and receive monthly notices when your payment method is charged.

  • Provided full payment is received no later than your Final Payment Due date, travel documents, itineraries and travel instructions will be sent via email 30 days or earlier prior to travel.

  • It is the guests’ responsibility to notify I Love Being Caribbean of all mailing address and email address changes.

  • How much spending money will I need in Jamaica? This is completely up to you! Most meals range between $10 - $25 USD (depending on your dietary preference).

  • Currency: The conversion rate is about $128 JMD to $1.00 USD (rates change daily). While U.S. currency is accepted everywhere and most stores/restaurants accept major credit cards, we recommend exchanging money as most things are cheaper when paying in Jamaican dollars. There will be opportunities for you to exchange money upon arrival.

  • In most cases, refunds will not be provided. We highly encourage you to secure travel insurance in the event that you have to cancel your plans.