Jamaica Makes CNN’s Top Travel Destination List

Jamaica continues to pack its punch as a mecca in the travel industry. It was named recently as one of CNN’s top 20 best places to travel for 2020.

Apart from Dominica, Jamaica was the only other Caribbean country to make the destination list.

CNN’s Travel reporter Katia Hetter “big up” Jamaica for its natural beauty, culture, and rich tourism product.

“James Bond, Bob Marley, turquoise waters and dazzling waterfalls — Jamaica has a lot to offer, particularly in 2020,” the CNN travel website noted.

The reporter noted Jamaica as the location where Ian Fleming wrote 14 of his James Bond novels at his Goldeneye beach house in Oracabessa, about 90 minutes from Montego Bay.

Fleming worked at his beach house every winter from 1952 until his death in 1964.

In April, Ian Fleming’s superspy James Bond appears in his 25th feature film, “No Time To Die,” in which Daniel Craig’s 007 returns to his creator’s real-life beach house, for filming.

“Guests can stay in the famed author’s five-bedroom beachfront home on the northern coast of the island and avail themselves of Fleming’s writing desk,” the report highlighted.

Furthermore, the article referenced Jamaica’s reggae icon Bob Marley and the significance of his body of work.

“Jamaica’s favorite son, though, is the iconic reggae musician, Bob Marley, who would have turned 75 on February 6. Marley’s Jamaica is a living, beating heart, overflowing with love, pain, history, and cultural significance,” the report stated.

Additionally, it noted, “The singer lived in Kingston, Jamaica’s capital, and fans of Marley’s music and message can commune with the legendary artist at his former home, now the Bob Marley Museum.”

The stunning cliff-side Rockhouse hotel in Negril, whose early guests included Marley, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones, was also mentioned as features that must not be missed on a visit to the island.

For Dominica, the country’s “lush, primordial rainforests, foliage-engulfed peaks and deep ravines crisscrossed by 365 rivers” presents vast offerings for ecotourism.

“The renovated 28-room Rosalie Bay Eco-Resort is set to reopen in February 2020, and the reimagined Jungle Bay Eco Villas reopened in June 2019. Dominica is in the midst of an impressive luxury hotel boom, thanks in large part to its longstanding Citizenship by Investment program,” the report stated.

The top 20 countries making the list of best places to travel for 2020 are Chile Lake District; Copenhagen- Denmark; Dead Sea; Dominica; Estonia; Galway, Ireland; Jamaica; Kyrgyzstan; Kyushu, Japan; New Caledonia; Paraty and Ilha Grande, Brazil; São Tomé & Príncipe; St. Petersburg, Russia; Sri Lanka; Tunisia; Vancouver Island, Canada; Washington DC, USA; Wuppertal, Germany; Wyoming, USA, and Zambia.

Marcia Wright, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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