NEW YORK -- The organizers of the popular Insider's Jamaica program
announced rates through June 16.
Created two years ago by the Jamaica Tourist Board to promote
the island's small inns and less-visited attractions, the Insider's
program has become one of Jamaica's most successful tourism
marketing campaigns, according to the tourist board.
The program combines a minimum five-night stay at a small inn or
hotel with discounts on car rentals, dining and admission to
attractions and sightseeing tours.
Participating are 58 of Jamaica's finest small properties (they
were all screened for the program), each with fewer than 100
The total includes the 10 inns that were added last year: the
Beachcomber, Negril Cabins, Rock Cliff, Sandi San, Shields Negril
Villas, Tigress II and Xtabi, all in Negril, and Dragon Bay Beach
Hotel, Goblin Hill and Hotel Mockingbird Hill, all in Port
In addition, five new restaurants -- Bar-B-Barn, Hunan Garden,
Tan-Ya's and Xtabi, all in Negril, and the Hub in Port Antonio,
recently were added to the program.
The participating properties offer a variety of accommodations,
including mountain inns, old estates, family-run beach hotels and
The organizers of the program said they selected the inns based
on their ability to offer guests a "high degree of personal
service" and tips on exploring the "real" Jamaica.
Rates start at $399 for a five-night package, including
roundtrip air fare from Miami on Air Jamaica, the participating
In addition, rates include a Jamaican "house party" hosted by a
local family; priority access to a Meet-the-People program; a
Jamaica Membership Card good for 25% off the cost of admission to
historical plantation houses, art museums, river rafting tours and
other activities and attractions; 15% discounts at restaurants, and
a one-class upgrade at select car rental companies.
Upon arriving at their hotels, guests are greeted by the owner
or manager and provided with a personal orientation of the
property, along with advice about the best places to shop, sightsee
and dine on the island.
Phone: (800) JAMAICA