Jamaica: Calendar of Events

Jamaica leads the Caribbean with multidimensional events that can add spice to your clients' itineraries.

DECEMBER
12 to 14. The Devon House Christmas Craft Fair. It offers a wide selection of homemade and handmade items. Kingston. Call (876) 929-7030.

JANUARY
6. Accompong Maroon Festival, an annual celebration with feasts, ceremonies, singing and dancing unique to the Maroons, who take their ancestry from Jamaicans who escaped British domination in the 17th century by moving to a remote area of the island. St. Elizabeth. Call Kenneth Watson, (976) 952-4546.
23 to 25. Negril Sprint Triathlon, organized with the assistance of the JTB, includes a half-mile swim, a 15-mile cycle ride along the coast and a three-mile run.

FEBRUARY
4 to 6. Tribute to Bob Marley. Ocho Rios. Call (876) 926-5726.
5 to 8. The Reggae Sunsplash '98 and the Bob Marley events can be part of an add-on package put together with one of the dozens of hotels or resorts along the north coast. Check with the JTB for details. Ocho Rios. Call (876) 960-1904. Reggae Sunsplash International maintains a Web site at www.reggaesunsplash.com.
6. A Bob Marley Birthday Bash. Montego Bay. Call (876) 978-2991.

MARCH
All month. Montego Bay Yacht Club's Easter Regatta, arranged through the Montego Bay Yacht Club. Call (876) 952-8262.
12 to 14. Negril Music Festival. Featuring local reggae and calypso performers and internationally known entertainers. Call Ronnie Nasralla Promotions, (876) 968-9356.
30 to April 6. Carnival in Jamaica. Events in Kingston, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, including street parades and concerts.

APRIL
1 to 5. Devon House Easter Craft Fair takes place on the lawns. Shops in the buildings at the back of the restored plantation house/museum are open year-round. Call (876) 929-7030.
11 to 13. Harmony Hall Easter Craft Fair. Call (876) 975-4222.
13. Kite Festival. Drax Hall, west of Ocho Rios. Call Maria Protz, (876) 972-9607.
19. Third Annual Treasure Beach Off Road Triathlon. Features a one-third-mile swim, a 15-mile mountain bike ride and a four-mile run. Arranged through Island Outpost, (800) 688-7678 or Jakes', (876) 965-0552.

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