Joanna & Greg Sandals Ochi Beach Resort

The day is almost here to travel to Montego Bay, Jamaica for your trip to Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.

This link provides you with your travel details along with tips and information for traveling to Jamaica. The information, hints and travel suggestions are based on my personal travel experience. This is just an additional service I offer my clients. I hope you find it useful.

If you need to reach me any time on your trip, my card has my home office number 407-677-5522. My after-hour’s number is 407-927-5606 phone or text. If I do not answer, leave a message and I will call you back.

If you have ANY questions at all, please let me know. It has been my pleasure planning this trip for you and THANK YOU very much. Have a wonderful time in Jamaica!

Tammy Shamblin-Renie, CTC, CSS

Red Parrot Travel

Your Romance Travel Specialist

What’s included at Sandals & Beaches

  • Round trip airport transfers from Montego Bay International to the resort
  • All tips, gratuities and hotel taxes once you arrive at the resort. Excluding Butler and additional service such as spa and excursion gratuities.
  • All meals, anytime snacks and fine dining of your choice at three resorts.
  • Unlimited premium drinks, liquors and wines.
  • Unlimited use of non-motorized water sports: Canoes/Kayaks, Sailboats, Windsurfing, Hydrobikes, Paddle boards, Snorkeling & Scuba-diving. You must be PADI certified to Scuba dive.
  • Unlimited on land activities: Table Tennis, Shuffleboard, Outdoor Chess, Day/Night Tennis, Fitness Center, Board Games, Beach Volleyball, Billiards & XBOX Game Oasis Center at Beaches
  • Nightly Entertainment and Themed Events
  • Golf at Sandals Golf and Country Club Ocho Rios (cart, caddy and clubs additional) transfers included.

Accommodations

Riviera Honeymoon Beachfront Penthouse Club Level Room - PO

Sitting at one of most privileged points in the entire resort, this penthouse features a wonderfully sized bedroom and living area boasting a mahogany four-poster bed, matching furniture, flat-screen TV, bar area and a well-appointed en-suite marble bathroom. Completing the experience is a large private balcony which has some of the most spectacular and far-reaching views of the Caribbean Sea.

ROOM VIEW: Oceanfront, Oceanview

Club Sandals Services & Amenities

Arrival:

  • Met on arrival by Club Sandals Concierge.
  • Served cold/warm towels on arrival.
  • Privately checked in at the Club Sandals Lounge.
  • Escorted to room by Club Sandals Concierge.
  • In-Room Orientation by Club Sandals Concierge.
  • Private Resort Orientation by Club Sandals Concierge.
  • Club Sandals Welcome packet on arrival.

Staff Services:

  • Dedicated Club Sandals Concierge to assist with planning vacation experience.
  • Dedicated Club Sandals Concierge to assist with booking reservations-dinner/spa/tour/private dinners.
  • Daily contact with guests throughout their stay.
  • Personalized Resort Orientation.
  • Escort of guests to bus when they are going on tours.
  • All Day Room Service from 7:00AM - 10:00PM. (Except at Sandals Halcyon Beach)

Other Inclusions:

  • Robes in all rooms.
  • In-Room Bar with pouring brands and fridge restocked daily with juice, water & sodas.
  • Specially made Club Sandals room key.
  • In-Room Culinary treat for late arrivals.
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas. Unlimited number of devices.

Club Sandals Lounge:

  • Hours: 24 hours lounge access; Staff will be available from the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • High-definition flat-screen TV.
  • Selection of Board Games, books and novels.
  • Tea and coffee station with assorted tea and freshly Ground Coffee (Blue Mountain Coffee).
  • Coffee machine in all lounges serving Espressos and Cappuccinos.
  • New York Times and British Today, The Canadian and any other Times Fax as requested.
  • Kindles available in the Lounge.
  • iPads displaying menus, martini menu, weekly activities and Managers wine list.
  • Library of Local Books Available.
  • Air conditioned comfort.
  • Signature Scent.
  • Soothing Background Music.
  • Guest check-out with Club Sandals Concierge.
  • Alcoholic Beverages, Sparkling Wine, Juice, Soda and Water.

All Day Snacks and Pastries in Club Sandals:

  • Danish, Croissants, Muffins.
  • Coconut, Sugar and Chocolate cookies.
  • Assorted Island Treats - Rumball, coconut drops, coconut macaroon.
  • Apples
  • Sandwiches and Wraps.
  • Club Sandals Signature Drink.

Weekly Activities:

  • Cocktail Party
  • Exclusive Wine Tasting
  • Snorkeling Trip
  • Martini Evening

Other Services by Club Sandals:

  • Reserved tables at property weekly buffet
  • Recognition of birthday / anniversary / special occasion
  • Escorted Island Routes Club Sandals Tours**

**available at an additional cost

Available Services (not included)

  • Money Exchange Bureau
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning & Laundry Service
  • Car Rental
  • Local Tours & Excursions
  • Spa Treatments
  • Business Center

Exchange privileges

You do have exchange privileges with all the Sandals and Beaches Resorts in Jamaica, excluding Sandals Royal Plantation. Transportation is on your own if you wish to visit any of the other resorts.

Excursions

Sandals and Beaches offers a variety of optional excursion through Island Routes which I can pre-book before your departure or you can book once you arrive at the resorts. Keep in mind they do book up in advance. Call Red Parrot if you would confirm any excursions before your arrival.

You can see a list of optional tours at Island Routes Caribbean Adventures. Click the button to be connected.

IMPORTANT EXCURSION TIPS

Things to take on your tours.

Camera/Phone along with something waterproof to keep them in.

Money

Swimsuit

Tennis shoes or Aqua socks for water activities

Towels

Sun Block

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Be advised that tipping on any off property excursion is optional, at your discretion and is expected.

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Please leave all jewelry and valuables in your room safe prior to going on your tours.

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Excursion Confirmation

ISLAND ROUTES DUNN'S RIVER CATAMARAN CRUISE

Saturday 22Apr17 - 10:00am-2:00pm

Confirm your excursion with the Club Sandals staff. Be at the pier/dock 15 minute prior to departure unless told otherwise. Please note shoes are not permitted to be worn on the catamaran. They will be collect before boarding and returned when you depart the catamaran.

Your tour voucher is in your documents.

All aboard an Island Routes Catamaran Cruise for drinks, music, dancing and, of course our secret-ingredient signature cocktail. The DJ spins a reggae soundtrack and the crew plays host on this luxury catamaran adventure serving up snorkeling and panoramic views. As a highlight, experience the majesty of Dunn’s River Falls, one of Jamaica’s most magnificent natural treasures. Led by expert guides, you’ll join hands to form a human chain, as you wind your way up the rocky slopes of this 600 foot waterfall. Pose for snapshots amid the luxuriant foliage that lines the sides of the ascending falls. Cascading down from its untainted source high in the mountains, you’ll delight in the refreshing, pure water as it caresses your skin. Give in to the unbelievable beauty of this wondrous place.

Tour Highlights

  • Join the crew on a luxury catamaran to Dunn's River Falls
  • Stop for a short snorkeling trip on the way
  • Climb the rocky slopes of the 600 ft. waterfall in a human chain
  • Photos and videos of the experience can be purchased afterwards
  • On the way back the bar opens and the party starts!

Important Information

  • Confirmation will be sent within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability and minimum tour requirements. You can reconfirm your tour with the Club Sandals staff.
  • Tour duration is not inclusive of travel time to tour location
  • All tours are weather permitting
  • Age & Weight restrictions may apply

What to Bring:

  • Change of Clothes
  • Towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Shoes

Additional Information

  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • Not accessible for the physically challenged
  • Not recommended for people with motion sickness
  • Not handicapped accessible

Red Parrot Note:

  • Water shoes or non-slip sole shoes are a must! Those rocks are very slippery.
  • Expect the Falls to be very busy and crowded. I recommend you use one of the guides to help up the Falls.
  • Tipping will be expected by the Catamaran crew. There is a tip jar on board.
  • The Dunn's River Falls guides expect to be tipped also.
  • At the top of the Fall's there are very aggressive vendors. If you are not interested a polite "thanks but no thanks" is always the best answer if you are not interested.
  • Red Parrot Travel is not responsible for any physical injury on any excursions.

Red Lane Spa

No Red Lane Spa experiences are confirmed at this time.

*A 15% service will be charged at the conclusion of your spa service. This fee is the basic gratuity. If you wish to leave more, you can do so.

If you would like to pre-schedule any spa services just let me know and I will take care of your reservations. Full payment is required at the time of reservations.

Entertainment Schedule

  • Sunday – CELEBRATING BROADWAY
  • Monday – BEACH PARTY
  • Tuesday – REGGAE FEST
  • Wednesday – ALL WHITE CHOCOLATE SYMPHONY *
  • Thursday – ENCORE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
  • Friday – JAMAICA CULTURAL SHOWCASE
  • Saturday – BATTLE OF THE SEXES

Please note all day and evening activities are subject to change. Please consult your daily newsletter for all events.

*Bring your white outfit to wear this evening.

Sandals Ochi Beach Resort

A few tips from Red Parrot Travel!

  • There are three main sections to the resort. Use the “Hop” to get between the areas. Restaurants, bars and entertainment are located at all sections, the Caribbean Riviera, Butler Village and Great House areas.
  • Look through the list of restaurants at the resort to get an idea of where you would like to dine each night as there are 16 restaurants to choose from. Some do require reservations, many do not. Not all are open every day. On arrival, the Club Sandals staff will assist to make any reservations you would like. Reservations cannot be made prior to arrival. Here is a link to the resort.

Some Red Parrot Travel favorites:

*Kelly’s Dock Side – reservations required – Over the water dining

*Kimono’s – reservations required - Teppanyaki style with a Jamaican twist. Be sure to stop in Soy before your dinner for some sushi

*Neptune’s – no reservations - Toes in the sand dining

*Bella Napoli or Dino’s– no reservations - Wood-fire, made to order pizza

*The Jerk Shack – no reservations – No trip to Jamaica is complete without Jerk!

  • Don’t forget your white outfit for the Wednesday night chocolate buffet.
  • The Rabbit Hole is a must. You’ll have to get the password for one of the staff to enter this “speak easy”. Tip: Club Sandals staff always have the password. Ask what nights “Big Mamma” will be performing. Be sure to try the specialty cocktails.
  • The Polo Lounge at the Great House has a great view for sunset cocktails.
  • Cabanas are available to rent at the resort for a fee. Lounge all day in curtained cabanas for two. Treat yourself to a relaxing day at the beach or pool. Straw-roofed Balinese gazebos each containing two comfortable beds are dotted around the beach and the pool. Spend the day in the shade and be pampered by your dedicated Cabana Buter, who'll deliver cold towels, suntan oils, a morning fruit platter and continental breakfast, lunch and fresh drinks. Inquire at Club Sandals.
  • If you would like professional photos while at the resort, check with Snap Shots to schedule your complimentary photo session.
  • Play golf? Be sure to take in a round at the Sandals Golf & Country Club. This is a sweet course that's a good play for any level. Green’s fees are included. Cart & Caddies are additional with a Caddy being mandatory. What fun it is to have a Jamaican caddy and they know the course! Clubs and shoe rental also available. Tell the girls in the Pro-shop Tammy from Red Parrot Travel sent you.
  • Be sure to check the daily newsletter Footprints for all resort activities and schedules.
  • Lastly, do your on-line check-in with Sandals. Must be completed at least four (4) days prior to arrival.

Travel Information

You confirmed your flights on your own, so Red Parrot Travel will not receive any updated information from your airlines.

Please reconfirm your flights and do the on-line check-in 24 hours prior to your departure on your airline’s website.

Be sure to check with your airline’s website for the most up-to-date luggage costs and restrictions.

During your flight to Montego Bay, the flight attendants will distribute Jamaican Customs & Immigration forms, one per person. Before departing the aircraft, complete the form front and back. Make sure you sign in all appropriate locations. Have a blue or black pen with you to complete the form.

On your return back to the US, Customs and Immigration forms will be distributed on the plane. This time it is one per family. Again be sure to complete the form front and back, signing in all appropriate spaces.

If you have Mobile Passport or Global Entry you do not need to complete the customs declaration form.

Please bring your travel documents along with your valid US Passport Book for airport check-in. You will also need your passport for entering Jamaica and re-entering the US.

A valid US Passport book with an expiration date no sooner than six months past your return travel date is required for this trip.

Travel Protection/Trip Insurance

TRAVEL PROTECTION AND TRIP INSURANCE DECLINED.

If you need to cancel your trip prior to departures please call Red Parrot Travel at 407-677-5522.

In the event of an emergency while you are on your trip, please notify the resort first, Red Parrot Travel second.

Even the best-planned trip can be impacted by the unexpected. Illness, medical emergencies, family medical emergencies, severe weather, delayed flights, lost passports or luggage. Troubles can occur when you least anticipate them, forcing you to cancel or interrupt your trip, lose your vacation investment, and incur unplanned expenses. And when you're away from home, things like medical emergencies and illness are even more difficult to manage. Red Parrot Travel strongly advised Travel Protection/Trip Insurance for all our clients.

If you would like insurance coverage before your departure, call Red Parrot Travel for more information.

SPECIAL HURRICAN SEASON NOTIFICATON

Travel Insurance is only valid for hurricane coverage if purchased prior to storms being named. The insurance will not provide coverage once a storm has been named and you will not be protected.

Travel/Airport Security

HEIGHTEN SECURITY

Due to additional carry-on baggage procedures issued by federal authorities, some airports may be experiencing heavy congestion. Please allow plenty of time for security screening.

Make Your Trip Better Using 3-1-1

3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3 ounce bottle or less (by volume); 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3 oz. container size is a security measure.

Consolidate bottles into one bag and X-ray separately to speed screening.

Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience.

3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage.

Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, breast milk, and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.

Come early and be patient. Heavy travel volumes and the enhanced security process may mean longer lines at security checkpoints.

TSA working with our partners. TSA works with airlines and airports to anticipate peak traffic and be ready for the traveling public.

Check in time for most international flights is 2 hours prior to departure and you must be at the gate 30 minutes prior to departure. Verify advanced check-in requirements at least 24-hours before your departure.

Please make sure all of your luggage (check and carry-on) are clearly marked with your names as they appear on your airline reservation.

If you have questions regarding your individual airline’s luggage restrictions, check directly with your airline’s website.

Information for traveling abroad:

You may wish to Enroll in STEP: Enrolling in this free service will allow us to better assist you in case of an emergency while you are abroad.

Federal law forbids the carriage of certain hazardous materials, such as aerosols, fireworks, and flammable liquids, aboard the aircraft. If you do not understand these restrictions, contact your airline or go to:

It’s important to reconfirm your flights by either calling your airline or on their website.

Arrival in Jamaica

Upon your arrival in Jamaica please have your customs and immigration paperwork completed front and back, before you get in line. Forms will be distributed on the plane. (One form per person).

Once you exit the plane you will probably have a LONG walk to Immigration. Just follow the signs and follow the crowd. This photo of the beautiful mural is at the entrance to Immigration.

You will need your passport information as well as your flight information for both directions of your trip for the form. Have your forms and passport available for Immigration.

Do not have your cell phone out or attempt to use your phone or take pictures while clearing Immigration and Customs.

The Immigration official will take part of the form and leave you with the bottom portion to keep in your passport. DO NOT LOOSE that bottom portion. You will need it when you depart Jamaica.

After you have cleared Immigration, you will proceed to luggage. You might see the guys in baggage claim playing music for your arrival.

Collect your luggage and proceed to final Customs check point. Complimentary luggage carts are available. Keep walking to the far wall across the large room. The US citizens line is all the way across the room for Customs. One of the Jamaican resorts' ad is usually on that wall. Walk towards that wall and turn right to the Customs Officers lines. Wait behind the line to be called. You’ll need your passport and the bottom of your immigration form for final Customs clearance.

Once you have cleared all Customs and Immigration points, go through a large set of doors to the left and walk down a very short hallway. You will see the hotel desks and lounges in this arrival area. Sandals & Beaches lounge is on the left. You can see the Sandals lounge on the left in the picture below. The only difference is there will be a lot more people in this area.

The Sandals/Beaches Representative will be just outside the lounge doors and he or she will ask you your name and resort. They will tag your entire luggage including your hand luggage and give you the claim tickets for your luggage. They have control of your luggage so once you have claim tickets, go in the lounge and have your first Jamaican Red Stripe Beer of the trip. Restrooms are available in the lounge. There will be an announcement when the transportation to Sandals Ochi Beach Resort is ready to leave.

As you leave the Sandals Lounge, the Sandals/Beaches Representative will escort you and any other Sandals/Beaches guests going your resort to the luggage porters. You will be asked to identify your luggage and follow the porters to the transportation area.

It is customary for the porters to take your luggage to the transportation in Jamaica. The porters that are handling your luggage at this point are airport employees and not Sandals. A kind gratuity is always appreciated. Red Parrot usually tips them a $1.00 a bag

Be sure to watch your luggage being loaded into the car, van or bus you are getting on! Make sure you get on the same transportation.

Your luggage will be loaded on to the bus or van and everyone will be taken to the resort which is about a 1:45-2:00 transfer time according to Sandals. There usually is a “pit stop” along the way at a local establishment. You can use the restroom, purchase snacks and beverages if you wish. There is a tip box in the restroom. It’s always clean but not very modern. The people are nice.

The driver is not a Sandals or Beaches employee. Driver gratuities are not included. Red Parrot usually tips the driver $5.00 - $10.00 each way.

When you arrive at your resort please identify your luggage has been taken off the coach or the van and you will be directed at this point where to go. Luxury category will check-in at the Lobby. Club category will go to the Club Sandals Lounge. Butler category will either be met by their Butler when they arrive or will meet their Butler in the Club Sandals Lounge. There will be staff on hand to direct you, along with a cold towel and a welcome beverage. Check-in time is 3:00pm.

Sandals and Beaches are “cashless” resorts. You will be requested to leave a credit card imprint with a security hold of $400.00 or cash deposit to be able to charge excursions, spa services or items in the gift shop.

ATMS and access to cash is not available at the resort. You would need to go off the resort property if you need cash.

The following are areas where you may need cash during your stay:

  1. Airport Porters both on arrival and departure in Jamaica and the US.
  2. The transfer driver, both going to and returning from the airport.
  3. Gratuities for Butler if you have one or if you use a Cabana Butler.
  4. Gratuities for any Red Lane Spa Services.
  5. Gratuities for Island Route Excursions the driver and the guides.
  6. Local vendors at the resort selling hand- made items as well as tropical souvenirs.

Red Parrot Tip: For these small tips such as the airport porters and transfer drives, Red Parrot Travel calls our local bank and requests an amount of $2.00 bills. Everyone loves getting them. Depending on where we are traveling I get $50.00 or $100.00 to use as gratuities.

From this point on you are in the care of Sandals.

Relax and enjoy your stay in Jamaica!

Sandals Ochi Beach Resort

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

P.O. Box 771, Main Street, Ocho Rios

St. Ann, Jamaica, West Indies

Phone: (876) 974-5691 Fax: (876) 974-5700

Return Flight Information

Your transfer time confirmation for the return trip to the airport will be confirmed to you by Club Sandals staff. Expect to depart the resort at least five to six hours before your departing flight time.

Please have the Club Sandals staff reconfirm your return flight or do so on-line.

IMPORTANT!!!

Airport duty free: please keep in mind if you purchase any items at the resort or in duty free on your return in the Jamaican airport – liquor, perfumes or anything liquid such as Jerk Sauce, all liquids must be in your CHECKED BAGS!!

If you purchase anything after you have passed security in Montego Bay, if you have a connecting point in the US, you will clear customs at your first connecting point.

Before your bags are re-checked for your connecting flight, those purchased items must be placed in your CHECKED luggage or you get to throw them away. Before you purchase at the airport, determine if you have enough space in your check luggage to store them at your connecting flight point.

Red Parrot has seen many, many people in the security line at Montego Bay having to throw away bottles of Jerk sauce and fine Jamaican Rum!

Returning to the United States

Be sure to download and complete the registration for Mobile Pass.

This will expedite your transit through US Immigration/Customs/Passport Control on your return to the United States. If it’s working…it’s fantastic.

You will insert your passport into the Mobile Passport kiosk. Follow the instructions and it will take your picture quickly! Any hats and glasses should be removed.

  1. Follow the Mobile Passport Control signs to the designated Mobile Passport Control line.
  2. Once you are at your port of entry (airport or sea port), connect to wireless or wi-fi and submit your data to CBP. Remember: when you submit, you are confirming under penalty of law that your information is correct. Within a few seconds, you will receive a CBP receipt with an encrypted barcode. Your receipt will be valid for 4 hours.
  3. Follow the Mobile Passport Control signs to the designated Mobile Passport Control line. Show your passport to the CBP officer and scan the barcode on the CBP receipt. And that’s it!

Other than to use Mobile Passport while in the US Customs and Immigration area on arrival, the use of cell phones is strictly prohibited. Do not attempt to take pictures or talk on your phone until you have left the Customs and Immigration area. They can and will confiscate your phone.

Club Mobay

Club Mobay, the cultural lounge located in the departure terminal at Sangster Internals Airport in Montego Bay, provides the perfect place for passengers to enjoy warm Jamaican hospitality until the very end. Opening Hours: Every day from 7am to 10pm.

Amenities:

  • Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Complimentary snacks
  • Free unlimited WiFi
  • Full equipped business centre
  • Express spa treatments
  • Shower facilities
  • FAST TRACK ACCESS THOUGH SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION

Location: Location between Gate 9 and Red Stripes Restaurant in the Departure Terminal.

Club Mobay cost: $30.00 per person.

For escorted fast-track on arrival and departure $80.00 per-person. This arrival service must be confirmed before you depart for your trip.

You can book your Club Mobay departure or arrival and departure passes by contacting Red Parrot Travel or going to this link:

Travel Tips and Information

Everyone has a tendency to over pack when going on an Island trip. There are needs and don’t needs when traveling to the Islands. Cloths should be cool, comfortable and easy care items. T-shirt type fabrics along with wrinkle resistant clothes work best in the Islands. You don’t want to spend your trip ironing! Also keep in mind there are dress requirements in the Islands. Most all-inclusives and major resorts do have dress requirements in the evenings. During the day it is swimsuits, shorts and sandals. In the evening you will have dining options that mostly effect dressing requirements for men. Some, certainly not all restaurants require men to have collared shirts and close toe shoes. To follow are suggestions for your stay in Jamaica.

Ladies

  • At least two swim suits. One to wear and one to dry. Along with coordinating cover-ups. Cover-up can be such as t-shirt and shorts, sundress, big shirt, sarong/pareo. Smart Packing – Red Parrot loves sarongs! These are lightweight, easy to pack and can be used as a bathing suit cover up or easy evening wrap. Colors can make any black dress exciting. Shopping Guide:
  • Coordinating bottoms and tops. This can be shorts, long pants, koolots, Capri’s, skorts, etc. with matching tops. Most of your time you will be in a swimsuit or shorts. For the days you are not, you will need clothes for optional excursions, in town shopping and sight seeing. An extra t-shirt to wear snorkeling or diving.
  • One or two dresses or pant outfits. You may choose a night or two of elegant dining and you will want more resort casual wear. This can be a sundress, knit dress, skirt, slacks & top. You should take a coordinating wrap as the restaurants are usually air-conditioned and if you are sleeveless, you could get chilly. Smart Packing – one black, easy to wear dress with two different cover ups. Two outfits using one dress.
  • Other dining outfits, something for the less formal restaurants and beach dining. This could be Capri’s, long pants, walking length shorts, skirts or sun dresses.
  • Sandals or ‘flip flops” for beach and around the pool, canvas or boat shoes for boating, hiking, excursions or shopping, watershoes for beach and waterfall climbing, one pair of coordinating shoes for nice dinner outfit. Smart Packing – Sandals for the pool could also coordinate with casual dinning outfits. Resist bringing five pairs!
  • Enough undergarments. Remember it’s hot and humid in the Islands…you may want to take extras.
  • Sleepwear
  • Other clothing items: socks for canvas shoes, belts, hat, sunglasses, and jeans for zip line tours or other adventures.
  • Return home travel clothes.
  • What else to consider: if you will need personal hygiene products, make up and hair items.
  • What not to bring: purses and handbags for every outfit, shoes for every outfit, lots of jewelry-one or two coordinating costume pieces are fine, sequences dresses or formal long dresses.
  • Laundry service is available at Sandals or Beaches for a fee.

Men

  • At least two swim suits. One to wear and one to dry. Along with t-shirt or shirt cover-ups.
  • Coordinating bottoms and tops. This can be shorts, long trousers, with matching shirts. Most of your time you will be in a swimsuit or shorts. For the days you are not, you will need clothes for optional excursions, in town shopping and sight seeing. An extra t-shirts to wear snorkeling or diving.
  • One or two pairs of long trousers & at least two shirts with a collar or collarless golf type shirt. This is for your nice dinners. Want to make it even more special, bring a blazer. Smart packing – a nice pair of khaki’s, white golf shirt and navy blue blazer will get you into most any Island restaurant. Shopping Guide: travelsmith.com, orvis.com
  • Other dining outfits, something for the less formal restaurants and beach dining. This can be long trousers, golf shorts and coordinating shirts with or without collars.
  • Sandals or ‘flip flops” for beach and around the pool, canvas or boat shoes for boating, hiking, excursions or shopping, watershoes for beach and waterfall climbing, one pair of coordinating shoes for nice dinner outfit. One pair of close-toe shoes. Many restaurants do not allow open toe shoes for men. Smart Packing – Nice, new boat shoes are suitable for your fine dinning evenings. Shopping Guide: travelsmith.com, orvis.com
  • Enough undergarments. Remember it’s hot and humid in the Islands…you may want to take extras.
  • Sleepwear
  • Other clothing items: socks, belts, hat, sunglasses, and jeans for zip line tours or other adventures.
  • Return home travel clothes.
  • What else to consider: shaving kit and personal hygiene items.
  • What not to bring: shirts with offensive or political statements

What Else to Bring

There are a number of other items to make your travel worry free and more enjoyable.

  • Leave a copy of all your travel documents with a family member. Include copies of airline tickets, travel vouchers and travel insurance policy numbers. Also leave your hotel contact information. Note: Red Parrot Travel also has a copy. Take a photo of your passport. Keep it in your phone and send a copy to Red Parrot Travel.
  • Duplicate the above and place in your checked luggage. This way if something happens with your carry-on luggage that your tickets, vouchers and passport are in, you will have a copy.
  • Take with you important phone numbers: who to contact back home in case of an emergency, your Red Parrot Travel phone number 407-677-5522 (407-927-5606 – after hours), physician numbers, travel insurance number, credit card numbers and lost or stolen contact numbers.
  • Any prescriptions in the original prescriptions bottle. Just take the amount you will need on your trip.
  • Sunscreen! At lease with an SPF of 30. Red Parrot uses SPF 45. Bring at least two bottles and use them. Don’t forget your lips.
  • Extra contact lenses, re-wetting and clean solution. Extra pair of glasses if you need them. Don’t forget your sunglasses.
  • Your own toiletries if you like. You will receive an amenity kit at Sandals and Beaches including soap, shampoo, conditioner, aloe gel and body lotion. Don’t forget to bring your tooth brush, tooth paste and floss.
  • 3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume) ; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure.
  • Over the counter medications: antacids Tums, Pepcid, Alka-Seltzer, allergy medication, pain relief, diarrhea medication, Benedril and a small tube of Neosporin. Red Parrot always brings Benedril and Neosporin in case of allergic reaction to insect bites or contact with plants.
  • Additional drug store type items: antibacterial wipes and/or antibacterial jell, small bottle of alcohol or alcohol wipes, a few band aids.
  • Bring your camera and extra film or memory stick. An underwater camera for snorkeling or diving trips.
  • A collapsible zipper carry bag. For shopping trips or carrying items to the pool or out on a boat. This should be able to fold up and store easily when not in use. Shopping guide: travelsmith.com, magellian.com, orvis.com, sierratradingpost.com
  • A zip lock bag or two. For any last minute wet items that have to be packed or souvenirs.
  • Bug spray – for hiking and at night.

Comfort Items

  • Many rooms have docking stations. So bring your special music with you.
  • One of Red Parrot’s favorite travel items is a candle. Check the shopping button above for ideas.
  • Insulated cup with lid. These are great for keeping your frozen island drinks cold even in the hottest of weather.
  • Koozies also for keeping beverages cold.

Other Travel Tips

When Mr. and Mrs. Red Parrot travels, we each are in charge of certain aspects. Mrs. Red Parrot is in charge of all travel documents and passports. This way we don’t go through the “I thought you had it” at any point in the trip.

Mr. Red Parrot is in charge of the luggage. Knowing how many pieces we have including carry-on luggage. Getting it all in the car, getting it all out of the car, getting it checked-in with the airlines, collecting it from the luggage carousel at the arrival airport, making sure it is put on the transportation to our destination.

Neither of us carries all the cash or credit cards. This way if one loses or it’s stolen the other still something to fall back on.

US Dollars are widely accepted on any Caribbean Islands. Do not worry about exchanging money. Also most Caribbean banks have ATM machines, so you do not need to carry large amounts of cash with you. Hotels and major shops usually accept credit cards and debit cards. Small shops and local, merchants usually only accept cash Jamaican or US.

If you do want to exchange money (but don’t need to), most airports in the Caribbean have currency exchange services available. US currency is usually accepted even by street vendors. When making purchases using either US $ or local currency you may receive change in either currency or a combination of both.

Most ATM machines offer the choice of receiving money in US currency or the local currency. Or you can get a mix of both. The resorts usually do not have ATM’s on property.

We limit ourselves to one small piece of carry-on luggage. Travelers may now carry through security checkpoints travel-size toiletries (3 ounces or less) that fit comfortably in ONE, QUART-SIZE, clear plastic, zip-top bag. At the checkpoint travelers will be asked to remove the zip-top bag of liquids and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items.

After clearing security, travelers can now bring beverages and other food items in the secure boarding area on-board the aircraft.

For the most up-to-date travel information and restrictions please visit:

One of us always keeps a hand on the carry-on as we are waiting on flights. This piece of luggage has our travel documents and passports, so we don’t want to lose it.

Also don’t forget to carry your phone, laptop, iPad or whatever your electronic device of choice is…and the power plug. Put it in your purse or carry-on luggage. If there is a delay and you need to stay connected, you’ll have your power plug with you and not in your checked luggage.

Lastly, smile a lot. Travel can be stressful. Just remember you’re going to Jamaica ‘mon!!

Ocho rios

In the last twenty five years Ocho Rios has grown from a small fishing village to a world class tourist destination.

Translated in Spanish the name Ocho Rios, means "eight rivers". However there are not eight rivers in town. The confusion began in 1657, the English fought off a Spanish expeditionary force on a raid from nearby Cuba. The battle took place near Dunn's River Falls. The Spanish called the site las chorreros, meaning river rapids. The English misunderstood the Spanish reference. Therefore, the English interpretation became Ocho Rios, which sounded close enough.

Historically, Ocho Rios had never acquired any prominent role to either the English or the Spanish. It was, however, utilized by pirates who along with Port Royal, regarded it as a perfect base of operations.

In the 1940's, Ocho Rios took on an industrial character when Reynolds Jamaica Mines, built a deep water-pier west of town. An overhead conveyor belt carried the ore 6.3 miles from the Reynolds open-cast mines at Lynford, in the hills south of the town.

The bay of Ocho Rios is a beautiful place marred only by the bauxite loading facility, which now stands idle since the company pulled out of Jamaica in the 1980s.

Ocho Rios extends four miles between Dunn's River Falls, two miles to the west of the town center and the White River, two miles to the east. Almost all the development outside the centre is to the east. A good place to get your bearings is Shaw Park Gardens, which offers a bird's eye view over Ocho Rios.

In the last twenty five years, "Ochie" has grown from a small fishing village to a world class tourist destination.

Shopping rivals any in the Caribbean. The natural beauty of places like Eden Falls, Fern Gully and Shaw Park Botanical Gardens attract hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. World famous Dunn's River Falls is but one of the many attractions found in and around Ocho Rios, But without a doubt the best known. Some say it is impossible to get a bad picture of the 600 foot falls. Hundreds of people climb the falls each day with the help of experienced guides. Others choose to splash around in the ice cold crystal clear pools of the falls or swim in the ocean at the base of the falls.

It sometimes takes a little courage to travel to a strange country, especially when you have never been away from your familiar surroundings. But don't be afraid to go out, be open to other cultures, other people, other food, and different climates - there is so much to discover. Be open, self-assured and do not hesitate to be yourself.

Say No, thank you, if you are not comfortable, and go your merry way. In Jamaica, like any country, there are many people who are nice, warm and friendly. Unfortunately also people that make you feel uncomfortable, like hustlers, pushers and pimps. Just ignore the last group and you'll be all right.

Jamaica General Information

Agriculture - Commercial crops - sugarcane, bananas, coffee, citrus, potatoes, vegetables, livestock and livestock products including poultry, goats, milk; meat, and dairy products.

Airports - Two International Airports:

  • Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston
  • Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay

Four Domestic Airports:

  • Tinson Pen, Kingston
  • Negril Aerodrome, Negril
  • Boscobel, Ocho Rios
  • Ken Jones, Port Antonio

Airport departure tax - On leaving Jamaica, every person 12 years of age and over must a departure tax. This is usually included in your airline ticket costs.

Arts and Crafts -  Creations in straw, clay, fabric, shell, wood and semi-precious stone are on display at open-air markets and small galleries. Crafts are influenced by African, Indian, European and Arawak cultures. Depicting life and landscape, Jamaican paintings feature bright colors and bold lines.

Automobile Rental - Car rental agencies are numerous including internationally known operators. In addition, there are several reputable local rental firms. To rent a car, you must be at least 24 years of age with a valid driver's license and a major credit card.

The speed limit is 50 Km. (30 MPH) in urban areas and built up villages and 80 Km. (50 MPH) on highways unless otherwise sign posted. Driving is on the left! When driving in Jamaica, "the right side is the wrong side therefore; the Left side is the right side". Also, drivers must learn to watch out for the many goats, bicyclists and pedestrians who also use the roads.

Just FYI, Red Parrot Travel has never rented a car in Jamaica.

Banking - Banks are generally open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Fridays. A few are open on Saturdays. Foreign Exchange Bureaus also operate at all International Airports and some Resort Hotels.

Commercial banks and ATM’s are accessible in all resort areas but not on resort properties. Official currency exchange rates vary daily, so it’s advisable to shop around for the best rate before converting your cash. Most Jamaican ATMs accept international bank cards with Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus and Plus logos. Banks also give credit card advances, change traveller’s cheques among other financial services.

Cellular Service - Cellular service is available throughout Jamaica but it can be very spotty in areas. Be sure to check with your cellular provider about their service in Jamaica and fees. Also be careful of roaming fees while on your trip. Make sure you are connected to the resort's WiFi service before hitting the internet!

Churches - Times of services vary at individual churches, so it is best to inquire at your hotel reception. Protestant majority (Anglican, Baptist, Church of God and Methodist) with Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Bahai communities. Rastafarianism, a religion based on belief in the divinity of the late Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie (Ras Tafari), is also widely practiced.

Climate - Jamaica enjoys a tropical climate, characterized by high temperatures and humid conditions year-round. Average temperature ranges from 19 degrees Celsius (66 degrees Fahrenheit) to 32 degrees Celsius (99 degrees Fahrenheit).

Though known for our warmth and sunshine, the island sees two rainy seasons from May to June and September to November. Also, hurricanes may pass over the island primarily during the months June to September.

Will it rain during your holiday? If it does, don't worry. Most times, the short tropical showers provide a welcome break from the afternoon heat – just look at it as liquid sunshine, not rain!

Communications - Jamaica is well connected to the rest of the world. Direct international telephone service operates in all areas 24 hours a day, and telephone operators will gladly facilitate collect, third-party or credit card calls. International faxes, cables and telegrams can be sent from most hotels and post offices. E-mail and Internet access is available too, usually at hotels and parish libraries, but also at local Internet cafes. There are three daily national newspapers and five weekend newspapers, all available island-wide. Some hotels and gift shops receive the international editions of The New York Times, TIME, The Economist and the London Times.

Credit Cards - Major international credit cards are widely accepted at all large shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, etc.

Verify with your credit card or debit card company the use of your card while in the Caribbean, before you depart!

Crime -  Robberies, assaults and other crimes against tourists do occasionally occur, and it's wise to apply the precautions you'd take in any foreign city.

Hustling can be a major annoyance in Jamaica. Especially in Montego Bay, young hopefuls aggressively (or humorously) accost foreigners in the street with offers of transport, ganja, aloe massages, hair-braiding and crafts. While an inevitable a few street touts see tourists as easy prey for exploitation, most are just trying to make a living in an economically deprived country. Best advice is to keep things in perspective and employ a dash of humor.

Though tourism officials are loath to acknowledge it, many people do come to Jamaica in search of what aficionados agree is some of the finest marijuana in the world. If you're fairly young, expect to be offered ganja in the tourist areas; if you're not interested, calmly and firmly refuse.

Currency - Jamaican currency is decimal with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents equals’ one dollar). U.S. Dollars, traveler's cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted. The official rate of exchange fluctuates daily, depending on the foreign exchange markets. The purchase of goods and services in Jamaica (J$) may be made in any currency. Jamaican Dollars may be converted to foreign currency at any bank or licensed exchange bureau.

You do not need to exchange your US Dollars for Jamaican. US currency is widely accepted.

Driving - The most important thing to remember when driving in Jamaica is that here, we drive on the LEFT, although some flexibility is required to avoid collisions with pedestrians, cows, goats, chickens and other domestic animals. We have over 17,000 kilometres of road networks connecting all major towns and cities; the speed limit is 50 kmph (30 mph) in built-up areas, and 80 kmph (50 mph) on highways. All drivers are required to carry a valid licence. Jamaica recognizes valid International Driver’s Licences, but visitors from North America may use their country's licence for up to three months per visit. Car rental is available in most major towns and cities, and usually, clients must be no less than 25 years old to rent.

Drugs - New law passed as of 24Feb15 makes possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana a petty offense that could result in a ticket but not in a criminal record. Tourists who are prescribed medical marijuana abroad will soon be able to apply for permits authorizing them to legally buy small amounts of Jamaican weed, or “ganja” as it is known locally.

Any "hard" drugs carry stiff penalties in Jamaica. Illicit drugs warning! The Jamaican government has an active anti-drug and cannabis eradication program. Stiff penalties exist for possession of and or trafficking in drugs.

If you are interested in purchasing ganja to use while at your resort, advise Red Parrot.

Electricity - The electrical supply in Jamaica is 110 volts/50 cycles standard, and electrical appliances use plugs that are two-pronged and flat (such as those used in the United States and Canada). If your appliances do not use 110 volts or flat two-pronged plugs, bring the requisite adapters and converters with you. Although adapters and converters are available in Jamaica, they may not be easy to come by. Most laptop computers have built-in converters and can be used with an adapter. If the idea of lugging all this equipment around seems daunting, leave it behind. Most hotels have hair dryers, alarm clocks, radios and clothes irons available, and in any case you probably won't need many appliances. You are, after all, on holiday…

Embassy

U.S. Embassy

142 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6, Jamaica, West Indies

Telephone: (876) 702-6000

(876) 702-6055 (after hours emergency)

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 am- 4:00 pm

Emergency Telephone Numbers - The emergency police number in Jamaica is 119.

Food -  A spicy, colorful mix of cuisine includes ackee and saltfish, rice and peas, jerk chicken, fish and pork, curried goat, pepperpot soup, roasted yams, banana fritters, salads, fruits and exotic desserts.

Geography - Jamaica is 4,411 square miles or 11,424 square kilometers. The island is 146 miles long with widths varying between 22 and 58 miles. It is a very mountainous country. Almost half the island is above 1,000 feet. The highest point (Blue Mountain Peak) is 7,402 feet. Because of the effects of the mountains, rainfall is evenly distributed. The annual average rainfall is 78 inches. Some hilly areas get nearly 300 inches a year while parts of the western plains get as little as 30 inches. It is summer all year round. Jamaica has many rivers flowing to the coast from the central mountain ranges. The flow on the north side tend to be shorter and swifter than on the south side.

Government - Constitutional monarchy. Gained independence from the UK in 1962. Head of State: HM Queen Elizabeth II. In March 2006, Portia Simpson Miller of the People's National Party (PNP) became Jamaica's first female prime minister. In the country's general election in September 2007, the opposition Jamaica Labour Party narrowly defeated the center-left People's National Party, which had been in power for 18 years, 50.1% to 49.8%. Bruce Golding took office as prime minister days after the election. Andrew Holness has been the Jamacian Prime Minister since 2016. Holness previously served as Prime Minister from October 2011 to January 5, 2012.

Health - A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travelers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas. Mains water is normally chlorinated, and, whilst relatively safe, may cause mild abdominal upsets. Bottled water is available. Milk is pasteurized and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat. Hepatitis A occurs.

Holidays - Officially, Jamaicans celebrate ten public holidays per year:

New Year's Day (January 1),

Labour Day (May 23),

Emancipation Day (August 1),

Independence Day (August 6),

Christmas Day (December 25) and

Boxing Day (December 26).

In addition to Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter Monday and Heroes Day (third Monday in October). On public holidays all government agencies, schools and most private businesses are closed, and much of the country "locks down" for the day. On holidays, Jamaicans throng to beaches and parks for picnics, fun days and outings, the celebrations continuing way into the night. Check the calendar of events for exact holiday dates this year, and if you’re here for one of these or for a public holiday, be sure to bring your dancing shoes!

Hospitals

Public Hospitals:

  • Kingston - University Hospital
  • Montego Bay - Cornwall Regional Hospital
  • Ocho Rios - St. Ann's Bay Hospital

Most hotels have trained nurses in attendance and a doctor on call. Payment for medical services is required upfront. If you purchased travel insurance, normally these fees are reimbursed to you upon submission of a claim.

Industry Tourism -  bauxite mining, textiles, food processing, and light manufactures.

Internet and WiFi Access - Internet access is becoming more and more available in the Caribbean. WiFi is free at Sandals with an app you can download once you are at the resort.

Language - Although, a patois (a derivative of African, French and Spanish languages) is spoken by the majority of the people. English is the official language of the people of Jamaica. English is spoken and understood by all Jamaicans.

Mail - It's amazing how long it takes for mail to get across the island. Don't expect a letter from Kingston to the north coast (or vice versa) to arrive in less than a week. International mail is also slow, around ten days to two weeks for airmail to reach North America.

Music -  The country's music consists of folk ballads, work songs, revivalist hymns and of course, reggae.

Shopping - Department stores, malls, gift shops, local and international fashion boutiques, specialty stores and craft markets abound in Jamaica. Good buys include quality wood, straw and pottery, furniture, ornaments and kitchen ware, local paintings, fine arts and crafts, local designer fashions. Duty-free shops are found in various locations in Kingston and Montego Bay in addition to all resort areas, international airports and resort hotels. Most galleries, museums and tourist attractions have retail outlets which stock an excellent range of interesting items. Shopping in Jamaica can be a great experience, and be both exciting and frustrating at the same time. The best shopping experience is the one where you are as happy with your purchases at the end of your stay as you were at the time you actually made the purchase.

Shopping Tips:

  1. Be patient. Resist the temptation to buy that wood carving, t-shirt, basket, etc. the first hour or two when shopping. There is much duplication in Jamaica. There is also a huge range in price and quality of goods.
  2. Always ask for a better price from the local vendors.
  3. Use U.S currency for cash purchases, if possible.
  4. Only show the amount of money you want to pay. Avoid looking through a wad of tens and twenties to find a five dollar bill.
  5. Enlist the help of a local (someone you are paying and can trust, such as hotel bartender or taxi driver you know) to barter for you.
  6. Keep in mind how you are going to get whatever you buy home. (ship, carry on plane, checked in your luggage, etc.)
  7. Most important - any items you purchased make sure you put them in the bottom of you luggage and not on top when you open the bag if you are putting it in your checked luggage. Items have a tendency to "disappear" once checked-in with the airlines during luggage inspections when your bags are not in your sight.

Social Conventions - Handshaking is the customary form of greeting.

Sports and Games - Golf, tennis, polo, bicycle racing, cricket, soccer, water-sports, horse racing, rafting and mountain climbing.

Taxis - Taxis are often not metered. It is important, initially, to ask the price for your journey. Take only Taxi's with red PP license plates. If you wish to take a taxi somewhere off the resort property, consult with the front desk or Club Sandals staff for information.

If you do decide to leave the resort on your own, please advise a resort staff member from the front desk or Club Sandals Lounge that you are departing and where you are going.

Telecommunications - Most hotel rooms have a phone, and phone booths litter the island; the latter accept phone cards only, available from hotels, post offices and gift-shops. The cheapest and easiest way to make international and local calls is to buy a calling card; they can be used from public, private and hotel phones for both international and local calls. Buy in Jamaica.

Many resorts offer free phone calls back to the US.

All Jamaican telephone numbers (except some free phone ones) have seven digits. To dial locally (within the same parish), simply key in the number. To get a number in another parish, prefix the number with "1"; you also use the "1" prefix when dialing mobile (cellular) numbers.

To phone abroad from Jamaica, dial 00 + IDD country code + area code minus first 0 + number. For domestic and international directory assistance phone 114.

The country code for Jamaica is 876.

Time - Jamaica is on Eastern Standard Time and does not practice day-light saving time.

Tipping - Most Jamaican hotels and restaurants add a service charge of 10 per cent; otherwise 10 to 15 per cent is expected. Exception is at all-inclusive resorts.

Tourist Information - Once in Jamaica, you can get information from the Jamaican Tourist Board -JTB desks at the Kingston and Montego Bay airports, and JTB offices in the main towns. This is in addition to the guest service desks at resorts and hotels.

Water - Drinking water in Jamaica is purified and filtered by the most modern techniques and perfectly safe to drink.

WiFi - WiFi is free at Sandals with an app you can download once you are at the resort. WiFi off the resort property can be very limited. WiFi is available at the airport.

SANDALS FOUNDATION PARTNERS

WITH PACK FOR A PURPOSE

~ Sandals Foundation Joins Forces with Non-Profit Organization to Further Help Local Communities ~

Sandals Resorts International is proud to announce a brand new partnership between the Sandals Foundation and Pack for a Purpose. This new partnership will further assist guests traveling to Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts who wish to bring along much-needed supplies for the resort company’s adopted schools across five Caribbean islands.

Pack for a Purpose® is a non-profit organization that provides supply lists to travelers by destination based on local-community projects, paving charitable involvement for vacationers around the globe via their website at www.packforapupose.org. The organization encourages travelers to pack up to five pounds of needed materials in their suitcases, such as school supplies, medical supplies, sports equipment, etc., to meet the needs of people in nearby underdeveloped regions. As a result of this partnership, all Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts will be listed as participating destinations on the organization’s website. In the two years since Pack for a Purpose launched, travelers have delivered more than 5,500 pounds worth of needed supplies throughout five continents.

“Pack for a Purpose is extremely pleased to have the entire collection of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts featured on our website,” said Rebecca Rothney, Founder and Chairperson. “This partnership will allow us to reach thousands of Sandals and Beaches guests who wish to make a meaningful contribution to the communities they visit and will impact the lives of the Sandals Foundation’s adopted school children in a big way!”

Rothney also explains that because Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts are regarded as the perfect locales for destination weddings and honeymoons, couples looking to spread the joy of their nuptials by “giving back” can do so by bringing school supplies with them on their honeymoon. By having their guests “decorate” their wedding gifts with school supplies instead of ribbon or bows, they can collect the supplies and deliver them when they arrive at the resort. “What more wonderful way to celebrate a union, than by sharing all it represents with children in need,” Rothney said.

The Sandals Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was created to continue and to expand upon the philanthropic work that Sandals Resorts International has undertaken. It is the culmination of three decades of dedication to playing a meaningful role in the lives of the communities where we operate across the Caribbean. The Sandals Foundation funds projects in three core areas: education, community and the environment. One hundred percent of the monies contributed by the general public to the Sandals Foundation go directly to programs benefiting the Caribbean community. To learn more about the Sandals Foundation, visit online at

One way Red Parrot Travel supports the Sandals Foundations is we go to a dollar store and purchase items to take with us. Things such as pen, pencils, pencil sharpeners, crayons, coloring books, reading books, notepads, small toys, hair items, solar calculators, socks, you get the idea. I get a book bag and put everything in it. When I check-in I give it to the staff and let them know it's for the Sandals Foundation. A little can go a long way in Jamaica!!

Red Parrot Travel playing in the Sandals Travel Agent Golf Tournament to benefit the Sandals Foundation.

Last Minute Check List

  • Passports
  • Sandals travel documents
  • Cash for trip along with small bills for tipping
  • Credit card(s)
  • Prescription medication
  • Prescription eye wear
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug spray and sunscreen
  • Photo copy of your passports packed in your checked luggage or stored on your phone. If you would like to send a copy of your passports to Red Parrot Travel I will keep it on file in case of an emergency.
  • Do not put anything of value in your checked luggage.
  • Verify with your cellular provider of service and fees to use your phone in Jamaica.
  • Verify with your credit card or debit card company use of your credit card while in the Caribbean.

Special Note:

If you have any legal issues that would prevent you from traveling outside of the US, it is YOUR responsibility to verify your ability to travel. Red Parrot Travel, LLC will not be responsible for any denied boarding and/or entry due to legal matters.

Baby "Happy" loves to travel and loves to be in pictures! Happy is the offspring of Red Parrot Travel's mascots Sunny and Paradise. We didn't name them but we think they are cute names. We had a contest with our clients and clients named our parrot family.

We give a Happy (finger puppet) to every client to take selfies with while on their trips. We ask that you post pictures to our Red Parrot Travel Facebook page to show what fun you are having. Once a quarter we select the most creative photo and that person gets a special gift from Red Parrot Travel. So get posting great pictures from Jamaica with Happy! Here is the link to our Facebook page.

Thank you so much for using Red Parrot Travel. You are supporting Small Business by using our travel service. I am very proud to say this is the 39th year of my travel career. We take great pride in offering personalized service and we sincerely appreciate the opportunity to plan your trip to Jamaica. Have a wonderful time and we hope to see some posts on the Red Parrot Travel Facebook page!

Please keep us in mind for your next travel adventure anywhere, around the world. Wishing you a wonderful trip to Jamaica!

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