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Although the summer is coming to an end, travelers are trying to sneak in that last vacation before the end of August. It looks as though travel destinations in the Caribbean are still popular among US residents during the summer months, according to a recent report released by Adara, a company that leverages global travel data to help improve future business performance. As of July, US residents accounted for nearly 25 million searches and more than 500,000 flight reservations to the Caribbean from June through August 2015.

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Happy Birthday to the King of Reggae — Bob Marley! The legendary singer-songwriter was born on Feb. 6, 1945, and this year he would have celebrated his 70th birthday. “In this bright future you can’t forget your past…” nor such a legendary musician’s past either. So what better way to celebrate the Reggae star than with a visit to his colorful country of Jamaica, mon! Bob Marley fans from across the world make the pilgrimage to the beautiful island nation to see where the music legend lived and where his iconic sound took root.


When most couples begin to have children, the adventures go from cliff diving and bungee jumping to cleaning up messes and driving the kids to their soccer games. Austin locals Sara and Jake are 2 athletic parents who have had to give up a jet-setting lifestyle for a quiet home life. Lucky for them, though, Trip Flip host Bert Kreischer arrives to offer them a reprieve in the form of an all-expenses-paid trip to Bob Marley’s homeland, Jamaica.

Speaking of Bob Marley, how would you like to record a song in the legendary reggae artist’s very own Tuff Gong Recording Studio in Kingston? Or if you’re more of the adventurous type, how about plunging into the Irie Blue Hole or discovering a flaming fountain of youth at the Windsor Mineral Spring Spa?

Want to see more of how Jake and Sara’s Caribbean adventure played out? Tune in for an all-new episode of Trip Flip, tonight at 8|7c.

Plus, check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos from tonight’s episode.

Jamaica Hotels

Jamaica is a popular Caribbean getaway, and not just for college spring breakers seeking the nonstop all-inclusive booze-fest (which can easily be found). There’s also a different Jamaica: brilliant reggae, delicious jerk chicken from oil-drum pans, rugged cliffs, blue lagoons and overwhelmingly pleasant locals.

Parts of Jamaica are very easy (and thus relatively inexpensive) to get to. Visitors can fly directly into Montego Bay, which balances some of Jamaica’s classic luxury escapes, such as Round Hill Hotel, which features large, beautifully designed rooms by Ralph Lauren and breathtaking grounds, with more affordable all-inclusives, like the Iberostar, offering endless amenities (if a rowdier crowd).

With smaller-scale relaxation and better beaches, Negril is a bit out of the way (2 hours from the airport), but the drive is well worth it. Off the beach, bohemian bungalows like the Rockhouse HotelTensing Pen, and the Caves are tucked among lush vines on limestone cliffs about 30 feet above the profoundly clear water.

- Staff

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