Several hundred years ago on August 1 slavery was abolished in Jamaica. Several years after that the island sought independence from British rule on August 6 . Given these milestones in Jamaica’s history August 1 and 6 are public holidays [Emancipation Day and Independence Day, respectively].
Due to the proximity of these dates on the calendar a long “Emancipendence” weekend usually results. While Jamaicans “a yaad” and abroad reflect on these achievements, many return to the island to participate in the local party scene throughout this period.
Week/ weekend-long events are common and despite a few work days coming in between the two public holidays, it’s popular for work to be pretty empty around this time. Let’s get down to business! These are the week/weekdn-long parties that are happening all across Jamaica !
Smirnoff Dream Weekend
– Negril, Westmoreland
If you missed the opportunity to get you season band for this event, you can buy tickets at the gate for each event. For more information on the parties, ticket cost and pretty much anything else, click here.
The WhereInJa pick for an affordable place to stay in Negril is The Negril Yoga Centre, it’s located smack dab in the middle of all the activities and you will be pretty much in walking distance for all the parties, They are located at 1 Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril, and can be reach via telepone at (876) 957-4397 .
– Negril, Westmoreland
This event promises to be fun fun fun and offers patrons an exciting party experience for three days at a more affordable rate. For more information on this party series and cost for individual parties please click here.
Although, we already gave you our affordable hotel / guest house pick for Negril, let’s see if we can find you another one… and we did ! The Bourbon Beach Eco-Friendly Boutique Hotel, and it should be a great time, since it has a 4/5 Tripadvisor rating.
- Bourbon Beach
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They are located at Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril and can be contacted via telephone at (876) 869-2838 . You may also click here to visit their website.
– Ocho Rios, St. Ann
These events are believed to be for the more “sophisticated” party crowd. For more party details click here.
The WhereinJa pick for an affordable place to stay in Ocho Rios (that is actually available, most hotels/ guest houses in the area are completely booked out) is The Crystal Ripple Beach Lodge, it’s located at White River Bay, Ocho Rios. You may contact them via telephone at 974-6132.
RumBar Flex Week
– Kingston & Portmore, St. Catherine
This party series was created with the view of including persons who would rather stay in Kingston and surrounding areas than drive all the way out to Negril or Ocho Rios for an explosive party experience. For more information on exact party locations, individual party prices and any other info, click here.
The WhereInJA affordable plce to stay pick in Kingston is The Reggae Hostel, it is located just a stone’s throw from the Bob Marley Museum and promises to be a relaxing, eco-friendly environment. The address is 8 Burlington Avenue, Kingston.
Summer Jam Weekend
Not to be outdone, the Club Acopoca team has decided to have their own party weekend right here in Kingston. all parties will be held at the Club’s Dunrobin Plaza base- 30 Dunrobin Avenue, Kingston.
Well you know what they say, work hard…play hard, so enjoy the parties and enjoy Emancipendence !