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Barbara Blake of Island Breeze is the best vacation hook up. She’s honest, warm, a wonder worker, can virtually make wishes come true. She and MimiEbichi events organized our wedding in Montego Bay and all the guests have asked for her number to plan their vacation. The personal touch is superb and my husband and I highly recommend Barbara Blake and her tireless team of dream makers!!!
Barbara was on point when found the perfect vacation spot for my mom and I. She got to know me as a person and what I am looking for and she did not disappoint. I will highly recommend using her and will definitely use her again in the future!

For all your travel needs contact IslandBreeze! Why IslandBreeze Vacations? We believe that all vacationers are not created equal, and one size doesn’t fit all.

After over eleven years of experience as a Travel Consultant, Barbara Blake decided to launch her own company in May 2006. IslandBreeze Vacations specialize in: Group Vacations, Destination Weddings, Cruises, Reunions, Tours and just about any Vacation Packages you can dream of, as a group or individual. We strive to create a vacation experience that fits worth bragging about!

60 Reasons to Visit Jamaica 06/25/2022

60 Reasons to Visit Jamaica

60 Reasons to Visit Jamaica To some, JAMAICA may be a tiny dot on the map, but our accomplishments are heralded around the world. Here are 60 things to do on your visit to Jamaica.

Jamaica Bridal Expo 02/04/2021

Jamaica Bridal Expo

Love is in the air..we are in the month of love & romance! Call IslandBreeze Vacations for all your destination weddings!

Jamaica Bridal Expo Jamaica Bridal Expo will launch the next generation virtual trade-show experience as a free event for all travel advisors.

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Experience Jamaica...once you go you now!!

Jamaica has been named the World's Leading Family, Cruise and Wedding Destination at the 27th Annual World Travel Awards! The winners were announced at a virtual ceremony on Friday from Moscow, after a one-year process of voting on the world's top travel, tourism and hospitality brands.

The awards won by Jamaica and its tourism partners at the World Travel Awards are:

- World's Leading Family Destination 2020 (Jamaica)
- World's Leading Cruise Destination 2020 (Jamaica)
- World's Leading Wedding Destination 2020 (Jamaica)
- World's Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2020 (Fleming Villa at GoldenEye)
- World's Leading Villa Resort 2020 (Round Hill Hotel & Villas)
- World's Leading All-Inclusive Company 2020 (Sandals Resorts International)
- World's Leading All-Inclusive Family Resort Brand 2020 (Beaches Resorts)
- World's Leading Caribbean Attraction Company 2020 (Island Routes Caribbean Adventures)

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Islandbreeze Vacations updated their business hours. 02/07/2020

Islandbreeze Vacations updated their business hours.

Islandbreeze Vacations updated their business hours.


Travel Channel features Jamaica



No Time To Die, the 25th installment in the James Bond movie franchise, premieres in April. Some of the film’s scenes were shot in Jamaica, an island that Bond creator Ian Fleming called his seasonal home for nearly two decades. Retrace his steps (or those of 007) in Montego Bay by kicking your feet up on Half Moon Jamaica’s gorgeous grounds or trying something shaken not stirred at Round Hill Hotel and Villas’ Seaside Terrace.

Another reason to visit: March will see the debut of Eclipse at Half Moon, a hotel-within-a-hotel with 57 accommodations, two restaurants, three bars, a Fern Tree – A Salamander Spa, an infinity-edge pool and a private beachfront with a natural swimming cove.

No matter where you are in the Jamaica there is a beautiful beach to visit close by. How do you choose which beach to visit? Here are our favorites in no particular order. 12/05/2019

No matter where you are in the Jamaica there is a beautiful beach to visit close by. How do you choose which beach to visit? Here are our favorites in no particular order.

No matter where you are in the Jamaica there is a beautiful beach to visit close by. How do you choose which beach to visit? Here are our favorites in no particular order.

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The real organic banana !


Congratulations Jamaica!!

September 16, 2019-Washington, DC:

The Jamaica Tourist Board participated in Wedding Salon Washington, DC Showcase at The Liaison Capitol Hill, Washington, DC on Monday, Sept 16, 2019. The Wedding Salon is an exclusive showcase for engaged couples, celebrities, socialites, and industry professionals to find the top tips and trends from the best in bridal, lifestyle, health, and beauty. This luxury bridal show attracted some 200 engaged couples planning weddings and honeymoons, top wedding planners, bloggers and the press, which provided an excellent opportunity to meet one-on-one with members of this niche market as we showcased Destination Jamaica’s ability to cater to the wedding/honeymoon market.

The Trident Hotel partnered with the Jamaica Tourist Board at this event and provided a 4-day/3-night’s stay to help heighten interest in the destination - the stay was offered to couples as a prize giveaway. The Trident Hotel is situated along the island’s northeast coast in the resort area of Port Antonio, which has been dubbed the ‘Jamaican Riviera’ for its natural glamour and rich history. . The Trident Hotel is a 2019 Travelers’ Choice Award Winner and on -September 15, 2019 cited as one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

During the official ceremony of the 2019 TRAVVY Awards, which took place in January in New York, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) won the best Tourist Board in the Caribbean award, while Jamaica also won: Best Wedding Destination; Best Honeymoon Destination; and Best Culinary Destination.

Pictured: The Jamaica Tourist Board’s Victoria Harper participating in the Wedding Salon 2019-Luxury Bridal Showcase in Washington, DC alongside Dwight Powell-General Manager of The Trident Hotel. Working in the Jamaica Tourist Board booth is Dennis and Barbara Blake, Travel Consultants of Island Breeze Vacations.

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Barbara you did such a excellent job with planning of the wedding and booking rooms for the large group shown above for my son and daughter in -law beach wedding at the Iberostar in Jamaica May 3rd 2019, we so appreciate you, we could not have done it without you, everything was perfect, thank you , It was the best vacation ever, Island Breeze is the best!


Happy Mother's Day To All Mothers!


Hurry up and call me! You need to get to Jamaica fast!!

Baltic Vitalis - Baltic DMC - Baltic Vitalis - Your Gateway to the Baltic 03/28/2019

Baltic Vitalis - Baltic DMC - Baltic Vitalis - Your Gateway to the Baltic

Baltic Vitalis - Baltic DMC - Baltic Vitalis - Your Gateway to the Baltic


Experience the Beauty & Tranquility of Trident Hotel Port Antonio, Jamaica. The Hidden Gem!!


Top 5 Tips for Traveling on Holidays
1. Avoid Peak Travel Dates- We’ve all experienced the havoc of weaving between people trying to navigate suitcases through a jam-packed airport, but why do that if you don’t have to? Do your research and figure out the best days to travel to avoid a hectic airport.

2. Pack Light- We’ve all been there, packing 10 pairs of shorts and 18 shirts for our 7-day trip “just in case” but end up wearing the same outfit 3 days in a row. Pack the essentials and you’ll not only save on baggage fees, but you’ll save on wait time at the airport if you can get it all in a carry-on.

3. Label your bag- If you do need to check luggage, label it. Having a neon yellow baggage tag will help you spot your luggage on the carousal. In the case that your luggage does get lost, it’s always good to have a phone number or email on your tag so it’s easier to contact you.

4. Bring your own earphones or earplugs with you- The word every traveler hates: delay. If your plane is delayed or you want a little shut eye during the flight, earphones or earplugs will be a lifesaver to block out noise.

5. Don’t wrap gifts – No one wants airport security to be the one unwrapping your thoughtful gifts. Save the hassle (and the wrapping paper) by waiting until you arrive at your destination to package it up with your special touch.

Amy Akin ver2 01/12/2019

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Cruise Enthusiast

Recently, I was on a massive cruise ship with 3,000 passengers blitzing the great ports of the Mediterranean — and having lots of fun. No, I’m not suddenly abandoning my independent travel principles and becoming a huge proponent of cruising. But I am impressed by the economy, efficiency and popularity of this kind of travel … and, to be honest, I enjoy cruising.

I’m the first to admit that cruising doesn’t appeal to everyone. For some, it’s anti-travel. For others, it’s the perfect vacation.

On our ship, I met people who seemed to be having a great time … most of them veterans of many cruises. I also met lots of budget-conscious travelers who told me that a cruise (which includes transportation, lodging and food for one discounted price) is a wonderful value.

The per-day base cost for mainstream cruises beats independent travel by a mile. For a weeklong European cruise, a couple can pay as little as $100 per person per night — that’s less than most hotel rooms in London or Paris. To link all the places on your own — with hotels, rail passes, boat tickets, taxi transfers, restaurants and so on — would add up fast. And you can’t beat the convenience and efficiency of sleeping while you travel to your next destination.

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IslandBreeze Vacations Sends Warm Season Greetings And A Prosperous 2019!

Timeline photos 11/17/2018

Resting on the tree after climbing to the top of the Old Medieval Village call Eza in Southern France.


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Mimi Ebichi is with Edith Nwosu and 3 others at Hotel Riu Montego Bay, Jamaica.
October 27 at 8:58 AM · Montego Bay, Jamaica ·
It's a beautiful wedding day for Mimi Ebichi Events Inc. couple, Amy & Akin in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

I love that I get to travel the world with my mum and my daughter sharing precious life experiences.

PS: Find, search, consult and lock down Barbara Blake of Islandbreeze Vacations. Her level of detail, dedication, attentiveness and impeccable customer service is magnificent.

Not only did her connection get us an upgraded room but the treatment my team and I got was phenomenal.

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Come to Jamaica and feel all right !! Book your adventurous horseback riding in the beach! # Toshictours


12 Things Not to Do in Your Cruise Room

Erica Silverstein
Senior Editor
Updated August 30, 2018

Your cruise ship room -- or cabin -- is your personal haven at sea. You can go there to escape the pool deck and buffet crowds, or invite friends over for a lively party. Curl up on the balcony with a good book, or turn out the lights and drift to sleep rocked by the waves. You can decorate it, hack it and even expand it via interconnecting doors to the room next door.

But there are some things you just shouldn't do in your cruise room.

Sorry, folks, but it's not 100-percent "anything goes" onboard. Whether it's a safety issue (think lighting fires), a privacy issue (no hanky panky on that balcony) or a consideration issue (please don't blare the TV at 2 a.m.), you'll want to curtail certain activities in your cabin -- or the crew may kindly, but sternly, ask that you do so.

In case you're tempted, or simply don't know, here are 12 things we ask that you please not do.

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1. Smoke
Sorry, smokers, but on most cruise ships, you need to take a hike to get your morning ni****ne fix. All cruise lines have banned smoking in cabins, and many have even banned smoking on private balconies. Ci******es are a fire hazard -- ships have caught fire due to wayward ash -- and many people also consider them a public nuisance. Understandably, the cruise lines want to limit cigarette use onboard, while still offering smokers a few places to light up. So you'll need to head to a designated area of an upper deck or specific lounge when you need a smoke break. (If you're not sure of your ship's policy, you should read up on Cruise Line Smoking Policies.)

2. Light a candle
Or iron your clothes. Or light incense. Or plug in the hot plate you smuggled onboard. (Why would you ... never mind.) You get the idea. Anything that involves fire or high heat is a hazard and a no-no. Just be thankful that lines are generally open to hair dryers and curling or flat irons these days. (Battery-operated tea candles add ambiance without open flame).

3. Plug a hairdryer into the shaving outlet in the bathroom
Speaking of hairdryers, it remains a mystery why you must blow dry your hair by the desk in your cabin, rather than in the bathroom, but that's where ship designers have put the in-cabin dryer and the appropriate outlet. There is one measly outlet in your bathroom, but it's for shaving only, and it does not accommodate the correct voltage for a hair dryer. Try it out, and you could blow a fuse, shorting out the electricity and making you persona non grata with your onboard neighbors. Try our bathroom hacks for creative ways to make your bathroom more livable.

4. Have an argument
You can be loud as you want -- whether in anger or having a little in-cabin recreation, if you catch our drift -- as long as you're cool with all your neighbors knowing your business. Cruise ship cabin walls are notoriously thin, and sound travels quite well -- especially through connecting or hallway doors. The polite thing to do is keep the volume down. Even if you don't need privacy, your shipmates don't really want to listen to your movie selections at 3 a.m. And when it comes to your balcony, remember that you can easily be seen as well as heard, so act accordingly. Keep the peace with our pro tips on sharing a cabin.

5. Run around naked with the curtains open
Along the lines of "your cabin isn't as private as you think" comes our next cabin don't. Plenty of cruisers have gotten the shock of their life when they have stepped out of the bathroom, naked as a jaybird, to discover they were looking out at a crewmember cleaner, portside dock workers or even other cruisers (especially likely on river cruises where boats dock side by side). And if you can see them, well, they can see you, too. Even if your curtains are closed, it's wise to throw on a towel or at least peek out the bathroom door since your cabin steward has a key to your room and you're not going to hear him knocking if you've got the shower running.

6. Leave the balcony door open
Ah, the bliss of letting the sounds of wind and sea lull you to sleep! You might want to prop open that balcony door as you sail, but cruise lines aren't so keen on the idea. For starters, the warm air coming in will cause your cabin's air-conditioning to work harder (unless you turn it down), wasting energy on the ship. Plus, leaving the door open can have some unwanted side effects. We set off the smoke alarm several times on one sailing -- a mystery as there was no smoke or fire -- and were told that leaving the balcony door open can do that. Plus, open your cabin door at the same time, and you create a wind tunnel in the cabin, which will send all your dining reservation notices, cruise ship dailies and art auction advertisements flying everywhere.

7. Hang items to dry on the balcony
It's so tempting. Your wet swimsuits never dry as quickly as you'd like on that flimsy string in your cabin shower, and the warm Caribbean sun is beating down on your balcony just begging to be used. If you just draped a few tankinis over that deck chair, they'd dry in no time. There are a couple of reasons why this is not a good idea. Forget those articles of clothing when the ship sets sail, and they could sail away themselves (an environmental faux pas) or end up in a puddle on your balcony floor. An unexpected rain shower or a scheduled balcony cleaning could result in your clothes getting wetter than they started. Plus, cruise lines don't like anything flammable left on balconies -- especially on lines where balcony smoking is A-OK. Best to dry your items on the retractable clothes line that's usually in your shower (a few portable laundry hooks help here too).

8. Make a mess
We get it -- you're on vacation and don't feel like cleaning up after yourself. But take it from us: A little tidying goes a long way to making cabin life more bearable. With minimal walking space in the room, leaving your high heels or daypacks lying about the floor can cause injuries during a middle-of-the-night trip to the loo, and dumping all your maps, brochures and plastic bags full of souvenirs on any available surface will take up valuable sitting space and lead you to waste precious vacation time searching for your cruise key card or shore excursion ticket. A travel document organizer, where you can keep your papers and small electronics in one place, might be your new best friend.

9. Spray perfume
The ventilation system, especially in windowless cabins, can leave much to be desired. Douse yourself with Chanel No. 5 or the bathroom with your favorite floral scent, and your cabinmate might run into the hall, gagging for air. While strong scents aren't necessarily prohibited, we urge you to take a light touch to those spray bottles. (That being said, a small spritz of air freshener in the bathroom is usually welcome).

10. Steal the bathrobes or towels
Cruise ship cabin amenities are not ripe for the picking. Even if that bathrobe is just your size or the towels are super soft, or if you must have that coffee table book about the ship to add to your collection, think twice about slipping the item into your suitcase. You will be charged an inflated price for items that go missing. If you want a souvenir from your trip, your money is better spent buying something new in the gift shop, rather than some used linens touched by hundreds of passengers before you. If you must have a freebie, take home the travel bottle of shampoo or the in-cabin pen.

11. Tape something to the wall or door
Tape can leave marks or peel off paint, so please be respectful of the interior decor. If you must leave a note or decorate the cabin, no problem! Cabin walls and doors are metal, so throw some cute magnetic clips into your suitcase, and you can hang notes, daily newsletters, signs, streamers and the like throughout your room without damaging the paint job.

12. Hide items in the safe -- and forget about them
By all means, use your cabin's safe to store your cell phone, passport, extra cash and credit cards. But do not leave them there. Whether you completely forget to check or simply missed something stuck in a corner or the back of the safe, you will be cursing at the airport when you realize your photo ID has just departed for its second Mediterranean vacation. If you're prone to forgetfulness, we recommend storing your valuables in your suitcase under the bed or someplace else where you'll remember them.

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Come to Jamaica and feel alright!

Islandbreeze Vacations updated their website address. 09/02/2018

Islandbreeze Vacations updated their website address.

Islandbreeze Vacations updated their website address.

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What Not to Wear in the Airport Security Line - SmarterTravel 05/16/2018

What Not to Wear in the Airport Security Line - SmarterTravel

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What Not to Wear in the Airport Security Line - SmarterTravel Want to roll through security like a pro? Dress for success by avoiding the following attire.

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The Story of IslandBreeze Vacations

After several years of Vacationing worldwide and selling Travel as an outside Sales Agent with a Travel Agency. Barbara Blake experience as a Travel Consultant, decided to launch her own company in May 2006.

IslandBreeze Vacations specialize in: Group Vacations, Destination Weddings, Cruises, Reunions, Tours and just about any Vacation Packages you can dream of, as a group or individual.

Why IslandBreeze Vacations? We believe that all vacationers are not created equal, and one size doesn’t fit all. We strive to create a vacation experience that fits worth bragging about!

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