Dominica and Jamaica have been listed among CNN best places to travel in 2020.
The list was compiled by editors of the popular media house’s CNN Travel.
Jamaica, the home of Reggae icon Bob Marley and inspiration to famed writer Ian Fleming, was listed among the world’s top travel destinations this year.
“Marley’s Jamaica is a living beating, heart, overflowing with love, pain, history and cultural significance.”– CNN Travel
Marley, who would have been 75 on February 6, is one of Jamaica’s most easily recognisable personalities. CNN Travel notes that “The singer lived in Kingston, Jamaica’s capital, and fans of Marley’s music and message can commune with the legendary artist at his former home, now the Bob Marley Museum.” It highlights that “Marley’s Jamaica is a living beating, heart, overflowing with love, pain, history and cultural significance.”
Additionally, it said 14 James Bonds novels were written at the home of Fleming, Goldeneye, where he worked each winter from 1952 until his death in 1964. “In April, Ian Fleming’s superspy James Bond appears in his 25th feature film, “No Time To Die,” in which Daniel Craig’s 007 returns to his creator’s real-life beach house, Goldeneye, about 90 minutes from Montego Bay.”
Editor Marnie Hunter noted that Dominica’s “lush, primordial rainforests, foliage-engulfed peaks and deep ravines crisscrossed by 365 rivers” made the Eastern Caribbean island live up to its moniker of “Nature Island”.
Having suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Maria in 2017, the travel website said the 290-square-mile island “bounced back with a commitment to sustainable, climate-resilient construction and a renewed focus on ecotourism offerings.”
Of the island’s biggest draws, its luxury accommodations were noted including the renovated 28-room Rosalie Bay Eco-Resort which will reopen next month, the reimagined Jungle Bay Eco Villas and its first five-star resort, Cabrits Resort and Spa Kempinski which has an 18,000-square-foot spa and four swimming pools.
What’s more, the island’s natural features were highlighted for consideration when travelling to the island. “Consider a guided hike into the Valley of Desolation to the world’s second-largest boiling lake – a flooded fumarole from a volcano. A more serene expedition might involve a refreshing dip in waterfall-fed Emerald Pool, located inside the UNESCO-designated Morne Trois Pitons National Park.
Other destinations which made the coveted list are Copenhagen, Denmark; The Dead Sea; Kyushu, Japan; New Caledonia and Sri Lanka.