August 6, Jamaica celebrated 60 years of independence. To mark the occasion, year-long events were launched in Jamaica and Canada to encourage Jamaican-Canadians to “go home”. Special deals (visitjamaica.com/deals) are available at resorts, hotels and attractions across the Caribbean island nation, including the Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, where the ‘Reconnect This Fall’ rate includes $100 USD credit per stay and 5th night complimentary. Meanwhile, in Toronto, the Bob Marley One Love Experience, which features rare photographs and memorabilia, has been extended through September 25 at the Lighthouse ArtSpace.
Costa Rica has finalized details of its digital nomad visa, which allows travelers to work remotely from the Central American country for up to two years. Individual applicants must have a minimum monthly income of US$3,000 but are not required to pay income tax; applications can be submitted through an online portal (tramiteya.go.cr/dgme). It joins a host of countries that have launched similar programs in the past two years to attract remote workers, including Estonia, Malta, Barbados, Panama, Brazil and Seychelles. Prior to the development of these special work permits, digital nomads typically operated in a gray area of immigration law, often entering countries on tourist visas.
Notice to sports fans
Fourteen years of work, the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York will finally open its doors to the public on September 8. Dedicated to Major League Baseball’s first black player of the modern era—Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947—the 20,000-square-foot museum focuses on his athletic career and civil rights activism. Highlights include an interactive model of Ebbets Field (where the Dodgers played), 40,000 historic images and approximately 4,500 memorabilia pieces.
After a 60-year hiatus, the Trans Bhutan Trail will reopen to tourists at the end of September, just as the country begins to welcome its first international visitors since the start of the pandemic. Dating back to the 16th century, the route was originally used by Buddhist monks traveling between Bhutan and Tibet, but fell into disrepair with road construction in the 1960s. Today it has been redesigned for the hikers and cyclists, covering 403 kilometres, from Haa to Trashigang, and passing through 400 historical sites, including ancient fortresses. Small-group tour operators offering trips on sections of the newly restored trail include G Adventures and Intrepid Travel, while Responsible Travel will trek from end to end.