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There are always plenty of reasons to visit Jamaica; a full list of festivals gives couples even more excuses.

One of the most elegant events is the Sugar Cane Ball, held in February at Round Hill Hotel in Montego Bay. For over two decades, this formal ball has raised money for local charities.

In April, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay celebrate with Carnival. Horse lovers can enjoy the Red Stripe Horse Show and Gymkhana at Chukka Cove in Ocho Rios, an annual event that brings in top riders from Jamaica, Europe, and the US.

Negril celebrates Carnival in May, bringing further festivity to this already fun-loving town.

Summer brings plenty of music to the island, starting with the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival in June, a week of international performers from the US, England, France, Holland, Japan, and the Caribbean. Jazz events take place in Ocho Rios as well as Montego Bay, with jazz teas, jazz festivals on the river, jazz barbecues, and more. Use your Jamiaca cell phone rentals to buy tickets for this festival.

The biggest music event is August's Reggae Sunsplash, recognized around the globe as the top event for reggae buffs. Now held at Chukka Cove, the two decades-old event features performances by the top names in the world of reggae.

Following Reggae Sunsplash, Reggae Sumfest is held in Montego Bay, also featuring top performers. Use your international mobile phone rental to learn more about this festival.

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