Each year, the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders bring even more beauty to a tropical destination for their annual swimsuit calendar photo shoot. This year is no different as the ladies will depart from Atlanta on Wednesday to travel to Jamaica for five days of sun, sand and hard work in front of the camera.
This year's destination, however, is more than just sun and sand. Jamaica may be known for those things, but the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders will experience so much more than that during their trip, including Jamaica's unique culture, music, cuisine and the adventure that can be found on the island paradise, all thanks to the Jamaican Tourism Board.
The cheerleaders will be staying at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, the premier property in Montego Bay, while traveling all over the island for their shoot. The ladies will be photographed in beautiful locations around the country, including Dunes River Falls, Negril, which is known for its picturesque sunsets, and Ochos Rios.
"I am thrilled to have such an amazing opportunity to travel to Jamaica for our swimsuit calendar shoot," three-year veteran cheerleader Alicia D. said. "It will be an unforgettable experience in such a beautiful place. I'm excited to see the island and learn about some of the culture. We are lucky in that this trip is not only for work, but will also be a fun-filled adventure!"
Located on Jamaica's northwest coast, Montego Bay is a favorite resort area, where white-sand beaches are edged by flowering trees, and palm-dotted hills make a lush backdrop to long stretches of rolling meadowland. Often referred to as Mo-Bay, the area has grown and flourished, becoming the country's premier tourist destination and second-largest city. It is considered the heart of the Jamaican Riviera, with more guestrooms than any other part of the island, from five-star hotels and sprawling all-inclusive resorts to small inns, guesthouses and some of the most luxurious private villas in the Caribbean.
Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay are located in the heart of the north-coast region defined by fern-clad cliffs and cascading waterfalls, not far from where Columbus first landed more than 500 years ago. Today, visitors come from all over the world to make their own discoveries in this stimulating yet tranquil resort area, which combines the attractions of one of the Caribbean's most popular ports-of-call with the splendid scenery of the surrounding garden parish of St. Ann.
At the western tip of the island, Negril is a favorite resort area known for its natural beauty, with a seven-mile ribbon of white-sand beach and perfect conditions for swimming and snorkeling. Grotto-lined cliffs stretch to the old Negril Lighthouse, built in 1894.
Jamaica's moderate climate, lush tropical surroundings and rich culture make it a truly unique getaway. Its blend of adventure and elegance is unsurpassed and the diversity of its offerings along with the hospitality of its people make it a destination second to none.
The trip, while full of hustle and bustle with 40 ladies to photograph, will also serve as a great experience for the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders to bond and build their team. With 18 rookies added to the 2012 roster, five days on the beautiful island of Jamaica will help create relationships and experiences that will last a lifetime.
"I am overwhelmed with excitement," three-year veteran Avis H. said. "I still can't believe we're actually going. Sharing this experience with my teammates will be unforgettable. I can't wait to shoot on the island, hangout with 39 of the most fabulous ladies on the planet and eat great food. Is it Wednesday yet?"