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Jamaica Trip Report

ok so you want to hear the details? If not then read no further.

We left SEATAC late Thursday night like 11:30 PM or something. We flew to Cincinnati and it was already morning there by the time we got there. Had a 2 hour layover there before our trip to Jamaica. Got to Jamaica around noon (they're on eastern time but don't observe daylight savings so they're actually on central time). Airport was packed with people and it seemed to take forever to get through customs. We had someone waiting for us that we had prearraged so he was ready to drive us to Negril which was about an hour and a half drive.

We arrive at our hotel in Negril called the Seastar Inn It wasn't our first choice but it got rave reviews on tripadvisor so we gave it a shot. It was a nice little place not too far from the main road and the most popular bar in Jamaica and supposedly one of the top 10 bars in the world. It was walking distance and we went there a couple of times during our stay for drinks and a bite to eat. The place is crazy busy with people before and during sunset, but after that it becomes a ghost bar. It's not all that busy during the day either. We also visited the Negril Lighthouse which was a bit of a long walk from the hotel but doable. The place ended up being closed when we decided to go but I got a few good pics. We met the owners and received a little welcome package from them, which we didn't bring back home with us. We did some snorkeling at Xtabi. It's a hotel/restaurant/bar on the cliffs and they have some caves down by the water you can explore and the snorkeling isn't too bad there. We saw some long skinny piper fish and a bunch of tiny little fish and some claimed to have seen some big tuna and a turtle but I didn't see those. We spent 3 nights in Negril.

We caught a ride to our next destination in Treasure Beach from a gal we met that is actually from Minnesota and has been living there for 6 months or something like that. We met her at the bar at our hotel and she offered to give us a ride. It turned out not to be the best decision. We ended up having to get the tire changed before we even started the drive. She doesn't own the car so she had to call someone to pay for the tire change. It took a lot of time away from our trip that we could have been spent doing something more fun. Eventually we end up at our hotel, Jake's, at Treasure Beach. I'm not sure how but we did. Treasure Beach turned out to be the best place for relaxation and laying out. It was a lot quieter than the other places we had been so far. A lot less touristy and not as many beggars in the streets. We spent some time at Dougie's Bar at Jake's. We met a bunch of people on our first night there and were invited to a little party at one of the cottages. Unfortunately all the people there were leaving the next day. We went on a Safari trip to Black River and saw crocodiles and had drinks and ate at the Pelican Bar which is out in the ocean and can only be gotten to by boat. The bad thing about this places is the mosquitos were the worst. We got eaten alive. We arranged for a taxi to come pick us up and drive us to Montego Bay for the last stretch of our trip. Two traveling nurses recommended him.

The drive from Treasure Beach to Montego Bay was the worst drive evar. It went through the mountains and there were switchbacks and bumpy roads the whole way. For the first time in a long time without being hungover, I got carsick. It was a 2 hour drive but it was a very bad one. We stayed at an All Inclusive Holiday Inn. This is the first all inclusive place I had ever been to. It was almost just like being on a cruise. There wasn't much different about it. It was the least favorite part of our trip. The views outside of the window were pretty great though. And the AC was real nice. The food was mediocre and the Jerk Hut was closed the whole time we were there, we had to wear wrist bands to get the free food/drinks, most of the people there were snooty. I don't think we really talked to anyone the whole time we were there. There were lots of kids though there was an adult only pool with a swimup bar that was nice. We were leaving to get a ride to the airport and they wanted an outrageous amount to get packed in a vanpool of people to go to the airport. We said screw that and left out of the resort locked gates and found our own ride to the airport for half the cost they were asking at the resort. Luckily the airport was not as busy on the way out as it was on the way in.

All in all it was a good trip. If we go again I think I'd rather spend the whole time in Treasure Beach.

You can check out the rest of my pics here: http://agape1.net/Gallery/jamaica

5 comments :

  1. Excellent piccies!
    But you didn't mention trying the coffee--Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is awesome stuff.

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  2. Ahh yes I did have the coffee and it was most excellent. They had it at the hotel we stayed at in Negril. I brought back 2 bags of beans and 2 bags of ground. I think I'll keep 2 and the other 2 are spoken for.

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  3. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is the bomb! If you find yourself with extra I'd be happy to give it a home.

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  4. Trying not to be jealous...and failing miserably. What awesome place are you going to next, so I can continue to live vicariously through you?

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  5. Going to Vancouver next month to see Jabby's concert :D

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