Jamaica - One of My Favorite Destinations!

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Tracey Hummel

La Crosse, WI
Destination Weddings and Honeymoon Specialist

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Port Antonio - the Real Blue Lagoon!
Montego Bay is a great stop if you would like the flavor of Jamaica without a drive along the coast to get to your resort. You can hang out in Doctor’s Cave, shop in a local craft market, or raft the Martha Brae. Craft markets in Jamaica have souvenir items from main stream t-shirts and photo albums to a hand -carved parrot to take home. The artists love to share their art, so expect to stop at each booth along the way giving “respect”, a hand bump, which is a sign to the laid back way of life here. Plan to spend some time talking to all of the vendors on your visit.

Heading east from the airport will lead you to Falmouth, the new up-and-coming area of Jamaica that leads to the new cruise ship port. Expect more going on in the future for Falmouth and its environs. You can take in the luminescent pond in this area where the water actually glows in the dark. Continuing on east, you’ll arrive at Ocho Rios. This side of the island tends to be a bit rainier some seasons, so make sure to check if you are looking for more sun. The landscape has more cliffs and hills. Some of the resorts are built into and around them, making for very secluded beaches. Dunn’s River Falls is a favorite place to visit. Climb up a real waterfall on its rocks and enjoy the cool waters rushing by, while taking in the beautiful scenery along the way. Across the street is Dolphin Cove; swim with a dolphin or even a shark. The jerk shack here has some of the best jerk sauce I’ve tasted. Jerk is a style of typically cooking pork or chicken with a dry or wet rub of spicy seasonings and grilled. There are many variations and styles, so I recommend trying several of them.

On the northeastern part of Jamaica you will find Port Antonio. This destination is known to host many movie and music stars due to its scenery and quiet ways. Geejam Hotel has a state-of-the-art recording studio; Katie Perry and Alicia Keyes, to name a few, have recorded hit songs here. Port Antonio is also known for the original Blue Lagoon with its crystal clear waters. The quaint resorts and inn, even Trident Castle, provide a culinary and relaxed environment. On through the Blue Mountains you will find the capital of Jamaica, Kingston. The Jamaican people are working very hard to change the misconceptions of their capital city. The setting is gorgeous, with the Blue Mountains situated as the back drop. There are many new, trendy, hip hotels with fantastic beaches, restaurants and night clubs. Of course, the biggest attraction in Kingston is Bob Marley’s home – the place where he was shot. The home still is furnished, just as he lived there. The National Gallery of Jamaica Art Museum is the oldest and largest in the Caribbean; it reflects the Jamaican heritage and history, through art.

To the west of Montego Bay, along a scenic coast drive you will find Negril. I love Negril for its quiet ways and amazing beaches. Bloody Bay is its own inlet where the water just laps up quietly as you lay on your beach chair. One beach further west is Seven Mile Beach, which is exactly that … 7 miles of white sand beach to walk. Here you will find Margaritaville or several other local bars along your walk to quench your thirst. Or perhaps talk to a local fisherman. On my last visit a fisherman pointed out the stingrays that were coming in to feed on the cleanings of the fish he just caught. It was really an amazing thing to see in the wild!

If you are looking for a bit of adventure, take a catamaran cruise or - if by land, a taxi, to Rick’s Café. Here you can dive off of a cliff or just watch a local jump. He (or she) will even climb the tallest tree on that cliff and put on quite the show. If you dare, there are three levels to choose, based on your bravado. There is also a waterfall on this side of the island up in the mountains, Mayfield Falls. A bit quieter than Dunn’s River Falls, it allows you to swim underground for several minutes though a secret tube and walk across the bamboo bridge. You can even do a zip line here.

Jamaica Mon – it’s a beautiful place!
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