Jamaica Journals

An Island of Contrast

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An April 2001 trip to Jamaica by CMH4135

Quote: Come with me to Jamaica, on my honeymoon, and see for yourself what and amazing place this is

An Island of Contrast

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Watch the sun set over the sea, swing in a hammock on a deserted beach, haggle with the locals, dive from the rocks at Ric's cafe, get into the reggae grove. No problem, Mon!

Quick Tips:

Go armed with small notes (US dollars) - tipping is compulsory!

Best Way To Get Around:

Use organised tours and hotel approved taxis.

The contrast in the Island

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Jamaica, one of the most alluring of the Caribbean islands, lives as a tourist brochure cliché of tropical scenery and shimmering beaches. Its sunsets provide the backdrop for many a romantic picture and the reported laid back nature of the locals with a ready smile and quick wit portray a happy-go-lucky island. Jamaica is everyone's island in the sun. Unlike its neighbours who cater mainly for the rich and famous Jamaica really is somewhere for everyone. From the private villa with its guarded private beach to the non-stop party resorts where the beach is a party and the water rum, Jamaica really caters for all-comers. Go to be pampered at a spa or be adventurous in the mountains, find a B&...Read More

Tipping is Compulsory!

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~@~@~ Hassle ~@~@~ I went to Jamaica expecting a few problems and had none. You hear talk of drugs and muggings and general advice is not to travel alone or at night unless escorted in a group. Only use official taxis. Whilst there, ganja or marijuana seemed to abound but a polite refusal of an offer to sell was all that was required. Likewise it soon became evident that it was in a Jamaican's nature to "hassle" you to buy. Again, a polite refusal and you were left alone, even in the markets that edged the tourist attractions. We did heed the advice to travel safely and so I cannot comment on the risk of attack, however, as with all countries including our own it is surely sensi...Read More

Health Matters

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The water on the island is safe to drink and tastes much like our own water (and unlike the water in Spain!) although you should take the usual hygiene precautions that you would take anywhere where sanitation may be an issue. It is recommended that you are current with your tetanus and polio inoculations and I also had hepatitis A and typhoid jabs just to be sure. Malaria is not a problem. Neither my husband or I had any health problems whilst away but care should be taken if you are not in a first class resort.

So you're there - what d'ya do?

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~@~@~@~ Where to stay ~@~@~@~ As I have said, there is something for everyone here and I could not possibly do justice to the range in this opinion. The main tourist areas are Montego Bay, Ochos Rios and Negril and there are many websites which will give full details of these areas. I will also write a review on OR and Negril. ~@~@~@~ What to see ~@~@~@~ For us there were so many things that we would put on a must do list but the following were probably the best: - Climb Dunns River Falls - you can climb up almost 900 feet on fast running waterfall from a start on the beach. Exhilarating, beautiful and worth the $6 entry fee. - Ta...Read More

Food Mon!

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Food here is a fusion of many styles but try the local dishes. For breakfast try ackee and saltfish, for lunch or a snack try the heavily seasoned jerk dishes washed down with rum or Red Stripe Beer. Be careful though, a favourite addition to many a dish is the scotch bonnet pepper - without a doubt this is the hottest thing you will ever taste - beware or be burned!