Travel Blogs from Ocho Rios
What a bust!
I booked this hotel as a quick stop over on our way to Port Antonio.
The plan was to rest and then take a evening cruise on Luminous Lake which is supposed to be spectacular and sparkling.
The hotel was the worst. The pool was empty of water, the restaurant was closed.
How well at least we can take our tour. Nope. The …
... and a great natural beauty which is well worth the dollars.
Tipping is apparently customary in Jamaica - people seem to tip for absolutely everything including for services you have paid substantially for. So be prepared, maybe just take a bundle of $1 notes to give a courteous tip and thank you.
Our friends had a fabulous wedding on the beach in a beautiful setting. Jamaica is surrounded by a reef so the shoreline is peaceful and the waters ...
... over. After a lengthy chat and a bit of a barter we ended up walking away with two mahogany totem figures, carved with our names, of course, and Sven even swapped his Sunderland shirt with a Jamaican one! After leaving that stall it was already 25 past 12 and we had 5 minutes! Trouble is, all the sellers want you to look and buy their stuff! We ended up with another two totem figures (not as good quality as the other two) before we managed to get free of the shops ...
... and actually doing nothing.
We ate at the Caribbean restaurant and my favorite quote of the trip is as follows:
Becky: "I don't eat meat, so can I just have the entree with potatoes and veggies?"
Server: "No meat? No problem - we have an excellent swordfish."
Becky: "No, I'm a vegetarian."
Server: *Stares blankly*
Jaime: "No animals."
Server: "Ohhhh, ok."
Definitely a foreign concept to this guy.
... the boats, the choppiness of the water while on the way there, or the juice, but I knew that I was not going to make it to Jamaica. I woke up long enough to go out on the deck of the ship, breathe in some fine Jamaican air, and get back to my room for another potty break.
It was official: trip was over.
I had no time or energy to snap pictures but being there, even if it was on the ship still counts as visiting, right?