Jamaica - Boston Bay and Frenchmans Cove

Trip Start Dec 29, 2009
Trip End Jun 22, 2010

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Monday, March 8, 2010

We made it Port Antonio surviving the 6 hour drive from Negril. Shell did a great job driving as I navigated our way through the towns and jungle to reach the port. We now had to try and find 'Great Huts' which is where we would spend 3 nights.

Having no address and only a sketch of the huts being between Boston Bay and the Boston jerk centre on the internet we kept driving along the highway that slowly turned into potholed single lane road until we saw the "thank you for visiting Boston Bay" sign. So we pulled into this guys driveway to turn around (who gave us a glare and showed us his machete) and narrowly missed a speeding taxi coming from the other direction. We had arrived. Great huts were indeed great. The place is a group of cement walled, single roomed huts (African style) with sand floors and thatched roofs surrounding the main kitchen/dining area and branching out towards the jungle covered headland towards the cliffs. It is kind of like the ‘Swiss family Robinson’ show that was on TV when I was a kid! The huts are meant to be traditional but have some mod cons like power and a bed. They sit up on the Cliffside of Boston Bay which is an amazing little spot. We went down and checked out the surf that was rolling into the bay. This guy “Formula” was renting surfboards for $20 US an hour (we thought Hawaii was expensive) and he took us around to his collection of boards for us to check out. The surf was getting smaller and I couldn’t go in because of my ear and Shell was too tired from the drive so we didn’t bother about a board.  That night we fell asleep listening to the crickets and looking out at the night sky that we could see through the space above the doors of our hut.

On the final night of our stay at Great Huts we met Dr Paul who owned and operated the huts. Being a Saturday night a local dance group from Port Antonio came up to perform for all of the guests staying at the huts. Dr Paul started of the party by singing a couple of tunes and then handing over the mic to the main entertainment. African drums started belting out rhythms and dancers started doing their thing. Very cool to watch while enjoying dinner and a couple of Red stripes. Shells got into the swing of things and joined in with the dancing while I took some pics. After the main show had finished these two MC’s (one called GoGo) from Kingston got up and did some freestyle Rasta rapping. Pretty cool, the guys put a lot of effort into the raps but we couldn’t understand a word of it besides some "Hail Selassie's".

After relaxing at the Huts it was time to move down the road to San San Tropez which is located near San San bay. Nice place, it was built by cooperation between the Italian and Jamaican governments so they claim. It is close enough to walk to Frenchman’s Cove. Yesterday we checked out the beach at Frenchman’s cove and I must say our photos don’t do it justice. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. A river/stream flows between the gardens and jungle into the cove which is protected from the full force of the ocean by a small opening between the cliffs. We spent most of the day there as lunch could be bought along with drinks on the beach. The following day we checked out San San beach. Not quite as good as Frenchman’s cove but still pretty awesome. Monkey Island sits just off the beach with the blue lagoon around the corner. Unfortunately the weather hasn’t been as good today so we didn’t go to the blue lagoon so hopefully it will be better tomorrow.
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