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I went to Jamaica for my friend's birthday and it was a really amazing trip. When I left Maryland it was snowing so I was more than happy to leave and go to Jamaica where the sun and sand were awaiting me. The weather temperature was nice in Jamaica but it rained pretty much our entire trip.
First off, our flight was delayed over an hour because of issues with the plane (fuel, de-icing, etc). We legit sat on the plane for about an hour and a half. The pilots did their best to get us there as fast as they could. We landed a little later than we were supposed to but it wasn't over an hour later, so I was thankful. Customs was a breeze BUT I didn't get my Jamaican stamp. Luckily I am going back this summer and I am going to make it my mission to get that passport tatt!
After a veryyyyy long bus ride we finally made it to our resort. We stayed at the Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay Resort. It was very similar, I believe the same company, to the resort I stayed at in Dominican Republic. All inclusive, same open concept. They had live music and shows, etc.
You're greeted with a glass of champagne when you check in. The first night we went to dinner at the resort and we went to Margaritaville with Julious our tour guide. I will have a whole section dedicated to Julious later. Our first day was short because we didn't get to the resort until around 5PM. So we didn't really get to enjoy the sunlight.
The next day we had breakfast at the Jazmin Restaurant on the resort, it was buffet style. The food at the resort was really good. They had so many options. Everything from omelets to shrimp cocktail for breakfast and anything from pizza to lobster for dinner.
We were supposed to head out on boat party this day but the weather was terrible. The waves were crashing and the company told us that they wouldn't be able to take us out on the boat that day. We weren't able to reschedule for another day either. So unfortunately the weather did ruin one of our excursion plans.
After breakfast we went to the Ocho Rios to sight see. We got to take pictures at the Ocho Rios sign(for some reason I thought I took a picture there but I didn't). We went on this long narrow road up a mountain so that we could get to one of the most amazing views. The entire view of Ocho Rios was breathtaking.
That night we went out to a local club. I will have to say that the locals in Jamaica are very sweet. Most people could obviously tell that we were tourist and they wanted to make sure we were having a good time.The hospitality from the people off the resort was amazing. You never really know what you're going to get from people who aren't being paid to be nice to you lol.
Just to keep everyone informed, right now there is a travel advisory in Jamaica. While I was there Great Britain sent out an advisory for their residents not to leave their resort. Later, the US put out a similar advisory. I didn't see the advisory until I got back home to the states. The advisory has been updated, you can leave resorts but they tell you exactly what locations not to visit. US Travel Advisory.
I didn't have an issues while off the resort and I did not witness any violence. It was exactly the opposite. But we did not go anywhere without our tour guide. That was something that was very important to us. We wanted to make sure we had a local with us at all times.
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After Margaritaville Julious took us to get some street food, some reallllllly good, super authentic jerk chicken. He also took us to a restaurant called Scotchies, they had some really great authentic jerk chicken too. I did not get really good pictures of our food BUT you can check out my friend Ashley's Instagram page where she shares all of the food she had and the restaurants we visited. @BuddingFoodie.
There was a lot of rain but we didn't let that stop us from having a good time. We visited the Irie Blue Hole. That was a workout and an adventure all in one! It took a lot of walking through trails, man made bridges, and puddles of water and mud(due to the rain) to get there. After walking what felt like walking for 40 days and 40 nights we finally made it to the body of water. So here I am, thinking that the workout is over. LIES. We then had to climb rocks and fight water to get to the place to jump off cliffs. I have a few videos that I will put down below from this excursion.
After leaving the Blue Hole went to Sharkies Seafood Restaurant. The food was amazing! The food is freshly caught and made to order. I think everyone should go to Sharkies if they are staying on that side of the island. One thing I will say is the wait time for your food is long. All of the reviews on Facebook will tell you the same thing. But like I said before, they offer fresh, made to order food. So you should expect a bit of a wait. Party size also plays a big part in wait time as well. The restaurant is normally quite busy but we actually went during a storm, so it wasn't as busy as it would have been on a day with sunshine and clear skies.
One thing I would recommend, if you plan on visiting Sharkies, exchange your USD to Jamaican Dollar. It will benefit you. Otherwise they will charge you an exchange rate to use your American dollars. The entrees are between $15-30. That doesn't include any drinks (including water) you may want to have with your meal.
Overall you guys, I had a great time in Jamaica.The people are nice, the food was amazing and I had the time of my life at the Irie Blue Hole. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and you are inspired to travel to Jamaica if you have never been. I will be returning to Jamaica in the summer for a wedding. I am not sure if I will make a blog post for it or vlog it since it is someone's wedding. But I will keep you guys updated.
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