We lodged at the Riu Negril Resort and Hotel. It was an all inclusive vacation package which is great if you don't want to worry about planning where to eat, play, drink or be entertained. Everything was in walking distance. The hotel and resort layout was open. Not many doors to go through to get to festivities. Your room, disco and the gift shops were the only places where you had turn a knob to gain entrance. The grounds also included a theater, casino, cyber room, a pool bar (among many bars), an ocean side jerk chicken bar-b-Que pit, and several restaurants (buffet and reservation required). The only excursion was a trip to Rick's Cafe by way of the "Wild Thing". This little trip included all you can drink, dancing until you were tired, snorkeling at the reef, swimming at the "caves", and jumping from the cliff at Rick's Cafe. No pressure, do what you feel kind of trip.
It's been a very long time since my last visit to Jamaica. It seemed a little more developed than 26 years ago, but, I could see there was still great disparity among the people. We did not travel to Kingston, which I understand is the most poverty stricken part of the Island. The country's coastal regions are all about tourism. Many of the beaches are privately owned by hotels and are not accessible to Jamaican citizens. The people we met were very hospitable and always wore a smile. I returned home saying, "How are you today, My Lady? I hope you enjoyed your vacation in Jamaica." All the way home I was singing Third World's hit "Try Jah Love" and Bob Marley's, "One Love". Both songs are favorites of mine and I was able to hear both while in Jamaica.
Was I ready to come home? NO! I could have stayed at least three more days, but... home we came. So, this vacation post, I'll share a few pictures of Jamaica. I was enjoying the beautiful Island instead of snapping pictures all day.
|These birds where everywhere|
|Popular Special Drink|
|Favorite Hang Out|
|Mike aka Big Bird Tour Guide and Swimmer|
|Mike the Life of the Party|
|Me Dancing with Mike|
|Wild Thing Arriving at the Caves|
|The Queen's House (Castle)|
|Rick's Cafe Mmm Mmmm Good!|
|Children Dive from the Cliff for Money|
|Silver Bird Band Excellent!|
|Awesome Raggae Band|
|Silly Me on the Beach|
|Me and Trice on the Beach|
|Sunset in Negril, Jamaica|