Blogs from Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Central America Caribbean - page 4

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Before Mom & Lee came to cruise with me, we’d emailed a bunch of times about things they were interested in doing in the ports. I was surprised (pleased, but surprised) when they said what they really wanted to do was go zip-lining! Ocho Rios, Jamaica is the one port we’re visiting this week where that is an option, so today that’s what we did. We first had about a half hour bus ride along the coast. Our driver/guide was fantastic and the scenery was lovely. But I just could not stay awake! I love having family here with me, but I am drained. Whenever I’m not working, I’m visiting. And my work schedule just does not line up well with early and long port days. Plus, I’m doing a gym challenge this month with the ... read more
Mom Zips Along!
There Goes Lee!
Me in the Rainforest


Uno de mis sueños era conocer la Isla del Sol, finalmente lo consegui. Ha sido realmente una de las experiencias más fantasticas que he vivido nunca. La hospitalidad de su gente, los bellisimos atardececeres, la belleza de la isla, Bob Marley... estarán por siempre en mis recuerdos.... read more
Museo de Bob Marley
Museo de Bob Marley
Craft Market en Ocho Ríos

Central America Caribbean » Jamaica » Ocho Rios December 12th 2007

We were both very excited to go to Jamaica. We left the ship early and hopped on a bus out to the ‘Happy Retreat’ Plantation, where we had a tour around the plantation homestead (circa 1730-35) and learned about all the local plants, fruits and spices and how to prepare the famous Jamaican ‘Jerk’ foods. The owner of the homestead also gave us a brief history lesson on the Ocho Rios area and the homestead itself - we even got to try some local Jamaican rum punch - which was yummy! We saw some of the local farm animals too - including a colossal fat and hairy piggy named Herbert! The drive up to the plantation traveled through the incredible ‘Fern Gully’ - an area of incredibly dense rainforest, featuring over 500 types of fern - ... read more
Ocho Rios
Kristi at Dunn's Falls
Happy Retreat Plantation


Hello all OK so we're not exactly travelling through South East Asia this time but thought we'd drop you a few lines to say hello as the blog was welcomed before (and of course we can't be bothered to write any postcards while we're taking it easy!) So, we've been in Jamaica for a few days now and it's absolutely fab - just what we both hoped for...... rum, reggae and relax (they call it the 3 R's here). The weather is perfect, blazing hot sun everyday, with clear blue sea and long beaches. The hotel is fantastic, with a dozen or so bars and restaurants to choose from, an army of staff who seem to want to do anything to make you smile, and as much food and drink as you can possibly enjoy. ... read more
Our perfect beach
Rafting down the Martha Brae River
A local visitor


We stopped of in Jamaica today. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Rather bloody good because there was a huuuuge crew party last night with dodgy Engineer types from Indonesia cooking non descript meaqt for us. And, more importantly, there was beer. Lots of beer. beer beer beery beer. So fortunately I had the next day off until the afternoon. After dragging myself out of bed at 11 ( a blessed lie in as far as i was concerned) I decied to check out the origonal island in the sun for the short couple of hour I had before the boat left. We got ashore and after wh fought through the multitude of Rastas offering rides in their "taxis" we wandered along the caost. Ocha Rios is on the other side of Jamaica from the touristy bits - it takes about ... read more

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We stopped of in Jamaica today. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! It was rather good last night because there was a huuuuge crew party last night with dodgy Engineer types from Indonesia cooking non descript meat for us. And, more importantly, there was beer. Lots of beer. So fortunately I had the next day off until the afternoon. After dragging myself out of bed at 11 ( a blessed lie in as far as i was concerned) I decied to check out the original island in the sun for the short couple of hour I had before the boat left. We got ashore and after wh fought through the multitude of Rastas offering rides in their "taxis" we wandered along the caost. Ocho Rios is on the other side of Jamaica from the touristy bits - it takes about an ... read more


Roni's World Tour 2007 "Respec' - 'dats what we say here, in Jamaica, maan!!!..." ...where do I begin!?!? Jamaica proved to be a WHIRLWIND of a four-day adventure, complete with lots of good food, dancing, adventuring (if that's a word), and OF COURSE, a beautiful wedding to cap it off!!!... ...but I guess the best place to begin is....well...the beginning!!! So Mona and I set out BUTT-ASS early on Friday morning, for a full-day's worth of traveling. We made it to JFK and endured one of the most BASS-ACKWARDS check-in / boarding sequences known to man!!! So here's how it goes... FIRST, you get in line (slash - don't get in line AT ALL, but rather push your way to an open check-in kiosk), check in and get your boarding passes.... NEXT, you get in ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Jamaica » Ocho Rios February 18th 2007

This was by far the best island of the trip. Not for its sheer beauty typographically speaking but the people were beautiful, This is a poverty strickened land but the residents are nothing less than spectacular. They laugh, they sing, they dance! The first thing i did when i got off the boat besides getting in trouble for bringing produce off the boat was get on a bus to innertube this river i think called the white snake river or something. the kids that ran it were amazinly in shape and they would run down this river up banks keeping up with us on tubes. This was a cruize of a ride not many rapids or that fast but it was definatley fun. you get to see some of jamiaca out of the city and the ... read more
my bartender
my bartender
secluded beach


It's one of AJ's buzz phrases. AJ is of course my buddy and a cousin of my best friend Kylan who masterminded the whole Jamaican adventure I'm about to chronicle in this here blog. He likes to emphasize the truthfulness of what he's about to say or to diffuse the bluntness of what he just blurted out with those 4 words. So, I too am not gonna lie.... * it's been a helluva long time since I posted. Forgive me. * it's been over a week since I got back from Jamaica and I've been too exhausted/busy/lazy to catch up * this is probably gonna be an overly long blog, as per usual * Jamaica was ridiculously awesome and I think I'm way cooler than you if you've never been Hey, I'm not gonna lie. First ... read more
The wheels on the bus go round and round
Beach view from the lobby
Room with a view

Central America Caribbean » Jamaica » Ocho Rios December 19th 2004

We spent 9 days in Jamaica for our wedding/honeymoon at the Sandals Ocho Rios resort.... read more
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