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How To Get There FROM SAN JOSE We tried to get the 10am direct bus from Gran Terminal del Caribe. We walked there from out hostel, queued up to get tickets and found the bus actually leaves from Terminal San Carlos. There were a few other people there who were in the same situation. One couple had been told the wrong terminal by their hotel and we relied on the Lonely Planet which is wrong. If you to get the direct bus go to Terminal San Carlos. We didn't have enough time to change bus stations and buy tickets for the direct bus and there are only 4 a day so we decided to go via Puerto Limon. This bus does leave from Gran Terminal del Caribe. You need to buy tickets from the offices behind ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Jamaica » Negril March 20th 2014

Late last night the hotel lost power around 10.10 pm , so we were unable to make teas and coffees this morning, and the showers we had were only luke warm, but hey this is Jamaica and acceptable. We thought we may pop over to Ricks Café for breakfast today, but were told by our hotel that it did not open until 12.00 midday. Instead we thought we would have a slow leisurely walk towards the village and see how far we got. After about 2 miles we found a typically Jamaican restaurant and got some breakfast. The other customers were a mixture of locals and tourists. Whilst there we called the driver that did our journey from the airport, as we want him to take us to Y’S Falls tomorrow for Theresa´s birthday. This conversation ... read more

Sailed up to Bequia (pronounced Bekway) today 26nm and a bit of a bash on the nose, but managed still to sail most of the way. Seemed to take ages though and the seas were a bit sloppy. Got to Bequia and Boomerang is there. YAY. The boys paddled over on their paddleboard and Luuk’s first comment was “What took you so long?”. Apparently it’s been too long since we saw them!! Had dinner with Boomerang at the Steakhouse as they are leaving tomorrow and then we won’t see Oma and Opa again until we get to Holland. 21st: Explored the town of Bequia. BBQ on our boat with Alkiera that night 22nd: BBQ (grill on an open fire) on shore with a group of other boats. A really nice night, enjoyed meeting new people and ... read more
Bandanna boys cream

Time flies when you’re having fun. Or so they say. In any case, a lot of time has passed since the last post – I’ll try to do the Reader’s Digest version of the last 6 weeks. On February 13th, we sailed from St. Croix to St. John and spent the night at Salt Pond Bay. The next day, we sailed over to Virgin Gorda, where we pulled into a slip at the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour. Our plan was to check into the British Virgin Islands, check out the summer boat storage facility at the marina, and tidy up the boat in preparation for our guests who were arriving the following Wednesday. Saturday morning, while I was below decks and Jon was in the cockpit cleaning, there was a crash and boom, then quiet. I ... read more
In the Travel lift
Preparing to lower centerboard
Centerboard down

Central America Caribbean » Jamaica » Negril March 20th 2014

Theresa had been to Jamaica once before back in 1991 and one of the things she remembers is Ricks Café, but was in for a great surprise when she saw it again. The hotel where we are staying is across the road from here and we can hear the very loud music until about 1.00am most nights. Think the locals ignore the music as it brings other business into the area. It did not keep us awake at all. Reggae rules okay. Rick's Cafe was opened in April 1974. At that time, Negril was a sleepy fishing village with little development. It lacked many modern amenities such as electricity, telephone and hot running water. Ricks Cafe was the first public bar and restaurant of its type on the West End Cliffs, offering an alternative to Negril's ... read more
Parts of the original Cafe
Typical Jamaican
Jumpers from the top shelf


I can't mark quite where Batey Isabela is on this map, because it's hard to locate on the somewhat contradictory online maps. It's about where I've placed the route marker. Bateys are sugar cane plantations, and as a quick look at the DR/Haiti border reveals, many of the people in this region were brought over/came over to harvest. New legislation in the DR has disenfranchised multiple generations of people of Haitian descent, effectively rendering them stateless: Now, intensifying a long and furious debate over their place in this society, the nation’s top court has declared that the children of undocumented Haitian migrants — even those born on Dominican soil decades ago — are no longer entitled to citizenship, throwing into doubt the status of tens of thousands of people here who have never known any other ... read more
Beginning construction
The court on Day 1
Shoveling gravel

Our three vacation tourist days in Alice Town, Bimini turned into a week due to weather. We had the pleasure of walking the beaches on windy days even if we couldn't get in the ocean, and we had time to walk up as far as we could to the top of the island. Unfortunately for us, our picnic lunch on the top beaches was not to be... we didn't realize that the resort up there took over the whole top of the island with its condos and shops and soon-to-be casino. It was interesting to see- perfectly manicured grounds, infinity pool, huge yacht slips, bars, high end shops and very nice condos overlooking the water. I did however find it sad to see it all- up to that point other than the odd bar that was ... read more
Alice Town beach
empty beach!
Bailey Town

Central America Caribbean » Jamaica » Negril March 19th 2014

Whilst George went off to get some cold drinks, water, and milk for the morning tea and coffee etc., Theresa did the unpacking. We are going to be very comfortable here for the next eight days. As we have had no laundry facilities since we left the cruise ship, we were pleased to see that they had a large washing machine here, and a line to hang clothes to dry on. We were originally told this was free, but were later told it was chargeable, but not sure how much. There is a still a possibility of no charges. We really do not mind. We did one load of washing whilst we got ourselves showered, and then put another load in to wash whilst we were out. We did not realise that this was the only ... read more
Our temporary home in Jamaica
Hot tub
Greeting us to the hotel

The assistant leaders and I had dinner the night before travel with Derek from Courts for Kids, after I had coffee with my former student and returned Peace Corps volunteer Sarita, who had worked in the DR, participated in a Courts for Kids project, and is planning to take part in another this summer in Nicaragua. Derek brought us up to date--for example, we'll be staying in a house, not a community center. We will carry several very large duffel bags of a fiber that replaces metal mesh in the court surface, portable showers, and a first aid kit. Everyone showed up at the airport on time, which is always something with an early morning group departure. There are 17 of us. This trip has taken some doing to stay viable, and I was very happy ... read more
Santo Domingo hostel

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