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Central America Caribbean » Jamaica » Ocho Rios February 27th 2020

Hello from Jamaica. Ya-man! We had a morning excursion, so we set the alarm and got up sharply at 7:00. Since this is Ash Wednesday, we had a meatless breakfast in the Horizon Court. We missed the bacon and ham, but that’s what you are supposed to do today - Monseigneur Mitas would be proud of us. We went to the Medical Center promptly at 8:00, when they opened. This was because our excursion ticket said there was an 800-yard walk between the ship and the buses, and that would have just been too far for Janet using her walker. So, we rented a wheelchair and David was able to push her all the way. It’s also good to have done this because most of those 800 yards were over cobblestones which would have been impossible ... read more
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Janet with a MaCaw

Central America Caribbean » Jamaica » Ocho Rios February 24th 2020

Jamaica, Ocho Rios Blog 2nd February 2020 So much potential but a poor choice of city for the visit. A Sunday as well. Jamaica, a Caribbean island nation, has a lush topography of mountains, rainforests and reef-lined beaches. Many of its all-inclusive resorts are clustered in Montego Bay, with its British-colonial architecture, and Negril, known for its diving and snorkeling sites. Jamaica is famed as the birthplace of reggae music, and its capital Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the famous singer.Kingston is also site of the Hope Botanical Gardens and Zoo, showcasing native plants and animals. The city's restaurants offer island specialties such as curry goat and jerk chicken, as well as raucous nightclubs mixing rum cocktails. Looming over the city are the misty Blue Mountains, with hiking trails, panoramic views ... read more
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I've been, I've seen it, don't think I'll ever go back.... read more


What we did Mystic Mountain Zipline Here is a big operation that also runs places in Costa Rica and other countries. That, however, gives you the assurance that they know how to do a zipline. We started on a chairlift up the mountain. You could make a day of it up there with their cafe, small museum, hummingbird garden, nature trail (restricted to those with a guide only unfortunately), and waterslide. However, we had a specific pick-up time so we got right to zipping. Talking to others, the famous Jamaican Bobsled ride was not worth it - too short. We enjoyed the ziplines and got to see the Bobsleds beneath us. The guides we had were really professional and great for us (afraid of heights and all). We did five ziplines, plus belayed down a tree, ... read more


I think someone had Jamaicans in mind when the word cool was first defined in the English language. For a tropical country in the Caribbean, there seems to be cool ice running through their veins. These cats are the real deal; and the reggae rhythms, the fist bumps, the languid strides, and the easy rapport of Jamaicans are really starting to win me over. I had a level of apprehension before flying into Kingston, but now that I have settled in and had the chance to explore some of this magical island I'm beginning to understand the great appeal the tropical island of Jamaica has for so many travellers from around the world. The commutes are effortless, cheap and well organised, and the accommodation options and commitment to customer service make Jamaica an island to put ... read more
The Blue Hole
Stream at The Blue Hole
Palm trees on the beach


So I intend to kind of backtrack as I go here, starting with my most recent trip and going back from there. This was the first time I have traveled out of the country since having children and I had heard warnings from other parents about how hard it would be to leave the kids..... I can tell you I survived! Not only did I survive, but i think it made me appreciate everything about the vacation even more! Traveling B.C. (Before Children) you have a great time and you relax, you might do some exploring excursions etc, but after children you see all these experiences with a new point of view. Suddenly you realize that for the first time in a long time you can go at your own pace, you don't have to pack ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Jamaica » Ocho Rios January 21st 2013

These are some pictures and a video from the day of Anniversary Party. It was our last day at Couples and great way to end the week there. Note: The site is having trouble with video uploads. Maybe later?... read more
Getting Ready for the Party
Transformation of the Patio Restarant
Tower Island Ice Carving in Ice

Central America Caribbean » Jamaica » Ocho Rios January 15th 2013

Leona and I went to Couples Tower Island to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the opening of Couples Tower Island (our 35th was a few years ago!) formerly known as Couples Ocho Rios. Lots of memories here as we have been going since the 1980's. Things have changed since then but haven't we all. There is still that beautiful cove with Tower Island set in the middle and beautiful music and people. The anniversary party is Saturday and will post more pictures after that.... read more
Couples Tower Island
Couples Tower Island
Leona,Colin,Frank

Central America Caribbean » Jamaica » Ocho Rios September 11th 2012

November 2009 Our trip to Dunn's River Falls, Ocho Rios (Eight Rivers), Jamaica came as part of a shore excursion while cruising on the Island Princess. We were too timid to climb the falls, but wish we had after watching others, and seeing how easy and fun it actually was. There is a paved walkway and decking system beside the falls for those, like us, who didn't climb. For those who do climb, you need tennis shoes, or appropriate rubber soled water shoes, which are available for either rent or purchase inside the park. While you can climb the falls by yourself, most people opted for a guide. While climbing the climbers join hands, primarily for safety. In the groups we watched, no one fell. The worst part of visiting Dunn's River Falls Park is the ... read more
A View from atop Mystic Mountain


It's 11:30 AM on a Tuesday....have you had your first Lumumba of the day yet? Then you must not be in Jamaica, Mon! We spent 7 days at The Riu Ocho Rios with family and friends and had such a good time. We can highly recommend it if you think you will go. Almost a kilometre of palm tree lined beach (read: no fighting for beach chairs), great buffets, a Jerk Chicken hut, pools, gardens and fantastic staff. There was a coral reef 50 feet off shore (you could stand on a sandy bottom and look down at it) that we spent hours every day exploring with our snorkels. We only did one off-resort excursion. It started with a catamaran ride to a reef to do some snorkeling (snorkeling was actually better at our resort). Then ... read more
Wedding Day - All Scrubbed Up
Red Stripe
A Perfect Wedding Day




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