Hey guys, I'm currently in Jamaica sunning it up. This, I believe is my 6th time here and i'm still in love like the first time I set my eyes on this beautiful island.
I flew with Virgin Atlantic and it was one of the best flight journeys I've ever taken, such a smooth landing. Once I got off the plane I was greeted by intense heat!! (i don't know about you but I always look forward to it lol) The only thing that I had on my mind was food (when don't I? lol) so as soon as I arrived at the hotel I went to find the hotel chef and asked her to fix me a plate of fried breadfruit, fried dumplings, plantain, ackee and salt fish. After I ate that I felt like I could take on the world lol. You can't come to Jamaica and not try the cuisine, you would really be doing yourself a disservice. Try a little of everything you see, but please just stay away from the scotch bonnet pepper unless you've tried it before and know you can handle it.
Top tourist attractions
There are so many tourist attractions to visit, you can see a few pics below of where i went. I've been to most of them during previous trips but i have no idea where those pictures are unfortunately.
Here are my top places to visit:
Dunn's River Falls
This is one of Jamaica's most famous attractions. Visitors can climb the falls with the aid of a guide and for those who are not up to it, they can just cool off in the refreshing pools at the base. On every visit i would climb this fall but that was when i had all the energy in the world and couldn't resist a challenge. I have to mention this is not for the faint hearted though, climbing the falls can be intimidating at times especially when the strong constant flow of water starts pushing your legs, it can make it very hard to keep your balance. Be sure you wear sensible footwear, I believe they sell special shoes you can purchase. I can't deny it's a great experience and the feeling you get when you reach the top of the falls is unbelievable (tell me the rocky theme doesn't start playing in your head and i'll call you a liar lol)
Once owned by the former prime minister of Jamaica, Edward Seaga. Set in the mountainside with its gorgeous view over looking Ocho Rios, this botanical garden is set to blow your breath away. You will be escorted around by a guide who will inform you on the history of the garden and the flowers. The garden holds 14 waterfalls, koi pond, lily pond, swimming pool and a walk-in aviary which has about 80 different species of birds. Your guide will ask you if you want to feed the birds and if you do, you will be given bird feed to feed them. As soon as the cage was opened, the birds came for me, some perched on my shoulders and many times they perched on my head lool. It was quite a day! Be sure to bring your camera to take plenty pictures.
Martha Brae River
Relax and take in the captivating scenery whilst listening to a detailed narrative of the river's rich history, travelling on a thirty-foot bamboo raft down the Martha brae river...it sounds like a dream, right? You have no idea how much i looked forward to visiting this place and it didn't disappoint. The raft ride holds two people and is operated over a three mile stretch of the beautiful river that lasts about an hour. My raft guide was the best! He had a great sense of humour and had me laughing for the most part of the ride.
Doctor's Cave Beach
In the early 1920's a famous British osteopath declared that the waters had curative powers after swimming here, a claim that began to lure visitors world wide. Doctor's cave beach is one of the most popular private beaches in Jamaica although the general public can still visit for a small fee. This beach really is paradise on earth, from the white sand, turquoise sea, palm trees and a full licensed bar, where else would you want to be?
Glistening Waters (luminous lagoon)
If i had to sum up glistening waters in one word, that would have to be MAGICAL. There are only 3 locations world wide where the warm waters of the fresh water river flows into a shallow lagoon of colder sea water allowing the luminous micro organisms to thrive. (I took pictures but unfortunately it is almost impossible to capture it) There is also bar where you can chill out and grab a drink before heading off for your night boat ride.
I had an amazing time here and can't wait to go back. Do let me know if you've been to any of the attractions i've suggested.