A5: Negril, Jamaica
Day 3 of my trip to Jamaica was spent away from the resort. We took the opportunity to book an excursion to Negril. The inspiration for the trip to Jamaica was the book and movie, How Stella Got Her Groove Back. There were many scenes filmed in Negril, including the one where she allows her son to cliff dive at Rick’s Café. When the event planner mentioned the trip to Rick’s we knew we had to do it. So after a good breakfast, we threw on our swimsuits, cover ups and loaded up on the bus to Negril.
The ride was about 90 minutes long and what a ride it was! I knew they drove on the wrong side of the road so I was able to remain calm about that. What I didn’t know was that they drove so fast and aggressive on such narrow roads! At one point, we went around a curve on what felt like two wheels. I just knew we were going to flip and take out the goats that were walking on the side of the road! I was trying to remember if my uninsured motorist coverage would cover me out of the country!(that’s the insurance adjuster in me). Along the trip, the driver and tour guide pointed out some interesting sights. We saw an all-inclusive, free resort(the jail), one bedroom underground condos(graveyard), and something all of us American’s recognized, the Keep From Cooking company(KFC-Kentucky Fried Chicken).
We also passed by the homes of some celebrities, though we really couldn’t see much more than their gates. Sophia Lauren and Ralph Lauren have estates right across from each other, Sylvester Stallone has an amazing ‘hut’ on the hills overlooking the beach, and we also passed Bill Cosby’s estate, but no one cared.
We arrived at Seven Mile Beach where we stayed for a couple of hours. It was beautiful! The water was cool and crystal blue. We joked that there was someone out there cleaning that water every day.
We enjoyed the water until Mr. Stingray came over and tried to make friends. And even though we were told that he was harmless, I just didn’t feel very friendly so I let him have his home back and went back to my beach chair under the almond trees. Yes! Almond trees!
After enjoying some local vegetation, O_o, we ordered lunch. Well, we picked our lunch out of the ocean and had it grilled right on the beach. There was an amazing lobster shack that we had to try.
As you can see, I made friends with my lil buddy before I ate him up. The butter concoction that he put on top of the lobster is amazing, and in his words ‘world famous’. It was definitely amazing!
After we endured a pretty heavy downpour, we made our way back to the bus and headed to some local markets. I picked up some souvenirs for my family and some locally grown Blue mountain coffee and Jamaican rum cream.
After shopping we made it to Rick’s café to enjoy the cliff divers, some music and watch the sunset.
The clouds didn’t cooperate so we only got to see a little of the sun descending but it was absolutely beautiful. Just sitting on the side of the cliff, watching the party boats come in, folks diving and swimming in the clear blue water, sipping on frozen drinks and seeing the sun slowly fall into the water was one of the best evenings I had ever spent.
We made it back to the resort, just in time to change clothes, grab a quick dinner, more drinks, and catch some entertainment at the resort.
Stay tuned for day 4!
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