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Trip List by OdellsLock

All things Jamaican Mon'

6 May 2006  Considered "Jamericans" -5th trip coming up!
4.5 of 5 stars based on 9 votes

Jamaica is a beautiful country with warm, friendly people and incredible food! Many areas are poverty stricken, so most tourists tend to stay behind the high resort walls. What are they missing? A chance to make life long friends, appreciate a different culture and lifetime memories. Yes, some places/situations are dangerous, that is true of most countries. Common sense and a few tips will get you through.

  • Category: Perfect week or more
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Repeat visitors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with teenagers, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Rick's Cafe-Negril
    http://www.rickscafejamaica.com/

    Plan to spend an evening at Rick's, dine outdoors and prepare for a sunset that will take your breath away. You can watch the cliff divers or if you are really brave you can join them. The water below the cliffs is an incredible deep blue that will lure you in!

  • 2. Glistening Waters
    http://www.glisteningwaters.com/

    Have dinner at Glistening Waters marina and savor excellent lobster and the best in pina coladas. Afterwards, venture out in the darkness with your guide and experience a light show like none you've ever seen. Explosions of sparkling blue/white light from the fish surround you when the guide jumps in the water. You are welcome to join him or just watch. Either way-you will be awe stricken....

  • 3. BiBiBips-Ocho Rios
    http://www.bibibips.com/

    We thought this was our little secret, but Frommer's gives it 3 stars. Excellent food, Jamaican and American cuisine at affordable prices. Lunch main courses $5.50-$21; dinner main courses $8.50-$28. Great hang out with live entertainment, beautiful scenery and a fun relaxed atmosphere.

  • 4. Flea Markets & Shopping

    You might be a little overwhelmed as you venture into the flea markets. You're instantly surrounded by the vendors who want to sell their goods. Be firm, but friendly and say you need to look around. Everything is negotiable and many of the booths will sell the same items. That includes the beautiful wood carvings you will see in every shopping area. Stay away from bargains on Blue Mountain coffee- you may be getting a mixture of coffee and dirt. The vendors are aggressive and competitive because what they earn there may have to feed a large family. After you make your purchases, don't make eye contact and walk quickly out of the area to avoid being surrounded again.

  • 5. Chukka Cove-Horseback Riding, River Rafting, Jeep Adventures
    http://www.chukkacove.com/

    Ever ride a horse along the beach and out into the Caribbean? Here's your chance. Your guide will take you on a leisurely three hour ride through a plantation, with rum punch breaks along the way. You will be led out in the water and actually feel your horse swimming beneath you. Talk to your guide about Jamaica as you ride and learn about the country. They will have plenty of entertaining stories for you and will want to know about where you are from. If you don't like horses,try tubing down the river with a guide while you sip on a Red Stripe and take in the scenery. Enormous bamboo trees along the banks are fascinating! If you're not careful, you could get distracted and flip your tube in one of the small rapids along the way. Don't spill your Red Stripe! Rule of thumb- the bluer the water the deeper it is. Life jackets are provided.

  • 6. Getting Around in Jamaica

    Travel is expensive in Jamaica! Considering renting a car and driving yourself? Besides driving on the opposite side of the road that we do in America, be ready for road hazards- wandering goats, narrow roads and passing motorists blowing their horns as they go speeding by, people standing on the shoulder of the road with large bunches of fruit for sale. Not for the faint of heart! We suggest planning your trips for a day or two and getting a driver. Negotiate the price up front! Expect to spend about $70- $100 per trip depending on where you go. Beware of taxis- not all of the drivers are licensed.

  • 7. Simple Do's & Don'ts

    First, the don'ts- Do not wear a lot of jewelry when you venture out. No one to impress anyway and it might make you a rich target. Don't flash rolls of money. If approached by a drug dealer- a simple "No thanks, I'm good" usually takes care of it. Keep your valuables close to you and keep your eyes open in crowded areas. Fanny packs scream tourist with something valuable. Be prepared with single dollar bills- locals will want to help you if you look lost and will give you a story why they need money. Be careful who you follow and where- don't venture down alley ways, stay out in public areas. Always use the buddy system!
    Do's- Be respectful, but firm when you need to with anyone who approaches you. Check out the jerk stands along the roads and take Red Stripe breaks at the bars along the way as needed. Try the honey bananas, sugar melon, coconut jellies, meat patties, brown stewed chicken and curried goat. We were offered a "stinkin toe" but something about the name put us off. Let me know if you try it!