Hidden Beauty – White River Valley’s Best Kept Secret

Hidden Beauty – White River Valley’s Best Kept Secret

FOR A BREAKDOWN OF MY LATEST ADVENTURE PLEASE CONTINUE READING THE BLOG POST BELOW!  I think by now you all might realize that I don't like limiting one single adventure to a particular day. I spend six days out of my week in a hotel, so recently when I stayed at Couples Tower Isle for the weekend I was ready to check out and get on the road into the countryside. The Bandit and I only had a few hours to spend before we needed go get back into Kingston, and I wanted to check out an endz that I had recently heard about, so I decided to drive up into the more rural areas near Ocho Rios and go in search of this hidden oasis. Usually I would have my handy dandy Google Maps but my mobile provider decided that they were reclaiming their data plan, so I went by faith and a little bit of sight. "Hidden Beauty" is the...
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Gut River – A Journey into No-Man’s Land

Gut River – A Journey into No-Man’s Land

FOR A BREAKDOWN OF OUR JOURNEY TO GUTS RIVER PLEASE CONTINUE READING THE BLOG POST BELOW! NUFF MORE IMAGES INCLUDED!    The "Negril Weekend" was over and we were on our way back to Kingston, but of course we had to make time for one more adventure! Enter; Gut River - a river and hamlet that leads out to a beach along the southern coastline of Manchester, Jamaica.   At the start of my day, I had no idea I would be stopping in Manchester, but after leaving Negril earlier than planned I had to make something happen. With a two hour drive from Negril complete and a little help from Google Maps I found myself in Alligator Pond, a small fishing village in Manchester. I had been to Little Ochi Seafood Restaurant before, which is a popular restaurant and bar in Alligator Pond, but I literally had no idea it was so close to Gut River.   The drive out to the river was about 20 minutes...
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Negril Weekend – Views from the Other Side

Negril Weekend – Views from the Other Side

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE PLACES YOU'VE SEEN IN #DOWNDIROAD EPISODE 4, PLEASE CONTINUE READING THE BLOG POST BELOW. ADDITIONAL PICTURES & NEGRIL STORY INCLUDED.   If my memory serves me correctly, I've only ever stayed in Negril once in my life...and that was probably in 2001. I was an eighth grader; my class went on a trip where we stayed over at a small hotel owned by one of my classmate's parents. I lost my favourite green shirt on Seven Mile Beach. I was so mad! Fast forward to 2017. I'm no longer a preteen, but I'm still pretty unfamiliar with the area. That changed this past weekend when the crew and I spent two days and one night in Negril, one of Jamaica's most popular tourist cities. Being employed in the hospitality industry gives me a keen interest in cities like Negril. It's an interesting contrast between the business hotels in Kingston and the all-inclusives on the North & South coasts....
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Man On The Moon – A Day at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort

Man On The Moon – A Day at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort

Please be advised that I'm currently on vacation & I want to do vacation things.   So here's the deal... At the beginning of my three week vacation this year, it was my intention to go on an island-wide tour. I'd make my way around the island from one coast to the next. The idea was brilliant but, my body has not been willing AT ALL . Sleep is my best friend and we hang out everyday so I've had to revise that plan juuust a little bit! Naturally, I still have to make some exceptions so that I can travel & go on a few excursions and it just so happened that my aunt & cousins were on the island & they invited my mother & I to come visit them at their hotel in Ocho Rios. Now, it is often said that "Jamaicans love freeness!" but, I've never been one to subscribe to this way of thinking.  Nonetheless, there was absolutely no...
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Klouds & Kalooki – A Weekend In Holywell

Klouds & Kalooki – A Weekend In Holywell

"Located over 900 metres (3,000 feet) above sea-level in the cool, tropical mist forests of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, Holywell (pronounced Hollywell) is the perfect escape from the heat and stress of city life. Just an hour's drive from New Kingston, it is the largest recreation area within the National Park, and the closest to the capital." A fitting description of the Holywell Recreational Park on the JCDT website. When you think about Jamaica, sometimes the first thing that comes to mind is sun, sea and sand, but I think we forget that our Arawak ancestors first described our tropical paradise as the "land of wood & water." I've found Holywell to be a place I make a priority to visit every few months. It's not even just for the scenery, but I think I've developed a connection with its environment and mystique. My friends & I all work in the business district of New Kingston, Jamaica. Personally...
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