Heaven & Hearth – Small Par at Mahogany Tree Bar

Heaven & Hearth – Small Par at Mahogany Tree Bar

Boom! Welcome to downdiroad.com! Maybe it's your first time here, maybe you come every week, but welcome same way! Wah gwaahn? You good? How you stay? Big up and thanks for stopping by!   So here's the deal. I'm about to go on a journey. A gastronomical journey. In the next few weeks downdiroad will be featuring a few eateries and sharing our findings with the masses. Without saying too much, Devon House will be one of the featured stops and I did a bit of scouting earlier this week on the property. I made a stop at one of the establishments on the property, so here's a little mini review of my Mahogany Tree Bar experience.     So Mahogany Tree Bar; this was my second time coming here. The first encounter wasn't so pleasant and let's just say I ended up leaving before I even ordered anything. I believe in second chances though, so I decided I'd give them a chance because it's so close to...
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NEW LEVEL! – #DOWNDIROAD Season 1 Recap

NEW LEVEL! – #DOWNDIROAD Season 1 Recap

"mi future brighter than sunshine,  plus mi granny tell me this one time." Andre 'Popcaan' Sutherland - New Level   Waddup peeps?!? The season finale of my #DownDiRoad series is finally here! I've been documenting my adventures across Jamaica and finally the first phase is complete! Season 1 is done and Episode 10 is here, which highlights a few of our favourite moments and also previews the theme of season two - FOOD & DRINK.   Shot on location at Level 96 Bar and Lounge, check out #DownDiRoad Episode 10 below, but continue reading this blog post for a recap of #DownDiRoad Season 1 with ALL EPISODES and links to their accompanying articles When I initially started downroad.com, it really was just a personal project to highlight a few of the places that I visit. I like to travel across Jamaica. This island is so intriguing, but I've realized that the more I put out travel pieces, is the more people are yearning for more information. I didn't...
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Hy Altitude! – A Day at the Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Resorts

Hy Altitude! – A Day at the Hyatt Ziva & Zilara Resorts

Another week another adventure! This one has actually been in the vault cooking up until the perfect time. A few weeks ago another Jamaican blogger reached out to me with the interest of doing a collab. I'm very spur of the moment, so two days later we were on our way down di road, headed to Montego Bay to partake in a day-pass adventure at the Hyatt Ziva & Hyatt Zilara All-Inclusive resorts. Nicholas Martin aka TheJamaicanAbroad is compiling a list of "The Best All-Inclusive Daycation Resorts." For a detailed breakdown on pricing, hotel & booking information, please ensure you check out his piece THE BEST ALL-INCLUSIVE DAYCATION RESORTS: HYATT ZIVA & HYATT ZILARA ----> on thejamaicanabroad.com <---  & check out the newest episode of #DownDiRoad after the jump! [Of course more images below!]   ...
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It’s A Ship! – A Tour of the Carnival Splendor

It’s A Ship! – A Tour of the Carnival Splendor

Waddup??? I'd love to give you all the usual breakdown but this week it's all about #DownDiRoad! I went on a cruise ship last week, the Carnival Splendor to be exact. It was a day filled with adventure and confusion! Jodi gave us the tour and gave us permission to gallivant and let's just say, Denmar and I got lost LOL. Check out this week's vlog right here and some more exclusive images below!     Views ...
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Boat Life – A Quick Ochi Weekend

Boat Life – A Quick Ochi Weekend

FOR A BREAKDOWN OF MY LATEST ADVENTURE PLEASE CONTINUE READING THE BLOG POST BELOW! NUFF MORE IMAGES INCLUDED!    I work really hard. I rarely broadcast my professional accomplishments because I believe in actions speaking louder than words. Not because you aren't seeing something means it isn't happening. Always remember that.   A bit of context before the adventure. I've never been at the top of my class or a model student, but I realized from early that I was not going to spend 4 &1/2 years in University to graduate and work in a call center. I would much rather continue doing what I studied in school, so after a few rough patches and bouts of unemployment and depression, I'm finally at a good enough place in life, working at a popular hotel in Kingston, Jamaica. I work 6 days per week, 8-10 hours per day and I started at my current place of employment close to the end of 2014. By the time...
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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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