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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