One of my all time favourite sunny destinations is without a doubt the beautiful island of Jamaica.
Most recently I stayed at the Gran Bahia Principe Runaway Bay. A very large resort set on the northern portion of the island and just a short drive to the town of Ocho Rios.
In my humble opinion this resort was fantastic. Well maintained beautiful gardens, private beach with great areas for snorkeling and clean refreshing pools that seem to surround the buildings.
The weather in January was great, sunny everyday with the exception of one rainy afternoon. The island is so rich and lush that green is everywhere, beautiful mountain ranges where some of the world’s finest coffee is grown.
In those mountains of Jamaica is where one of our tours took us. A small village named Nine Mile which is home to the island’s most famous son, Mr. Bob Marley.
Touring the grounds on which the music legend was born and raised is quite a humbling experience. The atmosphere can be a bit intense outside the gates of the Marley compound as the local villagers have various forms of marijuana joints, cakes and even tea to take your Bob Marley experience to a higher level. Though it is never forced on you and several members of our tour bus passed, I felt that it was an opportunity to connect to Bob Marley and his music through another one of his passions.
I would highly recommend the tour to anyone who can maintain an about and be apart of the atmosphere.
Another tour that was a great deal of fun was walking up Dunn’s river falls! The natural waterfalls and refreshing natural pools make for a very fun and enjoyable day. It took our group about 30 minutes to get to the top.
All in all I think this trip to Jamaica was fantastic, the island, the people and the beaches are all beautiful, what more could you ask for!?………a return trip maybe?