A few pictures from my trip to Jamaica
Breeze's Resort at Montego Bay
Breeze's Resort is actually located at Runaway Bay, about an hour's drive from Montego Bay. The roads are narrow and in a state of ill repair. The people drive at a quick pace even on these winding roads which can be very exciting at times because for those of us in North America.... they also drive on the wrong side of the road! I was very glad when we finally pulled into the Resort!
Breeze's is an all-inclusive place, as are most of the resorts.... in fact, I think that most of the Resorts are owned by the same company. Anyhow, all your food and drink is included in the price of your room... no matter how much you eat and drink. There is an outdoor buffet and bar that serves your meals and the selection of foods was rather extensive. It is a very relaxing experience to wander down to the buffet and eat your meals while watching the sea ebb and flow with a warm breeze floating around you. In the evenings, there was always some sort of entertainment, usually musicians.
Across from the hotel is their golf course and on the grounds of the hotel are tennis courts. You can also go scuba and take boat trips.
In the main building there is an Italian restaurant (you must dress appropriately to eat there), a bar (of course), a disco and bar, gift shop, pool tables, ping-pong tables, workout room and the day-trip coordinator. The day trips you had to pay extra for, but, the cost was relatively little and using the services of the hotel to go to and from is highly recommended. Travelers need to be careful of where they go in Jamaica.
The path from my room to the buffet area
The path from my room to the main building
View from the buffet area
To the beach
The beach next to the buffet area, to the left of the picture is the Nude Sunbathing area
The next few pics are views from my balcony or just outside my building
The "countryside" areas that I saw were just beautiful, very lush and green. You would see quite a few roadside bars, trinket sellers, and BBQ-type places that the locals had set up. These are not stores... these are just small - maybe about 6' by 6' thrown together stands, built with whatever was available at the time! The "town" areas are crowded and the economy obviously depressed. This is not a country where you want to be flashing around any large sums of American dollars!! Chances are, you will get mugged and left on a roadside! Jamaican people that work in the resorts and tourist stores and shops are, in general, are very friendly and accommodating. The further into the "locals" areas you go... the more suspicious they seem to be of those who are not "locals"... sort of like stepping into a whole different world. It can make you feel a bit uneasy.
The weather was beautiful all week with the exception of the one day that it rained. When it rains... it really rains! But, unlike here in the Pacific Northwest, the rain is hot. And when it is done raining and clears up... It is much like wandering around in a steam bath! The waters are a beautiful blue and green, the skies are usually clear, the country is lush and green, the sun is hot and the evenings were usually warm.
I was glad I took the trip and I had a good time, but I was happy to come back home!
Dunn's River Falls, a popular tourist attraction
I went to one of the "shopping" areas... which consisted of a bunch of small booths crowded together - much like a "flea market" sort of place. The sellers are very aggressive and willing to haggle on prices. It was quite an interesting experience. From there, I went to a couple of the jewelry Districts. The prices on the gold and other jewelry is very reasonable, especially when you consider that one American dollar is worth about 40 Jamaican dollars.
One day, I traveled with my friends to Dunn's River Falls. It is a beautiful place with an upper and lower falls. The park is lush, as is all of Jamaica, and there is also a....... can you guess??? Yes, a bar - at the entrance to the walk to the Falls. It has many picnic areas too. The Falls are one of the major tourist attractions in the area.
Me and my Jamaican pals
Fern Gulley Road, a very pretty drive
Next we took a ride up Fern Gully Road. It is a narrow winding road... barely large enough for two vehicles to be on at the same time! But, the trip is beautiful, lots of foliage and little shops on the roadsides. Even saw one local guy setting up housekeeping in a cave in a hillside next to the road! When you get to the top of the hill, the view is awesome. Had it not clouded over, you could have seen for miles! At the top of the hill were about a dozen little "shops" selling their tourist trinkets and (of course) a roadside, open air, Bar.
This is at the top of the hill and overlooks a beautiful valley, but, it was cloudy out and you can't see the valley. There are shops, like these pictured, all over on the roadsides
There is interesting carvings for sale along the roadside that are pictured below. I thought that one of those carvings would make an interesting "bird perch" for my backyard, but, didn't know how I would get it home safely... or how I would explain it to my neighbors! The pictures below are local art pieces that are for sale on Fern Gulley Road and numerous other places on the island... not suitable for viewing by youngsters or really old women so, if you fall into one of those categories, please don't scroll down.
Breeze's Resort and spa Super Club
Dunn's River Falls
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