“To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen
Our next exotic adventure is in the beautiful island country in the Caribbean sea – Jamaica, and we visit its second largest city and prime holiday spot – Montego Bay.
If you plan visiting with your loved one, it makes yet another perfect ‘Honeymoon Hideaway’.
Montego Bay has one of the world’s awesome beaches and you find most of the natives spend a lot of time on the beaches – talk about ‘a chilled out’ life. I could lay on the beach for hours sipping some of the finest Jamaican cocktails that I could not just get enough of.
The ambience was so serene, especially on the very famous Doctor’s Cave beach – amazing, beautiful and peaceful were some of the words that describe it. What you feel from being in a place like that is beyond what can be expressed in words and is better experienced.
I love to swim so gliding through the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea gave my soul so much serenity – it was an amazing experience. Montego Bay is where you’ll find the widest range of water sports and para-sailing was one of them. What a view that was. I am one for a good adventure so I did not hesitate strapping up on that speed boat and get hoisted hundreds of feet above – it was such an exhilarating time up there. No wonder the birds have no worry – being up there and feeling the wind can only fill you with such calmness.
Montego Bay Marine Park also has some great snorkeling and scuba diving thanks to its caves and reefs, including the famous Airport Reef. I was told that the most beautiful coral reefs are in Jamaica and I got to experience them myself – such majestic masterpiece that God created. My hubby and I spent hours every day exploring the coral reefs with our snorkels.
I hope by now you can visualize how amazingly perfect Montego Bay is.
Climbing the impressive Dunn’s River Falls was another remarkable experience. Dunn’s River Falls is a must see as it is one of Jamaica’s national treasures. Unfortunately the tour guides discourage you from taking your camera for the actual climb but I got enough pictures before the adventure commenced. There were a number of small lagoons throughout the falls including the ‘Fountain of youth’. Our tour guide told us the ancient myth about that fountain saying anyone who bathes in it will be 10 years younger. We definitely had to bathe in it; we were wet anyways from the climb, so it was not a bother to get soaking wet for 10 more years added to your life span (smiles).
The Dunn’s River Falls are about 600 feet high and the rushing water empties directly into the Caribbean Sea. Surrounded by tropical forest and cascading some 300 meters down smoothed grey rocks that look like the round backs of giant elephants; it was such a memorable excursion.
Whilst in Montego Bay, Dunn’s River Falls are easily reached either by yourself or as part of a tour; I went as part of a tour offered from the hotel we stayed. When you visit the falls as a group, the guide will encourage you to hold hands to create a human chain – each of you a link that will help you climb to the top of this natural wonder. On the way up you can bathe in the natural pools, shaded from the sun by the overhanging trees. It was an exciting experience; my first time ever ‘river tubing’ too but definitely will not be my last.
We stayed at the El Greco Resort – El Greco is the only all-suites resort located in Montego Bay, just 5 minutes away from the airport. Suites come with kitchen, living area and private balcony. Full breakfast is also included. Even though we didn’t stay in our rooms too much, when we were there it felt like home. And I must say, Jamaicans love their ‘dumplings’ – no meal was served without it.
The resort was virtually by the beach and was a great location for exploring the island. It is about 5-10 mins walking distance from all the stores, bars, restaurants & the souvenir shops. The resort grounds are huge with 5 swimming pools and spa services. They also had a footpath Jacuzzi with stones, if you care to ease your tired feet.
So if you’re one to stay indoors, you can get a lot of pampering from the hotel. Indoor pampering was not for me though; snorkelling was more of it for me. I simply adore the great outdoors.
Montego Bay is truly one of the world’s cities to explore, over and over again.
Virgin Atlantic can actually take you there in style. Your holiday will definitely kick off on board with such pampering & cheer that you’ll get from the cabin crew to set you in the mood for a holiday of a lifetime. All it takes to experience the ambience of Montego Bay is a simple nine hours flight from London. I flew out of Lagos on Virgin Atlantic and connected the next morning via Gatwick to Montego Bay. The overnight layover gives you time to rest if you are of those with the ‘flying blues’.
The wonder of the beautiful Island City cannot adequately be captured in thousands of words but can only be experienced, so go on, pack your bags & possibly your loved one – Montego Bay calls.
For Nigerians: You will need to get a Jamaican tourist visa and the Jamaican consulate is located in Abuja – Plot 247 Muhammad Buhari Way Abuja, Federal Capital Territory in the central business district area. You can call them on 09-5239295 to schedule an appointment.
If you are coming in from Lagos, plan to spend a night in Abuja because you will need to come back the next day for collection as the entire Visa process takes a minimum of 2 days. It is a fairly laid back consulate (just like their people) so no stress. However do go with all the required documentation for your application, which will include your hotel reservation.
Take time out and find your ‘paradise’ in a unique destination and create unforgettable memories and do share your exceptional experience when you get back.
Enjoy Life; Live Life; See the World; Travel.