Family Trip January 2017

Welcome!  This is an index to posts from my trip in January 2017. It  includes our time in Treasure Beach, Negril, Lethe and an awful lot of photos.  Here we go….

Budgeting and Money in Jamaica

I just sat down and calculated costs for my most recent trip so this rather unexciting topic will be the first one in the upcoming series. We were 3 people, two being my adult children who I paid for (other ...
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The state of arrivals – flying down and entering Jamaica

This trip was really a unique one for a few reasons. It was, in part, a gift to me from my family for my 50th birthday. I planned to take it solo but then my two adult children (22 yo ...
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MBJ to Treasure Beach (getting all the things done)

We landed  at noon and were in Chicken's van by 12:30. He'd brought cold drinks but I needed to change money and we were getting hungry, so we had a couple of stops to make. First stop was HiLo in ...
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Arrival in Treasure Beach and Sunset Resort

It's hard to describe the feeling I get when we pull off the highway past Black River and head for Treasure Beach on tertiary roads lined with cactus and grasses. There's almost always a corner or two around which the ...
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A Walk with my Daughter

My kids are adults now, my son 22 and daughter 19.  They've both been to Jamaica several times, we counted this their 6th trip.  My son loves to relax with a book, my daughter loves to explore and do things. I ...
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First Sunset at Sunset (Resort)

Apparently what Calabash Bay people do at sunset is bodysurf - it was a blast to watch, a regular party going on down there. We opted for a dip in the pool instead. ...and then a quick trip to the ...
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Jack Sprat

"Jack Sprat could eat no fat. His wife could eat no lean. And so between them both, you see, They licked the platter clean" Well thanks Mother Goose, we certainly did lick our platter clean. After sunset we set off west ...
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Breakfast!

We woke up early on this, our first full day, though a good 13 hours after we went to sleep at 8:30 last night!  We decided this was a great time to eat right at Sunset, at the table literally ...
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Beach walk, Treasure Beach style

In Treasure Beach you can walk along all the beaches but there are always points at which you must cross onto the road to get to the next bay. (Well, almost always....we'll get to that). The first crossover heading west ...
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Frenchmans Bay in the Afternoon

We climbed around the rocks on the "Buttonwood Tree bluff" onto Frenchman's Bay.  It's usually the busiest bay, with fishing boats on the eastern end and a nice long swimming beach on the western, with several bars, hotels, villas and restaurants ...
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Sunset at Jake’s, Dinner at Frenchmans….closing out the first full day

We walked back from Frenchman's and took a dip in the pool at Sunset. It's really nice having that pool just to cool off after walks. There's a nice beach shower, one for feet and one full one that makes ...
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Phoning Home – 2017 Version

Side note: I've owned a few Jamaican cell phones over the years.  I own one now - I bought it just a couple of years ago. But this year I didn't use it. At home I'd switched my cell service ...
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Scootering around TB with my kid to Great Bay

We ate a delicious breakfast at Sunset - callaloo and cheese omelet. We've figured out that we can split one (with toast and fruit) and be plenty full , so that's what we did. I've rented scooters in Treasure Beach ...
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More of Thursday – Smurf’s Cafe, Sunset on Frenchmans Bay

I forgot to mention that yesterday, one of the times we scootered by, we stopped at Smurf's for an egg sandwich and coffee.  What a terrific spot. Great prices, friendly service, nice outdoor (covered) seating, a taxi stop out front, ...
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A Stop By Golden Sands

I have a friend I've known for a long time, who's been spending time in Jamaica for decades, who always stays at Golden Sands, next door to FR. I decided to get a tour of the rooms there, since we have ...
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They Call Us Mellow Yellow

We were finally ready for dinner and walked down to a place that had fairly recently opened - Mellow Yellow (I took this during the day, another day, but it fits here, right?) The place was hopping, all tables full ...
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Prequel to A Boat Day with Dennis

I have taken a boat trip to Black River/Pelican Bar with Captain Dennis Abrahams several times and it never, ever gets old. It's one of my favorite things to do when in TB (or even when in Negril, a couple of ...
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A Boat Day (1 – heading out)

We woke early enough to meet Dennis for a 9AM-ish departure from the beach.  Dennis' boat parks in front of Eggy's new place which will finally open tonight, for drinks, at least. It's looking good and we plan to stop in ...
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A Boat Day (2 – mangroves and crocs oh my)

We passed through the town of Black River and the scenery began to change.  The lower part of the river is very wide and open, with sweeping views of the mountains and morass (wetlands). It's an angle on the land that ...
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A Boat Day (3 – swimming with crocs)

No we didn't swim with crocs, silly. Who would do that, even if they do mostly eat fish? We did go swimming, but many kilometers up the river in the very fresh water that Crocodylus acutus does not like.  I ...
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A Boat Day (4 – feeling crabby)

Leaving Rudy's (Rudy, himself personally, is a SUPER nice guy, by the way. Ready to chat. I could hang out there a lot longer, honestly. ) So as we leave, we pass this much more elaborate looking place that is ...
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A Boat Day (5 – Pelican Bar and a Dolphin or Two)

Whoo boy has Pelican bar changed since we first went in 2003. It's larger, busier, has a couple of gift shops - I'm truly happy for Floyd.  And I'm glad the kids got to revisit it.  I'm afraid I'll never ...
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A Beach Afternoon at King Love in Belmont

We woke our very last morning in Treasure Beach and walked over to Pardy's for breakfast. We hadn't tried it yet but had passed it several times, admiring the crowd out on the front "porch". We went for the callaloo-cheese ...
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Hello Negril Beach, it’s been awhile.

I'm a cliffie, normally. You Negril regulars know what that means...I prefer to stay up on the cliffs, the west end, on One Love Drive, where the water is deep, there isn't any sand and the sunsets are never to ...
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Saturday Night Out on the Town

I planned for us to be in Negril for Saturday night, because if there's one thing Negril is generally good at, it's being a weekend party spot. We began the night with a trip up to Seastar Inn on the ...
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Sunday, Breezy Sunday…and a Problem with My Plan

It's Sunday, and we basically did nothing but hang out at our beach, eat at the NBCC restaurant, chill on the porch and read books and stuff. We had a lovely breakfast of eggs, coffee, fruit, toast for about $18US for 2 ...
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The Traditional Negril Beach Walk

Gotta do it. If we stay on the beach in Negril, one day we have to walk the beach - all or most of the 5 or so miles that make up Long Bay. S will sit this one out ...
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The Not-So Traditional Negril Beach ROAD Walk

So C and I had been out walking the beach and wound up at Dru's at Wavz for a couple of frozen drinks. I'd been in phone contact with Lee and we decided to meet for lunch down closer to ...
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Evening at 3 Dives and De Bar

We've been going to 3 Dives as long as we've been going to Negril, overnight. Lee first took us there in January of 2000 and we spent much of that trip there, have become good friends with the owners, I've ...
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Over the River and Through the Woods

I've been hinting around these past few posts about our final trip destination.  You've read that our first booking, in Cousins Cove, had such high waves that the pool, deck and lower parts of the house flooded, so we were ...
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The River

S settled in with a book, C and I took a stroll around the property. I don't know how many acres it is - a lot. It seems to go along the river for as far as I can see ...
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Rafting the Great River

Rafting a river is a Thing To Do in Jamaica, started on the Rio Grande by a banana ship captain but then made popular by Errol Flynn in the 1940s,  on the bamboo rafts used by the banana farms up ...
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The Final Day

After we returned from our rafting trip, we had leftover cheese and crackers and breakfast stuff to munch on.  I had notes to take for this very trip report 🙂 We asked that our dinner just be left covered so ...
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Thoughts? Questions? I'd love to hear them!