My wife and I just returned from a wonderful 2 week (Feb. 2-20) tour of Jamaica. This was my wife’s first visit to Jamaica, my fifth but I’ve not been since 1985. We traveled with another couple who have been going to Jamaica for over 25 years. Their familiarity made this journey different than other islands we have visited on our own.
Our vacation got off to a poor start due to fog in Ottawa and heavy fog in Toronto. Our 8:00 a.m. flight did not get off the ground till 9:15. On approaching TO we soon realized what heavy fog meant and why the flight delays. Normally you would get a very good view of the city way off into the horizon. All you could see that morning was puffy clouds like cotton-batten with only the top 300 feet of the CN Tower in view. It was quite surreal. Fortunately we made our connection (plane was already boarding) in TO but discovered in Jamaica that our luggage hadn’t. TIP for travelers....carry your bathing suit, an extra T-shirt and underwear in your carry-on. We are well traveled yet overlooked these basic necessities.
We spent our first night at the Atrium in Ironshore just outside of MoBay proper. We had a 2 bedroom villa (more like a garden home). What a great place. We talked them into giving us the local Jamaican rate for our villa....$10,000Jam ($200 Can). We walked down to the Blue Diamond mall, bought bathing suits and then back to the Atrium for a relaxing swim. Wow what a treat after the weather we had at home during January. In the morning we went in town to the Native restaurant for a typical Jamaican breakfast of ackee (a vegetable when presented resembles scrambled eggs), saltfish (cod), and callaloo (spinach-like green vegetable) accompanied with a few side orders of bammy (made from cassava, a large root vegetable, is shredded, made into little cakes, soaked in milk and then baked in the oven). While I was hooked immediately my wife eventually went a wee bit over the top. She had ackee for breakfast at least 10 days of our vacation and with dinner at least 5 times. By the end of our vacation people referred to her as Rasta-girl given her enthusiasm for any local Jamaican delicacy. After breakfast we went to the local fruit pick up some oranges, watermelon, melon, pineapple and such then picked up our van and left on our sojourn.
More to come..........
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