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Just returned from a family vacation to Jamaica and had a most relaxing time. A friend of ours had recommended Silver Sands villas, and we checked it out. We booked the Seagull Cottage, a charming and comfortable 3 bedroom villa sitting on a hillside overlooking the fabulous Silver Sands beach. We couldn’t have asked for a better accommodation; from the verandah we could take in the gorgeous views and get a taste of complete bliss and tranquillity. The beach was less than two minutes away and we had a great time building sand castles and playing in the water. And staying in Silver Sands is an experience in itself. The cook pampered us with the choices of dishes. All are meals were served on time and we couldn’t have asked for more.

Coming back to Jamaica, it is the perfect place for a holiday and not just in terms of the beaches, sun, sand and the sea, which of course occupy the pride of place in any itinerary. But more than that it is the culture of the island that really has to be experienced. And the locals are warm and friendly. In fact, everyone we encountered was friendly, accommodating and seemed to love not only their jobs but the island in which they live.

There were a few highlights of the trip. One was the rafting trip on the Luminous lagoon.
The river is excellent for affordable bamboo rafting adventures. Per raft rates for day time trips are about US $30 per couple and one small child up to ten years of age. This includes a 4.5 hours trip with refreshments included. We opted for the night trip and it was superb and to describe the experience as spectacular would be an understatement. The lagoon is actually luminous because it is home to a rare phosphorescent microbe known as dinoflagellate. The microbes keep moving and glowing with a neon-green color due to the movement in water. The entire effect is nothing less than ethereal especially when you see the fish swimming in the water for they look more like moving stars. We were told that this effect can be witnessed in just four places in the world and Jamaica is considered the best place to witness it. During the cruise, we stopped for swim in the shallower portions of the lagoon. Needless to say it is very romantic swimming amidst the ‘stars’ amidst the tropical ambience surrounded by the mangroves.

Then ofcourse, we had to visit Jamaica’s ultimate tourist destination, Dunn’s waterfalls in Ocho Rios. The water of the Dunn's River cascading over the rock terraces to the sea is really amazing. We climbed up the stepping stones leading to the water fall and stood under the shower. Needless to say the place provided for immense photo opportunities and we clicked away to capture the memories till the next trip.

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