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We enjoyed several great dinner (looked at a menu with prices) at Choices and Chicken Lavish. We had visited a store and purchased several nice bottles of wines and each place had no problem with us bringing it to our table. Although, my husband was really getting into the Red Stripes!

We spent a half a day walking up and back the beautiful sandy 7 mile beach but it confirmed to us we made the right decision staying on the cliffs away from the hustle bussel. One early morning we decided we needed some exercise and thought we would briskly walk for 2 hours. But, we did not walk brisk not just because of the heat (boy was it hot) but we had so many great conversations with locals along the way. Everything seemed to make us smile - Reggae music coming from every home and business, even a young man on his own riding his bike was singing at the top of his lungs. People milling about, families sitting on their porches and setting up their shops. We stopped to have a patty filled with Acca(?) it was so good, we then tried a vegetable and a fish one. Don't know which was our favorite.

After a few days we were itching to make a move and started our trip to Treasure Beach. Our first stop was Lover's Leap which was a spectacular view and continued on to see so many beautiful landscape. We were surprised to see some very large and slightly gaudy home built us on hills. We tried to make a stop in some of the smaller villages and purchase water or fruit and always had interesting conversations.

When we arrived at Mar Blu in Treasure Beach and we were a bit disappointed - I guess I expected it to be a Tensing Pin. I appeared like it had not been well maintained and it was not until late in the evening that our room actually cooled down - in fact it never did get very cool. We took a long walk on the beach and decided it was time for an early dinner. We headed for Jack Sprat's and along the way we saw a group of people setting up speakers and some instruments outside of a store, we asked what time the music started. We were so excited when we heard 7 because we had been dying to hear some live music but never find any that started before 11 - too late for us. Dinner at Jack Sprat's was delicious and had a good time chatting with a local family sitting at the table next to us. at 7:30 we set out with our dancing shoes and arrived to find the parking lot packed! It was an interesting evening and glad we went but not what we thought - it was a local church group meeting with some singing and several testimonies. It was quite dramatic.

We woke early the next morning and had a terrific breakfast )that would keep us going most of the day) overlooking the ocean. Did I mention we were the only guests there? Armed with a map and supplies we headed out the hopefully see the manatees. We found the small museum and looked around to hire someone to take us out to hopefully see the "swimming cows". Finally someone from across the street came over to tell us the boat had just left and would return shortly. We pulled out our towel and just meditating while watching the birds and marshy water. An hour later we heard some splashing and saw an older man who was very thin return in his boat. My husband asked if he knew where the manatee were and if he would take us. After we agreed on a price we hoped in and offered to help him paddle. He said only if we liked, while I sat behind him I was in awe of the definition of his arms. Anyway, Clinton turned out to be a real sweet heart and was not only very informative of the mammals but also quite fond of them. He told us that we might spend 45 minutes in search of him and 20 minutes later he spotted one. We were so excited I thought we might jump and fall in. He assured us they were very gentle and would not harm us it that happened. In the end he spotted 5 more. We were on a high for the rest of the day!

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