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Jamaica – for Family Travels *I wish, I wish!*

Jamaica - for Family Travels *I wish, I wish!*

We all love traveling, don’t we? Whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert, you love traveling! Who doesn’t love to be one with nature and experience peace and quietness, not to mention the excitement of going to an extremely new place?

As a family, we haven’t really traveled a lot, especially that Dane isn’t with us. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to go places but it’s just different when you’re already a family person and one of the members of the family isn’t on the trip.

What if?

If Dane, Nate and I will be given an all-expense paid trip to Jamaica, we would never say NO to an opportunity to experience this wonderful country! I mean, hello, who would, right? Even if the allowance and the rental in Jamaica will be shouldered by us, we’d still do it, 100%! Oh, I wish the magic carpet is true and we’ll fly to KSA to get Dane already! LOL!

But of course, I am just daydreaming! Today’s the perfect day to do that because of the bed weather. As a family, we’ve started traveling locally since Nate was just 3 weeks old – it was when we went home to Tagum City so my parents could see him. Since then we’d revisit every year or two so Nate could see his grannies and relatives.

Some of Our Family Trips…

Then there was Baguio City when we attended a fellowship together with the church youth. There were a few more short land trips then the family travel got suspended when Dane left for KSA to work as an Overseas Filipino Worker. It resumed when he went back home 2 years later and we visited Dane’s hometown in Matlang, Leyte. A few weeks after that was our first (hopefully not our last) international trip to Hong Kong.

We are hoping we could visit more places in the future – that’d be so nice! We’re hoping for another international trip after Dane’s second contract, maybe somewhere in Southeast Asia still – ‘coz I’m pretty sure we can’t afford travels to other continents just yet.

Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte
Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte
But!!!
For the sake of my daydream, let’s talk about wonderful Jamaica and where we’d be in case God let us visit the place, shall we?
Jamaica is a Caribbean island nation near Cuba, Cayman Islands, Cuba and the Bahamas. It has rich and lovely mountains, rainforests and reef-lined beaches. Montego Bay is the most popular place where awesome clusters of resorts in Jamaica is situated. Jamaica is well-known as the birthplace of reggae music – remember Bob Marley? Of course, you do! The internet has given me sooo many wonderful ideas on where one can visit in case they get to visit Jamaica. Check these out:

1. Ocho Rios

Now a resort with a cruise ship harbor and busy day beach in Jamaica, the then fishing village is now one of the must-visit places in Jamaica. If you are in for a more “with the nature trips” and you want to see the rainforests, rivers, and waterfalls of Jamaica – Ocho Rios is the place to be! Just take a look at these wonderful photos:

2. Negril

“Negril is a town in western Jamaica. It’s known for its miles of sandy beaches on shallow bays with calm, turquoise waters. Seven Mile Beach, particularly the portion overlooking Long Bay, is lined with bars, restaurants and resorts, many of them international and all-inclusive. Long Bay opens onto a lagoon protected by coral reefs and is a snorkeling and scuba-diving destination.” – source: gettingstamped.com

I love the beaches! Even though I’m not a good swimmer, in fact, I don’t even know how to swim at all, just the sight of a beach calms my mind and soul! Imagine laying down a hammock, watching the sunset with your loved ones, or plainly looking at the horizon where the sky meets the ocean – even just the thought of that already excites me! So Negril sounds like a lovely place to be.

3. Kingston

Kingston is the capital of Jamaica. For me, being able to see and experience first hand the capital city when traveling is somewhat important. I don’t know what it is but I always love to visit the capital cities as well. It’s not that I don’t like to see the provinces, it’s just that experiencing the capital city is also as important as going to provinces and visiting islands and nature.

At the center of Kingston situates the Bob Marley Museum – it is the famous artist’s former home. Aside from the Museum, we can also find the Hope Botanical Gardens & Zoo in Kingston. When we were in Hong Kong, Nate enjoyed Ocean Park and Disneyland so much. And even though we haven’t seen that much sea animals during our visit, he’s enjoyed the fishes and other creatures he saw. So I think, the zoo would be a good place for families with young ones like us.

 

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4. Whitehouse 

A settlement in Jamaica with about 4,000 residences, Whitehouse is widely known for its fishing industry. So yeah, if you are into seafood, this is a good place to go! Whitehouse provides fresh seafood to businesses across Jamaica. Just imagine fresh seafood served right in front of you at a cheaper price compared to other places. That would be such a sweet steal – aside from, of course, the “still lovely” beaches in Whitehouse.

This would be a great place for me if I am just going to think about myself. But if I’d think of Dane, who is simply allergic to seafood, to Nate, who’s not enjoyed seafood that much yet, this place may not be a good option for us. Dane’s allergy to seafood has its pros and cons. Pros – I get to eat the food all by myself, LOL! Cons – no competition, no challenge, and if we’re a family, we’ll most likely just avoid going to the place for Dane not to have rashes.

Like I said, I don’t even know if we’ll ever be able to visit Jamaica as a family but in case we do (I’m talking about money and all the paperwork needed just to be able to visit the country, LOL), at least I now know what options and places we’ll be.

Jamaica is surely a good place to visit with family and friends!

Have you been to Jamaica? How was your visit?

*This post is in partnership with luxuryretreats.com. All opinions are mine and not influenced by the said site. 

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