Montego Bay & around
As I don't have a very good record of this trip, I've tried to piece it together as best as I can remember from reviewing my photos and checking the dates I wrote down at the time. I did enjoy Jamaica and am rather sad that it seems to be such an unhappy place to visit these days. I would like to go back again someday. The picture here is of us in the Miami airport, waiting for our Air Jamaica flight to Montego Bay.
Flew from Prince George and Victoria to Toronto and on to Miami. Then on to Montego Bay!
Went to Falmouth - where Gardner (my husband) had lived with his family as a child and now owns property.
Went to Greenwood Great House & Antique Museum and saw my first Mahogany tree.
Went to Doctor’s Cave Beach to swim. Also went to Richmond Hill Hotel for art show put on by the Western Jamaica Society of Fine Arts. We saw an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by 6 local artists.
Went to Seawind Resort for a look.. Saw a field of sugar cane. We took our hired car and headed off out of Montego Bay towards Rusea. We spotted a sawmill along the way and stopped to chat with the workers. It was not a very high-tech saw mill. It turned out one of them had been in Vancouver during Expo ’86! So were we! We bought them a Red Stripe at the local watering hole.
We made it to Negril for the night and I think stayed at the Mahogany Inn.
We headed to Savanna-la-Mar and looked at fishing boats, ship wrecks and found at least one conch shell and the swimming hole at the old fort. We headed back to Mo Bay via the cockpit country and stopped at a bird sanctuary at Anchovy. We even managed to see a Doctor Bird - the national bird of Jamaica.
Went to Windsor Cave from Falmouth. On the way, we saw some coffee on the hoof. We also saw some aloe vera. We did finally find the Windsor Cave and hired a local guy to show us around. It was pretty impressive with lovely stalactites and such. We later headed on to see Arawak Caves between Falmouth and Ocho Rios. We finally headed to Ocho Rios and found someplace to stay - the Hibiscus Lodge. Went for a swim in the lovely pool at the hotel.
Today, we headed off to Dunn’s River Falls. After doing the obligatory tourist thing at Dunn’s River Falls. We headed back towards Montego Bay. We stopped in at St. Ann’s Bay and checked out a statue of Marcus Garvey.
Back at the Nelson’s place, we went swimming in the Montego River.
Off to raft on the Martha Brae River Also went to the Jungle Safari & Wildlife (crocodile!) Refuge, between Falmouth and Mo Bay. Also along the way here, we checked out the mangrove swamp. I believe this area was used in filming one of the James Bond films. We returned to downtown Montego Bay and took some pictures. We were also witness to some football fans at a football match at the Montego Bay stadium.
We had to return to cold and rainy Canada.