First stop on our Western Caribbean cruise was the gorgeous island of Jamaica. Looking out over the island from the 12th Deck gym was awe inspiring. Mountains, trees, houses, and beautiful waters.
We had no plans for Jamaica. Hop off the boat and explore. We ended up at this place called the Hip Strip where there’s a Margaritaville and some shops. Y’all. I can’t. The second we got off the bus, we had guys and shop owners and other shuttle drivers in our faces trying to get us to buy things or get back on a bus or smoke some weed. No thanks. They are also a country that will bargain with you, which, if you know me, you know that kind of stuff makes me hella uncomfortable.
After wandering around for a bit, we ended up at this beach that had a $5 entry fee. On one side of the beach you could see the waters and mountains. The other side you could watch planes landing. It was one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever been to in my life. The water was clear, the people were nice, and I could have floated allllllll day long.
So, story short, Jamaica was great but be prepared to ignore a lot of people and don’t feel bad walking away. It was overwhelming at times, but we were in a different culture and I get that. It just honestly wasn’t my style, I like to roam and adventure freely. But I’d love to visit again and book an excursion or see an area less touristy.
Up next: the Grand Cayman and Cozumel!