Hurricane Maria ruined
my original plans to go to Puerto Rico in 2017. As a result, I
was able to rebook my trip to another Caribbean destination on short
notice. In November of 2017, I took a trip out to visit
Jamaica! My goal was just a nice relaxing beach vacation to get
away from Sacramento. The only hardship involved was getting
there. From Sacramento, I had to fly to Phoenxi before catching a
red eye flight to Miami. From Miami, I flew to Montego Bay.
However, I did have Admiral's Club access in Miami so I was able to
take a shower and sleep a ltitle in the lounge before catching my
flight to Jamaica. I was very impressed with the Admiral's Club
in Miami. It was recently renovated, and it was even better than
the United Club in Narita, Japan. The food selection was decent,
and the drinks were not too bad.
After arriving in
Montego Bay, a guy from the resort greeted us after we got our
luggage. He arranged ground transportation to the all inclusive
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall for us. The airport transfers were included
too with our hotel room. After checking in, I noticed the resort
left a plate of tropical fruit for me in my suite. I do not have
the high status yet for Hyatt like I do with Hilton, but they still
treated me like a VIP guest. Afterwards, we had dinner at the
Asian Fusion restaurant. All the food and drinks including 24
hour room service were included in the room rate. The food at
Fuzions was great, and the head chef greeted us too personally.
The next morning, I
awoke to a beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea from my suite. I
ordered my breakfast and had it served on my balcony so I could watch
the sea as I ate my coconut pancakes. The rest of the day was a
lazy day spent swimming in the pool, napping on the beach, and
indulging in lots of tropical drinks that were served by a beach
butler. That night, we had a great dinner at the Brazilian BBQ
place at the resort. Furthermore, there was nightly entertainment
too at the Hyatt Ziva.
I went to climb Dunn's
River Falls the next day. The climb from the beach to the top of
the waterfall was 180 feet. We had a guide with us who took us up
to the top. It was not as hard as I had thought. The water
felt nice too even though it was not as warm as the Caribbean. I
also went sailing that day at the resort.
We went to the "Hip
Strip," which is a tourist spot to go shopping and clubbing in Montego
Bay too. Margaritaville was fun! The views from there were
amazing! We booked a private guide from the hotel so we had a
local Jamaican guy there with us as security. Jamaica is a not
that safe outside the resort areas.
Also, we toured the
Great House of Rose Hall. The Great House as built in the 1700s,
and it was the plantation owner's house. Annie Palmer was the
mistress of the plantation. She murdered her husbands to get
their wealth. A lot of people say that the Great House is haunted
by her and the numerous people she killed including slave lovers.
Jamaica was an amazing
trip! I recommend it to anyone!