Wah gwan! I returned home about a week ago from spending 5 days in Jamaica, and it was LIT! I don't even know where to start, but I'll just jump right in. I stayed in Negril, about an hour and a half outside of Montego Bay where the airport is. The drive was absolutely worth it. Not only was Negril a party town, but it was so beautiful.
I stayed at the Riu Negril, an all-inclusive resort in close proximity to the parties and excursions. The Riu is usually my resort of choice, but the one in Negril wasn't my favorite. It wasn't bad, but there was nothing that stood out. My # 1 complaint? They didn't serve mimosas at breakfast. It's like a morning tradition to have a mimosa on vacation. But, no worries—there was more than enough rum punch each day to keep me satisfied.
My favorite part of the resort was the jerk hut on the beach that served authentic jerk chicken, rice & peas, and more of my favorite Jamaican dishes. And, yes I ate it allll! My pescatarian lifestyle was out the window in Jamaica and I will pay for it when I return to the gym.
I wouldn't recommend the resort, but I would absolutely recommend Negril. Here's what I did and what I think you should do if you ever find yourself in the beautiful island of Jamaica, too:
Hike Dunn's River
My followers who have been rocking with me for a while know that I'm one of the most clumsy people you could ever meet. Naturally I was scared to hike Dunn's River because it looks intimidating. Malique had been talking about this before we left so I prepared myself well in advance. Though there were some tough moments, the climb was so fun. Our tour guide stopped for moments to take pictures, there was a slide at one point, and even small little pools. I'd definitely recommend this to the adventurous vacationer or just someone who wants to try something new on vacay.
Bob Marley's House - Nine Mile
Our Dunn's River tour included a tour of Nine Mile, where Bob Marley grew up and where his burial is. After driving 2,000 feet above sea level we arrived at the site. The views were amazing, I've never been so high in the mountains and I would've never thought that's where such an icon from the island grew up. View pictures from this tour below.
The booze cruise might've been my favorite day of vacation. For only $60 we partied at Margaritaville while the boat prepared for us. The boat had all inclusive drinks and even included snorkeling. I snorkeled a few years ago, so I sat out this time, but we stopped for about 30 minutes. Following that the boat arrived at Rick's Cafe, a lit situation! I participated in a contest and before I knew it I was helping one of the participants channel Beyoncé, it was so much fun. There was also a ton of people jumping off tall cliffs as onlookers shockingly watched. Of course, Malique was a jumper. My phone died at Rick's so I barely got any pictures, but it was turned up from the bar to the cliffs. We sailed the sunset and made it back in time to still go out at night. It's the perfect day activity for anyone who wants to have a good time and meet people off the resort while on vacation.
Other than those excursions, we partied at Margaritaville's beach club one night and it was a good time. I'm from NY so vibing and dancing to island music was so normal as oppose to the people who looked completely lost. It reminded me of my Hampton days. There was another club, 'The Jungle' that was never made it to, but everyone raved about it.
Everyone kept telling me they couldn't wait to see my slaycation looks, but truth be told I was living in the moment so much that I barely even took pictures of my outfits and I had no regrets. THAT is the true meaning of fun to me. However, this weekend in Tulum I'll be sure to serve up the looks amongst my Baddies & Bosses on the retreat.
Below you'll see the two swimsuits I posted to my Instagram with details.
Overall, Jamaica was extremely fun, the food was delicious, the activities were never ending, and I can't forget how laid back and cool the Jamaicans were. Irie! (As they would say) I don't pull all nighters on many vacations, but Jamaica was definitely one. Next to Cancùn I definitely think I've found a new favorite party island. More questions about Jamaica? Ask in the comments or tell me some of your favorite things about JA if you've been.
I'll be back again with a travel recap from Tulum, Mexico next week. Stay tuned to my Instagram for all things happening while I'm there!