Our resort, the Riu ClubHotel, was just outside of Negril, Jamaica, on the far west tip of the island. The hour-and-a-half ride from the Montego Bay Airport was a bit long, but at least it hugged the coastline for most of the way providing us with some nice views here and there. Jamaica is an extremely poor country which is evident fairly quickly. However, the roadsides and small towns we passed were fairly clean and tidy. This was not case, for example, in Belize which we visited a few years ago on a cruise where not only was the country poor, but the residents there didn't seem to care about upkeep or trash removal.
Sunday, December 30, 2012 - A great day to just hang out by the pool.
|Not top-shelf, but a big shelf. The bars, bar service and drink selections were the best part of the resort.|
Monday, December 31, 2012 - It was just another lazy day for us around the resort today before we loaded up in a van to our one and only planned excursion of the trip: a swim in Bioluminescence Bay. This was an amazing experience. The moonless but clear sky made it perfect for this endeavor. We honestly can't say we have seen more stars in the sky than we did tonight. And they seemed so much closer than at home. The bioluminescence experience was surreal. Every movement in the water left a glowing trail behind it. Unfortunately, we were not able to capture any of it on film. We did find the link below to a National Geographic feature about a similar area in Puerto Rico. A hint of the amazing stars we saw comes at :55 and the swimming experience is at 1:55 if you don't want to watch the whole thing (although it's all very interesting).
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - Happy New Year! On our last day at the resort and the first day of the new year, we decided we just had to go so see a little more of the island. We made arrangements with a cabbie to take us into the town of Negril and drop us off at Rick's Cafe, a famous bar on the cliffs there overlooking the ocean which is supposed to be a good place to watch the sun set.
|The famous diving alcove at Rick's Cafe with the Negril Point Lighthouse in the background.|
|A panoramic sunset view of Rick's Cafe from the balcony above the main bar.|
|What can you say. Jamaica's pretty nice. Yeah, mon!|
|We said goodbye to tranquil Bloody Bay this morning and headed back to the airport for our early afternoon flight.|
|Jamaica's worth coming back to someday if we have the chance. It's a beautiful, diverse place.|