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Trip to Jamaica
02/19/2008 12:03 PM
Due to all the snow storms, and lack of planes, we were supposed to fly out Sunday afternoon, however we didn't take off until Monday at 9:30am. It was disappointing, but we got to see the Jamaican countryside in the daylight, instead of in the middle of the night, which was cool. RIU Negril resort was awesome and we had an amazing time. About 30 of us went down including my family from Florida. Besides relaxing on the beach, we did some excursions... The sunset cruise was very cool. We got picked up by a party boat around 1:30pm, and while the captain was being a tour guide, we headed out to a reef to do some snorkeling. We didn't see much, some small colourful "aquarium" type fish and some pretty coral. Shanna saw a stingray, but by the time I swam over, he was gone. We then got back on the boat to go check more of Negril from the water and saw some amazing pirate caves! These were caves the pirates would hide in and they could either go out to the water, or climb up to the land. After watching cliff divers, we all jump off the boat and swim through one of the caves and took pictures while we were inside it (we had an underwater camera). The current was really strong, but we all survived. Back on the boat, we headed to another cave, where the captain drove the boat inside of it so we could all check it out. After the pirate caves, we were off to Ricks Cafe. This is such a cool bar.. the view of the ocean, the music, the atmosphere... After spending a few hours at Ricks Cafe, we got back on the boat to watch the sunset and head back to the Resort, having Rum Runners the whole way. Actually, we took this trip twice, Shanna wasn’t feeling well on our first trip, so the next week we went again with her sister and Andrew. We had such a blast, we actually stayed at Rick's and took a cab back to the resort later in the evening.
Another excursion was parasailing... The first time, just my dad and Shanna went up. They loved it, but Shanna was a little freaked out, and I heard my dad had to sing to her to calm her. haha... My dad was so proud going parasailing at 67 years old. Then the following week, Shanna convinced me to try it (I am scared of heights, so I wasn't easy to convince). Shanna's mom, and grandma went up first, at 80 years old, grandma was up there like a pro, waving to everyone, laughing, etc, but Shanna's mom was quite the opposite, hanging on for dear life, swearing... it took a day for the soreness to wear off from holding on so tight... Then Breanne (Shanna's sister) and Andrew went up... They both loved it soo much, and Bre re-assured me it wasn't that scary... When the boat dipped Bre and Andrew in the water, Andrew kicked his feet which got them both so soaked. Shanna and I went up last... I had a camera with me to take pictures way up there. I actually really enjoyed it, surprisingly being held by a rope and parachute 300 feet in the air! The view was amazing, and it was a lot of fun (except when they went fast and made you go really, really high, that freaked me out a bit)...
And another trip we took was to Margaritaville, where this party bus picks you up and brings you there free of charge (plus tip of course)... It was an old bus, all decorated, blasting Bob Marley, honking at everyone, and grinding gears... it was too cool. After being there 1 minute, we were already given a shot from a water gun and met the parrot mascot. After finding a table and starting our first drinks, Andrew got me up there for a beer drinking contest, which we both lost. We let Canadians down on that one! If you saw our competition, you may understand why. lol
Andrew really wanted to try jet skiing, so he got us a deal for Shanna, Bre, Andrew and I for a 40 minute run. I have never driven one of those things before, and OMG, they things fly! It was so much fun, until it was time to go back to shore. I was coming in too fast, and didn't know I had to kill the engine to slowdown faster, and I beached it. A brand new high end jet ski, and I park it right on the beach. The owner was not too impressed, but there was no damage, phew... it was not in my budget to be buying a $15,000 jet ski.
Between the 2 resorts, there is about a half a mile of beach where all these local venders are located.. You can buy shirts, towels, jewelry, lots of wood carvings, and "anything" else you need! All the vendors were quite attracted to me, calling my Jesus and Rastaman, etc. We bought a lot from this cool Jamaican RJ, and some from this other Jamaican Wayne.
Heading home, our plane was delayed yet again... We should of been picked up by the bus at 6pm, but it was delayed until 9pm.. We got to the airport around 11pm, checked in, then found out our plane was delayed even more. We didn't actually take off until around 4:30am. We ending up trying to sleep in the airport, which didn't work very well... It was a long trip home. After arriving in Ottawa and going to the park and fly, the car was frozen stuck, and the parking bus shuttle driver helped us free the car.
Overall, it was an amazing trip. I was getting home sick near the end, but it was so worth going. We will definitely be heading back to Jamaica again!
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