Sunday in Jamaica
01/08/2012 - 01/08/2012 80 °F
If "no problem, mon" isn't the national mantra, it should be. EVERYONE says it around here. Even so, a Jamaican told us that they have no problems down here, just "situations".
Our first full day at the Jewel Dunn's River was GREAT! Everyone did what they wanted, when they wanted. We all just unwound and relaxed, and yes, Dorothy, we're making sure Jeanne has a good time. We've found that copious amounts of alcohol help in this regard.
We awoke to sunshine, and enjoyed the lovely view of the ocean from our balconies. Sharon, of course, was up at the crack of dawn, exploring. She had been in the hot tub twice before the rest of us were even up! We had a nice buffet breakfast, then hit the beach for the rest of the day. Cindy and I took a tour in a Hobi Cat (small sailboat), steered and narrated by Johnnie of the Jewel beach staff. He was great, showing us the beach where the James Bond film "Dr. No" was filmed. We also saw the prime minister's home. Jeanne and Sharon took a turn and had fun as well.
Steve shot lots of pictures, a sampling is available at Picasa here. The ladies did lots of reading under a thatched hut on the beach. The Caribbean water is quite warm, and takes very little getting used to. Around mid afternoon we all had lunch - burgers and wraps. You just order what you want, they bring it to you, and no bill to pay. Very cool! On the beach we watched the jet-skiers whizzing by outside the hotel waters, apparently servicing onshore clients in need of their ganja (marijuana). I was wrong, marijuana is NOT legal here, but it seems to be readily available, and everyone turns a blind eye.
The clouds moved in during the afternoon, and we got some rain showers as well. No problem mon, we were in the hot tub and were already wet! The weather is unpredictable here in January, especially on the edge of the rain forest, as we are. Gotta expect some moisture.
So, not a tough day overall. The ladies are upstairs, readying for the evening. I am still an unshowered, salt-water-encrusted mess, your faithful blogging correspondent in the lobby of the Jewel Dunn's River Resort and Spa, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Until next time...