So, we just got back from our honeymoon (we got married in 2017, but just now had time to go) last week in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and it was FANTASTIC! We have never experienced an all-inclusive resort like Sandals, but there we went. And boy did we enjoy ourselves. It was probably one of the best times I’ve ever had on vacation. Looking back, my now husband and I have not had a true vacation in 7 years. Everywhere we have gone has been to visit someone, for interviews, to a funeral, etc.etc. Well, until this year. Initially, I was skeptical because Sandals is not cheap. We chose Montego Bay because:
1.) No kids. We do not have kids, and quite frankly, I have the instinct of a mother and try to care for children when I’m around them. So we decided to be completely stress free, we should do a no kid zone.
2.) We’ve never been out of the country. We have our passports, and have for about a year, but never went anywhere. No time really. We figured Jamaica was a pretty populated tourist spot to keep us safe and was not terribly far away. Also, the resort itself had very low crime.
3.) Yes, we know. We live in Florida. There are beaches and it is island life. However, WE don’t get to live that life. My husband is a realtor and works everyday, never turns his phone off. I work 2 jobs and am always on the go. We never have time to enjoy the beaches here, and if we do it’s with friends or family that visit us.
So, we got the opportunity to go to the Royal Caribbean as well to visit and see what it was like. We ate at a place called the Jerk Shack and it was PHENOMENAL but the resort itself was…disappointing. We saw online that there were little bungalows you could get into that have their own private porch, tub, and you can walk into the water. However, the water was very shallow and you could not jump in from the balcony. So I did not see the point in spending double what we already paid for something we would not have been that happy with.
Along our journey, we met several sets of friends. One set was 2 best friends who take a trip together every year. They are hilarious. We spent most of our time on the resort with them, which was great because we learned alot about where they are from and what their friendship is like. Another was a pilot and his girlfriend (she works on the airline as well) and they were taking a vacation from Orlando. We met a young couple taking their first vacation since they had their baby. We met another couple who just got married from Arizona. But, the one set of people we met deserve their own paragraph.
France and Pierre. They are from Montreal, and are amazing people. Have been married for a long time. But have traveled the world. She carries a PhD and is able to work from wherever, and he does whatever he wants (based on his conversations). They have been scuba diving (how they met) all around the world and are about to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. They truly are amazing. We had lunch with them and hung out with them several times. At the resort you get to run into people often. We learned from them one important thing, ” Never take advantage of your time. ” You are not guaranteed tomorrow. Spend time with those you love.
ANYWAYS. The things I’ve gathered about Jamaica are as follows:
1.) The country is beautiful. The Caribbean is gorgeous. But, they drive on the wrong side of the road!
2.) The food is fantastic. I did not get bloated, they use coconut milk for a lot of things and also utilize a lot of good spices. I LOVE spicy and am currently looking for their hot sauce “Blaze Fiah” to utilize here!
3.) They know good coffee. Great taste, strong, but light. I LOVE my coffee too, so this was HUGE for me.
4.) They party. A LOT. I am not a partier, I enjoy a few drinks but I cannot go all out. These people throw down though, so much fun.
5.) They have their own language. I actually did not know this, which makes me feel ignorant but I suppose everyone I’ve ever met from Jamaica has spoken English and I never considered bilingual. It’s a neat language. More than just, “Yeah Mon,” and “No problem, mon.”
Overall, we rated our experience 5/5 and had the time of our lives. I would recommend Sandals Montego Bay to anyone that is interested to having a fun get away. Please ask me questions if you have them!
Next thing on my list to speak about is…..YOU ARE A ROCKSTAR. Yes, you. Staring at the computer screen trying to figure what this crazy lady is speaking of. You are a rockstar. You truly are. You have talents, you have gifts, you have things you need to let the world see. PLEASE do US a favor and let us see YOU. Who you truly are and what you have to offer. I don’t care if you feel inferior, you have it. You have what it takes. I PROMISE. You are the best you and nobody will ever match that. You can do what you do best and no one else can. You have a gift. You have a precious ability to do something that you will be hindering the world from if you do not share. Do not fail us! Stay positive. Stay upright. Keep pushing. Love everyone. Show us what you have to offer.
The below quote has been something my father always said to me growing up. I always read it, I have it postered in my house. You truly are the best you, nobody can amount to that. I promise!