A few weeks ago, Alex and I escaped the New York winter and took a weekend trip to Jamaica. My mom took care of the boys (we were so grateful!), and it was such a treat to spend a couple days relaxing. Here are a few photos, if you’d like to see…
We stayed at Jake’s, a quirky boutique hotel on the less touristy side of the island. If you’re looking for an awesome, affordable place, this is it. Super friendly, laid-back, fun. The hotel has a saltwater pool, plus a poolside bar and two restaurants serving local fare, like conch fritters and jerk shrimp. (FYI, this is not sponsored in any way, we just really loved it!)
…to Pelican Bar, a tiny driftwood bar built on a sandbar three-quarters of a mile out to sea! How crazy is that? (Here it is on Google Maps!)
Meanwhile, on our trip, I was reading the psychological thriller The Girl on the Train. I got completely sucked in and couldn’t put it down…
On our last day, we ventured to The Lobster Pot, a thatched lunch spot a few miles away from our hotel. When we walked up, a guy sitting outside told us that the chef wasn’t there (bummer!), so we tried to figure out whether we should head back to the hotel or wander around a bit. But suddenly we spotted the chef walking down the beach with a bucket of lobsters in each hand. He smiled and told us to stay put.
It’s funny how different Jamaica time is—stores and restaurants seem to open and close without rhyme or reason, and when you order food, you might get it in 15 minutes or two hours. You learn to just chill. :)
…and played dominoes while we waited. (I got totally addicted during our trip.) A local guy, Damien, taught us the rules, plus bit of strategy and technique. (Tap a domino twice to pass; slam down your winning domino; perfect your poker face.)
Have you ever been to Jamaica? Are you from there? What an incredible place and culture. Thank you so much for reading.