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Western USA Holiday
From November 22th till November 30th (2007) I had a holiday in
Jamaica: the Jamaica Highlights. It was an organized bus tour around
the island. I had a boat safari on the Black River, visited the Appleton
Rum factory, the Blue Mountains, the Bob Marley museum and much more.
Day 1 - Thursday, November 22th
Amsterdam - Montego BayThe first day was the flight from Amsterdam to Jamaica, where I arrived late in the evening. There was a intermediate stop in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, where the airport gave a taste of the things to come.
Day 2 - Friday, November 23th
Montego Bay - Black RiverBefore breakfast in Montego Bay, I had a look around the hotel. I spend some time trying to get a picture of one of the hummingbirds, the Red-Billed Streamertail, which where flying around.
After breakfest we left for the south coast of Jamaica. We drove through Montego Bay passing the fontain on the Sam Sharpe Square. The square is named after the Baptists dominee who lead the Christmas Slave Rebellion in the year 1831.
We passed vast citrus and sugarcane fields on our way to the south coast.
We stopped at the beautiful south coast at the place where Peter Tosh (from the Bob Marley & the Wailers band) was born and buried.
After the stop we went back inland for lunch with real Jamaican food.
After lunch we made a short stop at an orchid farm with some beautiful orchids.
In Black River we made a boat tour on river with the same name. We saw the mangroves and some wild crocodiles. Altough they were used to people.
It started to rain a bit on the river when we returned, but just as we entered the bus it started pouring. Luckally we stayed in the Invercauld Great House, which was just on the other side of the town.
Day 3 - Saturday, November 24th
Black River - KingstonBefore breakfast I had walk around the town of Black River.
After breakfast we left for the Appleton Rum factory. On the way there we made a short stop at Bamboo Avenue.
At the Appleton Rum factory we had a tour of the factory and tasting of the different kinds of rums. I think we made more pictures of the peacocks then of anything else.
After the factory we left for Kingstone, where we visited the Bob Marley Museum. It was very impressive to be in the house of such a great man and see the bullet holes in the whale. It reminded me of the house of Nelson Mandela in South-africa which I visited in September 2003. Unfortunately we were not allowed to make pictures.
Day 4 - Sunday, November 25th
Kingston - Blue Mountains - KingstonOn our way to the Blue Mountains we had a quick stop in the foot hills to have a look of Kingston itself.
We drove up into the Blue Mountains crossing several streams. Almost at the top we visited a coffee-plantation for the world famous Blue Mountain coffee.
Back in Kingston we visited the Devon Great House for some very good icecream.
Day 5 - Monday, November 26th
Kingston - Port AntonioIn the morning we left for Port Antonio driving to the outskirts of the Blue Mountains. On our way there we visited the Castle Gardens, the oldest botanical garden of the Caribic. On the otherside of the road was a river with some very clear water. Unfortunatly I only had a couple of minutes to feel the water. I would have liked to spend a bit more time here.
The next stop at Reach Falls made-up for the previous stop, where we had a little boat trip and a swim at the falls before having lunch. The falls are not as spectacular as the Dunn's River Falls, but much more quite and relaxted.
After Reach Fall we left for Port Antonio where we had a walk around the busy town.
After the walk we visited the West Harbour Marina.
The hotel were we stayed, Bay View Villas, had a nice view of the bay and the ocean.
Day 6 - Tuesday, November 27th
Port AntonioAfter breakfast we went rafting on the Rio Grande. This sounds more impressive then it was, because the water was 2 feet deep at the most. But the trip was certainly impressive thank to the very beautiful environment.
In the afternoon we went to Frenchmen's Cove, one of the nicest bays of Jamaica, for a bit of swimming and relaxation.
Day 7 - Wednesday, November 28th
Port Antonio - Runaway BayWe left for a Runaway Bay along the North Coast. We drove a number of small villages.
On the way, we visited the Sun Vally plantation we we tasted some of the fruits.
We had lunch in Ocho Rios at The Ruins, with a Jamaican menu with a Asian touch. Most prominent was the outdoor dining area with a big waterfall running through it.
After lunch we visted the famous 600 feet Dunn's River Falls. I had much fun climbing them. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of it, because water and cameras don't combine very well.
Day 8 - Thursday, November 29th
Port Antonio - Montego BayThe last day in Jamaica. There was nothing on the program and I was being picked-up to be transfered to the airport at 5 o'clock. So I had the whole day to myself. Because there was nothing to do in the hotel, I took a taxi to visit the Bob Marley Mausoleum. The tour of the mausoleum was funny because of the rastafari who gave the tour. It was also very impressive.
Day 9 - Friday, November 30th
Flight homeIn the morning I arrived back in Holland.