I was going through some of the stories I’ve written for my blog and realized that I never published this one. It was a little series I did – I think this is the 4th (and last, for now) installment.
About a year later I took another trip to Negril. This time I went by myself. I had some personal decisions to ponder and what better place than Negril, Jamaica? I always feel so renewed when I’m there. I felt comfortable visiting there by myself because I had a few friends there and I had met a couple of people on Jamaicans.com who would be there the same week.
Sienna & Solomon of Talk of the Town Tours were picking up some other people at the airport so I got a ride with them. How wonderful to see my friends again after almost 2 years. (If you ever go to Jamaica, please contact them for tours or airport transfers – they are the most wonderful people I’ve ever met on vacation! Be sure to tell them that Beth in Seattle recommended them.)
I started my stay at the West end of the beach at Travellers Beach Resort. My first order of business was to go for a swim. Then a nice cold Red Stripe and some food. I had an early night – that red-eye flight always does me in but I prefer it to spending a whole day traveling.
I spent a couple of days at Travellers. This is a pretty good location if you want to be near town. They have some very nice rooms – I was in one of the little cottages, but I wouldn’t recommend them – they were very tiny. I spent my days walking the beach and meeting up with my new friends from Jamaicans.com. Turns out one of the couples that I had been communicating with lived only about 5 miles from me. They have turned into good friends.
Later in the week I moved to Yellowbird. This is a very budget property, but I really liked it. They have regular hotel rooms with refrigerators; a bunk room with a shared bathroom; a kitchen that everyone can use if they want. They also have 2 bedroom units in duplexes. In these units you go in the front door and have a living room on one end, dining room at the other and a kitchen in the middle. This big room is screened in with louvers and a couple of fans for cooling. The furniture and appliances are pretty old, but I found it to be comfortable.
There are 2 bedrooms, each with their own locking door. Again, there are screens with louvers into the living area. The bedrooms have 2 double beds, a small dresser, air conditioning and their own bathroom.
The security was very good here and also there is a fence across about 2/3rds of the property between the beach and the property. This way you can sun yourself on the sand among the palm trees without being bothered by the vendors on the beach. The bar is nearby, as are the soothing waters of the Caribbean Sea!
I really enjoyed traveling by myself. I met a lot of wonderful people and everyone wants to take care of you when you are alone. I got invited to dinner a lot.
I hired a driver to take me out and about a couple of days. Tommy was wonderful. We went up to Benji’s at Roaring River one day. It was so peaceful and beautiful. We spent several hours there. Unfortunately Benji had to leave shortly after we arrived – but he did have time to cook us our Ital lunch.
A couple of days later we went down to Treasure Beach. I wanted to check out Jake’s for some clients who were interested in staying there. What an incredibly beautiful and peaceful place! If you really want peace and quiet this would be a great place to spend a week. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
I also toured several other small properties including the Grand Pineapple which was very cute. What a fabulous bargain this is – as part of the Sandals family it is a bargain all-inclusive right in the center of Seven Mile Beach. I also toured Coco la Palm and Legends. I think there were a couple of others, but they don’t come to mind right now.
As always, this week went by much too quickly. I love Jamaica and can’t wait to get back, but I know that I need to visit other Caribbean islands too. So, my next trip, hopefully soon, will be to another of these beautiful islands.