Single Women Traveling to Jamaica
Traveling to Jamaica as a Single women, I traveled to Jamaica my very first time in 2005, with a female friend to Montego Bay, Jamaica. We stayed at the Royal Decameron in Mobay ( locals call it Mobay instead Montego Bay). We stayed only for 5 days ( 4nights), but let me tell you, it was an exciting time. What you can do in 5 days! The rooms were nice, white Floor Tiles with part orange painted wall and white and orange Sheets, beautiful and the Bathroom nice and clean. All rooms had ocean view, the huge balcony were nice in this small resort. The resort is only 5 minutes from the Airport. Right on the Strip of Mobay. Don't worry, the resort is gated and no locals can come into the resort unless they work there. We booked all inclusive and I must say the food was excellent. As I read a lot in reviews, and it is true, the service is kind of slow, but you are in Jamaica and on vacation, yahmon- means so the local say "Yes"! We had 2 Restaurants, one "All you can eat Buffet", wow, what a variety of food and bread, the other Restaurant was sit down dinner a la cart. Alcohol, wine, champagne or is included! Every night, there was a show in the resort until 11pm, great performance dancing, games and guests were invited at times to play a game. The Bar outside is open until 11pm, only! But you are able to take the free shuttle outside to the Margaritaville on the end of the strip to party more if you need or want to! The second day, we went to the beach, which is kind of small, but very clean, and nice. Every Night the beach will be cleaned by workers. The water / ocean is so clear you can see the fishes amazing, we snorkeled a lot. Day 2, around noon, we left the resort, you actually have to sign out and sign with the resort, for security reason. We went on the strip, we wanted to get our hair braided, a few ladies right across the resort talked us into and we made a deal $40 single braids. Now that was a good deal, we thought! They took us behind the strip, we were not thinking at first what have could happen to us until later on! The ladies split us up one went left, I went right, ohhhh I was thinking, next thing I knew I was sitting on a chair outside, and 2 local Ladies started braiding my hair, and we talked like we know each other. It took about 2 1/2 hours and I was done. Then they call it they come to my shop, to buy some crafts. I finally reunited with my friend, we went back to the resort, to the beach, until we reached the room, later on that afternoon, I saw that part of my braids in the back wasn't done right, so we went back across the strip behind to the wooden shops , but the lady was no longer there, just one her name was Pamela, and she helped me out for $5.00 US, to fix my braids, at that time it started to get dark, we were kind of afraid but stayed. Next thing we know, I was sitting down in the middle of a dirt ground and between they shops shacks, and about 3-4 local guys were there. We had a good time and I never will forget it. One was holding a broken mirror for me, yes a broken mirror, then the lights went off, another guy came with a candle so Pamela could see, what she was doing to my hair back there, one of the guys were telling jokes. Next thing we knew and we got s scared and thought it was the police, a local on a bicycle came driving towards us,with a blinking light on his bike, but then we saw he had rasta hair, he called himself the the travel pharmacy, we laughed so hard. To us it was so funny. After about 30 minutes Pam was done with my braids to fix the little spot for me. We thank all of them and left back to the resort across the street. What an experience we had, and never forget, but how dangerous it could have been, we do think of that as of today. Day3, we took a tour to Ocho Rios to the famous Dunna River Falls, we drove about 2 1/2 hours on the bus, saw a lot of poverty, and our tour guide explained a lot about how locals have to live what the cost of living is, how the language patios came around. The trip was very interesting, we stopped at a few other resorts so we got to see sandals and others. We finally made it to our destination the waterfalls, we had to leave everything on the bus, so please do not take any values with you, or wallet, just what you really need, because you cannot take any with into the waterfalls. You need water shoes, bring you own, 1. cheaper , 2. you got your own shoes, 3. you do can rent them there $5.00 a guest! You will clime up over 867 feet, an amazing feeling, but be careful, it is not recommend for people, who have mobility problems or kids, you have to clime up, even so you are in a group with other tourist ad one helps the other, and tour guides available. During the tour up the falls, you make stops, to take pictures, one of the tour guide is filming and after you can buy a CD, which is pretty pricey, $40 make sure you on the CD and something is on that CD! ;-) it happen to us, so I speak out of experience! But the tour is worth it! Day 3, and I do not recommend this to nobody, my friend and I not thinking after 11pm wanted to walk down the strip to the Margaritaville, oh we had to turn around, it was scary dark, no lights on the strip, and we was hustled... so we turned around back to the resort! Nothing happened, but it is just not a good idea. Day 4, we spent in the resort relax and tan at the beach, in the afternoon we took the boat tour out to the ocean, snorkeling very interesting, if you do not like snorkeling the boat has glass so you really see what's below you in the ocean... the vacation came to an end and went back home.
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