8 Hours in Jamaica

Earlier this year (January 2019) I got to spend one incredible day in Jamaica. Mainly around the Ocho Rios area. Jamaica had been a destination on my bucket list for as long as I could remember so when I was looking at cruises to the Caribbean, booking a cruise with Jamaica as a port of call was a no brainer.

We ended up booking a cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas. A ship we we soon fell in love with. That’s another story for later…

From the morning our shipped docked in the historic town of Falmouth, Jamaica, I was reeling with excitement. Even from the balcony of our stateroom you could tell there was something special about this country.

We had booked a tour through the cruise company (to be honest, usually I love booking through the locals but since we were far from home, we wanted the security of knowing that if we missed our time getting back, that the cruise would wait for us or at least help us get to the next port) and the moment we disembarked we were whisked away in our air condition bus to see the sights. We travelled through many districts, visiting historic sights and meeting the friendly locals.

The highlights of the trip were definitely the High View Point look out that overlooked the bay of Ocho Rios, the rainforest known as Fern Gully (wish I had captured this beautiful bit of nature) and the beautiful private beach that we concluded the tour with, Bamboo Beach.

Trust me when I say, photos do not do this beautiful place justice. The only complaint I have was that I wished I had spent longer than 8 hours in this beautiful little Caribbean country but I know one day I will make it back.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
A Beautiful little church situated in St. Ann.
High View Point, Ocho Rios
High View Point Look out overlooks the gorgeous bay of Ocho Rios.
Bamboo Beach
Surrounded by lush jungle and blue seas, this private beach is a paradise lover’s dream.
Dancers at Bamboo Beach
Whilst at Bamboo Beach, we were treated to some dancing while relaxing in the sun chairs.