While it may be tempting on vacation to lie on the beach all day–especially when a waiter walks by at regular intervals and says, “Hey Princess! Are you doing okay? Can I bring you a drink?”*–it’s also exciting to explore all that the activities the area and resort have to offer. And you’ll feel better if you move a little bit between those buffets and fruity drinks. 😉
(*After this happened a few times, I requested that Andrew start addressing me as “Princess” and offer to bring me drinks regularly; he declined.)
Here’s how we stayed active in Jamaica:
When we were on our honeymoon we purchased snorkeling masks, which we brought with us last week. The resort offered snorkeling trips, which we did once, but most days we also explored on our own just off the coast.
A huge thanks to our friend Kevin for letting us borrow his waterproof camera for the week!
The resort offers a variety of water sports, so we went sailing one day! The culture difference related to this cracks me up: In the US, in order to take out a sailboat you’d probably have to take a class, sign a waiver, pass a test, etc. In Jamaica they said, “You know how to sail? Have fun!” 😀
This was more Andrew’s thing, but I played one day too! Every day at 4:00 the resort staff organized a volleyball game, and Andrew played most days. Also, if I may brag on my husband for a moment, Andrew is kind of awesome at volleyball. I had no idea (he never played on a team or anything), but I supposed I should have realized, considering is good at most sports. The one afternoon he didn’t play, all his teammates kept saying, “Where were you?? We needed you!”
Also, minutes after the above photo was taken, the guy on the right dove into the water to cool off and came up screaming expletives, his foot gushing blood. We looked in the water and saw that he’d stepped on a stingray, which then pierced his foot! We talked to him the next day after he’d spent a good portion of the night in the medical center; he was in some serious pain, but he’s okay!
Offsite Adventure: Ziplining and Waterfall Hiking
The only thing we did that was not included was an excursion to Ocho Rios (about 90 minutes from Montego Bay) to zipline and hike a waterfall. The trip was absolutely worth the extra cost!
The view from the sky lift
Dunn’s River Falls is a series of 3-4 ft waterfalls with big pools at the bottom of each. We hiked from the ocean to the top of the falls. It was awesome (and provided some great photo ops! :-D)
In addition to staying active outside, we did hit the resort gym a few times–once for Andrew, twice for me. Each time I completed 20 minutes on the treadmill (intervals + a short warm up/cool down), and 20 minutes of weight circuits. I wanted to make the workouts count without feeling like I was spending too much precious vacation time at the gym.
That was our Jamaication! I’m still not sure about this whole, “not on vacation, back in the real world” thing, but I am slowly adjusting. Yesterday afternoon I made myself a “transition from paradise to reality smoothie”: pineapple, mango, and strawberry. I compromised by not including spinach, flax meal, or rum. 😉
Not bad, but not Jamaica.
Have a great Tuesday!
Where did you go/are you going on vacation this summer?
Have you ever been to Dunn’s River Falls?