Tropical Island Getaway: Jamaica Part 2

If you read my first Tropical Island Getaway post, you know The Man and I got to take a trip to Jamaica for free and we had quite an adventure climbing Dunn’s River Falls our first full day there.
As part of the trip, the company also allowed us to pick an adventure for Tuesday. We really wanted to get out of the resort and explore Jamaica so we chose a Jeep Safari outing. From the description, we knew we’d get to explore historical sites and nature and that’s exactly what we wanted to do. We were not disappointed.
Our tour guide was fantastic. He was personable, knowledgeable and a lot of fun! Our first stop of the day was an overlook so we could see all of Montego Bay.

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In this picture you can see where we were staying, the white buildings in the back left.

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While we were there our guide pointed out this plant. New plants develop from the leaves that fall to the ground. So cool!

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From there we drove out of Montego Bay and into the more rural surrounding areas. We stopped at a church that was converted from an old slave hospital in 1846.

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Jamaican hillside.

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We continued our drive, driving past acres and acres of orange groves. The guide proudly pointed out that the oranges weren’t in fact orange. They are greenish or yellow even when they are fully ripe because they are 100% organic. They have a continual growing season there and he even pointed out a tree that had orange blossoms, newly formed oranges and mature oranges on it.
Our guide pointed out multiple times that “everything grows everywhere” in Jamaica and that’s the truth.  We saw poinsettias that were taller than houses and fruit trees growing everywhere. We even saw corn growing tall in someones yard in November.
Eventually we stopped again to go on a walk into the forest to some waterfalls.To prove the whole “everything grows everywhere” point, a few steps into our walk down to the river we saw baby chocolate…

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and coffee. Two of my favorite things!

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We even saw bananas but because of where they were I couldn’t get a good angle to take a picture of them.
We crossed over a stream that led to a river before heading back towards the waterfalls.

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As we were heading back to the jeep, the guide pointed out this lovely flower he referred to as a Ginger Lily.

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Our guide drove us through the orange groves, pointing out various plants used for medicinal purposes like gripe water. From there we headed to our final stop at an outpost where they served us Jerk Chicken for lunch. It was fabulous…

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as was the view.

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It was an amazing outing. I loved being able to get out and explore the beauty of Jamaica as well as the small communities surrounding Montego Bay.

That afternoon we took some time to just relax on the beach before the company’s farewell dinner that night. By this point I was ready to get home to our girls. And even though there was more I would have liked to see, I was glad we’d be flying back to Florida the next afternoon.

 

To be continued….

Janet is a mom to two daughters and is married to her best friend. Her belief that we are blessed so that we may bless others fuels her writing at frugalandfocused.com where she shares her thoughts on faith, family, and frugal living. She strives to make the most of what she's given in life and hopes to inspire others to do the same.