I’m back, I’m rested, I’m tan, and I’m geared up for spring in CLE! I hope you enjoyed the fantastic guest bloggers over the last week or so. And to thank you for being such wonderful readers, I brought someone a present from Jamaica. Read on for my trip recap and a READER GIVEAWAY!
CLEguy and I spent just over a week at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica. There’s something about leaving a town where there’s snow on the ground and going to a warm, sandy beach that is just good for the soul.
The resort was all-inclusive, which meant lots of rum drinks by the pool and lots of yummy Jamaican cuisine. One of my favorites was called “When EE Done EE Done,” which was a daily special that was always some different kind of Caribbean food. We enjoyed lamb curry, jerk chicken stew, and Caribbean lobster. We didn’t get to try the curried goat, which we were really hoping to get to sample. I guess we’ll just have to go back!
CLEguy and I also went on several excursions, which were a great way to see more of the country. We spent a day in Negril, where we went to Margaritaville, checked out the white-sand beach, and ended the day at Rick’s Cafe where you can watch the world-famous cliff divers as the sun sets.
We also climbed Dunn River Falls, which was the favorite excursion for both of us. Dunn River Falls is a tiered waterfall. Starting at the beach, you climb up the different tiers, ending up 900 feet above sea level at the end. The water was freezing at first, but you quickly adjust. And our guide made it a lot of fun…pointing out natural “waterslides” and pools to swim in.
Continuing on the nature theme, CLEguy and I also went ziplining. I think I had too many rum drinks when I signed us up for this one and I was pretty nervous the morning we went. But it was incredibly exhilirating and I would highly recommend it. Don’t count on getting too many pictures, but the views of the ocean and the mountains were breathtaking.
Finally, we spent an afternoon on a catamaran snorkeling cruise.
Like almost everything else in Jamaica, this included rum punch and Red Stripe. The snorkeling was amazing…crystal blue water and coral reefs. And we got to see this sunset on the way back…
So, if you like sun, beautiful beaches, spicy food, rum, amazing culture, gorgeous natural landscapes, and well…have I convinced you yet? Check out Jamaica…just come back to CLE!
And, to give you a little taste of our vacation (and since you’re all a huge reason Why CLE? for me), here’s the READER GIVEAWAY! I brought back a chocolate Tortuga rum cake, 8 ounces of world-famous Blue Mountain Coffee, and a kitschy Jamaica shot glass, all for one lucky reader.
The giveaway will run until 8am on Sunday, April 17, when random.org will choose a winner from the comments. Here’s how to enter. Each comment gets you one entry:
1. Leave me a comment telling me your favorite vacation spot and why (CLEguy and I want to plan our next trip!).
You can tweet every day until Sunday. Just leave one comment per day letting me know you tweeted.
3. Follow me on Networked Blogs or subscribe to the blog via the email subscription button on the blog. Leave a comment letting me know.
4. Put Why CLE? on your blogroll. Leave a comment letting me know.
Good luck! Cheers!