Amanda Spaulding, program implementation process advisor for Seven Corners, recently went on a trip to Montego, Bay Jamaica. During the trip, she snorkeled, relaxed on the beach, and even toured a supposedly haunted plantation.
My trip to Jamaica was eight months in the making, coordinated and planned by one of my close friends for her fiancé’s birthday. Unbeknownst to her fiancé, there was a group of 17 of us traveling from all over the country (IN, VA, CA, CO, NY) to Montego Bay, Jamaica to surprise her. Although she knew I would be in attendance with her mother, she did not know about the 13 friends who would be joining us. Watching her reaction each time someone new arrived set a great tone for our adventure in MoBay.
I’ve visited Ochos Rios, Jamaica in the past, however I’ve never visited Montego Bay, so this was a new destination for me — one that I couldn’t have enjoyed more! We stayed at an adult-only, all- inclusive resort, which did not disappoint. The celebration started with a foam party. After the foam party we made our way to the sandy blue waters for some salt water therapy and laughs. The days following were similar; breakfast, beach, pool, dinner, repeat.
We did go on a few adventures outside of the resort. The first one was a catamaran snorkel, swim and shop excursion. We departed from our resort on a catamaran with about 30 people on board. Our snorkeling stop was at Doctor’s Cave Beach. I have snorkeled all over the Caribbean, and this spot was among my top 10 as I saw so much sea life. We snorkeled for about 30 – 45 minutes before boarding and heading over to Margaritaville. We docked at Margaritaville and did a bit of shopping at the stores nearby, then returned for a frozen refreshment. After boarding the catamaran to return to the resort, we had a dance party on the boat that included the Electric Slide and Macarena. Along the way, a dolphin swam up to say hello, playing in the wake made by the boat.
Our next adventure was to Rose Hall for a nighttime tour. The mansion is noted for the legend of the White Witch of Rose Hall. Throughout the tour we were told about Annee Palmer who allegedly haunts the grounds of the plantation. I found the history of the mansion to be more interesting than the potential haunting and would like to visit again to tour the grounds during the day. A song about the legend of Annee Palmer, “The Ballad of Annee Plamer,” was recorded by Johnny Cash as he spent time at the plantation. The Cash family holiday home, Cinnamon Hill Great House, is located nearby.
Over the next few days our group dwindled as we all gradually departed Montego Bay. Thankfully TSA, Customs, and our flights home were uneventful, and the weather at home in Indiana was still warm. There is nothing worse than leaving 90-degree temperatures and arriving home to face 40 degrees.
I already miss the ocean and beach so much I booked a cruise yesterday! In January I will be visiting the Dominican Republic and Grand Turk … my adventures will continue.