watching the athletics and seeing all the jamaicans reminds me of our amazing trip last summer . its sometimes overlooked for family holidays in the summer, but an amazing 2 days sightseeing around the island only confirmed how unspoilt and scenic jamaica is – full of natural wonders – there really is so much to see and do. go for a swim in blue lagoon – reportedly bottomless, but is an enchanting cove with deep blue water – its the spot where the famous brooke shields film blue lagoon was shot. follow with lunch at boston beach – a series of shacks with open fire barbecues – the best tasting chicken and roast pork that you will ever taste, accompanied by roasted bread fruit, a kind of yam like vegetable that grows in the local trees. then relax and swim in the local nearby beach winifred – it really is where all the local jamaican families go to have their picnics and swim – a taste of local living.
go rafting down the rio grande – a breathtaking gently ride on rafts through the most scenic tropical mountainous rainforest. its hot, so take care and cover up, but you can get out at any point for a swim and cool down. there is so much natural wildlife to see – from vultures, goats, pigs and even horses basking on the shores. see the locals fishing for mussels or washing their clothes – its a serenity that must not be missed. its so easy to dismiss these ‘tourist attractions’, but it really is not at all touristy. lunch is an incredible meal on one of the many stone beaches under a shack cooked by belinda, who daily treks the mountain top, carrying food on her head to cook the amazing curry crayfish, rice and peas on hotstones and an open barbecue.
we stayed at the wonderful geegam hotel, but during the summer – its counted as low season, you can find yourself bargains. there were a couple of showers, but after a couple of hours, they cleared to beautiful caribean sun.