we are staying in the Port Antonio region of Jamaica – completely unspoilt you need to take day trips out to just remind yourself how scenic jamaica is – full of natural wonders and breathtaking beauty – there really is so much to see and do.
go for a swim in Blue Lagoon – reportedly bottomless, it is an enchanting cove with deep blue water – its the spot where the famous brooke shields film blue lagoon was shot. the water is a mix of fresh water and salt water, as the lagoon is open to the sea and fed by freshwater springs. If you decide to take a dip in the lagoon, you’ll notice the alternating temperatures (the warmth of the Caribbean Sea and the icy cold waters of the underground streams), which is quite an experience. its a tranquil place of beauty and the turquoise waters have to be experienced.
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.
last time we went 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.