Jamaica .. Ya Man
Trip Start Feb 24, 2010
26Trip End Aug 16, 2010
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Jamaica has had many years of 'large all-inclusive resort' tourism. Unfortunately this kind of tourism has little benefit to the economy and people as most tourists just stay inside their resorts and don't see the real country or people or spend money outside. There are also a lot of huge cruise ships that call in for one day. It is really a third world country, but expensive, makes it hard for the locals.
We travelled in local taxis and cramped minibuses
We explored Negril - a tourist destination with 7 mile white beach; Treasure Beach - a laid back, small village, brown sand beach; Kingston - the big city, visited Bob Marley's house & museum; Port Antonio - northern town, very local (third world) town with a few beaches along the coast, backed by Blue Mountains, famous for the best coffee in the world (it is good) and one of Errol Flynns old stomping grounds.
I then met some sailors from Ireland and USA and joined a catamaran thinking that I did not have a job in the Bahamas to go back to the US for, I decided to sail to Honduras, Guatemala and Belize instead. A few days later the job in the Bahamas came through, so then decided I needed to work more than anything and that is what I came over here to do. I stayed with the cat anyway for over a week and we sailed down to Montego Bay - very touristy cruise ship port. I still have a berth on the Cat if I want to join him later, possibly to sail to Cuba (yeah!) from Mexico. Jamaica is only 90 miles from Cuba, and Cuba is only 90 mile from Florida, so close but so distant.
The food is Jerk Chicken or Pork (a delicious spicy sour sauce), the drink is Rum and the answer to everything is 'Ya Man' ...