Updated: Jun 15
When college kids think of Spring Break they think of non stop partying but for those looking for something more than partying, why not an exciting adventure with a bit of fun in Jamaica. I had the task of planning Spring Break for my sister and her friends and here's a breakdown of those 4 days.
Day 1: Ocean's 11 Watering Hole
The group arrived to Jamaica later than scheduled due to flight delays. By the time they arrived it was night time, so as you can imagine they were pretty hungry. I thought a great place to take them would be Ocean's 11 Watering Hole. This bar and restaurant is one of the popular stops in Ocho Rios. You can try some of Jamaica's authentic dishes such as the Jerk chicken with rice and peas or escoveitch fish and bammy. Also try one of their very creative drinks such as the 1-900... which is a VERY strong drink that will definitely get you loose. There's always something happening at this watering hole whether its dancing on the dance floor while the DJ is playing hot tunes or singing your heart out at karaoke. You can definitely have fun while eating and drinking here.
The group stayed at the Carib Condominiums. If your looking for a reasonably priced, stay this is an option to consider. Granted its not all inclusive but it does include housekeeping, WiFi, cable TV, A/C & Ceiling fans, and an amazing view.
The apartment has two floors. Upstairs being the bedroom which has 2 double bed, a full bathroom with a detached sink area and there's also space to put a blow up bed for extra comfort. Upstairs can comfortably sleep 5 persons and is equipped with an AC, ceiling fan, TV and an amazing view of the ocean. Downstairs you will find the dining and living area as well as the kitchen and a half bathroom. The balcony is also located downstairs and has 2 lounge chairs. What's amazing about the balcony is that its equipped with 2 electrical sockets so you can enjoy the view while working on your laptop. The kitchen has everything you need such as a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, pots, utensils, plates, cups, even a blender. A full service kitchen with everything you need to feel at home. You can easily go grocery shopping at the nearest supermarket and cook your own meals to save even more money. What's also great about this place is that it also has 24 hour security. The complex also has its own entrance to Mahogany Beach which is a public beach situated next to the complex. If your not interested in the beach, the property has its own coral reef where you can go snorkeling or grab a book and read at one of its two seated areas overlooking the ocean.
Day 2: Rick's Cafe
We found ourselves driving over to Negril to the famous Rick's Cafe. Rick's Cafe is a bar situated on a cliff in Negril. It's equipped with a bar, restaurant, swimming pool, and the highlight of this place is the cliffs where thrill seekers love to jump from the various points off into the sea. It's also a cove so from time to time you will see catamarans or boats nearby enjoying the show of divers jumping into the crystal blue ocean.
We definitely ate at the restaurant and the food was surprisingly good. Everyone seemed to be in a pasta mood that day. So some of us had the Rasta pasta which only had vegetables and others had the chicken alfredo. They had a drink called shark bite which was very good. It's the multi colored drink seen below.
After having lunch we had to digest our food before jumping off the cliffs. We walked around taking pictures and watching the divers dive from the highest point which is about 60 feet or so above water (guessing). Once you jump into the water you get addicted and want to do it over and over again. The water is so clear, blue and pretty, it's just irresistible. The swimming pool is quite nice as well. It overlooks the picturesque view of the ocean. We were there till sunset and it was breathtaking. We left before nightfall because we had quite a drive ahead of us but if we had stayed that's when we would have experienced the night time excitement of Rick's Cafe.
Day 3: Mystic Mountain
We got the full access tour to Mystic Mountain and it was indeed mystic. I'm a lover of nature and the experiences I had here with nature was truly magical. From the 20 minutes skyline ride that overlooked the beautiful town of Ocho Rios to zip lining through the "rain forest". They had a ride called the Bobsled that was a short ride through the "forest". It was short, fast but fun. If you're not interested in zip lining or bobsledding, you can relax by the swimming pool overlooking the beautiful Ocho Rios or have a bite at the restaurant and just chill and enjoy the views.
Day 4: Dunn's River Falls and Margaritaville
On the last day We went to the famous Dunn's River Falls. We started climbing the falls from the bottom and went all the way to the top without a guide. Now I wouldn't recommend not going without a guide unless you are use to climbing waterfalls or have done some form of rock climbing as it can be very dangerous. A fall can be the difference between life and death so be careful. We had a lot of stuff so we decided to rent a small locker for $7 USD so we all can take part in climbing the falls together. Climbing the falls was fun and at various points you can swim around in the natural forming pools. If at any time you've had enough along the way there are various exits to get back on to dry land. If your not interested in climbing the falls you can relax on the beach below the falls.
After the falls we went to the beach at Margaritaville Ocho Rios where we bounced on the floating trampoline. We also found time to relax on the beach and soaked up the sun. We were able to have some fun in the harbor as well by going on a speedboat and after cruising along the coast at sunset we headed back to Margaritaville and had dinner.
All in all I think its safe to say everyone had fun on their spring break adventure in Jamaica. This is just a little slice of experiences that Jamaica has to offer. Hope you enjoyed this post! Check out my Instagram TV to see a fun video from this trip. Got a question? Connect with me on social media or send me an email.