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My Jamaica favorites

While researching and writing an article about Jamaica for a travel mag, I’ve been flooded with memories of my last year’s visit to the island. I just looked through my Jamaica photo folder and found this photograph, which makes me laugh to no end. Only in Jamaica โ€“ yeah mon!

Some of the things I loved about and in Jamaica:

* fresh seafood at Little Ochie beachfront restaurant in the quiet fishing village of Alligator Pond, where I’ve had the spiciest jerk red snapper ever

* stunning Cockpit Country and the village of Accompong, founded in 1739 by Maroons, the runaway slaves who hid from the British in these uncharted hills

* peppered shrimp bought from the roadside stalls in the hamlet of Middle Quarters, known as the shrimp capital of Jamaica

* gorgeous sunsets and the laid-back vibe of Treasure Beach on the south coast, still blissfully crowd-free and under the tourist radar

* delicious crab backs from Sister Lou’s thatched riverside shack on a boat trip through the crocodile-filled mangroves of Black River

* a refreshing drink of coconut water under the breezy canopy of Bamboo Avenue, where tall bamboo plants form a scenic green tunnel

For a great insight into Jamaican history and culture, I highly recommend reading Book of Jamaica by Russell Banks.

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just wanted to let you know that i absolutely love your work! you are an inspiration and i can only hope to be like you — capturing brilliant images and writing evocative prose. and together…it’s poetry. does that make sense? ๐Ÿ™‚ i’ll be dropping by often and, hopefully, learning a lot from you.

It’s so lovely to hear that, Jen! It makes me happy to know you are finding inspiration in my travel musings and photos. Thank you for reading! I’ve added Folie ร  Deux to my list of blogs. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hey stumbled on this blog today, I think it’s great that you’re doing this especially to the travel community. Keep it up!

Thanks, Jenny! I’m doing, and will do my best. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anja, what memories you have conjured up! Red snapper! Accompong! Treasure Beach! Those are some of my favorite Jamaica travel experiences as well. Are you sure you weren’t there with me? I love your blog, it really captures essential travel elements. I’m adding it to my blogroll!

Yes, Fly Girl, those are lovely memories of Jamaica, aren’t they?!

You sure covered a lot of ground in Jamaica–how many months did you spend on the island?

I too loved the Book of Jamaica, but unfortunately I lent it to a “friend” who never returned it. Very hurtful.

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