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 – 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.