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babymoonin' in Ocho Rios

sunny 30 °C

So my wife and i took our BABYmoon, our last trip with only each other for a while, to hot and sunny Ocho Rios, Jamaica. A 1-week all-inclusive to Sandals Dunn's River all for R&R.

  • Hot and sunny all week long, bit windy towards the end of the week but HOT HOT HOT morning, noon and night.

  • Shot an 85 at the Sandals Golf and Country Club (par 71, 6100 yards) with my caddy, Presser, and rental clubs. Next time i know that cart is NOT mandatory and i should bring my clubs - rounds would cost $40 each time! Course was great too!

  • Pools were excellent, alcohol was top shelf and even the fitness centre was amazing, it was even outdoors..in shade of course.

  • Unfortunately this Sandals resort is closing at the end of June (apparently Sandals and the land owner did not come to a renewed lease agreement) and that sucks b/c i think this is the best Sandals resort in Ocho Rios (there are 2 others). The other 2 are so large that some guests get driven around in golf carts while one resort has a beach and the other resort has the main pool and you need to take a shuttle bus to get between the 2.

  • Food was good, not excellent. cruise-ship food was much better.

  • Went kayaking a few times in the ocean, water was crystal clear when it was not windy.

  • Sandals resort is 99.9% couples

  • Some of the activities they did were a bit cheesy, kind of made it feel like they were trying to be a Margaritaville-type place and catering specifically to party-seeking couples. I mean, i guess there definitely were the same group of couples that participated in all the events but it just seemed corny to me..

  • The night-time shows were ok - but when the caribbean steel band played ALL covers for their session, that again was cheesy. I mean cmon where was the authentic caribbean tunes?

All in all, i'm happy we went and had some time to get some R&R before our first lil one came along, i guess technically this was his/her 1st vacay already!

Posted by dnaman 18:36 Archived in Jamaica Tagged family_travel

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