All-inclusive hotel vacation in Jamaica? I never thought about it. There are more places higher up on my list for me to spend my extremely limited travel budget on. However, I am very happy that we got to go on this vacation in paradise thanks to our friends’ destination wedding.
The second part of that day trip to Negril was to visit one of the most popular tourist spots in Negril ── Rick’s Cafe. Situated on naturally formed cliffs right by the ocean on the far west end of Jamaica, Rick’s Cafe offers a great view. Watching sunset here has become a must for tourists. This place is also known for cliff jumping. But we were not there yet. Before the famous sunset at Rick’s, our tour bus took us to several “shopping malls” for souvenir shopping as planned.
Ackee and fish? Jerk chicken? I was very excited about these Jamaican dishes. I had no idea what ackee was, and did not know what spices are in the jerk seasoning. Aside from all kinds of drinks with Jamaican rum, I set it as my mission to find soursop juice. Another ingredient I did not know.
牙買加必吃的當地菜色充滿我看不懂的食材或調味，像是阿開木煮鹹魚ackee and saltfish(又叫西非荔枝果) 或者牙買加香料雞jerk chicken。
A friend of mine stayed for two months in Kingston, Jamaica’s capital city. I asked him for recommendations for my trip. Jerk chicken and Negril were the two must’s that he suggested. Negril is about 40 minutes in driving distance from our hotel, Grand Palladium Jamaica. It is a beach resort town known for its Seven Mile Beach and night life. Ian Fleming wrote a number of his novels here, and some of the parts in James Bond books and movies took place in Negril.
I had held a reserved attitude toward all-inclusive resorts prior to this trip, and then I realized all-inclusive was actually a great option when traveling in places where it was not quite safe to get around. We both loved the all-inclusive features and our stay in Grand Palladium Jamaica.