If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that every winter we spend a week somewhere tropical with my family. This year we went back to Jamaica. It’s my mom and stepdad’s most favorite place and since we pretty much hop on their trip every year, we go where they go… so Jamaica it is! They love 7 mile beach in Negril but unfortunately it’s too far from the airport for us. After being on a 4 hour flight with kids, it’s just not realistic to then get on a bus for over an hour. So we stay in Montego Bay. It’s about 15 minutes from the airport and it’s gorgeous in its own right.
This year I didn’t bring my big girl camera with me because I just upgraded and I get nervous when it’s around sand and water 😉 So we just have iPhone pics but you’ll get the idea.
When you have kids vacation isn’t so much a “vacation” as it is a “relocation”. We’re early risers at home, and nothing changes when we’re away, so we were up pretty early every day. At night we’d bring fruit up to our suite and when the kids got up at 6 am we’d give them some fruit, get ready for the beach and head down to breakfast when it opened at 7. We’d be on the beach by 8 and Gia was in the water every day by 8:03am.
Thank goodness both kids love the beach. Gia was looking forward to the trip for weeks, so I wasn’t surprised that she spent hours in the water, only coming out to have a snack or eat a meal. My little fishy also decided to teach herself to swim underwater without swimmies this year, much to the amazement of her mama and daddy (and grandparents and uncles!). She just took of her puddle jumper off and dove right under. We were in the kiddie pool so she felt safe practicing like that. We were all pretty amazed.
The last time we were at a beach Nicholas just crawled around the blanket a little, so I was interested to see his reaction to sand now that he’s all over the place. Not surprisingly, he loved it too–he was thrilled to run free and play all day. We spent a good amount of time just following along behind him on the beach and sitting with him as he played in the sand or sat at the edge of the water.
Nicholas also loved the kayaks at the water sports hut and he spent a good amount of time climbing all over them. We put him in the water for 2 seconds (Jon was holding him the whole time) and he hated it. So…back to the beach he went!
The water sports guy got to know Nicholas pretty well and every day he’d bring Nicholas 3 or 4 Jamaican apples. They’re red like an apple but they’re much softer and more along the lines of a pear. Nicholas loved that he could hold them and bite right into them all by himself. He ate at least 3 a day. By the end of the week we were hiding them from him because they did a number on his stomach, if you catch my drift.
Mid week we took a day trip to Negril and 7 mile beach. The color of the water and the soft white sand on the beaches in Negril are just beyond gorgeous. Below (left) is a picture of Gia at Rick’s Cafe, the famous cliff diving spot. We rented a cabana, had some delicious snacks and swam in their pool that overlooks the ocean. We watched some professional divers jump off the cliffs from 40 ft and higher and some of us even jumped (all the guys; none of the girls).
On the right you can see Gia jumping on a trampoline in the middle of the Caribbean at Margaritaville Negril. We stopped there for lunch and, of course, a swim in the ocean. Gia thought it was so cool to swim out to a trampoline in the ocean.
We had such a wonderful vacation. The weather was gorgeous, the food was great and the company was second to none. I love that we get to spend so much time with my family in such beautiful surroundings. Everyone is relaxed and happy and we laugh so so much. The memories we make each year are priceless.
Where is your favorite vacation spot?