Half Moon Jamaica – Review of Half Moon Resort

Half Moon Jamaica – Review of Half Moon Resort

When we first honeymooned in Ochos Rios, Jamaica, almost 17 years ago, I never thought we be returning to one of the top Jamaica resorts, to be treated like royalty. But, that’s what happens when Half Moon Jamaica comes calling. During that first trip, when we were youngsters, just barely out of college, we stayed at a very typical all inclusive resort. Our trip focused on the 3 “Rs” – Red Strip, reggae, and rum. This trip, though, was entirely different. It focused on relaxation, and being treated, yes, like royalty. And, the rum was still there. I also realized that there is no surprise that Half Moon resort is one of the top hotels in Montego Bay Jamaica. Check out Half Moon Jamaica Reviews on TripAdvisor Half Moon Jamaica- The Royal Treatment We once stayed at a Sheraton near Universal Studios outside of Los Angeles. They had no rooms left (despite our reservation) and put us in the Presidential Suite. The manager admonished that if the President arrived, we would have to vacate the room for him. We sort of laughed. After all, if the President visits Los Angeles, he is not staying at the Sheraton near Universal Studios. I remembered this story as I researched the history of Half Moon Bay Jamaica. It has been the chosen hotel for celebrities and royalty for decades. After all, Half Moon is one of the top Montego Bay resorts. Here is a little history. A group of 16 families purchased 35 acres of beach front, to create villas and homes for themselves, their families, and their friends. And, so Half...
What to Eat in Jamaica – Traditional Jamaican Dishes

What to Eat in Jamaica – Traditional Jamaican Dishes

When planning a trip to Jamaica, especially for foodies, tracking down the best Jamaican food is a priority! The problem is that many people book Jamaica all inclusive resorts, which is fine. But, then they never leave the resort nor find out what to eat in Jamaica. They don’t seek out a great Jamaican restaurant to try some traditional Jamaican dishes, off the resort property. We researched what to eat in Jamaica, and offer a few recommendations for some Jamaican restaurants. But, first I want to answer the frequently asked question: What is Jamaica known for when it comes to food? Learn more about travel to Montego Bay in our Jamaica Travel Guide. What is Jamaican Cuisine If I had one word to describe the Jamaican diet, it would be hot! Yes, the Jamaican people are known for being amazingly friendly. But, traditional Jamaican food also caters to the local palette, and that means it carries some heat! Perhaps those smiles are masking tongues tingling with spice! It’s not quite as spicy as Szechuan cuisine in China, but it could be up there in the consistency of the heat. But, there is more to the most famous Jamaican food than spice. Authentic Jamaican food is a result of the melting pot that is Jamaica itself. Earliest settlers were Spanish, and then, of course, the British controlled the island up until about 6 decades ago. But, Jamaica is also home to Chinese and Indian settlers. And, although some of the items that could top a list of Jamaican national foods are meat products, there’s no shortage of island influence, as...
Planning a Trip to Jamaica – Things to Do in Montego Bay Jamaica

Planning a Trip to Jamaica – Things to Do in Montego Bay Jamaica

It’s been a long time since we took a Jamaica vacation – almost 17 years in fact. We took our honeymoon to Jamaica, way back in 2001. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort in Ocho Rios, and we barely left the resort. I swore this time it would be different. We planned a trip to Jamaica, in part to eat Jamaican food, and to find some fun things to do in Montego Bay, outside of the resort. It’s true that a lot of Jamaica holidays start and stop on the resort. And, that is perfectly fine. But, when planning a trip to Jamaica, think outside the box! And, think outside the resort!  Jamaica is a large island. It’s virtually impossible to see the whole thing in one trip. So, during this trip to Jamaica we stayed in Montego Bay. There are some really nice Montego bay resorts, some of them only minutes from the Montego Bay airport. But we wanted to explore, and explore we did! Plan a Trip to Jamaica Powered by GetYourGuide. Become a partner. *This post contains compensated links. Find more info in my DISCLAIMER. Things to Do In Jamaica Many of the attractions in Jamaica are found all over the Caribbean, including zip-lining and other adventure activities. But, when looking at what to do in Jamaica, we focused on what to do in Montego Bay that was a little bit different. And, we were able to find some unique Montego Bay attractions, all of which are about an hour or less drive from the best Montego Bay beaches. Some of these activities are not ones that...
Searching for the Best Jamaican Meat Pie in Montego Bay

Searching for the Best Jamaican Meat Pie in Montego Bay

I was thrilled about returning to Jamaica, 17 years after our first trip, in search of authentic Jamaican food. I assumed we would get our fill of jerk chicken. And, within the first day, I was falling in love with Jamaican brown stew chicken and Jamaican boiled dumplings. But, as we started to inquire more about Jamaican cuisine, one word left coming up – patties – a Jamaican meat pie popular with the locals. Really popular. We had to explore. What is a Jamaican Beef Patty I was at least a little familiar with Caribbean food before arriving back in Jamaica. And, I knew there had to be more than Jamaican jerk chicken on offer in Montego Bay. But, as we were searching for a typical Jamaican restaurant, people just kept talking about the patties. It started to become an obsession – to find the best Jamaican meat pie in Montego Bay. And, in the name of research, we tried a lot of patties in just a few short days! A Jamaican beef patty is similar to other meat patties from Africa or South America. Similar to an empanada, or a Brazilian pastel, it’s at its most basic a meat filled flaky pie crust. But, there is a Jamaican twist – it’s spicy! A Jamaican Patty is More than Just Beef At its most traditional, a Jamaican patty is made with spicy ground beef. But, in recent years, and with increased competition between the largest patty stores in Jamaica, a lot of different varieties have come out. A few of the most popular are beef and cheese (referred to...
Walking Down Memory Lane – The 10 Worst Cocktails Ever

Walking Down Memory Lane – The 10 Worst Cocktails Ever

I’ve been throwing a lot of stuff up on the blog recently, from guest posts called Where Did You Sleep Last Night, to posts about yoga, and the three part series on Nyepi.  You have been hearing me talk about our clean living in the blog since we arrived in Ubud a year ago, about how much weight we have lost, about how happy we have been here (most days).  You have also been reading a little bit of our tell all, with our nineties love story, as I start to get a little more personal on the blog. Now, I get personal in a different way.   A friend from Washington, DC, posted a typical top 10 list on Facebook that caught my eye.  It was a ranking of the 10 Worst Cocktails Ever, from the perspective of the bartender.  I only clicked on it because the graphic showed a cocktail that reminded me of the Singapore Sling at Raffles, which I recently tried at the insistence of a friend in from the States.  I love you Josh, and I am happy we had a moment together at Raffles, but I cannot believe how expensive that syrupy pre-made drink was. The Singapore Sling was not present on this particular top 10 list.  Instead, it was a series of drinks, almost all of which I have drank in the past, and each one reminded me of a story of my forgotten youth, or recent past.  Each one reminded me of a person, or a place, or a time in my life, some of which I would prefer to forget....
A Land of Cuba Propaganda

A Land of Cuba Propaganda

I have seen propaganda before, and in particular, anti-American propaganda.  We traveled through China, and visited the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.  I am used to seeing a plethora of homages to Chairman Mao in China and Uncle Ho in Vietnam, and reverence to Che Gueverra all over the world.  I am generally prepared for propaganda like that.  Sometimes, though, the propaganda comes from surprising sources, in surprising places, and in surprising quantity.   It is all I thought about when witnessing first hand the Cuba propaganda in Havana. Surprising Sources of Cuba Propaganda We knew heading to Cuba as Americans was a risk, a little bit of an unknown destination.  But, we were willing to take the risk to learn about the country, to engage in exchanges with the people, and for me to report back on what we learned.   Approximately 99% of the people we met in Cuba were excited to meet us and excited to engage with us.  As a result, we told people we were from America, and acted accordingly – answering the questions that came our way, but most importantly, responding to the wide smiles that greeted our nationality.   When visiting Vinales, Cuba, our guide took us to a cultural center, a fancy name for a bar that hosted music in the evenings.  Eric and I had prime seats, in the front row.  Cigar smoking Eric’s blonde hair and blue eyes were practically sitting on the dance floor.  The singer kept dancing over to him, trying to interact.  She put the microphone to him and asked him where we...