Jimmy, my (usually) wonderful boyfriend, and I decided that we should go on vacation together. I don’t know about you, but I day dream about vacations/places I want to go about 55% of my waking hours. I’m a day dreamer. However, when it comes down to it, I really hate the nitty-gritty details. Like, how am I supposed to know which resort is best? Do we want to go to a resort? Wasn’t there a number of resorts making people sick because they were watering down their liquor? How do I know it won’t be filled with bugs? (ew, sort of my worst nightmare that is also seemingly without guarantee anytime you stay near the ocean but I don’t care when I see one I lose all sense of reality for a bit)

Annnnnnyway, we decided that our factors in traveling would be….

#1 - Can we get there in a single flight? I prefer direct flights for all of the obvious reasons, and Jimmy agreed.
#2 - Is it adult oriented? (I think it’s clear I love kids, but it seems weird to be on my 3rd cocktail at noon with little eyes watching.)
#3 - Is it affordable? Or at least affordable-adjacent?

So we chose a night, got down to it and made all of the decisions. It took 3 hours. My lovely roommate, Lindsey, was full of helpful ideas as well. I think she thought our process was a little weird… but, I mean, we decided all of it all at once, so it wasn’t like she was wrong.

Where did we land? Sunset at the Palms in Jamaica.

And It. Was. AWESOME.

You stay in individual like tree house cabins. Very cool. And, to my happiness, the inside was spotless and totally bug free. :) Ha!

You stay in individual like tree house cabins. Very cool. And, to my happiness, the inside was spotless and totally bug free. :) Ha!

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We chose Sunset at the Palms because it was adult oriented and the reviews were great. It is maybe the only resort in Negril where you have to cross the street to get to the ocean, but it didn’t really matter. It felt like we were staying in the middle of the rainforest with a quick and easy walk to the ocean. Best of both worlds!

A good portion of these photos are just from my iPhone 7 camera. It was more of a relaxing vacation for us, and less of an adventure. So I hope that you don’t mind a mix. :)

A good portion of these photos are just from my iPhone 7 camera. It was more of a relaxing vacation for us, and less of an adventure. So I hope that you don’t mind a mix. :)

So we had a little snafu with our flight and were delayed for several hours because of a cabin pressure issue. Then we all shuffled back onto the plane, but then had to wait another hour or so for the right beer cart. ***severe eye roll*** Anyway, by the time we finally landed I was ready for some rum punch! Sunset at the Palms has a complimentary service to help you breeze through security and find your prearranged transport. While you wait for the transport, there is a lounge with lots of rum punch available. They even gave us one for the road - ha!

We were exhausted and starving! Luckily, we made it back in time for the buffet. The first night was spent relaxing in the hot tub, drinking lots of rum punch. We couldn’t believe no one was hanging out in the hot tub, but we didn’t mind! We just floated on our floats and enjoyed the warmth.

The view from the hot tub. You can see the beautiful pool and late night bar. There was live music every night just beyond the bar here. It was gorgeous.

The view from the hot tub. You can see the beautiful pool and late night bar. There was live music every night just beyond the bar here. It was gorgeous.

Beautiful view :)

Beautiful view :)

Jimmy isn’t much of a morning person. He isn’t crabby at all, just he likes to sleep until he is rested. So after the long day of traveling and then not going to sleep until 2, I thought he would be out until at least 9 and worried he might sleep until 11. He even joked, “My mom has tried to get me up early to go to the beach on vacation and it never works.” We agreed that we should let ourselves sleep in a little so we can enjoy the time tomorrow instead of being sleepy.

That sounds easy enough, but apparently we got our signals crossed. Ha!

Jimmy, shaking me, “Get up! Get up! Get up!”

Me, groggy as can be, “What time is it?

Jimmy, “7:30!”

Me, “… … …what?”

I was so confused. Anyway, I finally agreed that he could re-wake me up at 8. Which he did. On the dot. Ha! Can’t really blame him. He was really excited about seeing the beach. I was too, but it’s hard for me to get excited about anything when I’m sleepy.



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Needless to say, we were happy.

Next we needed to eat, change and get back to this beautiful scene!

The food was… about as good as you can expect from an all inclusive resort.

The food was… about as good as you can expect from an all inclusive resort.

Almost all of the eating was outdoors. It was seriously gorgeous and relaxing.

Almost all of the eating was outdoors. It was seriously gorgeous and relaxing.

This is what you saw walking around the resort. Almost zero people, beautiful foliage and you could even hear the insects!

This is what you saw walking around the resort. Almost zero people, beautiful foliage and you could even hear the insects!

After getting chairs and a drink, Jimmy and I were quick to get into the water. One surprising thing is that our beach had tons of room! Even though our resort was at capacity, it did not feel busy at all. There were no lines for food, no wait for tables/chairs - even the water was basically empty! It was so wonderful.

After getting chairs and a drink, Jimmy and I were quick to get into the water. One surprising thing is that our beach had tons of room! Even though our resort was at capacity, it did not feel busy at all. There were no lines for food, no wait for tables/chairs - even the water was basically empty! It was so wonderful.

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Red Stripe was readily available, but really we focused on the frozen cocktails in the back. With a rum float, of course. :)

Red Stripe was readily available, but really we focused on the frozen cocktails in the back. With a rum float, of course. :)

Gotta shout out to one of most famous Jamaicans of all time!

Gotta shout out to one of most famous Jamaicans of all time!

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We were both a little nervous that people would try to talk to us while on vacation. Little did I know I was dating my own Chatty Cathy - ha! He made friends everywhere, per usual. :) I wouldn’t have him any other way.

That night we went to a Chef’s dinner. The food was significantly better than the buffet food, but it took a very long time. Dinner took almost 2 hours from first course to dessert. We still enjoyed ourselves quite a bit, of course. :)

That night we went to a Chef’s dinner. The food was significantly better than the buffet food, but it took a very long time. Dinner took almost 2 hours from first course to dessert. We still enjoyed ourselves quite a bit, of course. :)

Great Morning #2

Great Morning #2

Is it even fun if you aren’t playing like a kid? :)

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We caught the sunset that night and it was really beautiful.

We caught the sunset that night and it was really beautiful.

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The mornings were nice and slow. :) I found a way to catch up on my sleep! Ha!

Parasailing! Jimmy got the opportunity to haggle and I got the opportunity to parasail. We both really enjoyed it. It was so calm while in the air, but the coolest parts were #1 - seeing the green of Jamaica. We were on the coast and couldn’t see the topography at all from the beach, but once we were up in the air we could see how hilly/mountainous it is. #2 coolest thing was getting to ride in a fast boat.

I saw a woman next to me get a fresh coconut machete-ed right in front of her. I’m not a huge fan of coconut, but it looked like so much fun! So the next day Jimmy bought me my own coconut. :) The flavor was actually really good. The only weird part that you don’t think about is that it was room temperature.

I saw a woman next to me get a fresh coconut machete-ed right in front of her. I’m not a huge fan of coconut, but it looked like so much fun! So the next day Jimmy bought me my own coconut. :) The flavor was actually really good. The only weird part that you don’t think about is that it was room temperature.

Just a couple of crazies floating in the pool. :)

Just a couple of crazies floating in the pool. :)

The last night we had another special dinner. It was romantic and fun. :) We watched the live music next to the late night bar and enjoyed the atmosphere of the resort. It was wonderful.

The last night we had another special dinner. It was romantic and fun. :) We watched the live music next to the late night bar and enjoyed the atmosphere of the resort. It was wonderful.

The morning before we left we took a short walk down the beach where the shops are. Most were still closed, but some were open already.

The morning before we left we took a short walk down the beach where the shops are. Most were still closed, but some were open already.

Jamaica was a success. We were so happy with everything, except leaving of course. :)

Until next time Jamaica!
XOXOXOXOXOX,
Brittany

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