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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
Needless to say, we were happy.
Next we needed to eat, change and get back to this beautiful scene!
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.
Is it even fun if you aren’t playing like a kid? :)
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.
Jamaica was a success. We were so happy with everything, except leaving of course. :)
Until next time Jamaica!