Happy New Year y’all. So sorry that I’ve been MIA. But I needed some time to recharge for the new year. So I decided to take a much needed break from blogging for the holidays. This year I did something different to bring in the year. I took a trip to Kingston with my girls, and celebrated New Years Eve in Jamaica. We stayed in the parish of St. Andrew in the Stony Hill area at my friend’s Dad house. Since we took an overnight flight we were tired when we arrived. So we settled down for some rest and woke up to fresh coconut water and this amazing Jamaican style breakfast prepared by our resident Mommy, Ms. Sandra.
We ate on the balcony which had an amazing view overlooking the rest of Kingston, and spent a large part of the day relaxing there. That night we went to Rum Bar’s ‘Chug It’, followed by dinner at Macau and another party (I forget where.)
The next day we headed out early to get some sightseeing done before the beach and started with Emancipation Park. It was pretty amazing to see the Redemption Song Statue in person.
After Emancipation Park we headed to the Bob Marley Museum. I learned so much about the renowned Reggae artist that I did not know. It was so great to visit his home and see how he lived.
After the museum we headed over to Hellshire Beach to enjoy some food and fun in the sun. We decided on Totie’s and picked our pieces of fresh fish then walked along the beach and chilled out while we waited for our food to be done.
We all decided on the fried Red Snapper with some festivals and OMG it was soooo good. The pickled onion and peppers dressing put it over the top. I ate every last drop!
After eating we enjoyed the water and watched the sunset which was beautiful.
After all of this we were tired so we chilled out in the house until we all fell asleep. We got up really early the next day for a road trip to Ocho Rios aka Ochi. We started the day with another amazing Jamaican breakfast from Ms. Sandra. She was spoiling us with the food.
On the way to Ochi we stopped at my friend’s Dad other house in the parish of St. Mary where we enjoyed fresh coconut water and panganots (pomegranates), along with a tour of the land. We then headed to go Whitewater Rafting.
During our rafting adventure we stopped at the most amazing strip of beach, it was breathtaking!
When we finished rafting we headed to Reggae Beach and had a great time enjoying each others company.
We headed back home and arrived pretty late so we chilled inside again with some drinks and girl talk. The next day was New Year’s Eve so we slept in late and headed to Eden Spa in the afternoon for some massages followed by dinner at Majestic Sushi & Grill. Both were pretty cool but nothing different than what I would get at home. I wasn’t exactly blown away but I did enjoy the relaxation and time spent with my girls. We then headed to my friend’s sister house to get ready to head out to the Smirnoff X.Clusive New Year’s Eve Party. The atmosphere was awesome, upscale and classy with a few celebs scattered about. I even had a short chat with Tyson Beckford. We all had a great time and partied all night long.
After a few hours of sleep we went back home where Ms. Sandra had breakfast waiting for us. We then slept all afternoon before getting ready to pack up and head to the airport. It was a great experience visiting Jamaica, and Kingston at that. We really got a taste of real Jamaica and how people live. I have to go back. I’m thinking Negril for next time. New Years Eve in Jamaica was quite the experience. I had an amazing trip and enjoyed bringing in the new year away from home. I may have to make it a tradition.
What did you do to bring in the new year?