The 2002 trip to Negril marked the one year anniversary of the
marriage between Kim and I. It was nice to return to the resort
to see some old friends again, as well as the sights of the Caribbean.
Photos like the one above, and the one below, could easily be postcard
Our good friend Boxer, seen below with me, was not only our SCUBA
instructor for our second round of classes (we completed our Advanced
Open Water certification on this trip), but he also took us on a
tour by boat to Rick's Cafe and the tip of the Negril coast.
Along the way we were greeted by the catamaran from Hedonism Resort.
You know the one, where nudity is the norm and vacation wife-swapping
is expected. Well, as you might have guessed, all the patrons on
their boat were butt-naked. I grabbed a photo of it, just enough
out of focus to make it viewable by all LOL.
Once our attention was taken off of the birthday suit crowd, we
enjoyed the sights of the coast of Negril. From quaint little resorts
with huts right on the ocean...
...to private residences that looked like a castle...
...and I'm not quite sure about this one...
Eventually we came to Rick's
Cafe. I decided to not jump and swim for it, instead opting
for the boat ride home, but I did get to enjoy the view of the cliff
jumpers from a unique perspective.
We also did a little touring by land. That is one regret I have
is not seeing enough of Jamaica by land. Little shacks like the
one below sold jerk chicken. Perhaps scary to consider purchasing
food from, but it was tasty stuff.
I think that the paradise most Americans don't arrive expecting.
Photos like that don't make it into the travel guides. But it is
the real Jamaica. Once you got away from the resorts, and the coast-line
mansions, the poverty unfolds.
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