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An Anniversary trip to Ocho Rios

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I'm still in Jamaica relaxing for a few days with the family after celebrating my cousin's wedding yesterday. K and I visited Jamaica back in 2012 for another destination wedding in Negril and now we're in Montego Bay so I've been looking forward to seeing a different part of the island.

My good friend and fellow blogger, Kate from Green Fashionista so generously offered to share the highlights from her wedding anniversary trip to Jamaica. They happened to visit around the same time we were there in 2012 but they stayed in Ocho Rios which is a part of the Jamaica I've yet to visit.

Kate and her hubby spent 4 nights at the Sunset Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios, which they chose because it's a beachfront all-inclusive resort with some beautiful pools and waterslides.

The swim-up bar is always a favorite when it comes to all-inclusive resorts and Kate said they immediately got in the pool when they arrived and could just feel the stress melt away.

Their days were spent lounging in the cabanas by the pool, sipping on cocktails, and enjoying the pool and waterslides.

Sounds like the perfect vacation to me and that's exactly what we've been doing.

They enjoyed some Bob Marley cocktails poolside which look delish.

I just love the view from their hotel room and it gives you a nice glimpse of Ocho Rios' coast.

Thank you Kate for sharing the highlights of your anniversary trip to Jamaica!

If you're interested in exploring more about Jamaica, you can read Kate's full Ocho Rios trip recap and my trip to the 7-mile long beach in Negril.

Hope this week treats you well!

Wanderlust Wednesdays: Negril, Jamaica

I visited Negril in Jamaica a few years ago for my cousin's wedding and to celebrate our honeymoon a little late since their wedding was only a month after ours and couldn't swing two big trips. We flew into Montego Bay Airport and took a shuttle for about 1.5 hours to get to Negril. We stayed at the Riu Negril Resort which is an affordable all-inclusive resort located along Negril's seven mile beach. About 25 family members and friends made it to Negril for the wedding so our days were spent doing water sports and hanging out on the beach and at the pool bar. 

Most of the trip was spent at our resort since there was everything we needed in one spot including lots of entertainment and water activities however K and I made sure to plan some time alone for our "honeymoon". We went on a private boat tour up Negril's coast stopping at several spots to snorkel, have lunch or a drink, and eventually cliff dive at the famous Rick's Cafe.

Margaritaville Negril

Some of the locals are professionals at diving off the cliff and even our cruise tour guide got up there and took a back dive off the cliff.

There's a big possibility we'll be going back to Jamaica next year for another cousin's destination wedding so I hope she choses a different area such as Ocho Rios or Montego Bay since we got to see all that Negril offers. That coast is just beautiful though!

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Wanderlust Wednesdays: Barbados

Last week I recapped my trip to Barbados which was full of wedding fun and festivities but we also had a couple days to play tourist and explore the island so I have some must-dos to share for anyone thinking of visiting Barbados in the future. 

Cool Runnings Catamaran Cruise

This daytime lunch cruise on the Cool Runnings catamaran is a must! We started at 9:30 am and cruised along Barbados' coast stopping off to snorkel and swim. We explored a ship wreck, saw lots of colorful fish and swam with turtles. The staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable and provided great entertainment throughout the day. We also had a lunch buffet which was amazing and drinks kept flowing throughout the day. The rum punch was exceptional!

The Crane Beach Resort

The Crane looks like something out of a magazine. We visited this world famous resort to have lunch at the poolside restaurant and to explore the beautiful property and scenery.

Bathsheba Beach

Bathsheba sits on the east coast of Barbados and is popular among surfers for the nice waves especially in the "Soup Bowl" which brings surfers from around the world. As a visitor, it's a nice view and place to relax to take in the views.

Tapas Restaurant

We enjoyed an ocean-front dinner with friends at Tapas. The Spanish style tapas menu didn't disappoint and the service was exceptional. Although it was too dark outside to enjoy the oceanfront scenery, the sound of the waves crashing made for a good ambiance.

Accra Beach

Accra Deck Restaurant

We enjoyed an amazing Sunday breakfast buffet over looking the beach and ocean at the Accra Deck located at the Accra Beach Hotel.

I can't wait to return to Barbados in the future. It's seriously a gorgeous island with lots of Caribbean charm, good food, and friendly locals.

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2. Link up your favorite travel recaps or travel related posts
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Wedding Weekend in Barbados

Hi everyone! I'm officially back in action after spending the past several days in Barbados for a friend's wedding. We had an amazing trip and I plan to post a "Guide to Barbados" next week. Just a little late but I'm joining Biana for her Weekending linkup to recap our (long) weekend trip.

K and I arrived in Barbados late on Wednesday night so we had just enough time to grab some dinner and hit the sack before waking up super early on Thursday to head to the marina where we took a catamaran cruise around the island. We enjoyed the crystal blue waters around Barbados' coast and went snorkeling where we saw a ship wreck, tons of beautiful fish, and also swam with some friendly turtles. I wish I owned an underwater camera to capture our snorkeling adventures.

Thursday night was girls night with the bride-to-be, her bridesmaids, mom and other ladies in the family. The bridesmaids cooked up a local fish dinner, and we had some wine and just hung out since we had to be up bright and early on Friday to start the hair and makeup process. 

Friday morning came quickly and we got started at 8am at the wedding venue which was a beautiful villa that sits on Barbados' west coast. The girls spent the day getting prepped and hanging out with the bride.

It was then time for the ceremony, which was at a beautiful church cathedral and the reception was back at the villa. It was one of the most beautiful weddings I've attended to date and the bride looked stunning!

On Saturday, a friend of mine who lives in Barbados took us on our own private tour of the island. We stopped off at The Crane resort which looks like something out of a magazine to have lunch and check out the amazing views.

We drove around the east coast and checked out a few other beaches and lookout points. Barbados is definitely in my top 5 list of most beautiful Caribbean islands. The color of the ocean and scenery is incredible.

On Sunday we hit the beach by our hotel super early for one last swim and lounge on the beach before meeting up with some family for breakfast/brunch and then packing up to head to the airport.

As I always say after vacation - it was way too short!! But we packed our days and nights full so we didn't waste a minute of Barbados' beauty and spending time with family and friends.

I'm looking forward to catching up on some blog reading this week and getting back into my regular routine.