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Senior Trip in Jamaica!

Senior Trip in Jamaica!

One of my favorite places in the world is Jamaica. I’ve been vacationing here for more than 20 years. I love everything about it. The sea, the mountains, the music, the flowers, and of course the food! But my favorite thing about Jamaica has to be the people!
This year’s trip to Jamaica over spring break was extra special! My daughter Ireland is a senior in high school so she invited 5 of her friends to come along. It was a trip I’ll never forget! None of the girls had been to Jamaica before. I wanted to show them the “real” Jamaica.
Let’s start with the food. The minute we land and get our luggage, Ireland just has to get a Jamaican patty. They sell them right there at a little stand outside at the airport. It’s a pastry filled with beef and spices inside a flakey shell. As you can see, the girls devoured them!
Eating Patties at the Airport in Jamaica
We do Jamaica a little differently than most. Instead of staying at a hotel, we rent a house. Or, in Jamaica they call them villas. Most villas come with a cook, a housekeeper, and caretaker. We’ve rented the same villa for several years now so the staff is like family! They welcome us with big hugs! And, there are always tears when we have to say goodbye.
I wanted our first dinner of the vacation to be a traditional Jamaican dinner. I asked our cook, Miss Tiny, if we could have jerk chicken, a big fresh salad, coleslaw, and her famous rice and peas.
The girls loved it! Especially the rice and peas! They asked to have it every night after that. Here’s my recipe for a shortcut to make this wonderful Jamaican Rice and Peas side dish at home! So good!
Jamaican Rice and Peas
The fruits and veggies in Jamaica are AMAZING! A produce truck comes to the house a few times a week. It’s like a traveling farmers market. I always get so excited to see it in the morning. Miss Tiny and I pick out what we want together. This trip the girls helped too!
Produce Truck
Produce Truck-Traveling Farmers Market
Breakfast every morning was filled with gorgeous fresh fruit like watermelon, pineapple, grapefruit, mangos and papaya.
Fresh Fruit
I make my Blender Banana Bread most mornings too! I was pretty flattered when Miss Tiny asked me to write down my recipe so she could make it for other guests!
Blender Banana Bread
Besides going to the beach and spending lots of time in the pool, the we took a bike trip up to the mountains where they grow the delicious Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee.
Blue Mountains
The scenery was spectacular! They even showed us how they roast the coffee beans! Smelled so good!
Blue Mountain Coffee
The girl’s also zip lined and went on the Jamaican bobsled ride at Mystic Mountain.
Zip Lining
Mystic Mountain
Here the girls are at the beautiful Blue Hole for a day of swimming and diving in the beautiful blue waters.
Friends at the Magical Blue Hole
It really was a magical trip! I know I’ll be back next year! Hope the girls will get back to Jamaica one day with their families too! Until then, we’ll just have to make Miss Tiny’s Key Lime Pie at home!

Have you been to Jamaica? If so where do you like to go? I’d love to hear!

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