I stayed at Bethel Court for around two weeks and met so many awesome people from all around the world. The place was jam-packed some days, but without fail Steve always found somewhere for each traveller to sleep. Most days everyone would meet up on the beach and party at night - a pretty cool way to spend our days!
Saturday 22nd we packed ourselves into two minibuses and went on a day trip; most of which consisted of driving along the windy roads through the mountains listening to FULL BLAST dancehall music. Our first stop was the Bob Marley Mausoleum - the birth and rest place of Bob Marley in "9 mile" village.
|A line of tourists holding hands whilst walking up the falls|
The prisons on the island
Everybody has heard about the beautiful all-inclusive getaways in Jamaica: unlimited food, drinks, sun, sea, sand, entertainment. They are all located a few miles away from downtown Montego Bay, a tax-free area therefore perfect for the resorts to make a lot of money. Why would you need to leave an all-inclusive resort? Walk down a deserted dirt track for a mile or two (this is why everybody believes it is dangerous outside - it´s just a trick of the mind!) and you can experience the real Jamaica. The beaches outside the resorts are just as beautiful, the food is (much cheaper) authentic Jamaican cuisine, and you can get a tan from a better sun. Ok the last one is me just trying to convince you. Above all this, the main reason I believe tourists should leave the resorts is to spread the wealth to the country and no to the resort owners. Who on earth wants to make the rich richer?! If the travel companies didn´t convince the world that Jamaica is so dangerous then it would really help the country that is so poverty-stricken. A country with such a strong, fascinating culture and with so much to offer to everybody.
On Saturday I caught a bus to Negril and walked along the famous seven mile beach. To be honest, I didn't see why people were so attracted to it...it was just hotel after hotel along a very long beach. I got a taxi up to "Rick´s Cafe" where you can watch locals dive off the cliffs to the side. Tourists were allowed to dive too but I didn't think it would be that wise...doing a belly-flop from that high up wouldn't be the coolest moment of my life!