Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios has been on my Travel list (I need to post it one day) for awhile now so I jumped at the opportunity to visit when my friend Fran suggested it. I was apprehensive about the price because it is a very “touristy” activity & those are usually pretty expensive but when Fran told me that we would be getting the experience for $6300 JMD I was like SIGN ME UP!
When my friend Francine told me that she wanted to climb Dunn’s River Falls for her birthday I could not resist this unique way of celebrating her birthday. The week leading up to it we were a bit worried because our friend who was driving wouldn’t be able to make the trip but we decided to hop a bus & turn the trip into a full on adventure.
I think adventure should be my legal middle name lol.
We headed downtown to the bus park on a bustling Saturday morning to catch a bus to Ocho Rios. We were unpleasantly surprised to find only one bus with only smaller “middle” seats available & we were not about to endure that drama. One of the vendors in the bus park told us our best bet was to take a bus toSpanish Town because the next bus to Ocho Rioswouldn’t arrive until 1 PM…this was at 10:30 AM.
I was blessed with the opportunity to enjoy a free weekend at any Sandals resortin Jamaica thanks to my coworker. He won the weekend in a raffle & gave me the trip as a 30th Birthday gift.
I was lucky enough to be able to get the weekend at my first choice resort which was Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Ocho Rios, St. Ann. I chose that resort because I remember seeing articles in the local media about its renovation & I was really impressed by the new look.
When you live on an island Summer never really ends….the days just get shorter….
At the end of August, I went on an excursion with my Rotaract Clubto Irie River in St. Ann. I was super excited for the trip & I was not disappointed a bit.
A little about the Irie River….
“Irie River, formerly known as Irie Beach, is a true Jamaican Paradise and is widely known as one of our best kept secrets. It is located on a scenic section of the White River, in Ocho Rios, just 15 minutes upstream from the ocean. People come from all around the world to swim in our cool, clear waters and to relax and be amazed by our enchanted gardens.
Irie River has the atmosphere of a plantation-era bathing hole, Caribbean style. The sandy bottomed river flows gently through the park, allowing for safe swimming and visitors can bask in the sun on the grassy banks or relax in the shade provided by the lush tropical rainforest overhead.”