On day three in Jamaica our group took a road trip four hours north to the town of Ocho Rios. Ochi, as it’s affectionately known, is on the north coast of the island and is quite possibly one of my favourite places in Jamaica because of its laid back atmosphere.
First stop was Mystic Mountain and upon arrival Walter, Kimberly and I took a chairlift 700 ft to the top which gave us the most spectacular view overlooking the town. Once you get to the top of the mountain you can either relax by the infinity pool or be a thrill seeker by going zip lining or bobsledding. Being the speed demon that I am, that bobsled had my name written all over it. I was the driver and Kimberly was my passenger, and for a few seconds we were Jamaica’s premiere bobsled team. Cool runnings!
To quench our thirst and satisfy our hunger after an award winning bobsled race we hit up popular outdoor restaurant Scotchies. The food is cooked over an open barbecue, the jerk is mouth-watering and the drinks are cold. I ordered the quarter jerk chicken, festival and roasted breadfruit. Just the thought of the meal has me salivating like nobody’s business. I could go back to Jamaica just for the food at Scotchies.
We then headed to Dolphin Cove founded and operated by husband and wife team Stafford and Marilyn Burrowes. Dolphin Cove is a three-acre marine park located across from Dunn’s River Falls where you can swim with dolphins, as well as take-in a shark encounter. Not one to lose any body parts we went with the safe option and swam with the dolphins, we loved every minute of it.
Part-way through our visit in Ochi, I had the group take a slight detour. I have relatives in Jamaica and just a few minutes drive from Mystic Mountain my Aunt Elise owns and operates The Blue House, ranked as #1 of 12 bed and breakfast inns in Ochi on TripAdvisor. I hadn’t seen my aunt since I was 13 years old, so it was very heartwarming to spend a few minutes with her and the family.
After an adventure filled day we headed back to Kingston, had a sumptuous meal at Redbones the Blues Café and then took in Style Week Jamaica’s evening fashion event on the city’s waterfront. A total of 12 collections by designers such as Pebbles King, Allan Virgo, TNT Fashions by Simone Gordon and HOD by Gregory Williams were presented back-to-back; to say that it was a fashion marathon would be an understatement. The highlight of my evening was seeing the spring/summer 2013 collections of American guest designer Cesar Galindo.