Jamaica, My Heart's Desire (Cynthia)

by Cynthia
(Washington, DC)

At Jamaican beach

At Jamaican beach

At Jamaican beach
Relaxing on the beach in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

I LOVE JAMAICA! It has actually become something that people know me for now. I first came to Jamaica in 2003/2004 with three of my best girlfriends.


We stayed at Sunset Beach Resort in Montego Bay. We did the typical "first time" stuff like the Booze Cruise and horse-back riding and we alson hung out at the resort quite a bit.

I was amazed by the beauty and openess of the resort. The food and drinks were overflowing and it was like a dream come true. I have since out-grown the resorts with all the rum you can drink and the breakfast lunch and dinner buffett's.

Although I only got a taste of Jamaica that first trip was like love at first sight. I remember dreaming about Jamaica months later after I returned home I woke up feeling a sincere desire to go back.

It was almost like an urgency. I was missing something and Jamaica had it. My friends and I returned to Jamaica again about a year or so later and this time we were a little more adventurous.

I wanted to really experience Jamaica and I had to leave the resort to do that. We traveled to Ocho Rios to check out Dunns River Falls.

We even ventured way up in the mountains to see Bob Marley's birth place. I have simply lost count of all the times that I have traveled back to Jamaica since then, sometimes with friends and even alone a few times.

Jamaica has something that I have not found anywhere or in any of my other travels. It is where my spirit is renewed. The sheer beauty of the island with its aqua blue water and many many hidden treasures is what continues to keep me coming back.

The Jamaican culture, the food, the people - even the disfunction are all embedded in me now.

I travel still to other places but my heart and soul belongs to JA. It truly is my home away from home. My desire is to purchase a property soon and really "setup" a life for myself there.

When I have been away too long I begin to day dream about long lazy days on the beach, fish and bammy and delicious festivals.

I can hear the sounds of a soft beat playing in the background and feel the sun on my skin. I see the waves crashing and I smell the air. I even see a wandering cow or goat from time to time! and when I tire of just conjuring up these images from memory and replaying them in my head, well that is when I pack my bag, book my flight and go home.

I dismiss the whines from friends in family "you goin back to Jamaica again"!! I will never be able to explain to them or anyone who doesnt love JA like I do why I make this trip again and again. Oh how I love Jamaica, Sweet Jamaica.

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May 18, 2014
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Heart Desire
by: Sandi Brown

Hi Cynthia, Your story sent a surge. I too would love to live in JA. You are an inspiration. Please keep us posted on your progress. Everything gonna be alright!

May 12, 2014
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*Update*
by: Cynthia Savoy

Wow! It's interesting that you chose to post this again today as I am tracing back to Jamaica this week.

I am actually putting my foot forward and taking that next step to realizing my dream. I will be in Jamaica for approximately 8 weeks and I am planning to purchase a home.

I'm asking that you all pray for me because I don't have it all worked out but my faith and my desire tell me that now is the time to jump in. I had forgotten all about this post I wrote so long ago (It seems) but seeing it pop again is like confirmation that things will work out.

Thank you Wellesley for this site and for sharing my love for JA.

If anyone has advise on mortgage lenders or home buying in JA please share. Thanks again!

Feb 07, 2013
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same here
by: Jess

Great story...I feel the exact same way! People get tired of me going on and on about Sweet JA but it's like they say "Once you Go, You KNOW!"

Dec 07, 2012
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Jamaica
by: Diana

Cynthia,

I know exactly what you mean. It's something about Jamaica that draws you in. The food is great, good music, beautiful island, but it's the people that make the difference! I have be-friended a jamaican family that treats me like one of their own. When I go to Jamaica I stay in the country, Ocho Rio. I've never been to Montego Bay or Kingston; Ochi is my second home. If you want a different experience, visit Ocho Rio. I dream of purchasing a home one day in Jamaica.

I will be in Ochi in February "13 for two weeks. I can wait! If someone would like to join me and live like a true jamaican, I can be reached on facebook "Diana Harrell"

Much Love,

Dec 07, 2012
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Jamaica my heart desire
by: Rachael G



Hi Cynthia,
I know what you mean, I have been away for forty years plus, I too have been planning and hoping. I have been coming back for a few weeks at a time for the past twenty years.
I made up my mind quite a while now,' I am back to set up that business and with the help of the Almighty I will give at least three people a permanent Job to begin with, I would like to link up with you. You can find me on face book but also see my web site :www.rachaelgraham.com

Follow your dreams just think about the area you want to live in, Stay near the coast even half an hour away.

Blessings & Peace

Rachael Graham

Dec 07, 2012
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Cynthia, Make Your Dream A Reality
by: Lady Roots

I live in St Elizabeth, on the south coast of Jamaica. I have an American friend who lives in Washington, DC.

After traveling the world, she bought property in a rural farming district here in St Bess, spent the last three years slaving in DC to send down money to have her house built and will be living her dream where she feels she is at home.

She has lived without a car, a cell phone, cable TV, Starbucks, or any of the other "I can't live withouts" that cost most Americans their dreams.

You choose. Is Jamaica a dream or will you make it a reality?

Bless up,
Lady Roots

Dec 07, 2012
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Cynthia, Make Your Dream A Reality
by: LadybRoots

I live in St Elizabeth, on the south coast of Jamaica. I have an American friend who lives in Washington, DC.

After traveling the world, she bought property in a rural farming district here in St Bess, spent the last three years slaving in DC to send down money to have her house built and will be living her dream where she feels she is at home.

She has lived without a car, a cell phone, cable TV, Starbucks, or any of the other "I can't live withouts" that cost most Americans their dreams.

You choose. Is Jamaica a dream or will you make it a reality?

Bless up,
Lady Roots

Dec 07, 2012
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Jamacia is the place to live
by: garyh776

I can;t wait to move to jamacia. great people, culture,laid back, after semi retiring 51yrs. old looking forward to moving to jamacia from U.S. for a little mellowness,I want to move to montego bay area next year we will see

Dec 06, 2012
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by: lynn

I am the same,Jamaica ,18 times in 18 years.my friends wonder why I don't care about travelling anywhere else.I recognised the old reggae as soon as I heard it,I asked mom if she had friends that liked reggae,she said no.my heart longs to be there,when I'm not,you are not alone,we feel the same.Jamaica draws you in,it is so beautiful,the rythim of the people.the smiles,food,weather,and natural heart amazes me...one love

Dec 05, 2012
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Love for Ja
by: Anonymous

I just wish every Jamaican could love Jamaica too. Then rverything would be simply great. Anyhow I'm working on it.

Dec 05, 2012
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Love for Ja
by: Anonymous

I just wish every Jamaican could love Jamaica too. Then rverything would be simply great. Anyhow I'm working on it.

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