The Start of My Jamaica Addiction

by Tina K
(California,USA)

Negril Beach

Negril Beach

Negril Beach
Jamaican sunset
Dr. Bill's Boat,  7 Mile Beach, Negril Jamaica

I feel like I should start by standing up and introducing myself....


Hi, my name is Tina and I'm a Jamaicoholic. I admit that I am powerless over my need to visit Jamaica and that the only way for me to satisfy my need, is to visit over and over again.

I first went to Jamaica as an "add-on" to a meet up with my best friend in Miami, Fl at the end of January 2008.

At the time, my bestie and I were living in separate countries, so we met up a few times a year for a vacation and some girl time (aka, lots of shopping). This time was for a few days in Miami, a cruise to Mexico, and then a few relaxing days on the beach in Jamaica. Miami was nice, the cruise was relaxing....I fell in love with Jamaica!

Now of course we had heard a few things from people before we had left about Jamaica...a few hesitations from them, a few humms and haaass, a few cautions. I found this interesting, listened to their advice, and was in no way going to let it stop me from taking this trip. I am so glad that we didn't listen.

I knew from the moment I got off the plane in Montego Bay that I was in love. I had not experienced this feeling in any other country that I had visited. The sights and sounds of the island caught my interest and as we drove from the airport in Montego Bay to Negril, I almost got whiplash as I tried to take it all in.

I loved the smiles of the locals, the sounds of the markets, the smell of the foods, and the "welcome" from whom all we met.

We decided to stay at a local place right on the beach, no all inclusive for us, seeking out what we needed, when we needed it.

It worked out great and I would recommend it to anyone as there are so many great places to stay, great places to eat & drink and have fun; lthough I am sure some people prefer AI.

In my opinion, staying non-AI is one way to ensure that your tourist dollar is going to the locals in a more direct way.

As this trip was quite short, only 5 days, we spent most of our time lounging on the beach, talking to a few vendors & some locals, eating great food, and ensured that we sampled the nightlife in Negril.

However, we did not stray far from the beach. It was a low-key affair by usual standards, but it was still fun!

Now, my bestie and I have a rule about our travels; we only visit a country/place once and then it is on to a new destination.

However, I did manage to convince her to break this rule for Jamaica and we went again for 10 days over New Years 2009/2010.

I managed to convince her that 1) the first trip we took was way too short, 2) we didn't see very much of the island (sand gravity hit hard), and 3) Jamaica was just too beautiful to not go again.

Since this first little trip, I have returned to Jamaica 5 more times with no stopping in sight. I now spend every Christmas and New Years on 7 Mile Beach with other trips throughout the year.

I once heard that whatever you are doing at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve, you will be doing more of throughout the year. Well, can't beat that...I try to get in as many trips to Jamaica as I can each year.

I currently have another countdown on the go and can’t seem to go without one; I have to know when I’m going to return!...I guess I know that I have an addiction to which the only known cure is to book another trip to Negril.

My bestie no longer goes as often as I go, she still has a few other places on her bucket list, but she does occasionally meet me on the island for a little fun in the sun.


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Mar 20, 2013
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Jamaicoholic
by: Anonymous

Terri,
I could barely read your entire blog before attempting to post a reply. I love the phrase "Jamaicaholic" and I too am addicted - Mind, body and soul. I travel to Jamaica every 3-4 months every since I fell in love back in 2006.

The feelings you described are almost the exact same feelings I had when I first met Jamaica and when I return each time. I feel more like I am coming home now tho, there is a strange connection I have with Jamaica - like it was always there waiting for me to find it.

It was a pleasure reading your blog and to hear from someone else who is as hooked as I am. I agree with you that it is beyond physical, there are some spiritual things going on there too. I plan to purchase a property in Jamaica soon and would love to have you as a guest one day so we can sit around and sip rum while we share our Jamaica love stories. :)

Mar 20, 2013
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Jamaicoholic
by: Anonymous

Terri,
I could barely read your entire blog before attempting to post a reply. I love the phrase "Jamaicaholic" and I too am addicted - Mind, body and soul. I travel to Jamaica every 3-4 months every since I fell in love back in 2006. The feelings you described are almost the exact same feelings I had when I first met Jamaica and when I return each time. I feel more like I am coming home now tho, there is a strange connection I have with Jamaica - like it was always there waiting for me to find it. It was a pleasure reading your blog and to hear from someone else who is as hooked as I am. I agree with you that it is beyond physical, there are some spiritual things going on there too. I plan to purchase a property in Jamaica soon and would love to have you as a guest one day so we can sit around and sip rum while we share our Jamaica love stories. :)

Mar 20, 2013
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I feel the love
by: Ann Treacy

I was blessed yet once again to spend 8 days in Negril over the Christmas holidays this past December. Being my 16th time to the island, I knew what to expect, yet was as excited, if not more than the times before.
All inclusive is very nice, yes the perks are definitely a bonus. I challenge you to walk on the wild side, walk to the beat of your own inner Jamaican drummer, and try something a little different, exciting,educational.
We rented a private condo at Point Village just past the town of Negril. We were situated in a little private oasis of lush gardens, flora and fauna.
Going to the market for breakfast each morning allowed us to sample many of the traditional Jamaican foods. No bacon and eggs here! My 7 year old loved the stewed kidney(imagine) and now says boiled dumplings is his favourite breakfast food.
The Hi-Lo grocery store is amazing. One stop shop for sure!

They even take your food items out of the cart, go around to the other side, put them in your grocery cart, then carry them out and pack the. Into your car. Give the man a tip, 'eh'. They work hard to be sure your visit in enjoyable.
The night life is spectacular! You can go hard, or kick back......

One of my personal fans is The Jungle Night Club. you have to give it a try to understand why! Also an evening sunset and cold Red Stripe beer at Alfred's on the beach is a must,
I cannot say enough about the many people who have touched my heart over the years...........if you open your mind, be accepting, respectful and daring..s...they will gladly show you a kind of Jamaica that no all-inclusive pool bar visit ever will.
To Jamaica my addiction, may you be strong, and always welcoming.

With much respect,

Your sister. Ann

Mar 20, 2013
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I Can't Wait...
by: Loobylou

I am 4 weeks away from my first ever visit to Jamaica. Going on my own and plan to embrace all it has to offer. Never done anything like this before and decided that Jamaica would be the place to do it partly through reading testimony on sites such as these. I will let you know how it goes!

Dec 04, 2011
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well done !!
by: sandrea

I have read and i'm so please to hear how well you all speak highly of my ISLAND JAMAICA..i've been away for a while so it's blessing to me,when people speak well of (yard)JAMAICA.keep on visiting friends,because wi nevea tiead fi se onu face,1 love, walk good till next time.

Dec 03, 2011
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It is Definetly True
by: Lisa

Jamaicaholic is such a fitting word. I went my first time in April with my Mom(she's been 3 other times) in our 30's and 50's, and we stayed in MoBay for a week. Since we've come back to NY it's all we ever talk about.

I agree how it takes you in with the beauty, I have been to the Bahamas and it is beautiful too but the factor that puts Jamaica over is this- The People.

Never have a felt so loved and liked in a country-I did not want to leave. Everyone one stopped us to ask how we were, and that was everyday people on the street, not just people where we stayed. I love the culture and will be back after my family vacation in 12' because I officially want to become a "Jamarican". Peace Mon. :)

Dec 01, 2011
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Jamaica addiction
by: Cheryl

I enjoyed your little story on your love for Jamaica - it was, yes, quite interesting as i could actually feel your enthusiasm and excitement in being here - well you continue to come here and have fun and enjoy your peace of mind -

regards,

Nov 30, 2011
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Jamaicaholic
by: Terri

When do we start our first twelve step meeting?

The Twelve Steps for the Jamaicaholic.

1. We admit we were powerless over Jamaica-that our lives have forever been changed by her beauty.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore our sanity upon landing on her shores.

3. Made a decision to embrace Jamaica and to care for her.

4. Made a searching of the history, culture, people, food, music and without fear received her love.

5. Admitted to Jah, to ourselves, and to another human beings the exact love we have for Jamaica.

6. Were entirely ready to have Jamaica remove all the misconceptions from our minds.

7. Humbly asked Jah to remove our preconceoved notions.

8. Made a list of all persons we befriended in Jamaica and willingly stay in touch with.

9. Made a direct contection with our Jamaican Brotha's and Sista's whenever possible.

10. Continue to give back to the people of Jamaica.

11. Improve the condition of Jamaica as we are blessed with wisdom and creativity.

12. Have a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, and carry on the message to other Jamaicaholics.

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