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Christmas in Barking Lodge, St Thomas- My Best Christmas Ever!

by Devin
(Kingston, Jamaica)

Barking Lodge Primary School, St. Thomas, Jamaica

Barking Lodge Primary School, St. Thomas, Jamaica

Barking Lodge in St. Thomas

Many people I know tend to go overseas on their Christmas holidays to experience the white Christmas, while others think they have to leave Jamaica as there is no where here to enjoy themselves. Contrary to that, there are places here that we can make the most of, and on a shoestring budget too.

For those who think vacationing in Jamaica happens only on the North Coast, think again, as the East Coast is just as beautiful, warm and breathtaking.

Have you ever tried a Portland or St. Thomas vacation with friends?

Well, if you haven not had the experience, you are missing out on a lot.

My vacation took me to a small town called Barking Lodge in St. Thomas with friends where I stayed in the home of a legendary figure.

Talk about the warmth of our Jamaican people? You have not experienced it until you have gone to the inland parishes and interact with our people.

The itinerary for my vacation was simply to enjoy myself fully and to do all that is possible for me to do while there for the two nights and three days I was spending there.

The drive out was awesome. People lined the road from as far as Morant Bay, as a number of places were having children treats, customer appreciation and Christmas parties.

The highlight of my vacation was the children’s treat held at Barking Lodge Primary School. This was an event that has been being carried out by family and friends of the community since 1969.

It culminates in a dance of which proceeds goes towards the school uplifftment programme.

A trip to Rocky Point Beach after the dance is the topping on the vacation!

Here you can either take your fish and liquor and go on the beach and continue your party or just take a dip in the cool water and relax on the sand and purchase a sumptuous meal of fish cooked in your favourite style, or purchase the uncooked fish and do your cooking right there.

A must-have for vacationing there however, is mosquito and sand-fly repellant. Make your next Christmas vacation a Jamaican one.

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