DESTINATION: Jamaica (Riu Palace Jamaica)

Jamaica is a beautiful country located less than 4 hours non-stop from Philadelphia International Airport. This was my second visit to this Caribbean delight and I had an amazing time. In celebration of a young lady with whom I went to high school with earning her Master's Degree I wanted to select a resort that was located on the beach, close to the airport, had nicely decorated rooms, catered to adults (18 and over), and located within a short ride from the airport and Riu Palace Jamaica won out.

Check-in to the resort went smoothly. The first thing we did after dropping our bags off in our rooms was book a couple of tours/activities for our 4 day trip. We enjoyed a few cocktails at the bar before exploring the property and stopping in the buffet restaurant. I had zero complaints about the food and the drinks were deliciously strong.

Our first night was spent at Margaritaville located in Montego Bay. The music and crowd was a fun time for the four of us. This popular nightspot is located on the water and large enough to hold a huge crowd. The music was mixed, the drinks were well priced, and it was located close to our resort.

Day 2, we were taken a little over away to Rick's Café located in Negril, Jamaica. This is one of the popular attractions where you can sit back and listen to music, watch the brave jump off the cliff, or order some drinks and bite to eat. After returning to the resort I met up with a driver the Jamaica Tourist Board set me up with so I could so a tour of some other resorts in the area. I did an inspection of Sandals Montego Bay (adults-only), Holiday Inn Montego Bay (budget-friendly), Hilton Rose Hall (beautiful property), and Hyatt Ziva (family-friendly)/Zilara (fantastic adults-only) All-inclusive Resorts.

That evening myself and one of the other ladies I was with ventured off the property to go to the ATM machine and a few steps from the bank was a restaurant that had live music. So we spent some time there before heading out with a driver to a local nightclub and danced to authentic reggae music.

Day 3, was spent climbing the Dunns River Falls in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. That's an activity for anyone who wants to join a "party" climbing up a waterfall. There is a photographer assigned to each group so they can capture many pictures of you and your fellow climbers during another one of the island's most popular attractions.

Day 4, after breakfast I changed into a bathing suit as we had a few hours before our transportation back to the airport was scheduled to pick us up. After printing our boarding passes, we checked into Club Mobay which is an added feature you can purchase which gives you a special lane to expedite your security line check in and a lounge to relax in while you wait for your flight to depart. I've used Club Mobay's Arrival and Departure service and highly recommend it. The lounge is clean, comfortable, and has tasty bites to eat and unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

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