Island Expert Deanne Allgrove describes a "Day at the Beach" in her country, Jamaica, that perenially popular destination for a tropical getaway: I usually try to avoid the beach on a weekend because I like to hear the waves and read my book and overall pretend I am the only person on earth. However, every now and then a day at the beach with family is a whole other way to relish island living. We pile into various cars and make our way out to Fort Clarence beach, a favorit
What's it like to arrive on a cruise ship in Jamaica? Our Island Expert Deanne Allgrove tests out what it's like to be a tourist in her own country, the beautiful Caribbean island of Jamaica... Living on an island like Jamaica sometimes means never seeing what visitors see. Many tourists play behind the walls of large all-inclusive hotels and often only leave on planned excursions - a round of golf, a road trip to go play somewhere else or a guided tour. (Cocktail, book, sunt
A few months ago, a reader asked, "Where do you go to get away from all the tourist stuff in Jamaica?" This island traveler wasn't interested in the canned tours, crowded beaches, or attractions where tourists get bothered by vendors. We understand. Jamaica's one of our very favorite islands (as Zickie's birthplace), but he and I know that travelers' experiences can run the gamut, from the best vacation ever to a disappointing or frustrating time. So, without further ado, her
Growing up in Jamaica, and working my way through my teenage and young adult years, the beer I (Zickie) drank and knew was always a nice “ice cold Red Stripe." There were others around, like Heineken, but the beer of choice for me was always Red Stripe. In my 20s, a favorite moment to savor was popping a Red Stripe into the freezer, then playing my evening game of football (what my American wife calls soccer!) from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the evenings. I’d come back home, s
Our Island Expert Deanne is back with another post about her island home, Jamaica. After living abroad, she's rediscovering the beauty of her country...and sharing it with us! Living on an island, it is always amusing to me that people from other countries seem to feel we spend our days sipping bright colored drinks with little umbrellas while lounging on a Caribbean beach. This is exactly what I am fantasizing about as well when standing in line at the bank or filling out fo
We're thrilled to share this post from our newest Island Expert, Deanne. She'll be telling us more about her beautiful home island in upcoming posts. Here's her first contribution... I like to run away. A lot. I am known for my itchy feet and am a complete travel junkie. Usually this trait finds me wandering the streets of Paris, or catching a great show in Las Vegas. I recently decided to start exploring my island home of Jamaica with the idea of “playing tourist” the way I
Have you ever tried a flakey, warm rich Jamaican patty? These little pockets of goodness are an Island Runaways favorite, perfect for a quick bite on your Caribbean isle of choice. They're also Jamaica's version of fast food -- but instead of a burger between a bun, you've got a pastry molded into a patty, around some yummy filling. What's inside? The classic ingredient is beef, which can be pretty spicey, or medium, or even mild. But Jamaicans are a creative bunch, so now yo
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