Jamaica is a great place to be!

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Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. Despite the not-so-great weather, I went down that slide a few times.

What can I say about Jamaica other than WOW.  I love this island.  It's full of live and it just has a wonderful "vibe" to it.

I will admit, visiting for one day on a cruise wasn't nearly as good as staying for a week.  But, I'll take all the Jamaica I can get.

The ship pulled into Ocho Rios, which was much different than I remember it when I went in 2000.  They took out a local market and added this VERY touristy shopping area called "Island Village".  It made me giggle to see all the really stereotypical "cruisers" grab onto each other for dear life and run for the tourist areas.

Even the Jungles of Jamaica can't escape idiots with sharp objects that must carve their name in everything.
  Were they afraid someone would eat them?  Who knows.

The Taj Majal shopping center was still there, but no longer gated off and not quite as well maintained.  However, it had some good deals on Jablum (accept NO substitute for Blue Mountain Coffee).  At the Taj, we loaded up on rum and other random souvies.

We also went zip-lining with Chukka Farms tours.  If you have the opportunity to do this, DO IT!  It was absolutely AWESOME!  I mean one of those serious life experiences.  I'm a thrill-seeker, my mother like life a little more tame, and we both really enjoyed this.  I enjoyed the "jump off a platform hundreds of feet in the air and go zooming at 30 mph through the jungle and tops of palm trees" and mom enjoyed the fact that the harnesses were all very well maintained and secure.

Of course I stopped by Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville in Island Village for a drink.  I wouldn't be a parrothead if I didn't.  I did pass on the $25 t-shirts, though.  This new "village" really wasn't at all what Jamaica is.  Those passengers that huddled in there really didn't get much out of the island.

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