Jamaica land of my birth

Have had several visits to Port Royal to enjoy fish at Glorias this time around visited the new restaurant located on the waterfront. Of course treated by my dear friend Freddy. The service was excellent, the fried fish with steamed and fried bammy was excellent. They must have heard about me and fish head because I was served a whole fish and a half, I wondered about that but got to understand if the whole fish is not the required weight then you will get it served like that. I had no problem with that. You are able to eat inside or out on the terrace which offers a beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea and the modification to the pier. Parking is limited in the parking lot but street parking is available. There are other eateries there to include Devon House ice cream shop.

It has been a long time since I have been in certain commercial areas and had a treat as we made our way from the pier up Orange Street. In fact don’t think I was ever that far down as I was more familiar with the area closer to North Street.

There were vendors on both sides of the street selling food products, mechanical supplies, clothing and Just about anything you could think of. We noticed a big transport truck ready to deliver more goods. This commercial Business extended up to the center (parade)where I remember catching the bus to Spanish Town and by passing the park where Coke Methodist church sits on the eastern side. Wow that was a treat for us and even for my two friends who still resides in Kingston. I am sure I would never drive in Jamaica especially in Kingston for several reasons, one of which they drive on the left side and the other, drivers seem to take chances in overtaking another vehicle.

Well I have been hearing about the express bus operating around the island we decided to take the knutsford express to Montego Bay. It was an enjoyable comfortable ride for about two and a half hours and was even able to watch the Lion King movie. They have charging decks and WiFi. Yes they take cash or credit cards, it is recommended that you make reservations as it appears it is a popular mode of transportation making stops in Ocho Rios, Falmouth, Montego Bay airport and the bus depot. From the operator’s announcement there is a route to Negril also. We were picked up by Faith’s Niece, who added to our week’s enjoyment. She made sure we were settled in to our condo at the Montego Bay Club. Should you be planning a visit to the area its a place to consider, a one bedroom equipped for a family of up to six. If you are interested in this particular unit you could check it out at vrbo.com/428089. This is located across from Doctor’s Cave beach which currently cost a fee for entry US $6 and they do accept US currency or Ja. $750 you can rent umbrellas and chairs for the same price each additionally.

There are shops along the Hip Strip as it is called where local items can be purchased, supermarket and or convenience stores and restaurants such as Pelican which has been a staple restaurant for years. You have to understand when Jamaicans say “ close by” or “just down the road“ expect it could be several blocks away. We also visited The Boathouse Grille restaurant where the service was great and so was the food. If your order included lobster the live one was retrieved from an area located on the first floor and was frequently seen being retrieved by an employee.

Getting to the restaurant is so cute as you have to take a minute ferry ride between the entrance and the boathouse. A picture tells the story.

After a well spent week of rest and relaxation it was time to return to Kingston and Noelle offered to drive us back. Enjoy some of the thick vegetation along the way and the marvelous highways which cuts down the time it normally takes.

I have been to Stony Hill, Red Hills, Strawberry Hills in New Castle but first time to Smokey Vale and what a view of the city that lies below.

Until my next visit stop by again soon to see what I am up to.

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