Bay Makes Mondays Bearable by Caitlin Moore
Monday mornings have a definite
feel; breaking from the respite of the weekend and getting back into the
swing of work, school and responsible routine takes a little bit of effort
and perhaps a few groans. This switch from sweat pants to button down shirts
can only be done so many times before general fatigue sets in, so in case
you're nearing this point of exhaustion, it would be best to start planning
a vacation today.
The Caribbean is a tried-and-true
destination for many families and couples in search of the sunshine, and
Jamaica has an especially nice ring to it. Narrowing things down further,
consider Montego Bay in the northwest part of the island. This hub of activity
receives guests by air, land and sea and is worth a visit if you feel the
need to slow your pace and put your feet up. One of these Mondays in the
near future, you could be sipping Red Stripes on a warm sandy beach. Enough
at Half Moon Hotel, Montego Bay, Jamaica
This free-spirited island
nation has been influenced by a number of different sources and now exhibits
an identity of singular color and charm. Sometimes a little rough around
the edges, the Jamaican landscape can also be lovely, relaxing and exactly
what you need to forget about inboxes, cable bills and dirty laundry. Reggae
beats really do serve as the pulse to the streets, taxi drivers say "yeah
m'on" and sea sparkles with a consistently mesmerizing allure. It's a nation
of contrasts, and if you know where to look you'll come home happy.
Start by exploring the shorelines
in and around Montego Bay (or Mo Bay as you'll hear it called). One of
the most famous, Doctor's Cave Beach, offers calm and sheltered water of
the turquoise variety, sugary sand, restaurants and bars and showering
and changing facilities. With all of these conveniences on hand, this well-respected
spot could easily dominate an entire day of your vacation. Hopefully you've
taken enough time to allow for this initial descent into la-la land before
your energy levels kick back in and the rest of the region can be visited.
Shake the sand from your
hair and clothes and check out the great duty-free shopping that gives
Montego Bay much of its character. Whether picking up bargain-priced liquor,
cigars, t-shirts, coffee, jewelry or exotic masks and home decorations
Jamaica definitely has options for providing the perfect souvenirs. Bringing
home something fun is the least you can do for the poor saps that are stuck
working as you wander the streets in your sandals and shorts.
over Montego Bay, Jamaica
As for activities, the coral
reefs and additional beaches make great spots for snorkeling and diving.
Parasailing allows for literally breathtaking views to be had, and jet
skiing, sailing, fishing and more will complete any sort of itinerary you
and your companions have in mind. Golfing and tennis are also popular pursuits,
as the fine weather nurtures the need to stay healthy and active. Working
up a sweat in serene surroundings is always a pleasure, as is cooling off
by strolling down to the sea for a refreshing dip. Let the saltwater keep
you afloat as you contemplate how lucky you are to have chosen Montego
Bay as your hideaway from reality.
Though Montego Bay is abundantly
outfitted with resorts and hotels, another lodging option should not be
overlooked. For the ultimate getaway experience, nothing can compare to
reserving a cute cottage or stunning villa near the beach that has been
filled with every amenity of home. From kitchen supplies to patio furniture,
a barbeque grill to a garden tub, there might even be more to these temporary
abodes than you're used to back at your own place of residence.
Truly take a break by spending
a luxurious, and not necessarily expensive, few days in a Montego Bay Vacation
Rental. Accommodating in every sense of the word, these properties are
one-of-a-kind and certain to add an element of delight to what is already
shaping up to be just the trip you need.
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