The Sweitzer Family: Jamaica

The last time we caught up with the Sweitzers they were taking in all the sights and sounds of Cuba. Before that, the adventurous family had traveled across the US and into Mexico, Guatemala, Columbia, and now Jamaica, where Steve has updated us on their journey once again.

After more than a week of barely eating the food in Cuba, we went straight to a jerk joint upon landing in Kingston, Jamaica. Jerk chicken and pork are favorites for me and Jamaicans have it dialed in. In fact, if you ask locals which jerk joint is the best, they will tell you that they are all good, but our favorite spot was a place called Scotchies.


Once we settled into our hotel in Kingston, we researched and made plans to hike the famous Blue Mountains above Kingston. The combination of forest, grasses, fog and sunlight give the mountains their name. The hiking was at once scenic and challenging. We were surprised at the altitude we had reached. While we were taking in the fresh air and scenery of the mountain, we had climbed to over 4100 feet according to my Garmin fenix 3. At the end of our hike we had a picnic overlooking the valley to the Caribbean. I should note that it’s important that you go with a local guide who knows the mountain. Sadly, there are bandits roaming some of the trails but, we had no problems.

Before leaving Kingston, we spent an amazing afternoon at the Bob Marley home and museum. It’s a, “must see” for history and music fans.


In Negril, we met friends from the US. After being on the road for months, it was good to see familiar faces. Negril is easily the most beautiful and most popular tourist destination but after roughing it through most of Jamaica, it was nice to be in a comfortable place with friends and good food.

Go to Jamaica and spend time in the water. It’s the Caribbean at it’s most beautiful.

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