Down In To Surrey County

surrey county jamaica

My time in the Blue Mountains was amazing and something that I’ll never forget (huge thanks to Andre and his family for housing and looking after me – I really appreciate it guys!) but I felt it was time to move on and explore some more of the island. The logical choice seemed to be to head down the other side of the mountains from where I started and in to Surrey County of the east side of the island. Funnily enough, Surrey is the county I’m from back in the UK so this was somewhere I was really keen to visit – how would it compare to back home?

For those unfamiliar with the geography of Jamaica, here’s a map with Surrey county highlighted:

surrey county jamaica

I’m staying in Port Antonio now for a good few weeks so if anyone has any suggestions on what to do please let me know! I’ve heard there’s some fantastic Marlin fishing (someone recommended the guys over at Deep Drop Fishing to me) but I’ve never been fishing before. This trip is all about experiences though, so it’s definitely something I’m going to try. I just hope I don’t get seasick…. Other than fishing, relaxing on the beach and eating copious amounts of jerked chicken there isn’t a whole lot to do here – and that’s why I’m loving it so much!

I’m staying in a lovely little apartment down by the sea (I’ll try to get some pictures next time if my camera starts working). It’s very small, but it’s cute. I really like it and the view is just utterly stunning, not to mention that the beach is a 30 second walk away. There’s quite a few tourist resorts round here too but people seem to stay in them and not venture out, so it’s got quite a traditional feel around here.

I finally have a stable internet connection again too which is nice. Turns out I did start to miss the internet a bit whilst up in the mountains (well, I missed Netflix and online gaming – two guilty pleasures I’ve never been able to kick) and the connection here is really good. Thinking of booting up League of Legends (it’s an online game for anyone who doesn’t know) for the first time in ages and just chilling out playing it on the beach. Not every day you can do that! Only problem is my account is over on the EU server so I’m not sure how I’ll sort that one out. Plenty of time to find out though.

Anyway, I’m going to head down to the beach now for another day of lounging around and relaxing. Currently reading the Game of Thrones series after so many people recommended it to me. Loving it so far.

Until next time,

-Max

 

I’ve arrived in Jamaica!

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Hello everyone from sunny Jamaica!

After a long and grueling 9 hour flight from London I’m finally here (and glad to be away from that awful British weather!). I’m spending my first few days here in Kingston whilst I plan out most of my trip – something I probably should have considered before leaving the UK but oh well, it’s all part of the fun in my opinion.

The weather is glorious, although I guess that’s to be expected in the Caribbean (thankfully it’s not hurricane season yet, although I don’t think I’m looking forward to that too much when it does arrive). It’s currently around 27C and hopefully it’ll stay like that for most of the month if this Wikipedia chart is anything to go by.

Kingston itself seems beautiful so far. It has a real colonial style feel to it, almost like New Orleans at times, and the people have been some of the kindest and most welcoming I’ve ever met. The beach isn’t bad either (I’ve included a photo below for you – it’s not my picture but I have no idea which bag I packed my camera in so it gives you a good idea whilst I try and find it).

The beach in Kingston is beautiful.
The beach in Kingston is beautiful.

I think that’s mostly it for this post, there’s not much to say since I’ve not been here long and I’m so very tired from the flight (big up to Air Jamaica though – it was comfortable, I had enough leg room and the staff were very attentive. Highly impressed!). One thing I do want to mention though is that I know a lot of people have very negative views and prejudices against Jamaica and its people, in fact even the Foreign Office website paints a scary picture for anyone visiting here, however I’m determined to prove that this really is a beautiful place with beautiful people. Of course there are dangers everywhere in the world today but no one should be scared of seeing the true beauty that Jamaica has to offer.

Off for a swim in the pool now and a nice cocktail I think – I’ll update you all later!

-Max