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Where to Eat in Port Antonio, Jamaica: the Boston Jerk Centre

Zan by the colorful fresh fruit shacks near the Boston Jerk Centre

It’s pretty much a given that any trip to Jamaica will involve some rum, reggae and jerk chicken. Jerk Cuisine, which involves a dry rub of allspice (known as pimento in Jamaica), scotch bonnet peppers, cloves, garlic, cinnamon, salt, and a few spices is the island’s riff on BBQ. The Boston Jerk Centre, located within easy walking distance to Boston Beach, is considered the birthplace of Jamaican Jerk style of cooking.

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Surf’s Up at Jamaica’s Boston Beach in Port Antonio

Boston Beach Panorama

I wasn’t even aware that Jamaica had a surf scene until I visited Port Antonio last month. But when my friend (and traveling companion), Zan, and I heard about about Boston Beach– and it’s chill surfing scene, we had to check it out for ourselves.

We had a great driver, Nick, from the Trident, who drove us to this fantastic public beach 9 miles east of Port Antonio. Nick made sure we got settled on the beach and Zan found a local instructor named Formula who offered to give her an hour of surfing lessons (including board rental) for $25– a bargain compared to resort pricing we’ve seen elsewhere.

A Peek Inside Jamaica’s Trident Castle

Flowers outside the Trident Castle

What do Arcade Fire and Snoop Lion have in common? The answer is  the Trident Castle, and atmospheric 1970s Caribbean vacation residence  built for a European baroness in Port Antonio, Jamaica. The Trident Castle is now in it’s prime pre-restoration glory and serves as a location for events as well as photo and video shoots.

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Where to Eat in Port Antonio, Jamaica: Dickie’s Best Kept Secret

Shabby and Unchic: it doesn’t get cooler Dickie’s

Port Antonio doesn’t have a lot of sit-down restaurants, but Dickie’s Best Kept Secret is something of an institution. Anyone with a sense of adventure (and a sense of humor) should be in the know about Dickie’s. Located in a charming and funky ramshackle hut perched above the Caribbean Sea, Dickie’s is truly a unicorn. This is the sort of place you’re going to love or hate, I’m firmly in the #teamdickies category.

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The Bird’s Nest at Tiamo Resort South Andros, Bahamas

The screened in porch off the master bedroom of the Bird’s Nest

During my recent stay at Tiamo Resort, I got to tour the Bird’s Nest with General Manager Wilfried Vincent.

While all the villas at Tiamo offer quite a bit of privacy, The three bedroom Bird’s Nest definitely steps up the luxury a notch or three.
Set back a bit from the the other villas, The Bird’s Nest offers even more privacy. Plus there is 1400 square feet of private terrace over two levels. The layout features a master bedroom upstairs (with a large and lovely screened in porch just off it) that feels like you’re floating among the palm trees (hence the name Bird’s Nest). ..

Port Antonio Portraits: A Mobile Photo Essay of Jamaica

Bartender serving fierceness in a Bar with No Name

It’s hard for me to distill my feeling for Port Antonio, Jamaica into words. All the ones that pop to mind– authentic, genuine, unspoiled– seem like travel cliches. And there was nothing about Port Antonio that is cliched. The people are genuine and unaffected. The ones I met were warm, friendly, and sweet. Here are some of my favorite mobile photography portraits of people I met in Port Antonio. I hope they can convey what I can’t express with words.

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March in Montana at Ranch at Rock Creek

Rustic chic bathroom and western decor the Historic Barn Loft

March has been a crazy month, taking me from the Caribbean to cowboy country– Philipsburg, Montana where I’m currently checking out The Ranch at Rock Creek .

When I got invited to spend a few days here at the ranch, I couldn’t say no. This is the first spring I’ve visited Montana and the weather has been far more pleasant than I imagined with highs in the 50s two days ago, and a touch of snow yesterday.

Stay tuned to the blog for future in-depth coverage on the Ranch at Rock Creek. I’ve also been live blogging for the Glamping.com blog. You can check out my first post here.

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