Girl in Time Out {Jamaica}

Jamaica passport stamp - Girl in the Garage

This past week I took a break for a few days… away from my kids (although I missed them terribly), away from the snow and cold weather, away from errands and laundry and blogging – and my daily normal life.  I took a “time out” with my husband and we escaped to Jamaica for a few days.  We hadn’t had a real vacation in 4 1/2 years – since before we had kids – and boy did we need it!

View of Jamaica coast from the airplane - Girl in the Garage

Jamaica is known for many things – beautiful beaches, reggae music, Bob Marley, Usain Bolt, and a casual laid-back attitude to name a few.  We stayed at Braco Village Hotel & Spa, a quaint all-inclusive resort on the northern side of the island.  We enjoyed the beach, pool, and the sunny days with ocean breezes to keep us from getting too hot.  The food was just alright, but the people were very friendly.  The main area of the resort was set up like a village with darling buildings, a fountain, and cobblestone streets.

View from the lobby at Braco Village Resort - Girl in the Garage

Building at Braco Village Resort - Girl in the Garage

Lobby Building at Braco Village Resort - Girl in the Garage

Building at Braco Village Resort in Jamaica - Girl in the Garage

The buildings where the guests stayed also had lovely architectural details outside even though the decor inside was very plain.  But- who really visits Jamaica because of how nicely the rooms are decorated?  We had a beachfront room and I highly recommend it!  There’s nothing like waking up in the morning and walking out on the patio to see the gorgeous ocean waves.

Our hotel patio (downstairs) in Jamaica - Girl in the Garage

View from our hotel room in Jamaica - Girl in the Garage

Hotel area at Braco Village Resort in Jamaica - Girl in the Garage

The first night, there was a beach party which began with a fire breather show.  I have to admit I was a little intimidated and pretty uncomfortable watching the man perform his tricks.  Not only because of the potential danger involved, but I was close enough to see the disturbing intensity in his eyes even through the darkness.  However, it did give me a chance to try some of the features on my new camera – and I still have a lot to learn!

Fire breather in Jamaica - Girl in the Garage

Jamaica fire breather - Girl in the Garage

The beach was something else altogether – peaceful, relaxing, fabulous.  The sounds of the crashing waves almost hummed me to sleep more than once.  The water was very clear and when my husband and I took a kayak out a few hundred feet, we could still see the sand through the water beneath us.  (By the way, that was totally outside of my comfort zone!  I’m only adventuresome occasionally and randomly – I like to completely throw my husband off guard that way.)    🙂

Jamaica beach - Girl in the Garage

Jamaica palm tree - Girl in the Garage

Gazebo in Jamaica - Girl in the Garage

Clear water in Jamaica - Girl in the Garage

As hard as it is to get away sometimes (and it was very hard because I missed the boys so much!), it’s almost necessary.  We waited too long to get away and I don’t recommend it.  Be good to yourself, take the kids if you have to, and make sure you get that time to escape from the daily grind.  Even if it’s just for a few days and you only travel a few hours away, you won’t regret it.  Our brains and bodies are programmed to need a break now and then; too much work and stress can lead to mental and physical health problems!  So get out there, enjoy every minute of your time away, and come back refreshed and renewed to tackle anything life throws your way!

View from main eating area in Jamaica - Girl in the Garage

My feet in the ocean in Jamaica - Girl in the Garage

Bracelet I bought in Jamaica - Girl in the Garage

Jen & Scott in Jamaica - Girl in the Garage

Little lizard in Jamaica - Girl in the Garage

Hibiscus in Jamaica - Girl in the Garage

One Love Grill in Jamaica - Girl in the Garage

Local artisan in Jamaica - Girl in the Garage

If you have any questions not covered here about our trip, please leave me a comment below or send me an email through the contact form at the top of the page.  I always love to hear from you!

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10 Comments on Girl in Time Out {Jamaica}

  1. Susan
    March 10, 2013 at 5:31 pm (5 years ago)

    You’ve almost convinced me to take a plane! Beautiful pictures!

    • Jen
      March 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Adrianne- it sure was nice to get away for a few days!

  2. Tammy
    March 18, 2013 at 6:11 pm (5 years ago)

    I live in the Caribbean, and I’m always amazed to see how the other islands have the same “vibe” even if I haven’t visited.

    I’m happy to see your photos. I hope the vacation was lovely..
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    • Jen
      March 18, 2013 at 11:32 pm (5 years ago)

      Tammy, how amazing it must be to see such beautiful scenery and have warm weather every day! (As long as you get to visit home sometimes!) Yes we did have a lovely time; we’ve been to the Dominican also and it was quite similar. Also the people we’ve met were always very friendly. Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂

  3. Krista
    March 24, 2018 at 10:45 pm (3 months ago)

    I was just searching online for “lizard of Jamaica” info and your photo popped up.

    I’m staying here right now, with my husband, for our 10 year anniversary. This is the first time I’ve ever left the country and the first time we’ve traveled since our honeymoon, before having children.

    Back to my story. Lol. This afternoon I went to the bathroom to find what I thought was a bit of grass or a small stick stuck to the side of the toilet. When I looked closer, I saw legs and realized it was a lizard. I had my husband come and see it and he brought it outside. I’m sad I forgot to take a photo though! Photographer fail.

    I found your photo though and it looks really similar, which is why I followed it to your blog and read your story, only to find out we are at the same resort you stayed at years ago! So funny!


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