Looking through the travel blog Fathom’s iteneries section is a very rewarding online experience. I dare anyone who reads a couple of posts to drop their bags and jet off to one of the many destinations profiled in the section. Jamaica is a popular tourist destination, and the Jamaica itinerary is incredible- in so small part due to its status as a post by Paul Salmon.
Salmon, hotelier extraordinaire, shares his thoughts his legendary hotel/resort: Rockhouse Hotel. The boutique hotel has been rated as the number one destination in the Caribbean, and for good reason. It’s very famous for its location- its nested in a cove, hidden amongst towering (20+ foot) cliffs. Salmon also started the Rockhouse Foundation, a registered New York Charity that focuses on childhood education. They have a fundraising night every year, in New York, where they raise almost all of their annual donations.
Salmon loves connecting with people by making a difference in their lives; its part of the reason he got into hospitality in the first place. He says he doesn’t try to crowd out people that want to visit, and prices are very accommodating (about $95-$425 USD). By Caribbean standards, this is a huge deal.
Salmon tops off interview-turned-guest post with a list of some of his favorite activities and spots in jamaica (aside from the Rockhosue, of course). I’ve included a few below.
Famous Vincent’s Glass Bottom Boat: Just what it sound like- awesomeness. Aside from the experience of being on a glass-bottomed boat, Vincent will take a dive with you and give a guided tour of the reef.
The River Walk at Mayfield Falls: This waterfall tour is a great alternative to the more popular tourist laden spots. There are quite a few trails here; so you can pick whichever your physical skills are most comfortable with doing.
Jerk Chicken at Scotchie’s Jerk Center in Montego Bay & The Jerk Platter at Pushcart Restaurant in Negril: Because a trip to Jamaica is a trip that requires the consumptions
Negril Beach: This beach actually divided into seven miles of sandy beach and cliffs on the other. Salmon’s hotel is located cliff-side, as well as a café he’s rather fond of, and caves worth exploring. On the beach side, you can find another small boutique hotel. The boardwalk is also something to check out; it’s lined with shops but manages to feel pretty private.