November 24, 2011, Thanksgiving Day
11.29.2011 87 °F
We are starting a new blog today and you will notice that the dates do not match. We did not have Internet while in Jamaica, so we are writing after the fact.
We flew out of Orlando on a direct (yeah!) flight to Montego Bay. The flight was wonderfully uneventful and we arrived 15 minutes early! Way to start! Ryan and Khristina had warned us that there was a 90 minute bus ride from the airport to Sandals, so we were prepared. Or we thought we were, anyway. The bus was a van, and the ride was closer to 2 hours. Okay, you say, big deal. It was a great big deal! The road was just about wide enough for 2 vehicles (which made it so much more fun when there was a huge truck coming at us), twisty and turny, full of enormous potholes and over mountains! It was quite an adventure, but we arrived safe and sound to be met at Sandals Whitehouse by our future daughter-in-law, given tropical drinks and escorted to our room.
Sandals Whitehouse, if you have never been, is an all inclusive resort on the western side of Jamaica. It is a beautiful resort with all of the rooms looking out towards the ocean. There are 3 European Villages, 5 full service restaurants, 2 swim up bars, 1 with a grill, 3 large pools, 3 huge hot tubs and about 2 miles of white sandy beach. Not a bad place to spend Thanksgiving.
By the time we arrived it was dinner time, so we got out of our travel clothes and into tropical dinner clothes and tried to find our way around. Luckily we found our son, Justin and his wife, Gwen. Our friends from Disney also appeared and the 6 of us went to dinner. It was Thanksgiving Day and Sandals knew it, so we all had a delicious turkey dinner! After dinner we managed to find Ryan and Khristina and some of their friends. We also found the Martini Bar!
All together 26 guests came to the celebration, with people arriving and leaving on different days.
The weather was gorgeous, with temps in the 80s and a wonderful breeze. Ahhhhh, paradise!