Jakes Hotel is in a corner of Jamaica populated by cacti and acacia, black sand bays, rugged coastline and savannahs. To get there, you’ll navigate narrow winding roads en route to the south coast, an area of the island almost devoid of any other resorts.
Many of us are itching for the calm environment of a hotel room and a different environment, even if that is just an hour or two’s drive away. But is it safe? That really depends — on your own tolerance for risk, your willingness to take some safety precautions yourself while you are aware, and how much you can trust the hotel you are booking at.
We had been told that the sea lion pups could be naughty. Snorkelling with these creatures had come with some warnings from our guides: keep the cords of your life jacket tucked in. They could try to steal your snorkel. You need to be a strong swimmer. What I didn’t quite expect was to witness my husband literally being mounted by one — for several minutes.
The rain is pounding down so hard all around us that what normally looks like staccato lines, instead appears like a curtain of long, silver streaks. I hadn’t realized before coming to Panama in November that I would be in the country at the height of their eight-month rainy season. Fortunately, sun glimmers through the Continue Reading