Our passports might be gathering dust. However, we can still find inspiration virtually and plan for our next big vacation! Negril, Jamaica certainly serves up the peace and good vibes we all need right now.
Music for Inspiration
For a little reggae soundtrack to put you in the right frame of mind, check out Negril’s own Kali Grn. He began singing at church at age seven and started performing professionally in 2017. You can hear his song “Be Thankful” below.
Looking forward to alone time with your love?
Adults-only Sunset at the Palms is a great option. This all-inclusive, treehouse-style resort is sure to help you unwind from the past few months of stress and uncertainty.
Sunset at the Palms isn’t the typical resort you might find throughout the Caribbean. It’s a resort situated within a lush garden. You’ll walk among palm trees and beautiful flowers to reach your treehouse-style room. There are tons of vibrantly-hued birds along the way. The groundskeeping crew offers a nature walk on Tuesday mornings so guests can learn about the flora and fauna here. We can’t take a walk there right now, but here are a few things you might see on that tour:
This is one of hundreds of brightly colored flowering things you can find on property.
And this is a “doctor bird,” one of many species of hummingbird on the island.
Doctor birds are only found in Jamaica and they’re the country’s national symbol.
Sunset at the Palms also provides a truly unique nature encounter, too. You can hang out with Betty, the resident goat (and her family). Betty joined the groundskeeping crew three years ago and immediately enchanted staff and guests alike. She behaved more like a dog than a goat, and she craved attention from any human who was within earshot. Eventually she was joined by a boyfriend, Royal Brown. They even had an official wedding ceremony in November 2017. Then came the babies — the only “kids” ever permitted at this adults-only resort. The first few babies stayed at the resort, but these days when they’re ready to go out on their own, kids are gifted to staff members who then start or expand their own herds at their homes.
This is what Betty looked like when she first came to work at the resort.
And this is the first pair of kids, Bill and Bella, when they were just a few days old.
Nothing says “vacation” like a frozen treat of the adult beverage type. Until you can get to Sunset at the Palms in person, here’s a recipe to bring Negril home to you. It’s a favorite at the resort’s swim-up pool bar:
The Bob Marley
- Frozen strawberries
- Frozen mango juice
- Frozen mango juice mixed with Blue Curacao to get a green color
- 1 ounce of Appleton White Rum (made locally – and you can visit the distillery when you’re on the island)
- Pineapple and cherry, for garnish
- Blend strawberries and pour them into a tall glass as a bottom layer for this drink.
- Pour frozen mango juice as a second layer.
- Mix frozen mango juice with a little Blue Curacao until you have a greenish frozen slush. Pour on as the top layer of the drink.
- Garnish with pineapple and cherry … and now you have a liquid Rastafari flag!
Here’s another recipe to add a Caribbean kick to your breakfast routine.
Jamaican Coconut Muffins (makes a dozen)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 tablespoons (half stick) butter, room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
- 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes, divided
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, butter and salt.
- In another bowl, combine coconut milk, eggs, oil and extracts.
- Stir wet ingredients into flour mixture just until combined.
- Fold in coconut.
- Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
- Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
- Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack. Serve warm.
Ready to plan your escape?
Call your local AAA Travel Agent at 800-374-2865. You can also visit AAA.com/GoTravel.
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Photo of KALI GRN by JobythePhotographer