The winter months can be some of THE most stressful times of the year! Cold weather, work induced stress, and  the feeling that you never have enough time in the day is enough to make you to take advantage of  the Groupon’s travel offers. Friend to the blog and digital advertising executive, Jonathan Bates recently traveled to Jamaica and decided to share  highlights of his vacation. He spent most of his time between Montego Bay and Negril. Let’s get into it! Here are some of his vacation highlights.

Ratings expressed are solely those of Jonathan Bates and do not reflect those of

Hotel:Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in St. James


Only 15 minutes away from the Sangster International Airport the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa  is nestled between plush green mountains and crystal blue sea. The family friendly resort  is located on the historic Rose Hall plantation and includes a water park with slides and a lazy river. The resort offers up  typical activities like scuba diving, and water skiing. For the fitness addicts who would like to maintain their regimens while on vacay there is a gym complete with jogging track. There are several dinning options from the Three Palms Restaurant to Italian cuisine at Luna Di Mare. If you’re not up for formal dining experience you can always grab a bite  from local vendors.



Good food, courteous staff, nice clean resort with ample activities, and decent rooms.

Favorite Hangouts

Rick’s Cafe

Insane cliff diving, breathtaking sunsets, and live music are  some  reasons why RICK’S CAFE is the ultimate  tourist attraction  in Negril.  The bar becomes less crowded after the sun sets and the night falls. Tourists tend to leave in droves on their tour buses after they feel like they’ve captured the perfect ‘sunset picture.’If you want  vibes that are bit more on the local side it’s best to come just in time to see the sunset and stay later  for  dinner and drinks. A live band plays classic reggae, and even some of today’s hits. They take requests too! So don’t be shy.  The restaurant has flavorful dishes and strong dishes. That jumbo shrimp! Whether it’s a romantic evening with your significant other, or chilling with a group of friends, you’ll love the energy and overall vibe that Rick’s serves up.



7 Mile Beach

There’s never a dull moment on the 7 mile beach. The beach is alway s buzzing with local vendors hawking their services by day to beach parties at night.  Vendors  sell everything under the sun from water sports packages, jerk chicken, massages, hair braiding services  to Jamaica’s favorite homegrown plant.If you’re looking to jet-ski, parasail, or scuba dive be sure to shop around before going with the first vendor that tries to sell you a “deal.” A lot of times the prices vary depending on  the flow of business that day. Some vendors offer jet ski rentals and tours for as low as $25 USD



JB’s Final Tip: You will get more for your money at local exchange outlets, and stores.


Huge thank you to Jonathan for sharing his vacation highlights!