We LOVED Jamaica! Sad to say, many of our shipmates did not. Several people we know who just hung around the dock were put off by the obnoxiousness of the vendors and pot pushers. We had booked a day at Bamboo Beach Club with transportation, entertainment, and all-you-can-eat-and-drink. We had a great time. Met lots of fun people, got massages on the beach and finally swam in the Caribbean! It was fantastic. The staff was very friendly and catered to all our needs. Plenty of rum punch and Jamaican jerk chicken! Some other friends went to Dunns River Falls and a Jamaican bobsled run. They enjoyed that, too. I think the key is to get out of the port area as soon as possible.
We met a couple who retired to Panama five years ago.They raved about it. They had looked into Belize but said it was still a little too primitive for them. Apparently, Panama has lots of expatriates, great home prices and good doctors. We got their contact info and may have to make a visit to Panama some day. We also hope to soon visit the good friends we met, Tony and Michael from Dallas - or wait for them to move to San Diego.
Grand Cayman on Wednesday was rainy and we didn't get to go to the beach like we had hoped. We wandered around the shopping district with our shopaholic friends for a while and then I broke off on my own to sightsee on foot. I didn't see much of the island and I hope to get back there some day to really experience it.
Frank and I entered to slot tournament today along with Irv and Theresa. Irv and I got on the leader board, but were bumped off before the finals. Oh, did I mention that Frank won $300 the other night? Might ALMOST pay for our bar bill.
Looking forward to spending some time this weekend in Fort Lauderdale with friends (Lovey and Sweets) who we met in Greece 5 years ago. I don't want the vacation to end, but it's been a great experience!