Last week, myself along with a few other ‘yardie’ influencers got the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the 2017 Mini Cooper and explore the west-side of Jamaica! My Side! Though I love my little island I often times wonder if visitors happen to love it just as much as I do. Especially when they’re bottled up inside their all-inclusive hotels. Jamaica is known for it’s crystal clear, warm waters, white sandy beaches, rich island culture and a tropical terrain, and now visitors to this magnificent island will get a chance to truly see Jamaica thanks to Island Routes Caribbean Adventures’ brand new Mini-Routes Driving Tour.
The tour is one of a kind, because it allows visitors to actually drive themselves around the island in custom-branded MINI Cooper cars. I’ve been lucky enough to live the ‘island life’ and this is something that I will never take for granted. But it is also an amazing feeling to know that visitors can now share a slice of my island in a very BIG way while driving a very MINI car! & by mini, I mean a very stylish MINI Cooper!
Being the sun worshipper that I am, I was hoping I would have gotten the chance to drive one of the convertible Mini’s but no such luck. Instead I drove one of their two door models better suited for couples, while others in larger group drove the four-door MINI’s.
Our self-drive, sightseeing excursion was led by an expert island guide (though we really didn’t need a guide) who escorted us on a picturesque tour from Montego Bay to Negril. Our tour to Negril first took us through the fishing villages along the coastline and to a local coconut vendor where we stopped to refresh, eat fresh fruit and down a few ice, cold beers. Our journey then took us to the famous Margaritaville that sits on the Negril’s 7 Mile Beach, where we ate lunch and shared some fun moments froliking on the sand and sea.
The immersive tour then took us to a historic fort on the western tip of Jamaica, the Negril Lighthouse. I remember visiting the lighthouse as a child and it brought back such fond memories as we approached the massive, concrete landmark. We then headed to Ricks Cafe and had a grand time jumping off the cliffs into the Caribbean Sea! Lastly we stopped for some grub on our journey back to Montego Bay at a local jerk centre, where we were given a behind the scenes view of how to cook ‘real’ jerk chicken. Fun Fact: I don’t eat chicken, but I did eat some yummy festivals and bammy.
Even as an islander myself, it was so much fun seeing my home from a different lens. Basking in her breathtaking beauty, delicious local cuisine and rich history. All while moving in a convoy of bright, green MINI Cooper vehicles to ensure we all stayed together. I was a little concerned about the predefined routes that all tours traveled along, but I was reassured that Island Routes had plans to develop an entire series of tours for both island newbies and seasoned visitors. This will offer a range of revolving routes to explore so no one (even Myself) will ever get tired of exploring JAMROCK’s island life.
I’m already eager and gearing up to try out their tour from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios because a little birdie told me there are waterfalls involved! Care to join??? Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥
some photos courtesy of KingstonBelle (Rashade St. Patrick) & Alexander Wong (@aw.876)