Saturdays we don’t work at the Resource Centre for kids here in Runaway Bay so we head down to the Caribbean Sea. We’ve had a couple perfect beach days here already. The beach is about a thirty minute walk away from our bed and breakfast. Since our hosts Mildred and Tony are property owners in Runaway Bay, as their guests we are allowed to use a small private beach sandwiched between the swanky waterfront of the Jewel Resort and the local public beach. The sand is fine and soft on the beach front and also on the ocean bottom as far out as we can walk. The water is a beautiful clear blue and there are enough major waves to make swimming just a tad scary and lots of fun.
Jamaica is actually quite a conservative place as you can see from this sign at the beach. Dave refused to take this photo unless I pointed at the words No Nudity. For a couple of dollars you can rent chairs for the day. A beachside bar serves great strawberry pina coladas. Some local entrepeneurs keep horses in a field just behind the beach. These beautiful white egrets share the field with the horses. You can pay to go on horse rides through Runaway Bay or even ride a horse out into the waves if you’re really daring. The beach is quiet just perfect for getting caught up on reading. Dave is tackling James Michener’s Caribbean and is learning lots about Jamaica as well as the other islands around us. There are local craftspeople selling their wares along the beach. Dave chatted with one of the carvers. Apparently in the last couple years some local resorts have been bought by a chain and this means these beachside vendors have lost business. The chains run their own gift shops in the resorts and some post signs warning guests not to wander off the resort.That’s why we saw quite a few abandoned shops along the beach. There is a restaurant at the public beach where we have eaten a few times already. The beach in Runaway Bay is lovely and I’m sure we’ll back every Saturday.
Other posts about Jamaica…..