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Ya Mon! Belmont  Jamaica
Ya Mon!
The island of Jamaica has many faces – beach, mountain, rainforest, farmland –all of them exquisite and different in their own right. The country is probably most famous for its luxury all-inclusive resorts, ganja, and of course, Bob Marley, reggae’s founding father.

But Jamaica is also home to some of the hardest working, friendliest people on the planet. To get a sense of the “real” Jamaica, you just need to move off the well-trodden path that includes Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.

When I was looking for a warm weather break from NYC’s brutal cold, I went in search of an easy access part of the country that wouldn’t be full of tourists and all the trimmings that go along with them, namely pushy vendors, rip-off prices, and westernized culture.

I found exactly what I wanted in a tiny enclave called Bluefields. About an hour and a half south of the Montego Bay airport in Westmoreland parish, Bluefields and tiny Belmont, are perched on a spot in the Caribbean that offers the most picture-perfect sunsets.

The area has no five-star hotels, no fancy restaurants, and most importantly, no tourists. In fact, other than the Canadian mom and daughter duo renting the cabin next to mine, I was the only white person for miles.

And as a result, everyone in town comes to know you sooner or later – in the hills just off the main road, at Robert’s fried chicken shack, and at the many roadside stands along the main road through town, including this quirky artist’s shack.
A2, Belmont, Jamaica
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