jamaica travel guide

Hi babes! I thought I’d share a recap of our Jamaica trip for those interested in where we stayed, what I packed, etc. I know that Spring Break season is around the corner so including some behind the scenes swimwear and outfit snaps if you need some inspiration!

This was our first vacation post-baby, just the two of us, and it was such a treat. Don’t get me wrong, it was so so hard to leave the little one, but was so worth it in the end (and I know she soaked-up the one-on-one time with her grandparents while we were gone). My hubby was awarded this trip through work and everything was chosen/booked for us (flights, hotel, etc.), so I didn’t do any of my own research but we liked the hotel — we stayed at the Riu Reggae in Montego Bay. It’s an all-inclusive and located 6-minutes from the airport, which was such a plus! I talked to multiple people in the weeks leading up to the trip who spent 45 minutes to 1.5 hours driving to and from the airport. After a long travel day and navigating customs / immigration lines, I was ready to get settled at the hotel and relieved it was only a short car ride away. Also, one more note on the traveling, Jamaica is FAR, like a full day of travel (okay, not 24 hours, but you catch my drift)! They didn’t offer non-stop flights through our airline, so it included a stop / layover both ways in addition to ~5-hours of airtime. The airline also recommended we arrive to the airport in MB 3-hours before our flight, which extended an already long travel day. I would definitely visit again, but would probably extend my trip to a full week.

Pictured Above: Hat | Snakeskin Swimsuit (reversible!) Top and Bottoms | Cover-Up (sold out in white but linking the black, also linking this one that I lived in on our trip) | Studded Sandals

For those of you you’ve stayed at an all-inclusive, this is your typical middle-of-the-road, value resort. It was missing some of the amenities we appreciate (like room service, pool / beachside drink service, etc), but hard to beat the price and would be a great option if you’re traveling with a group and/or planning around varying travel budgets. The Riu brand has 3 properties next to each other in Montego Bay, and each has different offerings, so if you’re set on Riu I’d recommend researching all 3 to make sure you’re choosing the one that meets your travel wants/needs. Ours was adults-only but beyond that it was all age groups, and definitely a lively crowd! Meanwhile I was ready for bed at 9p #momlife 🙂 I think a couple of the highlights go without saying… the beautiful weather, ocean views, Red Stripe on tap, the company of the locals (“Ya, Mon!”), Bob Marley tunes on repeat, jerk chicken, and the list goes on…

We went back and forth on whether or not to leave the property to go on any excursions and ultimately decided to stay on-site… after a crazy year of parenting and building a home, we were so appreciative to just have the R&R time to do whatever we wanted without an agenda or active toddler (we still missed her every second of every day!) Our trip was also relatively short, we arrived late afternoon on Monday and headed home on Friday, so we only had a few full days. We did decide to get massages and the spa was really nice inside but we opted to do them beach-side, the sound of real ocean waves beats the spa sound machine any day 🙂 If you’re interested in excursions I’ve heard from friends that Dunn’s River Falls and the Luminous Lagoon are worth the trip!

Pictured Above: Pajamas (the coziest… look like Eberjey but they’re Target!) | Bag (I have it in the color Natural, it’s from Amazon and folds flat for easy travel!)| Hat | Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer w/ SPF 30 | Studded Sandals (same as last photo)

Okay, enough on the resort life… for any of you ladies who’re planning warm-weather getaways, I wanted to share what I bought / packed for our trip.  I desperately needed a refresh on my spring/summer wardrobe after going the last two years wearing clothes that took me through pregnancy / postpartum, so sharing some of my recent finds below! Ignore our messy hotel room 🙂 I also linked the other photos throughout this post so hope that’s helpful for you girls!

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