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Welcome Home, Mon - Part 1

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This past September I was very fortunate enough to be invited by the Jamaican Tourism Board to travel Jamaica for 5 days on a "Mommy Blogger" trip representing Wee Welcome.

This trip had many firsts for me.  Not only was it my first time in Jamaica but it was my first time away from my children, ages 6 & 4.  I was excited but yet a little a nervous...travelling with a bunch of "strangers".  Needless to say these amazing women felt nothing like strangers. It was quite incredible how 9 moms from across North America (and 2 wonderful reps from the PR agency in NYC) can turn into girlfriends almost instantly.

Getting to Jamaica from Toronto is quite easy.  There are many direct flights on a couple different airlines.  Travelling with kids I'm always looking for direct flights!  Typically to go to any of the common travel destinations in Jamaica you would fly into Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.  We started off the trip by getting in a van and heading down some bumpy roads on a nearly 2 hour drive to one of the top family-friendly resorts in all of the Caribbean, Beaches Negril Resort & Spa (on 20 acres), which happens to be the first ever Beaches Resort! It truely is the Ulimate Family Getaway!

Beaches takes a lot of pride in their many partnerships, the main one being with Sesame Street (and not to mention Beringer Vineyards).  Aside from incredible shows and parades there are so many things to do.  Incredible Pirates island Theme Water Park, two swim-up pools, kids camps, Sesame Nursery, DJ Scratch Academy (kinda jealous we didn't get to learn to mix, blend & scratch), Trench Town Teen Centre, Liquid Nightclub (9m-11pm "no parents allowed & 11pm-3am 18 years & older), XBox Play Lounge, 6 bars, 7 restaurants and most importanly Red Lane Spa.
Situated on 7 miles of beautiful white sandy beach there certainly won't be a member of the family that you will ever hear say "I'm bored".

While staying in Negril we were able to have an amazing experience swimming with the dolphins (Toto & Ronar) in a huge facility at Dolphin Cove.  Learning a wealth of information about these incredible creatures from the trainer we were able to not only touch the dolphins but to get a wonderful kiss before heading off on a "Belly Ride".
Definately worth heading off the resort for a couple hours!

We sure did have a jam packed itinerary during our short stay on this beautiful island and i can't wait to go back, again and again.  Stay tuned to learn more about my trip and family-friendly travel to Negril and Mo Bay!

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