If you are a traveler in search of a real taste of Jamaica, Blue Hole is one of the best places to get it. When I travel, I prefer to go off the beaten path to experience the culture first hand. My friends and I were staying in the West End in Negril, and it took us about 25 minutes in a taxi to get there. The road to Blue Hole was narrow and bumpy but it was a very exciting ride. You drive through a bright little town (called Brighton) to get there so you can catch a glimpse of local people and their houses as you travel to the Blue Hole. All of a sudden you turn off the main road down a dirt road and then you're at the Blue Hole. When we got there we knew we loved it right away! There was loud reggae music playing and it just had a great atmosphere. Good vibes!! We walked up to the bar area and it was filled with locals that were super friendly. They were full of authentic Jamaican charm and charisma and made us feel right at home. They taught us a little of their patois language and even convinced us to play a game of volleyball. We were not expecting that but the volleyball game was so fun! We really got to bond with the locals and got a work out too. After playing volleyball our group worked up the courage to jump into the hole. I needed some extra encouragement from lifeguard Chris who finally convinced me I would be fine and I am so glad that I did! When else are you going to get a chance to do that?!? And the cold water was so refreshing. The guys even put on a show for us and did a bunch of diving tricks into the water. There was a little boy named Pooh that even jumped out of a tree into the water. It was awesome!! We decided we were hungry, and while they were cooking our food Aaron and BJ gave us a tour of the hotel they just finished building. It was cool to see all the work they have done and hear the story of the Blue Hole. You can tell they really care a lot about this place. We learned that Aaron did all the stonework in the bathrooms himself....impressive! Then they took us up to the roof and let me say...What a view!! It was beautiful! After the tour we ate a delicious meal prepared by chef Mya. One of the best meals we ate while we were there!! We ended up hanging out there for the rest of the day with our new friends. We laid out by the pool, drank, danced and learned how to play dominos. When it was time to go they called and got us a taxi back to our hotel.
I have to say I was really quite shocked when I got home to read bad reviews of this place. Of all of the things we did on our 5-day vacation this is the only one I felt like I wanted to write a review for. It seems like some people are really upset about having to pay $10 and to me that just is shocking. If you are at Margaritaville in Negril you are spending more than that on a drink. When you are paying $10 at Blue Hole you are supporting the locals. And they appreciate it! What is the big deal? Some people are making it sound like they are getting tricked or ripped off for $10 and to me that is just crazy. On the ride to Blue Hole you must realize you are off the beaten path and you are getting a chance to hang out with locals and live like a Jamaican for a day. You are not at an all-inclusive where you would be getting a stereotypical taste of Jamaica and missing out on the real fun! Also I want to say that I was traveling with a group of 4 other women. We are all fun loving attractive people and at no point did we ever feel taken advantage of or harassed by the guys there. We were definitely harassed walking on 7-mile beach but the Blue Hole guys were just fun and making sure we were having fun too. Sounds like the people who have bad things to say about this place are too uptight to relax while they are on vacation and uninterested in supporting the local culture they came to enjoy.
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