When planning our trip to Jamaica, my husband and I were looking for something a little different. We did not want the typical, all-inclusive, megaresort vacation to Jamaica. Let's face it, we've all heard how horrible those vacations can be. Crowded pool, crowded beach, lots of aggressive vendors, terrible food, etc.
We found our perfect Jamaican vacation at Little Bay Cabins. The property is located a little off the beaten path, and that is just what we were looking for. There are several cabins on the property of varying sizes. We stayed in Cabin #4, The Wailers House. It was a one bedroom, one bathroom cabin with a veranda located steps from the ocean. At night, we slept with our windows open and went to sleep listening to the waves. The cabins are not air conditioned, but there was a ceiling fan in the room, and with the windows open at night, we stayed comfortable.
When we arrived, we were greeted by Keisha, one of the owners. She got us checked in and offered us a meal plan for our stay. Our stay came with a daily continental breakfast, but the meal plan included breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. The property is a little remote, and there aren't a lot of restaurants located nearby, so we bought the meal plan. And, we were NOT disappointed.
Each day we got to order what we wanted for each meal. At breakfast, you can choose from American or Jamaican dishes. For me, learning about a place means eating the food the locals would eat. I ate Ackee and salt fish, the national dish of Jamaica, for breakfast the first day. It was delicious! I also tried the callalou with salt fish. Callalou is a local green, similar to spinach. Don't be afraid to eat like the locals. Annette was our cook for breakfast and lunch most days, with Young Jay cooking in the evenings. Everyone at Little Bay Cabins will tell you that Annette cooks with love, and it shows. Every plate of food was delicious. At night, my husband most looked forward to the soup course that accompanied our dinners. And, my husband never eats soup! My favorites were the pumpkin soup and the fish tea. We had steamed fish, grilled fish, curried goat, jerk chicken, jerk pork, lobster salad, tuna salad sandwiches and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. We were stuffed at the end of every meal and we always cleaned our plates.
The property itself is beautiful. It is covered with many varieties of plants including an Ackee tree, aloe plants, hibiscus and lots of other flowering plants. There were many large trees on the property providing welcome shade from the hot afternoon sun. We spent most of our time at "Mikey's Swimming Hole." It's a little spot located near one of the larger cabins on the property. There is a ladder leading down into the water, as there is no beach at the swimming hole. There are lots of shade trees and a "hammock garden" under the trees. After breakfast, my husband and I would walk out to the swimming hole, have a swim and then retire to our shady hammocks. It was wonderful.
On the days we decided to venture out, Keisha arranged transport for us with a local driver named Pablo. He was a wonderful driver and tour guide. As we drove from place to place, he would tell us about the towns and what was notable about them. We drove into Negril one day to do some souvenir shopping and to visit Rick's Café, one of the top 10 bars in the world. Rick's is known for offering cliff diving on property. They have paid divers, but guests can also dive from 10, 25 or 35 feet up. We were content just to watch everyone else jump from the cliffs. We also visited a mineral spring called Blue Hole. We had a mineral clay treatment and swam in the blue hole itself.
During our stay at Little Bay Cabins we got to know the owners, Keisha and Mike and many of their staff members. In addition to our cooks, Annette and Young Jay, we got to know our house keeper, Donna. Donna is a very sweet lady and a cleaning machine! Our cabin was spotless during our entire stay and Donna would leave us fresh flowers on our bed after cleaning the room each day.
At Little Bay Cabins you are made to feel like family. We met friends and family members of the owners and staff during our stay. We were able to experience the real Jamaica through conversations with the people who live there, and you would not have that opportunity at a megaresort. The owners and staff will do whatever they can to make your stay comfortable and memorable. We are already planning a return trip.