Jamaica, West Indies

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  1. rob23

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    Just got back from a trip to Jamaica. I landed in Kingston and drove (yeah, I know drove..) all over the place.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Around Kingston
    Norman Manley Airport, Kingston City and New Kingston, views from Kingston at 1300ft, Bob Marley Museum, Hellshire Beach<o:p></o:p>
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    Country/North Coast
    Route from Kingston to Ochos Rios (aka: Ochie) can you say switch backs and great twisties (dual sport dream roads)?, Flat Bridge, Fern Gully, Mount Diablo/Mount Rouser, Ochos Rios, Dunns River Falls, Ochie ATV Tours (also in Runnaway Bay), Reggae Beach and James Bond Beach (Golden Eye)<o:p></o:p>
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    So much of this country is amazing, so when you go don't be afraid to leave your stupid all inclusive tourist compound and actually see the real Jamaica. I've been going for nearly ten years now and these spots are some of my favorites and there's always something new to see and do. The reef in most parts of the island is only about 50 yards from shore so always cary a snorkle with you and just swim to the reef. Boatmen can also be hired for around $20 an hour to take you out to dive or swim (away from the restors and they're rip off prices that is). Also, keep in mind that all prices in Jamaica are negotiable.

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    I someone would like a tour of the island, please contact me. I have a suite down there and I'm always looking for an excuse to go again.
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    Also, if you looking to do some single track ridding down there (mountain bike) then check out these guys. They have some amazing trails and terrain (need to bring your own bike though). http://www.Smorba.com.

    You can rent motorcycles out of Montego Bay. There are dirt bike clubs that ride in the Blue Mountains (7500ft) but it's very hard to rent a dirt bike or get someone to lend you one (I just may have to buy on and leave it there). That being said, I have seen a ton of bikes and dirt bikes ridding around down there.
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    Gpx:
    http://gpsroutebuilder.com/GPS/Jamaica/Jamaica_v1.gpx

    Gdb:
    http://gpsroutebuilder.com/GPS/Jamaica/Jamaica_v1.gpb

    Kml:
    http://gpsroutebuilder.com/GPS/Jamaica/Jamaica_v1.kml

    Google Maps
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=http:%2F%2Fgpsroutebuilder.com%2FGPS%2FJamaica%2FJamaica_v1.kml&ie=UTF8&z=10


    Fried fish and bammy at Hellshire beach

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    View from Hellshire Beach (local Kingston beach/fishing village)

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  2. intothenew

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    The link is broke on the gdb and/or the file extension is wrong. I took a copy of the gpx. Again, I hope your skin is peeling. Thanks Rob.
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  3. DockingPilot

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    Hey Rob !
    Hey, I'm headed to Ochos Rios in les than 2 weeks. Staying at RIU with my wife and kids.
    What say you ?
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  4. rob23

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    I just rescued a friend from there; he was having a miserable time. Like any all inclusive resort, RIU is a tourist trap. Its fine if you just want to sit on the beach and get hammered off of free booze and eat free food (not very good) but you won't get to experience <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Jamaica</st1:country-region></st1:place> for what it's really worth.

    I have a place at Sand Castles resort in Ochie. I've been going for around two times a year for the last ten years or so.

    I suggest you do this:
    > download my file for all the waypoints and tracks (email me if you have issues with the file)
    > rent a car while in <st1:place w:st="on">Montego Bay</st1:place>, drive to RIU
    > Go see the sights on your own term and on your own dime (they hotels really rape you with fees). For example, I think RIU charges $30 one way for a cab ride into Ochie, which is about 10 miles away.
    > Things to see in Ochie: <st1:placeName w:st="on">Dunns</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">River</st1:placeType> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Falls</st1:placeType>, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Reggae</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">Beach</st1:placeType></st1:place>, James Bond Beach (good reef and food there (get the fried fish and bammy or lobster)) and Fern Gully.
    > I suggest checking out Bebebips for lunch with some good views
    > Evitas is good for pastry or dinner with nice mountain top views
    > Ochie has a ton of tourist shops, straw market and a nice beach too. Parking can be found in town, don't be afraid and the answer to any question you get from the locals is usually/always NO!
    > Take a ride through Fern Gully going south towards <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Kingston</st1:place></st1:City> and check out the dirt roads to 9 miles to visit the birth place of Bob Marley. That's a pretty good adventure
    > Boats can be rented at any of the beaches I mentioned for around 20pp/hr so don't pay those high resort prices.
    > Everything is negotiable..
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  5. DockingPilot

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    Thanks Rob ! Will-do
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  6. rob23

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    I just came back from another trip to JA.

    This time around I rented an XR600R and did a one on one guided tour of the Blue Mountains above Kingston with Kyle of Irie Racing.

    Klye showed me some really amazing backroads and trails and was a really great guide and a nice guy. We did a full day of ridding (95%+ dirt) at a good pace and saw some amazing sites. Bikes were well maintained and ran great all day.

    I recommend ridding the Blue Mountains, John Crow Mountains, North Shore (from Ochie (Ochos Rios) west) and south into Stony Hill, Kingston. No matter where you ride though you can't go wrong, JA is full of amazing roads.

    If you're ever down there, contact Kyle and let him know I sent ya. He can probably arrange to meet you at your hotel or you can meet him at his shop in Kingston (nice/safe area). If you just want to rent a bike he maybe able to arrange that as well.

    Kyle also operates the only mx track and race series currently on the island.

    Tour Guide - Kyle:
    http://www.facebook.com/irkylereynolds

    Irie Racing:
    http://www.facebook.com/IrieRacing
    http://www.irieracing.com/

    Kyle on XR400

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    Self on XR600R

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    Local stop off along the way for some nice juice and snacks

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  7. ggoytia

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    By chance do you have any more pics ??



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  8. rob23

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    Sorry, that's all the pics I have, I forgot my camera that day (dingbat!) but you can see some of Kyle's pics on his website and facebook pages.

    The scenery is amazing, large hardwood rainforest trees, dense vegetation, bamboo forests, waterfalls, rivers, steep mountains and amazing beaches make for a very surreal environment to ride in. Terrain varies from clay, to sandstone, shale, mud, gravel, nice dirt/topsoil like and rough broken asphalt.

    Of course, the people and the culture are very unique. When you pass through the remote villages high in the mountains many of the kids (all dressed in their school uniforms) get a big kick out of seeing the dirt bikes. You need to be careful of the steep drop offs, donkeys, mules, wild dogs, goats are everywhere and the occasional Land Rover. You also need to get accustom to ridding on the left hand side of the road.
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