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LoungeBuddy's Jamaican Retreat (Part 4)

Last February, we crafted an in-depth post detailing LoungeBuddy's first company retreat to Puerto Vallarta. A year later, our team has grown by leaps and bounds, and we've just returned from our second annual retreat all refreshed and ready to forge onward. With our memories from this year's trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica still fresh in mind, we'd like to take this opportunity to recount the time we spent at this beautiful sun-soaked island paradise.

This post is Part 4 of our full length feature. Click on the corresponding link for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 5.

Scotchies

Several members of our team went on a quick excursion to Scotchies for lunch to see what everyone was raving about. We can conclude that the hype is well-deserved.

This is how the chicken is prepared at Scotchies.

The Pelican

View of The Pelican from the outside.

The Pelican Restaurant sign.

For our first breakfast outside the resort, we visited the Pelican Grill on Gloucester Avenue, otherwise known as the Mobay Hip Strip. The Pelican, billed as the place where the locals eat, has been serving up traditional Jamaican dishes like escovitch fish and the national dish, ackee and saltfish, since 1964.

Breakfast time at the Pelican.

Order the sampler to try several Jamaican staples all on one large plate.

Uncle Sam's classic, the American Breakfast, will pump stars and stripes into your veins.

Other highlights include complimentary wi-fi and tremendous views of the oceanfront. If you're ever in the area, be sure to stop by and grab a bite to eat.

Doctor's Cave Beach

After starting our day off with an amazing breakfast at The Pelican, we walked down the street to visit Doctor's Cave Beach, the most famous beach in Jamaica.

The view across the street from The Pelican.

Along the way, we walked down the Hip Strip, where you'll find a large number of souvenir shops, eateries, clubs, and even Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville.

Interesting architecture abounds on the Hip Strip.

Whether you're looking for a Jamaican colored soccer ball, Appleton Estate Rum, or jerk sauce, the souvenir shops on the Hip Strip have it all.

After a short, brisk walk, we made it to Doctor's Cave Beach. There is a small entry fee, and other items, including snorkeling masks, are available for rent. If you'd like to exit and re-enter the beach at a later time, you can get a stamp at the entrance.

View of the beach from the entrance.

You may be wondering about the origin of the name "Doctor's Cave Beach". In the year 1880, Dr. Alexander James McCatty built a sanatorium at this location and invited his doctor friends to swim here. In addition, the entrance to the beach was originally through a cave.

Sit in the shade at Doctor's Cave Beach.

The beach is famous for its white sand and crystal clear water, so it's an ideal location to go snorkeling. It's popular among locals and tourists alike, including those that dock here on their Caribbean cruise vacations.

No wonder the Doctor built his sanatorium here.

You'll get a nice tan in no time at all.

The background music soundtrack is what you would expect when you think Jamaica: reggae, dance hall, and some interesting remixes of universally recognizable pop tunes. There's a food court near the entrance if you're on the lookout for some authentic Jamaican flavor.

If you look up towards the north side of the beach, you'll be able to get a glimpse of all the planes getting ready to land at Sangster International Airport: JetBlue, Spirit, Delta, Caribbean Airlines, and more. It's a planespotter's paradise.

Out in the water, there are a number of large water trampolines. It's a great place to watch your fellow beachgoers dive off into the water, or even to make a big splash landing yourself.

Make your big splash from the maize and blue trampoline.

Glistening Waters' Luminous Lagoon

Waiting for the lagoon tour. Focus on the eyes.

That night, we made the 40 minute drive to visit Jamaica's only natural nighttime attraction, Glistening Waters' Luminous Lagoon. This lagoon is located at the point where the Martha Brae River empties into the Caribbean Sea. It's home to millions of microscropic organisms called dinoflagellates, which emit a glistening light when any physical contact is made - hence the name "Glistening Waters".

Once there, we went on a 40 minute boat tour around the lagoon, which included time specifically allotted for swimming. The water is relatively shallow at three to eight feet, although the bottom is made up of soft mud that you could easily sink into. Therefore, it's important to move around and stay afloat once you're in the water.

This photo does not fully capture the beauty of the phenomenon.

Neither does this one.

The Luminous Lagoon is an amazing natural beauty, and is the largest and most brilliant example of a phenomenon that only occurs in a few select locations around the world (the others are located in Bahamas, Indonesia, and Puerto Rico).

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