We had an incredibly interesting adventure and experience of a lifetime....This was the perfect vacation spot for a family looking for a peaceful and unusual vacation, close enough to restaurants and nightlife to enjoy it when we wanted, but very different from the all-inclusive tourist resorts that often don't reflect the culture, the true beauty, and the kind people of Jamaica.
Everyone I've ever spoken to about Jamaica has warned me of the poverty and culture shock. Those people obviously formed those opinions from the hotel windows, not from the warmth of Scarlet Hall. I would like to convert "Culture Shock" to "Culture Awareness." I have learned that there truly is more to wealth than just the purchasing power of currency.
Hubert is the best! He brings the real culture right to you with local beaches, off the beaten track excursions, best places to shop, and his own Jamaican style. We experienced a Jamaica that most Americans never see -- and we are the better for it. What an incredible experience! Thanks for sharing Reef Watch, Scarlett Hall, Hubert and family, and Jamaica with us!
What an adventure! I learned so much about the culture and the country. What makes this vacation so special and an absolutely must do is the "Hubert factor." Hubert is your tour guide, cook, and driver the entire time that you are there. He took us absolutely everywhere. We visited Montego Bay, Ochios Rios, and Negril. Hubert took us shopping in town at the market and took us to the best restaurants to get the best food at the lowest prices. He will show you things and allow you to experience things that you will not be able to do at the traditional resorts.
Reef Watch was one of the greatest adventures ever! Hubert was so great to work with and he did everything possible to make our trip memorable. We were able to really get the Jamaican experience as we visited Dunn Falls, the caves, Negil, Hubert's good friend Rex, the Martha Brae River, Falmouth Market, down-town Montego Bay and many more. We loved the snorkling and spear fishing! If we wanted to just take a day and relax, sleep in and get some sun, Hubert was totally down with that. Everyone should have the Reefwatch experience. We are better people because of it! You will not be dissapointed!
We have just returned from 3 wonderful weeks at Reefwatch, and it was certainly a relaxing and yet action packed experience. This is a totally flexible holiday with all the time in the world to do nothing and just chill or to do it all. Hubert is a delightful character and we have nothing but praise for the way he looked after us and showed us the real Jamaica. We met lots of Jamaican people and all were warm, friendly and full of humour. We wish we were still in Jamaica and we recommend the experience to everyone of every age. It was brilliant and simply the best.
I'm in New York right now suffering from Jamaica withdrawal. No, green foliage, no fruits and vegetables off the trees, no reefs, no beaches, nothing right now that says the warmth, relaxation and joy of reefwatch/Jamaica and of course Hubert. Suffice it to say I feel like a different person. Both myself and my father expect a return to reefwatch.
My first time in Jamaica turned out to be one of the most incredible experiences in my life.There were so many things to do, to explore, to take in. But some of the best times we had were at the guesthouse just hanging out. The house is pleasant, comfortable and had everything we needed. The roof deck is a little haven up there, anytime of day....Jamaican coffee in the morning, sunbathing in the afternoon, watching the sunset over the water, star gazing at night. Hubert was a terrific host. He cooked for us on the beach, and twice we had dinner at the house (grilled on the patio and off a fire in the yard.) It's invaluable to find that place where you know you can go to clear your head.
On the way home our plane got stuck waiting for customs. The airlines put us all up at a hotel. We talked to many of the people who had been in Jamaica. Every one of them had done an all inclusive deal where they were bused into a compound like place that had it's own beach and they never left. Poor people missed Jamaica.