A few years ago, my former boss, Kalisa, left at my old job at TastingTable.com to open a bed and breakfast near her family in Jamaica, called The Runaway (life goals!). As soon she started a Kickstarter, promising a community-oriented luxury bed & breakfast on Jamaica’s north coast focused on amazing local food and curated cultural experiences, my co-worker and I booked a trip for three couples to go stay. Then we patiently waited 9 months for our trip.

A month before the trip, Kalisa sent over about 30 options for outings and food for our 4 day trip and we started to get insanely excited. We chose a few hikes, trips and outings. Kalisa and Jeff (her partner) booked our transportation to/from the airport and everywhere we went. The Runaway provides all your meals, including breakfast, packed lunch for trips, snacks, daily cocktail hours with custom cocktails, beer, dinner and dessert, but will also make reservations for you to go out to eat. Kalisa is a professionally trained chef and used ingredients local to Jamaica to make some of the best meals I’ve ever had. I experienced  flavors I don’t think I ever would have otherwise ever would have. I am not exaggerating when I say I gained 5 pounds in 4 days (see food in photo 2 in the gallery above).

We flew into Montego Bay and below is what we did. You can absolutely do these things yourself, but if you are able, try The Runaway!! Now, Kalisa and Jeff run global pop-up trips to places like Bali and Cuba and I must say, I am dying to go. 100% would recommend any trip you can fit in your schedule with The Runaway.

Scotchies: This is THE spot to go get local jerk chicken. The ribs were also fantastic. Do not miss it! There are also a few tourist shops next door if you need to bring anything home for people or enjoy funny tourist items.

Silver Sands Beach: This was one of the beaches closest to us. The water in Jamaica is warm and clear and you will never want to get out.

Cranbrook Flower Forest: This is a beautiful tropical garden preserve with some of the most amazing plants, flowers and trees you will ever get to see in person. You can wander here, but you should pay to get a guide to take you on the hike to the river head where you can swim and stay as long as you like.

Stush in the Bush: You will need a reservation to visit this insanely amazing, organic farm dining experience. Do not leave without buying hot sauce and passionfruit jam to take home!

Bamboo Blu: This is a simple beach front bar and lounge that is great for a night out.

Blue Hole: This is a hike to several pools and waterfalls. You will need tickets and a guide. I would suggest reserving ahead, but you can also get guides upon arrival. They have life vests if you are an unsure swimmer. You’ll get to jump off and propel down waterfalls, go to underwater lagoons and generally will see some insanely beautiful nature.

The Runaway: Again, this is the incredible full service, luxury bed and breakfast we stayed at. It books up really fast these days, but if you can manage to stay there, your heart, your stomach and your memories will thank you forever.

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