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    Curious if others feel the same as I do. We go to CSA twice a year, so it's our home away from home.

    It baffles me when I see people ask about pizza, fried chicken, hamburgers, Red Bull, PBR or other American beer, and so on!

    You're going to a foreign country! Try a Red Stripe! A meat patty! Jerk chicken! Take a few extra steps off resort property and see more of this beautiful island. Talk to the local people! Do you know the man's name you buy the beaded bracelets from? It's Jimmy, and he tells some great stories (and loves a glass of fresh juice). It's a wonderful culture, with amazing food to offer. Ask some of the locals (staff or off property) why they're happy all the time!

    Experience as much of Jamaica as possible. Your pizza and hot dogs will still be at the mall she younger back home!

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    Exactly.take in the culture,Dont try to Americanize it.we bring home more knowledge in one week than we could ever gain at home.

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    So well said Suzi! One of the best ways to experience a country's culture is to try the local food! Jamaican food is such a wonderful blend of British, African, Spanish, Chinese, Indian, Lebanese, Syrian (just to name a few!) influences that it can't hep but be delicious! Also, the "Meet the People" programme offered by the Jamaica Tourist Board is so worth it! You get to meet Jamaican families with similar interest as yourself (Tourist board approved) and you'll find there are more things in common than there are differences. Also, many airlines such as Westjetthst are now offering hotel stays in Kingston where there is so much to see and do. The Botanical gardens and Zoo, The Bob Marley Museum, The National Art Gallery, Emancipation Park, Port Royal (think Pirates of the Caribbean!), Cafe Blue in Irish Town in the foothills of the Blue Mountains - a coffee shop serving Blue Mountain coffee and desserts, pastries etc with a magnificent view of the city below....I could go on and on. Kingston is not the frightening place you may think. If you use the same common sense you should use when visiting any new city, and take the advice of the tourist board, you will find a vibrant, wonderful side to the island. We have done this on several trips to Couples and would not have missed this for the world. Would be happy to answer any questions from interested Couples

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    I SO AGREE - We notice the same thing & wonder WHY didn't these people just vacation in the states???? We don't always like it but we'll try the food that's different from the norm we know .... We can eat pizza & burgers at home any day. We have met so many unique people & learned so many things by just being friendly & asking questions ..... Jamaica is more than a resort or a beautiful beach ..... It's the people too!!!!!
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    I have been traveling in Jamaica since the late 1980's. I try to immerse myself in Jamaican food, culture, daily life, and music as much as I can whenever I am in Jamaica. In over thirty trips to Jamaica I have seen nearly every part of the island and learned to love so many things about Jamaica and the Jamaican people that you simply cannot see or appreciate while at any resort without heading out to see the island and meet the people.
    However..... I will say that what baffles me is different from the original poster... What baffles me is why people on these boards try to tell other people how they should enjoy their hard earned vacations. How some try to tell others they are somehow vacationing wrong. If you save all year and go to Couples... eat what you want, drink what you want and enjoy your vacation the way you want. We are all different and we all look for different things to help us enjoy ourselves and relax during our hard-earned vacations. Enjoy your vacation the way you best enjoy your vacation! You earned it, and you deserve it! Just because someone enjoys their visit to Jamaica differently does not mean they are doing it wrong. It's their vacation!
    Respect and good travels!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhallva View Post
    However..... I will say that what baffles me is different from the original poster... What baffles me is why people on these boards try to tell other people how they should enjoy their hard earned vacations. How some try to tell others they are somehow vacationing wrong. If you save all year and go to Couples... eat what you want, drink what you want and enjoy your vacation the way you want. We are all different and we all look for different things to help us enjoy ourselves and relax during our hard-earned vacations. Enjoy your vacation the way you best enjoy your vacation! You earned it, and you deserve it! Just because someone enjoys their visit to Jamaica differently does not mean they are doing it wrong. It's their vacation!
    Respect and good travels!
    Roy
    Very well said!

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    Wish there was a like button. I would press it repeatedly for this post.

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    I agree 100%. There's nothing wrong with being picky about food, but it seems like a missed opportunity to just not be willing to even try small bites of more "exotic" foods and Jamaican specialties. You never know which unfamiliar foods might become new favorites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzi View Post
    It baffles me when I see people ask about pizza, fried chicken, hamburgers, Red Bull, PBR or other American beer, and so on!

    Experience as much of Jamaica as possible. Your pizza and hot dogs will still be at the mall she younger back home!
    I hear ya sister. Go to Jamaica for the reggae, Red Stripe, and the quiet "ya-mons". I can stay in Iowa for pizza.....and snow.

    Life is good

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beach-bum View Post
    I hear ya sister. Go to Jamaica for the reggae, Red Stripe, and the quiet "ya-mons". I can stay in Iowa for pizza.....and snow.

    Life is good
    My thoughts exactly, i loved trying all the different foods. My biggest disappointment was not being able to try es cargot or goat when we were there. What part of iowa are you from? The wife and I are from north central, about 90 minutes north of des moines. We have about a half inch of snow and ice on the ground right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetnessinthesand View Post
    My thoughts exactly, i loved trying all the different foods. My biggest disappointment was not being able to try es cargot or goat when we were there. What part of iowa are you from? The wife and I are from north central, about 90 minutes north of des moines. We have about a half inch of snow and ice on the ground right now.
    Just North of the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area. Snowing here today and we are and missing Jamaica. Iowa is well represented at Couples. It will be our eighth trip in March.

    Life is good

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    couldn't agree more. Enjoy, soon come,13 sleeps.

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    Thank you Suzi, so well said. I feel the same way. Been off resort a couple of times and hope to go someplace again this year. Love talking to the locals, and just as you said, I can't wait for some of those patties. I've been looking everywhere here for them and can't find them.
    Karin

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    Everyone vacations differently. Some people want to just escape and part of that is to have the things they know they like. And I'm sorry, but a hot dog in Jamaica is nothing like a hot dog back in the states. We were just at CSA and everyone in our group tried different Jamaican cuisine, got to know some of the staff, and really embraced the Jamaican and CSA experience.....some of them also drank miller lite and had a hamburger while at the resort.

    To each there own. Everyone paid to go to CSA, so who cares wha they do with their vacation. As long as they aren't disturbing others they should be able to vacation the way they want. Love CSA and love Jamaica!

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    Suzi you are absolutely correct. We have seen every part of the country except Bamboo Alley. Jamaica is so rich in its' own culture that things like pizza and Red Bull are insignificant.The thing that we like the most about Jamaica are the people. While it is true that Couples is a major attraction I can honestly say that our 78 trips to CTI was for more than just the resort. Jamaican people are by far the nicest people that we have ever met. I can also honestly say that I have never tasted Red Bull.

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    I agree totally. You came to visit the Jamaican island I would assume to see how their culture is. It's their country, quit trying to Americanized it. If you can't accept their food or way of life, then don't go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FerChitsNGiggles View Post
    I agree totally. You came to visit the Jamaican island I would assume to see how their culture is. It's their country, quit trying to Americanized it. If you can't accept their food or way of life, then don't go.
    Not everyone goes to see how their culture is. A lot of people go for a vacation. And to be honest (having lived overseas), what most people see as the Jamaican culture from their trip would be like going to Disneyland and assuming that was the American culture. You've got one glance of it. Their culture is much larger than what you've seen.

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    One American thing I wish would stay in the states is the Rap music you hear in the nightclubs and from the beach bars. Jamaican music is much preferable.

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    No I don't feel like you do. Let others be and don't try to force your ideas on others!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wally View Post
    No I don't feel like you do. Let others be and don't try to force your ideas on others!
    Really Wally? That's your reply to this thread?

    I have never understood the obsession with a particular brand of beer, bourbon, vodka or whatever that may not be available at Couples. One of the most beautiful places on earth and folks are basing their opinion on booze, pizza or burgers. Even ketchup has come up as a sore point for crying out loud.

    I just don't get some people.
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    My "complaint" for lack of a better term wouldn't be that I can't get a pizza/burger etc but more that it's on the menu but it tastes nothing like what I would have expected it to taste like. The seasoning on some things just isn't recognizable to an American palate, and if you're ordering a burger or a pizza it's because you want something safe and recognizable.

    As you travel more, you will find that one of the great joys of eating in a foreign country is to see how they make an "Americanized" dish. Not that I eat them on any kind of a regular or irregular basis, but I've had a Big Mac in five or six different places in the world that tasted amazing, so much better than your local McD's. Now, that's a bit extreme, but bringing this back to burgers and pizza, I've eaten both in other countries that were lightyears more tasty and interesting than any you can find in the US. As others have posted below, you're not in America, don't expect things to be like home - they won't.

    By the way, I've eaten the pizza at both CSS and CSA, and found it to be adequate; not worth the calories. However, the hamburgers at CSA with just a bit of jerk seasoning are tasty enough to convert a vegetarian.
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    I feel like you. I can have a Miller Beer or Pizza anytime I like. Whenever I leave the country, I like to try the local cuisine. Most times, we eat at the Patio Restaurant. We will take a little bit of everything then come back for the items we really like. The food at Tower Isle is amazing if you give it a chance.

    I usually will not drink much beer when I am in Jamaica. The bars specialize in so many tropical themed drinks.

    So much to do in Jamaica.

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    Get to know Ringman (Ring Ring Jamaica calling) great young man. Real name is Maurice goes by Jason for some crazy reason. The jerk chicken is great, the meat and chicken patties at the cabana grill are good, the staff love to get to know you. Embrace the relaxed feeling all around. I totally agree with Suzi, walk down the beach, if you are offered things that are not to your liking just say no thanks and move along. Meet and talk to the jewelry lady AMamma on the beach she is a riot. Red Stripe Light will replace your Coors Lights for a week or so trust me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzi View Post
    Curious if others feel the same as I do. We go to CSA twice a year, so it's our home away from home.

    It baffles me when I see people ask about pizza, fried chicken, hamburgers, Red Bull, PBR or other American beer, and so on!

    You're going to a foreign country! Try a Red Stripe! A meat patty! Jerk chicken! Take a few extra steps off resort property and see more of this beautiful island. Talk to the local people! Do you know the man's name you buy the beaded bracelets from? It's Jimmy, and he tells some great stories (and loves a glass of fresh juice). It's a wonderful culture, with amazing food to offer. Ask some of the locals (staff or off property) why they're happy all the time!

    Experience as much of Jamaica as possible. Your pizza and hot dogs will still be at the mall she younger back home!
    I feel the same way, lol. Although I think some are a) just very finicky eaters, or b) they are growing impatient with their countdown so they throw out random questions like "Do they have Red Bull" on the message board.

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    AMEN! I couldn't agree more. We have found that when you go somewhere new, you have to put your great expectations aside and enjoy what you get. NEVER eat what you like to eat at home - how could you not be disappointed. Live a little outside of your comfort range for the week. Be surprised.

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