Jamaica With Kids Travel Guide Day 2

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I still can’t believe how well we slept last night.

Emmy never lets us sleep in and we had to finally wake her up this morning. It didn’t take much to get her going… we just reminded her that we were in Jamaica and she jumped out of bed! 

We all took quick showers, well all of us but Maddie… she is in love with their showers and said they are the best ones ever. Typical teen… although I totally agree with her. The toiletries are also top of the line.

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Thankfully there are two bathrooms and two showers so we got ready pretty quickly… but not before Emmy ordered room service so that she could lounge in the child-sized bathrobes partner, Moon Palace Jamaica Grande offers while eating Fruit Loops. 


Every day is a workday for Pete and me, so we both relaxed on the balcony with room service coffee. I talk about how important coffee is to me in the morning because I feel like it really sets the mood for the whole day. I make my to-do list and sip coffee while checking emails. I had a really hard time focusing on my morning coffee ritual because I just wanted to gaze at this view!

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We finally peeled ourselves away from the balcony and headed downstairs for a formal breakfast. I’m should probably call it breakfast number 2 since we had room service already, but since I only had coffee, I’m going to let that one slide. We ate at the buffet again and breakfast was delicious. The choices are expansive and Pete and Ashley really enjoyed the live-action omelet station. 

I was really concerned about what Maddie and I would eat while we were here because it can be harder for us to find food as vegans. My concern was completely unwarranted. We had a custom made tofu stir fry at lunch, personalized pasta for dinner, and full plates of fresh fruits and vegetables at each meal. None of this was a special request either. It was all available on the buffet. I did mention to the pasta chef at the pasta station that I was vegan and allergic to fish and he immediately went and got a new pan, washed it just to be safe, and then prepared my meal. There was no confusion and I was made to feel completely comfortable. That doesn’t always happen and it has made this vacation even better… if that is possible!

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Yesterday we thought we had seen the whole resort, but we had really only seen half of it. 

After breakfast, we set off to explore more. The Moon Palace Jamaica Grande is a big resort, with a small resort feel. Everyone makes you feel like you are the only guests here. We found some true gems while we were walking around… including the included water sports area…

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Pete, Ashley, and Emmy decided to go sailing!

We were a little worried about how exactly we would sail since Pete had no idea how to do it (since it had been years since he’d sailed) but we totally didn’t have to worry. They actually take you sailing! They just hopped on the boat and enjoyed the ride. They were gone about 20 or so minutes and it was so fun that we are all planning to go all together again!

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We also found a new place to eat. Pizza and drinks over the ocean is like a dream come true! Emmy loved that she could look down and watch the fish swim by.

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We also got some swimming in. The water slide is 100 feet long and I think everyone in Ocho Rios knew when Emmy was going down it. She hollered “THIS IS AWESOME” each and every time she went down. Pure joy!


There are four other dinner restaurants, and we are planning to try them soon, but dinner was again at the buffet. It’s just so easy and the food is great so we have been eating there.
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The water is so clear and blue here…
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Late-night snacks are a must here. Em had a strawberry cake slice and the rest of us had sushi! The sushi bar is open from 11 am-11 pm and they are happy to make sushi any way you like it. We had cucumber rolls and cream cheese and cucumber rolls. We are planning on having more again tonight!

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There are so many things to do outside the resort, and there are also so many things to do on the resort that you really don’t need to leave to fill your days with fun. We are so glad that we planned a full resort day. It was jam-packed and it took Em less than five minutes to fall asleep… in her special kid’s robe of course!

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The Moon Palace Jamaica Grande is running a special right now for all my readers. Clicking my link here will take you to their best available offer. We had such a great time at this beautiful resort and I really think you will too!

Here is our post from Day 1

Here is our post from Day 3

Here is our day two video recap!

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Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog It's a Lovely Life®! In addition to traveling 150+ days a year, she also helps new bloggers build successful blogging businesses.


  • We like to sight see as much as possible on vacay! You know, make the most of it.

  • I used to go to Jamaica all of the time when I was in college (I’m from Miami, FL and my mom worked for the airline so free flights yay). I admit I wouldn’t think about bringing kids there, but you have made me seen the light LOL! I bet my husband’s 10 year old and 16 year old (my bonus kids) would have a blast!

  • If I was in Jamaica and was able to wake up to that view and beautiful weather I’d jump out of bed as early as I could, too! It looks like you and the family made the most out of your trip to paradise 🙂

  • Gorgeous pictures of you fun vacation. It looks like you and your family had such a nice time, but how could you not is such a beautiful place.

  • What a trip of a lifetime for your family!!! I love traveling to the Caribbean the islands and hospitality is amazing!! This looks like an amazing resort, love your view too!

  • I love your photos. They are so vivid and I feel like I am right there with you. Looks like such a beautiful place to visit.

  • What a fun time. I can’t believe everything you did for today was just within the resort! That’s so much fun! It’s good to know that there’s enough activities inside the resort if you ever choose to just hang out. Thanks for sharing your day two!

  • It’s great that you guys were able to have some fun out on the water. I’d definitely want to try sailing out there!

  • I’ve heard great things about the Moon Palace actually!!! My kids would totally love those bathrobes too and I’m so glad to hear that the chef went and washed the pan on his own accord. – a lovely sign of the food and the service on offer

  • I have always wanted to go to Jamaica. It’s nice to see that it can be a very kid friendly place. We are avid sailors and would love nothing more than to sail there.

  • Great photos! What a great place to visit. Looks you have a great time and fun!

  • Great photos! What a great place to visit. Looks you have a great time and fun!

  • Holy moly!! These pics are fabulous!! You make me want to hop on a plane and go to Jamaica NOW!! Great post!!

  • How fun. I love that your little one was living it up in a robe eating fruit loops! That’s the way to do it kid style. I too would have a hard time focusing on work with that view and I wouldn’t ever be far from the sushi bar!

  • omg that is just a beautiful to go with family and friends! i just fell on my chair looking jealous on your photos! they are just pretty and the place is amazing! ading this to my bucketlist!

  • How I really wish me and my family could go on vacations like this. For sure it’s a pretty amazing experience specially for the kids.

  • Those photos are totally amazing, I loved the beautiful views of the sea water, It looks likes a great place for summer vacation.

  • That view is amazing! I would love to go to Jamaica. Looks such a beautiful place and so much to do! I also agree with you about the coffee to! I cannot function with my coffee in a morning lol xx

  • I would love to visit this place and have fun and relax and enjoy the view with my family

  • It looks stunning!! Now I will add Moon Palace to my list of must visit resorts. We have been to Jamaica at least twice and stayed in the Ocho Rios area both times. I love that it is reliable and always so lovely. Friendly people and great food help too!! I would love to sail and do the waterslide as well.

  • Looks like you are having a great time in Jamaica. I’ve been there and it’s a neat place. I just didn’t like how the natives drove. Scary!

  • Jamaica looks Absolutely gorgeous! I’d love to be able to take my kids someday!

  • Sounds like a wonderful time. The pictures are beautiful and the water is so pretty and clear. Wish I could go there, maybe some day.

  • oh my goodness what a lovely place to visit. that water is stunning & i am so happy to hear that you were able to find vegan friendly food

  • It looks like you guys had a lot of fun. I love that the restaurant had plenty of vegan options. Too many places ignore the differently dieted.

  • Wow, this resort looks heavenly – I want to go! I love the pic of your daughter in her robe and snack!

  • Jamaica is beautiful, I know you and your family will have a wonderful time there. I hope you get to try some off the traditional foods as well.

  • I am so in love with Jamaica! Looking at your pictures and seeing how much your family enjoys the tour, the hotel, the activities, make me want to book a flight right now. We will make sure to plan for a trip to this lovely place.

  • I’ve never been there, but I’d love to visit Jamaica one day! It’s so wonderful! Agree, pizza and drinks over the ocean is like a dream come true! Your video and photos are simply amazing!

  • Jamaica is such a beautiful place that I wanted to visit for a long time with my family. The pictures are so beautiful & those gorgeous view from balcony is quiet amazing as well. This could have been a great experience so far with kids around.

  • It looks great, such blue seas! So gorgeous, I would have a hard time dragging my self away from that view on the balcony too!

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