Randy’s Negril

The trouble with traveling is finding that balance between seeking cultural immersion and indulging in vacation luxuries.  Often, the two are mutually exclusive, particularly if you classify yourself an anti-tourist.  It’s not that places like Hawaii, Cancun, and Majorca don’t appeal to us, it’s that we know these places have sacrificed native customs for glittering hotels, cheap baubles, and overpriced (sometimes even chain) restaurants.  Jamaica—a quick, affordable flight from Miami—is among the ranks of these sellout vacation hotspots.  But in Negril, one man has managed to reconcile the divide between local and visiting populations.  His name is Randy, founder of La Bella Italia Ice Cream.  His shop provides three primary services: ice cream, internet, and air conditioning, essential survival tools for the modern vacationer. Continue reading