Lonely Planet Writer

You can picnic with Betty the goat-hostess at this luxury Jamaican resort

You know that feeling: you’re relaxing on a beach in Jamaica, enjoying a nice cocktail and the sea breeze, but one thing is missing. A goat. Luckily, a resort near Negril, Jamaica, has you covered. Sunset at the Palms is home to Betty the goat, who acts as a welcoming hostess for visitors on their island getaway.

Betty the goat and her friend Royal Brown at the Jamaican resort. Image by Sunset at the Palms

Betty made her first appearance at the resort in the spring, and since then she’s become a bit of a local celebrity, showing up at weddings and vow renewals on the property and guiding visitors on the hotel’s weekly nature tour.

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Recently, Sunset at the Palms announced that Betty will now be hosting picnics for guests who just can’t get enough of their new hoofed friend. They will be treated to a basket full of tasty items prepared by the in-house chef and a bottle of red or white wine to enjoy either in the hotel gardens or on the beach, and Betty will be tagging along for the festivities, as will the resort photographer; the picnic basket will also contain pint-sized treats for Betty, should she start feeling a bit peckish. The experience is available for only $40, and loads of visitors are jumping at the chance to dine with the star of the resort.

Sunset at the Palms resort, Jamaica. Image by Sunset at the Palms

Betty was also recently joined by a gentleman caller, a male goat by the name of Royal Brown. Together they will be running things on the property grounds and welcoming everyone to their little corner of Jamaican paradise.

Sunset at the Palms is situated on a 20-acre property that is a mere 15-minute-drive north of Negril, one of Jamaica’s most popular destinations. Negril is perched on the westernmost point of the island and is home to the famous Seven Mile Beach, which is known for its vast expanses of white sand and turquoise water.