Circumstance

Jamaica is going through a phase right now which my mind can't comprehend. Gunshots competed with the sounds of a Jamaican programme on my TV last night and the night before that one. I'm not directly affected by it, living about 10 minutes away from the tense community from which the shots erupted and never … Continue reading Circumstance

Lyssons Beach, Saint Thomas

Lyssons Beach is one of Jamaica's better public beaches, a prime jewel in Saint Thomas near its capital Morant Bay. This white strip of coastline has two sections but the best part of it is that they're both free! One is managed by the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA), a government arm charged with maintaining … Continue reading Lyssons Beach, Saint Thomas

Gordon Town Falls, Saint Andrew

Let me start by saying that these falls are unnamed. It's a pity to have such beautiful cascades of the Hope River tucked away in Penfield, a small district in Gordon Town, yet after all these years they are still nameless. Until a name for these falls catches on, myself and the other people who … Continue reading Gordon Town Falls, Saint Andrew

Castleton Botanical Gardens, Saint Mary

The Castleton Botanical Gardens sit in a river valley on both sides of the Junction main road which links the Saint Andrew and Saint Mary parishes. It is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the western hemisphere, established in 1862 by English planter Colonel Castle on what was once a sugar plantation. The Bath … Continue reading Castleton Botanical Gardens, Saint Mary

Bull Bay Beaches, Saint Andrew

I figured it was time I feature a stereotypical Jamaican chill spot having written about waterfalls, museums, a botanical garden, mountain and mineral spring. You guessed correctly: a BEACH! 🌴 In keeping with A.f.Elle budget-friendly style, I chose an unpopular one: the Wickie Wackie beach in Bull Bay. Bull Bay is a suburban town on … Continue reading Bull Bay Beaches, Saint Andrew

The Jamaican Box Lunch

"Sell me a rice and peas and fry chicken with curry gravy." "A curry goat and rice." "A jerk chicken and rice and peas." "A stew peas and rice." These are some of the daily options on the lunch menu of a Jamaican restaurant, tuck shop, road side shop etc. Delicious, sure, but so few … Continue reading The Jamaican Box Lunch

Conquering Blue Mountain Peak: Part 2 of 2

This is part 2 of a 2-part series. This post covers the Blue Mountain peak, day 2 descent, tips and additional info on how to conquer the peak safely and affordably. Part 1 covered the ascent. Completing my track analogy from last week, the peak trail would be GO! 🏁 Go: The Peak Trail The … Continue reading Conquering Blue Mountain Peak: Part 2 of 2

Conquering Blue Mountain Peak: Part 1 of 2

Clocking 7,402ft. (2,256m) above sea level, Blue Mountain Peak is Jamaica's highest point. It majestically towers over the entire nation and its waters. It forms part of the Blue and John Crow Mountain National Park (BJCMNP) in the eastern corner of the island, and holds the proud title of Jamaica's first UNESCO world heritage site … Continue reading Conquering Blue Mountain Peak: Part 1 of 2

Somerset Falls, Portland

Somerset Falls in Hope Bay, Portland is a series of picturesque cascades meandering through the lush green backdrop of a tropical rainforest. The falls run through an old indigo and spice plantation, but the property bears no semblance to its former purpose today. Getting There Half-Way-Tree (HWT) is the travel centre and capital of the … Continue reading Somerset Falls, Portland

Bob Marley Museum, Saint Andrew

Jamaica is the birthplace of globally renowned reggae singer, songwriter and guitarist Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley. He bought a house at 56 Hope Road in Liguanea, St. Andrew in 1975 and it was his home until his death in 1981 from metastatic melanoma. Six years later his wife Rita Marley converted the property into a … Continue reading Bob Marley Museum, Saint Andrew

Resetting the Status Quo: A Travel Blog Back-Story

And that my friends is how a concept was born. I'm blogging about somewhere here, somewhere near, somewhere affordable, somewhere replicable.

Rockfort Mineral Bath, Kingston

Besides therapeutic mineral-rich water at the Rockfort Mineral Bath in Kingston, the property houses historical ruins of an old fort. Rockfort was first fortified in 1694 as protection against possible French invasion from Saint-Domingue. This was done to augment Port Royal's fortification which was badly damaged 2 years earlier in the infamous Port Royal earthquake … Continue reading Rockfort Mineral Bath, Kingston