Cardiff Hall Beach, Saint Ann

I can't help but ruin the surprise at the start. I've finally found a free Jamaican beach which I rate full stars! I had the opportunity of spending time in Saint Ann as part of my medical training and with what free time I had, my colleagues & I went beach-hopping on a budget like … Continue reading Cardiff Hall Beach, Saint Ann

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Fantasy Beach, Saint Ann

Fantasy Beach, also called Priory Beach, is a large strip of coastline for the tiny Saint Ann town of Priory. This sleepy public beach just outside of Ocho Rios wakes up on weekends to mostly local families who stop by to swim, play football, have dinner and unwind. Getting There Starting from Main Street in … Continue reading Fantasy Beach, Saint Ann

What It Means To Be Jamaican

I have much more free time these next few weeks so my blog neglect will subside, at least until January 2018. I chose my clerkships well even if I was entirely burnt out last stretch. Watching the sun set over the ocean yesterday and some healing solitude has got me reflecting. Part of that reflection … Continue reading What It Means To Be Jamaican

Tuff Gong Studio, Saint Andrew

Tuff Gong International’s Making of the Music Tour is an engaging behind the scenes look at the record-making process from rehearsal to album. My Bob Marley Museum tour guide had done an excellent job at not-so-subtly dropping hints that no Bob Marley experience in Jamaica is complete without visiting the studio where it all began. … Continue reading Tuff Gong Studio, Saint Andrew

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