Cecil Charlton Park, Manchester

Mandeville is one of Jamaica's more developed towns and is rather peaceful and laid-back compared to Montego Bay and Kingston, Jamaica's two cities. I'm sure the residents like that a lot since Mandeville and by extension the cool cool parish of Manchester is a popular settlement for Jamaica's returning residents. Named for former Mayor of … Continue reading Cecil Charlton Park, Manchester


Bath Mineral Spring, Saint Thomas

The rural community of Bath in St. Thomas is teeming with history and beauty, home to Jamaica's oldest botanical garden and a mineral spring by the same name. Legend has it that the bath was discovered in the 1600s by a runaway slave with leg ulcers. He stumbled across the spring, used it to wash … Continue reading Bath Mineral Spring, Saint Thomas

Bath Botanical Gardens, Saint Thomas

Established in 1779, the rural community of Bath in Saint Thomas is home to Jamaica's oldest and the Caribbean's second oldest botanical garden. Jamaica has four public botanical gardens which are sadly all clustered in one end of the island. However, I'm from that side of the island yet I still haven't explored all four! Last … Continue reading Bath Botanical Gardens, Saint Thomas

James Bond Beach, Saint Mary

I've never read nor watched a James Bond book or movie but living in Jamaica, the character is familiar because of locations like this beach immortalizing his name. James Bond Beach is found along Jamaica's northeastern coast in the quaint scenic town of Oracabessa, St. Mary. This beach is part of the late Ian Flemming's estate, … Continue reading James Bond Beach, Saint Mary

What One Woman Spent Travelling in 2017

As a self-proclaimed budget traveller, it felt fitting to include a travel receipt of sorts in my 2017 roundup series. Travel is all fun and games until we have to face our wallets (...or purses or bank cards). Hopefully it sheds more light on my travel costs this year, helps to guide your own Jamaican … Continue reading What One Woman Spent Travelling in 2017

10 Lessons from Chasing Waterfalls in Jamaica

What's not to love about water putting on a grand display? My island home of Jamaica is blessed with over 20 waterfalls hidden in its verdant rugged mountains. Our cascades are small making them interactive and fit to be climbed, stood under, swam in and enjoyed unlike the world's largest falls which can only be … Continue reading 10 Lessons from Chasing Waterfalls in Jamaica

Public Transport Made Easy in Kingston, Jamaica

You've just entered the city at the Norman Manley International Airport, been met by your airport transfer charter and taken to your lodging. Now what. . . . You've just come up from 'country', wherever that is, to the big bad Kingston. . . . Or, you've lived in Kingston all your life but never … Continue reading Public Transport Made Easy in Kingston, Jamaica

Tacky Falls, Saint Mary

Life is quite unpredictable and I'm learning to roll with the punches more each day. Earlier this year I'd set out to visit this waterfall's smaller cousin, Kwame Falls, but the public transport in Kingston decided against that plan. Thus, I was most excited when a high schoolmate of mine who is now studying abroad … Continue reading Tacky Falls, Saint Mary

Devon House Tour, Saint Andrew

 Ranked as National Geographic's fourth best place in the world to eat ice cream in 2011, Devon House is already a favourite for residents and visitors alike. However, Devon House is so much more than stellar sweets. Sitting on 11 lush acres in Saint Andrew, the Devon House mansion was the home of Jamaica's first coloured millionaire … Continue reading Devon House Tour, Saint Andrew

Salem Beach, Saint Ann

Salem Beach near Runaway Bay is perhaps not much of a swimming beach but is worth a visit if you're dining at the moderately expensive restaurant which has made it popular-- Sharkies Seafood. Sharkies is located on Salem Beach and what they lack in speed, they make up in deliciousness by producing seafood that's comparable … Continue reading Salem Beach, Saint Ann

Columbus Park, Saint Ann

Columbus Park is a historic open-air museum which sits by the side of the road in the north coast town of Discovery Bay. The park overlooks the expansive bay and features ruins from Jamaica's Spanish colonization period and other relics & replicas from times past. Sadly, the park has fallen into a state of disrepair but … Continue reading Columbus Park, Saint Ann

Green Grotto Caves, Saint Ann

Named for the green algae which once covered their walls, the Green Grotto Caves in Discovery Bay blend ecotourism and history into a 45-minute tour. These caves, secret passages and caverns have played a pivotal role in Jamaica's history-- first used by Jamaica's earliest inhabitants the Tainos for hundreds of years as a home, source … Continue reading Green Grotto Caves, Saint Ann