Liguanea Art Festival, Saint Andrew

Aptly called the artbeat of Jamaica, the annual Liguanea Art Festival (LAF) is the Caribbean's largest. This festival showcases upcoming talent alongside local veterans in photography, painting, ceramics, jewellery and sculpture since its 2005 inception. Hosted by June and Tony Wong, a Jamaican couple which shares a passion for the arts, LAF has evolved into a … Continue reading Liguanea Art Festival, Saint Andrew

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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

Island Gully Falls, Saint Ann

I try to demystify Jamaican off-the-beaten-path places on Adventures from Elle because usually not much useful information is available about these places online or by word of mouth. Island Gully Falls is one such place despite becoming very popular on social media and perhaps more recently popularized as Blue Hole. A detailed search turned up … Continue reading Island Gully Falls, Saint Ann

Turtle River Park, Saint Ann

Turtle River Park is a cool oasis in the busy heart of resort town Ocho Rios. This small park is perfect for a picnic, stroll or jog, for reading, watching the fish and turtles in the stream which runs through the grounds and for entertaining bored children on its playground in the heat of the … Continue reading Turtle River Park, Saint Ann

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

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

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

Food Baby Aborted: What’s for Lunch?

Last month I expressed my dissatisfaction with the typical Jamaican lunch and the feedback was enlightening. I didn't realize so many people were concerned about the portion distortion, nor experienced the distended abdomen ("food baby") and sluggish feeling afterwards. My abdominal distention would last until night or even the next day sometimes and cause serious discomfort. If … Continue reading Food Baby Aborted: What’s for Lunch?

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