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

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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

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

10 Aged Articles Which Need a Comeback

Saint Valentines' Day is here! The old art of romance had my nostalgic soul wondering why is it the world got too modern for these little things. Well, the western world's fashions and trends are often cyclical so here are 10 old things the world should make new again: 1. Post Cards You know the … Continue reading 10 Aged Articles Which Need a Comeback

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