Gut River, Manchester

When you grow up learning in school that the parish of Manchester has no rivers or beaches, this one means a lot. Relatively unknown even to my friends born and raised in this parish, Gut River runs mostly underground then emerges for a short 200m journey to the Caribbean Sea. It is found along a … Continue reading Gut River, Manchester

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Kwame Falls, Saint Mary

Kwame Falls is an off-the-beaten-path waterfall near the rural district of Robin's Bay in Saint Mary. It is said that the falls are named for Kwame, one of the warriors who fought alongside Tacky in 1760, the most successful rebellion against enslavement in Jamaica before that of Rt. Excellent Samuel Sharpe 71 years later. It … Continue reading Kwame Falls, Saint Mary

Lime Tree Farm, Saint Andrew

Lime Tree Farm is an eco-friendly farm set in the delightful Blue Mountains 3,400 feet above sea level. Run by an affable couple Rodger and Tifony Bolton, visiting their farm is like visiting the home of friends where the air is cool and crisp, the views divine, the tranquility just what the doctor ordered and … Continue reading Lime Tree Farm, Saint Andrew

Port Royal, Kingston

Ahoy, me hearties! Over a bottle of Jamaican rum, let's talk about the Wickedest City of the West during her glory days, shall we? Getting There Located fifteen minutes away from the Norman Manley International Airport on the end of the Palisadoes strip in Kingston, Port Royal is pretty accessible. If you're taking the bus, the … Continue reading Port Royal, Kingston

Dunn’s River Falls, Saint Ann

Dunn's River Falls and Park is a state-run tourist attraction featuring a natural cascade which flows out to the Caribbean Sea along Jamaica's north coast. It has been minimally modified with cement to create footholds, making it safer and easier for tourists to climb but that's about it. If the tiers seem too perfect to … Continue reading Dunn’s River Falls, Saint Ann

Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival, Saint Andrew

Jamaica's Tourism Linkages Network through the Ministry of Tourism is on to something big with this one. The inaugural Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival is a three-day weekend affair with the main event taking place on Saturday March 24 at the cool historic military training centre of Newcastle in the Blue & John Crow Mountains National … Continue reading Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival, Saint Andrew

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

Trench Town Culture Yard, Saint Andrew

Jamaica's capital city of Kingston pulsates to the beat of reggae music and its raunchier cousin, dancehall music. Both genres originated here so opportunities to enjoy and learn about their origins in Kingston are endless. Bob Marley is indisputably the world's most famous Rastafarian and reggae's most celebrated son. Born in the rural district of … Continue reading Trench Town Culture Yard, Saint Andrew

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