Travel Jamaica

A page for yaadies looking to explore yaad and visitors of yaad. Welcome! 🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲

An adventure awaits in Jamaica if you are ready to find one. 2016 was the year I chose to start seeing more of the world, even if for now it only means my home country. Many blogs, vlogs and websites showed Jamaican places I’d love to visit let alone never heard of before but few shared how to get there or how much they had spent. Thus, Adventures from Elle is about making Jamaica more accessible, one inexpensive & (usually) off-the-beaten-path place at a time. If I haven’t been there yet, rest assured it’s on my list. It’s my hope that you’ll discover somewhere new on here and learn exactly how to get there should you wish.

Things to do in Jamaica by parish:

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Kingston

St. Andrew

St. Thomas

Portland

St. Mary

St. Ann

Clarendon

Manchester

St. Elizabeth

A Few Things:

  1. I give directions from Kingston so things may be a little different if you’re from or staying in another corner of Jamaica.
  2. All prices are listed in Jamaican dollars unless otherwise stated.
  3. By no means are the activities listed in each parish an exhaustive list. The pages of this travel journal are being written each day (well, err, as often as I experience somewhere new or worth sharing).
  4. This is a blog so expect opinions. However, I try to be as unbiased as possible and my reasons for every rating are explained in each post.
  5. Swing by the comments section if my posts led you to anywhere, please. Tell me how it went.

Additional Resources:

1. My Top 10 Favourite Adventures in 🇯🇲

elle's favourite 10

Of course, as I experience new places, this list is subject to change. 😅

2. Adventures from Elle Bucket Lists

2017 jamaican bucket list   bucket-list-jamaica-2018

My personal bucket list is ever-expanding and that can be overwhelming. Oftentimes when we are overwhelmed, we choose to stick in our comfort zones, going to where is familiar and missing out on new places and new experiences. Thus, for two years in a row I’ve snipped off a few places into interesting manageable lists, committing to visiting these for that year then of course, updating Adventures from Elle with new blog posts afterwards. In 2017, I strayed far from the list in the end but I still explored a lot, and likely more than I would have done otherwise. Also, travel is fluid. The places I set out to visit today may change tomorrow but spontaneity is the joy of life anyway. Check out these lists, the progress I made on them and get inspiration for your own Adventures.

3. A Local’s Guide to Public Transport in Kingston, Jamaica!

public transport kgn

Born and raised in Kingston, I’m aware our public transport may seem a bit intimidating for newbies. However, it’s our cheapest means of travel around and with that, I think fellow budget travellers should at least learn how. Welcome to my city!

4. What One Woman Spent Travelling in 2017

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Continuing with the budget travel theme, I decided to share an abbreviated spreadsheet of my 2017 travel expenses as well as some tips on how I managed to explore this cheaply.

5. 10 Lessons from Chasing Jamaican Waterfalls

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What better way to showcase my favourite pieces of nature– waterfalls!

Personal Ratings Explained:

You’ll notice I give each place some stars at the end. They range from ☆ to ☆☆☆☆☆ and the reason(s) behind them are listed in each post. I take into account things such as difficulty to find, value for cost, beauty, appeal, facilities and hospitality. Every rating is based on my personal experience there so I can’t guarantee you’ll have the same experience, especially with uncommercialized places that depend on who else goes there that day and natural factors too such as recent rainfall etc.

  • ☆☆☆☆☆- Loved the place! Highly recommend.
  • ☆☆☆☆- Liked the place, would recommend and probably revisit.
  • ☆☆☆- OK or meh. Worth a visit but probably only once.
  • ☆☆- Disliked the place. Likely never going back.
  • ☆- Hated the place, wouldn’t recommend and definitely never going back.
Last thing. As you travel ’round Jamaica, tek care ah yuhself and walk good!
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