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. Only disclaimer: I give directions from Kingston so things may be a little different if you’re from or staying in another corner of Jamaica.
Things to do in Jamaica by parish:
- Museums, Art & Culture: The Spirit of Budo Japanese Exhibit, the Fleet Street murals & Life Yard Restaurant and a Fort Charles & Port Royal walking tour.
- Mineral Bath: Rockfort Mineral Bath
- Beaches: Carib Beach
- Botanical Gardens: Harmonious Enjoyment Garden (Chinese Garden)
- Greathouses: Devon House I-Scream & Mansion Tour
- Mountains & Hiking: Lime Tree Farm Coffee Tour
- Museums, Art & Culture: Bob Marley Museum Tour, Tuff Gong Studio’s Making of the Music Tour, the annual Liguanea Art Festival in December, Trench Town Culture Yard and the Blue Mountain Coffee Festival in Newcastle.
- Waterfalls: Cane River Falls, Falling Edge Falls also known as Bowden Hill Falls and the Gordon Town Falls in Penfield.
- Beaches: Lyssons Beach
- Botanical Garden: Bath Botanical Garden, the Caribbean’s second and Jamaica’s oldest botanical garden
- Mineral Bath: Bath Mineral Spring
- Waterfall: Reggae Falls
- Mountains & Hiking: Blue Mountain Peak, the Caribbean’s sixth and Jamaica’s highest mountain peak
- Waterfalls: Somerset Falls
- Beaches: James Bond Beach
- Botanical Garden: Castleton Botanical Gardens, Jamaica’s second oldest botanical garden through which the beautiful Wag Water River flows
- Waterfalls: Tacky Falls and Kwame Falls, both rich with historical significance.
- Beaches: Fantasy Beach, Cardiff Hall Beach and Salem Beach.
- Caves: Green Grotto Caves
- Greathouses: Seville Heritage Park, a site on Jamaica’s tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription and marks one of the earliest encounters between Old & New World.
- Museums, Art & Culture: Columbus Park
- Public Park: Turtle River Park
- Waterfalls: Little Dunn’s River, Island Gully Falls also known as Blue Hole, and Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica’s most visited tourist attraction annually.
- Public Park: Empowerment Park
- Public Park: Cecil Charlton Park in Mandeville.
1. Adventures from Elle Bucket Lists
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.
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!
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.
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! Would recommend, revisit and take a friend.
- ☆☆☆☆- 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.