Jamaica Off The Beaten Path

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    Capt Crazy and cousin of Bob Marley
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Jamaica Off The Beaten Path

  • Cockpit Country

    Cockpit Country is a rugged, mountainous, almost inaccessible region in the interior of western Jamaica. It is characterized by cockpit karst, which consists of formations of steep-sided limestone hills and ridges punctuated with sinkholes (some up to 390 feet [119 meters] deep), valleys, and basins. The flat bottoms of the valleys and basins...

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  • River,Valley, and Mountains.

    Just a short drive from Montego Bay but you will think you are on a different island.The Orange River Ranch is the place to go for relaxing and birdwatching. There you will find 998 acres of seclusion.If you really must, there are shuttles into Mo Bay daily.

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  • Bobo Camp in Bull Bay

    One of the oldest groups of the Rastafarian Movement in Jamaica is the one from Prince Emmanuel. His followers, the Edwardites or more commonly called 'Bobo's or Bobo Dreads' have a specific outlook on Rastafarianism. They live in Bull Bay, 10 miles out of Kingston, on top of a hill, they have baptised Mount Zion. The bobo's have a strict...

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  • Hangin' with family...

    We were lucky enough to spend some time with a real Jamaican family. We were picked up at the airport by Mr. Palmer and went directly to Whithorn for homemade ackee & saltfish, and some real down home hospitality.Many Jamaican's don't have much, but they're still more than happy to share & show you a good time!I'll cherish the time we spent with...

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  • Green Castle Estate

    This is a historic estate that allows you to see alot. There is a 300 yr old windmill, over 2,000 orchids, Orchid Green House, Long Hole & Round Hole water areas, Estate House relaxation, see organic coconut oil being made and the working plantation. This place is situated in St. Mary, Jamaica and is ideal for a laid back and relaxing day.

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  • Montego Bay

    This is a great place to see. Lots of Beaches booze and Babes. The OverProof Rum is excellent with cola. Smooth going down and messes you up. Try the coconut rum. Better rum than Pureto Rico.The women are sexxy and wild.

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  • Linstead Market

    This is a flea market that most of the locals shop at. It is cheaper than the markets at Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, or Negril. However, due to its distance it may not be necessary to go to if you are only going to buy one item. If you are going to due bulk shopping this is the place to be. Christmas time is when they have Grand Market and there will...

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  • the bush

    The bush is what the country parts are nicknamed. In particular the areas in the mountains. This area is not traversed by many tourist mainly because there are few hotels or bbs in the area. However, it is beautiful and safer than other places in Jamaica. There is always a nice breeze in this area. However, at night sometimes it gets a bit cold and...

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  • Fresh Fish at Fisherman's Beach

    Just off the cruise ship port and next door to Island Village Mall (away from downtown) in Ocho Rios is Fisherman's Beach, a great place to relax and have lunch or dinner. The fish is fresh-caught from the fisherman who use the beach to launch their boats. The food is good and the prices are reasonable. It's mostly visited by locals and cruise ship...

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  • Get into the mountains

    Too many people see the beaches only. Jamaica has so much more to offer and has an entirely different world from any other island in the area save Cuba. It has green lush meadows, plantations full of coffee trees, farms and wonderful people. If you want to get away from "Dr. Feelgood" and his ilk head for the hills!

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  • Circle the island by car

    1) Rent a car. There may be cheaper places in the world, but how about an Auto Europe Toyota Yaris 4-door automatic with a/c for a week for USD 350? Just looked it up on onetravel.com - it's a small car (which isnt so bad given the size of the island) but it's a new type so it must have airbags and probably ABS and be in reasonable shape.2) Take...

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  • See the Black River differently

    Most of u know going to Black River is worth it but most of u will go there with tourists boats with about 20 people on board. If u'like to experience it on your own, only with ur tender one or family, ask the fishingmen on the other side of the river; sometimes thy're on the road side. Th'ey'll drive u through the mangrove for about one hour for...

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  • ~ Entertainment Staff at the Starfish...

    The Entertainment Staff at the Starfish Trelawny hotel were fantastic. These are the people who wear the Orange Shirts. They made my stay in Jamaica fantastic. The entertainment programmes were great, they had something different on every day and every night and something to suit all age groups.So this tip has been dedicated to them all for making...

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  • Seafood and Manatees

    Alligator Pond is a haven for seafood lovers, and most of the fish consumed in the restaurants in Jamaica are caught here. Every afternoon, droves of anxious consumers stand on the beach, waiting for the fishermen to come in with the day's catch. Do not expect to see alligators! There are none in Jamaica.Alligator Hole, a small river with...

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  • Cockpit Country

    This is a wild and weird area of Jamaica. It is mountainous and covered in dense foilage.There are tours to this area but it is best to go on your own so you can stop when you want to take a picture.The main places to visit are Maroon town, Seaford town, and Windsor Caves.The caves are full of bats that come out at sunset.

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  • Seaside Village

    Visit the quiet seaside village of Great Bay, Treasure Beach.One of the most beautiful parts of Treasure Beach. Deserted beaches, unspoiled spectacular scenery, Rasta culture and no hassles are what you will find here.You may hike or bike the deserted coastline, lounge on the secluded beaches, climb the cliffs or explore the caves of the Great...

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  • A real gem

    Treasure beach is a real gem for travelers that are looking for something off the beaten path. You will find several miles of sand in this area and very few tourista. It is also a great area for hiking although there are no real tracks, only footpaths used by local fishermen.The area is a prime birding location.

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  • Garden Paradise at Cottages in Greenwich

    When we were in the Blue Mountains, we were fortunate to be able to stay in cottages at New Castle called Cottages in Greenwich. They are the summer vacation homes of wealthy Kingston families. They were planted with lush flower gardens all around them. We had a cook who came in and cooked our meals with food our guide purchased in Kingston. Most...

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  • Birding at Marshall's Pen, Mandeville

    Marshall's Pen is the two century-old home of Robert and Ann Sutton set in 300 acres of private nature reserve. A few lucky birdwatching tours get to stay here so this was one of the attractions of the tour that I took. We were staying here 3 nights. It is a working ranch and used to be a coffee plantation but not any more. Over 100 species of...

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  • montego bay condominiums

    If you dress nice and ask about a timeshare then security will let you in the building. Inside they have a waterfall that is over 15 stories tall and a rainforest. If you take the elevator to the penthouse floor there is a tunnel that will take you to the top of the mountain.If there is an apartment available you can actually spend the night in one...

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  • The start of something beautiful

    this is us before we leftwhy is it everyone always looks distorted when they travel-wether it be to go somewhere or coming back...anyways good times good times :)

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  • Wag Water River

    The Wag Water rises in the mountains of St. Andrew and flows through the parish of St. Mary, entering the sea west of Annotto Bay.It is not navigable and it used as a source of water for Kingston.

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  • Cockpit country

    Cockpit Country is a rugged, inaccessible area of inland Jamaica. It is an island-within-an-island of specially-adapted biodiversity found nowhere else in the world and is a last refuge for some species driven from the rest of Jamaica by humans.This rugged terrain is characteristic of the Karst topography that defines the area. Limestone is...

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  • Bauxite Mine Tour

    It's a bit unconventional but if you are interested in tours of a bauxite mine, they can be arranged with Alcan Jamaica in Mandeville.I did one and it was quite interesting. The tour included lunch and I think it was the best meal I ate on that trip. Curried goat, fried fish of some sort . . . it was all gorgeous.One of the the things that struct...

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  • Linstead Market

    There is a Jamaican folk song that goes "Carry mi ackee go a Linstead Market . . ."So when the opportunity arose I visited Linstead Market, I went.The market is Linstead is very traditional. People from the surrounding villages and farms bring their produce to be sold at Linstead Market.It is not a place with any tourist value whatsoever. But if...

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  • Bob Marley Mausoleum

    This is a tourist attraction but if you stay on the resort side of the island it takes some effort to get here safely. Bob was laid to rest in his childhood home with the outside adorned with the Jamaican flag. It is almost a holy place in Jamaica; here they come close to worshipping the late musician, as this is the Rastafarian nation. I have...

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  • Natural therapy....

    Take a close look at the picture...yes those are fish.After our walk Trevor took me down to the river where he had played as a child and he had one last surprise for me. Before the long walk back a little attention need to be paid to our feet and the fish do a very good job. They nibble at the loose and dead skin on your feet, removing any...

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  • Robins River

    At last we arrived and headed into a shack by the road that Trevor knew as a bar. The two gentlemen in the picture knew Trevors late father, a fisherman, and bought us a drink, rum naturally.

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  • Heading for Robins River

    We met this old man on a hillside and stopped for a chat, Jamaicans love to talk, he knew Trevors family.

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  • Walking in the hills

    Trevor decided to show me the village of Robins River where he grew up, it was only a five hour hike across the often difficult hills. There were very few paths and even fewer people. On the way he pointed out coffee plants, and ganja plantations, very educational.

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  • Resort Trails

    Believe it or not, at some of the all inclusive resorts, there are actually some trails that lead to different parts of the resort. While walking on one of these "trails," we came across this gazebo situated beside a restaurant. We found out later it was used for weddings.

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  • Lover's Leap

    Lover's Leap, here the Santa Cruz Mountains plunge 1700 feet into the ocean.A red and white lighthouse stands next to the parking lot.

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  • Manatees-Alligator Hole

    At Alligator Hole in Clarendon on the south coast, there are three manatees who were stranded (originally four but one died) that still live here. I believe that the original intent was to breed the manatees as their population had dwindled, apparently Jamaicans found manatees to be pretty tasty in addition to the added problem of boat propellers...

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  • Milk River spa

    We went to the Milk River spa on a trip combined with the Appleton Rum Factory and Alligator Hole (with Barrett Adventures).The experience involved a 20 minute soak in one of the 9 private tiled baths (you can soak with or without your suit on) with natural waters with a high level of radioactivity that is reputed to soothe aches and pains and cure...

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  • Modest homes...warm & wonderful people

    These homes had tin roof, frequently no glass in the windows. The people were friendly, warm and kind.

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  • Irie Beach

    Irie Beach is not really a beach but it is definitely IRIE. It is a river with some small waterfalls where you can go swimming. At one time, it appeared to have had public facilities but when we went it was just beautifully overgrown. It is located in area around White River.

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  • The Original James Bond Beach

    About 1/2 way between Turtle Beach in Ocho Rios and Dunn's River Falls, our boat captain took us to a small strip of beach where this wonderful waterfall was located.He told us that at one time it was a dangerous place for tourists to come because it was pretty deserted but now it was watched over by several Rastas who lived nearby. They came and...

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  • hire a man for the day

    One of the things we did with a day was to hire a driver for a ride around Mobay. Our driver, Mister Vincent, was an older Jamaican gentleman who knew everything about everywhere we went and was kind enough to go home while we had lunch and bring us back some fruit from his back yard. He was extremely helpful when it came to fighting off the street...

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  • Find your way to Bluefield Beach.

    When i arrived at the beach i had it all to myself, white sand, hot, hot sun and a perfect blue sea. Later on these guys arrived and out went the nets, a small crew at first but as the net tightened and the catch got closer a few more hands appeared to help out (for a share of course )

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  • The Ground Force Garden at Newport

    Located in Newport, about a 10 minute drive from Mandeville's town centre, you will find a beautifully landscaped garden, it was created by Alan Titchmarsh, Charlie Dimmock and Tommy Walsh, who have a TV programme in England called 'Ground Force', in which they make peoples awful gardens into places of beauty. This is all done in secret, over two...

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  • Jamaican Defence Force Training

    This wonderful spectacle can be seen at a place called Newcastle in the hills north east of Kingston. After a day in the Blue Mountains trundling about in a tour bus, we drove to Newcastle, I don't think we had any choice as the road cuts through the parade ground of this old British Fort, established in 1841 by Major William Gomm to escape from...

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  • Kingston Harbour from 4 thousand feet up

    This is the view over Kingston harbour from just outside the Defence Force parade groud. Unfortunately it was rather misty the day (or rather late afternoon) that I was there, but I think you will get an idea of how spectacular the view along this coastline would be on a clear sunny day.

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  • Hire a car and driver...

    We highly recommend that you use your hotel to hire a car & driver. For one thing, at least someone will care/know if you ever come back.On the way to your destination, the driver will (no doubt) have some suggestions as to places you might like to see along the way. He also has deals set up with venders along the way, and will get incentives if he...

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  • five o clock tea...

    there is a special place for teais THE BROWN in negrilall teas are hallucinogenand you can have one anytimeso, enjoy the trip...

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  • Jamaica is...beautiful sunsets

    Don't miss the beautiful sunsets you can see in Jamaica. Just sit down and look...when the sun goes down the sky changes its colour from blue to pink, orange, red...and just for a moment you lose the notion of time...a charming romantic moment.

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