As a child my parents bought me a book about the White Witch of Rose Hall in Jamaica by Herbert G. de Lisser.
It’s a fascinating story about Annie Palmer, the former English owner of a plantation in Jamaica and her dictatorship over the lives of the slaves working on her land. There’s even a song written about the legend called “The Ballad of Annie Palmer” recorded by Johnny Cash. Continue reading Historical legends explored at Rose Hall, Jamaica→
I’ve previously written about Portland in Jamaica, home to my family and a location where many family members still live, however earlier this year I was fortunate to pay them a visit and spend some more time travelling around the country.
Despite my various trips to Jamaica I had never visited Jamaica Zoo. In fact, it’s actually a relatively new attraction to Jamaica, located close to YS Falls. At the time of my visit in March 2013, the zoo was quite empty. In fact, my family and I arrived so early in the day that we were the only guests at the zoo, although after a long drive from Portland we were glad to be out of the car and able to finally start our sightseeing in this part of the island before heading to beach. Continue reading Photo essay: Jamaica Zoo, Lacovia, St. Elizabeth→
A couple of months ago, I was fortunate to spend the Easter holiday in Jamaica – a sunny, warm, tropical alternative to most Easters that have been spent in much cooler England. I had already been to events on the island like KAMPAi Good Friday party at Mystic Mountain and was looking forward to the main KAMPAi event at Dunns River Falls, so the daytime needed to be slightly… calmer.
I’d seen the posters around for a while promoting the family-oriented annual Boston Jerk Festival and to be honest, I couldn’t wait to go. On previous trips to Jamaica, I’ve always missed out. Sometimes the event takes place before I’ve arrived in Jamaica, at other times it’s literally a day or two after I’ve left. Continue reading Boston Jerk Fest, Jamaica→
Built entirely from environmentally-friendly materials and covering 100 acres of mountainous land near Dunn’s River Falls, Mystic Mountain is a well located tourist attraction that sits 700 foot above sea level. On a recent trip to Jamaica, I was able to visit the attraction with three relatives as guests of Mystic Mountain.
Taking its namesake from the Japanese word ‘Kanpai’ meaning to toast or celebrate an occasion, I couldn’t wait to party at KAMPAi with BayCrest Nation at Dunns River Falls in Jamaica. Following the pre-party on Good Friday, it had a lot to live up to. All inclusive drinks and food were a fantastic starting point, but I wanted to really see whether the event had all the makings for a fantastic Easter on the Caribbean island.
A few of the key sponsors on the evening were Haagen Daz, Appleton Rum, Absolut Vodka and Isle Chix amongst others – some of the very best suppliers serving Jamaica. With delicious food and creative drinks in full flow, it was clear that the event had been well planned to ensure that everybody had fun on the night. Drinks and food were plentiful and staff at every stall were friendly, approachable and enjoying the party. Continue reading “Toast To The Nape” at KAMPAi, Jamaica→
On my latest visit to Jamaica, I’ve had more time than usual to cram in some sightseeing around the country hence being able to take a trip from Portland (in the East) towards the southern coast, with one of my destinations being the parish of St. Elizabeth. Whilst I have family based there, I can’t recall the last time that I actually visited (awful, I know!), so I was keen to become reacquainted with the area, albeit for just a few short hours.
The parish of St. Elizabeth is one of the largest in Jamaica, yet it remains largely unspoilt – which is a true part of its beauty. The less-trodden paths offer great appeal to those seeking a serene way to take in the culture of Jamaica and the diversity of its people. Continue reading Serenity in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica→
I’m currently in Jamaica visiting family and exploring the island’s activities; regardless of how often I visit, there is always something fun to do! So I was thrilled to take a trip to St. Elizabeth and specifically to Lacovia to experience YS Falls – an attraction that I was previously only vaguely aware of.
Despite visiting Jamaica several times, I haven’t spent a great deal of time in the parish of St. Elizabeth, so my family and I took a trip from Portland to explore this lesser-travelled area of the country.
To celebrate my first Easter in Jamaica, I wanted to experience something fun, exciting and new. A bit of research led me to #KAMPAi, a limited entry event to be held at the one and only Dunns River Falls. But first there would be the pre-party which I was kindly invited to by Adrien of Doctor Bird Expat Services, a division of Lemaire & Associates and Jamaica Luxury Travel.
The set up is like this: Buy a ticket for JA $6000 (2013 price equivalent to £40) and the first 300 ticket holders gain access to the pre-party at Mystic Mountain on Good Friday. Just two days later the main event is held at Dunns River Falls which is then open to all ticket holders. Continue reading #KAMPAi pre-party at Mystic Mountain, Jamaica→
Whilst considering a new blog post, I realised that I hadn’t written about the one place that I have visited numerous times – Jamaica. Now, as I am of Jamaican descent, I try to visit my family that are based there as frequently as I can. Essentially, if I am seeking a break from the UK in search of sunshine, white sandy beaches and family time then this is my place to go (provided I can find a reasonably priced flight).