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Come Back To Jamaica!!!

16 Jun 2006  Cultural Anthropologist
4.5 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

The "Other" Jamaica. See the hidden history, cultural gems, and inspiring soul of Jamaica.....

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Ocho Rios, Port Antonio
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Chukka Cove Equestrian Centre
    Chukka Caribbean Adventures - Private Tours, Ocho Rios, Saint Ann Parish

    Day 1
    Start your day out early at Chukka Cove, a wonderful attraction with your pick of horsebackriding (in the ocean), bike riding through Marcus Garvey's birth place (stop half way for a game of dominoes and a cool drink in a village bar), snorkling, or travel to their Montego Bay site and ride down beautiful rivers, or go swinging (literally) through the trees on their cable canopy tour . This is a must!!!!. Even if you've tried other tours given by this profssional, curteous group, each tour holds it's own unique flavor and I've never been disappointed. The Montego Bay River Ride was the highlight of our last trip!!!

  • 2. Accompong Village
    http://www.jamaicans.com

    Now load up and head out to visit a 263 year old village, founded Maroons after a signed peace treaty with the English. This village holds fascinating history, visible in the structures and culture still in existence. A frequent tour destination of adventureous travelers, history buffs, and even visiting foreign presidents and prime ministers, Accompong is located in the unspoiled hills of Jamaica called "Cockpit Country". The village has about 500 residents and boasts an alomost zero crime rate. After the beautiful , though bumpy, ride, travelors will be treated to a video introduction giving the history of Accompong and the circumstances that lead to their self governance, (technically Accompong is not under amaican governanace). Next guests receive a walking tour of the central village and end with a visit in the onsite museum. If you arrive in January you can experience their annual Independance Festival which draws thousands of past and present Maroon decendants and visitors from around the world... To set up a visit try Bill Evans email at accompong2000@aol.com

  • 3. Hotel Mocking Bird Hill
    Hotel Mocking Bird Hill, Port Antonio, Portland Parish
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    Avg price: $345

    Day 3
    Roll over to Port Antonio (another long bumpy ride, but with a beautiful scenic tour included). Port Antonio is laid back, quiet and far from the tourist crowds. The beaches are beautiful, and you'll probably have one all to yourself...
    This ecologically friendly hotel is located in the hills above the city. Rooms are surrounded by large trees and house many tropical birds. With no television and only one phone for all guests, this is a perfect spot for the traveler whose looking to slip into a tropical paradise and far away from the crowds and tourist traps....

  • 4. Dicky's Best Kept Secret!!
    http://www.portantoniotravel.com

    The title says it all. This place is amazing. When I first visited Port Antonio I was told to definitely try this restaurant. Reservations must be made at least 24 to 48 hours in advance, they fill up very quickly, (for good reason they only allow a maximum of 2 parties at a time). You must speak with the chef and let them know what type of food you like "no menu"....When my husband, sons and I went, we were nervous by the no menu policy. We were more nervous when we saw the banana hut the cabbie dropped us in front of. To our surprise behind the hut, tucked on the side of a cliff, is a small restaurant that's known worldwide. The owner Dicky, is a native Jamaican who serves 5 course delicious meals at a fraction of the cost. Fresh baked breads, fresh squeezed juice and natural waters, fresh lobster tails (too many to eat as an appetizer). Beautiful creative salads, fresh seafood, caught just for your meal!! Homemade desserts, all in a small intimate setting overlooking the ocean, with the waves close enough to hear. Everything was delicious and the service made us feel like royalty (In fact Winnie Mandela had eaten there shortly before our visit) ....We were nervous about our bill, but the tab was so small in comparison to our meal that we thought there'd been a mistake. We left full and very satisfied. A good idea would be to visit the beautiful beaches all day and then end your day at this amazing restaurant.

  • 5. Any Jamaican Church

    Day 3
    Visit a church on vacation??? Yes Mon!!! This no-cost insiders view of Jamaica is truly priceless. Jamaicans take their church seriously, generally speaking, their services are exhueberant with live music, dance and open friendly people. Many tourists visit local congregations annually for the spiritual upliftment, cultural exchange and an insiders look. Travelers who enjoy making contact with locals, and perhaps even sharing a homecooked meal will find this experience wonderful!!l My last visit to Jamaica included several travelers who had no organized religeous affiliation. They attended a local service along with the group and exclaimed that it allowed them an up close look at Jamaican people and culture, and was as enjoyable as the lovely hills, beaches and music of Jamaica