Jamaica

  • During the weekend celebrating Jamaica’s Emancipation I tried to find accommodations. A friend had a performance at the Seville Estate, but that performance wasn’t until 2:00 in the morning. This meant we needed a 3am check-in. We had planned a road trip to Treasure Beach in St. Elizabeth. So instead of driving up to Ocho Rios in St. Ann then back to Kin

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  •   The Seville property is 300 years of rich Jamaican history. Located in St. Ann, the property was a former great house and slave plantation. Seville is unique because three ethnic groups have converged on the property over centuries. Archaeological excavations have revealed evidence that Tainos, Africans and Europeans settled on the property.

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  • As we walked, Clarence, our guide pointed out fruit trees, got down and picked leaves and vines and told us about the medicinal properties of each of them. Some of which he learnt from the Maroons. He showed us a steep secret pathway to Daddy’s Rock in the rural village of Woodside. The quiet village of Woodside, St. Mary is replete with history. On

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  • Apr 20, 2015

      “Watch it browning!” yelled the smiling handcart man as the wheel of the wooden cart narrowly missed my ankle. My toes were snug against the blue tarp laden with green bananas. There was nowhere else for me to go and make room for him. So I sidestepped between the bananas and yams straddling the produce until he passed. The handcart man nod

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  • May 30, 2012

    [caption id="attachment_792" align="aligncenter" width="645"] Photo by: Diana O'Gilvie[/caption] I visited the Charles Town Maroons in Portland Jamaica to get some culinary background for my film, "The Jamaican Jerk Tour."  The film deals with evolution of Jamaican jerk cuisine from street food to being served in high brow restaurants worldwide. The man ab

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  • Mar 28, 2012

    Tucked away behind busy Hope Road traffic, Mikuzi is an economical alternative to Kingston's hotels. I had the pleasure of staying there last month. I didn't need much in terms of accommodation, just a place to crash and shower after partying. Technically speaking, Mikuzi is a hostel. However, it is not your typical hostel of sharing rooms, dormitories or b

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  • The Kingston airport has undergone some major renovations. The airport features a new executive lounge, Club Kingston. At just five months old, Club Kingston is a lure from the blasting boarding calls and umpteen final boarding calls. Attention airport staff: Final means no more calls after the current final call. Not the first of many. Located at the end

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  • Oct 9, 2011

    Today's post is from Kristi Keller of "Do Jamaica Your Way." This service is for the the intrepid traveler who shuns resorts and embraces a more local experience.  Take control of your own Jamaican experience and truly, Do Jamaica Your Way.   I’m a frequent traveler of Jamaica and need to experience it the “local” way.  I do this fulfill my d

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