Lives in Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Since Jun 2013
Having always had the urge to live a life less ordinary somewhere hot and exotic I was swayed by the warm people, colourful lifestyle, verdant scenery and edgy vibes in Jamaica. Originally from London I first travelled to Jamaica in 2006 and continued to visit over the coming years until I finally took the plunge and fulfilled my goal by moving here in 2012. I enjoy living in Jamaica and sharing my experiences and advice with others. My musings about life in Jamaica can be found on my blog 'Sweet Jamaica (.co.uk)' and in other commissioned pieces across the internet.
4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks, Sightseeing Tours, Kayaking & Canoeing
History Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Horseback Riding Tours
Chukka Caribbean Adventures is a big part of the activity scene on Jamaica's north coast. There are lots of activities on offer — satisfying various levels and ages of thrill seekers — but for this morning's dose of excitement, we are going on the River Experience! Get up close and personal with the Jamaican Jungle by tubing or kayaking down the river. Start lazily, with a chance to lie back and enjoy the relaxing part of the river. Then, hold on as the pace speeds up, and enjoy the thrill of riding the rapids of the Martha Brae River.
You cannot beat this laidback restaurant for delicious freshly caught fish and seafood cooked to perfection. Served in tin foil parcels with sides of fried bammy (a grated Cassava cake), they offer fish cooked in one of two ways... fried or steamed. Choose to eat your lunch in, at one of the alfresco tables, or pick up food to go.
Greenwood Great House is somewhat of a hidden gem, as although it may not be as famous as some of its counterparts, in terms of authenticity, it is one of Jamaica's best historic houses. Filled to the brim with original furniture, musical instruments and artworks, the guides here are knowledgeable and give a real insight to the life those in the great house once led. If you want to get inside the history of Jamaica, be sure to give Greenwood Great House a try.
If you are looking to pick up some souvenirs or jewelry on your trip, give the Shoppes at Rose Hall a go. The 30 shops are well laid out in a clean and well kept setting, which includes a picturesque water wheel, and it won't take you long to browse all that's on offer here. Just be sure to pause to sip a cold jelly coconut or enjoy a Blue Mountain coffee in between stores!
Jamaica is famous for its fiery Jerk sauce and marinades, and Scotchies is famous on the north coast for serving it done just right. Savor the smell as the pimento wood-fueled barbecues flavor the meat and fish, while you chill out on the laid back outdoor seating area, and wait for the taste of Jamaica to come to you!
This is another hidden gem that will please the whole family. The farm and nature reserve is a worthwhile eco-friendly project that is home to a wealth of animals, butterflies, and local flora. Here, you can walk through the aviary and hand feed the birds, pet the variety of small animals, and enjoy the nature walks and the butterfly area.
This zipline tour boasts five different ziplines, with the longest stretching for 1,600 feet through the Jamaican jungle canopy. You reach the start of this tour via a short off-road safari ride in a 6x6 Pinzgauers, and are then rewarded by incredible views of rural Jamaica as you explore the various ziplines that stretch across the private Lethes Estate.
This sanctuary was the former home of the late and celebrated Ornithologist Lisa Salmon, who actively encouraged birds to visit the gardens. Over 100 different species of birds have been spotted here, and even non-bird lovers will be mesmerized by the beautiful and tiny hummingbirds in particular. For an up close and personal experience, hold a bottle of sugar water and wait for the flutter of tiny wings as the hummingbirds settle on your finger to feed.
This unique restaurant, situated on a houseboat in the bay, is accessed by a small ferry that traverses the 20 feet of water between the land and the boat. Once on board the views are spectacular and romantic, especially from the top deck tables or bar area. The service is personable and friendly too, and the delicious menu specializes in surf and turf dishes.
Margaritaville is top of the list when it comes to Americanized, high voltage fun, and outgoing venues in Jamaica. With an extensive menu, including burgers, fries, and cocktails, plus lots of opportunities for outdoor, water based fun; get past the tack, and enjoy yourself here. I recommend the evenings in particular, when the restaurant transforms into Club Ville, and you can watch and learn some new moves from the locals!
This equestrian center is one of the best run in the area, with well looked after horses and knowledgeable and friendly guides. Enjoy the experience of getting up close and personal with nature, and then cooling off later by riding the horses into the sea. There are different types of riding experiences offered for both novice and experienced riders here, including Sand Stroll, Surf and Turf, Novice Riders, and Pony Park; plus private lessons including jumping, dressage, and polo instruction.
Devon House I-Scream is always top of the list when a cooling, creamy treat is in order. Head here to get a scoop (or three) of Jamaica's favorite ice cream, that's creamy, rich, and made with natural flavors packed with punch. A real delight that's sure to please the tastebuds of the whole family!
Enjoy Jamaica's natural beauty from the ocean on a fun and enthralling catamaran cruise. There are opportunities to snorkel, sunbathe, simply lounge around on deck, plus eat and drink whilst you traverse the Caribbean Sea around the island. Lay back on the netting and chill out with the sun overhead and the cool sea water splashing your back from below. Great fun!
The Reggae Jerk Center is located right on the beachfront of the Ritz Carlton property. Enjoy delicious Jerk seasoned meats and fish, and an array of side dishes here at this popular restaurant. In fact, this eatery is so popular with locals and tourists, that they sometimes run out of menu items — arrive before the crowds to make sure you can get your favorite dish!
If you feel like hitting the town in the evening, then Pier One should definitely make your list. The view across the ocean is beautiful, the music is varied, and the place is always packed and pumping at the weekend. Watch the locals in action, and maybe learn a new dance move or two. Great fun!