This was a family trip we will always remember. Agape was incredibly helpful in making arrangements. We had a friendly and very safe driver waiting at the airport in Kingston, and were introduced to Jamaica with the drive across the island. The guest cabins were very clean and comfortable, with a nice ocean breeze. Rustic outdoor showers were a treat coming from a relentless winter in Maine. it is a short walk down to the family's small beach, which had some pretty good snorkeling, and there is a fee-based large sand beach next door that we enjoyed. Neighbor Damon was our chef for the week, making great juices, coconut porridge, and extensive fruit platters for breakfast, and a wide array of amazing authentic stews, plantain, banana, cassava, taro, even an evening of jerk chicken. The food was fantastic, and it was clear that Agape worked to ensure that we had as diverse a culinary experience as possible. She even arranged for dinner one evening to be in a neighbor's garden, so we could experience a little of how another family eats and lives.
It was really great to have a family share their small bit of paradise with guests. Agape offered us many options for excursions guided by friends and neighbors. We enjoyed night-time crab hunting, fishing from the shore, a hike to a fantastic water fall, swimming and a boat ride back, a shopping trip to the local market, and Kwao took the kids to visit to their farm land to harvest "jellies," the young coconut.
Overall we had an outstanding time. I am very happy that my kids (ages 11 & 13) were able to visit Jamaica and not even drive past the large fancy resorts. We ate great food, enjoyed getting to know the family and some neighbors, and had plenty of time to hang out and read, snorkel and relax. Exactly the Jamaican vacation I had hoped for, and an experience that is not easy to find. If you are looking for an alternative to the posh resorts that could be on any beach in the tropics the world over, if you appreciate clean, simple accommodations, and want to leave Jamaica knowing a little of what it is like to live there, Yerba Buena is a unique and exceptional experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a family-run property, with three beautiful, natural cabins each set in its own private yard. All of the yards are surrounded by fruit trees (mango, banana, etc.) and have lawn space and flowers. Our beautiful, small beach is safe for children. Come get a taste of the real, natural Jamaica! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Yerba Buena Guest Cabins Jamaica/Saint Mary Parish