Paradise Palms Jamaica Villa
Paradise Palms Jamaica Villa a is a fantastic Self Catering Holiday Vacation Rental Villa accommodation which has 4 bedrooms and sleeps 9 persons. PPJVilla provides a great holiday experience in a quiet, residential area located approximately 8 minutes from Montego Bay Airport and 8 minutes drive away from the main shopping centres .. (read more)
What makes Jamaican culture even more interesting is our loving people who are known to be hospitable, warm, friendly, kind and gracious. These qualities alone attracts tourists to the beautiful island of Jamaica.
- 3 hours at the Doctors Cave Beach
- Days Available: Daily
- Tour Duration: 4 Hours
- Pick Up Times: As requested
- Minimum persons: 2
- Camera, swim suit, sun block and Towels
Paradise Palms Jamaica Tours take you to the Green Grotto which is 1,525 metres long and 12 metres deep and is characterised by numerous chambers and light holes and a subterranean lake – the Grotto Lake – occupies its bowels. The cave is rich in history and can be identified with different groups of people. The first Jamaicans, the Arawak Indians (Tainos) found shelter in the caves initially. Proof of this is evident in the multiple fragments of pottery and adzes that are unearthed from time to time. During the period of take-over by the English, the caves were used as a hideout for the Spaniards who were being driven out of the country. The caves can also be identified with that period between the two world wars where they were used by smugglers running arms to Cuba. In the latter years during the Second World War, the Government of Jamaica used the entrance of the cave as a storeroom for rum in barrels. In the 1960′s Green Grotto Caves fell into the possession of the Kirkner family. Today, they are owned by the Urban Development Corporation and operated by the St Ann Development Company and the attraction is being developed to include a nature park and reserve.
JAMAICA HAS SOME OF THE BEST BEACHES IN THE WORLD.
Choose the right beach for your vacation needs in Jamaica. Are you a family looking for a safe beach with lifeguards and water sports? Honeymooners dreaming of sharing the sunset on a secluded beach? Whatever kind of beach experience you fancy, Jamaica has options.
Pack smart. Along with your sunblock, don’t forget to pack a cover-up, hat, and sunglasses. The beautiful sunshine of Jamaica is very strong, even when the sun is hiding behind the clouds.
Cover up before you leave the beach. Please note that we Jamaicans generally accept casual dress, we’re more conservative when it comes to beachwear. Unlike many beach communities in the USA and the UK, it’s not “irie” to wear bathing suits off the beach, not even at nearby restaurants or shops. So when you leave the the beach mi a beg unu to mek sure to throw on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt or a sundress. One Love!!
Communities in the rural areas in Jamaica behave so much differently from those in the urban areas. In many rural areas, people know all their neighbors and feel invested in each other’s lives.
If only the spirit of rural Jamaica could be bottled and spread across the island then we would have an entire country of people who feel connected with each other, the way they do in rural areas and some smaller islands. What are your thoughts? http://www.paradisepalmsjamaicatours.com
My children love all Jamaica has to offer, and especially if the attraction/excursion ia adventurous type. From taking a riding the Sky explorer Bobsled at Mystic, flying down a jungle zip line or hunting for crocodiles, to taking a horseback ride or visiting historic sites,Paradise Palms Jamaica Tours has you and your family in mind and has a list of children friendly tours for you and your children to enjoy.
Swimming With Dolphins
Your kids will love this fun and open marine park attraction full of exotic birds, snakes, iguanas, stingrays, sharks and dolphins. This aquatic center in both Resort town of Ocho Rios and Lucea, Hanover (just on the outskirts of Montego bay) has interactive programs in which your kids can feed, pet and even kiss the park’s well trained admirable and lovable dolphins. If they’re really adventurous, they can even get a dolphin back ride as they are pulled through the water holding onto Flipper’s fins.
Horsing Around in the Water
If your child likes riding horses, then they just may love riding horses in the water, too! Once they have enjoyed a leisurely horseback ride through the Jamaican backcountry, complete with a tour guide, they can swim horseback in the Caribbean Sea. Your children will have to be strong enough to keep hold of the horse’s reins and able to withstand some friendly splashing in the sea.
Hunting for Crocodiles on the Black River
The family will be taken on a 6-mile, for approximately 1.5 hour tour of Jamaica’s largest navigable river and wetland area. As your children keep their eyes open to spot the endangered American crocodile that calls the river home, they will also see several species of birds like herons, egrets and ospreys, and have a chance to walk into an enormous mangrove. If they’re lucky, their tour guide may even give them a chance to get up close with the crocodile after he finds and feeds them their dinner. What you think, wouldn’t your children love to see this?
Zip Lining Through the Rainforest
If your children are looking to show off an impression of their favorite action hero, YS Falls will give them this adrenaline rush that children requires to express themselves. Let PPJTours take you and your family to this 120-foot waterfall which is tucked away on a privately owned estate. You will board a jitney ride marks the first part of the adventure as a tractor trailer pulls its riders through the fields. Taking foot paths along and up the falls will lead them to different stations where they have to zip line across the water before reaching the top of the falls. After this the highlight of this adventure allows each person an invigorating zip line down the length of the waterfall. Wow, I am sure they will enjoy this.
Hunting for Ghosts
Now for a different display of bravery, your children has the opportunity to go on a ghost adventure, exploring the White Witch at Rose Hall. Animated recounts of ghost tales set against the backdrop of plantation life will not only spook your kids but give them a taste of Jamaican history which we refer to as “duppy stories”. A tour of Annie Palmer’s rooms, secret passageways and her tomb leave a chilling reminder of the evil of this wicked witch was present in this Georgian mansion in Rose Hall just on the outskirts of montego bay.
Jamaica: Once You Go, You Know
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There’s just something about this place, I can’t quite explain it and I can’t get enough of it. Jamaica. I love every aspect, every encounter and every square inch of that Caribbean paradise. Once you go, you know.
Each time I visit Jamaica it reveals another hidden jewel that I hadn’t discovered previously. Long ago I decided to forgo the traditional route of touring the country like a common tourist. Off the beaten path has always been my M.O., so no sense in diverting from what I know best. I’m finally convinced that I won’t rest until I turn over every rock in Jamaica just to see what’s under it. That’s how captivated I am with this country.
So if you love Jamaica as much as I do, or you at least want to see some of the cool things I’ve gotten in to, then follow my lead. I’m not sure if I’ve explained that getting off the beaten path doesn’t have to compromise your comfort. For example, luxury resorts with all inclusive, spas and pools are fine for the traditional approach, but consider renting a villa or private home for your visit. Some offer full staff like theGreatView Villa nestled in Spring Farms or self-catering options are available atParadise Palms. A full staff may include a cook, housekeeper, laundress and butler to care for your every need. Paradise Palms has staff available, but by request. You are expected to provide your own meals, but can make special arrangements if needed.
Hungry? Well by know you should be. There are several options to fill any appetite, but let’s remember less tradition and more beaten path. When tourists are on resort, there are so many restaurants to choose from, one rarely needs to venture out to seek a good meal. However if you find yourself looking for something different, here are a couple places you can try. Robbie’s Seahorse Grill at the Montego Bay Yacht Club should not be missed. Executive Chef Robbie Joseph, has over 35 years of experience combining global cuisine with a twist of West Indian flare. His creations and signature style leave your mouth watering for an encore. The cuisine is only matched by the outstanding service provided by a highly trained staff.
For this next place, you’ll need to jump in a cab and ride about 30 miles outside of Montego Bay to a town named Falmouth. Have the taxi take you to Herbie’s. Just in case he doesn’t know where it is, here are the directions: Once you get to the Martha Brae Bridge in Falmouth, turn left. Then turn left again. Then turn right onto a gravel road. At the corner will be a brightly colored shop. Keep driving until the road ends and you’ll be at Herbie’s (trust me on this one.) Talk about off the beaten path and this is the epitome of it. Can’t say much for decorations, as it’s only a covered hut with a few booths inside, but what it lacks in sophistication it surely makes up for in taste. Herbie’s is a local fish hut that specializes in steamed fish and crackers. You can also get fried fish and conch. Herbert Mowatt, a local fisherman takes his boat out each morning at 5 a.m. to literally get the catch of the day. A family owned business for over 24 years, his wife and daughter help run the fish hut.
When you’re ready to place your order, Teka will ask you to pick out your fish. Red Snapper is my personal favorite, but you can try Butter, Mullett, Parrott, Shad and Snook. Now Mrs. Mowatt has the secret ingredients to give the steamed fish its bold and spicy flavors. From my bird’s eye view, I could see that she adds a dry spice rub (salt, pepper, and fish seasoning maybe), chopped callaloo, okra, carrots, escallions and Jamaican crackers. Then she wraps it perfectly in foil and places it on an open air grill. About half an hour later you’re wondering how you learned to clean a fishbone so quickly like Heathcliff the Cat from the comic strip.
How about a little sightseeing now? Renting a car for the day from Fox Rental Car is my recommendation and either drive yourself or hire a driver. A daytrip to Port Antonio is worth driving the three hours through the windy-windy, twisty-twisty pothole riddled roads of Jamaica. The countryside drive is very scenic. The vast amount of the shades of blues and greens that you see in the Caribbean Sea will instantly grab your attention. The changes in color are determined by the temperature and depth of the water. On the way, you’ll see groves of cassava, coconut, papaya and pineapple farms in St. Mary’s Parish.
Take time to go rafting on the Rio Grande River and take a stroll on the black sand beach. The Blue Lagoon, Somerset and Reach Falls are great points of interest and offer beautiful views and a relaxing break from the long drive. If you want to shop, check out the Royal Mall or Musgrave Market. Now if you really want to see something that will take your breath away, then it’s worth a drive over to see and take a short rafting trip at the Blue Lagoon. The beautiful and deep turquoise water will blow you away. You may recognize the Blue Lagoon from the movie Cocktail with Tom Cruise. As you wrap up your sightseeing adventure in Port Antonio, no trip would be complete without visiting the Errol Flynn Marina to get ice cream from Devon House and stroll the boardwalk watching the sunset.
Another interesting tidbit is that the Jamaica Tourist Board offers a program called Meet the People. (MTP) It’s a cultural exchange whereas tourists are matched with MTP Ambassadors based on similar careers, interests or hobbies. The ambassadors serve as the local guide for a day and show a more personal and cultural side of Jamaica that can be missed if you don’t know where to look. Additionally, think about making a difference while on vacation. Several volunteer and sponsorship opportunities exist throughout the country, check SOS-Children’s Villages. You may also want to take some time to visit the mystical village of Mt. Zion and read a few books to the children at the Mt. Zion All Ages School for starters.
The off the beaten path type of trip is best for couples, group trips and solo travel. Your itinerary can be as loose or planned as you please, but one thing is for sure: you won’t be able to see it all in a week’s time. So ensure that you either plan to stay longer or plan for many repeat visits to the island.
Lisa Collins-Haynes is married and the mother of one daughter. She is currently working as a Freelance Travel Journalist and has had several articles published. Lisa is a self-professed out of control travel spirit (O.C.T.S) and she invites everyone to follow her new travel blog at www.octsblogger.wordpress.com.
There is no place like Jamaica on planet earth as the culture and the people are so unique. I have been told that people from all over the world are coming to take sample from the soil, and studying the people trying through scientific methods to find out how come we are so small yet so powerful for a comparatively small island. What are your thoughts? http://www.paradisepalmsjamaica.com