Three awesome alternative activities for your 2020 Jamaica trip
The chilly British winter is a wonderful time to plan your first (or next) trip to Jamaica.
And although you’re probably more than aware of this idyllic Caribbean island’s disproportionate influence on British culture – seen and heard in everything from fashion to music and language – there are some hidden gems that you’ve yet to discover.
So if you’d rather venture slightly off the beaten track for a holiday experience that’s far more enriching than package operators can offer, congrats – you’ve stumbled upon a delightful digital treasure chest!
With that in mind, feast your eyes on three awesome alternative activities for your 2020 Jamaica trip.
Nyammings at Harbour View Roundabout
Don’t be fooled by the “jerk-style” chicken British Airways might offer you on your flight to Kingston – better to save your taste buds for the real deal when you land in Jamdown.
And the good news is that you can nyam authentic Jamaican jerk at Harbour View Roundabout, just a stone’s throw from Norman Manley International Airport.
There’s lots to choose from, but the resident jerk master is Robert, so head straight to him for brilliant box food and an ice-cold beer.
Meanwhile, if you don’t eat meat, there are plenty of veggie and vegan delights like fresh fruit shakes and smoothies available to keep you satisfied – there’s something for everyone.
Visit Pinnacle, the birthplace of Rastafari
Passionate about Rastafari culture and prepared for a bit of rough and ready off-road driving? Then you should definitely visit Pinnacle, a hilltop retreat in the Sligoville hills where Leonard Howell founded Rastafarianism in the late 1930s.
Land-ownership squabbles mean the site is greatly reduced from its heyday when it housed 4,000 early adherents to the faith, but it’s recently been preserved as a national heritage site and tended to by a few die-hard Rasta residents.
It’s also supported by local celebrities like Donisha Prendergast, Bob Marley’s granddaughter – so pop your details in the form at iamdonisha.com if you want to find out more about this stunning spiritual site.
Get twitching at Green Castle Estate
Speaking of Bob, did you know that the three little birds he immortalised in song first pitched on his doorstep to sample leftover seeds from his herbal breakfasts?
And if you’re a bit of a twitcher back home, you might spot any one of Jamaica’s 326 species by making time for bird watching at Green Castle Estate in Robin’s Bay.
This sublime spot in rural St Mary offers a magical mix of Jamaica’s verdant mountains, crystalline waters and legendary hospitality.
And tailor-made packages are available for you whether you prefer eco-activities or the luxury side of life – what’s not to love?
These three eclectic activities perfectly exemplify the range of radically diverse distractions on offer in Jamaica.
And provided you plan ahead and research robustly, there’s so much of the island that’s perfectly safe to visit, so there’s no need to confine yourself to a resort compound.
Whether you’re flying solo or with friends and family, any one of these three alternative activities will ensure that Jamaica always claims a piece of your heart.
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