Ocho Rios: a Caribbean hideaway on Jamaica’s north coast

On the opposite coast to the island’s busy capital, Kingston, ‘Ochi’ is a tranquil but thriving haven with plenty to do, see and eat – and some characterful places to stay

‘The rhythm of Jamaica has always had an influence on my music’

Growing up, saxophonist YolanDa Brown’s Jamaican parents always told her their homeland was like paradise – and the food, beaches, culture and music were everything she’d dreamed of

Usain’s bolthole: life in the slow lane in Trelawny, Jamaica

Laidback Trelawny Parish in Jamaica is the birthplace of many Olympic sprinters, including Usain Bolt, the fastest man on earth, as well as Veronica Campbell-Brown and Ben Johnson

Welcome to the world of travel

Firstly, the musician and maker of Reggae Reggae sauce, Levi Roots, lists the best experiences in his homeland, http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/aug/09/levi-roots-jamaica-the-way-i-see-it Secondly the Finnish Aland Islands are a lovely destination during the White Nights of summer http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/aug/09/finland-family-breaks-aland-islands Thirdly, France’s secret riviera near Narbonne. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/aug/09/south-france-narbonne-coast-holiday-guide

Rose Hall Great House, Jamaica

  The Rose Hall Great House is associated with the infamous ‘White Witch’ of Rose Hall, Annie Palmer. Annie moved to Haiti when she was 11 with her English mother and Irish father. Annie immediately took a keen interest in voodoo. Her parents died from Yellow Fever soon afterwards, but Annie was coached in theContinue reading “Rose Hall Great House, Jamaica”

My thoughts on Montego Bay

Montego Bay is a party town. I am sure the rest of Jamaica is too, but I will just write about where I have been. The centre of the city is worth looking around once but there’s nothing outstanding to see other than perhaps Sam Sharpe Square and the Gallery of West Indian Art. Don’tContinue reading “My thoughts on Montego Bay”

Jamaica, Greenwood and Rose Hall Great Houses

The Greenwood Great House is on the north coast of Jamaica east of Montego Bay. The house was built primarily for entertainment purposes by Edward Barrett, who was the father of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The Barretts were one of the wealthiest landowners in Jamaica and by the time of emancipation owned over 2,000 slaves, whoContinue reading “Jamaica, Greenwood and Rose Hall Great Houses”

Falmouth in Trelawny Parish, Jamaica

Falmouth is the capital of Trelawny parish to the east of Montego Bay. Trelawny is the parish where champion sprinter Usain Bolt was born. Recently Falmouth’s stock has risen because Royal Caribbean have built a brand new cruise ship facility by the town. Visitors will find a small town with some charming churches and buildingsContinue reading “Falmouth in Trelawny Parish, Jamaica”