Jamaica Journals

Jamaica

A travel journal to Jamaica by Languedoc

Blue Mountain Coffee Photo, Jamaica, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: This journal covers several trips to Jamaica, all on the north shore from Port Antonio to Montego Bay.

Jamaica

Overview

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Visiting a coffee plantation in the Blue Mountains. Getting my first taste of jerk pork. Visiting Errol Flynn's widow on her plantation.Quick Tips: I was told to avoid Kingston if at all possible, but if I was forced to travel in the capital city, to be sure I was accompanied by a Jamacian. That is good advice. It is a very dangerous city with casual murders, lots of tourists robbed and raped. Expect to be plagued by higglers (peddlers) everywhere you go. It is a very poor country with high unemployment and people must survive any way they can.Best Way To Get Around: Taxis are best. It is one of half a dozen countries I have been in that I refused to drive a rental car. Damage of som...Read More

Trident

Hotel

Trident Resort Photo, Port Antonio, Jamaica
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The Trident is one of the most beautiful resorts I have stayed in. Built on a rocky point east of Port Antonio, it has privacy while being close to town. It is a collection of lovely individual cabins with manicured grounds and a pool built out to the edge of the cliff overlooking the ocean.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2000

Roadside Cafes

Restaurant

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Jamaica is the only country I have been in that I liked everything I ate. One of the best dishes is jerked pork, or chicken, goat or beef. This highly seasoned, almost dehydrated food is superb, and I recommend buying it from roadside vendors or cafes. The most memorable breakfast I have had was on the road between Kingston and Port Antonio. It was in a cafe with no walls overlooking the surf, and we had what the Jamaicans call a workman's breakfast; jerked meat; aki, the flower from a tree fruit that looks much like scrambled eggs fried with various vegetables and sausage, and breadfruit. On another occasion I stopped at a small cafe and tried king fish. I still don't know what we would call i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2000

Roadside Cafes
Everywhere
Jamaica

Goldeneye and Firefly

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Attraction

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Two of Jamaica's most famous residents were Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond adventures, and Noel Coward, the playright, songwriter and storyteller. They owned homes near each other and both spent as much time in Jamaica as possible. Goldeneye was Fleming's home and it was on the beach in a secluded area. He had it built simply with one large living area--living room, dining room and kitchen--with the bedrooms on one end of the house. It is now owned by the music promoter, Chris Blackwell, and can be rented occasionally. The best contact is the Jamaica Tourist Board for instructions on who to contact regarding a rental. Noel Coward's home, Firefly, is atop one of the highest point...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2000

Goldeneye and Firefly
Near Oracabesa
Montego Bay

Blue Mountain Coffee

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Story/Tip

Blue Mountain Coffee Photo, Jamaica, Caribbean
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Even though I think Kingston is a blight on the human experience, if you can arrange to visit a Blue Mountain coffee plantation, by all means do so. The coffee grown in the mountains behind Kingston is some of the best in the world, and is almost beyond doubt the most expensive in the world. To be designated Blue Mountain, it must be grown above the 2,000-foot level. The price for the coffee came about in an interesting manner. The industry was almost demolished by a hurricane in the 1950s, but the Japanese, who were just coming into their own, made a deal with the Jamaican coffee cooperative. In exchange for a gift of cash to get the industry going again, the Japanese would get the fi...Read More

The Ghost of Errol Flynn

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Story/Tip

Patrice Wymore Flynn Photo, Jamaica, Caribbean
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When you are in the Port Antonio area, you will often bump into the ghost of the swashbuckling actor, Errol Flynn. Well, not really a ghost, but certainly his presence. Flynn was sailing in the Caribbean on his yacht in the late 1940s when a hurricane blew him ashore on Jamaica. It was love at first sight for him, and he soon owned a plantation east of Port Antonio and Navy Island, the lush jungle of an island in the Port Antonio harbor. Flynn was well liked in Port Antonio, even though as he grew older and sank deeper into alcoholism, he became a problem with his interest in children. But the Jamaicans were tolerant and steered him away from potential problems. He...Read More