Jamaica's Community Experiences

Jamaica community experiences are the better way to experience the real Jamaica. They are authentic experiences run by Jamaicans

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Bird Watching in the Green Heart of Jamaica

Here's your opportunity to bird in Jamaica’s largest remaining contiguous rainforest. Spot 28 endemic Jamaican and Cockpit Country bird species along with some migratory species while exploring the pristine hillocks weird karst formations unique to this area's ecology.  Learn about the local bird folklore and traditions.

From:

$65 USD

Albert Town

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Food Cave and River Community Experience

Get off the beaten path and into adventurous fun, tasty local food, and authentic rural culture. Learn about Taino, Maroon, and local heritage. Hike through the brilliant green rainforest. Climb up to caves used by runaway Maroon slaves. Savor local foods cooked the traditional way over a slow wood fire while taking in the peaceful and restorative river experience.

From:

$45 USD

Wakefield

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Maroon for a Moment at Yankunku Prandes

Experience the best of traditional and contemporary Maroon culture and legacies at Charles Town, the vibrant community known as the haunt of Quao, Maroon leader and hero. Enjoy authentic Maroon cuisine, herbs and healing, Asafu museum, traditional and cultural expressions and guided hikes. Live like a Maroon for a mom

From:

$15 USD

Charles Town

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Rastafari Roots, Rhythms, Reasonings

Immerse yourself in a Presentation of Love. Engage your senses as you travel through time and tradition, experiencing the Rastafari philosophy and lifestyle for yourself. Meet Rasta Village community members one-to-one and share their world of nature: sincere, authentic, touchable experiences with earth, water, fire, air.

From:

$35 USD

Montego Bay

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Blue Mountain Peak Trail Adventure

Challenge your fitness on the stunning hike to the Blue Mountain Peak.  Journey up through the cool, misty forests of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hike over a ridge, across boulders and shimmy up with the help of ropes to the dramatic view from the peak, the highest point in Jamaica!

From:

$105 USD

Portland Gap Recreation Area

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Crafting Your Art Treasure

Let the artist within you come alive. Create and take home a memento of Treasure Beach, the Home of Community Tourism. Paint a Starlight, the signature pottery art product of the Treasure Beach Women's Group, enjoy a yummy Jamaican snack and fun cultural activity while contributing to our community development projects.

From:

$50 USD

Treasure Beach

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Burnt Hill Nature Walk

If you are looking for a unique and exciting experience, then our Wilderness Tour is a great option. Our agents will take care of all the details including logistics and reservations. Get in touch for more information and to reserve a spot.

From:

$40 USD

Albert Town

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Hiking the Rio Grande Valley

From our lodge nestled in the Rio Grande Valley between the Blue and John Crow Mountains, our local guides can arrange a day hike suited to your interest and level of difficulty. Our local guides share stories about how to use medicinal herbs and Maroon farming heritage.

From:

$125 USD

Saint Thomas Parish

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Overnight at Ambassabeth

Ambassabeth gives you a unique experience of Jamaican rural life and the authentic historic and modern-day culture of the Windward Maroon community. Experience remote beauty and amazing biodiversity. Visit the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Sanctuary. Hike mountain trails for a physical challenge, swim in pristine waters and look for rare and endemic birds, plants and animals. Learn how to cook Jamaican!

From:

$80 USD

Saint Thomas Parish

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Bird Watching in the Blue Mountains

The Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park is one of the largest migratory bird sites in the Caribbean. Warblers, falcons, merlins, and kingfishers are among the 120 species that retreat to our tropical forest each year to escape winter. Migratory birds join Jamaica’s 28 endemic birds in the national park and over 100 native species. The Blue and John Crow Mountains is the only location where all of Jamaica’s unique or endemic bird species can be observed.

From:

$85 USD

Portland Gap Recreation Area

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Camping at Holywell

Especially in the summer, Holywell is a great place to escape the Caribbean heat and enjoy lower, cooler temperatures in the highlands. Campsites at Holywell feature BBQ grills, water, shower, and toilet facilities.

From:

$1.50 USD

Holywell Recreation Area

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Blue and John Crow Mountain Discovery Day

Enjoy an exciting and interactive experience with nature as you learn outside the classroom! Discover the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and World Heritage Site while you 'take a hike' on the Oatley Mountain Interpretive Trail and see stunning natural vistas and endemic flora and fauna.

From:

$40 USD

Blue and John Crow Mountains

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Cockpit Country Heritage and Caving Adventure

History, adventure and awe come alive as you discover the most pristine and culturally significant yet little-known part of Jamaica. You will retrace and learn how the Cockpit Country Maroon warriors used caves, camouflage and guerrilla warfare to defeat their British enemies. Come, explore and conquer the experience yourself.

From:

$65 USD

Albert Town

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IRITS Event at Rastafari Indigenous Village

IRITS is an event for people to express themselves through interactive activities such as yoga, the creation of arts and craft such as paintings and jewelry making, massage and Reiki treatments, open mic, drum circles etc. Creating balance by harmonizing food, music, art, and healing.

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Free 

Montego Bay

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Portland Bight Birds, Critters, and Ecology

Discover the secrets and stories of the Salt River wetlands. Creep down the boardwalk through the beating heart of the mangroves. Ride a silent electric barge for close-up glimpses of the birds, animals, and plants of this fascinating water world. Hear local guides’ stories about why it is such a good place to live.

From:

$30 USD

Clarendon

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Blue Mountain Coffee Experience

Enjoy a beautiful day experiencing mountain life on a Blue Mountain coffee farm. Hike up through scenic coffee fields. See, smell, taste and learn about how this world-renowned coffee is grown and processed. Have a delightful conversation with the farm owner, who will invite you to try one of three different roasts of Blue Mountain, the ambrosia of coffee.

From:

$39 USD

Portland Gap Recreation Area

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Guided Nature Trail Hikes at Holywell

Challenge your fitness on the stunning hike to the Blue Mountain Peak. Journey up through the cool, misty forests of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hike over a ridge, across boulders and shimmy up with the help of ropes to the dramatic view from the peak, the highest point in Jamaica.

From:

$50 USD

Holywell Recreation Area

Join Us!

Community tourism enterprises across Jamaica that are working with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) are eligible to be included on this site and to receive support with online bookings, reservations, and payment. If JSIF is supporting your community tourism enterprise and you would like to be included in this site, please complete THIS FORM