Rastafari Indigenous Village

3 of the best eco travel experiences in Jamaica

While Jamaica is well known for its stunning beaches and reggae vibes, the island has a lot to offer the eco traveller…

Here are three top picks:

Something interesting to see and do…

As the home of Rastafarianism, few experiences are as unique, or immersive, as a visit to Jamaica’s Rastafari Indigenous Village. This is one of the best ways to learn about the life, skills and experiences of Rastafari people. Visitors can take a tour of the village, participate in organic farming, learn to make traditional crafts and receive music lessons.

Rastafari Indigenous Village
Rastafari Indigenous Village

Something delicious to eat…

Next up, it’s time to explore the very best natural foods that Jamaica has to offer. One of the big trends in rural food right now is the ‘farm to table’ experience, and a trip to Stush in the Bush is a great example of this. Set on a 15 acre organic farm in the cool hills of St Ann, things move slowly here, and everything is connected to the earth.

Join Chris, the owner, for a walk of the farm. He’ll talk about his ancestral origins, when plants were medicine, and the earth’s bounty was the only source of food. You’ll sample herbs, spices, fruits, birds, flowers and ornamentals, and even get to plant a tree. And, after taking in the sweeping views of Jamaica’s north coast, you can sit down to a lovingly prepared meal featuring freshly made preserves, sauces, dressings and breads.

Stush in the Bush, Jamaica
Stush in the Bush, Jamaica

Somewhere lovely to rest…

Finally, after so much exertion, what’s needed is a visit to the Zimbali Retreats, for some much needed R&R. Located in a tropical mountain valley, complete with river and spring, this farm retreat has achieved almost 100% off-grid status.

Zimbalist Retreat - Drummers in studio
Zimbalist Retreat – Drummers in studio

Amid more than 500 fruit trees, guests enjoy modern technology infused with an ancient and natural way of life. There are a range of properties to choose from each with their own distinct personality. All are surrounded by the beauty and peacefulness of nature.

Zimbalist Retreat
Zimbalist Retreat

Frankly, the hardest part is choosing whether to kick back, relax and do nothing, or explore and sample the 700 odd varieties of fruit available, from pineapple to banana to plantain…

Birdwatching in Jamaica
Birdwatching in Jamaica

 

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