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Spend An Eco-Friendly Vacation In Jamaica

April 24, 2015 Destination Global No Comments Print Print Email Email

Jamaica is fortunate to have been blessed with abundant natural resources and an environment that makes it a perfect fit for a sustainable lifestyle.http://join.travelmanagers.com.au/supporting-your-business/partner-with-the-best/ In conjunction with Earth Day on April 22nd, and Wellness Month in Jamaica, the Home of All Rightdestination is highlighting select Jamaican properties that are immersed in green initiatives.

“Jamaica has taken several steps to be recognized as an eco-conscious destination. With adaptions such as using locally harvested ingredients for a farm-to-table experience, to excursions that keep Mother Nature and the community in mind, Jamaica is an ideal destination for the eco-friendly traveler,” said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “Because of our commitment to environmental management and sustainable development, eight Jamaican beaches and one marina have been awarded Blue Flags by the Foundation for Environmental Education, and ten Jamaican properties have received Green Globe certification. Jamaica has whole heartedly taken on the green initiative.”

The following is a sample list of eco-conscious properties and activities in Jamaica:


Kanopi House

Three words: Luxury Tree Houses. Located in Port Antonio, Kanopi House is nestled amongst 100-foot Banyan trees and surrounded by a secluded cove. Kanopi has coined their property as “low impact luxury” boasting a limited footprint with practices such as recycling the wastewater on the property and the use of sustainable and regionally sourced hardwood. www.kanopihouse.com

 Bay View Eco Resort

Bay View Eco Resort sits on a sprawling 30-acre estate and is located in an unspoiled reserve in Port Antonio with the Blue Mountains as its backdrop. Known for its delicious Jamaican country style cuisine infused with organic ingredients, Bay View recently housed the launch of raw food Chef Dr. Aris Latham for his NATURAL LIVING brand. Bay View has also opened their new spa which utilizes only local, natural botanicals. www.bayviewecoresort.com

Great Huts

Nestled atop a cliff overlooking Boston Bay in Port Antonio, Great Huts signature safari-themed huts and tree houses are found. Travelers can experience an African art and design concept throughout the unique property including an elevated hut 100 feet above the Caribbean Sea showing off 360° panoramic views. Great Huts provides Afro-centric and Judaic cultural programs and is committed to local voluntary community service. They offer minimally priced accommodations for volunteers of one month or more. Preceptorships for interns or residents in medicine, psychiatry, social work, nursing, education and recreational therapy are offered. www.greathuts.com

Jack Sprat Shack

Under the same family of Jake’s Treasure Beach, Jack Sprat Shack is a hostel with a laid-back spirit. With the option of bunk beds and quadruple occupancies and group meals, Jack Sprat Shack focuses more on a community style of vacationing. The hostel is keen on allowing visitors to bask inthe natural bliss of the Jamaican surrounding rather than the quantity of amenities it can offer.www.jackspratshack.com

Camp Cabarita

Located in the Dolphin Head Mountains in Westmoreland, Camp Cabarita is an eco-retreat dedicated to the physical and mental needs of their guests. With options such as swimming, hiking, yoga, and meditation, Camp Cabarita allows visitors to unwind while reflecting on life. Camp Cabarita encourages its visitors to develop the wellness of the land, with seminars and activities involving green and sustainable technology, self-sufficiency, permaculture and renewable energy.www.campcabarita.com


 Cockpit Country Adventure Tours

Less than an hour from Jamaica’s North Coast lays an enticing nature lover’s paradise and photographer’s dream known as Cockpit Country. The dense wet limestone forest, crisscrossed with hiking trails, is home to exotic plants, birds and reptiles, many of which are unique to Jamaica. The cave tour, which covers part of the Cockpit Country, is a medium impact hike that involves a climb up a 45-degree slope to the cave entrance. Once inside the cave, huge chamber rooms glow in beams of light as its spectacular stalactites sparkle like diamonds. http://www.stea.net/tours

Stush in the Bush

Lisa and Chris Binns opened their 15-acre organic farm, Zionists’ Organic Farm Tour in the cool hills of St. Ann, in 2009. They classify their meals as “Sexy Vegetarianism” with a combination of Ital farming and exotic vegetables. Foodies can walk the farm with Chris and pick a salad for the table while enjoying the birds, flowers and sweeping views of Jamaica’s North Coast. Later, guests are invited into the kitchen with Lisa to learn secrets of flavorful vinaigrettes and marmalades, and cooking with healthy, fresh ingredients. http://stushinthebush.com

Sun Venture Tours

With over 24 years of experience, Sun Venture Tours has opened up Jamaica’s natural world to both locals and visitors.  Backpacking, wilderness hiking, caving, and bird watching excursions are only a few of the professionally guided tours offered. Visitors are able to hike into Cinchona Gardens in the Blue Mountains, an area filled with the cinchona plant which is known for its medicinal purposes as well as explore Jamaica’s largest wet limestone forest, the Cockpit Country Crossing located in Trelawny. They also offer nature and ecotourism and sustainable development training courses. http://www.sunventuretours.com

Visitors interested in seeking eco solace in Jamaica can book their travel at www.visitjamaica.com orcontact their local travel specialist.

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