May 14, 2019

Jamaican Travel Blog | Adventures in St. Elizabeth

Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, mini van with Bob Marley painting and weed
“Travel far enough; you meet yourself” - David Mitchell 
It is through traveling that we learn of new cultures, traditions and lifestyles. We meet new people, eat new foods and see what makes us different yet the same. It is also through this process that we gain a greater appreciation of our own culture, our roots and what we have at home. 

I’ve lived in Jamaica for 22 years and I still haven’t seen all that my little island has to offer. Are you in the same boat? And I find it ironic that I’m studying Tourism but I basically haven’t been anywhere. But even though I don’t travel much, I make sure that the few times I do are epic. 
Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth, girl peeking out from inside a little shack
My latest trip was a two day adventure in St. Elizabeth and I realized 3 things while on this trip: 

  1. I don’t like sitting in one place for too long - I kinda have a bony butt and it was a three hour journey from Kingston to St. Elizabeth. 
  2. Road trips are better with a group of friends because you never know what will happen next. 
  3. Coconut water tastes different when you buy them in different places. Weird right? 
I visited St. Elizabeth on two separate occasions and I can confidently say that both experiences were completely different even though I was traveling with the same group of friends. Anyways, I had so much fun on the trips so I decided to write a post about it just in case you’re interested in visiting. I also wanted to persuade you to visit *wink wink*. 

St. Elizabeth Jamaica 

St Elizabeth is one of Jamaica’s largest parishes, it’s capital is Black River and it is located in the South Coast Resort Area. St. Elizabeth along with the other areas on the south coast are classified as being “Off The Beaten Track” as they consist of rustic communities, plantations, safaris, flatlands and the hills of the cockpit country. It is also an area visited for adventure and the experience of living like a local. As an ideal description, The Jamaica Tourist Board said it best “ We are a land of unique experiences, engaging activities, breathtaking landscapes and a warm welcoming people.” It’s a place that will have you falling in love with it again and again and I am proud to call it my home. So if you’re looking to visit somewhere that isn’t reflective of the typical all-inclusive hotel scene, St. Elizabeth is the place for you. 

Things to Do (St. Elizabeth Jamaica)

St. Elizabeth has a lot to offer in terms of things to do; whether it’s touring a rum estate, climbing up a waterfall, taking a boat ride on a river or just relaxing at the beach. There is something for everyone regardless of your preferences. 

To start off the adventure we took a trip to Nassau Valley where we participated in the Joy Spence Appleton Rum Experience. We got to tour the entire estate while getting a mini lesson on the history of the brand. 

appleton estate entrance sign, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth
appleton estate jamaica rum sign, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth
The Joy Spence Appleton Rum Experience 

appleton estate jamaica rum sign with peacock in front of it, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth

There was also a mini alcohol class that we attended and we got to sample three of the popular rums at the property. 

appleton estate joy spence rum experience alcohol class, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth
appleton estate quote by Joy Spence on a wall inside the lobby, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth

But the experience wasn’t complete without actually indulging in the “spirits” of the estate. 


three signature drink mixes by appleton estate bartenders, cranberry and rum, stormy valley, ginger beer,  Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth
And taking a piece of it home with me.
appleton estate 2oz souvenir bottle of signature blend rum, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth

Jamaica Black River Safari was up next on our itinerary and this time we were taking a trip up the Black River. 
Jamaica black river safari sign on boat, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth
We had a guided boat tour up the river and we got to “interact” with some of the crocodiles that lived in the river. I say “interact” because there was not much that took place between some scared college students and the crocodiles. 
ladies on a boat ride up black river at Jamaica black river safari, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth
Any sudden movements triggered a choir of screams and exclamation from everyone on board. 
ladies on a boat ride up black river at Jamaica black river safari, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica

It was a peaceful and informative experience nonetheless and definitely something out of the usual. 
panoramic view of the black river safari in St Elizabeth Jamaica, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica

Last up on our to-do list was visiting YS Falls. Getting to the location was an adventure in itself because we were a bunch of dry-land tourists from the other side of the island and a local that wasn’t from “that” part of the parish. We eventually got there and after purchasing our tickets we took a tractor ride up to the falls. 
three girls, swimming in the river at ys falls, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica

The property is extremely big and is complete with two large pools, a series of waterfalls and a zip lining experience. On both visits we didn’t get to test out the pools because we were more interesting in climbing the falls. The sizes and heights of the waterfalls increased the higher up you got and the zip line started at the highest point on the property. 
three girls sitting on top of a rock in the river at ys falls, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica
We definitely did the zip line because we aren’t a bunch of scaredy cats and it’s an experience we’ll talk about every time it comes up. If you do end up visiting, have your phones ready for line #3 - trust me. You can thank me later. 

Places to Eat

Eating is completely up to you - you can choose to either buy food from the attractions you visit or you can buy street food whenever you see a vendor. Some popular spots to buy food are:

Lover’s Leap

Lover’s Leap is literally a restaurant on top of a seaside cliff. The journey there was were interesting and there was breathtaking view when we arrived. 
lover's leap sign, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica
The restaurant is a mix between a sports bar and a restaurant complete with a bar and a stage for life performances. 


three girls sitting at the bar at lovers leap, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica


There are also gazeboes on the property for picnics and they have a deck for outside seating that overlooks the sea. 
girl overlooking the view on the deck at lovers leap, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica
Their menu is extensive with a variety of affordable meals and drinks on offer. Be sure to take a jacket or scarf with you because the temperature is completely different from the flatland areas.


menu at lovers leap, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica

Middle Quarters 

This was once a vibrant area for local vendors but times have changed and it is now a popular spot to get Jamaican Pepper Shrimp a.k.a Swimz. 

Holland Bamboo/Bamboo Avenue 

If you’re looking for an ice cold jelly coconut just take a stop is Holland Bamboo when you’re passing through. 


girl drinking from a coconut at holland bamboo, bamboo avenue, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica
It’s also an excellent spot to get some Jamaican snacks and that Insta-worthy pic. 


girl standing in the middle of the road at holland bamboo, bamboo avenue, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica

Santa Cruz Town 

This is a popular town in St. Elizabeth so there are multiple food franchises located there along with local vendors dispersed along the sidewalks. You can literally find KFC, jerk chicken, stewed beef, jerked pork and fried fish within walking distance of each other. There are also multiple sports bars along the stretch. 

Places to Stay 

We ended up staying at a small beach/sea themed local hotel but it had the feel of a family owned guesthouse - Idlers Rest. 
bicycle at the entrance of Idlers rest hotel, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica

It wasn’t your typical hotel but it is located on the beach and embodied the meaning of relaxation. 
room one at idlers rest hotel, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica
We woke up early one morning, took a short walk along the beach, had a complimentary Jamaican breakfast on the deck and then relaxed in their hammocks until it was time to checkout. 
girl sitting on a bench in front of rooms twelve and thirteen at idlers rest hotel, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica

Their rooms have single, double, triple and quad occupancy so they can literally cater to groups of any size.

This trip was an adventure to remember and we have pictures to guarantee that we do. 
five girls standing in the middle of the road at holland bamboo, bamboo avenue, Chevy Takes The Mic Jamaican Travel Blog Series Adventures in St. Elizabeth Jamaica, things to do in Jamaica

Comments Discussion 

Have you ever visited Jamaica? 
Are you interested in visiting? 
What are some things that you want to do when you visit? 

Well that’s the end of this post! If you liked it please leave a comment below - I’d love to hear from you.

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4 comments:

  1. playboi cartiMay 20, 2019

    Thanks Chevy, very cool!

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  2. AnonymousMay 20, 2019

    Home!!! Love this blog ❤

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  3. AnonymousMay 20, 2019

    Wonderful post! I shall visit St.Elizabeth to get my insta-worthy pics 🙌🏾

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