The Best Jamaica Vacation

The Best Jamaica Vacation
While Jamaica is well known for huge, enclosed resorts that seem to go on for miles, there is much more to this tropical paradise than just mega-resorts. The natural beauty of the island makes it the perfect destination for the tourist looking to go off-the-beaten path. Whether you're looking for a big adventure or you'd rather relax and take in the island's stunning scenery, Jamaica is a perfect vacation.

Where to Stay

Hotel Mocking Bird Hill is an eco-resort located in lush Port Antonio. It's rated highly by both Conde Nast and Times Online. The resort has only ten rooms with bamboo furniture, locally produced art and incredible views of the Jamaica's fauna and flora. The hotel uses solar power, rainwater harvesting, organic gardening techniques and has a pool which runs on renewable energy. The best part is that the hotel is situated in the middle of 6.5 acres of tropical forest.
Hotel Mocking Bird Hill
P.O. Box 254
Port Antonio, Jamaica
(876) 993-7134
hotelmockingbirdhill.com

Activities

Port Antonio is the center of outdoor activity in Jamaica. It's paradise for the outdoor enthusiast, with tons of eco-adventures, including climbing Jamaica's highest peak, Blue Mountain. Blue Mountain stands at 7,402 feet high and has great walking paths along the way. It's important that hikers remember to bring a coat because the weather changes considerably and can get chilly once you reach the peak. Guava Trail is a beautiful trail that meanders through the Blue Mountains. It's widely known by avid hikers as one of the best hikes on the island. Also consider rafting in the Rio Grande Valley. The river takes you through deep jungles, and this is a great way to get a taste of Jamaica's fauna and flora.
The Portland Experience Tours
(876) 654-1893
explorejamaica.com.jm/explore-jamaica-reservations.html

Restaurant

Mille Fleurs is the restaurant located in the Hotel Mocking Bird Hill. It's known to have some of the best cuisine around. The Observer writes that the hotel thrives on a commitment to local ingredients. The food is imaginative yet authentic, and it's a great way to get a true taste of the island. The restaurant specializes in using high-quality local ingredients. Start off with the brie in tamarind sauce. Enjoy the peanut soup and for the main course and consider the Mocking Bird Poached Fish. For dessert, try the decadent orange custard.
Hotel Mocking Bird Hill
P.O. Box 254
Port Antonio, Jamaica
(876) 993-7134
hotelmockingbirdhill.com/en_restaurant-mille-fleurs.shtml

Article Written By Catherine Madison

Catherine Madison is a full-time freelance writer specializing in travel and food. She has written for "Stir Magazine," My Food Place, Hispanic Kitchen and Sustainability. Madison holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Georgia.

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