20 Aug

Cinchona Botanic Garden in Jamaica's Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains are full of sensational stories as well as stunning scenery, but it’s the quiet you’ll savour – pure audible peace. And if there is a cool spot anywhere on the island right now – mid August 2014, it’s Jamaica’s Blue Mountains.

27 Jul

Food, Glorious Food - 1! From the Ridiculous to the Sublime...

If you enjoy eating well and your idea of adventure starts with a knife and fork, Jamaica is your island. Don your baggy trousers, slip on your roomy mumu and come to Jamaica prepared to eat! Here are a couple of easy suggestions and reasons why I think they are great. Start with Jerk cuisine and Scotchies – everyone’s favorite.

03 Jul

Birds Sing Sweetly for Paddy Cunningham Birding Adventurers

This tour was a wild card and I was looking forward to playing it. The Birding Tour Operator I worked with did not know me and I did not know her. We met by me making a cold call to Paddy Cunningham Birding Adventures, based in Miami – asking Paddy if she might be interested in following on the heels of a terrific New York City Audubon trip I’d just produced. Paddy, bless her, took a leap and successfully gathered 7 wonderful birdwatchers, from random places in the United States, many of whom had traveled with her before.

26 Jun

JEWISH TOURS IN JAMAIACA??? Thread from the Web Blog by Anna Ruth Henriques

What??? There are Jews in Jamaica? Well, yes! We – I’m one of them – are mostly descended from Sephardic Jews who fled the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisition beginning in the late 15th century, traveling to the New World as conversos, also known as ‘hidden Jews.’ In other words, Jews have been on the island a long time, say just over 500 years, the first allegedly arriving with Columbus on his first voyage to the island in 1494. Columbus, it is said, was a man of ambiguous origins, possibly Italian, possibly Basque, and very possibly a converso.

About the author

Lynda Lee Burks has lived in Jamaica most of her adult life. She supports her passion for living by the sea, by organizing tours of Jamaica, producing events – dub poets to destination weddings, and as artist and teacher.  

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