50 Photos: Jamaica through My Lens

I’ve been trying to count my blessings more this year, as comparison is the thief of joy and I really have a lot for which to be grateful. Living on a tropical island is one of those things, as Jamaica is warm and blessed with an astonishing range of lovely landscapes– rolling green hills, deep valleys, lazy rivers, majestic waterfalls, lush tropical plants, alluring limestone caves and grottos,  breathtaking cliffs and precipices and of course, postcard-perfect beaches.

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A Complete List of Jamaica’s Waterfalls

When I visited my first waterfall in January 2016, I didn’t realize this would become the start of a new hobby (some would say obsession based on my Instagram account and I learnt recently that ‘waterfall girl’ is the name I go by in a few of my colleagues’ minds). I fell in love with Jamaica that much more, finally seeing the side of the island only tourists or the very adventurous post about.

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YS Falls, Saint Elizabeth

YS Falls is the twelfth Jamaican waterfall I’ve visited and written about on here, and I couldn’t be happier. Waterfalls are my favourite natural feature and like the other eleven falls, YS didn’t disappoint. YS Falls is located near Jamaica’s South coast and is part of a river which emerges from limestone caves and springs high up in Breadnut Valley, St. Elizabeth.

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Breadnut Valley Falls, Saint Elizabeth

Magic happens when local female travel bloggers get together, and Breadnut Valley happened to be the first destination of hopefully many future linkups. Breadnut Valley Falls are a series of mesmerizing cascades and turquoise pools set in Breadnut Valley, Maggotty, St. Elizabeth parish. For an off-the-beaten path waterfall, surprisingly little hiking was involved! With that said, let’s talk about:

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Bucket List Jamaica 2019

I have a long ever-growing mental list of places to visit in Jamaica, ever since I came to the realization in 2016 that I barely know my island at all. In 2017 I was perhaps a tad bit too ambitious, setting out to see 17 places in ’17 and only accomplishing 8 of them. That being said, I saw a whole lot more than 8 places that year, 25 to be exact. This shows that life is fluid. While I create these lists for fun and to motivate you all (and myself) to go out & see interesting corners of Jamaica, I have and will likely veer far from it every year, all in good fun.

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What One Woman Spent Travelling in 2018

Hey there! Today’s the penultimate day of my 2018 roundup series, and I’m back with a crowd favourite: sharing my travel expenses for the year. I consider myself Day Trip Queen, even if that won’t last forever as the type of adventures I take will evolve over time. However, day trips are the ideal trade-off for adventurous spirits on a shoestring budget and as such, let’s take a look at this screenshot showing what it cost to visit the places I wrote about this year.

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21 Photos That’ll Make You Want to Book a Flight to Jamaica Right Now

Jamaica celebrates her 56th Year of Independence from Britain today. While unfortunately I won’t be out enjoying the islandwide festivities, I’m still very much patriotic and thought it fitting to compile my favourite 21 photos of the island I’ve taken or published since the start of this blog. My compilation of Jamaica’s best spots is still a work in progress so of course, some very beautiful iconic spots may be missing from this blog post. Nonetheless, let’s enjoy Jamaica through my lens as I’ve seen it these past 19 months and if you’ve never been to Jamaica or are living elsewhere as an ex-pat or student, I’m sure you’re bound to want to book your ticket now! (Sorry, not sorry)

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Gut River, Manchester

When you grow up learning in school that the parish of Manchester has no rivers or beaches, this one means a lot. Relatively unknown even to my friends born and raised in this parish, Gut River runs mostly underground then emerges for a short 200m journey to the Caribbean Sea. It is found along a narrow remote coastal road and is one of the many places in Jamaica where fresh water can be enjoyed alongside saltwater. Gut River is said to get its name from the German word ‘gut’, meaning good.

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Kwame Falls, Saint Mary

Kwame Falls is an off-the-beaten-path waterfall near the rural district of Robin’s Bay in Saint Mary. It is said that the falls are named for Kwame, one of the warriors who fought alongside Tacky in 1760, the most successful rebellion against enslavement in Jamaica before that of Rt. Excellent Samuel Sharpe 71 years later. It is significant that the fall named for Kwame is much smaller and less powerful than Tacky Falls, also in St. Mary, as Tacky was a more courageous and fiercer leader than he.

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Lime Tree Farm, Saint Andrew

Lime Tree Farm is an eco-friendly farm set in the delightful Blue Mountains 3,400 feet above sea level. Run by an affable couple Rodger and Tifony Bolton, visiting their farm is like visiting the home of friends where the air is cool and crisp, the views divine, the tranquility just what the doctor ordered and you’ll feel as if time moves a little slower here. Set in rural Saint Andrew, this is Coffee Country so you can bet that that’s the main crop.

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