Great travel bloggers are invited to join us for our free luxury 7-day ‘Jamaica Inspires’ Blog Tour.
Bloggers are invited to enjoy not just Jamaica’s stunning beaches but its beautiful scenery and the heady cultural wealth of Kingston. On the tour you’ll gain a historical understanding of the Caribbean’s most famous island and dine upon Jamaica’s delicious fusion cuisine at some of its most acclaimed restaurants and local eateries.
This unique blog tour has been created by the island’s top independent eco-hotel, travel providers and leading travel and music writers to highlight how the island has far more than just great beaches to explore, with for example a superb insight into the Caribbean’s richest island for music.
Flexible Blog Tour Dates
The travel periods for individual bloggers to take part in this blog tour are: June 1st until 19th December 2015 (excluding September), 6th until 31st January 2016 and March 28th until June 1st 2016. Dates for each individual blogger will be confirmed on request and based on availability.
Airfaire is NOT included in this blog tour, each blogger is expected to make their own way to Montego Bay where the comprehensive free 7-day blog tour begins. Personal items purchased and gratuities are at the bloggers’ discretion.
Arrival in Montego Bay
Transfer from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios (dep. times are 9.00/13.00/15.00/17.00 hrs) for an approximate 90-min drive time aboard the courtesy Knutsford Express luxury shuttle coach
Pick up from the coach station in Ocho Rios and transfer to Sussex Estate, Jamaica.
This stunning 150 acre spice farm is perched 600 ft above sea level offers panoramic views of Jamaica’s northern shoreline with plenty of birds, flowers and pathways just outside your door to explore. The house dates back to the 1790s, with parts being rebuilt following limited earthquake and hurricane damage over the preceding centuries
Dinner & overnight courtesy of Sussex Estate, Jamaica
- Breakfast Sussex Estate, Jamaica
The opportunity for each blogger to tour the area independently based upon personal interests and relax after the flight to Jamaica. Your hosts will help with suggestions where to visit locally and and make all the necessary arrangements for you on request
Dinner & overnight courtesy of Sussex Estate, Jamaica
- Sussex Estate, Breakfast
Transfer to the coach station in time for the 11.40 am shuttle to Port Antonio aboard the Knutsford Express
Arrive in Port Antonio @ 13.30. You will be picked up by Hotel Mockingbird Hill & taken to Winnifred Beach, listed recently by The Guardian in their international Top 10 Beaches you’ve Never Heard of, for a late beachside lunch
Hotel Mocking Bird Hill are the Caribbean’s foremost boutique eco-hotel providers, winners of Best Hotel for the Environment at the Responsible Tourism awards 2010 and whose restaurant Mille Fleurs was recently complimented by Luca Gargano, one of the founders of the Slow Food Movement after a holiday in Port Antonio.
“After discovering Mille Fleurs Restaurant in Port Antonio I could not help myself but go there for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The main characteristic of the restaurant is its tireless sourcing of fresh, organic and traditional food. Excellent products are sourced and crafted into a culinary proposal for diners that changes every day, that reflects local cuisine and the roots of the hotel’s owners.
Breakfasts are unforgettable… indeed how can you forget the taste of eggs and milk that are not produced by industrial farms.”
Dinner and overnight courtesy of Hotel Mockingbird Hill
- Breakfast at Hotel Mockingbird Hill
Transfer to Berrydale, Rio Grande Valley for a gentle Rafting Adventure on a bamboo raft courtesy of the Jamaican Tourist Board
Savour a rustic traditional Jamaican lunch with Miss Betty on the Rio Grande midway down the river on the riverside courtesy of Mockingbird Hill
You will be picked up at the end of rafting and driven to the white sands of Frenchman’ Cove Beach before returning to Hotel Mockingbird Hill
Dinner at Mille Fleurs & overnight courtesy of Hotel Mockingbird Hill
- After a Mille Fleur breakfast transfer to Kingston courtesy of Mr White’s transport company who provides the hotel’s taxi for for local tours
Meet Basil Smith (former Jamaica Tourist Board Director) at Devon House for lunch and afternoon tour of the Jamaica National Gallery with Mrs Smith
Sitting on 11 lush acres in the capital city, the stately Devon House mansion was the home of Jamaica’s first black millionaire, George Stiebel. It was built in 1891, on what was originally a 51-acre property. Visitors to the historical site can go back in time with a tour of the Georgian-style great house. Furnished with a collection of 19th-century antiques from Jamaica and the Caribbean region, the house tells the tale of privileged West Indian society in the Victorian era. The ballroom still has the original English chandelier purchased by Stiebel for the room.
Drop off at Altamont Court Hotel, New Kingston
Altamonth Court Hotel is situated in New Kingston and recommended by Conde Nast for an overnight stopover in Kingston.
Dinner and overnight courtesy of Altamont Court Hotel
- Breakfast at Altamount Court Hotel
Transfer to the centre of Kingston for a Pressing Tunes music tour
Explore Jamaica’s fabulous musical heritage on tour with Backayard Magazine‘s editor Amilcar Lewis. Visit the Jamaica Music Museum, Alpha Boys School, original Rockers Record Shop and visiting Life Yard Family – an inspiring community based project downtown joining Andrew Hall
Dinner at Moon Hill Villa courtesy of Oliver Hill
- Breakfast at Altamont Court Hotel.
Early pick up by Juliet of Olde Jamaica Tours for a half-day historical tour of Kingston with visits to the capital’s heritage spots including its churches and synagogue depending on the day of the week
Drop off at Knutsford Express Coach station for the transfer to Montego Bay and check-in at the airport
(Approx. driving time 240 minutes, depending on your flight departure you can take a bus leaving at the following times :07.00 / 09.30 / 13.00 / 15.00 / 17.00. You must arrive 2 hours prior to your flight departure to allow for check-in)
How to Take Part in the Jamaica Inspires Blog Tour
Simply fill in the form with all the required details. We will confirm receipt of your application and then get back to you to confirm your tour once we have looked at your blog and social media accounts.