Jamaica Eco Tourism Lodging

Camping and eco-tourism are one way to explore Jamaica's famous mountains

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Visitors in search of nature's splendors and the great outdoors have found exploring and camping in Jamaica to be an incredible experience.

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The Blue Mountains are one of the most popular regions for campers and outdoor enthusiasts, not only because of their famous coffee, but because of the breathtaking vistas. Due to the popularity of camping in Jamaica, the Jamaica Alternative Tourism, Camping and Hiking Association, more commonly called JATCHA, was developed to help travelers with an interest in this type of recreation.

Blue Mountains Camping

Campgrounds are found in areas supervised by the Jamaican Forestry Department. Cabins and dormitories account for most of the accommodations in the Blue Mountains, but few supplies are available at forest camps. You will need to bring your own linens, blankets, and kitchen supplies.

Travelers cannot simply arrive at a campsite and pay to use it, you must have a permit. JATCHA can make reservations and leave permits waiting for you at the sites. Otherwise they must be paid for and picked up in advance at the Kingston office of the Jamaican Forestry Department.

Some of the most popular sites in the Blue Mountains include the following:

Hollywell National Recreation Park
(also: Holywell National Recreation Area)
- Tent Camping Available
- Cabins available with fireplace, small kitchen and full bathroon.
- Four hiking trails
- Covered gazebos for picnics.
Clydesdale - Former coffee plantation and pine nursery.
- 3,700 feet in the mountains.
- Bunk bed dormitory that can sleep 30+ with flush toilets, showers and a fire cooking pit.
Cinchona Botanical Gardens - One hour walk from Clydesdale.
- Tent camping available.
Whitfield Hall Hostel - Privately owned coffee farm.
- Provides linens.
- May permit tent camping.
Portland Gap Forestry Hut - 5,200 feet in the mountains.
- One hour or more past Whitfield Hall Hostel.
- Sleeping is on the floor.
- Has running water, outhouse, and space for 30 tents.
Blue Mountain Peak - Forest hut; tent camping permitted.
- Often used by party groups from Kingston on weekends.
- Water may not be readily available.
- May be very cold between December and February.

Camping in Other Areas

Camping is available in other areas of Jamaica. It is most often accessed through a hotel or resort that allows on-site camping. The best choice for campers outside the Blue Mountains, including the nearby cities Kingston and Port Antonio, is Negril. Beachfront and even front-lawn camping may be allowed at hotels in this area for as low as $5(USD) per night, though the average is closer to $10(USD) per tent. Generally shower, toilet and laundry facilities are available at these campsites.

Camping and Eco-Tourism On Jamaica

Nature enthusiasts and their families might want to consider the opportunities for eco-tourism offered. Besides the eco-lodges that are available, some unique eco-resorts are an alternative possibility. Click on the link to each accommodation to read additional details.

Negril Treehouse Resort

Those wanting to stay in Jamaica will be interested in choices like Mocking Bird Hill. Situated amidst lush tropical gardens in the verdant hills in the outskirts of Port Antonio, the eco-friendly Hotel Mocking Bird Hill is a great place to get away from it all. Guests can chill-out in their cozy rooms while taking in lovely vistas, go for a walk through the 6.5 acres of botanically diverse gardens, enjoy complimentary tea in the afternoon on the hotel terrace, or venture outside the hotel grounds for a number of activity options. If you'd like to call before making reservations, do so at (876) 993-7267.

Zimbali Mountain Retreats is a nice property in Jamaica. Set on seven and a half acres of organic, rolling, lush farm land in the hills just 25 minutes outside of Negril, Zimbali Mountain Retreat is a real farming community and guests really get to interact with nature and the locals as they discover the real side of Jamaica. There are over 800 fruit trees of many varieties and they grow a lot of their own food on site. If you're looking to call before you go, do so at (876) 252-3232.

Country Country Beach Cottages is another good choice to consider. Experience old Jamaican country charm alongside modern conveniences at Country Country Beach Cottages. Located on famous seven-mile beach in Negril, these individual cottages afford guests both seclusion and the sea in their very own tropical paradise. If you are looking for something specific and want to call ahead, you can do so at (876) 957-4273.

The chart below enables you to get some details regarding the eco-tourism accommodations you can choose from.

Eco-Accommodations On Jamaica
Name Type Phone Number Star Rating Location
Bay View Eco Resort and Spa Eco resort (876) 993-3118


1.9 mi. East of Central Port Antonio
Bourbon Beach Hotel Eco resort (876) 374-4982


2.0 mi. South of Central Negril Beach Hotel Zone
Camp Cabarita Eco Lodge Lodge (876) 520-7825


6.6 mi. Northeast of Central Georges Plain
Chippewa Village Hotel Lodge (876) 957-4676


1.2 mi. South of Central Negril Beach Hotel Zone
Country Country Beach Cottages Eco resort (876) 957-4273


0.8 mi. South of Central Negril Beach Hotel Zone
Crystal Ripple Beach Lodge Lodge (876) 974-6132


0.8 mi. East-Northeast of Central Ocho Rios
Golden Shore Resort Eco resort (876) 982-9657


1.1 mi. Southeast of Central Morant Bay
Great Huts Lodge (876) 353-3388


3.0 mi. Southeast of Central Fairy Hill
Mocking Bird Hill Lodge (876) 993-7267


0.7 mi. Southeast of Central Turtle Harbour
Negril Treehouse Resort Eco resort (876) 957-4287


0.8 mi. South of Central Negril Beach Hotel Zone
Prince Valley Guest House Lodge (876) 892-2365


6.8 mi. Northeast of Central Kingston
Satori Resort and Spa Eco resort (876) 952-6133


2.9 mi. South West of Central Montego Bay
Sea Garden Beach Resort Eco resort (876) 979-0943


2.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central Montego Bay
Tingalaya's Retreat Eco resort (202) 741-9720


2.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Negril
Whispering Bamboo Cove Resort Eco resort (876) 982-1788


1.7 mi. West of Central Belvedere
Zimbali Mountain Retreats Eco resort (876) 252-3232


3.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grange Hill

Keep in mind that there are a wide range of other property types to consider available. For more in formation concerning other kinds of accommodations for Jamaica, click this link.


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