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

Those who love the outdoors will want to think about the opportunities for eco-tourism on the island. Alongside the eco-lodges that are available, eco-resorts are another possibility. Click on each link to read additional info.

Mocking Bird Hill

If you are looking to find to find lots of convenient dining options near your accommodation, Negril Treehouse Resort is one location to think about. Negril Treehouse Resort is a small hide-away in the popular tourist destination of Negril. The Tree House is a highly regarded and popular resort in Jamaica because of its exceptional service, comfortable facilities and fantastic location. Reach them at (876) 957-4287.

A good option for travelers searching for a place to stay in Jamaica is Zimbali Mountain Retreats. The main villa at Zimbali is called Serenity and features two bedrooms, one bathroom, a spacious living space and dining room that runs inside and outside, cable television, and a stereo. The second space is a cottage that is studio-sized with a kitchenette, private bathroom, and veranda. For customers who want to call before you go, do so at (876) 252-3232.

Country Country Beach Cottages is another property worth considering. The award-winning guest cottages at Country Country Beach Cottages combine traditional architecture and locally inspired artwork and furnishings with modern amenities. Accommodations feature either a king-size or two twin beds, private veranda, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, cable TV, coffee/tea service, refrigerator, safety box, and private bath/shower. If you'd like to call before booking a room, you can do so at (876) 957-4273.

Be sure to look through this table to see more information on eco-tourism options available.

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) 619-1215


0.3 mi. Northwest of Central Drapers
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

Needless to say, you will find some other property types available. If you'd like to get more details about other kinds of accommodations available for Jamaica here.


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