The butterflies are baaaack.
All cities tend to have a little edge to them and Kingston is no different. Some things though help to soften out those edges. Friendly greetings from strangers. Hearing people singing without a care in the world as they walk down the street. Lignum vitae butterflies, proper scientific name krigonia lyside. This commonly seen butterfly is a pale yellow (see video above) and quite unremarkable, except that they sometimes it isn't. The females will deposit her fertilised eggs in the lignum vitae trees so that the caterpillars will have a ready source of food when they transform. When the lignum vitae trees bloom their delicate purplish blue buds, you can get magnificent swarms of the butterflies. With their wings opening and closing in the sunlight, they look like flashing neon lights beaming on the trees. Or like twinkling magical fairies casting spells.
They are beautiful.
And by the way, on any tour with Jamaica Cultural Enterprises you can expect to learn about our wonderful birds, flowers, bugs, and other life forms.
In the South Side community of Downtown Kingston, I recently witnessed this gentleman (see video above), who goes by the name Loyal, scraping the calabash fruit. After the insides have been removed, the next step is washing and drying and then ta da! you have nature's most perfect eating vessel. Seeing him do this made me think of the Calabash Literary Festival.
This year (2020) the festival will take place between May 29 - 31. I highly recommend it. In addition to incredible Jamaican and Caribbean authors, the festival has been able to pull major international literary celebrities, from Salman Rushdie to Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. If you love books this is time well spent, and with the hypnotic background of the Caribbean sea lapping the shores at Treasure Beach, there are worse way to spend a weekend. Like the literal calabash, the festival serves up a meal perfect for book lovers.
I love books, I love reading. This year being a Calabash year Jamaica Cultural Enterprises is going to revel in literature. We will be providing transportation for a select few to go down on Saturday, May 30 with return on May 31. We are also planning literary themed tours of Kingston in the days before and after Calabash. WATCH THIS SPACE. We will make announcements in the weeks and months to come.
To find our more about the festival itself you can check their web page or social media feeds. We hope to see all our book loving friends there.
We hear this a lot : "I'm not really into art".
A visit to the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston will likely not convert a non art loving person into an art lover but, the way we do it, it will certainly illuminate a number of issues and moments in Jamaican history. On your tour of the National Gallery led by our knowledgeable guide, you will learn the social and historical context surrounding the art. We don't interpret the art for you, we provide you with the stories, important moments, and the history of the epoch in which the art was created.
This is, simply put, a fantastic way to understand Jamaica and a fun stop on a tour of Kingston. Plus, if you're an actual art lover, well, even better.
The community of Rae Town in Kingston will on Saturday, January 25 be the location for a Kingston Creative community tour. Rae Town located in downtown Kingston is a vibrant neighbourhood famous for music events and its fishing village. It also has significant remnants of 19th century buildings scattered throughout which tell an interesting story of post slavery Jamaica. With the efforts of Kingston Creative, it will now have additional mural art. Two tours on January 25 will take individuals through the community explaining its history and showcasing modern life; the first tour will be at 11 am and the second at 2 pm.
These tours are the initial steps to a more sustained community tourism product. In the future there will be a regular walking tour that can be booked on demand. Jamaica Cultural Enterprises is looking forward to taking visitors to Rae Town in the future and enhancing our current offering of Kingston tours.
No trip to Jamaica is complete without a trip to the capital, Kingston. The beauty of a vacation in Jamaica is that there is much variety that you may not necessarily get in other destinations. Yes, there are the beaches, but you also have music. Yes, you have the mountains, but you can also visit an art gallery. From drumming of the Maroons to dolphin watching (we recommend seeing them in the wild) to Dancehall street parties, you can find it all in Jamaica if you know where to look. To add to the variety of your trip, a visit to Kingston is a must.
On a tour of Kingston with us you will be able to learn about Jamaican history, feel the rhythm of the city (an infectious mix of reggae and dancehall), see Jamaicans in their natural element, not staged for tourists, and gain a deeper understanding of Jamaican history and culture. We offer a variety of options and ways to explore the city from music to art to heritage to walking and everything in between. We have been doing this for close to 10 years and have consistently great reviews because of our great value and knowledgeable guides.
Feel free to sign up on our booking pages or drop us a line at email@example.com to ask for more information.
There are few things as satisfying as an excellent cup of coffee. You smell the heady aroma, you tip the cup to your mouth, and you experience a feeling of supreme delight as the amber, punchy liquid glides down your throat. On our tour of the Blue Mountains we visit Craighton Estate known for its top quality coffee, and among the many delights of the tour is that you are treated to the estate brand.
Other things for you to enjoy on our tour if the appeal of the coffee isn't enough:
This is a tour that we can easily arrange for you. Why don't you join us on our group Tuesday tours? Our groups are small but if you would prefer a private/custom experience at a time and date more convenient for you, that can also be provided. This excursion is a fantastic way to learn about Jamaica, coffee, and nature, and the Blue Mountains is one of our favourite places to be in Jamaica. Really, for us offering this tour is just a great excuse to get a coffee and nature fix. We're very sure you will enjoy the experience too.
Internationally, Trench Town is perhaps one of the most known neighbourhoods in Kingston, yet among travellers there is often considerable anxiety about making a visit. Jamaica Cultural Enterprises offers a wide variety of tours that include trips to Trench Town, from a simple shuttle service to music and city tours. We visit not because we are adrenaline junkies and enjoy the feeling of putting our lives at risk. As a tour company we make every effort to keep our guests and the staff we work work with as safe as possible. We offer tours of Trench Town firstly because we have assessed the situation and find that the risk of being harmed is minimal. We have been offering tours of Kingston, Jamaica for close to 10 years now so we know of which we speak. Most important though is that a tour of Trench Town allows for a glimpse into the Jamaica that is not usually shown on post cards and allows tourists to better understand the political, social and economic situation of the country.
To learn more about our tours to Trench Town, please check out our Kingston tours here.
The Jamaican theatre scene has come a long way since its start in the 17th century in Spanish Town. Today, original Jamaican productions are infused with our cultural expressions and social realities, articulated by our writers, and brought to life by a team of artists. The most commercially successful genre in Jamaican theatre is comedy, however, a new era has seen the emergence of several performance companies and independent performers pioneering new theatre styles and producing quality works through a wide range of genres.
A highlight in March 2018 was the 2nd staging of the “Jamaica Women in Theatre Festival” organized by writer, director and actress Dahlia Harris. The festival ran from March 19 to March 25, showcasing works from talented Jamaican women writers, directors, and actors.
The festival showcased a diverse array of short plays, play extracts, play readings and video installations, but a common theme running throughout was identity and culture. Among the works mounted was an extract from Centerstage’s comedic drama “Right Girl, Wrong Address“, which highlighted actresses Sakina Deer and Sharee Elise.
Here's how you get the best of both worlds: stay in Ocho Rios close to the beach but take one of our tours that departs from the North Coast and journeys into the heart of cultural Jamaica. On our tour you will eat great local food, have soul stirring conversations with Rastas, visit the internationally renowned Bob Marley Museum, admire the energy and vibrancy of Kingston street art, be taken care of by our knowledgeable and friendly tour guides, and more.
Bob Marley Museum
Street mural art project
National Heroes Park
Group Tour Cost:
USD100 per adult (12+); USD60 for children 5 - 11; Free for children below the age of 5
Group Tour Inclusions:
All entry fees
Comfortable air conditioned transportation
Group Tour Exclusions:
Private Tour Cost:
USD250 for a total of 4 participants. This cost includes expert guide, comfortable air conditioned transportation, and bottled water. It excludes entry fees.
Money for souvenirs, lunch
Extra bottled water
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