A Guide to Plants in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica

Author: Susan Iremonger

Publisher: University of West Indies Press

ISBN: 9789766400316

Category: Nature

Page: 280

View: 8784

A nature guide for both botanists and the more casual observer, identifying over 400 species of plant found in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. More than 50 percent of the plants described occur only in these mountains and nowhere else in the world. There are colour photographs and line drawings.

Healing Herbs of Jamaica

Author: Ivelyn Harris

Publisher: Healing Herbs of Jamaica

ISBN: 098317220X

Category: Herbal teas

Page: 204

View: 7059

"Imagine if you could just drink a delicious cup of tea and banish your worst headaches. Or step into a sweetly scented bath and wash away skin eruptions and rashes. What if you could get rid of that nagging back pain once and for all--in just a matter of days? If this all sounds too good to be true, it's because it is...for most people. Over the last 500 years, these amazing health benefits--and many others besides--have been a fact of life for Jamaica's Maroons. Hidden away for centuries--nearly forgotten--the Maroons are among the world's most skilled herbalists. But 'civilization' has finally reached their high mountain valleys...and their culture and knowledge is disappearing. Now, Ivelyn Harris, the last living Maroon healer, has broken her silence. Afraid that her ancestors' healing knowledge may die with her, Ivey has decided to share her secrets. Secrets that made heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other devastating illnesses almost unknown among the Maroons. Remedies for everything from headaches to hemorrhoids to heart problems."--Publisher's description.

Common Medicinal Plants of Portland, Jamaica

Author: Michael B. Thomas,Summer Austin,Lloyd Harris

Publisher: Centre for International Ethnomedicinal

ISBN: 9780972959407

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 114

View: 3404

Jamaica has a high degree of biological and cultural diversity. Roughly, 3000 species of plants grow on the island, with 25 percent of them being found nowhere else on Earth. The Maroons of Jamaica represent one of the most important cultural groups. The history of the Maroons of Jamaica has African roots and begins in the year 1690, when a small number of slaves that had been brought from the Komoranti nation in Africa (the Akan region of West Africa or present day Ghana) fled from the hardships of plantation life and migrated to the mountains. Here they found freedom and a new autonomous way of life. Having established themselves in small communities, these forest freemen and women became known simply as Maroons, a title taken from the Spanish word cimaron, meaning wild or unruly.Today, two distinct Maroon groups persist in Jamaica, namely the Winward (eastern) and Leeward Maroons (western). Although, they have survived more than three centuries of colonization, today they continue to face new challenges - that of cultural erosion and integration into Jamaican society. Despite rapid change, a result of the exposure to non-Maroon society, Maroon communities have maintained many aspects of their traditional practices especially the use of local and introduced plants as medicines. Although, there has been no comprehensive study of Maroon ethnobotany, it is widely recognized that they possess a well developed traditional knowledge of the uses of Jamaica?s flora. This study presents some of this knowledge, and includes the common medicinal plants utilized by the Winward Maroons of Portland. This publication represents only a small fraction of the plants the Maroons use. It is hoped that this research can serve as an initial baseline for further documentation and Maroon cultural preservation.

Jamaica - Naturally

A Guide for Today's Active Travelers

Author: Kay Showker

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0989547906

Category: Travel

Page: 80

View: 4209

Jamaica – Naturally, A Guide for Today’s Active Travelers, richly illustrated with over 50 color photographs, is the first e-book of a series, entitled The Caribbean – Naturally: Island Guides for Active Travelers. Over the last decade and even the last few years demand from active travelers and nature lovers for more outdoor activities has led to the development of new attractions and facilities. Meanwhile, the islands of the Caribbean have opened up more areas for recreation to help visitors discover their interior as well as their beaches and to preserve their natural assets by creating national parks, marine sanctuaries, and protected areas. Jamaica – Naturally, A Guide for Today’s Active Travelers is divided into two parts to make it easy for readers to use. Part One describes more than fifty of Jamaica’s Natural Attractions, starting with Kingston, the capital and gateway to the Blue Mountains, the crown jewel of natural Jamaica. The coverage continues around the island, highlighting the not-to-miss attractions from the mountains to the sea along with relevant resources and web sites for additional information. A map of Jamaica with the main cities, towns, roads and parishes is included to help enthusiasts locate their prospective destinations. Throughout the descriptions of the natural attractions, links are provided to enable users to refer directly to the sport or activity for which the location is particularly known. For example, the description of the Blue Mountains has a link to Hiking where they will find more details about trails, resources and tour companies that specialize; Morant Point, a popular surfing location at the southeastern most tip of Jamaica, has a link to Surfing; White River Valley, east of Ocho Rios, where river tubing originated, has a link to River Tubing and so on. Part Two, Outdoor Activities, covers 24 different sports and other outdoor pursuits that Jamaica offers These include Biking, Birding, Boating, Camping, Canoeing, Caving, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Kiteboarding, River Rafting, Riverboarding, River Tubing, Rock Climbing, Scuba, Snorkeling, Surfing, Wakeboarding, Windsurfing, White water Rafting, Ziplining and more. Each entry is accompanied by information on the companies, organizations, associations, tour operators and other entities that specialize and provide services. At the end of the book are three lists: Useful Resources, the Endemic and Sub-endemic Birds of Jamaica, and some Web Site on Jamaica, as well as a bio of the author, Kay Showker. For those who may have visited the island in the past, Jamaica – Naturally, A Guide for Today’s Active Travelers provides a new and different look at the island and uncovers many of the country’s greatest assets. For those who are not already fans of Jamaica or have never visited the island, this book will introduce the many wonderful attractions awaiting every sports and outdoor enthusiasts and nature lover, launching them on an exciting vacation of discovery, pleasure and fun.

The LMH official dictionary of Jamaican herbs & medicinal plants and their uses

Author: L. Mike Henry,L. Michael Henry,Kevin S. Harris

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789768184337

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 76

View: 5908

The Caribbean is host to one of the most diverse areas of the whole world - both culturally and ecologically. This book takes a look at some of the herbs and medicinal plants found in the Caribbean, a place awash with ancient herbal remedies for a number of common ailments. With advice on how to use them wisely, moderately and regularly, it also explores some of the myths and legends associated with these herbs and plants.

Caribbean For Dummies

Author: Darwin Porter,Danforth Prince

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471962511

Category: Travel

Page: 550

View: 9905

From a pulsing reggae beat to the waves lapping the beach, volcanoes to casinos, all kinds of water sports to great golf and tennis, the Caribbean has something to delight any traveler. Whether you’re looking for an active adventure or a relaxing escape, a spectacular honeymoon suite or a quiet retreat, a ritzy golf resort and spa or a kid-friendly resort, you’ll find it in the Caribbean. This book gives you information on: The most popular islands: Aruba, Barbados, The British Virgin Islands, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Sint Maarten/St. Martin, and The U.S. Virgin Islands Handling your money, including the currency used on each island and tipping recommendations All sorts of accommodations, ranging from a Palladian-style mansion to two-story rondavels designed like Tiki huts on stilts and from a plantation-style retreat to rustic villas The best beaches, including Palm Beach on Aruba, Gold Coast on Barbados Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman, Luquillo Beach on Puerto Rico, and more Intriguing ideas for active vacations, including exploring the cunucu by Jeep in Aruba, windsurfing in Barbados, scaling Jamaica’s highest peaks, hiking in a Puerto Rican rainforest, and more Great scuba diving, including wreck diving in Aruba and the British Virgin Islands, the famous Cayman Wall, and more Great golf courses, including some designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and Tom Fazio Where to shop for everything from European china, jewelry, perfumes, and linens to flavored rums, Jamaican coffees, and Puerto Rican carnival masks Like every For Dummies travel guide, Caribbean For Dummies, 4th Edition includes: Down-to-earth trip-planning advice What you shouldn’t miss — and what you can skip The best hotels and restaurants for every budget Handy Post-it Flags to mark your favorite pages Fantastic fishing. Incredible snorkeling. Great tennis facilities. Incomparable sailing and windsurfing. Casinos, shows, and discos. Intriguing cuisine, including Nuevo Latino, West Indian, and French plus local fare like cod fritters, conch, and all kinds of seafood concoctions. Beautiful scenery ranging from sandy beaches to jungle-like forests. Sample all the Caribbean has to offer in this friendly guide and then plan your trip and dig in.

Jamaica Adventure Guide

Author: Paris Permenter

Publisher: Hunter Publishing, Inc

ISBN: 1588437396

Category: Travel

Page: 653

View: 8371

This travel guide walks with the adventurous traveler to the heart of Jamaica, to the miles of sand beaches, to the rugged Blue Mountains, to the country villages that provide a peek at the real Jamaica. The authors focus on the adventures this popular Caribbean island has to offer: scuba diving along coral reefs, biking mountain trails, deep sea fishing, parasailing, windsurfing, horseback riding, and other adventures that range from mild to wild. Special sections include a look at Jamaica's Meet the People program, home visits, local nightspots, festivals, and more. Maps and photos enliven the down-to-earth text. [The authors] are known for their attention to details. Chicago Daily Herald. Print edition is 360 pages.

Handbook of Jamaica

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Jamaica

Page: N.A

View: 4068

Blue Mountain Trouble

Author: Martin Mordecai

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0545298970

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 352

View: 7791

"An utterly gorgeous, magical story, rendered with sheer grace and honesty. This book will transport you." -- Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper Way up in the misty island mountains of Jamaica live eleven-year-old twins Pollyread and Jackson Gilmore. Pollyread is smart as a whip and tart as a lime. Jackson's sweet as a mango. Both of them know all the rules of their village -- and how to break them. Then a young thug named Jammy sweeps in to stir up the twins' world. He even seems to be targeting their family. But are Pollyread's smart mouth and Jackson's steadiness enough to take him on -- or will Jammy and his secret change the Gilmore family forever? Praise for Blue Mountain Trouble: "An utterly gorgeous, magical story, rendered with sheer grace and honesty. This book will transport you." -- Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper "I want a copy. . . in every library, in every school staff room from Montego Bay to Port Antonio, from Vancouver to Cape Town to Bristol and to Port of Spain. Blue Mountain Trouble has a wide role to play all over the English-speaking world. Why? Blue Mountain Trouble heals. It illuminates." -- Jean D'Costa, The Jamaica Journal "Twins Pollyread and Jackson face a magical goat, school exam blues and a threat by a thug named Jammy in this page-turner. Can they restore peace and tranquility to their quiet mountain village? Martin Mordecai offers up a terrific and suspenseful plot in an unusual tropical setting." -- Olive Senior, author of Birthday Suit and Anna Carries Water * "Most delicious of all in this plum pudding of a book is the language. . .Mordecai, without resorting to explanations or a glossary, teaches us how to hear and understand. . .We might well reach the end of the book, a lovely quiet conversational coda about the souls of the dead and the unborn, without ever exactly knowing what a "duppy" or an "obeah" is, but Mordecai pays us the compliment of respecting that readers have more than one way of understanding a word and a concept. When human relationships are honest and precisely observed, as they are in this novel, everything else falls into place as newly familiar." -- Quill & Quire, starred review * "Mordecai's balance of the ordinary and the supernatural is Virginia Hamilton-esque in its delicacy. Jackson and Pollyread emerge as distinct and entirely likable individuals, their mutual affection and love for their parents both endearing and believable... A gorgeous snapshot of a locale and culture not seen enough in children's books." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review "First-time author Mordecai, a native Jamaican, brings the Blue Mountain region of his homeland to life in a unique coming-of-age story tinged with mystery. . .Through colorful narrative punctuated with regional colloquialisms and poetic language ("When you sleep your whole life under open windows in a place so quiet you can feel the night sky move, then rain when it wakes you is like God telling you stories"), the author captures the rhythm of the children's daily life and effectively conveys their hopes, fears and family love as they look toward the future and learn secrets about the past." -- Publishers Weekly "Mordecai's descriptions of the close-knit community are clear and vivid. . . Since much of the dialogue is in a melodic Jamaican patois, readers use context and pattern -- and cues from the characters -- to infer meaning. . . Readers won't soon forget the time they spent with these spirited characters in a uniquely beautiful setting." -- Horn Book "Rich in characterization with a beautifully realized setting. The elements of magic and mystery are intriguing, too, but best of all is the author's use of wonderfully idiosyncratic, powerfully expressive, and downright musical Jamaican English." -- Booklist

Kingston, Negril and Jamaica's South Coast

Author: John Bigley

Publisher: Hunter Publishing, Inc

ISBN: 9781588437891

Category: TRAVEL

Page: 150

View: 1648

Following is an excerpt from this guide that specializes in some of the most popular areas of Jamaica. Also included in the guide is complete detail on where to stay, where to eat, what to see and what to do to make your trip unforgettable. We landed at Kingston''s Norman Manley International Airport long after dark. The city was celebrating Friday night in its traditional manner; the Friday Night Jam filled the streets with people glad the work week was over. We were in Kingston. But not for long. Our ride was taking us out of the city and up the Blue Mountains to Strawberry Hill. For the next hour, we wound our way through the city streets that we''d return to in later days, finally making our way out of the humidity and crowds and into the hills. The air grew cooler as we climbed, moving slowly back and forth on the switchback road. Finally, we were there. A pale glow lit the main building and restaurant, around the property we could see the small cottages outlined in dim light. But the real sight was from the restaurant itself. From here, we could see the lights of Kingston in the distance, far below us. The city was still partying down there, but here all was quiet as most visitors went to bed early, ready to rise the next morning to a foggy sunrise and a forest draped in quiet mist. We''d be bird watching the next day. It was time for our Friday Night Jam to end, not to reggae or dancehall music, but to the sound of night frogs and insects in the nearby forest. The capital city of Kingston lies on the south shore. This metropolitan area of over 800,000 residents is visited primarily by business travelers. Within this sprawling metropolis, however, beats the true heart of Jamaica. Travelers interested in the culture and history that define this island nation should make time for a visit to Kingston, the largest English-speaking city. Kingston is big, brash and boisterous. Life spills out from storefronts and homes onto the streets, filling the sidewalks and every inch of available space. Goats roam the downtown area, sidewalk vendors peddle all type of merchandise from carts and tables, pedestrians are everywhere. Kingston dates back to 1692. The city is built along the harbor, stretching from the Blue Mountains in the east to the boundaries of Spanish Town in the west. Kingston is not for everyone. It does not offer a relaxing, fun-in-the-sun vacation. Head to the North Coast resort communities for that type of getaway. Instead, if you''ve had a few dates with Jamaica and you''re ready to visit her parents, then it''s time to head to Kingston. Things aren''t always pretty here, but its a necessary part of the experience. No sheet, no eat is the motto of the weekly toga party at this resort known for its adults-only atmosphere. Hedonism II attracts fun-loving couples and singles over age 18 who come to this westernmost point of Jamaica for a vacation of sun, sand and something more. Guests leave their inhibitions behind, seeking pleasure in the form of festivities like Toga Night, buffets to tempt the most devoted calorie counters, bars open until 5 am, and nonstop adult fun. The real wildness in Negril lies just outside the city limits. Here, in an area known as the Great Morass, you can see a side of the country that most visitors never glimpse. Crocodiles, not vacationers, lie in the steamy afternoon sunshine. Peddlers sell, not marijuana, but shrimp caught using techniques over 400 years old. And spectacular birds, not parasailers, fill the air with dashes of color and a cacophony of exotic sounds. Today, Negril has gained respectability and is home to all types of resorts that attract everyone from swingers to families. Law mandates that no building here can be taller than a palm tree so low-rises follow the coast from Bloody Bay (named for the days when the whalers cleaned their catch here) to the cliffs at its southern end, where the Negril Lighthouse still signals the rocks to ships.


A Visitor's Guide

Author: Harry S. Pariser

Publisher: Harry S. Pariser

ISBN: 9781556502538

Category: Jamaica

Page: 240

View: 7193

Jamaica Footprint Focus Guide

Author: Sarah Cameron

Publisher: Footprint Travel Guides

ISBN: 190926833X

Category: Travel

Page: 88

View: 3138

The extravagantly beautiful island of Jamaica has it all. From the creative and rhythmic culture to the abundant and colorful vegetation, this island exudes vibrancy. Footprint Focus provides invaluable information on transport, accommodation, eating and entertainment to ensure that your trip includes the best of this spectacular island. • Essentials section with useful advice on getting to and around Jamaica. • Comprehensive, up-to-date listings of where to eat, sleep and play. • Includes information on tour operators and activities, from the tranquillity of the Blue Mountains to exploring lively Kingston. • Detailed maps for Jamaica and its key destinations. • Slim enough to fit in your pocket. With detailed information on all the main sights, plus many lesser-known attractions, Footprint Focus Jamaica provides concise and comprehensive coverage of one of the Caribbean’s most lively islands.

Cruising the Southern and Western Caribbean

A Guide to the Ships and the Ports of Call

Author: Larry H. Ludmer

Publisher: Hunter Publishing, Inc

ISBN: 9781588433534

Category: Travel

Page: 299

View: 535

Here is an invaluable guide to the cruise lines, the ships themselves and their ports of call in the Western and Southern Caribbean, extending from the Bahamas down to Trinidad and even Venezuela. You will have between eight and 10 hours in each cruise port you visit. This guide tells you how to make the most of that time by focusing on the best sights and activities at every stop. For each port, the author provides an over-view description, a detailed map, complete information on how to get around, a "one-day sightseeing tour," both in the port itself and beyond, recreational activities from golf and tennis to hiking and beach-going, shopping, and tours of historical sites.

Jamaica - Montego Bay, Port Antonio and Ocho Rios

Author: John Bigley

Publisher: Hunter Publishing, Inc

ISBN: 9781588437884

Category: TRAVEL

Page: 150

View: 1269

We were enjoying a Jamaican meal at Verney''s Tropical Resort, a small inn perched in the hills over Montego Bay. This was a true Jamaican feast - not a watered-down tourist version - served with real Jamaican hospitality. It''s that opportunity to meet local residents, taste island dishes and retreat from the typical resort experience that brings travelers to the small inns, many in Montego Bay. While this bayside city is home to some of the Caribbean''s most lavish resorts, places where you can lose yourself in all-inclusive luxury and around-the-clock activities, you''ll also find plenty of opportunities to meet local people and learn more about the local culture in this thriving city. Montego Bay is more than just a tourist hub, however; it''s also a real city with a long-standing history. Columbus visited in May 1494 and named Montego Bay El Golfo de Buen Tiempo, or Bay of Good Weather. In 1510 the Spanish started to settle here. Using the bay as a shipping point for hogs, they began to call this site Bahia de Mantega, a name derived from the Spanish word for lard, which was one of the top products. In 1655 the British occupied Jamaica and the parish of St. James was founded soon after. Montego Bay became the capital of the parish and for many years was a tax-free haven. Surrounded by sugarcane plantations, the area became the home of many wealthy English planters. If you know just one Jamaica destination, it is probably Montego Bay, often just Mo Bay. Located on the north coast, this is the capital of the tourism industry and the second-largest community outside of Kingston. For most travelers, this is the starting point - thanks to the Donald Sangster International Airport - as well as the island''s busiest cruise pier. Ocho Rios is the garden center of Jamaica and its lushest area is Dunn''s River Falls. This spectacular waterfall, the top attraction, is a series of falls that cascade from the mountains to the sea. Here, you don''t just view the falls, but actually climb up them. Led by a sure-footed Jamaican guide (who wears everyone''s cameras slung around his neck), groups work their way up the falls hand-in-hand like a human daisy chain. West of Ocho Rios in the town of Oracabessa, 007 fans can visit the James Bond Beach. Located near Ian Fleming''s former home, Goldeneye, the beach has plenty of options for a day of activity: Wave Runners, helicopter tours and horseback rides, as well as a beach bar and grill. The town of Ocho Rios, often known by the nickname Ochi, sits on the north coast. The main road, called the North Coast Highway or A3 along this stretch, slices through the city, following the coastline. (Dunn''s River Falls is on the western side of town.) This entire stretch of road is lined with stony bluffs. Between the hills and the sea there is just enough room for a road and a strip of beach. As you approach the city from the western end, driving from Montego Bay, you''ll first see the cruise ship terminal. From here, you''ll be moving into the town itself. The North Coast Highway becomes DaCosta Drive; off that and parallel runs Main Street, where many of the shops and the crafts market are located. The main road continues east through town toward the large resorts, most of which lie east of the city. This travel guide walks with the adventurous traveler to the heart of Jamaica, to the miles of sand beaches, to the rugged Blue Mountains, to the country villages that provide a peek at the real Jamaica. The authors focus on the adventures this popular Caribbean island has to offer: scuba diving along coral reefs, biking mountain trails, deep sea fishing, parasailing, windsurfing, horseback riding, and other adventures that range from mild to wild. Special sections include a look at Jamaica''s Meet the People program, home visits, local nightspots, festivals, and more. Maps and photos enliven the down-to-earth text.

The Athenaeum

Journal of Literature, Science, the Fine Arts, Music and the Drama

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literature

Page: N.A

View: 3733

Moon Jamaica

Author: Oliver Hill

Publisher: Avalon Travel

ISBN: 1631213849

Category: Travel

Page: 300

View: 491

Former Jamaica resident Oliver Hill knows how to guide you to the best of everything Jamaica has to offer, from the rich roots and culture of the island to its most romantic escapes. Oliver also offers a range of exciting activities for every traveler, including unique trip ideas like Best of Jamaica and Ecotouring Jamaica. Complete with details on the best beaches and great day trips off the beaten tourist path, Moon Jamaica gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience. This full-color guide includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps.