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Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours offers a Downhill Riding tour which is a truly delightful bicycle trip, down the mountainsides and rolling hills, a grand way to see Jamaica.
These tours are ideal for singles, couples or families who wish to experience and photograph the world’s famous Jamaican Blue Mountains and the island culture and lush, tropical countryside – all while riding out in the fresh Jamaican air.
The Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour is an all day, all-inclusive, downhill bicycle ride, it is a truly delightful bicycle tour, 95% no-pedaling, down the famous Blue Mountain-side.
“Maximum age to ride bikes is 60 years. Persons over 60 years will only be permitted to do bus tour”
Our custom-designed facilities are designed to be harmonious with the unspoilt mountain environment, in keeping with our Eco-awareness.
Water is sourced from local mineral springs. With a ratio of one guide per eight riders, each guest is assured quality service, safety and personal attention at all times.
We represent the best of sustainable community based tourism, seeking to bring people back to themselves through Nature!!!
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This 3-hour downhill guided bicycle tour in the Blue Mountains operates daily, and begins with a pick-up at your Ocho Rios or Montego Bay hotel or resort.
As you travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus, you’ll hear about Jamaica’s colorful past, making short stops at historical sites along the way. The drive takes you past banana plantations and local outdoor markets.
The first stop in the mountains is at an open-air restaurant located at 2,600 feet above sea level, where you’ll enjoy a sumptuous Jamaican brunch and as much real Blue Mountain coffee as you can drink!
After brunch you’ll be fitted with protective gear in preparation for a thrilling downhill ride. You’ll be taken to an elevation of 5,600 feet, where you’ll select your bike and enjoy the best scenic vistas in the Caribbean.
The descent begins! The tour moves leisurely at around 5-10 miles per hour. While coasting down this part of the mountain you’ll have a chance to admire the beautiful landscapes, featuring pristine streams and waterfalls, misty slopes, varied species of Jamaican birds, wildflowers, and plants.
Stop for lunch at the same spot you had brunch and then enjoy a swim at a secluded, pristine waterfall.
Lime Tree Farm is an environmentally friendly coffee farm set in 10 acres at the heart of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, the highest mountain range in the the Caribbean rising up to 7,402 ft.
As well as growing coffee, Lime Tree Farm provides you with the wonderful opportunity to see the real beauty of Jamaica and to meet her people by staying in one of four Blue Mountain eco-cottages. The holiday accommodation is run like a private house, except that as a guest you need do nothing other than relax, walk, eat and sleep in the most beautiful surroundings in total silence.
Our spacious cottages offer stunning unspoiled panoramic views down into Cedar and Yallus Valley and out across the Blue Mountains towards the eastern tip of Jamaica – a view that hasn’t changed in thousands of years.
For those looking for activities in the Blue Mountains, enjoy fresh air and rambling there are wonderful local mountain trails to be followed, enjoying Jamaica’s most prized natural treasures – its 3000 flowering species, 100’s of orchids and nearly 600 types of ferns. Not forgetting the myriad species of birds, 30 species endemic to Jamaica. For the hardy, a guided day hike to the summit of Blue Mountain Peak allows you to gaze across to Cuba just 90 miles away. There are few things that compare to hiking in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica.
We offer tours of Lime Tree coffee farm. Watch the cherry red coffee beans being picked (or join in) and follow the process through to coffee roasting. Everything is done by hand – picking, pulping, drying, selecting and roasting. Then the best part, we get to drink the freshly roasted coffee.
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Zion Country Eco beach Cabins is a 1 acre property with a private beach with a view to the ocean and to the John Crow mountains.
Dutch born Free-I, from Holland, bought the one acre property in 1996, re-landscaped the whole property and build 4 wooden beach cabins. The work took five years but Zion Country Eco beach Cabins opened its doors in 1999 and hosts visitors from all over the world. In 2008, after Hurricane Gustaf, Zion Country was badly damaged, but was totally rebuilt and looks even better.
Each unit has two rooms (2 persons each room), there is atmospheric light in the cabins, a sea view and balcony where you can relax or fall asleep in a hammock. Or you can walk outside the gate into a friendly Jamaican Community.
Zion Country Eco-Beach Cabins is an environmentally friendly place. We catch Rain Water and supply it to our Bathrooms and Showers for our guests ( Sorry, no Hot Water ).
We recycle our Glass, Paper and Plastic waste; out of our Green waste we make Compost. Zion Country Eco beach Cabins is trying to get a Green Globe certificate in the future. We have initiated a Community Donation program to help our local schools and health care facilities.
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In an effort to promote sustainable community development, the Blue Mountain Project is committed to enriching the lives of rural Jamaican communities by providing assistance with basic healthcare, educational resources, and training opportunities.
The Blue Mountains are located 10 miles from Kingston, Jamaica. Here you will find Jamaica’s highest mountain peeks, over 7,000 feet above sea level. A small number of adventurous travelers take the challenge of hiking to the peak, where one can see Cuba on a clear morning. However, most of the time you will find a community of positive, hardworking people.
The mountains are covered with coffee farms and mango trees. Unfortunately, these coffee farmers take detrimental losses on their crops each year due to erosion and lack of equipment. Although this Jamaican java sells for over $35 per pound, these farmers only earn $10-$20 per day. There is no fair trade coffee from Jamaica.
The people walk almost everywhere as the infrastructure and access to transportation barely exists. Roads are not paved and are extremely narrow and dangerous. The roads become worse during the hurricane season. as a result of landslides and flooding. Sometimes the roads are completely impassable, leaving entire villages cut off from food and other necessities.
The Blue Mountain Project clinic opened in February of 2006, which provides basic health services for free. The Blue Mountain Project is engaged in a Capital Campaign to raise $25,00 to add dorms and a clean water system for visiting medical professionals. This improvement will expand the services that are offered to the community.
Programs that the BMP offers include: Hagley Gap Health Clinic: A free basic clinic offering services such as basic health checks, wound cleanings, blood pressure checks, blood sugar testing, mental health counseling and public health education.
Fun Camp: Free educational day camp that expands the minds of the children in Blue Mountains. A free hot lunch is provided. L.I.G.H.T – Adult training program designed to give young men and women job skills and educational opportunities.
Ambassadors: Non-Jamaican volunteers who live and work in the Blue Mountains for 12 months in exchange for room and board.
Service Learning Training Program: A training program giving locals the opportunities to learn about tourism industry first hand by coordinating the various aspects of the Service Learning Program for the foreign volunteers. Despite the hardships that the people face every day, one is sure to witness smiles on faces and hear the positive vibrations of reggae music echoing throughout the Blue Mountains.
Here’s Hagley Gap at a Glance: The People Hagley Gap, a small village of approximately 1,000 residents, is nestled in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. The town square consists of one streetlight and about ten little shops, varying from bars to grocery stores to fast food stands. Its residents reside in the surrounding mountainsides between the square and the Negro River. The people are generally happy and peaceful. Its demographics are diverse in age, yet homogenous in race.
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Just a one-hour drive from the capital city of Kingston, an enchanting world of crisp, clean air, lush terrain and vibrant wildlife awaits you in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park.
Jamaica’s only national park, the Blue and John Crow Mountains covers 41,198 hectares (101,313 acres) and includes Jamaica’s highest point – the Blue Mountain Peak at 2,256 metres (7,401 feet). With over 15 kilometres (9 miles) of hiking trails, the largest butterfly in the western hemisphere, hundreds of flowering plants and birds, as well as countless waterfalls, the park is a nature-lover’s paradise.
The legendary Windward Maroons that used the area as a stronghold in their resistance to British colonialism add to the mystique of the Blue and John Crow Mountains. Separated from mainstream Jamaican society, the maroons maintained a distinct way of life – language, cuisine and philosophies – that can be observed by visitors to their mountain communities today.
In 2015, the Blue and John Crow Mountains was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural and cultural heritage. With the designation, Jamaica’s national park, joins the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids of Egypt as an area of universal value; deserving of special protection.
Visitors are welcome to enjoy the park in three recreational areas: Holywell, Portland Gap and the Blue Mountain Peak Trail. The Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park (BJCMNP) is located in the eastern end of the island of Jamaica and includes Jamaica’s highest point – the Blue Mountain Peak at 2,256 metres. The park covers an area of 41,198 hectares (101, 802 acres) and incorporates much of the interior of the parishes of Portland, St. Thomas, St. Andrew and a small section of south-east St. Mary.
The park accounts for 4.4% of Jamaica’s land surface. The steep mountain slopes form the upper sections of ten (10) of the island’s twenty-six (26) watershed management units. The Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park comprises three mountain ranges – the Port Royal Mountains to the west, the Blue Mountains, and John Crow Mountains in the east; divided by the Buff Bay and Rio Grande Valleys on the north side of the ranges.