Green Castle Estate is a privately owned, 1600-acre property on the north east coast of Jamaica, in the parish of St Mary. It boasts breath-taking views and over twenty miles of walking trails through a bird-rich, unspoiled landscape. 171 species of birds have been recorded to date, including 28 of the 29 Jamaican endemics.
The beautiful location is combined with superb accommodation, where our friendly staff create a truly unique ambiance – a home away from home! We run specialist birding tours in the peak season and bespoke tours all year round.
The large size of Green Castle means we have a diversity of ecosystems, including freshwater ponds, a mangrove swamp, streams, forests, pastures and coastline. Iconic species like Red-billed Streamertail, Vervain Hummingbird and Jamaican Mango are hard to miss, even in the garden!
Many other endemics are regularly encountered on a short walk, including colourful species like Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Woodpecker, Jamaican Parakeet and Yellow-shouldered Grassquit. During autumn and winter, a range of colourful North American wood warblers add to the birding spectacle. Whilst most species are to be found in the extensive forest, the reservoir also attracts an interesting diversity of birds including the local race of Northern Jacana and the elusive West Indian Whistling-duck.
Open areas attract Barn Owl and Antillean Night-hawk. The coast has breeding White-tailed Tropicbirds and at dusk hundreds of egrets and herons arrive to roost in the mangroves. After dark, Jamaican Owl and Northern Potoo can be found close to the main house.
You will be surrounded by birds from dawn to dusk!
We are pleased to offer a rate for anyone or group wishing to pitch a tent or tents in our estate House grounds with prior agreement from Green Castle management. We can offer you full shower and toilet facilities and breakfast is available if required. The location of Green Castle Estate offers miles of marked farm roads for walking, hiking and birding. The farm roads wind through our organically grown coconuts, pimento and cocoa. We can advise you of short walks with vantage points, or long walks to get some exercise and a feel for the landscape.