About this listing
Many people would like to visit Jamaica but not be at a resort or an "all inclusive" in a gated community. If you would like to live in a real Jamaican village away from all the tourism try our place. We offer good, basic comfort and excellent security.
Our place is a guest house in the making. So far one ground floor apartment is done. A second bedroom is imminent. Future plans include bedrooms and bathrooms on the second floor, a garage and a car! Bobo is the architect here. And the builder, too. The place is very organic. He never likes to put in a corner where a curve will do.
There is a very nice kitchen if we do say so. It has hot and cold water which is unusual for a Jamaican home; a gas range with four burners and an oven; a blender and lots of other good tools and so forth that Rebecca has brought from the States. Oh yes, and a big refrigerator. And a washing machine for clothes which makes life very much easier if you stay more than a few days.
Interaction with guests
You will be staying with a local person who you can trust to treat you fairly. He has experience dealing with all kinds of foreigners (his wife) and can interpret for you the ins and outs of Jamaican culture.
Bobo is a Jamaican Rastaman and has lived in Jamaica his entire life. Rebecca is from Vermont, in the States and has lived and traveled all over the world.
You have the option of being left strictly alone, or having Bobo take you under his wing. He will cook breakfast for you and dinner too, if you order it. He cooks strictly Jamaican "yard food" which means using ingredients grown in your own yard or nearby. It is vital and healthy and will make you lose weight
Other things to note
Bobo can also arrange trips and hikes for you. "Things to do" in Portland, if they are not about music, are all about natural wonders. For instance there is the famous raft ride down the Rio Grande river. It's exciting when the weather is rough but more fun when you go slow, stop off to eat at a pop-up restaurant and fill your water bottle up from springs.
There is also a natural, hot water, mineral spa where you can go and bathe and get a massage. There is a little spa resort you can use or you can go to the public area where all the Jamaican expats go.
And then there are several, beautiful waterfalls and mineral water bathing sites. These are often managed and kept up by the government and there is a fixed price to visit.
Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 24 hours of your trip and the first night is non-refundable.
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