Jamaica

Kingston, Jamaica

VB
194 reviews
Dec 4 - 9, 2022
Group size: 8 - 12
Jamaica
Kingston, Jamaica

194 reviews

$NaN
Dec 4 - 9, 2022
Group size: 8 - 12

About this trip

Home of reggae music, the Rastafari religion, jerk spice, and strong ginger beer, Jamaica is a small island nation in the Caribbean Sea about 90 miles south of Cuba and 120 miles west of Haiti. Together with Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and the Cayman Islands, it forms part of the Greater Antilles. An Anglophone country whose economy heavily depends on tourism, Jamaica is part of the Commonwealth of Nations, which includes ten Caribbean Islands that were former territories of the British Empire with Queen Elizabeth II as the current Head of State. Climate is tropical (i.e., hot and humid), with some cooler weather in the moist montane forests inland. Jamaica is famously home to one of the most expensive and sought-after coffee in the world, Blue Mountain Coffee, noted for its mild flavor and lack of bitterness. Our tour will traverse right through the heart of Blue Mountain Coffee country, giving us ample opportunity to sample this local specialty!

Jamaica is a relatively large island (ranked third in size in the Caribbean) with a diverse range of ecosystems, including lush coastal thickets, tropical wetlands, sandy shorelines, and montane forests. Thus, it should come as no surprise that Jamaica supports a wealth of birdlife. Of particular interest from a birding perspective is the 28 Jamaican endemic species. On our trip, we have a very good chance of recording all 28 endemics, which include the striking Red-billed Streamertail (Jamaica's national bird, locally known as the doctor bird), the shy Crested Quail-Dove, two globally Endangered species (Black-billed Amazon and Jamaican Blackbird), and the dainty, but fierce Jamaican Tody.

Our tour starts in Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, from where we'll visit Hellshire Hills to search for Stolid Flycatcher, the local subspecies of the Bahama Mockingbird, and Yellow (Golden) Warbler. From here we'll venture north in search of other island endemics at sites such as the Blue and John Crow Mountain National Park, as well as Ecclesdown Road. With most of Jamaica’s endemics relatively easy to locate, we’ll almost certainty have time to sample Blue Mountain Coffee, traditional jerk cuisine, and perhaps even a sandy beach for a quick dip in the crystal-clear tropical waters.

What’s included

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Ground transportation
  • Guide services
  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature

Available Packages

Double Occupancy
Available until November 4, 20226 left

Room-sharing

$3,490
Deposit: $300
Single Traveler
Available until November 4, 20226 left

For those wanting their own room

$3,900
Deposit: $300
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Ventures Birding Tours
194 reviews
Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.

Reviews

Lovely scenery, great group of people. Not as many birds as I hoped for, couldhave used more time in the field and less shopping in towns, but I enjoyed seeing the old castle. Well planned itinerary in terms fo the loop we made. Guides very knowledgeable.
By Barbara R for Scotland - Highlands & Islands 2022 on 13 Aug, 2022
CW
Wonderful trip. Guide did an excellent job
By Cameron W for Southeastern Arizona Specialties 2022 on 11 Aug, 2022
sw
It turned out to be a beautiful day, not too hot, and it was a small group. We saw or heard some great birds like the Canada warbler.The guide was so knowledgeable, as well as pleasant. Thanks for a great day
By sharon w for Escape the Heat - Cool Birding! on 02 Aug, 2022
Thanks so much to Kevin Burke, our guide for Southern Arizona in July. He did a fantastic job of curating a wonderful experience. His birding skills, infectious good humor, in-depth preparation and flawless execution made it a perfect trip. The birds are important, but the experience is much more than that. He has a real talent and mindset for understanding and delivering what the client wants. He put us on rare birds. We made the ABA Rare Bird Alert on 3 different days. He put me on 43 life birds bringing my total for 2022 to 446 and counting. I’ll see him again on a future trip.
By WILLIAM Y for Southeastern Arizona Specialties 2022 on 02 Aug, 2022
Great time birding with our small group. Clifton was great.
By Judith D for Birding the Craggies & Black Mountains 2022 on 01 Aug, 2022
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