Lime Tree Farm will re open, but not as soon as the rest of Jamaica. We are provisionally assessing the possibility of early November and we will be watching closely how the return of tourists and foreign travelers will impact Jamaica. Our plan is to re open for guests in stages, initially offering two cottages only (separated at each end of the property). In line with protocol set down by the Jamaican Tourist Board, we prefer to assess the effectiveness of measures implemented before opening fully. Lime Tree Farms’ location, has the advantage of its’ remoteness and small local population, it is possible to hike locally and not meet another person, local or tourist – real social distancing! Rather than take the Corona virus epidemic as a setback, we are seeing this as an opportunity to set Lime Tree Farm on a new path. Watch this space as plans unfold.
Following a recent scathing review, where we were slated for the terrible condition of the road to Lime Tree Farm – ‘my partner hated it’, it reminded me of a similar review a number of years ago for a guest house close to Irish Town. The establishment was generally praised, though marked down significantly due to the condition of their road – they immediately had my sympathy. I felt it was unfair, since the condition of the road is beyond their control – the responsibility of the government surely? (fellow taxpayers will agree). We have a terrible road, all agree, I am constantly apologizing to guests,( but it is only 30 minutes, 3 miles ) while at the same time pointing out that the egregious condition of the road is the reason Lime Tree Farm enjoys the privilege of such a beautiful, isolated, quiet and unspoiled location. Would it be fair to give a less than favourable review if guests endured a bad flight to Jamaica or were stuck in traffic for hours passing through Kingston? Still, it has proven to be a fun topic of conversation with guests over dinner.
Sunrise hiking to the Blue Mountain peak is increasing in popularity, especially during the full moon – and in particular, the super full moon: this phase can be as much as 15% larger and 6% brighter. Hiking through the night may not sound that exciting, but the payoff is more than worth it. Average hiking time to the peak is only 3 hours, the trail being good and well maintained. ( We strongly recommend a guide!) A few dates to note, though, obviously the info is readily available on the interweb.
Mar 9 Super full moon
Apr 7 Super full moon
Been reading a lot about ‘ dark sky sites’, areas with zero light pollution and clear skies. At Lime Tree Farm, while not a designated sight we have ‘ virtually’ zero light pollution and with the clear, unpolluted mountain air the milky way is clearly visible. Naturally the best times are on new moon nights! On the other hand, full moon and particularly super moon nights are especially beautiful in the mountains. Don’t take our word for it, come see for yourself.
Another little ditty re life (and living) in Jamaica.
Recently followed an interesting conversation on the radio, where Jamaica was described as a ‘cultural superpower’. Jamaicas’ problems are many and few people here will disagree. But I felt that this sums up Jamaica and its people perfectly. Jamaica and Jamaicans can, above all else be proud of their culture and their out going and friendly nature. In my opinion – one of the most vibrant and enthusiastic cultures in the world. Big up yourself Jamaica.
A lot of guests contact us and enquire if we can accommodate their vegetarian or vegan requirements. With bountiful organic vegetables and fruit on the property and surrounding area there is no problem. In fact, Jamaica generally is, and especially in the country a very good destination for vegetarians or vegans. We specifically ask guests prior to arrival if they have any particular dietary needs, dislikes or allergies.
There has been some concern from prospective guests regarding the condition of our road. While not unjustified, this does require some clarification.
From Kingston to Mavis Bank Coffee Factory the road is, while not in great condition, still easily driveable in any town vehicle.
The road from the factory to the farm (around 20 minutes) is rough, best to have a vehicle with good ground clearance ,preferably 4 wheel drive.
We offer a complimentary return transfer from the factory to the farm. Vehicles can be safely parked at the factory.
Over the years many guests have driven to the farm, and enjoyed the adventure and experience – pretty well summing up a stay at Lime Tree Farm.
Here in the blue mountains – at the end of every bad road you will find unspoiled beauty, peace and quiet.
The winter birds are arriving for their annual holiday in the Blue Mountains. Traditionally, this is a busy time for us at Lime Tree Farm with keen birders from all over the world visiting. As a tropical island, Jamaica is a bird haven all year round. Over the course of a year and counting the wide range of migrant species, more than 300 bird species may be seen in Jamaica. Of them, more than 125 breed on the island, and 28 are found nowhere else in the world. We offer competitive birding packages individually tailored to suit any itinerary.