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.
We are budgeting for at least 6 months before things return to any form resembling what was deemed ‘normality’. Realistically , the 2020/21 tourist season for Jamaica will (at best) be severely impacted. Still, staying positive, plenty of time for solitary Blue Mountain hiking and time to tackle all those ‘I’ll do it when I have time’ jobs. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this crisis.
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.
I’m checking through various booking websites, and really, I am a little confused. The distances quoted for hotels in Kingston to the Blue Mountains seem on the ‘ low’ side! These range from 5 to 9 miles. And while they may well bring you within the limits of the Blue Mountains, you will need to travel a lot further to guest houses or the start of the BM peak hiking trail. The real figures are around 20 miles to Mavis Bank and 24 miles to the walking trail, around 1 hour and 2 hours respectively. Budget around 80-100 US$ each way.
Well, looks like it’s all over for another year. Jamaica got lucky and escaped unscathed, new records were set, both meteorologically and financially. I am of course referring to the 2019 hurricane season. Someone, somewhere has to, more often than not take a punch, and while we at Lime Tree let out a sigh of relief, we spare a thought for all those people impacted by storms or hurricanes. Each year we get away with it means there is an ever increasing possiblity we may be next. Still, we were prepared, if you expect a punch don’t stick your chin out.
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.
Again, following a slight confusion during an email correspondence we feel it necessary to clarify another point re ‘ local guided hikes’.
We offer complimentary guided hikes of the trails close to Lime Tree Farm. They are between 1 and 2 hours long and are amongst the most beautiful and remote in the Blue Mountains. The 3 most popular are – Farm view, Governers Bench and Bloxburgh trails. The hikes depart the farm at 10am and 3pm.
We also offer ( at additional cost) excursion hikes to Blue Mountain peak and Cinchona.
Trusting this clears things up.
Another question often asked by guests is – which is the best route to Lime Tree? The easiest and shortest journey time is to pass through Kingston, (Papine) on to Gordon Town and follow the road to Mavis Bank. Traveling from the West or the North coast, this is the most logical route. From Portland there are other options. Taking the B1 from Buff Bay and cutting through the mountains via Irish Town is a very pretty drive, though very twisty and will take longer. From Portland, driving around the Eastern tip of the island and along the south coast there is access turning off at Morant Bay or Yallus. This is the adventurous route, you will need a vehicle with good clearance, preferably 4 wheel drive and it is a much longer journey time. Beware of GPS or Satnav ‘advice’, this can be a little misleading. We are always happy to answer any inquiries re routing or travel times.