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Tuff Gong Recording Studio Jamaica

Rickey Chaplin is one of the current reggae artists signed to the Tuff Gong label started by Bob Marley

What's a Tuff Gong? What's an Acetate? And how do you make music? Kingston is not known as a major tourist destination - the north coast of Jamaica is where most tourists and cruise ships go. (Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, etc.) But Kingston is a fascinating, vibrant place you'll never forget once you visit. Several… Read More

Trench Town Culture Yard

Bob Marley started his band The Wailers in the Trench Town neighborhood of Kingston Jamaica

When we travel I love to get off the beaten tourist track. In Jamaica it's very easy, and very rewarding, to get off the tourist path. We stayed in Kingston, Jamaica's capital city, where few tourists visit. Every day in Kingston, for the entire day, we would be the only tourists in sight. At the… Read More

Jamaica Road Trip Part 2

YS Falls Jamaica

In Part 1 of our Jamaica Road Trip, we had left our apartment in Kingston early hoping to make it across the country east to west before dark. The roads of Jamaica had other ideas. After lovely stops at both YS Falls and Appleton Estate Rum Factory, we were back on the road at 4:30pm… Read More

Jamaica Road Trip Part 1

The themes of our Jamaica weekend road trip were time and the roads themselves. Time because, as usual, we had planned about 5 days' worth of travel into two days. And the roads, well you'll see as we go along. The trip actually started with picking up our rental car on Friday. Doing the walkaround… Read More

Jamaican Tourism – Dunns and Mystic

What comes to mind when someone mentions Jamaica? If you're like many people, you think of all-inclusive resorts, sipping rum punch at the swim-up bar overlooking a perfect white sand beach. You may also think of two of Jamaica's most popular tourist attractions, Dunn's River Falls and Mystic Mountain, both on the north shore near… Read More