World famous for its beauty, Jamaica is also renowned for its cuisine. Kingston based DaVinci Jamaica Tours has introduced 11, 15 or 20 day culinary tours over the hills and through the valleys of Jamaica. Showcasing both traditional food preparation and the island’s modern gourmet cuisine, the gastronomic tours support local communities by visiting off the beaten track locations that visitors would normally not be able to enjoy. Below is a preview of how you could spend 11 days experiencing the tastes of the “real Jamaica” on a culinary journey that is as unique as its people.

Upon your arrival day to the beach town of Montego Bay, you get your first taste of softly reverberating reggae rhythms, island art and fine cuisine is served up at your hotel for the night. Day two is packed with activity. Enjoy some beach time at Negril’s 7 mile white sand beach and its crystal clear water before making your way to the ‘bread basket’ of Jamaica, the parish of St. Elizabeth, said to have the potential to provide the entire island with produce. Next stop is Treasure Beach, where you check into your hotel and chill under the starry skies of this quaint fishing village.

Day three has extensive culinary fun in store. Board a boat, throw out your fishing line and catch tomorrow’s lunch from the waters of the Caribbean Sea while you keep an eye out for the playful Treasure Beach Dolphins who are always eager to put on a show for visitors. Head for crocodile watching at the Black River Safari before you take a boat trip out to the thatch-roofed Pelican Bar located in the middle of the ocean. On day four, you learn to cook Jamaican. Gather onions, scallions, thyme and other spices from the farm before preparing yesterday’s catch under the instruction of a local chef who will teach you how to steam, brown-stew or escoveitch your fish.

Day five takes you back in time. Visit the historic Maroons of Accompong Town, descendants of slaves who ran away from the sugar plantations and formed their own society. Enjoy a true Maroon feast of indigenous indulgences.

With its many opportunities for both business and pleasure, Kingston sits at the top of the agenda of day six. The capital’s cuisine offers the cosmopolitan gamut of culinary temptations and making a choice from the wide selection of great restaurants will not be easy.

The next day is reserved for music and coffee. Visit the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road to get first hand experience of the life of the island’s music icon, before you travel into the Blue Mountains to visit a coffee farm and factory of one of the most expensive coffees in the world. The breath-taking elevation offers an experience like no other. Enjoy another dining experience in one of Kingston’s restaurants.

Visit with Rastafarians and learn about their interesting take on the culinary arts on day eight. Their vegetarian ‘ital food’ is famous for all-natural gourmet creations that preserve nutritional value promoting low sodium, without sacrificing taste. The evening allows for yet another wonderful, dining out opportunity.

Enjoy journeying through lush, rolling hillsides, sun-kissed panoramic scenes and the dark mystique of Fern Gully on day nine, before venturing into the dazzling island town of Ocho Rios.

Day ten is reserved for your own agenda. Doing nothing is perfectly legal, but you can also go souvenir shopping, climb Dunn’s River Falls, hang out at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville or engage in watersports if you so choose.

Day eleven is a reality check. Your time in paradise has ended but luckily, your memories will never expire. Give us a call and let DaVinci Jamaica Vacations help you plan the experience of a lifetime! Telephone: 1‑876‑288‑2331 or email: info@davincijamaica.com