from $40

Pear Tree Cottage

Irish Town, Saint Andrew
5.0
B1
St. Andrew Parish JM
from $26

Shakespeare Cottage

Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth
4.0
Church Street
Treasure Beach St. Elizabeth Parish JM
from $22

Germaican Hostel

Port Antonio, Portland
Unnamed Road
Portland Parish JM

Uche’s Foot Explore Jamaica

Gt George St, Kingston, Jamaica
Gt George Street
Kingston St. Andrew Parish JM

Tehuti Cafe

Links Ct, Kingston, Jamaica
5.0
Links Court
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $40

Abofa House

Lethe, Hanover
Unnamed Road
St. James Parish JM
from $85

Luna Sea Inn

Belmont, Westmoreland
4.0
A2
JM
from $90

Forres Park

Mavis Bank, St. Andrew
5.0
Unnamed Road
Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $99

Zimbali Retreats

Caanan Mountain, Westmoreland
Unnamed Road
Westmoreland Parish JM
from $35

Prince Valley Guest House

Middleton, St. Andrew
5.0
B1
Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $35

Riverside Retreat

Hope Bay, Portland
5.0
A4
Portland Parish JM

The Durham

Durham Ave, Kingston
Durham Avenue
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $30

Kingsworth Hostel

Jacks Hill, Kingston
Jacks Hill Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $23

Five Gables

Ironshore, St. James
5.0
Fairview Avenue
Saint James Parish JM
from $40

Zion Country

Muirton Pen, Long Road, Portland
5.0
A4
Portland Parish JM
from $25

Cedar Ridge Lodge

Bogue Hill, Montego Bay
4.0
Bogue Hill Road
Reading Saint James Parish JM
from $25

North Light

Skyline Dr, Kingston
4.0
Skyline Drive
Kingston St. Andrew Parish JM
from $14

Gibraltar Heights

Oracabessa, St. Mary
Ocean Terrace
Salt Gut Saint Mary Parish JM
from $42

Live like a Local

Ocho Rios, St. Ann
5.0
Ocean Ridge Drive
Ocho Rios Saint Ann Parish JM
from $32

Widcombe Guest House

Kingston, Jamaica
Widcombe Crescent
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $35

Spring Garden

Margarete's Bay, Portland
A4
Saint Margarets Bay Portland Parish JM
from $50

Paradise on the beach

Little Bay, Westmoreland
4.5
Unnamed Road
Little Bay Westmoreland Parish JM
from $23

Bird’s Nest

Ironshore, St. James
Patterson Avenue
Saint James Parish JM
from $16

Ital Village Budget Accommodation

Port Antonio, Portland
5.0
Campbell Avenue
Port Antonio Portland Parish JM
from $135

Camp Cabarita

Pennycooke, Westmoreland
5.0
Unnamed Road
Westmoreland Parish JM
from $24

Jardin D’Eden

Eden District, St. James
4.0
Unnamed Road
Saint James Parish JM
from $40

REM Guesthouse

Dulwich Dr, Kingston
Old Church Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $38

Palm Cottage

Port Antonio, Portland
5.0
East Palm Avenue
Port Antonio Portland Parish JM
from $28

Buschman Homestay

Port Maria, St. Mary
Banana Street
Port Maria Saint Mary Parish JM
from $30

Tina’s Guesthouse

Ocho Rios, St. Ann
5.0
Old Main Road
RioNuoya Saint Mary Parish JM
from $30

Farmhouse in the Blue Mountains

Penlyne Castle, St. Thomas
4.5
Unnamed Road
Penlyne Castle Saint Thomas Parish JM
from $35

Mango Ridge Cottages

Port Antonio, Portland
Sommers Lane
Port Antonio Portland Parish JM
from $23

Miss Bev’s B&B

Manchioneal, Portland
5.0
Unnamed Road
Portland Parish JM
from $25

Fisherman’s Bed & Breakfast

Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth
4.0
Unnamed Road
Treasure Beach Saint Elizabeth Parish JM
from $45

River Lodge

Strawberry Fields, St. Mary
hike Route
Saint Mary Parish JM
from $35

Natural Mystic Cottages

Belmont, Westmoreland
5.0
A2
Westmoreland Parish JM
from $75

Sunset Heal Jamaica

Petersfield, Westmoreland
4.0
Unnamed Road
Westmoreland Parish JM
from $25

Jay’s Guest House

Jamaica
4.8
Saint Thomas Parish JM
from $30

Casa De Rasta

Orange Bay, Portland
4.3
Unnamed Road
Portland Parish JM
from $20

Uppa Country Guest House

Flamstead, St. James
5.0
Flamstead
Saint James Parish JM

Smurfs Cafe

Lewis Town Road, Treasure Beach, Jamaica
5.0
Lewis Town Road
Treasure Beach St. Elizabeth Parish JM
from $25

West Port Cottages

Negril, Westmoreland
Norman Manley Boulevard
Westmoreland Parish JM

Rastafari Indigenous Village

Montego Bay, St. James
5.0
Porto Bello Drive
Montego Bay Saint James Parish JM
from $35

Barry’s Rooms

Negril, Westmoreland
Norman Manley Boulevard
Westmoreland Parish JM
from $30

James Dennis Guest House

Section, Portland
5.0
B1
Portland Parish JM

Glistening Waters

A1, Jamaica
A1
Trelawny Parish JM

Liberty Hall: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey

King St, Kingston, Jamaica
King Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Jamaica Music Museum

East St, Kingston, Jamaica
East Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Natural History Museum of Jamaica

East St, Kingston, Jamaica
East Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica

Ocean Towers Apartment, Ocean Blvd, Kingston, Jamaica
Ocean Boulevard
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Paint Jamaica

Fleet St, Kingston, Jamaica
5.0
Fleet Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Help Jamaica

Cassava Piece Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
Cassava Piece Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

National Museum Jamaica

East St, Kingston, Jamaica
East Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

MiHungry Whol’-Some Food

Red Hills Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
Red Hills Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

MiHungry Whol’-Some Food

Caledonia Rd, Mandeville, Jamaica
Caledonia Road
Mandeville Manchester Parish JM

National Gallery of Jamaica

Orange St, Kingston, Jamaica
Orange Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Life Yard

Fleet St, Kingston, Jamaica
5.0
Fleet Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Adwa Nutrition For Life

St James St, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Saint James Street
Montego Bay Saint James Parish JM

Veggie Meals on Wheels

Old Hope Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
Old Hope Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

New Leaf Vegetarian

Barbican Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
5.0
Barbican Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Blue Lagoon

Star San Villa, A4, Jamaica
A4
Portland Parish JM

Winnifred Beach

Dragon Bay Road, Jamaica
Dragon Bay Road
Portland Parish JM

Alpha Boys School

Alpha Schools Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
Alpha Schools Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Seven Mile Beach

Norman Manley Blvd, Jamaica
Norman Manley Boulevard
Westmoreland Parish JM

YS Falls

Unnamed Road, Jamaica
Unnamed Road
Saint Elizabeth Parish JM

Lime Cay

Norman Manley Hwy, Jamaica
Norman Manley Highway
Kingston Parish JM

Reggae Falls

Unnamed Road, Hillside, Jamaica
Unnamed Road
Hillside Saint Thomas Parish JM

Dunn’s River Falls

Unnamed Road, Jamaica
Unnamed Road
Saint Ann Parish JM

Somerset Falls

Lot 154 A4, Hope Bay, Jamaica
A4 Lot 154
Hope Bay Portland Parish JM

Boston Beach

A4, Boston Bay, Jamaica
A4
Boston Bay Portland Parish JM

Hellshire Beach

Cliff Blvd, Hellshire, Jamaica
Cliff Boulevard
Hellshire Saint Catherine Parish JM

Real Jamaica is an online community that advocates traveling the country while giving back to its people. With the motto, “travel local, support locals” the platform enables locals and travelers to share their experiences and connect with each other. Real Jamaica lists guesthouses, places, restaurants, events and helpful advice on how to travel local.

As a matter of fact, the life of a local is hard in Jamaica. Faced with rising costs for food and housing, many can’t find a job. The average, well-meaning tourist thus invests very little in the local economy. We want to see change here, and we want to start it by making the real Jamaica more accessible to travelers and easier for locals to share.

THE PROBLEM

Only a small portion of tourists (about 10%) who visit Jamaica stay in family-owned guesthouses and use local facilities. Major promotional channels do not feature local tourism, leaving only word-of-mouth. Being sometimes out of earshot, the majority of visitors book all-inclusive holidays which repress local input in tourism – one of the largest industries for foreign exchange.

Jamaica is often vilified as a dangerous country to explore. Kingston has been rated as one of the most dangerous cities in the world, due to high crime rate of certain areas in the town. Nevertheless, Jamaica is full of warm-hearted, open, and welcoming people. Travellers can experience a safe and beautiful Jamaica without relying on a sterile resort.

OUR VISION

We believe in a way of traveling the country while giving back to its people – a kind of social tourism that isn’t hungry for profit but rather for progress. Locals with small businesses should be able to benefit from tourism just like larger, foreign corporations operating locally without investing locally.

OUR MISSION

We want to break toxic clichés by providing space for exploration without scouring away the beauty of the island. Both online and offline we are facilitating communication between trustful facilities, visitors, and lovers-at-heart. Real Jamaica strives to become the number one platform for sustainable tourism in Jamaica.

With the Real Jamaica network we want to shorten the distance amongst locals and travelers, forming connections around the corner and around the world. From born-and-raised to curious-yet-inexperienced – everyone has space to enrich, ask, and inspire.

“At some point in life, I want to look back and still be able to stand by our work.”
– Johannes Maier

What can you do to support the project?

TRAVEL LOCAL – Some of you might already do that, and you, who haven’t tried it yet, we encourage you to do so. Do a little research and gather information, explore the wide specturm of opportunities and try something new. You won’t regret it.

FOLLOW US – To stay on top of what’s happening, receive news, travel deals and more, join our community on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Snapchat. Thank you! We appreciate the love.

SHARE WHAT WE DO – Telling your friends and family about Real Jamaica helps spreading awareness. Everyone who realizes how benefital sustainable tourism is for not only locals, but also travelers, contributes to a better world.

WRITE A BLOG POST – Do you have travel advice or interesting information to share, or want to tell our community about your travel experiences? Contact us to discuss possibilites on publishing an article.

VOLUNTEER – Help developing Real Jamaica. Click here to tell us about yourself.