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Jamaica is now welcoming international tourists…

Jamaica welcomes tourists from all over the globe, with around 4 million visitors annually. Though the global Coronavirus pandemic has impacted tourism around the world, we are now beginning to see signs of recovery following the successful rollout of vaccinations in most countries. Travel restrictions have been lifted by many countries including the USA, Canada and most of Europe.Those that haven’t yet are anticipated to change status in the coming weeks.

For those that are able to travel to Jamaica, everybody over the age of 12 and up, and regardless of nationality, are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken within three days of travel and have an approved Travel Authorization form prior to boarding a flight to Jamaica. Travel applications must be submitted within seven days of the travel date.

Once on the island, visitors staying at approved accommodation within the resilient corridor can move around freely and visit approved, Covid-protocol-compliant attractions within the corridor. The tourism corridor is governed by a strictly enforced set of protocols and standards along with other risk management initiatives.

If your home country requires you to get tested before you return, Jamaica has adequate testing locations and capacity available to meet the demand. In addition, many of the resorts and hotels offer approved testing services on property.

Green Castle has been open throughout most of the last 12 months and has been welcoming tourists throughout in a clean and safe environment. We are now taking bookings for those that are wanting to enjoy precious vacation time for later in the year and into the 2022 season, therefore would advise to not delay in making contact with us.

Doubly vaccinated travellers’ quarantine period is now only 5 days and the visits to the mountains for birding is acceptable as part of the quarantine as no contact is made with anyone else other than the birding group

They are proud to be listed as one of Jamaica’s ‘COVID-19 Protocol Compliant Approved Listings’ and is located within a resilient corridor. You can view Green Castle’s status on the link below and also find out more about visiting Jamaica and entry/departure requirements. Green Castle is listed under ‘GUESTHOUSES’ then ‘Taino Hills Estate (Green Castle, St Mary).

https://www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorization/

Renowned blogger visits Green Castle’s 500yr old Spanish Tower…

Renowned local blogger, Heidi recently visited Green Castle’s Spanish Tower with her family in tow.  Her page on Instagram is ‘wherenextheidi’.  Under the tag of ‘In Mi Back YAAD’, she’s built up a following showcasing many of the exciting and varied things to do within Jamaica.  We loved her post so much, we’ve listed highlights of it below…

“One of the highlights on the Green Castle Tour was getting to step inside this Historic Spanish Windmill Tower.

Identified as the Historic Spanish Tower on the Green Castle Map.  Given that it’s described as a Spanish Tower then that can give you an indication of how old it is.  And as you can see, it’s in pretty decent shape as far as ruins go. Some pretty interesting facts:

  • The tower was built using an ancient Roman construction technique using put- logs to create scaffolding.
  • The timbers date from a tree felled in the 14th or 15th century, suggesting salvage from a Spanish ship.
  • The stone used to build the tower is not found in Jamaica.
  • A Jamaican Owl (endemic to Jamaica as opposed to the common Barn Owl also found in Jamaica and across the world) lives in the tower and if you’re lucky and quiet you might catch a glimpse of it…we were quiet but we were not lucky.

This is one of the many things you will get to experience on the Green Castle Estate Tour. What was surprising is that this tower is NOT listed with Jamaica’s National Heritage Trust…I wonder why?”

Thanks Heidi – we’ll get that listing sorted with Jamaica’s National Heritage Trust and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.  Meanwhile people can find out more about Green Castle’s Estate Tour and fascinating history by visiting our tour page here https://www.gcjamaica.com/things-to-do-in-jamaica/tour-green-castle-estate-nature-lodge/

New Interactive Green Castle Map

You can now check out our eco-resort for yourself with our new interactive map showing you the 20 miles of hiking trails for your pleasure and the many sights and attractions that will keep you busy for your entire stay. Green Castle Estate is the perfect place to come on your Jamaican vacation. Situated in Robin’s Bay, the picturesque estate is a private location that offers visitors the chance to get back to nature, relax with some true Jamaican hospitality and unwind.

We take pride in serving our guest’s delicious Jamaican food and drinks in a beautiful natural setting. With a maximum of 25 guests, we can create the perfect secluded vacation where your desire to be active or relax is all within our 1600 acre retreat. With such a large natural paradise for our guests to enjoy, we thought it would be useful to have a snapshot of some of the fun things to do in Jamaica, whilst you are on holiday.

Enjoy a stroll to Jack’s bay beach, a gorgeous eco beach where you can dip your toes in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Why not enjoy kayaking on the Green Castle Blue Hole during your vacation at Green Castle Hotel. If history and culture interests you, our estate has some fascinating sights. Discover the old burial site and the former Taino village, the original inhabitants of Jamaica. Step on the sand where Christopher Columbus is rumoured to have landed, or enjoy a leisurely hike to see the 500 year old Spanish tower. If you want to experience nature at its finest, take in a beautiful walk to Mingo waterfall. Immerse yourself along our many hiking trails seeing everything Jamaica has to offer. The national bird of Jamaica is a regular in our gardens, when you see the Red-billed Streamertail for the first time, you’ll want to sit back and gaze in awe at this gorgeous bird.

Green Castle is perfectly placed, to allow guests to enjoy everything Jamaica has to offer. Beautiful vistas of the Caribbean Sea and the Blue Mountains are literally on your doorstep. Our eco park is home to a vast array of incredible animals. With our carefully curated tours, both on Green Castle and to the Blue and John Crow Mountains, guests have the best opportunities to see all 28 endemic birds of Jamaica. We are perfectly placed to arrange trips to Kingston, Ocho Rios, and Portland without requiring hours of travel. We are not too far from airports in Montego Bay and Kingston ensuring you can start your vacation in no time.

Have a look for yourself at our interactive map here – use the legend to the left of the map to filter the different categories for you to view.

Did Columbus first make landfall near Green Castle?…

Could it be that the famous intrepid explorer, Christopher Columbus first made landfall at Annotto Bay on the North East coast of Jamaica, near to the Green Castle Estate?

On this day on May75th, 1494 Christopher Columbus “set foot” on Jamaica when he “claimed” it for Spain during his second voyage to the New World. The native Tainos called the island “Xaymaca”, the Spanish changed the name to “Jamaiqua” and eventually “Jamaica”‘. Columbus and the Spanish established plantations to supply their ships.

Columbus was said to be thoroughly impressed with what he saw as noted in his logs “the fairest island that eyes have beheld: mountains and the land seem to touch the sky … all full of valleys and fields and plains.”

It is widely known that Columbus first made landfall at St Ann’s Bay, however, from analyzing eye witness accounts and diary entries from Michele (Miguel) Cuneo, an Italian who accompanied Columbus on the voyage; Fernando Colon, Columbus’ son, Fray Bartolome De Las Casas (friend of Columbus) and Antonio Herrera, it is clear that there is a strong argument he first made landfall at Annotto Bay.  A report written by the Jamaican Historical Society suggests that based on these accounts (all stating the same thing), Columbus first made landfall at Annotto Bay taking into account sailing conditions at the time, the direction he was sailing from and eyewitness accounts. Initially, Columbus was repelled upon approaching the coast of Jamaica by Arawak Indians. It is well known that there was a large Arawak settlement which would account for the large number of Indians who came out in their canoes to repel the Spanish ships. Additionally, the area around Annotto Bay was and is unsuitable for beaching a ship the size of the one Columbus sailed (The Nina). It is thought that after this and given the direction of the winds in the area, he sailed further up the coast to St Ann’s Bay.

You can find out more about the fascinating history associated with Green Castle by visiting our history page here.

Jamaica’s world famous cuisine…

Sample the delights of Jamaican cuisine during your vacation to Jamaica.  Best known for its Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, jerk chicken, and reggae (home to Bob Marley), the island is unique in their Caribbean-inspired food. During your stay at Green Castle the local chefs will delight in introducing you to the exotic and unique flavours of Jamaican cuisine.

When it comes to food, Jamaica is irie!

The best thing about Jamaica’s colourful food culture are the variations on the theme. If you’ve been to the island, all of these traditional foods listed here may look and taste slightly different than what you had. That’s because everyone’s version is different, and of course their version is the best. Which makes eating in Jamaica one of our favourite activities!

Callaloo from the Angolan dish “Calulu”, and Jerk chicken from West African seasoning techniques. The fruit of the most popular Jamaican dish, Ackee, was also brought to the Island by West African peoples. The Spanish, the first European arrivals to the island, contributed dishes such as the vinegary escovitch fish (Spanish escabeche) contributed by Spanish Jews. Later, Cornish which could be argued influenced the development of the Jamaican patty, a pasty styled turnover filled with spiced meat. More Chinese and East Indian influences can also be found in Jamaican cuisine like Roti and Curry Goat as a result of indentured labourers who replaced slaves after emancipation brought their own culinary talents (especially curry, which Jamaican chefs sometimes use to season goat meat for special occasions).

When planning your Caribbean vacation, make sure you take time to enjoy the local Jamaican cuisine.  At Green Castle, Jamaica’s best eco boutique hotel, you will get to experience the local dishes and flavours cooked in our restaurant by one of our trained chefs. We’ve listed a few of the most well known items, below,  for you to try during your Jamaican vacation.

Ackee And Codfish

Ackee and Salt Codfish is Jamaica’s national dish, and an interesting and delicious dish at that. Ackee was brought to Jamaica in the 18th century, and grows on the island quite well, hanging in pod clusters from the tree. To be eaten it requires some timing because the fruit is poisonous if eaten too soon before it’s ripe.

The fruit in the pod resembles a small soft walnut and bursts open when it’s ripe revealing a black seed inside. Once open, the fruit surrounding the black seed is removed and prepared, resembling scrambled eggs when its done.

Ackee is usually eaten for breakfast, and it’s very tasty!

Authentic Jerk Chicken

Synonymous with Jamaican food, and an ever favourite, jerk chicken is aromatic, smokey, and sometimes spicy hot. The chicken is first marinated or dry-rubbed with the cook’s concoction of jerk spices that can include ginger, garlic, sometimes cloves, and cinnamon but always includes pimento (allspice) – a locally grown West Indies spice – and hot peppers, usually scotch bonnets.

Then it’s slow cooked on an open grill over hot coals made from native wood. You’ll find it on the menu at local restaurants, but we seem to always find someone cooking it up as street food.

Jamaican Patty

The Jamaican beef patty is another famous staple of the island that you must try.

The beef is seasoned with curry, onion, garlic and you guessed it, Scotch Bonnet pepper! The beef is then wrapped in a buttery dough, shaped as a half-moon and baked.

Beef is the original version though patties are now available with a wide variety of fillings.

Curry Goat

Curry goat is another favourite on the island. Jamaican curry is a little different from the traditional Indian variety. It’s also a little spicier.

Goat meat tastes a little bit like beef, but slightly gamey. It’s a tender and juicy dish served with white rice and is also a favourite at house gatherings.

It can be seen on the table at Christmastime and is served at Nine Nights (the Jamaican equivalent of a wake) to friends and family paying their respects to the dead.

Gizzada

Jamaicans love their sweet desserts and this is no different. Sometimes seen as Grizzada with an ‘r’, the origins of this dessert are thought to be Portuguese.

Gizzadas are small round tarts, whose pie crust is stylistically pinched around the edges giving it the common name of a ‘pinch-me-round’, that’s filled with grated coconut mixed with sugar, nutmeg, sometimes ginger, and vanilla.

Crunchy on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside — try one of these. Your sweet tooth will thank you.

Red Stripe Beer

This golden coloured lager is light-bodied and not overly carbonated. It is smooth and goes well with Jamaican foods. The brand is available and widely sold outside the country, but the brand still has a stronghold on the beer sold in Jamaica. When the sun is out, and you are listening to the birds at Green Castle, there is no better way to spend a lazy afternoon by the pool, or in on of the Hammocks at Hotel Green Castle, than sipping on a cold one… or two…

Rum

Jamaica is synonymous with the spirit of pirates, and there’s no shortage of excellent rum here. From exquisite special editions to overproof rum, Jamaica produces some of the finest in the world. Appleton Estates has been distilling rum since 1749 and offers rums at just about every price point. From Green Castle Hotel, you can enjoy a tour round the Appleton Distillery.  A perfect way to experience some of the local culture, this close by attraction to Green Castle, will leave you with a smile on your face and a new found love for all things rum!

Wray & Nephew White Overproof is a potent favourite of Jamaicans. It’s cheap, goes down easy, and kicks you hard. Finally, Myer’s Rum is a product of Jamaica, derived from molasses and is the favourite of Planters’ Punch lovers. It’s dark and leathery, and not too sweet. When you are having your lunch at Green Castle, enjoy a rum punch which is sure to bring a smile to your face.

Blue Mountain Coffee

World famous Blue Mountain coffee simply has to be enjoyed whilst looking at across the verandas at Green Castle.  Green Castle is Jamaica’s number one boutique eco hotel, offering guests a true Jamaican experience, set amongst spectacular views and the best natural surroundings on the island.   Blue Mountain coffee is delicious. Jamaica grows one of the world’s top quality coffee beans known as Blue Mountain coffee. It’s expensive not just because it’s excellent, but also because there’s just not a lot of room in the mountains to cultivate a large crop.

Known for its mild flavour without being bitter, Blue Mountain coffee is so much cheaper to buy in Jamaica.

So if you’re a coffee lover, bring home a few bags from your Jamaican vacation at Green Castle. Something else you’ll need to leave room for in your luggage, but well worth leaving some clothes behind!

Tia Maria

It’s true, you can easily get Tia Maria outside Jamaica, but we couldn’t write a Jamaica food guide without mentioning one of their tastiest products now could we? And yes, Tia Maria is made right here in Jamaica, by expertly blending Blue Mountain coffee beans, Jamaican rum, Madagascar vanilla, and sugar.

This sweet liqueur is a favourite of coffee cocktail lovers. It’s sometimes blended with milk over ice, or as we prefer, poured straight over ice as an after dinner drink. If You Love The Taste Of Coffee And Banana, Order A Local Drink Known As A Dirty Banana.  Your taste buds will thank us!

Whatever your culinary needs, Green Castle Hotel will be happy to accommodate you and we look forward to welcoming you on your Jamaican vacation.  If you want to learn more about the food or try some of the local delicacies we will be happy to provide recommendations.

 

Another world record!

Green Castle has been lucky enough to feature in another world record.  Jonathan Rossouw chose Green Castle as part of his quest to see 9,000 world birds ahead of his 50th birthday.  Ahead of schedule, Jonathan became the youngest person to have seen 9,000 bird species.

Joining Green Castle with Ignacio Yúfera, wildlife photographer extraordinaire and Malcolm Fair, a fellow birding enthusiast, Jonathan chose Green Castle because of its convenient central location on the island.  Situated in a beautiful part of the world, Green Castle’s 1600 acres / 6.5km2 provides a home to many flora and fauna.  Birds such as the Jamaican Streamertail can be seen amongst the Green Castle gardens, with more difficult species such as the Jamaican Owl and the Jamaican Mango also a possibility when using one of our expert bird guides.  With a relatively short drive to the Blue Mountains and John Crow Mountains, birders have the best opportunity to see all 28 endemic birds of Jamaica, and over 100 migratory bird species as well.

Taking in Green Castle’s guided tours to Ecclesdown and Hardwar Gap the following day after their arrival, Jonathan, Malcom and Ignacio quickly began with seeing the last of the 9,000 birds as part of their record attempt.  A Red-billed Streamertail, which is the national bird of Jamaica, became the 9,000th bird seen and allowed Jonathan to achieve this impressive record. This glorious hummingbird is known colloquially as the “Doctorbird”, a reference to the forked streamers of its tail, which reminded the population of the coats and tails worn by surgeons during the colonial era. What a fantastic, appropriate bird to mark the occasion!

Within their first day of bird watching at Green Castle, 20 endemic birds of Jamaica had already been seen and photographed.  Enjoying a well-earned rest, and maybe 1-2 rum punches that night at the Green Castle Terrace restaurant on site, the team were up early again the next morning to visit Cockpit Country where even more birds were seen taking Jonathan significantly past his 9,000 target.

The following day as part of their trip, the trio headed west towards Montego Bay.  Stopping off at Goldeneye, which was Ian Fleming’s former home, and where the James Bond novels were penned.  As Jonathan Roussouw identified in his blog he created to commemorate this world record attempt, ‘Few non-birders are aware that Ian Fleming chose to name his Agent 007 after his best friend, the author of The Birds of the West Indies’.  A visit to Green Castle gives birders the chance to bird in a tropical paradise and the land of James Bond.   Following their visit to Rocklands Reserve, near Montego Bay, one final endemic bird species remained, the elusive Crested Quail Dove.  Jonathan openly admitted it was the bird he most wanted to see before he arrived in Jamaica.  Taking in a visit to Ecclesdown at dawn, the trio could hear the male Crested Quail Dove, but it had remained elusive.  However not to be outdone Jonathan, Malcolm and Ignacio persevered, and were rewarded with a pair of courting quail doves.  In seeing the Crested Quail Dove, Jonathan, Malcolm and Ignacio completed their initial aim of seeing all 28 endemic birds of Jamaica during their trip.  During the trip Jonathan also completed his record attempt to see 9,000 world birds well in advance of his 50th birthday.

To read more about Jonathan’s world record please click here.

Jamaica opening up

2020 has seen a year like no other in recent memory across the world.  As it comes to a close and we slip into 2021, there are green shoots of life returning to normality.  The Caribbean, and Jamaica in particular are entering peak season.  The Jamaican tourist board are expressing ‘cautious optimism’ that we can continue to offer guests a slice of paradise whilst providing excellent service and exemplary levels of safety.

Over 4,000 tourists arrived in Jamaica on December 12th to enjoy their vacation.  This is the highest daily amount of tourists arriving since Jamaica reopened for tourism on June 15th.  Last month Jamaica saw 65,000 visitors, which was 7,000 more than October.  This is in part thanks to the Resilient Corridors, of which Green Castle is located in the Northern Resilient Corridor. It is also due to the dedication by many hotels and attractions to provide a safe location for guests to vacation whilst also limiting contact. Jamaica is reopening for holidays and vacations.  Green Castle undertakes a strict daily policy of cleaning, as well our team wearing protective equipment to ensure that guests do not have to worry about Covid whilst they stay at our 1600 acre /6.5km2 private estate.  Green Castle has not had a single case of Coronavirus by any guests during their stay. Providing a perfect blend of natural social distancing due to Green Castle’s size and limited numbers of guests being allowed at any one time on the estate, guests have been able to escape 2020 to bring much needed respite. Green Castle offers a chance to de-stress and unwind after what has been a difficult year.

Further good news this week was the resumption of British Airways’ service from London Gatwick to Montego Bay a route that will operate twice weekly through April 2021.

“We are happy to welcome the return of British Airways to Montego Bay for the winter season, adding to their current service to Kingston,” said Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “The increased capacity, in addition to our series of travel agent familiarization tours, will serve to boost our arrivals and demonstrate an increased interest in Jamaica. We hope these increasing numbers are an indication of the trend going forward.”

For more on Jamaica’s travel protocols see here.

Fancy a Staycation?

For those that are lucky enough to call Jamaica ‘home’, many are now deciding to have a ‘staycation’ as opposed to heading abroad. For the majority of 2020, local Jamaicans have headed in larger numbers to Green Castle’s 1,600 acres / 6.5 km2 for everything from half-term, National Heroes Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and everything in-between. We have started to take bookings from locals for New Year, Easter holidays and general Summer vacations. The benefits of staying local are clearly evident with less risk of travelling abroad as well as benefitting the local economy.

Green Castle is ideally placed in Robin’s Bay, just an hour from the main population centres of Ocho Rios, Kingston and Port Antonio, yet far away enough to feel like you really are vacationing in another country. With 20 miles / 32 km2 of hiking trails contained within our own private rainforest, a beautiful coastline where you can swim and snorkel at Jack’s Bay, there is something for everyone. Added to that is Green Castle’s fascinating history which covers everything from having some of the most prominent Jamaican families having lived and worked at Green Castle, through to evidence of Jamaica’s earliest inhabitants, the Jamaica Tainos.

Social distancing at Green Castle isn’t a problem either. Located within the Northern Resilient Corridor, all of Green Castle’s rooms are accessible from the ground floor and the hotel itself adheres to the most stringent levels of Covid-19 hygiene protocols for your safety. There have been no cases to date of Coronavirus at Green Castle.

There are a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets. And if you don’t fancy a vacation, you can even visit just for a day trip. Why not take our Green Castle Estate Tour and have afternoon tea?

To find out more about how we can help you plan your visit, whether for a day trip, weekend break or longer vacation, contact us now.

Amazing historical archives unearthed at Green Castle

Archives have recently been discovered at Green Castle Eco-Resort, Northern Jamaica which relate to the very earliest days of Jamaica’s origins. Green Castle sits within 1,600 acres of rainforest in the north east of Jamaica in the Robin’s Bay / Annotto Bay area. Archives which had been packed away for ‘safekeeping’ have recently been discovered and a real treasure trove of historical documents has been found. These include:

1. Evidence of Taino burial sites (including a village) within the Green Castle Estate – supported by University of West Indies / Murray State University, Kentucky, USA.

2. Timbers used in historical tower on Green Castle estate have been radiocarbon dated to late 16th / early 17th century – documents by University of California.

3. Documentation relating to suggestions that Columbus first made landfall at Annotto Bay – supported by Jamaica Historical Society/Institute of Jamaica

1. Evidence of Taino burial sites/village within the Green Castle Estate

Experts from Wickliffe Mounds Research Center, Murray State University have carbon-dated the skeletal remains of what looks like one of the earliest examples of a Taino Indian family living in Jamaica, to circa 900AD.

Archaeological explorations that took place at Davey Hill located within Green Castle Estate’s 1,600 acres, Saint Mary Parish, showed that the Estate is linked right back to the beginnings of life on the island. The skeletal remains of what is believed to be a Jamaican Taino adult and child were found, as well as a well-preserved Taino village.

It has revealed a people that lived on a wide variety of animal sources as well as cassava root. Early inhabitants of Jamaica named the land “Xaymaca”, meaning “Land of wood and water” and this evolved or changed into Jamaica over time.

“We note that the recovery of two burials, one adult and one infant, is a significant contribution to the bioarcheology of the Jamaican Taino.” (Preliminary Report, University of the West Indies and Murray State University, 2001).

2. Timbers used in historical tower on Green Castle estate have been radiocarbon dated to pre-Columbus times

One of the many great features within Green Castle’s expansive estate is the Spanish Tower near the coast. The coral-stone tower dates back to the late 16th / early 17th century during the time of ownership of one of the island’s most prominent families, The Nedham family. Some of the largest timbers used from trees felled in its construction date back to early 14th century suggesting that they came from a Spanish ship or some Spanish building nearby. The timbers were radiocarbon dated by the University of California – dating them as either 14th century or early 15th century.

3. Documentation relating to suggestions that Columbus first made landfall at Annotto Bay

It is widely known that Columbus first set foot on Jamaica on the morning of May 7th, 1494 and that he first made landfall at St Ann’s Bay, however, from analyzing eye witness accounts and diary entries from Michele (Miguel) Cuneo, an Italian who accompanied Columbus on the voyage; Fernando Colon, Columbus’ son, Fray Bartolome De Las Casas (friend of Columbus) and Antonio Herrera, it is clear that there is a strong argument he first made landfall at Annotto Bay on the north east coast of Jamaica, very close to Green Castle. A report written by the Jamaican Historical Society suggests that based on these accounts (all stating the same thing), Columbus first made landfall at Annotto Bay taking into account sailing conditions at the time, the direction he was sailing from and eyewitness accounts. Initially, Columbus was repelled upon approaching the coast of Jamaica by Arawak Indians. It is well known that there was a large Arawak settlement which would account for the large number of Indians who came out in their canoes to repel the Spanish ships. Additionally, the area around Annotto Bay was and is unsuitable for beaching a ship the size of the one Columbus sailed (The Nina). It is thought that after this and given the direction of the winds in the area, he sailed further up the coast to St Ann’s Bay.

You can find out more about Green Castle and the part it’s played in Jamaican history over the centuries, here.

Green Castle + Jamaica = A safe haven from Covid

Green Castle reopened to tourists on 18th August 2020.  Green Castle is situated in what Jamaica is calling the Northern Resilient Corridor, which means tourists are welcome to travel here without having to quarantine for 14 days as you would require, if visiting other areas of the Island.  When you enjoy your time at Green Castle you can access our 1600 acres of rainforest that is only available to a maximum of 25 guests who may be staying at our nature retreat.  This means you are as safe as you can be from contracting the virus whilst you enjoy your well deserved break.  One of the positive things resulting from Covid -19 is the bird life, and wildlife in general is in greater abundance than ever before.

What about staying safe at the Green Castle hotel?

Over the last few months Jamaica and Green Castle have been working extensively on making your safety our ultimate priority.  All employees are required to observe the established protocols of hand hygiene, social/physical distancing and wearing of masks in public spaces.  Employees are screened on a daily basis including temperature checks.  The property is thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant including high touch surfaces such as door knobs and railings.  All bed linen and towels are washed in at least 60ºC/140ºF.  Contactless Check in and Check out is made available to all guests, with hand sanitiser throughout the hotel for your added peace of mind.

We keep all rooms vacant for 48 hours after guests have left us, and then they are cleaned to further protect you.  All our accommodation is at ground level, there are no lifts and access to rooms is directly from outside.  You can opt to have housekeeping every day or not. Green Castle has an abundance of space and social distancing is therefore not a problem. Guests are uniquely placed to take a well-deserved break from what has been a difficult 2020 so far.

We are listed on www.visitjamaica.com/travelauthorisation under Guesthouses and the name Taino Hills Estate (Green Castle, St Marys). We are fully compliant with the Jamaica Tourist Board to once again start welcoming guests to our slice of paradise.  In addition to this we are operating with a flexible cancellation policy.  We know if things change we need to be flexible for you.  This means in the event of your trip being affected by Covid before you arrive, we will move your booking to another time, with no penalties, so you don’t miss out on the wonder of Green Castle and the paradise waiting to welcome you with open arms… (socially distant of course).

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What are the requirements to enter Jamaica?

All entrants to Jamaica must fill out a pre travel health authorisation registration.  This is in addition to the customs and immigration form.  Currently residents from US, Brazil, Mexico and the Dominican Republic also need to supply a negative Covid test taken 9 days before they arrive in Jamaica.  When these are submitted as part of the authorisation registration, the government will issue a travel approval document.  Please print this before arriving at the airport, airlines will not accept any travellers to board flights without prior proof of authorisation.

Upon entry to the country please expect thermal temperature checks and a health screening for your own safety.  Once in Jamaica, travel is only permitted within the “Resilient Corridors”.  Green Castle is in the Resilient Corridor (Northern) meaning travel is allowed and safe. Our airport transfers follow the same principles for cleaning and PPE.

Do I need to Isolate or self quarantine when I return from my trip to Green Castle.

There is ever-changing advice.  We have identified the links below that will give you the latest information when you are returning;

UK

USA

Canada

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