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Jamaica - An Island of Endemics!

Tour Code: JAM02

A hugely rewarding, yet relaxed, single-centre 9-day birdwatching holiday to the Caribbean island of Jamaica based at the excellent Green Castle Eco-retreat.

9 days from £2895(inc flights) Land Only Price: £2295 SRS: £295


This is a single-centre holiday based at the Green Castle Eco-retreat, which is set within a beautiful 1,600-acre private reserve. Each day we will look for Jamaica’s endemic species (seeing all 28 during the tour is a possibility!) and other exciting species visiting sites in the Blue, and the John Crow Mountains – in mountainous areas we’ll look for species such as Blue Mountain Vireo and Jamaican Blackbird, as well as the secretive Crested Quail Dove, the only endemic not to have been recorded within the Green Castle Estate. We’ll explore the 20+ miles of trails radiating out from our lodge on daily guided birdwatching excursions and there will be time for leisure, should you wish, to reclining in a hammock, reading by the pool or walking in the gardens .

 
• Jamaica has 28 endemic birds, more than any other Caribbean island!
• Look for colourful American wood warblers (en route to northern breeding grounds)
• Our lodge has its own secluded private beach!
• Lizard Cuckoo, Jamaican Mango & Jamaican Tody, lodge’s grounds
• Yellow-billed Parrot & White-chinned Thrush possible
• Night-walks to look for endemic Jamaican Owl plus Northern Potoo
• Look for spectacular Black-billed Streamertail in the mountains
• An ideal birdwatching break to enjoy with a non-birding partner!
• Superb photographic opportunities
• Led by expert naturalist guides

Food

All included in the price.

Accommodation

A fabulous eco-retreat on Jamaica's north coast. All rooms have private facilities.

Vervain Hummingbird (Roger Wasley)

Vervain Hummingbird (Roger Wasley)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Fly Kingston and transfer Green Castle Estate House.

Day 2/7 Varied birding excursions from Green Castle.

Day 8 Depart Kingston.

Day 9 Arrive UK.

If fabulous birdwatching, Caribbean sun and a luxury eco-retreat sound like the ingredients for your perfect early spring break, then this new Birdwatching holiday to Jamaica could be just for you! Set within a beautiful private reserve of 1,600 acres, the Green Castle Estate lies on the northern coast of the island, tucked between the forest-clad Blue Mountains and the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Over 20 miles of private trails radiate out from the lodge and make the birding here both easy and relaxing. It is also exciting and hugely varied, with habitats that include tropical forest, freshwater wetlands, mangrove swamps and open pastures to explore, with the coastline and beaches very close by

Jamaica is home to 28 species of endemic bird, more than on any other Caribbean island. These are joined each spring by numerous northbound migrants — amongst them a host of colourful American wood warblers — which use the island as a stepping stone between their wintering grounds in South America and their breeding grounds further north. All bar one of the endemics can be found within the grounds of the Green Castle Estate and seeing all 28 during the course of the week is a distinct possibility! These species include Lizard Cuckoo, Jamaican Mango, Orangequit, Jamaican Tody, Yellow-billed Parrot and White-chinned Thrush, whilst a night-walk could reveal the endemic Jamaican Owl or perhaps the more widespread Northern Potoo.

During our 7-night stay at the Green Castle Ecoretreat, we will not only spend time thoroughly exploring the grounds of the estate, but will also head further afield into both the Blue Mountains, which dominate the eastern section of the island, and the nearby John Crow Mountains. In these two mountain regions we will be looking for the localised Blue Mountain Vireo, plus Jamaican Blackbird and the spectacular Black-billed Streamertail. If fortunate, we may even find the beautiful, but secretive, Crested Quail Dove.

Although daily guided birdwatching excursions are planned throughout the week, you are, of course, free to take part in one of the more relaxing activities on offer too. These include reclining in a hammock, reading by the pool or stolling around the gardens. This is therefore the perfect birding holiday to enjoy (and perhaps extend) with a non-birding partner!

With a host of special birds, warm sunshine and superb photographic opportunities on offer, all from an exceptionally comfortable base, we expect this to be a popular holiday.

Jamaican Tody (Roger Wasley)Vervain Hummingbird (Roger Wasley)Green Castle to the seaBanana QuitBirders in the  Green Castle rainforestBirding Groups at Green CastleBlack-throated Blue Warber (Roger Wasley)Chestnut-bellied CuckooGreen Castle GardensGreen Castle DamGreen Castle TrailsTropical Silverspot Gulf FritillaryRed-billed StreamertailJamaican MangoJamaican OwlNorthern MockingbirdDriveway to Green CastleWaterfallAmerican WigeonOrangequit (Tom Mabbett 2016 tour)Black-billed Parrot (Tom Mabbett 2016 tour)Black-billed Streamertail (Tom Mabbett 2016 tour)Brown Pelican and Laughing Gulls (Tom Mabbett 2016 tour)Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo (Tom Mabbett 2016 tour)Jamaican Woodpecker (Tom Mabbett 2016 tour)Mangrove Cuckoo (Tom Mabbett 2016 tour)Northern Potoo (Tom Mabbett 2016 tour)Northern Potoo roosting (Tom Mabbett 2016 tour)Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo (Tom Mabbett 2016 tour)Jamaican Oriole (Tom Mabbett 2016 tour)Jamaican Tody (Tom Mabbett 2016 tour)Jamaican White Peacock (Tom Mabbett 2016 tour)Malachite Butterfly (Tom Mabbett 2016 tour)Vervain Hummingbird (Tom Mabbett 2016 tour)Yellow Warbler (Tom Mabbett 2016 tour)Forests of Ecclesdown Road (Tom Mabbett 2016 tour)Prairie Warbler (Tom Mabbett 2016 tour)
Dr M.F
April 2016
The accommodation and grounds were outstanding and Richard, Elaine, Opal and the rest of the staff made us feel so welcome and relaxed. Marcus was a great guide and companion. There were wonderful opportunities to see the birds throughout the stay.
Mrs J.C
February 2016
Staff welcoming and helpful with dietary requirements. General ambience good and enjoyed the Jamaican food. Both guides were good at knowing where to find the endemic birds and assisting us to spot them.
Mr P.C
February 2016
Excellent local guides enabled us to see all the Jamaican endemics, together with the expertise of our leader Tom Mabbett. Overall an enjoyable holiday, covering a range of habitats from the well located Green Castle Estate.
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Mon 5th February 2018 - Tue 13th February 2018

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£2895

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The accommodation and grounds were outstanding and Richard, Elaine, Opal and the rest of the staff made us feel so welcome and relaxed. Marcus was a great guide and companion. There were wonderful opportunities to see the birds throughout the stay.
Dr M.F, April 2016