Have you ever been to River Bumpkin Farm? Ever heard of it? Well, you should, and it should be on your list.
The River Bumpkin Farm is an old plantation that sits comfortably and off the beaten path in the forests in the Parish of Trelawny, Jamaica. It boasts many options for the adrenaline junkies or those wishing to try outdoor sporting activities. From biking past historic ruins to kayaking and tubing down the Martha Brae River, there are a host of ways to get lost in this seclusive hideaway.
I recently got lost in this paradise of eco-excursions myself, and I have made note of 5 reasons why you should not miss spending the day here:
1. Bumpkin Cycling and Water– The cycle route lasts about an hour and half and will take you through a variety of terrain. To complete the cycle tour you only need to be a capable cyclist. The water activities which include water tubing will have you bouncing or sailing down the Martha Brae River, as you giggle and smile in amazement at the beauty that awaits you around every bend.
2. Bumpkin Comfort Food – a definite must have is the Bumpkin Pumpkin soup. Delicious and freshly made each day from pumpkins grown right on the farm you are exploring. The bumpkin pumpkin soup has a secret ingredient which I am sure must be the Jamaican sunshine, which seems to make everything a little bit better.
3. Bumpkin Fun and Laughter – a day spent at River Bumpkin farm will have you smiling so much your cheeks will ache. Each twist or turn will have you getting that natural high, which we all know is the only legal high in Jamaica!
4. Bumpkin Great People – the staff at the farm are all welcoming and will do their very best to make your day an enjoyable and special one. All the guides are knowledgable about the plantation, activities, and the local flora and fauna. I highly recommend my guide “The Love Doctor Chris” who was especially charming, which one would expect from a Love Doctor, yes?
5. Bumpkin Location – found deep in the cool hills of Trelawny, the farm will take you back to the colonial past of Jamaica. You will be delighted to find there is a collection of historical buildings giving glimpses into it’s past as a sugar plantation. On your journey to or from the farm don’t miss sightings of the Martha Brae River, another of Jamaica’s hidden secrets.
– your excursion can be booked through www.islandroutes.com
– don’t forget to tip your guides
– definitely don’t forget to bring: sneakers, change of clothes, and insect repellent
– ask your guide about the package deal with Martha Brae River Rafting (which is a different excursion)