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Reggae and Cuban Jazz Music Tour to Jamaica and Cuba

A Reggae Lovers tour to Jamaica
With Cuban Extension

This tour operated in 2015. There is a plan to operate another tour in 2017, at the same time of year so as to include Sumfest. You should register your interest now. The 2015 was full very quickly and had many on the waitlist.

From 2015 tour:

From: Steve
Sent: Friday, 28 August 2015 1:27 PM
To: Brent McCunn
Subject: RE: Jamaica and return

Thanks Brent, I had a ball!


From: Julie
Sent: Friday, 4 September 2015 11:21 AM
To: Brent McCunn
Subject: Jamaica/Cuba Trip

Hi Brent,

The trip was fabulous, we really enjoyed ourselves and the experience was a once in a lifetime


All the best,


Have you ever dreamed about attending Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica's biggest music festival? Or dancing at outdoor soundsystem dances under the stars, with the smell of jerk smoke in the air, and a cold Red Stripe in your hand? How about seeing the places of reggae legend - studios like Studio One, Jammys, and Tuff Gong, or Augustus Pablo's Rockers record shop, and Bob Marley's home at 56 Hope Rd. Perhaps you follow the current reggae and dancehall scene, and would love to see contemporary artists in action, recording and voicing dubplates. If so, this is the tour for you - a reggae lover's trip to Jamaica!

Join Babylon Burning’s Jesse I for two weeks in July 2015, exploring the island of Jamaica and all that it has to offer. Starting with four nights in Montego Bay at Reggae Sumfest, the trip will then take in the countryside, passing through the parish of St Ann and Bob Marley’s birthplace at Nine Mile, before continuing along the north coast and the towns of Ocho Rios and Port Antonio. From there we head to the coffee plantations of the Blue Mountains, on route to Kingston – Jamaica’s vibrant capital city, and the birthplace of reggae and dancehall music.

In conjunction with Radio Station 3PBS FM and Reggae Music host Jesse I, we have a tour programme rich in music and cultural history along with experiencing the world famouse SUMFEST Reggae festival Jamaica.


Tuesday 14 July - Depart home town

Wednesday 15 July - Montego Bay
Arrive Montego Bay. Met and transferred to hotel. Balance of day free time.

Thursday 16 July- Saturday 18 July - Reggae Sumfest is Jamaica’s biggest and most well-known reggae and dancehall festival, happening every year since 1993. Although it officially takes place over an entire week, it’s really all about the final three nights - Dancehall night on the Thursday, and the two International nights on the Friday and Saturday. All three nights happen outdoors in the middle of Montego Bay, with performances starting soon after dark, and continuing until sunrise. Dancehall night usually features an amazing line-up of Jamaica’s hottest dancehall artists, while the International line-ups tend to be more varied - expect a mix of legendary reggae veterans, contemporary acts, and even a few token foreign artists - all backed by live bands.

Sunday 19 July – Montego Bay – Treasure Beach
Today we start our road tour after midday, leaving Montego Bay for the South Coast. We venture in the hills and enjoy the beautiful nature. Stops will be made by the Peter Tosh Mausoleum (optional entrance), Border fishing village and Blackriver. Just pass Blackriver we will board a small fishing boat for the 10 minutes ride to the Pelican Bar, a most unique bar in the middle of the sea. We will continue to our hotel in Treasure Beach.
Treasure Beach is the generic name given to four Jamaican coves and their associated settlements: Billy's Bay, Frenchman's Bay, Calabash Bay and Great Pedro Bay. Removed from the main tourist areas, Treasure Beach is a more quiet, relaxed Jamaica.

Monday 20th July – Treasure Beach via Nine Miles to Ocho Rios
Today we continue our road trip cross country. We drive from Treasure Beach to Mandeville, a place with many returning residents since the climate is cooler. We venture back to the North and visit the Birthplace of Bob Marley at Nine Miles in the parish of St Ann. After spending some time at the Bob Marley Mausoleum, we forward on to Ocho Rios for a relaxed evening.

Tuesday 21 July – Ocho Rios - Port Antonio via the north coast
We continue our journey along Jamaica’s north coast. An unhurried drive is best here, taking time out along the way to enjoy the magnificent views and the old buildings of Port Maria, the market of Port Antonio and the famous Blue Lagoon, Stay will be outside Port Antonio.

Wednesday 22 July – Port Antonio to Kingston via the Blue Mountains
Today we head inland once again, through Jamaica’s mountainous interior, towards the capital Kingston. Our journey takes us first up the Blue Mountains, where some of the world’s greatest coffee is grown. We will visit a small-scale coffee farmer where we can sample and purchase their beans. We drive via Junction and Castleton Botanical Gardens to Kingston.

Wall Art
Street bar sound system


Wed 22 July – Tuesday 28th July – Kingston
6 nights in Kingston with many reggae activities.

Tues 28 Aug - goodbye Jamaica!
We begin the long journey home, flying out of Kingston or Montego Bay

Price - Land only A$2964 per person twin share.

           Single supplement A$1000.00

We will offer to introduce people who wish to share to others with a similar aim.

Price Includes

  • Australian specialist tour leader - about Jesse
  • Breakfast daily
  • 4 nights hotel Montego area 3* incl. of breakfast
  • 1 night hotel Treasure Beach incl. of breakfast
  • 1 night hotel Ocho Rios incl of breakfast
  • 1 nights hotel Port Antonio incl. of breakfast
  • 6 nights hotel Kingston 3* incl. of breakfast
  • Bus for 4 days with Driver and English speaking guide
  • Entrance fee to Nine Miles
  • Boat trip to Pelican Bar
  • Transfer from airport to hotel visa versa
  • Local music guide/fixer for 6 nights in Kingston

Not Included

  • International Airfares
  • Gratuities (tips)
  • Kingston excursions, clubs etc - see note below.


Who really knows (this far in advance) what flight deals will be for this time in 2015. We will suggest a designated airline and those that arrive on this can avail themselves of the included transfers. You can book other airlines - some may wish to use frequent flyer points. The start point for those people would then be the first night hotel. You can get an idea of what flights will be by using our web flight enquiry/booking engine. Take the link that says 'Advanced Search' and then enter your Australian city to Montego and the return being Kingston to your home port.

Kingston Excursions

This time is designed to be flexible and to be able to take advantage of what is happening at the time. It is proposed to enjoy as many of the following as possible.

  • Historic sights and studios. Orange St (Prince Buster, Rockers, Negusa Negast,
  • Techniques), Studio One, Channel One, Jammys.
  • Tuff Gong studios.
  • Trenchtown, where Bob Marley grew up.
  • Tivoli Gardens, downtown ghetto garrison community.
  • dubplate voicing at <x> studio.
  • Bob Marley museum at 56 Hope Road.
  • downtown markets
  • Dynamic Records factory visit
  • Hellshire Beach
  • attend Stone Love "Weddy Weddy" dance on the Wednesday night.
  • attend oldies dance in Rae Town on the Sunday night or Kingston Dub Club (or Bounty
  • Sundays or Scream Sundayz).

Some tour participants may not want to attend all events, or indulge an activity every day. Some may wish to stay later at night and so on. Therefore, it is better to be flexible with transport arrangements for this portion. This also means it will be cheaper - rather than commit to a vehicle and driver for their minimum contract and time rates. Your tour escourt and local 'fixer', will organise assorted share transport (taxi, or local mini bus) at the time and participants will simply pay on the spot the cost divided amongst those participating.

Optional Cuban Extension

As one is so close this provides an ideal time to visit the other great musical icon of the Carribean.


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