Hey Fam! Welcome to another blog post. On June 4, 2017, I created so many memories at Yaaman Adventure Park. It is located in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica. It is an 18th Century Estate agricultural property, formerly known as Prospect Plantation. This adventure tour has something for every type of traveller.
Sir Harold Mitchell bought Prospect Plantation in 1936. The house still features many antiques, artifacts and portraits of its owners. It sits atop a hill some 1100 feet above the Caribbean Sea. Some prominent visitors to the plantation include Sir Winston Churchill, former Jamaican prime minister P.J. Patterson, and former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, father of present Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Pierre James Trudeau. In 1953, Sir Winston Churchill planted a mahogany tree in front of the Great House.
Sir Harold established large areas of the estate with crops such as Jamaican pimento, cassava, coconut, lime, banana, pineapple, and sugar cane. Many of these crops have been maintained and form part of the Jitney Tour around the Prospect Plantation. He also founded Prospect College in 1956 which provides full scholarships to brilliant, disenfranchised boys from all over Jamaica. It is located on the Prospect Plantation and it is still being operated today.
My sister (lightyourfireisland.com) and I enjoyed our time there. We had an all-inclusive package that included food, a Jitney tour, a Culinary Experience, Horseback Riding Adventure, Camel Trek Adventure, ‘Wet N’Dirty’ Dune Buggy tour and the Bird Aviary (this was seemingly not available on that day).
Our adventures began promptly at 9:10 a.m. We rode a tractor drawn carriage and explored the property. Donovan, our tour guide kept it lively and I think I smelt every plant on the tour, lol. He provided a unique perspective on the history as well. We stopped for breathtaking views of the famous White River and the surrounding mountains.
We then prepared jerk chicken, callaloo, rice and peas with coconut sauce and festival in the ‘Sea View’ kitchen on the back verandah of the Great House. This was an interactive experience in which I prepared my own jerk sauce and assisted with the ingredients for the coconut dish. The views of the Caribbean Sea alone left me salivating.
We then went horseback riding on a rocky trail that passes through the forest. We ended up in a pasture where the horses took a break and the guests took pictures. Then it was lunch time; after which we segwayed to the camels and rode them very briefly; very majestic creatures. Then it was time for the main event. Yaaman’s ‘Wet N’Dirty’ Dune Buggy tour is a must. I was thoroughly thrilled and pleased with this experience . The name is literal, so please do not wear your Sunday best when visiting Yaaman Adventure Park.
Overall my experience was good. There were some hiccups with a couple of activities; but that did not kill the vibe. My advice would be to keep track of all the activities included in your package. Also, it is important to know that because it is segmented into groups, there is some wait time between activities.
If travelling to St. Ann, Jamaica, I couldn’t think of a better place to excite your senses more than Yaaman Adventure Park. I’m sure your visit will be just as thrilling! Leave me a comment down below telling me of your staycation experiences or if you just want to leave me some positivity, click the heart down below. Kindly share this post with everyone, especially someone who may need it and keep the inspiration going. I hope your week brings you peace and prosperity. Thanks again for stopping by, until next time Fam, walk good. 1