Best Trips ~ Best Value!    888.875.9453

Jamaica Endemics

Red-billed-Streamertail-HRes-Gabriel

Red-billed Streamertail, the national bird!

The Red-billed Streamertail, a hummingbird, is Jamaica's the national bird, so it has to be a fun place to visit! Add 27 more endemic species and a load of Caribbean specilties and Jamaica becomes a destination no birder should miss! Jamaica is the 3rd largest of all the Caribbean Islands, yet, it is still reasonably small by UK standards, from East to West….146 miles and from North to South at its widest point is 51 miles. On this trip we are concentrating on the Eastern side of the Island, this is lush green mountainous country with many habitats and offering opportunity to see all the endemics at an easy going pace with leisurely birding. We intend to bird locally and to travel to other areas, no more than 2 hours drive away to catch up with specific species which are more localized. Focus of the Trip 28 endemics plus a few endemic subspecies other Caribbean specialties. Overwintering neo-tropical warblers, some waders, a few seabirds and shorebirds will also be seen. A small number of butterflies and reptiles can be seen. COMBINE WITH OUR DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ENDEMICS TOUR NOTE: When combining two of these trips, we include a FREE hotel night between trips!
  • Tour Cost
  • Length of Tour: 6 days / 5 nights

     

    2018 Cost

    $2100.00 per person, double occupancy, from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

     

    Single supplement

    $350.00 Please note that if you do not request a single room, and we are unable to find you a roommate, you will be charged the single supplement.

     

    The Cost Includes

    All ground transport, park entrance fees; services of your professional guide(s); meals and accommodation.

     

    Cost Excludes

    International airfare; Visitor's fee (currently $10, payable upon entry at the aiprort); alcoholic or bottled beverages; any items of personal nature (laundry, telephone calls and so forth); any services not mentioned or indicated as optional.

     

    Deposit $500.00, check, paypal or credit card, along with your completed Registration Form. (If less than 120 days from departure, full payment will be required at time of registration.)

  • Itinerary
  • ITINERARY

     

    Day 1 Arrive Montego Bay/Transfer to Toby's Resort
    Arrive early afternoon between 1:00pm and 3:00pm.Transfer from Montego Bay airport as everybody arrives and drive to Rocklands Bird Sanctuary, a 25-30min drive.

     

    Red-billed Streamertail and Jamaican Mango are so tame that they might come to a handheld feeder. Yellow-faced and Black-faced Grasquits, Orangequits, Jamaican Woodpecker, Caribbean Doves, Jamican Tody and more will be possible here.

     

    Out of Rocklands we’ll stop on Bogue Treatment Plant for waterfowl and shorebirds.

     

    Day 2 Stewart Town
    After breakfast we’ll drive to Stewart Town area. In this area it will be possible to see around 20 endemics! Though our main targets will be Black-billed and Yellow-billed Parrots, any others will be very welcome, as usual, giving us more time on difficult endemics.

     

    Day 3 John Crow Mountains
    An early start, 6:00am, with packed breakfast will allow us reasonable time at the Hardware Gap area looking for more of Jamaica endemics, such as Jamaican Blackbird, Blue Mountain Vireo and the beautiful Crested Quail Dove. We’ll also seek Chestnut-bellied and Jamaican Lizard Cuckoos and others, while enjoying the beautifully breathtaking landscapes!

     

    We will take a packed lunch and take a break for a cup of famous Blue Mountain Coffee. Afternoon birding a little further up the road enjoying more of Jamaica’s bird life on the way to our hotel.

     

    Day 4 John Crow Mountains / Ecclestown Road
    This morning is very flexible. If still needed, before breakfast looking for Crested-quail Dove.

     

    After a relaxing breakfast we will be bird our way along the road looking for anything missed or better views needed in these magical mountains.

     

    Day 5 Ecclestown Road
    Today we will drive to the foothills of the John Crow Mountains, to an area called Ecclesdown Road.

     

    Ecclesdown Road offers a good number of endemics and one ne of the targets here today is the Black Billed Streamertail. It is endemic to a small area of Jamaica and a bird that we will not encounter anywhere else.

     

    After lunch at local restaurant, we’ll drive back to Green Castle Estate where we can relax by the pool or do some liesurely birding along the trails.

     

    Day 6 Return Home
    Final day, pre-breakfast walk. After breakfast we will set off to Montego Bay and your departure flight. Airport drop-off will be at 12:00noon, so plan flights accordingly.