SWEET JAM DOWN
In a country, which boasts the motto “Out of Many One People”, it is by no surprise that its assimilated culture is fused into an amalgamation of unique experiences, which reflect the authentic Jamaica for you to escapade any way you wish!
From its long stretch of white sand beaches, to its beautiful rivers and waterfalls, delectable cuisine along with our extensively beautiful landscapes of flora, fauna and wildlife, your adventure awaits!
Your getaway is not too out of reach either!
Jamaica's closest US city is Miami, Florida which is approximately an hour and twenty minutes by air. Teachers have found Jamaica's proximity to the US very convenient!
GRAB A BITE!
There are many tasty restaurants in Kingston with both international and local menu options. Some of the popular local dishes are chicken (pan, fried, jerked, curried, and stewed), fish (steamed, fried, and escoveitch style), and pork (jerked or stewed). There are also popular fast food chains, such as Subway, Burger King, KFC, Wendy’s and Popeyes.
Links to help you find your way to food:
Not a fan of meat? A healthier lifestyle is now heavily supported in Jamaica. At many restaurants (even if vegetarian/vegan options are not displayed on the menu) let the staff know and often times, something can be made for you.
Vegan/ Vegetarian Options:
- Hiking in the Blue Mountains is a nice way to escape the city life and immerse oneself into nature. There are many local groups that take regular hikes to the peak.
- There are two 18 hole golf courses in Kingston near to the school.
- There is a local Hash House Harriers group which meets every two weeks to explore the bush!
- The U.S. embassy has a variety of functions and sends out the “Doctor Bird Newsletter” once a month to keep people informed.
- Diving club exists in Kingston, and dive operators can be found in most of the islands resort areas.
Large, well-stocked supermarkets can be found all over Kingston. Many foreign goods are available, but locally produced goods are often cheaper. However, the opportunity is there to experience the Jamaican market to purchase all produce at competitive prices.
There is also, an organic weekly farmer's market held close to the school.
Kingston is generally a safe city and Jamaica is full of warm and welcoming people!
Street crime is still a factor, so a certain amount of precaution is necessary when traveling with possessions.
There are a number of social clubs in Kingston, many administered by the embassies. For example, the American Women’s Group gets together often and does fundraising activities.
Wellness/ Fitness Clubs
Kingston has numerous options for exercise and wellness to choose from, many of which are close to the school. Those in close proximity to AISK are Core Fitness Studio, Pedal & Wheel, Hard-End Gym, Spartan Health Club, AFYA Jamaica, Chai Studios, RIPT, Gymkhana & 876- CrossFit.
There are many running clubs, Jamdammers, Sonic Steppers and Pacers to name a few. 5K events have become popular within the last decade with almost a weekly event happening, the Reggae Marathon and Triathalons. Visit www.runningeventsja.com to find out more -They are great group of people and the events are always well organised.