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Ambassabeth Cabins – an Eco Tourism Treasure in Portland

Looking for an eco-tourism vacation in Jamaica? How about visiting the Rio Grande Valley in Jamaica? 

Ambassabeth Eco-Cabins is a unique experience of Jamaican rural life and a authentic eco- tourism vacation or weekend get-away.

Located in the upper Rio Grande Valley about 15 miles south of Port Antonio, the Ambassabeth Cabins are owned and operated by the Bowden Pen Farmers Association (BPFA) which also operates a resources management programme in the area.

The BPFA is engaged in several broad areas of activities: environmental management, heritage protection and preservation, land use planning and management, education and training.

The Uppper Rio Grande Valley, Portland

Ambassabeth eco-cabins and the Cunha Cunha Pass Heritage Trail are the primary income generating activities of the Association, supporting the work carried out by the organization and assisting in improving the livelihood of members and the residents as a whole.

Ambassabeth and related tourism products have developled significantly over the past 8 years. And with the growing trend towards the development of nature tourism activities it is envisaged that Ambassabeth with its unique and authentic product will become a model to be replicated in other areas.

Ambassabeth is located at Bowden Pen, (formerly known as Four Feet) in the upper Rio Grande Valley. This region is regarded as one of the most strikingly beautiful areas on the island.

The eco-cabins are situated on gently sloping hills overlooking the Rio Grande River and caressed by the north eastern trade winds coming from the majestic Blue and John Crow Mountains.

Linentte Wilks, one of the leaders of the Bowden Pen Farmers Association

Ambassabeth can accommodate up to 25 persons in 9 eco-friendly cabins, comfortably furnished, with facilities for dining, meetings/lectures, games or just relaxing. The facility is retro-fitted with solar lights and a solar water heater, potable toilets and water gravity fed from one of the community’s sparkling springs.

In close proximity is the famous Cunha Cunha Pass Trail, the oldest trail in the island and once the bastion for the Windward Maroons. The trail is a natural habitat for the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly, humming birds, doves and numerous endemic plants and a source of natural springs gushing from the Blue Mountains.

Upper Rio Grande Valley, Portland

Ambassabeth offers visitors a unique experience to be immersed in nature, the culture and history of the area and to enjoy real old time Jamaican hospitality.

Visitors have the opportunity to determine the package of their choice, from a basic package for accommodation and meals to a package for college credits.

Activities include river bathing, trail hiking, visits to observe traditional farming methods, field trips to learn about the flora and fauna of the area, traditional harvesting of crayfish or janga, learning to cook traditional food, horse back riding, community nights, story telling and cultural presentations.

Special discounts are given to schools, church groups and youth groups.

The living room and games area

Ambassabeth Cabins is also available for day visits or overnight accommodation.

One of the bedrooms in the cabins

Other nearby activities include waterfalls all to yourself, a large river for rafting or lounging, the Cuna-Cuna Trail Pass, the Maroon settlement at Moore Town, bananawalks, and the list goes on…

The modern kitchen at Ambassabeth
The traditional kitchen at Ambassabeth
A traditional meal at Ambassabeth – yam, chicken, banana

A visit to Amabassabeth renews the body and soul, providing an active learning vacation you can never forget.

The BPFA arranges walking tours, hiking, wildlife observation, waterfall/river excursions, and countless opportunities of natural and cultural interest in and around the valley.


The road to Ambassabeth

 To book lodging, transportation, tours, or for more information contact Ms. Linnette Wilks 1 (876) 462-8163 or 1 (876) 409-4625.

One of the cabins
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    An unspoilt gem – well worth going to – once you reach you won’t want to leave – and the cunha cunha trail is spectacular. The community are warm and welcoming and the guides proud to share their land with you – a very special experience.

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  13. Anonymous
    September 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm — Reply

    I am trying todo the Cunha Cunha Hike in Portland on Sunday. I need a contact and I want to also locate this cabins.

    Please email nicolecbrown@gmail.com or call 404-6294 so i can get this info.


  14. January 22, 2012 at 7:43 pm — Reply

    Hi Siri, I will ask Linette of Ambassabeth Cabins to call you!

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  15. Siri Brown
    January 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm — Reply

    Hi, I am interested in bringing 23 university students to stay in the cabins and hike the Cunha Cunha pass in August.

    510-688-7484 is my cell phone

  16. Ms.Music
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