Carleva Bay is a beautiful, architect-designed four-bedroom villa, situated on an unspoiled beach on which you can walk for miles. Located on a narrow strip of land bathed by the turquoise Caribbean sea on one side, and the great salt ponds on the other, with Trade Winds as constant companions, the villa is its own small island of relaxed living. High ceilings, wooden louvers, ceiling fans, and open entryways allow the trade winds to circulate freely, providing natural cooling and blending inside and outside. At eventide, breathtaking sunsets await you. During full moon, the beach becomes magical, its reflections dancing with the incoming waves.
On the beach, fishermen and local people are your companions. A nearby fisherman’s village will provide the catch of the day before it has even gone to market. A ten minute walk will take you to the center of Yallahs, a bustling small town of some 10,000, outfitted with the usual amenities (stores, banks, food stalls) and renowned for its jerk chicken. Kingston, the Jamaican capital and cultural center, is 25 km or a little over an hour’s drive away. Its international airport (Norman Manley International) is similarly close by.
The villa is designed for seamless indoor/outdoor living and is well furnished and decorated with Caribbean and African furniture and artifacts. In the front, facing the mountains and the salt pond, you can lounge in a delightful garden of tropical fruit trees. The back area, which faces the beach, is shaded by large almond trees. An outdoor patio, barbecue, and tree swings make for perfect lounging and entertainment. The living center of the house is an enclosed outdoor courtyard, around which are situated a spacious living/common areas and three large bedrooms, each with its private bath. A bathroom and shower in the courtyard itself provide easy access to bathers. The fourth bedroom is located off the living room. A large, fully equipped kitchen, entry foyer, and covered front porch complete the picture.
Not far away, there is much to see. In about one hour’s drive you can reach the famous Hot Mineral Springs at Bath. Their waters abound in medicinal properties and are said to be superior to Baden-Baden in Europe! If you are prepared for hiking, you can walk the Cunha Cunha pass into the John Crow Mountains, the famous trail the Maroons used for escaping from the sugar plantations in St. Thomas during slavery. In the neighboring parish of Portland, you can visit Reach Falls, Blue Lagoon, raft on the Rio Grande River, spend a refreshing day at Frenchman’s Cove Beach, or visit Navy Island, once the property of the late Errol Flynn.
Metropolitan Kingston awaits you. Places of interest include: the National Gallery, the Crafts Market, Devon House, Bob Marley’s Museum. Galleries, a long list of fine restaurants, a bustling nightlife, and a sophisticated theater movement are the added attractions this city has to offer, along with the occasion to do shopping. Two major universities also form part of the offerings of Jamaica’s only cultural center.
Carleva Bay is ideal for those who wish to avoid the pressurized way of life. Here, one is really able to get the best of both worlds—a tranquil rural way of life amid warm, friendly, helpful, and courteous people, coupled with metropolitan offerings of Kingston, just little over a hour’s drive away.