As you’re going to a particular city, you can research nearby attractions, activities and vendors that interest you for even more spontaneous fun and sightseeing!
Rasta Routes makes Jamaican Cultural Immersion an affordable travel reality.
Go your own way – the Rasta Routes Authentic Cultural Trail teams up detailed Google Map directions with behind-the-scenes insider knowledge and the best must-see Jamaican attractions – Beaches, Waterfalls, National Parks and more, to give independent travelers the cheapest options and the most honest answers.
Travel smarter, safer and longer – visit many different parts of the Jamaica while constantly being in contact with a network of other island travelers and friends back home.
Rasta Routes specializes in listing the best Hostels, Guesthouses and Cottages in each incredible region of Jamaica – along with local Event and Festival schedules, and, affordable Ground Transportation booking options islandwide for all-in-one convenience!
We negotiate daily with the best Jamaican attractions, tours and restaurants – passing discounts on to you – to deliver great backpacker prices, offers and deals for affordable food, transport and adventure!
As a responsible traveler, one of the biggest factors to consider is “where do I get the biggest bang for my money?”
Our system ensures easy and secure online booking, which provides convenient hostel rates and discount fares.
The Rasta Routes Authentic Cultural Trail lists, maps and organizes the best activities, deals on backpacker rooms and reggae-flavored adventures allowing you to experience breathtaking natural vistas, iconic destinations, spectacular live music and make your travel dollars go further.
Hostels are possibly the best type of accommodation for backpacking through Jamaica and be surrounded by like-minded travelers who share the love of adventure.
Use Search to quickly find hotels and nearby attractions, events and local food stalls. Accessing the Advanced Search button gives you detailed information about a particular listing, images and contact information.
Rasta Route “Stays” deliver a world class inventory of quality Jamaican Hostels, Guesthouses and other low-cost accommodation options in great locations nationwide.
Hostel Guesthouses are inexpensive, located in every area along the Rasta Route Authentic Cultural Trail, and full of other young, adventurous travelers from all over the world, probably with a love for beaches, nature, Reggae music and fun.
Find safe, clean and friendly atmospheres with knowledgeable staff on call to assist you with local information on stores, banks, tourist attractions and, of course, the heritage of our country, plus any other help to make your trip a memorable one!
When you stay with a Rasta Route Partner, you enjoy their lowest possible rate and a GREAT alternative to more expensive resort hotels where you probably won’t have any real fun or meet anyone interesting anyway!
We endeavor to achieve this by working with the Jamaica Backpackers Association to ensure that hosteling is affordable and that no matter which Jamaican Hostel you visit, you’ll get a great night’s sleep in a safe environment.
In a hostel, each backpacker rents his or her individual bed and shares a dorm-style room with other travelers. Most modern hostels also have private rooms for individuals, couples and families, but expect to pay a little more for more privacy.
Dorm-room privacy maybe limited, but low bed prices and the opportunity to socialize and make new friends makes up for the inconvenience.
Just bring ear plugs unless you’d like listening to those new friends snore…
Additionally, we encourage all our Rasta Route Partners to market products and services that are kinder to the environment, conserve energy and water, minimize waste, prevent pollution, use environmentally friendly materials – and to buy environmentally compatible goods.
Smart travelers already know that the best way to get to know a place is to avoid the expensive corporate-chain hotels, yet some people still think that hostels are only for the youth traveler or serious backpacker.
Nothing could be further from the truth!
This is why travelers on a budget, eco-tourists and even those who prefer private bathrooms are increasingly staying at midscale and economy hostels and finding private rooms with bathrooms and clean beds.
Reservations are also not usually required – giving flexibility when needed and substantial savings to travel budgets.
In reality – in addition to being budget-friendly – your Hostel will often feel more like a cozy bed and breakfast or guesthouse than a dorm, even if you are sleeping in a dorm-style bedroom!
Backpacking is more about adventure, independence and flexibility than the type of luggage that you choose, it’s not just a place to stay, it’s about learning about new cultures, meeting new people and discovering yourself.
Change your itinerary a little. Or a lot. The affordability and spontaneity of backpacking allows lengthy and flexible getaways for a premium travel experience!
Imagine booking a roundtrip flight with no set return date — you can explore Authentic Jamaica at your leisure and return when it feels right.
While everyone doesn’t have unlimited travel time, we can all still embrace some spontaneity. Backpackers don’t typically chart a detailed itinerary that includes a minute-by-minute schedule of daily activities, and often change plans at the last minute.
Hostels typically have a lounge room where people can read, relax, watch TV and meet other travelers. This is a great place to meet other people and exchange travel stories.
Many Hostels and Guesthouses have kitchens and BBQ areas, so Backpackers can save money by cooking their own meals.
Hostels with kitchens are more social, as it gives people a chance to interact and make friends by cooking group meals and having everyone chip some food or labor.
You can always count on making new travel friends in the kitchen.
A lot of Hostels also offer free breakfast – usually some combination of corn flakes or porridge, bread or pancakes with jam or butter, an egg or juice if you’re lucky, and lots of hot tea and Jamaican coffee!
For a hostel with a really lively social scene – you’ll want to book a Hostel with a bar. Beer prices at hostel bars are usually affordable and drinking at your hostel or Guesthouse is sometimes safer than wandering Jamaican streets drunk & in the mood to chat after a big night of enjoying our culture.
Our Rasta Routes mission is to help you figure out the cultural tourism options, offer unforgettably intense Authentic Jamaican experiences that you can’t do anywhere else and help make the country a Safe, Affordable destination for Backpackers to stretch their limits and have awesome adventures and experiences.
Year-round, Jamaica’s days are filled with warmth and sunshine, even during the rainy season, making “anytime” the best time to visit – and – you can enjoy exotic Jamaican cuisine throughout the year at one of our many Food and Music festivals!
Planning a trip is exciting – thinking about the adventures and the relaxation and the possibilities.
You are free to do whatever you please or even reinvent yourself – telling people you are whatever you say you are – as you discover the hidden secret gems of Authentic Jamaica just waiting to be found.
A majority of Rasta Routes Backpackers and Cultural Immersion Guests simply consider themselves more Traveler than Tourist – tending to value a laid-back, easy ambiance and having other conscious, positive, good vibed people around.
Visiting Jamaica – the “Most Famous Country in the World” (excluding the Vatican) is easy, exhilarating and extremely rewarding, but learning about a new culture is about more than just seeing famous tourist sights.
Quite often, the smell, taste, touch and sound of a destination are just as important for that truly intense Authentic Experience!