3 reasons why you should travel with an experienced tour guide

Guests in Jeep and tour guide standing outside

Are you going on a holiday, looking forward to get a real impression of your holiday destination? Would you like to discover hidden gems, meet local people and visiting most interesting scenery in a safe way?
It is recommended to start your adventure with an experienced tour guide. You don’t have to give up your private moments and in addition, your holiday will be relaxed, fun, beyond expectations and save you time. To get the most out of your holiday, choose a local, private, professional tour guide!

road of bridge damage hole  Landslide road damage

1. Road conditions & safety

In many countries, or parts of the country, roads are in bad condition and more difficult to drive as you used to. First question when on holiday should be whether the driving is at the left or right side of the road. You need to know if signs are putting up, if roads are having names and if there is a reliable roadmap.

You need to know the condition of the road concerning potholes, verges and street lights. A little adventure is part of the game, making your holiday special, but you need to prepare if you plan to explore small villages, mountain areas and dirt roads.
Behavior of drivers cause irritation and stress or in a worse scenario leading into an accident. It is amazing how dangerous people can drive: speeding up, over take in corners or with on coming traffic, switching lanes or ignoring red light. You have to be careful and this can take all of your energie.

Goats are crossing

goats are crossing dirt road

Some countries allow animals on the street. Holy cows in India or even elephants are not strange. Goats, dogs, chickens or horses on the road can be romantic in little villages or abandoned roads, but very dangerous on highways or anything in between. Be prepared in Central or South America, Africa or some Caribbean countries like Jamaica.

Safety and relaxation during your holiday has a high priority. Road conditions are a very good topic to choose a guide who knows the conditions and has good driving skills.

Statute Bob Marley Kingston guests and guide  Exploring a river with a tour guide in Jamaica  Guest and guide in food shop Jamaica

2. Lots of fun & inspiration

When having the perfect tour guide who is passionate about travelling, he will show you special places and will give interesting or enlightening information about historic sites, nature attractions, scenic locations, culture and other travel destinations.

His story telling skills about music, history or real life situations will enrich your travel.

In your travel schedule will be space to take breaks along the way. Stops for drinks, taking pictures but also  showing fruit trees, herbs and meeting people. The tour guide knows where to find local restaurants, bars, hidden rivers to cool off and amazing viewpoints. All you have to do is enjoy.

Pelican Bar Jamaica sunset silhouet  guests and guide fun in shopping mall with Bob Marley statute  Local food Jamaica tour guide

Off the beaten path

Being flexible from both sides can result in a unique experience; an authentic meeting or stunning nature place. A tiny bit adventure on the way makes your holiday never to forget. So if you have the chance to stop at an organic farm, a heritage site, local party or hidden waterfall; do it!

A local tour guide will show you good places for arts & crafts to buy souvenirs, the best en nicest bays and knows where to find delicious food. For an awesome experience meet up with friends and family of the guide; it gives that extra touch on top of your day.

The knowledge and services of a guide are intended to protect and show the beauty of his country. A professional tour guide puts safety first. With love and proud he will show you as much as he can, he will advise and help where needed.

Even though you might have travelled a lot, each country has her own special situation, where circumstances can change. Take advice from the guide; he will be responsible for you.

Video: Tour guide speaks with guest

3. time saving

Holidays are short and travellers like to see it all. It is an impossible task but most people will put it on their shoulders. They might return back home, in need of a holiday. Saving time is one of the important benefits when exploring the country with a tour guide.

The greatest tour guide is charismatic, caring and has humor

A tour guide will make your travel comfortable, easy, convenient, relax and safe. Knowing the way in the country will save time. He is describing points of interest and it is his responsibility purchasing tickets to museums, parks and attractions. First of all you are having a great time. You have to take care of your sunscreen and other belongings, your water bottle and camera, then you follow the guide.

Boston Bay, beach and ocean from parking Martha Brae Bamboo Raft 


Top it up

You also will enjoy profits by taxiservices when going shopping after arrival at your hotel, watch sunset at the beach or going out for dinner or a drink in the evening. In consultation the driver / tour guide is there for you when having questions and special wishes.

Take advantage of a tour guide by his taxi services, but take your responsibility also for all extra services you are asking during your round trip. Overnights stays, food, drinks and tips are part of the game. Having a private tour guide, working 24×7 is a respectful job. Make sure to show respect too.

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  • Safety and relaxation during your holiday has a high priority. Road conditions are a very good topic to choose a guide who knows the conditions and has good driving skills.
  • When having the perfect tour guide who is passionate about travelling, he will share enlightening information about historic sites, scenic locations, hidden gems, restaurants, culture and other travel destinations. All you have to do is enjoy.
  • Saving time is a great benefit as the guide / driver knows the way around, purchasing tickets at attractions and helps out with all kind of needs and questions during your holiday.


Newsletter: So much things happend we have to share 2020

Newsletter: So much things happend we have to share 2020

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We are happy to inform you in tis newsletter about ‘5 year celebration Rappa Rasta Tours’, our cute member of the family ‘Sheba’, the ‘property’ Rappa hopefully can stay on, EM Farming, a 7 days round tour and the new Website.


Rappa Rasta Tours is grateful and happy for your trust and adventurous interests. We did so many great tours and met such lovely people, each and every one of you! Some of you became friends, some of you came back exploring other parts of Jamaica, some stayed in the yard for a while. Check out some high lights which are great to mention for now.

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We are happy with all your 5 star reviews on Face Book and interviews on our website.
Al those stories when traveling with you, day trips or multiple day round tours, are in our memories.
We should have written it down, having a book filled with many, many, great, awesome, unique and authentic experiences.
Blessings & Respect


Watch me, I’m strong! Welcome puppy!

Puppy Locks Rappa Rasta

For a while wild cat visit the yard, chasing lizards and rat and keeping Rappa company. With food and sweet sounds the cat, called Zena, felt save and got a kitten.

The adorable puppy, Sheba, came as gift from the mechanic and did lively up the yard. She loves to play, cuddle and most of all, she is eager for food. Cat and dog like to eat from each other bowls, ignoring our teachings. Sheba is very curious and like to play with the kitten but Zena is over protective.
Sheba grows fast and loves to play with neighbor dogs, which is great. One day she did cut her leg bad and we went to the clinic for stitches, she looked so endearing.

We were lucky it was Wednesday; Negril Spay and Neuter Clinic was able to help. Blessings to Debbie and the volunteers who were kind to assist immediately.
Our guests, Suzy, Senne and Jonas, brought dog stuff to the clinic. If you want to support the clinic or doing volunteer work, link them.
Do you know there is also a puppy rescue in Negril? They also are very happy with donations and volunteer workers.


The Yard: Charity Project – Please help Rappa

Building stone house_Rappa Rasta Tours

In 2018 the property Rappa is living, was sold just in a time he wanted to buy it little by little. The start of building a stone houses is a fact, but through disappointment notting was going on after the bad news; he was asked to leave.
This month the owner who never start to build on the property offers Rappa to buy it from him. Rappa is still living in the board house which he build in 2015, when he tried to step up.

When Rappa can not buy the lot, he needs to leave for sure as it will be sold to some one else any way.

Together with a friend I like to bring Go Fund Me to your attention as we are reaching out for your support: Let’s help Rappa buying the property, with the result he has a place to live, which he can call home.
We are asking for help as the tour business is small, just enough to survive but not enough to invest. There is no other way to get support. Therefor we ask you to see this as a charity project in the way you help a friend, a good person who 
deserve to stay in his home.


How do you like the new website?

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7-12 day – Authentic Round Trip:

  • Negril, visit Mayfield Falls, sightseeing to Treasure Beach, guesthouse
  • far south coast exploring hidden gems; spring, blue hole, village, meet Rasta’s, family and friends of Rappa
  • through Rastafari Heritage, Kingston & Blue Mountains, forward to the north coast
  • get the Portland vibes: farm, bar, hidden gems, Maroon village….
  • bays and rivers along the north coast til you arrive at Ocho Rios
  • Nine Mile, Negril

Em Farmers liquid

EM Farming – Travellers giving back

Our guests Ron and Sylvia, experts in healthy soil for farming, horses and cows, wanted to do something back to Jamaica.
With the ais of Bio-Ron (NL) we are introducing Effective Micro-organisms in Jamaica.
Rappa Rasta Tours is informing farmers about natural farming, with the benefits of Effective Micro-organisms (EM) of Bio- Ron and Agriton.  EMRO Japan is the Original Manufacturer of EM in Japan.

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EM Product – Fair Trade, supporting Jamaica farmers

EM is a liquid of living, good bacteria, yeast and fungus, which are needed for a healthy environment.
Water the soil with EM, and the soil will get more oxygen. Seeds will grow better as roots have room to grow therefor, flowers and fruits will be bigger and stronger. Natural!
EM and EM products are good for composting too and can be used for cleaning, disinfecting water and building houses.

We add molasses and water to EM-1 to make EM-A, ready to use. We share it with farmers and dog clinics. After a try out we will distribute. Link us when you want information about our EM-Product. We are happy to introduce it to you.


Where to stay in Negril? At the West End cliffs or at the 7 mile beach – boulevard?

Snorkling Negril West End Xtabi

After 3 months travelling all over the island, I decided to visit Negril to find out myself whether it’s an awesome place to hang out, or just an annoying little village ruined by tourists and hustlers.

But first I needed to make a decision: What is the coolest place to stay, at the cliffs or at the 7 mile beach? Read about the difference and make your decision with these tips.

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A place to live is one of the three basic pillars in your life

A place to live is one of the three basic pillars in your life

Let’s help Rappa Rasta so he is able to buy his property back

When Rappa Rasta lived a couple of years on the rock in Negril, he was ready to start paying for it little by little. Bad luck came across as someone else just bought it and told him to leave. Disbelieve and disappointment took over for more than a year. Construction of the stone house stopped in the meantime.
This week the owner contacted Rappa and told him the property is for sale, offering Rappa the fist opportunity to buy. But how to arrange that?

Friends are putting up a solution to raise 10,000 $ through Go Fund Me. Please help to get Rappa Rasta his property back and finish building his house. By the end of April he needs to pay the full amount. I can’t imagine what will happen if Rappa has to leave his piece of land…Where should he go?

We all would be very grateful giving Rappa the opportunity to have his own piece of land which he can call home. Surviving in Jamaica means you need a lot of skills. Rappa is a natural tour guide but it is not enough to save for near future investments as a property or a stone house to live in.

We started March 1 with this charity project, which can make a huge difference for Rappa Rasta. Not having the security of having a place called home can be stressful. His yard (garden) is a blessing to Rappa. He planted lime tree, banana, soursop, apple, pine, and all kind of herbs. His yard is a place for people to take a time out, relax and chat.
Sister Free Spirit came to visit Rappa in his yard and she expressed it beautiful: “Grateful to have linked up with mi Bredda on is little piece of Paradise… walking in his Yard which is on top of a cave producing all the abundance Mother Nature continues to provide… The Bredda has a off the Beaten Path Tour company, if you’re ever in JAMAICA link him up…showing a cotton tree producing natural cotton… Sour Sop tree…so many medicinal growing on his land www.RappaRastaTours.com”

Having the chance to buy this lot is not just nice, it is a must. Rappa is living on this lot for 9 years, it would be terrible to be kicked off soon.  I hope you all can understand the needs, the urgent situation and when you are able to support, just do!

Of course you will support by coming to Jamaica and going on tour with Rappa Rasta Tours; it is just till now not enough to save, we need much more tours to build a living; a house – a home. Rappa started from scratch and driving the Jeep and build a little board house was the only thing possible. To made that happen we got help too.
So please share Rappa Rasta Tours on Face Book and your friends, therefor the business will grow and can be healthy – meaning independent.

On the Go Fund Me page, you will read more about our (Rappa Rasta tours) offer when donate. Check it out!

All your help will be much appreciated.

Blessings and respect.


Ten day round tour

Port Antonio Rappa Rasta Tours

Ten day round trip around the island


Three friends wanted to Jamaica to explore nature, music and meeting Jamaicans.
We offered an authentic trip visiting Roaring River, Tuff Gong Kingston, a night in the cabin of Holywell in the Blue Mountains and chilling at Rebel Salute. We went to Portland to visit a Maroon village and a large farm with a bar at night time. On our way back to Negril we passed the little Dunn’s to cool off and Nine Mile Bob Marley Mausoleum.
In this blog about our ten day round trip around the island with Martin, Mark and Roy, you’r invited to join some of our most awesome experiences.

Rain vibes

Roaring River Bridge Rappa Rasta Tours

Rain is a blessing for the fruits, flowers and trees, but it can be for you as well. It catches us when having a village tour in Roaring River. Roaring River is famous for it’s cave with mineral pool. We walked through the village when it started dripping, soon followed by heavy rain fall. We needed a shelter and found one together with two young Jamaicans. Spliffs were build and the boombox of Roy played reggae music. The boy showed his music video and we started to sing his song. It is one of the greatest things of Jamaicans; singing and dancing is part of daily live. Rain was not spoiling our day but did give us the chance to chat and have fun, to listen to music, relax and make friends.   

Roaring River Rain-Rappa Rasta Tours

Holywell hike

   Holywell Lamzac Rappa Rasta Tours

Staying in a wooden cabin in Holywell park with wood fire and a splendid view over Kingston is a great opportunity to experience the Blue Mountains in a relaxing way. This is what you need when you are on a ten day trip as you have the possibility to reflect because of the huge impressions Jamaica can make. The drizzling rain couldn’t stop two of us for an hour hike, passing all kind of huge ferns and a waterfall, it was worth every little step as the surrounding is magnificent with colorful flowers and views.

We cooked our food in the kitchen and build a wood fire in front of the cabin in the evening were we chatted with park rangers. At night Rappa fell asleep on the ‘Lamzac’ (fat boy) which our guests brought, trying to stay warm in his fleece jacket and sleeping bag.

Holywell Trail Rappa Rasta Tours    Fern Holywell Blue Mountains


Why taking a guide with you?


Ron, Mark and Martin are adventurous and wanted to find a certain bar on there own, a bit up the hill in Port Antonio. Therefor they left after sunset our hotel on Titchfield, that’s why I could rest my feet.
In about 45 minutes Roy came back, because he had forgotten to bring the directions. In Rappa’s head the alarmbel was ringing: ‘I have to bring them’, he said. In fact the bar at the farm of the Living Daylights was not so easy to find and we had lots of laughs when our guests admitted they needed Rappa. They would’ve never found it by themselves, and were very happy they reached in the end. It is such a great and sweet off the beaten path bar, which we needed to see the next day in daylight again and bring a visit to the farm itself. The owners let us taste fresh coconut juice and showed us around, told us about their future plans to build rooms and offering yoga class.

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Finding good local food on our way can be a challenge. You need to be at the right time in the morning for the best breakfast, but what is the right time? When you are to late the rest of the day will be mostly ‘chicken an rice’. So our daily song in the Jeep was: ‘Chicken in the morning, chicken in the evening, chicken at nigh time at Rappa Rasta Tours!’ It has to be said this holiday was full of songs and jokes and everyone enjoyed it.


Hidden bay

Sightseeing on our way to Ocho Rios we wanted to show our guests Robins Bay from where you can visit Kwame and Takky Falls. Because we moved like Jamaicans we did not pay attention to time and we loved that day to ‘go with the flow’. By the time we reached Strawberry Fields Together it was late, to late to make the hike to the waterfall. Instead we had a break at a small bay, good for a swim. There are several places to stay in Robins Bay, St. Mary, but we went on to Ocho Rios. Easygoing as we travelled we found a place to stay out of the center were in a close by restaurant we had our Red Stripe Beers.

How Rappa Rasta Tours started – our first newsletter

Rappa Rasta and Sandra Smits

How we started

An unique way of guiding our guests all over Jamaica leads through an authentic, professional Travel agency: Rappa Rasta Tours.
We are proud of all the 5 star reviews on the Face Book fan page of Rappa Rasta Tours. Right now our guests feel happy and satisfied and our Pajero Jeep (7 seater) drives comfortable and safe. But how did we started?
Are you also curious about the start-up and our dreams? Read this blog!


Shine a light on your dream

It was around May 2013 when Rappa entrusted Sandra with his dream to be a tour guide.

‘Why not?’, Sandra said and she created a business card and flyer.
Some paperwork needed to be done like a passport, a drivers license, and ‘Team Jamaica’ class. A few weeks later ‘Tour Guide Class’ by TPDco followed, and not much longer Rappa could pick up the license for the business name in Kingston.

Rappa Rasta did get some tour experience already a while ago by joining Francesco on his trips. His own first trip was with Bliss and Hannah, and they inspired each other. Tourist on the beach start to socialize with him and beg him for tours. And that’s how it began, with a rented car!
With his own Tour Guide Certificate now, Rappa is ready doing his own tours. Rappa Rasta Tours is specialized by ‘of the beaten path’ tours. We are  travelling the ‘Rasta Way’, which is easy going, safe and fun. On top of that you will get information about the culture of Jamaica, history, music or plants.
You will explore the Real Jamaica in the Natural Rasta way and you will meet Jamaicans with their positive vibes.

Watch this: When you put your dream into the light, they can turn into reality!

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