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15Aug
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How We Got Started

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  • basicschools, edutourism, Jamaica, RADA, service, servicelearning, student, travel, traveler, vacation, volunteer, voluntourism, WCJF
What’s in a name? Initially a joint family effort, Carleva Bay was born of a need to accommodate our students groups in Jamaica. Nelson and Novella—partners in life and service—purchased the former vacation home of a surfer. They decided to name the house after their mothers, an amalgamation of their given names, Carla and Eva. […]
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06Aug
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Discovering Jamaica Through Its Beaches

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  • beaches, booking, itinerary, Jamaica, Nature, reservation, tourism, travel, traveler, vacation, vacationrental, villa, voluntourism
One thing we won’t shy away from is the beauty of our beaches. From white and black sandy shores, to a secluded island a mere boat ride from the city, Jamaica has a beach to serve each of your preferences. Yallahs Bay Shores You can bet that we’re definitely biased on this one. Rocking on […]
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06Aug
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48 Hours in Kingston, Port Royal & St. Andrew

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  • bird watching, Blue Mountains, Bob Marley, Cuisine, culture, Devon House, Jamaica, Jamaican cuisine, kingston, nature walk, to do, travel, traveler
In the opening scene of Disney’s third Pirates of the Caribbean, the treasured Jack Sparrow is beaching the shores of Jamaica. Eyeing Port Royal through his monocular, Jack drops from his lookout post to the deck of his tiny boat. As he saunters onto the town docks his boat capsizes behind him. Port Royal, Jamaica […]
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30Jul
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Giving, Loving, Receiving: How We Give Back to Jamaica!

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  • charity work, edu-tourism, edutourism, giving back, Jamaica, travel, traveler, volunteering, voluntourism
Though we love raving about our love for great Jamaican home cooking, community is easily our greatest passion here at Carleva Bay. Founders Nelson and Novella Keith have been bringing exchange students to our Center in Yallahs since 2004. As a professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, Novella’s students often express interest in teaching, social […]
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23Jul
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Morning Rituals by the Sea

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  • accommodations, Caribbean, Carleva Bay, Jamaica, jogging, retreat, travel, villa rental, Yallahs Salt Ponds
Morning rituals. Vacation routines or weekend getaways. Pick a locale and subscribe to its unique subset of pleasures. Café culture in Paris. Morning espresso and brioche in Italy. Dim sum weekends in Hong Kong, waving your hands in a packed restaurant, desperately trying to catch the attention of your server. These are shared cultural and […]
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02Jul
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Island Life, Mon: A Guide to the Fusion Cuisine of Jamaica

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  • Carleva Bay, Jamaica, Jamaican cooking, Jamaican cuisine, Jamaican home cooking, Jamaican jerk, Jamaican recipes, jerk chicken recipe
Open a food app in New York City, skim the food section of a Lonely Planet guide, and chances are you’ll be inducted into a world of multi-hyphenates. In Montreal, butter chicken poutine combines Indian flavours with the classic Quebecois dish of fries, gravy and cheese curds. San Francisco is home to the original Sushiritto, […]
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25Jun
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Welcome! We are Carleva Bay

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  • Carleva Bay, edu-tourism, edutourism, Jamaica, retreat, travel, traveler, vacation, villa rental, Yallahs, Yallahs Salt Ponds
Carleva Bay is beachside villa on the South Coast of Jamaica, in the Parish of St. Thomas, located 30-45 minutes east of Kingston. The Carleva Center is not a hotel. Nor do we see ourselves as a hostel, dormitory, or share-house. We strive to aim further, reach farther than mere brick and mortar. The Carleva […]
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