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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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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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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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