Coral Cove Cannabis Retreat Is Jamaica’s Best Kept Secret
Gallery: Coral Cove Cannabis Resort, Little Bay Jamaica
It is a safe bet that anyone traveling to Jamaica on vacation is open to the experience of, if not directly looking for, an opportunity to legally consume cannabis. C annabis tourism in Jamaica is taking off, as properties across the Caribbean island are highlighted for their ingenuity in the fast-growing industry. Coral Cove is the perfect example of one such retreat.
Originators of the cannabis tourism experience, Higher Way Travel carved out a niche by bringing cannabis tourists to Hawaii for the Cannabis Expo in 2017 and ensuing festivities. Run by April Black, wife of infamous pot personality Bobby Black, Higher Way have since branched out into facilitating tourist experiences in Jamaica.
One place the dope duo highly recommend is Coral Cove, situated in the serene, West End of the parish of Westmoreland, along the Jamaican government’s newly-designated health and wellness corridor.
Coral Cove is off the proverbial beaten path. There are some unpaved roads and potholes on the way there, but the remoteness and seclusion of the location make it the antithesis of a tourist trap. The resort is named after the abundance of coral that is artfully incorporated into the masonry work on the property.
The retreat resides far away from prying eyes. People who want to walk around without winding up on social media or be gawked at by other guests will especially appreciate this homey hamlet, with its private, secluded waterfront cove. Although, the cove itself is heaven on Earth for aspiring influencers who are eager to snap selfies in exotic locales.
Coral Cove’s owner, Steve Zindars, is a down-to-Earth, good ol’ boy from Ilinois who, who after living part-time as an expat in Jamaica for over twenty years, is “Jamerican,” having adapted to the “island time,” relaxed way of life.
Zindars prides himself on creating a little slice of paradise that can’t be experienced in a megaclub property such as Couples or Riu, which tend to trap guests inside, like Vegas casinos.
“Megaclubs do not accurately reflect the real Jamaica, because while brown women may appear at the front desk, black women serve as maids and are hidden away, toiling in the kitchens. Higher positions with any authority or responsibility are reserved for foreigners and Europeans. Jamaicans do not have the opportunity to advance in their careers in hospitality at Jamaican-based, foreign-owned resorts,” says Jamaican-born Maxine Salabie, Zindars’ gal Friday and manager of Coral Cove.
Dominique McGann, co-owner and manager of the Beachcomber Club boutique resort on Norman Manley Boulevard, in Negril, Westmoreland agrees. “Mega resorts like the Riu are grossly ostentatious and have pushed many of the small businesses and local restaurants on the island into bankruptcy,” she says.
Additionally, many megaclubs are strictly non-smoking and ply their guests with alcohol. It is common to see millennials vomiting or passing out like Brett Kavanaugh in high school, on such properties.
If stimulating the local economy is a factor when choosing a vacation spot, then small, community-oriented, family-owned hotels like Beachcomber Club and Coral Cove are recommended.
Zindars especially prioritizes his desire for locals to benefit from his family-oriented, community-uplifting efforts. “Giving back is what makes our efforts sustainable. That instinct is the common denominator among all involved,” he says.
Rather than attempt to keep his guests tethered to his property, he encourages them to traverse between Coral Cove and neighboring property, the Blue Hole, which has a mineral spring that is reputed to relieve aches and pains.
Guests often go hiking around the Blue Hole in the daytime and return to the Cove in the evening to watch the sunset on the cove.
Salabie’s husband and sons operate Sample’s Transportation, a tour bus company, which ferries visitors around the island to various other local spots.
Zindars has also recently firmed up a collaboration with John Worton, founder of Cannim.com and Jamaica Red Moon. Worton is developing the structure for investment in Coral Cove Cannabis Health & Wellness Resort & Spa, as well as advising on valuation and growth.
The spa will be developed as a model for a few strategically located world-class spas around the island, with community-based foundations that will help uplift and educate visitors as to the history and healing nature of the cannabis plant.
“The input from Worton brings a level of expertise and commitment that will enable us to turn our vision into a reality,” says Zindars.
While the spa is still in development, the jewel in the coral crown is the on-site greenhouse. The property boasts a boutique cannabis cultivation site containing lovingly grown, strains such as Lemon Skunk. Coral Cove’s ganja is grown in cooperation with the island’s Bobo Shanti Rastafari sect, who are allowed a religious exemption for cannabis cultivation by the Jamaican government. Therefore, smoking cannabis as a sacrament is a protected status and way of life at the resort. If you do not already have a prescription for medical marijuana, you will not need to obtain one to puff the la legally at Coral Cove.
Lemon Skunk was developed in the U.S. decades ago by David Watson (AKA Skunkman). Watson was a guest at Coral Cove this past Winter, and he kindly left the greenhouse some genetics.
Zindars is hoping to introduce one of Jamaica’s greatest Sativa strains, Lambs’ Bread, to his operation, as well as Jamaica’s Dream.
“We are young in our grow operation and got a jump start with some California strains. Blue Dream is a California hybrid that we discovered did really well in our environment,” Zindars says. Sour Tangie is a Sativa that is also thriving in our little Napa Valley of Cannabis.”
Popular strains Sour Tangie and Lemon Skunk contain some of the hearty characteristics of indigenous strains. The demand is high for Lambs’ Bread. Breeding efforts are currently underway, using Jamaican genetics to develop strains that will thrive in the year-long-growing microclimate.
Coral Cove’s aforementioned, on-site strains are available for consumption in various forms from flower to edibles, throughout the duration of a guest’s stay.
If smoking cannabis is not a guests preferred method of consumption, Coral Cove’s cook, Keisha Clayton -who is a magician in the kitchen- can expertly infuse almost anything edible. She prepares nightly, farm to table dinners with discreetly (adults-only) infused items such as salad dressing, gravy, chocolate sauce and even melted garlic butter for freshly-caught lobster. Edibles are a preferable consumption option for those who don’t want to puff, puff, pass; especially around their kids or fo r those with a more sophisticated palette.
Zindars claims his warm-hearted, helpful staff can make even the fussiest person, like a bridezilla from New York City, relax.
Although his guests run the gamut from corporate retreat participants to destination wedding guests, to clued in cannabis consumers, Zindars says they all have one thing in common. “They arrive a little bit fussy and they leave happy.”Enjoy an infused staycation in little slice of paradise in Little Bay, Westmoreland.
5 Weed-Friendly Hotels and Rentals for Your Cannabis Vacation
If you’re looking to take an amazing, weed-filled vacation by indulging in a modern cannabis resort, your cup will overfloweth with possibilities. Adventurers flock to the coolest spots in the United States and across the world as more countries and states continue to legalize cannabis. It’s enough to make you sing “Weed vacation, all I ever wanted / Weed vacation, gotta get away.”
Between all the Bud & Breakfast , weed-friendly short-term rental options , and cannabis tours by, well, Cannabis Tours , there is plenty of 420-friendly tourism.
But which stays will lead to a paradise vacation and which ones are totally bunk?? And where do they have weed waiting for you when you check-in?
Here are five of the coolest cannabis resorts and rental properties where to stay in cannabis legal markets across the world.
The Tree House Joint
Why: Tucked into the treetops in the woods of Wallace Falls National Park in Monroe, Washington, the Tree House Joint is a sight to behold. This one-of-a-kind rental property gives its guests the opportunity to get as high as the trees themselves. Moss-covered pathways wind from the lush forest floor to the sleeping cabins, a series of three treehouses: The Pot Leaf Tree House, The Hashtag Tree House, and the 420 Tree House.
This home just celebrated its second anniversary of hosting stoney travelers. The Tree House Joint hosts business retreats, weddings, and even river joint smoking adventures for its guests.
The Coral Cove Cannabis Health & Wellness Retreat
Where: Negril, Jamaica
Why: Guests receive an eighth a day at this all-inclusive resort in Jamaica, and that perk is worth the trip alone. Coral Cove Jamaica sits on a beautiful, tropical property equipped with a private beach and its own cannabis grow. Dive in its own protected coral reef, zoom on a zip line at a nearby adventure park, ride horseback along the beach, tour caves, go fishing, and more. This is a serene escape, but guests often explore the dining and nightlife scene in the bustling town of Negril about 11 kilometers, or 7 miles, from the resort. The expansive resort space is a favorite for 420-themed weddings.
Stoke Surf House San Sebastian Surf Camp
Where: Aia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Why: Surfers, wanderers, and nomads, this is the weed vacation for you. Located in the Basque region near Zarautz beach and the Pagoeta Nature Reserve in northeast Spain, the Stoke Surf House offers 2-hour surf lessons and daily yoga classes that cater to adults of any experience level.
Smoking cannabis is allowed outdoors in this Spanish surf camp villa. Its humble quarters include dorm-style bunk beds, so this low-cost surf vacation is less about frills and more about fun. For an additional 10 euros (US $11.21) a day, all-you-can-drink booze and coffee are also on the table. So, it gets lit.
Camp Heaven and Awesome Tipi
Where: Sherwood, Oregon
Why: Adventurous stoners, an outdoor escape can be found at Camp Heaven and Awesome Tipi. This cannabis-friendly glamping experience is so uniquely Oregon in its minimalism, appreciation of the outdoors, and attention to rustic details. Spark a joint in the warmth of wood-burning campfire while soaking up the stars and natural surroundings, located just up the street from the Tualatin River Wildlife Refuge. Camp Heaven and Awesome Tipi, together, sleep four.
Owners Lila and Shawn said the 420-friendly basket will usually contain flower , rolling papers , glass — and depending on the guest’s requests in advance, edibles , oils , cartridges , or disposable vapes . The two spaces rent separately, but the entirety of Camp Heaven includes Awesome Tipi in its expansive outdoor setting.
How To Stay: Book Camp Heaven and Awesome Tipi on Airbnb
Eagle Creek Cannabis Friendly Ranch Resort
Where: Trinity Center, California
Why: For a mystical mountain escape in Northern California’s Trinity Alps region, look no further than the “groovy” Eagle Creek Ranch. Founded in 2017 by Sam and Nicole Lanni, the farmhouse-chic ranch offers outdoor smoking, a provided vaporizer , morning yoga, continental breakfast, horseback riding, and a unique color-dyed sheep walk. Yes, definitely get high before the sheep walk.
Feature image: Tree House Joint located in Washington State. Photo courtesy of Whitney Korzan.Looking for a vacation destination that is weed friendly? Check out these five hotels and rentals that will let you bring your stash. ]]>