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Mokko's family lives adjacent to Riverside Cool Cottages. This is Jamaica ecotourism at its best!

Doret (the kid's mother) and the twins, Shawna and Shannell, ages 18, live in a house next to the cottages. They are happy to play with the guests, help with chores and show you their daily lives.

Everyone got birthday cheese cakes
Ben and The Girls share a birthday, so everyone got birthday cheese cakes!

You will see Mokko and Doret's four older sons coming and going about their business. They are Juna, Moshi (Everton), Fari (Neville) and Coppy (Ian).

The family can show you the river and the best swimming and fishing holes. They know the plants, birds, wildlife and roots culture. They can take you through their Jamaican community. You can visit a Jamaican Primary School or other areas of interest. We really enjoyed their company.


Who feels it, knows it.

  • Hike the area with Mokko or one of his sons as your guide
  • Swap Jamaican recipes with Doret and Mokko (both excellant cooks!)
  • Hang out with the twins, Shanna and Shannelle.
  • Swim in the river
  • Go with Fari as he climbs barefoot up the coconut tree to retrieve the fruit
  • Let Coppy treat you to the freshest of grape (grapefruit)

Young Jamaican man with palm fronds in background Coppy got birthday cheese cakesYoung Jamaican man in tree

  • Chill out in a hammock under the ackee, apple and mango trees, listen to reggae music on the radio
  • Experience the daily rhythms of country living

Doret has a condition called "elephantitis" resulting from lymphatic filariasis or "worm in the leg". The question came up about danger to travelers and you can read the Center for Disease Control's recommendations here. In brief, it is a worry only with prolonged stays in the endemic areas. It is easily killed with simple antibiotics.

Staying at Mokko's guesthouse is a lot like camping, though with a bed and a cook, flush toitet and cold shower.  It is without a doubt the "real Jamaica" with all its many facets. You move freely throughout the community under his protection.

Cabins at Riverside Cool Cottages are clean and dry. Each cabin has its own lock. Dinners are prepared from freshly gathered natural food and cooked over a natural wood fire.

You are nestled safe in your bed, but you can hear the night symphony of noises, tree frogs, roosters and crickets.

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