Retro Charm at Negril’s Skylark Hotel

With a decidedly laidback atmosphere, this property encourages guests to take it easy

Located on Negril, Jamaica‘s iconic Seven Mile Beach—between moored glass-bottom boats and palm trees—sits Skylark, the sister property to the town’s beloved stalwart, the Rockhouse Hotel. With a decidedly retro and tropical design, the 28-room resort proves more casual and more affordable than its sibling property, but still provides plenty of delights that the Jamaican town offers. Skylark certainly encourages guests to take it easy: …

First-Ever Magic Mushroom Research Center

Not long after Johns Hopkins University became the largest psychedelic research center in the world, the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica has announced its intention to open the world’s first magic mushrooms research center later this year. Funded by the Canadian company Field Trip Ventures, the center aims to study the actual fungi, rather than just its psychoactive attribute, psilocybin. As there …

Photographer Tim Walker’s Gully Queens Series for LGBTQ Charity

Since finding out about the prejudice against gay people in Jamaica, Tim Walker decided to photograph the country’s Gully Queens for a good cause. In a 2015 survey, Jamaica’s J-FLAG found that 93% of the population believed the statement “homosexuality is a sin,” and because of this belief LGBTQ+ people are subject to all kinds of bad treatment. While many women suffer “corrective rape,” members …