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If you dream of sandy beaches and 30C sun this winter but your wallet is more accommodating of a weekend in Scarborough, how about staying in a local village in your dream destination? In the foothills of the Blue Mountains of Jamaica near Port Antonio is a charming cottage called Papaya. Accommodation is basic yet naively beautiful, easily forgiven when you are settling down to read your book in the veranda hammock. The only sounds you hear are woodpeckers, parrots and the leaves in the trees. There is no tourism here, no one wanting you to buy anything, just friendly local people getting on with their day with a greeting and smile. Papaya is a two-bedroom cottage, sleeping four, and will set you back £10 a night each in January – yes really!
Martin Colegate

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Source: The Guardian

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