Jamaica: The Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains in Jamaica are home to the famous coffee, but they also offer many activities and things to do for the tourist and traveller alike.
The Blue Mountains are one of Jamaica’s many attractions. They are so-called as they often appear blue on account of trailing mists; four of their peaks rise over 6000 feet.
The mountains are quite hilly and nature lovers and walkers are often found roaming the plantations. The Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park covers a wide area which stretches over four of the island parishes. The park offers delightful walks and a sense of isolation through the lush vegetation. Rangers are available to answer all your questions about the land and are happy to help.
For a real adventure there are log cabins with water and electricity available. These are very popular and advance booking via the Forestry Department is recommended. The Blue Mountains Park has walks to suit all tastes and abilities. Hollywell Park is the perfect route for the more easy going walker and a trail leading to Blue Mountains Peak (where once you get to the top are spectacular views) is more for the experienced walker.
A popular tour offered by most hotels and resorts across the island is the Blue Mountain Adventure. A stop at the Bob Marley Museum in the capital of Kingston is combined with a tour of the mountains. Tours are payable via your hotel and booking is essential. Approximate price: £30.
The Jablum Coffee Factory, whose infamous Blue Mountain Coffee beans are found is open for visits. Booking is recommended and there are tours available between 9am to 5pm. Tel: 922 3855.
Horse-riding in The Blue Mountains is very popular and the high hills mean that you can see for miles. The cool mountains mean that riding horse-back is a pleasant experience and many tours are available.
Staying at The Blue Mountain Inn, you will be right at the heart of the mountains. This formal establishment is an 18th century plantation house and offers a wide selection of cuisine including seafood and real Jamaican dishes. An average dinner here would cost J$220-J$560 (US $10-25). Tel: 927 1700.