Exploring the Blue Mountains of Jamaica

There are a million reasons why Jamaica is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Caribbean. In Jamaica, luxury hotels provide comfortable and lavish accommodations, offering state-of-the-art facilities and world-class service. However, there are more reasons than magnificent accommodation to visit Jamaica. Luxury hotels will no doubt tempt you to stay in and spend your days luxuriating in spas, dining in fine restaurants, or lounging around the pool, but the island’s most amazing attractions are to be found outdoors.

The island boasts white sand beaches, white-water rivers, large expanses of plains, and lush mountains with an abundance and variety of flora and fauna unlike anywhere else in the world. This includes 252 types of birds (27 are endemic), 200 native types of orchids, 500 types of true ferns, and approximately 50 types of coral. The locals are warm and friendly people ready to provide guidance and aid in exploring the many cultural and historic attractions of the island. Foodies will be in heaven with the island’s eclectic cuisine and the readily available supply of Blue Mountain coffee, hailed by many as one of the best coffees in the world.

However there’s also a lot more to the Blue Mountains than incredible coffee. These mountains in the lush jungle north of Kingston are a favourite destination of nature lovers and adventurers, including, hikers, bikers, and bird fanciers. The jungle can be dense and going off-path can be dangerous, so unless you have a guide, it’s best to stay on the well-marked paths. Listed below are some of the activities you should check out while visiting the Blue Mountains in Jamaica. Luxury hotels, beautiful beaches, incredible scenery, scrumptious food, and adventure galore, this island has everything!

Visit Holywell National Recreation Park

A part of the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust, Holywell National Recreation Park is located in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. Take a quick tour or take advantage of its camping facilities, which include showers and shelters. Its trails wind through the rugged terrain, and you will have the opportunity to spot some of the island’s most reclusive creatures. Be on the lookout for the national bird, the streamer-tail hummingbird (known locally as the doctor bird) and the rare swallowtail butterfly. No worries about missing civilization in the heart of this wilderness of Jamaica, luxury hotels are just minutes away.

Tour the Blue Mountains by Bicycle

There’s no better way to experience the beauty of the Blue Mountains than to dazzle all your senses in an adrenalin-fuelled ride down its mountainsides. Not only will such a ride treat you to amazing sights, the crisp island winds will bear the scent of the rain forest thick with towering trees, blossoms, and ferns, and nearby coffee plantations. Then, cool off by splashing in a waterfall before heading back home.

Tour the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory

Love Blue Mountain coffee? Then you should definitely check out Mavis Bank Coffee Factory, the government-owned coffee plant located in the town of Mavis Bank, northeast of Kingston. An hour-long guided tour of Mavis Bank Coffee Factory takes you through the processing of coffee, from planting to distribution. Make sure to take a few bags home with you, you won’t find better tasting or better quality beans anywhere in the world.